Betsson Group tops expectations as revenue surge 37%
Betsson Group has reported a 37% revenue rise to SEK 1,762.5 (1,289.5) million, casino revenue increased by 33%. Sportsbook revenue increased by 47% and the sportsbook margin was 7.3% (6.8%) Active customers increased by 44% .
During the fourth quarter, revenues increased by 37 percent compared to the previous year, with growth in all regions, and the operating profit increased by 59 percent.
The increase is driven by both casino and sportsbook with a sportsbook margin that was slightly higher compared with the third quarter this year. We are pleased by the continued strong development in the Nordics, especially in Denmark and Sweden, at large driven by the “pay and play” brand Jalla Casino.
There are several reasons for Betsson’s success. The transition to digital entertainment has been further accelerated during the pandemic, which has benefited us, but in the long run Betsson’s underlying strengths are crucial in creating growth and shareholder value. Our long experience and the strong financial position mean that we can continue to implement our strategy with a focus on growth despite current challenges.
During the first nine months of 2020 Betsson made several acquisitions, which together with licenses obtained in other countries, entailed expansion with new brands to new markets while we continued to develop products and functions in existing markets. During the fourth quarter, Betsson continued on this offensive path. We obtained a license in Argentina and launched the Betsafe brand in Kenya. In December, Betsson obtained a license in Colorado, USA and preparations are now underway to launch our highly competitive Sportsbook there in 2021.
There is great interest in our Sportsbook and our ambitions are high to develop the B2B offering as a sportsbook supplier. Our first B2B sportsbook customer ibet was intended to launch in time for the Euro 2020 but had to postpone due to the pandemic. ibet has now had a “soft launch” in the European market and we continue to evaluate additional business opportunities, said Pontus Lindwall, CEO Betsson AB.