NetPlay TV. New holding today. Seems too cheap given growth prospects and cash generation!

Wednesday, Feb 13 2013 by

NetPlay TV (LON:NPT) (13.5p and 2% of JIC portfolio) I have bought a holding in Netplay TV representing 2% of the JIC portfolio. I hope to be indebted to Simon Thompson who has highlighted the attractions of this stock in the Investors Chronicle today. Netplay TV is the UK's largest interactive gaming company, with highly successful brands such as and, which its customers can play on TV, online and on their smart phones. Games such as TV roulette and blackjack can be played 24 hours a day. The latest trading statement issued on 7th January reported a strong 4th quarter with full year results expected to be ahead of expectations. It saw a 51% year on year increase in new depositing casino players to 13,874 and a 17% increase on the 3rd quarter. The number of mobile and tablet users increased to 31% of new players up from 8% the year before and 25% in Q3. Active depositing casino players increased by 43% to 25,376 over the prior year. The key to Netplay TV is the operational gearing. As the Investors Chronicle points out a 20% forecast increase in revenue in 2012 should lead to a 50% increase in earnings per share. Growth in 2013 should continue as the Company continues to spend on advertising and as the use of tablets and smart phones grows. There is also built in growth as all the new players recruited during Q4 play throughout this year. The Company generates a lot of cash and had net cash on the balance sheet of £10.5m at the half year stage which compares to the current market capitalisation of £38.6m. Conclusion: on current forecasts, which I think will be upgraded, the shares are valued at 9.6x 2013 earnings for 16% growth and 7.5x 2014 earnings of 1.8p for 28% growth. On top of that there is the cash on the balance sheet and the Company is forecast to pay a dividend of 0.4p for 2012 giving a yield of 2.9%. This seems far too cheap to me. (see transaction history) I have raised the money to pay for this by reducing the holding in Taylor Wimpey to 3.5% and Telecity, which is up 8% today to 2.5%. (see transaction history)

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NetPlay TV plc is a United Kingdom-based online gaming company. The Company operates various interactive gaming services under an Alderney gaming license. The Company operates through two segments: Business-to-Customer (B2C) and Business-to-Business (B2B). B2C consists of various online products and ancillary income. The brands operated in this division are, and These brands operate online gaming and betting products. B2B relates to the online marketing, product development and technology business. The Company allows its customers to interact with its games on various platforms, such as television, Internet, mobile and tablet from a common integrated wallet. Its SuperCasino offers slot machine games, live dealer blackjack and baccarat, card games, a selection of casino table games, video poker and instant-win arcade games. Its Jackpot247 hosts games in the Playtech Latvian studio and their online casino games. more »

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johnrosier 9th Apr '13 1 of 1

NetPlay TV (17.75p and 3.2% of the JIC portfolio): Results for the year ended 31st December 2012 announced this morning showed strong growth in revenue and cash flow during 2012. Revenue incraesed by 27.5% to £21.8m, the cash balance increased by £4.4m to £12.3m with cash generated from operations of £4.3m. A final dividend of 0.225p will be paid. new depositing customers grew by 61.5%, receiving a boost from mobile applications such as Iphone, Ipad and Android.

The Company also issued a trading statement for the first quarter which showed strong momentum. New depositing casino players increased by 27% on Q4 2012 and 42% on the first quarter of 2012. Mobile and tablets accounted for 34% of new players and 30%of total revenue compared to only 9% in Q1 2012.

Conclusion: Strong results from NetPlayTV but probably only in line with expectations. The Q1 trading statement is encouraging and it is good to see the healthy cash generation. In my view there is scope for further upside during 2013 with the shares valued on consensus forecasts of 10x December 2014 for growth of 20%. Happy Holder!

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