Thursday, February 18, 2016 : SOLID HALF-YEAR FOR AUSTRALIAN LAND AND ONLINE GAMBLING GROUP
 
Tatts reports a 6.2 percent rise in net profit after tax as digital shows the way.
 
Australian land and online gambling giant Tatts Group has reported on its fiscal second quarter results, posting a 6.2 percent rise in NPAT (net profit after tax) to AU$147.9 million, thanks mainly to good results from its online wagering and lottery units.
 
Highlights reported by the group included:
 
* Revenue up 6.5 percent to A$1.6 billion;
 
* Online lotteries revenue up 9.6 percent to AU$1.11 billion with a 35 percent growth rate;
 
* Double-digit growth in the new UBet brand at over 50 wagering points;
 
* Wagering division turnover up 3 percent to A$2.14 billion, although revenue was down 4 percent at A$326 million;
 
* 29 percent of wagering sales now generated online;
 
* Tatts Group websites attracted an average 3.5 million visits per month, and the company's apps have been downloaded to over 1 million mobile devices, a very substantial rise from the previous year;
 
* Digital wagering sales up 20.2 percent;
 
* Interim dividend of 9.5 cents a share has been decided.
 
Chief executive officer Robbie Cooke said in a statement: “The momentum we are gaining from these digital initiatives in both our lotteries and wagering operations is truly exciting.”
 
Giving a trading update, Cooke revealed that the first six seeks of the second quarter had delivered strong performances all round.