In 2019, at the highest betting and gaming volume in history

  • gross betting and gaming revenue of EUR 143.3 million at previous year’s level;
  • EBITDA in financial year 2019 at EUR 35.2 million;
  • Cash and short-term time deposits at EUR 54.8 million.

In financial year 2019, the AG group achieved the highest betting and gaming volume in the company’s history with more than 3.2 billion euros. Gross betting and gaming revenue reached EUR 143.3 million, almost exactly the same as the previous year (FY 2018: EUR 143.4 million).

Betting fees and gaming levies in the financial year 2019 were slightly below the level of the previous year at EUR 20.9 million (FY 2018: EUR 21.0 million). VAT on electronic services resulted in a burden on earnings of EUR 4.9 million in the financial year 2019 (FY 2018: EUR 7.3 million).

Accordingly, the net betting and gaming revenue increased by 2.0% to EUR 117.5 million (FY 2018: EUR 115.1 million).

Earnings development in the financial year 2019

In financial year 2019, EBITDA was EUR 35.2 million, EUR 1.0 million below the reference value of the same period in the previous year (FY 2018: EUR 36.2 million). Earnings before taxes (EBT) in financial year 2019 reached EUR 33.1 million (FY 2018: EUR 35.0 million).

As a result of a fiscal tax audit, corporate tax back payments in Austria from changes in group transfer pricing and, correspondingly, corporate tax reclaims in Malta resulted in a net additional charge of EUR 13.9 million in income taxes in the financial year 2019.

This burden resulted in a group tax rate of 45.7% (FY 2018: 6.8%). The group tax rate for the financial year 2019, adjusted for one-time effects from the fiscal tax audit, is 18.2%.

Overall, the consolidated profit for the period in the financial year 2019 was EUR 18.0 million (FY 2018: EUR 32.6 million).

Dividend proposal

Management Board and Supervisory Board will propose a dividend of EUR 2.00 per share to the Annual General Meeting on 20 May 2020.

This proposed resolution corresponds to a dividend yield of 3.78% based on the 2019 year-end share price. The total dividend amounts to EUR 14.0 million.

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