Trading Update

Jay Dossetter

GVC Holdings PLC (LSE: GVC), the multinational sports betting and gaming group, is pleased to announce the Group enjoyed a record quarterly NGR in Q4 2017 and, as a result, NGR for the year to 31 December 2017 is expected to be c€1,009m. On an underlying1 basis this represents growth of 18% on pro forma2 2016. The Board expects Clean EBITDA3 for the same period to be at the top end of management’s internal expectations.

Key highlights (year to 31 December 2017 unless stated)

  • Total NGR c€1,009m, an increase of 13% on pro forma 2016
  • Underlying NGR growth +18% on pro forma 2016
  • Clean EBITDA is expected to be at the top end of management’s internal expectations
  • Q4 NGR €279.5m – a record since the acquisition of in February 2016
  • Q4 underlying NGR growth +31% – strongest quarter since acquisition

Q44 Trading

Daily NGR for the fourth quarter increased by 21% (+25% in constant currency) and on an underlying basis, was 31% higher. At €279.5m, Q4 2017 NGR was the highest achieved by the Group since the acquisition of

Per day in €000’s Q4-2017 Q4-2016 Change Change CC Change
92 days 92 days
Sports brands
Sports wagers    11,241    12,573 (11%) (6%) (1%)
Sports margin 13.1% 9.7%
Sports NGR      1,203         894 35% 40% 54%
Gaming/other NGR      1,077         949 14% 18% 21%
Total NGR      2,280      1,843 24% 29% 37%
Games brands         677         554 22% 24% 18%
B2B & Non-core           81         118 (31%) (30%) 4%
Group NGR      3,038      2,514 21% 25% 31%
Group NGR (€m)      279.5      231.3 21% 25% 31%

Sports Brands daily NGR grew 24% and on an underlying basis increased by 37%. The gross win margin in Q4 2017 was 13.1%, significantly ahead of the expected long-term average of 10%, with daily sports NGR up 35% and +54% on an underlying basis. The well above average gross win margin predictably reduced recycling, with wagers down 11% in the quarter. However, this was predominantly due to Turkey and wagers on an underlying basis were just 1% lower, a very pleasing performance. Despite the high gross win margin, Sports Brands gaming revenues rose 14% (+21% on an underlying basis), with the benefits of improved product and cross-sell continuing to be important factors.

Gaming Brands daily NGR increased 22% (+24% in constant currency) during the period, and on an underlying basis was +18%. All verticals put in a solid performance, with partypoker maintaining its impressive growth. B2B and non-core revenues grew by an underlying 4%, adjusting for Kalixa which was sold in the first half of 2017.

Kenneth Alexander (CEO) said:

“I’m delighted to report another strong year for the Group with underlying NGR growth of 18%, reflecting the strength of our brands, technology and the hard work of our talented people. We have once again demonstrated our ability to integrate significant acquisitions, realise material synergies and at the same time deliver top line growth. The recommended transaction with Ladbrokes Coral Group presents an exciting opportunity for both sets of shareholders, creating a global gaming group with a portfolio of strong brands across all major regulated online markets, together with proprietary technology and proven management.”


1Excludes acquisitions and disposals undertaken in 2017
2Assumes acquired 1 January 2016
3Clean EBITDA = earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation, share based payments and exceptional items
4Figures on a reported basis unless stated


The information contained within this announcement is deemed to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014. Upon the publication of this announcement, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.


LEI: 213800GNI3K45LQR8L28

For further information:

GVC Holdings PLC
Kenneth Alexander, Chief Executive Tel: +44 (0) 1624 652 559
Paul Miles, Chief Financial Officer Tel: +44 (0) 20 3938 0079
Nick Batram, Head of Investor Relations & Corporate Strategy Tel: +44 (0) 20 3938 0066
Media enquiries:
Buchanan Communications
David Rydell / Henry Harrison-Topham / Chris Lane Tel: +44 (0)20 7466 5066


About GVC Holdings PLC

GVC Holdings PLC is a leading e-gaming operator in both B2C and B2B markets. GVC has four business segments with a number of brands; Sports Brands (bwin, Sportingbet, Gamebookers), Games Brands (partypoker, partycasino, Foxy Bingo, Gioco Digitale, CasinoClub), B2B and non-core assets. GVC acquired digital entertainment plc on 1 February 2016. The Group is headquartered in the Isle of Man, is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index and has licences in more than 18 countries.

For more information see the Group’s website: