he British sports betting and gaming company, which owns games brands such as partypoker, PartyCasino, Casino Club, Gioco Digitale and Foxy Bingo, has also said that the cut to the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) will result in the closure of up to a thousand shops. GVC expects the EBITDA impact to be £135 million in 2019.
The cut to the maximum stake FOBTs would be implemented from April this year after several lawmakers have called for curbs on FOBTs, which have been widely blamed for allowing gamblers to rack up large losses in a short space of time.
GVC also implemented plans that involve operating those parts of its business which have customers in the European Union under Malta online gambling licenses.
The firm's online headquarters would remain in Gibraltar and employees from there would not be significantly impacted, the company assured, adding that it had made plans to help employees living in Spain and work in Gibraltar if there are border crossing delays after Brexit.
The company also posted a surge in pro forma underlying profit before tax for the full year to £610.1 million, up from £514.1 million last year, boosted by its Ladbrokes acquisition.
Pro forma net gaming revenue, excluding certain divesture and discontinued operations, rose to 9 per cent to £3.57 billion.