Thursday September 8, 2011 : Online gambling group's half-year revenues soar 42 percent
The London-listed online gambling group 32Red has posted an impressive set of half-year results that includes a record 42 percent growth in revenues compared with H1-2010, and 89 percent on the same half in 2009.
Revenues amounting to GBP 11 million were achieved in the six months to end June 2011, boosting the appeal of the shares on the market.
In addition to the record revenues, the company reports:
· 156 percent increase in EBITDA before share options and exceptional items
· High Court victory in trade mark dispute with William Hill (see previous InfoPowa reports)
· Successful action taken against numerous other infringing operators
· Inaugural Final 2010 Dividend of 0.5p approved and paid in May 2011
· Inaugural Interim 2011 Dividend of 0.5p declared thgis week
· Management advise that current trading remains very strong
Key performance indicators include:
· Active casino customers in first 6 months: 21,745 up 12 percent on H1 2010
· Casino player yield GBP438, up 27 percent on H1 2010
· New Casino players 13,901, up 13 percent on H1 2010
· Casino cost per customer acquisition : GBP 118 (H1 2010: GBP86, FY 2010: GBP119)
Revenues for July and August 2011 are up 51 percent on the corresponding period in 2010, with strong active player levels and improved player yields.
32Red chief executive Ed Ware reported: "The excellent performance in the first half of 2011 is particularly pleasing as it builds on a very strong trading year in 2010. The 32Red brand continues to flourish and increased player activity is testament to our superb customer retention, which in turn is driven by the continued excellent levels of service and entertainment provided to our players.
"Recruitment of new players remains strong and the launch of a new series of 32Red television advertisements allied with additional exposure from our Swansea football sponsorship will aim further to increase our market share during the second half of the year.
"Further to our victory over William Hill in the High Court, the judgment which was handed down in January firmly establishes our intellectual property rights and has enabled us to recover infringing domains unconditionally from other operators.
"The underlying growth in the business has continued into July and August with revenues up 51 percent on the corresponding period in 2010. We will continue to focus the 32Red brand in the UK and are encouraged by the progress a number of European countries have made towards creating their own regulatory frameworks.”