Unibet Group plc - Interim Report January - June 2004

Fri, 20 Aug, 2004 07:30 CET

Unibet Group plc - Interim Report January - June 2004 ·Turnover for the second quarter amounted to GBP 48.9 (34.1) million and for the first half year to GBP 92.7 (68.0) million. ·Gross Winnings amounted to GBP 5.2 (1.5) million for the second quarter and GBP 10.4 (5.2) million for the first half year. Gross Winnings Margin was 10.6 (4.4) per cent and 11.2 (7.6) per cent for the same periods. ·Profit after tax for the second quarter increased to GBP 1.4 (-0.6) million. Profit after tax for the first half year increased to GBP 3.5 (0.6) million. ·Earnings per share were GBP 0.249 (-0.105) for the second quarter and GBP 0.616 (0.109) for the first half year. ·Continued strong positive cash flow from operations in second quarter of GBP 2.3 (-1.0) million. ·Strong performance continued into second quarter with record highs in daily turnover and number of customers betting. "The second quarter of the year was an exciting period in the company's history. We saw a strong result in gross winnings mainly due to the Euro 2004 Football Championships, where there were many unexpected results. However, the gross winnings margins can vary between the quarters." "During the quarter, we experienced the highest daily turnover in our history, at over GBP 1 million. We also saw a record number of customers placing bets, with over 92,000 bets in one day." "Following the first half year of brand building, strengthening of the organisation and a successful IPO, we are now well placed for further expansion," comments Pontus Lesse, CEO of Unibet Group plc. Today, Friday 20 August, a telephone conference with Unibet's CEO Pontus Lesse will start at 9.00 CET. Please call in at telephone number +46 8 500 500 92. On Tuesday 24 August, a presentation will be held at FinancialHearings, Operaterrassen in Stockholm at 12.00 CET. 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 298,000 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/2004/08/20/20040819BIT21850/wkr0001.pdf