Unibet Group plc - Interim Report January - September 2004

Tue, 02 Nov, 2004 07:30 CET

Unibet Group plc - Interim Report January - September 2004 -Turnover for the third quarter 2004 amounted to GBP 52.1 (33.1) million and for the period January to September to GBP 144.9 (101.1) million. -Gross Winnings amounted to GBP 6.1 (2.1) million for the third quarter and GBP 16.5 (7.3) million for the period January to September. Gross Winnings Margin was 11.7 (6.3) per cent and 11.4 (7.2) per cent for the same periods, respectively. -Profit after tax for the third quarter increased to GBP 2.3 (0.2) million. Profit after tax for the period January to September increased to GBP 5.8 (0.7) million. -Earnings per share were GBP 0.364 (0.028) for the third quarter and GBP 0.983 (0.131) for the period January to September. -Continued strong positive cash flow from operations in third quarter of GBP 2.5 (0.3) million. -Unibet's poker network was launched in September. Early results from this are encouraging. "We are pleased to announce an extremely encouraging quarterly result. In this period, which is historically the quietest of the year, we have the highest quarterly post-tax profit so far in 2004." "Although the Euro 2004 Football Championships were a success for Unibet, all European leagues are now back in full swing, and the demand from our customers reflects the popularity of this, our core business." "In addition, we launched poker on the site in September, and the results from the last three weeks of the quarter are very positive, so far exceeding all expectations. We are hoping for continued growth in this area", comments Pontus Lesse CEO of Unibet. Today, Tuesday 2 November 2004 Unibet's CEO Pontus Lesse and CFO Sue Ball will host a telephone conference at 12.00 CET. The telephone number is +46 8 500 500 92. The conference will be conducted in English. Please call in from 11.45 CET onwards. For further information please contact: Pontus Lesse, CEO +44 7730 810 543 Sue Ball, CFO +44 7884 181 390 Inga Lundberg, Investor Relations +44 7887 996 116 About Unibet Unibet was founded in 1997 and is a Swedish owned gambling company with its headquarters in London. In June 2004, Unibet Group plc listed on Stockholmsbörsen's O-list. Today Unibet, being the only publicly-listed, and one of the largest privately owned gambling operators in the Nordic market, provides services in 12 languages through www.unibet.com. Unibet has more than 300,000 customers in over 100 countries. Unibet is a member of the EBA, European Betting Association. ------------------------------------------------------------ This information was brought to you by Waymaker http://www.waymaker.net The following files are available for download: http://www.waymaker.net/bitonline/2004/11/02/20041101BIT21860/wkr0001.pdf