Kindred Group plc - Year end report January - December 2020 (unaudited)
VALLETTA, Malta, Feb. 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --
Fourth quarter 2020
Full year 2020
"New record in active customers and solid performance across all products contributes to strong growth"
I am pleased that we can finally put 2020, a difficult year for most people, businesses and countries, behind us. It has certainly been a year we will all remember. At Kindred, we have successfully managed to navigate these uncertain times and have continued to attract customers who enjoy a safe and entertaining gambling experience, resulting in several new all-time highs this quarter including active customers and Gross winnings revenue, which increased 54 per cent from the fourth quarter of 2019 to GBP 364.7 million.
Our scalable business model continues to drive profitability
The fourth quarter delivered strong results thanks to our scalable business model, continued focus on costs and impressive growth in active customers to 1.78 million. The busy sports calendar and a slightly higher than normal sports betting margin of 10 per cent, together with encouraging growth of 52 per cent in casino & games compared to the fourth quarter of 2019, have all contributed to our notable growth in Gross winnings revenue. Continued focus on operational costs and improved return on marketing investments also resulted in impressive growth in underlying EBITDA of 284 per cent to GBP 118.0 million. At the same time, it is encouraging to see that Kindred's share of voice across markets has increased throughout 2020.
Continued growth in core markets and expanding our US footprint
Our European and Australian businesses have continued to grow during the fourth quarter which, as we have proven many times before, shows that we remain resilient to temporary market turbulence. The sector also firmly established itself in the US market during 2020, and our Unibet brand continues to deliver here according to plan with a Gross winnings revenue contribution of GBP 23.8 million for the full year. Being one of the largest operators in the world, I look forward to our continued journey in the US as Unibet projects to launch in both Illinois and Iowa during 2021.
The transformation to locally regulated markets continues
Entering new markets, or preparing for local regulation in existing markets, involves patience and focus. It normally takes 18 to 36 months for a market to reach pre-regulation profitability, following initial margin pressure due to betting duties, compliance costs and marketing investments. I do not expect it to be any different for the Dutch market and, as it prepares for local regulation in 2021, we will use our previous experience to our advantage. After a slightly challenging start in Sweden, we are now two years in and, as envisaged, we are getting close to pre re-regulation levels of financial contribution. It is also encouraging to see that over the course of 2020, locally regulated markets have grown at a faster pace than .com markets.
A good start to 2021 and new opportunities
With a scalable business model and our house in order we are ready for what lies ahead. The year has started well, with the average daily Gross winnings revenue for the first 38 days of 2021 being 41 per cent higher (36 per cent higher in constant currency) than the same period last year. Finally, I would like to thank the Kindred team for their outstanding work during a very difficult year and I know that all of us look forward to giving our customers a safe and exciting experience during 2021, building up to the Euros and the Olympics in Tokyo.
Henrik Tjärnström, CEO of Kindred Group
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