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 and nine months ended 30 September 2022 and provides an update on recent developments and current trading.
Selected consolidated financial data (Q3/Q3)
|€ millions||Q3 2022||Q3 2021||Δ|
|Gross gaming revenue (“GGR”)||958.6||867.4||11%|
|Net gaming revenue (“NGR”)||587.5||532.2||10%|
|Adjusted EBITDA margin||54%||55%||-1 p.p.|
Selected consolidated financial data (9M/9M)
|€ millions||9M 2022||9M 2021||Δ|
|Gross gaming revenue (“GGR”)||2,729.6||2,125.3||28%|
|Net gaming revenue (“NGR”)||1,672.8||1,255.8||33%|
|Adjusted EBITDA margin||52%||54%||-2 p.p.|
Robert Chvatal, Allwyn CEO, commented:
“This quarter has seen Allwyn deliver yet another set of strong financial results. We have also continued to deliver on our inorganic growth strategies, with some exciting developments in the UK in particular. Our consolidated Gross gaming revenue increased by 11% year-on-year in the third quarter and consolidated Adjusted EBITDA increased by 10%, driven entirely by organic factors – demonstrating once again the resilience of demand for our products and of our business model. We also continue to deliver strong margins and generate robust free cashflows, reflecting our favourable cost structure and focus on cost and capital efficiency. The third quarter and start of the fourth quarter have also seen two milestones in the UK, which is set to become the sixth market where we operate lotteries. In September Allwyn was formally awarded the Fourth Licence to operate the UK National Lottery for a decade starting in February 2024, following the Gambling Commission’s earlier announcement that we were the Preferred Applicant, and on 19 November we announced that we had reached agreement to acquire Camelot UK Lotteries Limited, the current operator of the National Lottery. Common ownership of the operators of both the Third and Fourth Licences will help ensure the successful delivery of the National Lottery both in 2023 and over the next decade. Allwyn is committed to making the National Lottery better, raising more for good causes and improving player protection. This deal strengthens the transition process and helps support Allwyn in achieving its vision for the National Lottery. We have also continued to make good progress on our key organic growth initiatives, in particular in the online channel. For example, the third quarter was another record quarter for online sales in the Czech Republic, with the proportion of our GGR from online increasing by 7% year-on-year and approaching 50% of the total. Our strong operational performance and strategic progress provided a supportive background for the €1.6bn financing which we entered into with a syndicate of international banks on 17 November. The transaction was well supported by our existing lenders, all of whom increased their commitments, as well as several new banks. With a significant extension of our maturity profile, a further increase in the size of our RCF, and term funding for the up-front costs of the UK National Lottery, on attractive terms, the financing positions us well for the next chapters of our growth story.”
Q3 financial review
Our financial performance in Q3 2022 continued to be strong. Our consolidated GGR for Q3 2022 increased by 11% year-on-year to €958.6 million. This was our highest quarterly GGR ever. The GGR growth reflected continuing organic growth of our businesses, primarily driven by the online channel as well as by the very strong performance of our casinos business in Austria. Neither this nor the comparative period has seen any material negative impact from COVID-19. On a pro rata basis, our GGR increased by 12% year-on-year to €733.9 million. Our consolidated Adjusted EBITDA increased by 10% year-on-year to €319.9 million, primarily driven by the strong top-line performance. On a pro rata basis, our Adjusted EBITDA increased by 19% year-on-year to €203.7 million. We note that general consumer sentiment has been impacted by inflationary pressures and the war in Ukraine. 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, with our consolidated Adjusted EBITDA margin at 54%.
Q3 2022 key strategic developments
UK National Lottery
On 20 September, our subsidiary Allwyn Entertainment Ltd was officially awarded the Fourth National Lottery licence to operate the UK National Lottery for a 10 year period starting in February 2024.
In Q3 2022, the Company increased its shareholding in OPAP by 1.05% to 49.80% of OPAP’s total shares outstanding (including treasury shares) through open market purchases and participation in OPAP’s scrip dividend programme.
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