Allwyn International a.s. (“Allwyn” or the “Company”, and, together with its subsidiaries, joint ventures and associates, the “Group” or “we”) announces its preliminary unaudited financial results for the year ended 31 December 2022 and provides an update on recent developments and current trading.
Selected consolidated financial data (FY 2022/2021)
|€ millions||FY 2022||FY 2021||Δ|
|of which: Gross gaming revenue ("GGR")||3811.3||3073.2||24%|
|Adjustments to EBITDA||35.1||12.8|
|Adjusted EBITDA margin||46.1%||48.5%||-2.4 p.p.|
In Q1 2023 we closed the acquisitions of Camelot UK, the current operator of the UK National Lottery, and the Camelot LS Group, the current operator of the Illinois Lottery (the “Camelot Acquisitions”). For the 12 months ending 31 March 2022 these entities had combined reported EBITDA of €179.6 million, implying pro-forma Adjusted EBITDA of €1,347.0 million.
Robert Chvatal, Allwyn CEO, commented:
“I am pleased to report that Allwyn achieved another year of strong financial results in 2022, reflecting our continued successful execution of our organic and inorganic growth strategies.
These results demonstrate how much the business has progressed in the last several years, with both Total Revenue and EBITDA growing by over 90% since 2019 – during which time we have also deleveraged by more than 1x Adjusted EBITDA, significantly increased our ownership in our existing businesses, and strengthened our platform and increased our strategic optionality and diversification through securing entries into the UK and US markets. While delivering this strong performance, we have remained focused on our responsibilities to all our stakeholders and on safer gaming.
Our Total Revenue increased by 24% year-on-year, reflecting strong organic growth as well as some impact from COVID-19 on last year’s numbers, which was supported by strong progress in digital channels and our ongoing focus on providing a compelling customer proposition and operational efficiency. We once again saw the resilience of demand for our products, even in an environment where consumer spending is under pressure. We also passed a key milestone in Q4, with quarterly Gross gaming revenue exceeding €1 billion for the first time.
We continued to deliver strong margins and to generate robust free cashflows, reflecting our favourable cost structure and focus on cost and capital efficiency.
We achieved significant progress in our inorganic growth strategy, increasing our shareholding in OPAP to over 50%, acquiring a 36.75% interest in Kaizen, the fast-growing online sports betting and iGaming operator, and with our success in the tender to operate the UK National Lottery, which provides an excellent demonstration of our leveraging learnings and expertise from across our markets to deliver for all our stakeholders.
We’ve continued to make great progress with this strategy in 2023, completing two landmark acquisitions. First, the acquisition of Camelot UK, the current operator of the UK National Lottery, which supports the successful delivery of the National Lottery through 2023 and over the next decade. Second, we have acquired Camelot Lottery Solutions, which operates the Illinois Lottery, adding a seventh lottery market to our footprint and providing interesting strategic optionality, with a great platform in the US market and in-house iLottery technology. Our strong operational execution, strategic progress and solid financial performance supported our successful financing activities during the year, with Allwyn issuing €600 million of bonds and entering into a new €1.6 billion Senior Facilities Agreement with a syndicate of international banks. These transactions further diversified our sources of funding, significantly extended our debt maturities, simplified our capital structure, provided funding for our investments in the UK and inorganic growth, and increased our liquidity resources. In financing, as in our growth strategies, we’ve seen the great momentum from 2022 continuing into 2023, with, Allwyn signing a further €335 million of accordion loan facilities. Overall, I am very pleased with Allwyn’s financial and strategic performance in 2022 and the start of 2023 and believe we are well placed for the next chapters of our growth story.
I would like to thank the entire Allwyn team for their hard work and for seizing opportunities to progress our strategic priorities and am very much looking forward to working together with them and with new colleagues from Camelot in 2023.”
FY 2022 financial review
2022 was a record year of financial performance for Allwyn, reflecting strong growth across all our geographies and product lines. This very strong performance reflects organic factors as well as some impact from COVID-19 in the comparative period, with no impact on our consolidation perimeter from business combinations during the period or the comparative period. The acquisitions of Camelot UK and the Camelot LS Group closed after the end of the period, while the increase of our interest in Kaizen did not impact our consolidated results. Our consolidated Total Revenue increased by 24% to €3,988.2 million and our consolidated Adjusted EBITDA increased by 21% to €1,167.4 million, with an Adjusted EBITDA to Net Revenue margin of 46.1%. Revenue growth was primarily driven by the online channel, as well as by the very strong performance of our casinos business in Austria and internationally, which was impacted by COVID-19 in the comparative period. Growth in Adjusted EBITDA was primarily driven by the strong Revenue growth, with margins broadly stable in all our geographies. The slight reduction in our consolidated Adjusted EBITDA margin primarily reflects shifts in the contribution of our different businesses. On a pro rata basis, our GGR increased by 32% year-on-year to €3,373.0 million (without giving pro-forma effect to the Camelot Acquisitions). On a pro rata basis, our Adjusted EBITDA increased by 31% year-on-year to €780.7 million (without giving pro-forma effect to the Camelot Acquisitions). We note that general consumer sentiment has been impacted by inflationary pressures. However, our business saw only a limited impact due to the low price point of our products and low average spend per customer, as well as our large number of regular players. Our profitability was also supported by the fact that a significant portion of our costs is directly linked to revenues and the low proportion of energy in our cost base.
FY 2022 key strategic developments
UK National Lottery
In March 2022, the UK Gambling Commission announced Allwyn International a.s. as its Preferred Applicant to operate the UK National Lottery for 10 years starting in February 2024, following a rigorous competitive tender process. In September, our 100% owned subsidiary Allwyn Entertainment Ltd was officially awarded the license.
In April 2022, the Group announced that it had reached agreement with a wholly owned subsidiary of OPAP to acquire its 36.75% interest in the business activities of Kaizen Gaming Limited outside Greece and Cyprus (“Kaizen”). The purchase price comprises (i) an upfront cash consideration of €50.0 million, on a debt free and cash free basis, and (ii) performance-based earnout payments. The purchase price corresponds to the fair market value of the interest, as evaluated by an independent financial advisor. Kaizen is a fast-growing online sports betting and iGaming operator using proprietary gaming technology. The transaction results in an 18.4% increase in the Group’s effective interest in Kaizen, which will continue to be accounted for as an equity method investee of the Group. The acquisition was completed on 27 December 2022.
In June 2022, OPAP made a payment of €106.4 million, representing the substantial majority of the outstanding contingent consideration from its purchase of Stoiximan.
Agreement to acquire Camelot UK
In November 2022, Allwyn announced an agreement to acquire Camelot UK Lotteries, the current operator of the National Lottery under a license that runs until 31 January 2024. The acquisition was subsequently completed on 5 February 2023.
Agreement to acquire the Camelot LS Group
In December 2022, Allwyn announced an agreement to acquire the Camelot LS Group. The Camelot LS Group operates the Illinois Lottery under a private management agreement through its operating company, Camelot Illinois LLC, partners with the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to enhance its lottery operations, and includes a technology arm that provides iLottery products, services and content to lotteries and their players in Europe and North America. The acquisition was subsequently completed on 3 March 2023.
In 2022, the Company increased its shareholding in OPAP by 9.47% to 49.84% of OPAP’s total shares outstanding (including treasury shares) through open market purchases and participation in OPAP’s scrip dividend programme. Excluding OPAP’s treasury shares from the share count, this represents an economic interest of 50.09%.
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