Aspire Global has reported widespread year-on-year growth across a number of key financial metrics during the six months to June 30.
Revenue came in at €33.4m ($40m), up 9% from the €30.6m posted in the first half of last year, with B2B revenue climbing 12% to €16.7m.
Earnings before interest and tax increased from €5.2m to €5.7m, while earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation jumped 11% from €5.6m to €6.3m, with a margin of 19%.
Elsewhere, earnings after tax totaled €5.4m, slightly lower than the €5.6m that was posted last year, while earnings per share after tax dropped from €0.13 to €0.12.
Letter from the CEO
“Aspire Global had continued growth during the second quarter; adding 60.3 thousand new users (FTDs) and two new partners as well as completing a comprehensive overhaul of our proprietary brand Karamba.com. In addition, five new brands were launched and four additional casino brands were migrated to our own platform. Revenues for the second quarter increased by 14% to EUR 17.3 million (15.2), primarily driven by the B2B-segment which delivered impressive growth and strengthened Company EBITDA by 29% to EUR 3.6 million (2.8).
A new chapter
Aspire Global’s story began over a decade ago; as a B2C gaming brand. Today, we offer a unique B2B solution; operating with six licenses and more than 60 iGaming brands, with 140 dedicated employees in Malta and Israel. We are appreciated for our result focused approach; most recently demonstrated during the intense IPO-process where we put vigorous efforts in to presenting Aspire Global to potential investors in the Swedish capital market. The response was overwhelming and I believe the excessive interest for subscribing to our shares confirms a high level of confidence in our strategy, unique offering and strong potential. We will do are foremost to meet the great expectations, starting with the second quarter performance.
Continued strong growth
Both business segments had continued growth in deposits and revenues, especially the B2B-segment where previous year’s deals contributed significantly to growth and increase in profitability for the Group as a whole. We launched five new brands and migrated four additional casino brands from two competing platforms to our own platform. These brands now operate at full capacity, demonstrating the strength of our platform, which is promising for similar events going forward. We also completed the initial integration of Minotauro Media; our first acquisition in which we obtained a stake of 30%. By acquiring operators and migrating their brands to our own platform, we wish to increase revenue, scale benefits and cash flows which could finance the remaining stake in partially acquired targets. We continue the integration of Minotauro Media, while staying open to similar attractive opportunities in line with our strategy.
Since 2014 Aspire Global has focused on strengthening its position within the industry by developing and improving its B2B offering as well as growing the proprietary brands. Aspire Global has during this time managed to generate strong growth with very limited marketing expenditure towards new partners; achieving a compound annual growth rate in deposits of 30% and Net Gaming Revenue (NGR) of 22% since 2013. The company is now in a position to leverage on the strong platform and position established during the last few years to accelerate Aspire Global’s growth; organically and through M&A. We are pleased to welcome so many new shareholders on this journey.”
Tsachi Maimon, CEO Aspire Global…
Digicode Appoints Itai Zak as Executive Director for iGaming Division
Digicode, a leading provider of innovative software solutions, has appointed Itai Zak as Executive Director for the iGaming division. In this role, Itai will drive the growth and strategic direction.
With over 15 years of experience in the iGaming industry, Zak brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Digicode. He has a proven track record of successfully leading and scaling businesses in the online gaming sector, gaining experience as the CEO of SBTech, GoWild Gaming, and Spiral Solutions.
Under Itai’s visionary leadership, GoWild Casino not only seamlessly transitioned to a state-of-the-art iGaming platform but also achieved an astounding 450% increase in profitability, driven by Itai’s strategic expansion into new markets and his ability to build and lead a formidable team of over 300 professionals.
At SBTech, Itai was instrumental in redefining the company’s sales, marketing, and business development approach, transforming SBTech into a leading provider of turnkey sports betting and iGaming solutions. His efforts have helped grow the company from 60 to over 600 employees across multiple global locations, with significant year-on-year growth in net profit.
Itai’s appointment is a testament to the company’s commitment to innovation, excellence, and strategic growth within the iGaming sector. His proven track record in navigating complex regulatory environments, coupled with his forward-thinking approach to product and market strategy, positions Digicode for exciting advancements in its iGaming offerings.
“We are thrilled to have Itai Zak join our team. His deep understanding of the iGaming landscape and leadership skills will be invaluable as we continue to innovate and expand our foothold in this dynamic industry. Also, Itai’s proven track record in navigating complex regulatory environments, coupled with his forward-thinking approach to product and market strategy, positions Digicode for exciting advancements in its iGaming offerings,” Max Maslii, President and global CEO at Digicode, said.
In his new role, Zak will develop and execute Digicode’s iGaming strategy, focusing on driving revenue and growth. He will work closely with the product development and sales teams to deliver cutting-edge solutions tailored to the unique needs of iGaming operators.
“I am excited to join Digicode and lead their iGaming division. Digicode has a proven track record of delivering innovative software solutions, and I am eager to contribute to their continued success in the iGaming market,” Itai Zak said.
Pragmatic Play Goes Live with City Center Online in Argentina
Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, is enhancing its standing in Argentina and is now live with City Center Online.
Taking its leading Slots portfolio to the online casino, City Center Online’s players are now set to benefit from leading titles, including award-winning hits like Sugar Rush and Gates of Olympus as well as more recent releases from Pragmatic Play’s ever-expanding portfolio such as Pub Kings and Mustang Trail.
This latest agreement follows a series of partnerships that Pragmatic Play has struck across the regulated LatAm markets, combined with several regional industry awards, further cements its position as the leading supplier in Latin America.
Victor Arias, VP of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “We are delighted to announce Pragmatic Play’s agreement with City Center Online as the brand continues its upward trajectory and supply even more LatAm operators with its acclaimed, industry-leading titles.
“With Pragmatic Play’s renowned slot library now live on the platform, we are confident they will be a hit with City Center Online’s players, and we look forward to see its content provision expanding even more in the near future.”
Samanta Zio, Online Gaming Manager at City Center Online, said: “The quality and brand recognition that is brought on by Pragmatic Play games cannot be understated and we are delighted to now offer its portfolio to our players.
“Underpinning our commitment to providing premium gaming experiences to audiences in Argentina, we are confident this partnership is a momentous win for City Center Online.”
Pragmatic Play Adds TriunfoBet to Growing List of Latin American Partners
Pragmatic Play, a leading content supplier to the iGaming industry, will soon bring its dynamic multi-product portfolio to more customers with Venezuelan operator TriunfoBet, encompassing its Slots, Live Casino, and Virtual Sports offering as part of the deal.
The supplier has continued to build on its impressive Live Casino offering with the launch of Treasure Island. The action-packed gameshow follows in the footsteps of similar hit titles such as Sweet Bonanza Candyland and Snakes & Ladders Live which are also fan favorites across LatAm.
In addition, casino classics such as Roulette and Blackjack will be brought to an even wider audience in the region thanks to this latest tie-up.
Pragmatic Play’s renowned Slot portfolio will promptly be available for TriunfoBet players to enjoy including new titles such as Gates of Olympus 1000 in addition to Christmas-themed versions of its player-favourite franchises including Big Bass Christmas Bash and Sugar Rush Xmas.
Rounding off the collection is Pragmatic Play’s Virtual Sports which delivers cutting-edge 3D renderings of popular sports betting markets that match real-life equivalents across horse and greyhound racing, football, and motorsport.
The new agreement with TriunfoBet further boosts Pragmatic Play’s profile across the LatAm market as it cements itself as the industry-leading supplier in the region.
Victor Arias, VP of LatAm Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “Pragmatic Play’s content has become a household name in LatAm, and we are confident that TriunfoBet will achieve similar levels of success as other partners. The LatAm market continues to be a key area of expansion for Pragmatic Play, as evidenced by the consistent stream of new partnerships launched each month. TriunfoBet is the perfect addition to Pragmatic Play’s growing portfolio of partners in this region.”
Luis Lizarazo, CEO of TriunfoBet, said: “We strive to provide our players with an exceptional experience on our platform, and our latest partnership with Pragmatic Play allows us to significantly enhance our offering with their extensive range of products. Pragmatic Play’s remarkable growth in Latin America has been truly impressive, and we are thrilled to be among their latest partners. We are confident that their Slots, Live Casino, and Virtual Sports will be met with the same resounding success they have garnered worldwide.”
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