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Bwin.party Digital Entertainment Plc : 2011 Full Year Results

03/29/2012 | 02:56am US/Eastern
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29 March 2012

bwin.party digital entertainment plc

Audited results for the year ended 31 December 2011

Clean EBITDA ahead of market expectations due to faster than expected synergies

  • Pro forma# total revenue slightly ahead at €816.0m despite closure of French casino and World Cup in 2010.  Actual total revenue up 93% to €691.1m primarily due to the Merger*

  • Pro forma Clean EBITDA from Continuing operations up 3% to €199.3m primarily due to synergies coming through more quickly than expected, offsetting increased gaming duties from regulated markets.  Actual Clean EBITDA from Continuing operations up 79% to €168.3m primarily due to the Merger

  • Synergies realised in 2011 of €23.3m (including €5.0m related to Discontinued operations), ahead of target. Integration plans on-track to deliver €40m of synergies in 2012 and €65m in 2013 

  • Continuing pro forma Clean EPS of 18.5 € cents per share (2010: 19.0 € cents); actual Clean EPS of 17.9 € cents per share (2010: 17.8 € cents)

  • Non-cash impairment of intangible assets of €408.7m (2010: nil) following the introduction of proposed changes to the European regulatory and fiscal landscape in 2011

  • Recommended final dividend of 1.56 pence per share (2010: nil) making a total FY11 dividend of 3.12 pence per share (2010: nil)

  • Current trading robust with average gross daily revenue up 2% versus the previous quarter to €2.93m (Q4 11: €2.87m)

Pro forma#

Actual

Year ended 31 December

2011

€million

2010

€million

2011

€million

2010

€million

Revenue

Sports betting

259.7

258.6

193.9

20.7

Casino & Games

262.7

241.0

237.5

152.1

Poker

209.7

226.3

184.6

124.2

Bingo

63.7

71.3

58.5

51.4

Net revenue

795.8

797.2

674.5

348.4

Other revenue

20.2

16.8

16.6

8.9

Total revenue

816.0

814.0

691.1

357.3

Clean EBITDA~ from Continuing operations

199.3

193.2

168.3

94.2

Clean EBITDA~ from Discontinued operations^

(17.5)

(25.8)

(13.1)

(0.2)

Total Clean EBITDA~

181.8

167.4

155.2

94.0

(Loss) profit after tax - Continuing operations

(401.2)

85.7

(414.7)

40.2

(Loss) profit after tax

(422.3)

50.4

(431.0)

38.9

*On 31 March 2011 PartyGaming Plc merged with bwin Interactive Entertainment AG ('the Merger').

# The actual results include PartyGaming's results throughout 2011 and the results of bwin with effect from the Merger on 31 March 2011.  Pro forma results set out the financial performance of the Group as if the Merger had always been in place.

~ Before the provision for costs associated with the Group's Non-Prosecution Agreement, amortisation and impairment of acquired intangibles, reorganisation expenses, merger and acquisition expenses, exchange differences and before non-cash charges relating to share-based payments (see reconciliation of Clean EBITDA to operating profit (loss) below).

^ Discontinued operations refers to Ongame's B2B business as well as operations located physically outside of the US but which relate to US customers that were no longer accepted following the enactment of the UIGEA.

~  EPS before the provision for costs associated with the Group's Non-Prosecution Agreement, amortisation and impairment of acquired intangibles,  reorganisation expenses, merger and acquisition expenses, share-based payments and foreign exchange differences (see reconciliation of Clean EPS to Basic EPS in note 9 to the Financial Information).

Commenting on today's results announcement, Jim Ryan and Norbert Teufelberger, Co-CEOs said:

"We made excellent progress in 2011.  The swift execution of a number of integration plans for our technology, people, products and brands has been rewarded with financial synergies coming through more quickly than expected, offsetting increased gaming duties payable as markets regulate. We remain on-track to deliver approximately €40m of synergies this year and €65m in 2013. 

"We expect to gain competitive advantage this year from additional scale and improved flexibility that will flow from the integration and migration of our main products to a single technology platform. As integration projects are completed, we are channelling more resources into driving innovation across the business and through new channels including our proprietary mobile gaming platform.  We are also extending our reach into new areas of digital entertainment such as social gaming where we see significant potential. 

"The proposed regulatory changes in Europe, particularly those in Germany which were announced shortly after completion of the Merger last year and that had a significant adverse impact on our share price one week later, have resulted in an impairment of some of the goodwill acquired as part of the Merger.  Had the Merger completed one week later no such impairment would have been required. This is a non-cash charge and the business has continued to deliver an impressive operational and financial performance, generating strong cashflow." 

On current trading and outlook they added:

"We are well-placed to capitalise on the regulatory, technological and competitive shifts that continue to transform our industry at a rapid pace.  The scale and breadth of our revenue base, coupled with our significant technology resources put us in a strong position to succeed and to capture a bigger share of the expanding digital entertainment market.  This year we will add more casino games, continue to improve our poker and bingo offerings and gear up for the UEFA Euro 2012 football tournament and the London 2012 Olympic Games, both of which take place in the traditionally quieter summer trading period. 

"We have secured strong business partners in the United States ahead of any regulation there and have also applied for a license in Spain which is expected to regulate in the second quarter of this year. In Germany, we have applied for a gaming license in Schleswig-Holstein, the only EU-compliant licensing regime available.   

"Our current trading has been robust with gross average daily revenue up 2% versus the fourth quarter of 2011 to €2.93m (Q4 11: €2.87m) and we are recommending a final dividend per share of 1.56p making 3.12p per share for the full year."

Contacts:
bwin.party digital entertainment plc    

Investors
Peter Reynolds                                                                +44 (0) 20 7337 0177

Media
John Shepherd                                                                +44 (0) 20 7337 0100

Interviews with Jim Ryan, Norbert Teufelberger and Martin Weigold
Interviews with Jim Ryan and Norbert Teufelberger, Co-CEOs, and Martin Weigold, Chief Financial Officer, in video/audio and text will be available from 7.00am BST on 29

Analyst meeting, webcast, dial-in and conference call details: Thursday 29 March 2012
There will be an analyst meeting for invited UK-based analysts at Numis Securities, The London Stock Exchange Building, 10 Paternoster Square, London, EC4M 7LT starting at 9.30am BST.  There will be a simultaneous webcast and dial-in broadcast of the meeting.  To register for the live webcast, please pre-register for access by visiting the Group's website (www.bwinparty.com ).  Details for the dial-in facility are given below.  A copy of the webcast and slide presentation given at the meeting will be available on the Group's website later today.

Dial-in details to listen to the analyst presentation at 9.30am, 29 March 2012

9.20 am

Please call:       +44 (0) 203 003 2666

Title

bwin.party         Full Year Results

9.30 am

Meeting starts

A recording of the meeting will be available for a period of seven days from 29 March 2012.  To access the recording please dial the following replay telephone number:

Replay telephone number:

+44 (0) 208 196 1998

Replay passcode:

2117064#

Conference call: 2.30pm, 29 March 2012
For international analysts and investors there will be an opportunity to put questions to Jim Ryan, Norbert Teufelberger and Martin Weigold on a conference call using the following number:

2.20pm

Please call:       +44 (0) 203 003 2666

Title

bwin.party         Full Year Results

2.30pm

Conference call starts

A recording of the conference call will be available for seven days from 29 March 2012 on the following number:

Replay telephone number:

+44 (0) 208 196 1998

Replay passcode:

4237123#

All times are British Summer Time (BST).

About bwin.party
bwin.party digital entertainment plc (LSE: BPTY) is the world's largest listed online gaming company. The Company was formed from the merger of bwin Interactive Entertainment AG and PartyGaming Plc on 31 March 2011.  Incorporated, licensed and regulated in Gibraltar, the Group also has licences in France, Italy and Denmark. With offices in Europe, India, Israel and the US, the Group generated total pro forma revenue of €816.0m and pro forma Clean EBITDA of €199.3m in 2011.  bwin.party commands leading market positions in each of its four key product verticals: online sports betting, poker, casino and bingo with some of the world's biggest online gaming brands including www.bwin.com, www.PartyPoker.com www.PartyCasino.com and www.FoxyBingo.com .The Group's scale, technology  and strong portfolio of games collectively differentiates its customer offer from those of its competitors. bwin.party is a constituent member of the FTSE 250 Index and the FTSE4Good Index Series, which identifies companies that meet globally recognised corporate responsibility standards. For more information about bwin.www.bwinparty.com



Pro forma

Actual

Year ended 31 December

2011

€ cents

2010

€ cents

2011

€ cents

2010

€ cents

Basic EPS (loss per ordinary share) - Continuing operations

Standard

(47.1)

10.4

(56.0)

9.8

Clean~

18.5

19.0

17.9

17.8

Basic EPS (loss per ordinary share)  - Total operations

Standard

(49.6)

6.2

(58.2)

9.5

Clean~

16.0

14.8

15.8

17.7

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This press release was issued by bwin.party digital entertainment plc and was initially posted at http://www.bwinparty.com/Investors/FinancialNews/2012/120329 2011 Full Year Results.aspx . It was distributed, unedited and unaltered, by noodls on 2012-03-29 08:35:41 AM. The issuer is solely responsible for the accuracy of the information contained therein.

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