Playtech has announced its financial results for the first half of the year. The business delivered €792.3 million ($781.4 million) in revenue for the six months ended June 30, a 73% increase from €457.4 million ($451.1 million) in the same period last year. Playtech called its H1 performance “excellent,” with momentum now continuing into H2.
"I am delighted with the positive start that the group has made in the first half of 2022, delivering a financial performance ahead of our expectations with significant strategic and operational progress made against our objectives,” commented Mor Weizer, Playtech CEO.
According to Weizer, success in the period was powered by Playtech’s B2B business in the Americas and Europe, “alongside yet another excellent contribution” from subsidiary Snaitech. The company continues to make “great strides” in executing its US strategy, launching with Parx Casino in Pennsylvania, signing new deals, and progressing additional license applications.
“The Americas remain one of the group's biggest growth drivers, with continued strong revenue growth in Mexico as well as Brazil complemented by new launches and partnerships in the US, Canada and Peru,” the executive noted.
Adjusted EBITDA for H1 came at €203.8 million ($201.2 million), up 64% from 2021. B2B performance saw Americas grow 50% and Europe (excluding UK) increase 39%, “driving impressive B2B revenue growth” of 17% to €312 million ($307.5 million). While Europe saw a positive contribution from Holland Casino within the newly regulated Netherlands market, and Caliente in Mexico remained a key B2B revenue driver, Asia delivered a hit within the business-to-business segment by dropping 22% amid the continued impact of lockdowns.
As for B2C performance, Playtech labeled it “strong,” with Snaitech’s online business delivering solid results despite the reopening of retail sites. Snaitech revenue was up 182% year-on-year to €446 million ($439.4b million), which was also an increase from the pre-Covid year of 2019. Adding in its white-label B2C offering, including Sun Bingo, total B2C gaming revenue increased by 148% to €487.3 million ($480.1 million).
Shortly after the period’s end, Playtech completed the sale of its financial trading division, Finalto, to Gopher Investments for $250 million. According to Weizer, this represents “a significant step” in the company’s stated strategy to simplify the group and focus its efforts on the B2B and B2C gambling markets.
“We remain well placed to capitalize on the exciting market opportunities ahead, driving sustainable growth for the benefit of all our stakeholders,” the CEO noted. "We have navigated significant disruption and uncertainty in the period due to well-reported geopolitical tensions and inflationary pressures.”
While Playtech’s boss said the macroeconomic outlook remains “uncertain” amid geopolitical tensions and inflationary pressures, H1’s positive performance has continued into the second half of the year, with the company expecting to see continued strong results.