04th July 2018

Q4 Trading Update - Record Quarter and Full Year Trading across B2B and B2C

Nektan plc (AIM: NKTN), an international B2B and white label gaming software and services provider, announces its trading and business update for the three months and year ended 30 June 2018 (Q4 FY18 and FY18). The figures stated below are all unaudited.

 

Managed Gaming Solutions (Europe)

 

Q4 FY18

Q3 FY18

Change*

Q4 FY17

Change*

FY18

FY17

Change*

Net Gaming Revenue (“NGR”)

£5.7m

£5.1m

10.9%

£4.2m

36.7%

£19.4m

£13.1m

48.1%

First Time Depositors (“FTDs”)

43,289

36,359

18.5%

42,425

1.5%

156,703

130,105

20.4%

Cash Wagering

£162.9m

£142.4m

14.3%

£120.5m

34.0%

£559.8m

£390.3m

43.4%

 

*calculated using underlying, non-rounded figures

  • Nektan continued its momentum and delivered very strong growth, with record NGR in Q4 FY18 of £5.7m, increasing by 10.9% compared to Q3 FY18 and by 36.7% versus Q4 FY17.
  • This final quarter performance ensured that the full year NGR was £19.4m, increasing by 48.1% from £13.1m the previous year.
  • FTDs continued to grow strongly to 43,289, increasing by 14.3% versus the previous quarter and by 20.4% year on year.
  • Cash wagering of £162.9m in Q4 FY18 increased by 14.3% versus Q3 FY18 and was £559.8m for FY18 up 43.4% versus FY17.
  • Nektan launched 13 new sites and gained four new partners in Q4 FY18. The Company is now operating with a total of 113 brands from 55 partners.  The Group has a strong pipeline of new brands from both existing and new partners to be launched during the current quarter with growth expected from the UK as well as internationally, the latter being an important part of Nektan’s strategy going forward.
  • Nektan’s platform has over 500 games from 24 games providers, underlining the diversified nature of Nektan’s games portfolio. 

B2B

  • The B2B business is becoming a significant part of Nektan’s future global strategy which is being achieved by leveraging the Evolve platform into new, significantly higher margin business lines as the Company moves towards EBITDA break-even in Europe, which is expected during FY19.
  • Nektan generated £105k in revenue from the B2B business during Q4 FY18 versus £83k in Q3 FY18 with a total of 12 deals now live globally versus 9 in Q3 FY18.
  • The first global platform deal with Tyche Digital (“Tyche”) now has four partners live and a significant pipeline of further integrations expected over the coming months, where we are benefiting from our speed of integration and breadth of content offering. 
  • Nektan has made its proprietary remote gaming server (“RGS”) available to third party games studios who can integrate their content directly onto it.  This strategic move has created an opportunity to work with leading industry partners to produce premium content with higher margins.
  • The Group is in discussions with a number of industry partners to integrate E-Lite on a platform to platform basis in the next two quarters which would be an additional global revenue stream for the Group. 

On-Premise Gaming (North America)

·       Nektan’s US subsidiary, Rapid Games™ (“Rapid”) has continued to grow its game portfolios and will go live with its second northern Californian on-premise mobile gaming partner during July 2018.

  • The addition of Metric Gaming’s full service Race and Sports offering to Rapid’s platform is driving significant interest from new markets.
  • Nektan is currently reviewing its strategic options in the US and has had a number of expressions of interest to invest in Rapid.  The Board will provide an update in due course.

Gary Shaw, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Nektan, said:

“We are delighted with Nektan’s continuing revenue growth, increasing 48% in the year to 30 June 2018. We expect to continue to build on this strong momentum in the year ahead.  

We see the business continuing to strengthen further and growth opportunities within both existing markets and, most encouragingly, in the rapidly accelerating demand for our technology from international partners, especially in Asia. In addition, with our licensed US mobile gaming platform, we are very well placed to take advantage of the huge opportunity presented by the opening up of the sector in the United States.

Nektan is currently live in 37 countries across Europe, Asia and North America.  We have developed from a UK-centric business into a global technology company, delivering to our partners operational gaming capability with speed and flexibility across multiple markets.

We look forward to announcing further progress in the coming months.”

 

For further information on the Group, please contact:

Nektan

Gary Shaw, Interim Chief Executive Officer

Patrick Sinclair, Chief Financial Officer

+44 20 3463 8735

 

 

Stockdale Securities Limited (Nominated Advisor and Joint Broker

Tom Griffiths / Ed Thomas

 

+44 20 7601 6100

Newgate (PR Adviser)

James Benjamin

 

 

 

+44 20 7680 6550 / +44 7747 113 930

nektan@newgatecomms.com

Further information on Nektan can be found on the Group's website at www.nektan.com