Posted 2/25/11 : Results come in at the top end of market expectations
 
UK bookmaker, William Hill PLC announced its final full year results for the period ending 28 December 2010 this week, noting that the results were at the top end of market expectations.
 
 
Key financial indicators included:
 
–  Net revenue of GBP1071.8 million (2009: GBP997.9 million) and increase of 7 percent.
 
–  Retail net revenue comprises GBP783.1 million (2009: GBP757.7 million), up 3 percent.
 
–  Online net revenue shows a 24 percent increase and amounts to GBP251.5 million (2009: 203.5 million).
 
–  Operating profit of GBP276.8 million (2009: GBP258.5 million), a 7 percent increase.
 
–  Profit before tax increases by 60 percent to GBP193.3 million (2009: GBP120.9 million)
 
–  Profit after tax indicates a 92 percent increase to GBP156 million (2009: GBP81.2 million)
 
 
Key points:
 
–  Strong William Hill Online results underpinned by outstanding Sportsbook growth
–  In-play amounts wagered more than doubled with expansion of offering
–  Improvements in trading approach deliver growth in Sportsbook and in-play gross win margin
–  Successful roll-out of new ‘Storm' gaming machines drives Retail net revenue growth
–  Further balance sheet strengthening with debt reduction and extension of debt maturities
          
 Ralph Topping, Chief Executive of William Hill, commented:
 
"This is a strong performance and I am delighted that, in particular, our Online business and the gaming machines in our shops have performed very well in the year. Our continuing investments in technology in what is a fast-changing industry have underpinned growth and the more than doubling of the amounts wagered from in-play this year demonstrates that customers welcome these innovations.
 
"We are continuing to expand our product offering to enhance the customer experience, particularly in Online. We are using our trading capability to deliver differentiating pricing and offers, and increasing the profile of our brand through continuing marketing investment. The combination of our fast-growing Online business and appealing Retail offering, together with the expertise of our employees and our attractive product range, give the Board great confidence as we pursue an agenda of innovation and international development."
 
Rival group Ladbrokes also delivered a strong performance last week, reporting a 20 percent rise in full year operating profit as new gambling machines and in-play betting proved popular