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October 17, 2021

According to CEO Henrik Tjärnström

"Outside of Sweden and the Netherlands, Kindred continued to see strong growth"

"Locally licensed revenue growth was particularly strong with 33 percent growth, or 13 percent growth excluding Sweden, compared to the same period last year," CEO Henrik Tjärnström said.
Malta | 10/25/2019

In its interim report for the Jan-Sep period, the company said re-regulation in Sweden resulted in difficult market conditions in the third quarter, but they still saw strong growth in several other markets, including the UK and France. 

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indred Group released Friday its unaudited interim report for the period from January to September 2019. 

Gross winnings revenue amounted to GBP 226.0 (230.7) million for the third quarter of 2019, and GBP 676.6 (657.5) million for the period January to September 2019. "Challenging conditions in key markets remain but strong locally licensed revenue growth of 33 percent," says Henrik Tjärnström, CEO of Kindred Group"

According to Tjärnström, similar to what the company saw in the first half of 2019, re-regulation in Sweden resulted in difficult market conditions in the third quarter. "The current terms and conditions make it challenging to attract customers into the system and can lead to worsening channelization," he explained. "This, in combination with a lower than usual sportsbook margin in September, resulted in significantly lower Gross winnings revenue and a GBP 12.8 million decline in EBITDA contribution from Sweden compared to the third quarter in 2018. We also continue to experience headwinds in the Netherlands due to the removal of the iDeal payment solution."

"Outside of Sweden and the Netherlands, we continued to see strong growth in several other markets, including the UK and France," he continued. "Locally licensed revenue growth was particularly strong with 33 percent growth, or 13 percent growth excluding Sweden, compared to the same period last year. As expected, this resulted in margin pressure from higher betting duties which increased with 26 percent compared to the same quarter last year. However, this focus will drive more sustainable future profit growth. Locally licensed markets were 57 percent of overall Gross winnings revenue in the quarter."

"During the quarter, we launched the Sportsbook product in New Jersey and the Unibet Sportsbook Lounge in Pennsylvania, with the online products to go live in November. This will be a great opportunity to deliver revenue growth and eventually profit in the longer term. Our investments in the USA in the third quarter incurred an EBITDA loss of GBP 1.8 million."

"For the period 1 October to 23 October 2019, the daily average Gross winnings revenue in GBP was 9 percent higher (10 percent in constant currency) than the same period last year and active customers were 2 percent higher than the equivalent period in 2018," he concluded.

Third-quarter and the period January to September highlights also included:

  • Underlying EBITDA for the third quarter of 2019 was GBP 37.2 (55.7) million, and GBP 98.3 (144.9) million for the period January to September 2019.
  • Net cash generated from operating activities for the third quarter of 2019 amounted to GBP 43.4 (39.1) million and GBP 92.0 (136.2) million for the period January to September 2019.
  • Profit before tax for the third quarter of 2019 amounted to GBP 21.4 (42.0) million, and GBP 53.8 (104.5) million for the period January to September 2019.
  • Profit after tax for the third quarter of 2019 amounted to GBP 18.1 (36.9) million, and GBP 45.7 (92.3) million for the period January to September 2019.
  • Earnings per share for the third quarter of 2019 were GBP 0.080 (0.163) and GBP 0.202 (0.406) for the period January to September 2019.
  • Number of active customers during the third quarter was 1,384,416 (1,530,327).
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