1/27/2012 : TRADING UPDATE FROM GVC
Strong results from both B2B and B2C
GVC Holdings has released a trading update covering its close of 2011 fiscal year and current business, reporting a performance in line with expectations.
The company's two business areas comprise; Business to Consumer (B2C) that includes CasinoClub, Betaland and Betboo brands. Its Business to Business (B2B) division includes the service revenue from East Pioneer Corporation B.V., the independent company to whom Sportingbet plc sold its Turkish language business superbahis.com in November 2011.
GVC's B2C division yielded a 15.3 percent increase in revenues amounting to Euro 63.3 million (2010: Euro 54.9 million).
– Sports wagers increased by an impressive 74.2 percent to Euro 120.7 million (2010: Euro 13.2 million)
– The aggregate hold across the brands averaged 13.1 percent (2010: 13.3 percent). This in turn generated Sports Net Gaming Revenues ("NGR") of Euro 13.3 million (2010: Euro 8.7 million).
– Revenues in Q4/2011 at Euro 4.2 million were 250 percent higher than Q4/2010 (Euro 1.2 million) from a gross margin of 13.0 percent (Q4/2010: 7.3 percent).
– Gaming revenues increased by 8.5 percent to Euro 50.0 million (2010: Euro 46.2 million).
Revenues in Q4-/011 at Euro 13.1 million were 7.4 percent higher than Q4/2010 (Euro 12.2 million).
The firms B2B division has estimated revenue’s to have yielded Euro 1 million over the period between the completion of the acquisition from Sportingbet and the close of its fiscal year i.e. 22 November to 31 November 2011.
In current trading the company reports disappointing margins for the 2012 year to date, attributed to a high percentage of winning favourites in the major European soccer leagues, however it is not unduly concerned considering that the margins are likely to even out over time. Betting volumes remain strong with stakes up 56 percent over the same period last year.
GVC said it is pleased with trading results from the first 22 days of the year of its B2B business which has already increased over the previous month and its Board remains cautiously optimistic for the year ahead.