- Revenue amounted to €57.8 (Q4 2021: 34.9) million for the fourth quarter of 2022, including a €12.6 million termination fee from PENN Entertainment, and €166.0 (2021: 162.4) million for the period January to December of 2022
- Operating profit (EBIT) for the fourth quarter of 2022 was €18.7 (7.1) million, at a margin of 32.3% (20.2%), and €34.8 (57.0) million, at a margin of 20.9% (35.1%) for the period January to December of 2022
- Revenue and operating profit (EBIT) excluding the termination fee from PENN Entertainment were €45.2 and €6.0 million respectively for the fourth quarter of 2022, and €153.4 and €22.2 million for the period January to December of 2022
- Earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2022 were €0.491 (0.198) and €0.861 (1.501) for the period January to December of 2022
- Cash flow (excluding working capital and M&A) amounted to €17.9 (4.8) million for the fourth quarter of 2022 and €25.2 (44.6) million for the period January and December of 2022
- The 2023 AGM will be held on 11 May 2023. The Board proposes that no dividend is paid out.
- The Board of Directors decided on 19 January 2023 to adopt long-term financial targets in line with Kambi’s strategic vision
Key Q4 highlights
- Operator turnover growth of 20% year-on-year and 43% sequentially, driven by return of busy US sporting calendar and market expansion
- Revenue increased 30%, excluding the termination fee, on back of strong operational performance
- Successful soccer World Cup that saw strong platform stability and a leading offering for partners, powered by newly developed algorithmic trading capability
- New partnership agreement with Rei do Pitaco, the number one fantasy sports operator in Brazil, which will leverage brand and database to transition to sports betting
Highlights after Q4
- Agreed extension to successful partnership with Rush Street Interactive, one of the leading operators in the Americas
- Extended footprint in North America with day one market launches in Massachusetts and Ohio which have a combined population of nearly 20 million
- Continued commercial momentum with the signings of Miami Valley Gaming in Ohio and del Lago Resort & Casino in New York, as well as the renewal of Sun International in South Africa
“The year finished with a flourish with the business delivering across several key areas, providing the perfect springboard into 2023. Operator turnover continues to rise with Q4 turnover up 20% year-on-year and 43% sequentially, buoyed by a busy US sporting calendar.
The soccer World Cup was also an important event for us during the period. Overall, player engagement was excellent with the World Cup final the highest turnover for a soccer game in Kambi’s history. However, the trade-off was a significant reduction in domestic soccer fixtures as top leagues took a mid-season break. A key World Cup highlight was the strength of our product, driven by our third-gen algorithmic trading capability, which we discussed in depth at our recent Capital Markets Day.
This new method of trading automation has been in development for a few years, with the World Cup providing us with the perfect opportunity to stress-test it at scale and we couldn’t have been happier with its performance. Powering our entire pre-match offering, this proprietary capability leverages the full power of data to deliver an even greater product, with more betting opportunities presented to the player in a quick and cost-efficient way. Since the World Cup, we have fully automated the pre-match pricing to deliver a World Cup standard product across many of the top domestic leagues and will continue the roll out across the year to realise more of its benefits, including the automation of in-play pricing.
Just days after the World Cup final, we signed a partnership agreement with Rei do Pitaco, the largest fantasy sports operator in Brazil. I have high hopes for this partnership, having seen the impact fantasy sports databases can have when transitioned to regulated sports betting. The agreement also strengthens our position in Latin America, where we have already taken the leadership position in Colombia and continue to expand in Argentina, adding a further four provinces during the quarter.
Looking back on the full year, it was one where Kambi was able to make significant strategic progress, whether it was securing partnership extensions with Kindred and Parx, the numerous new partners we signed, the leap forward in our UX capability through the acquisition of Shape Games, the continued modularisation of our service to increase our addressable market or the development of our algorithmic trading capability.
All these achievements and more saw us enter 2023 in a fantastic position, one which was quickly strengthened by the extended partnership agreement with Rush Street Interactive in January. The global economic outlook might be uncertain, but we have a proven, robust business, one which is ready to meet any challenges that lie ahead. With a clear focus on the updated strategy we detailed at our Capital Markets Day, we are ready to build towards the financial targets we’ve set ourselves for the coming years.”