Paf profits on record revenue performance

Finance News

A successful year makes big dividends of Paf funds possible, with both revenue and profit increasing. Paf continues to invest in responsible gaming measures and the newly published figures for Paf’s customer segments show that the investments are having an effect.

Paf has had a good year, the international successes continue and the Land & Ships business has recovered a great deal after the pandemic. The group turnover for 2022 increased from EUR 135 million to EUR 165.7 million, which is an increase of 23% and a new turnover record. 

“We are pleased with last year, it is a good result and a testament to our ability to deliver. We are doing much better in Sweden, Switzerland and Spain. In addition, our ship operations have largely recovered,” says Paf’s CEO Christer Fahlstedt.

Paf’s Chairman of the Board Jan-Mikael von Schantz & CEO Christer Fahlstedt

Paf’s profit increased from EUR 34.3 million to EUR 44.4 million, with around EUR 8 million of the positive result being due to a temporary reduction in lottery tax in Finland. The result paves the way for a larger distribution of Paf funds. 

“Paf’s purpose is to generate funds for the benefit of society and with the strong result we can distribute EUR 33.1 million. From the Board’s point of view, we are really pleased with how the employees have managed to perform and develop the company over the past year,” says Chairman of the Board Jan-Mikael von Schantz.

In autumn 2022, Paf chose to lower the mandatory loss limit for young players aged 18-24. In the spring of 2023, Paf chose to invest heavily in responsible gaming again, when it lowered the loss limit for all customers to EUR 17,500 per year. In addition, Paf introduced a specific loss limit for young players aged 18-19, 1800 euros per year.

“We estimate that our measures cost about €7 million in total. For Paf as a company, this is a significant sum, but it is the right thing to do. We should provide entertainment in a sustainable way,” says Christer Fahlstedt.

The loss limits have put an end to the revenues from the most intensive playing customers.

Since its foundation in 1966, Paf has generated over €400 million to societal benefits, totalling €416 million.

“We have increased the more sustainable green revenues by 22% from 2021 to 2022, which is a big step in the right direction. The other segments have also increased, which can mostly be explained by our recent acquisition of the Speedy companies in the Swedish market,” says Christer Fahlstedt.