Revenues for Q3/2010 Up 21 percent
Gaming software provider, Net Entertainment "saw good development during Q3/2010 with a 21 percent growth in revenue (35 percent in local currency) which should be compared with the 14 percent market growth predicted by H2 Gaming Capital for the full year of 2010", commented Johan Öhman, president and CEO.
Third Quarter Highlights included:
– Revenues for the third quarter increased by 20.8 percent to SEK 91.6 (Q3/2009: 75.8) million
– Operating profit increased by 13.8 percent to SEK 34.1 (Q3/2009:30.0) million
– Operating margin was 37.2 (Q3/2009:39.5) percent
– Profit after tax amounted to SEK 30.0 (Q3/2009:20.8) million
– Earnings per share amounted to SEK 0.76 (Q3/2009:0.53) before and after dilution
– Two new license agreements were signed
First Nine Months 2010:
– Revenues for first nine months increased 25.2 percent to SEK 268.7 (214.6) million
– Operating profit increased by 21.0 percent to SEK 102.7 (84.8) million
– Operating margin was 38.2 (39.5) percent
– Profit after tax amounted to SEK 91.4 (75.3) million
– Earnings per share amounted to SEK 2.31 (1.90) before and after dilution
– Eight new license agreements were signed, including Gioco Digitale/bwin.it, Interwetten, Intralot and Stan James, and eight new customers' casinos were
Important Events in Q3/2010:
Revenue growth for the third quarter was 35.1 percent in local currency compared to the Q3/2009 and 6.0 percent compared to the previous quarter. The strengthened Swedish currency has held back revenue growth in SEK.
The regulation of casino games online in Italy continued during the quarter. The market is still expected to open at year-end. The integration has continued during the quarter.
Agreements were signed with an operator in South America, which is a region expected to become an important market for online gaming in the future. The integration of Stan James has progressed well and launch is still planned for the fourth quarter.
Net Entertainment has received a license to offer its casino solution to gaming operators who are licensed by the Alderney gaming authority or other reputable gaming authorities. In addition, this gives an opportunity to further strengthen the customer offering by providing alternative hosting if serious disturbances occur, so called disaster recovery.
Comments from Johan Öhman, President and CEO:
We saw good development during the third quarter with a 21 percent revenue growth (35 percent in local currency) which should be compared with the 14 percent market growth predicted by H2 Gaming Capital for the full year of 2010.
The announced agreement with Universal will allow us to develop games based on well recognized brands where the first release will be made during the first half of 2011.
The regulatory development in Italy is progressing well and the first casino licenses are expected to be awarded around year end. Operators holding an existing license in Italy will be first out which will benefit Net Entertainment as several of the licensed operators are existing customers to us.
Significant efforts have gone into setting up a hosting facility in Alderney which will be commissioned during the fourth quarter. The Alderney Gaming Commission issued license which was received during the fourth quarter will enable us to better address certain markets such as the UK but equally to provide disaster recovery services to our existing licensees.