The Gibraltar-based online casino group 32Red has reported another record operational year in a trading update that showcased a year-on-year rise in net gaming revenue of 51 percent at GBP48.6 million.
The company attributed the record performance to focused marketing, growth in its core business, and a hefty GBP 5.2 million contribution from its July 2015 acquisition of Roxy Palace (see previous report).
Drilling down into the NGR numbers:
* Flagship 32Red Casino revenues were up 34 percent year-on-year at GBP39.3 million;
* Other operations accounted for GBP 2.4 million – a 42 percent y-o-y increase;
* Italian operations delivered GBP 1.7 million in NGR – up 54 percent year-on-year.
The positive performance extended into the new year, with revenues for the first 19 days in January up 27 percent on the same period at the beginning of 2015, and higher at 54 percent if Roxy Palace contributions are factored in.
Chief executive Ed Ware said:
“I am delighted to report a record revenue performance for 32Red in 2015, despite significant regulatory and tax headwinds. This excellent outcome is a reflection of the strength of the 32Red business, our talented and dedicated team, as well as our first class marketing and appealing brands.
“As a result of the strong organic growth delivered throughout the year as well as the smooth integration of the Roxy Palace business, the Company expects to report EBITDA slightly ahead of expectations for 2015 when it announces its preliminary results on Thursday 10 March 2016.
“The acquisition of the Roxy Palace business in July was a perfect fit for us, complementing the strong organic growth at 32Red which has accelerated in direct response to increased and effective marketing investment in the year. Marketing expenditure will be increased again in 2016 and I expect to report further strong progress across the business.”