Betfair Bullish On Progress And The Future

BETFAIR BULLISH ON PROGRESS AND THE FUTURE

03rd December, 2013 at 07:29:17
Source: http://www.azonlinecasinos.com

Mobile shows stellar growth

Online gambling firm Betfair reported on its H1/2014 interim results for the six months ending October 31, 2013 saying progress has continued to be made against its strategic objectives with the company delivering a good first half performance.

Betfair reported a 25% increase in sportsbook-led active customers in its UK and Ireland markets while its Exchange / Sportsbook combination is showing signs of early success with 38% of sports betting customers using both products during the period and 32% of new UK and Ireland Exchange customers initially having joined via the Sportsbook.

Mobile revenues were up 70% in H1/2014 and now account for more than half of its Sportsbook revenues.

Other key performance indicators include:

- Underlying EBITDA up 16% to 48.9 million and underlying EBITDA margin up 5ppts to 26 percent

- Underlying free cash flow up 52% to 23.5 million

- Interim Dividend up 50% to 6.0 pence per share

- Expecting full year underlying EBITDA of between 82 million and 87 million in FY14, including combined start-up losses of between 5 million and 10 million in Italy and New Jersey.

- Sustainable revenues up 11% in Q2 and now represent 77% (H1/FY13: 71 percent) of total revenues

- Overall revenue declined 6% in H1, reflecting the recently lapped FY13 market exits

The company expects to rollout its automated integration of Exchange and Sportsbook in Q4 as well as continued investment in international opportunities.

Breon Corcoran, Betfair's Chief Executive Officer, commenting on the results said: "Following cost reductions in the past twelve months we now operate as a leaner and fitter business, which means we can reinvest to generate revenue growth. Our sales and marketing budget is over 100 million this year. This enables a top tier presence on Sky Sports, major investment in our online marketing capability and an exciting new partnership with Channel 4 Racing for 2014.

"We are also investing in international opportunities. Our online casino launched in New Jersey on 21st November and, while regulatory processes are always uncertain, we have made good progress towards launching an Exchange in Italy."

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