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 three months ended 31 March 2023 and provides an update on recent developments and current trading.
Selected consolidated financial data (Q1/Q1)
|of which: Gross gaming revenue ("GGR")
|Adjustments to EBITDA
|Adjusted EBITDA margin
|Adjusted Free cash flow
In Q1 2023, we completed the acquisitions of Camelot UK, the current operator of the UK National Lottery, and Camelot LS Group, the current operator of the Illinois Lottery under a private management agreement (the “Camelot Acquisitions”). These acquisitions have a significant impact on consolidated metrics of the Group and comparability with previous periods. Differences between the business models of the recent acquisitions and existing operations also results in profit margins not being directly comparable.
On a pro forma LTM basis, Total Revenue would have been €8,395.7 million and Adjusted EBITDA would have been €1,443.5 million.
Robert Chvatal, Allwyn CEO, commented:
“I am pleased to report that Allwyn had a strong start to the year, reflecting our ongoing focus on driving organic growth as well as continued progress in our inorganic growth strategy, with the results of the first quarter including the contribution from a total of seven lottery markets. Meanwhile, we have remained focused on our responsibilities to all our stakeholders and on safer gaming.
Our Total Revenue increased by 80% year-on-year in Q1 2023, reflecting strong growth of 17% in our existing geographies as well as the first-time contributions of the United Kingdom, following the acquisition of Camelot UK, and Camelot LS Group, operator of the Illinois Lottery under a private management agreement.
The strong performance in our existing geographies was driven by further progress in digital channels and our continued focus on the customer proposition in physical retail, as well as some impact from COVID-19 on last year’s numbers. We once again saw the resilience of demand for our products, even in an environment where consumer spending remains under pressure.
We continued to deliver strong margins and to generate robust free cashflow, reflecting our favourable cost structure and focus on cost and capital efficiency.
The completion of two landmark acquisitions in the first quarter underscores our continued success in executing our inorganic growth strategy. The acquisition of Camelot UK, the current operator of the UK National Lottery, supports the successful delivery of the National Lottery through 2023 and over the next decade. The acquisition of Camelot LS Group marks our entrance to the US market as well as providing interesting strategic optionality through its in-house iLottery technology.
Our operational execution, strategic progress and the continued strength of our financial performance supported our successful financing activities after the end of the quarter, with Allwyn issuing €665 million and $700 million long-dated bonds in a single transaction. This financing represented our first US-dollar bond issuance, further diversifying our sources of funding, as well as significantly extending our debt maturities and further simplifying our capital structure.
Overall, I am very pleased with Allwyn’s start to 2023 and believe we are well placed for the rest of 2023 and the next chapters of our growth story.”
Q1 2023 financial review
For the first three months ended 31 March 2023, consolidated Total Revenue increased by 80% year-on-year to €1,646.9 million. This reflected strong organic growth across all our existing markets and product lines, in addition to the first-time contributions of Camelot UK and Camelot LS Group, the acquisitions of which were completed during the quarter.
Excluding the effect of the Camelot Acquisitions (i.e., on a comparable basis), consolidated Total Revenue increased by 17% to €1,065.7 million, driven by further progress in digital channels and our focus on the customer proposition in physical retail, supported by ongoing product and technology innovation, and some impact from Covid-19 in the prior year; and consolidated Adjusted EBITDA increased by 20% to €325.5 million.
On a pro rata basis (in which the Camelot Acquisitions are included for all of Q1 2023), Total Revenue increased by 176% to €2,000.0 million and Adjusted EBITDA increased by 62% to €280.2 million. On a pro forma LTM basis (reflecting pro forma effects of the Camelot Acquisitions), pro rata Adjusted EBITDA was €1,048.9 million.
The business models of the recent acquisitions differ from those of our existing markets; hence, consolidated metrics and margins in the first quarter are not directly comparable to prior periods. Also, as the Camelot Acquisitions completed during the course of the first quarter, the consolidated metrics and margins will not be directly comparable to future quarters.
We note that general consumer sentiment has been impacted by inflationary pressures. However, our business saw only a limited impact, with revenues remaining resilient 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.
Q1 2023 key strategic developments
Acquisitions of Camelot UK and Camelot LS Group
In February, the Group acquired and started to consolidate Camelot UK, the current operator of the UK National Lottery under a license that runs until 31 January 2024.
In March, the Group acquired and started to consolidate 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 products and services to lotteries and their players in Europe and North America.
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