Core underlying profitability is pleasing says CEO. ZEAL Group reported its first quarter 2016 results saying it had continued to build on its strong performance in 2015 and was pleased with the core underlying profitability of the Group.

ZEAL revealed it had acquired the remaining non-ZEAL held interest in Geonomics Global Games Limited (GGGL) and its joint venture, Geo24 UK Limited (Geo24) towards the end of the quarter for Euro 1.3 million, maintaining that the technical capabilities and expertise of the personnel employed by GGGL and Geo24 fit well with the Group's wider growth aspirations.

Consolidated revenue and total operating performance during Q1/2016 rose to Euro 37.6 million (Q1/2015: Euro 34.9 million) and Euro 38.6 million (Q1/2015: Euro 36.1 million) respectively, performance driven primarily by the rollout of instant win games and an increase in user registrations and activity.

Consolidated “normalized” revenue in the first three months of 2016 increased by 11 percent to Euro 35.6 million (Q1/2015: Euro 32.1 million) and EBIT in Q1/2016 totaled Euro 14.2 million (Q1/2015: Euro 14.1 million).  Earnings per share contracted year on year from Euro 1.13 to Euro 1.04.

“Our first quarter results underline the strength of our business model; evidenced particularly by the sustained level of growth shown in all areas of our consumer facing business,” Dr Helmut Becker, chief executive officer of ZEAL commented.  “We continue to lay foundations for future strategic development through investments in marketing, product improvements and in our business-to-business offering”.

Looking ahead, the Group is confident it remains well positioned to capitalize on opportunities from changes to regulatory conditions and relatively low internet penetration of the lottery industry and continues to expect a full year total operating performance of Euro 140-150 million and full year EBIT of Euro 40-50 million.

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