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Kindred Group plc Interim report January – September 2019 (unaudited)

Fri, 25 Oct, 2019 07:30 CET

Third quarter and the period January to September highlights

  • Gross winnings revenue amounted to GBP 226.0 (230.7) million for the third quarter of 2019, and GBP 676.6 (657.5) million for the period January to September 2019.
  • Underlying EBITDA for the third quarter of 2019 was GBP 37.2 (55.7) million, and GBP 98.3 (144.9) million for the period January to September 2019.
  • Net cash generated from operating activities for the third quarter of 2019 amounted to GBP 43.4 (39.1) million and GBP 92.0 (136.2) million for the period January to September 2019.
  • Profit before tax for the third quarter of 2019 amounted to GBP 21.4 (42.0) million, and GBP 53.8 (104.5) million for the period January to September 2019.
  • Profit after tax for the third quarter of 2019 amounted to GBP 18.1 (36.9) million, and GBP 45.7 (92.3) million for the period January to September 2019.
  • Earnings per share for the third quarter of 2019 were GBP 0.080 (0.163) and GBP 0.202 (0.406) for the period January to September 2019.
  • Number of active customers during the third quarter was 1,384,416 (1,530,327).

 

“Challenging conditions in key markets remain but strong locally licensed revenue growth of 33 per cent.”

“Similar to what we saw in the first half of 2019, re-regulation in Sweden resulted in difficult market conditions in the third quarter. The current terms and conditions make it challenging to attract customers into the system and can lead to worsening channelisation. This, in combination with a lower than usual sportsbook margin in September,  resulted in significantly lower Gross winnings revenue and a GBP 12.8 million decline in EBITDA contribution from Sweden compared to the third quarter in 2018. We also continue to experience headwinds in the Netherlands due to the removal of the iDeal payment solution.”

“Outside of Sweden and the Netherlands, we continued to see strong growth in several other markets, including the UK and France. Locally licensed revenue growth was particularly strong with 33 per cent growth, or 13 per cent growth excluding Sweden, compared to the same period last year. As expected, this resulted in margin pressure from higher betting duties which increased with 26 per cent compared to the same quarter last year. However, this focus will drive more sustainable future profit growth. Locally licensed markets were 57 per cent of overall Gross winnings revenue in the quarter.”

“During the quarter, we launched the Sportsbook product in New Jersey and the Unibet Sportsbook Lounge in Pennsylvania, with the online products to go live in November. This will be a great opportunity to deliver revenue growth and eventually profit in the longer term. Our investments in the USA in the third quarter incurred an EBITDA loss of GBP 1.8 million.”

“For the period 1 October to 23 October 2019, the daily average Gross winnings revenue in GBP was 9 per cent higher (10 per cent in constant currency) than the same period last year and active customers were 2 per cent higher than the equivalent period in 2018,” says Henrik Tjärnström, CEO of Kindred Group”

Today, Friday 25 October 2019, Kindred Group’s CEO Henrik Tjärnström will host a presentation in English at Kindred’s office at Regeringsgatan 25, in Stockholm at 09.00 CEST.

The presentation is also webcast live on www.kindredgroup.com/Q32019. For those who would like to participate in the telephone conference in connection with the presentation, the telephone numbers are UK: +44 33 3300 9272 or in the USA: +1 833 823 0586.

The Kindred Group operates in locally-regulated markets through its gambling licences in the UK, Sweden, France, Belgium, Denmark, Germany (Schleswig-Holstein), Italy, Australia, Ireland, Romania, Estonia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as other markets internationally through its gambling licences in Malta and Gibraltar. The Kindred Group pays betting duties in all markets in accordance with applicable local laws.

The information in this report is such that Kindred Group plc is required to disclose under the EU Regulation of Market Abuse, MAR.

For further information please contact:

Inga Lundberg, Investor Relations                                                                  +44 788 799 6116

Henrik Tjärnström, CEO                                                                                    +46 723 878 059

About Kindred Group

Kindred Group is one of the world’s leading online gambling operators with business across Europe and Australia, offering over 26 million customers across 11 brands a great form of entertainment in a safe, fair and sustainable environment. The company, which employs about 1,600 people, is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm Large Cap and is a founding member of the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) and of IBIA (International Betting Integrity Association). Kindred Group is audited and certified by eCOGRA for compliance with the 2014 EU Recommendation on Consumer Protection and Responsible Gambling (2014/478/EU). Read more on www.kindredgroup.com.

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