FY12 Results Announcementhttp://corporate.betfair.com/media/pres ... -2012.aspx
‘A year of building momentum leaves us well placed for future growth’
Betfair (LSE:BET), the world’s biggest betting community and one of the world’s leading online betting and gaming operators, today announces its audited results for the 12 months ended 30 April 2012.
Core Betfair3 revenue growth of 10% in H2 results in full year revenue up 6% to £349.5 million
Core Betfair adjusted EBITDA up 15% to £92.1 million
Core Betfair adjusted EBITDA margin up 2.1ppts to 26.4%
Group underlying earnings per share up 21% to 41.1 pence per share 2
Final dividend up 19% to 7.0 pence per share to give a full year dividend of 10.2 pence per share
Completed £50 million share buyback in the year
Good exchange performance: Non-risk sports revenue up 11% in FY12
Mobile driving growth: 44 million bets (up 122%) and £22.7 million of revenue (up 97%)
Technology re-architecture and data centre consolidation completed allowing focus on new products
Next generation sports products launched, including ‘fixed odds’ bets, which will drive future growth
Strong current trading: Core Betfair revenue up 18% in the last 8 weeks
Commenting on the results, Stephen Morana, Betfair’s Interim Chief Executive Officer, said:
“We have delivered double-digit net gaming revenue growth in Core Betfair in each of the last three quarters and a healthy increase in profits. We have also started to deliver on our strategic objectives, including the launch of important new products that will drive future growth.
“Our unique Betting Exchange has continued to be the main driver of growth this year, with contributions from all major sports. Betfair has achieved many new highs, with records set in most of the major sporting events including the Champions League final, Cheltenham festival, Wimbledon, US Masters and Indian Premier League. The Exchange has continued to deliver market leading odds and this has been the focus of our marketing message in recent months.
“Mobile betting has been a key feature of the year for the industry and our substantial investment in the channel has given us a clear product advantage. The increasing penetration of smartphones and the convenience of the channel for customers have led to strong growth in mobile usage and revenues. In April alone, customers placed over 6 million mobile bets and almost 50% of UK & Ireland actives used the channel. We are making further enhancements to our mobile exchange betting product and have recently broadened our offering to include sports multiples and casino games on mobile.
“We have now completed the major re-architecture of our technology platform, which allows the introduction of new customer facing products and has enabled substantial improvements to our website. Most recently, we have commenced the rollout of our next generation sports products, which integrate our risk product with the Exchange to create a one-stop shop for sports betting.
“FY13 has started well, with Core Betfair revenue up 18% in the first 8 weeks against the prior year, driven by the European Championships and a return to historical margin levels in risk products, as well as the continued success of our value led marketing campaign and further mobile growth. New products and the opening up of new geographies leave us well placed for future growth. I am pleased to have had the opportunity to lead the business in this interim period and would like to thank all employees for their support. We look forward to Breon joining us on 1 August.”
1.Excluding exceptional items and equity settled share-based payments
2.Underlying figures are stated after making a number of adjustments in order to aid comparability between periods. These adjustments involve the exclusion, where relevant, of: the revenue and EBITDA from the High rollers segment; exceptional items; equity settled share-based payments; profit on sale of financial asset; net foreign exchange gain; and the associated tax effect of these adjustments.3.Core Betfair excludes Betfair US, LMAX and Betfair Australia