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Monday 27 January, 2020

Nektan PLC

Trading Update

RNS Number : 9262A
Nektan PLC
27 January 2020
 

 

27 January 2020

NEKTAN PLC

("Nektan", the "Company" or the "Group")

Trading Update

 

Nektan plc (AIM: NKTN), the fast growing, award-winning international gaming technology platform and services provider, announces a trading update for the six months ended 31 December 2019. 

Following the Group's restructuring, as announced on 7 January 2020, the Company is now focused on delivering enhanced casino technology and gaming content into international markets with leading operators under a higher margin B2B business model. With this in mind, Nektan is pleased to announce the following trading update for the continuing business, on an unaudited basis for the six months ended 31 December 2019.

Six months ended 31 December 2019 KPIs (unaudited)

 

H1 FY20

H1 FY19

Change

Dec 2019

Nov 2019

Change

B2B Revenue

£787k

£311k

153.1%

£225k

£111k

102.7%

# sites live / generating revenue

28

5

 

28

18

 

# sites live / in beta

6

-

 

6

4

 

# sites in pipeline to launch

21

6

 

21

6

 

* Number of sites is the key KPI as B2B partners may operate multiple sites across markets.

In the B2B division, the Group generated revenues of £787k in H1 FY20 - growth of 153.1% over H1 FY19.  It should be noted that Q2 FY20 saw an intense period of activity with a significant number of sites either entering beta or going live.  Whilst we would expect a ramp up period of 3-4 months following launch, revenue in December 2019 grew by 102.7% over November 2019, underpinning management's confidence of significant growth over the coming months as sites which have recently gone live ramp up.

The Group is now live in multiple markets across Europe, Africa and Asia, with Latin America to be launched in Q3 2020.  Following the period end, the Board is pleased to report that the Group has launched a further 6 sites in January 2020 that were in beta in December 2019.  A further pipeline of 21 confirmed sites is currently due to be launched over the coming months.  The monthly revenue to be earned under the recently signed platform agreement with Grace Media Limited following their acquisition of the Group's previously held UK B2C business (which launched as a B2B partner in January 2020) will provide a further uplift to B2B revenues from January 2020 onwards.

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

"The restructuring represents an important milestone for Nektan. We can now focus on executing our strategy of becoming a dedicated casino technology and gaming content provider globally.  These initial results support the Directors' decision to focus solely on B2B opportunities.

Trading for the six months to 31 December 2019 saw the Group achieving more than double the revenues for the same period last year. The last few months have seen an intense period of activity culminating in now having 34 sites live. With the majority of these going live at the back end of the calendar year, combined with a 3-4 month ramp up period, we expect to report further significant revenue growth during the current quarter (Q3 2020) - early signs in January underpin this.  As a result, the Group continues to anticipate reaching monthly EBITDA break-even by the end of this financial year."

For further information on the Group, please contact: 

Nektan

Gary Shaw, Interim Chief Executive Officer

Simon Hay, Chief Financial Officer

Kam Bansil, IR 

+44 203 478 2648

 

 

 

Shore Capital (Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker)

Tom Griffiths / David Coaten

+44 207 408 4050

 

 

Novum Securities (Joint Broker)

Jon Belliss / Colin Rowbury

+44 207 399 9425

 

 

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

About Nektan:

Nektan is a fast growing, international gaming technology and services provider, specialising in mobile casino. It licenses its proprietary technology to leading operators, including BetVictor.

 

Nektan's full end-to-end technology platform, Evolve, enables the management of the full customer experience and back-office operations, allowing operators on this platform to allow their partners to focus on marketing the product to their consumers.

 

The E-Lite platform is Nektan's B2B gaming content aggregator and bonusing platform that delivers a wide range of premium content from the world's leading game studios. It is an easily-integrated add on module for operators, giving them an array of options and flexibility on how they manage and distribute a breadth of premium gaming content across their networks.

 

Nektan has a material stake in US-based interactive gaming operator Rapid Games, which provides US land-based casinos with an in-venue mobile gaming solution. It allows operators to add mobile technology and content making products accessible to players across both cabinets and mobile devices inside casinos.

Headquartered in Gibraltar, Nektan is regulated by the Gibraltar Licensing Authority, the UK Gambling Commission and the Information Commissioners Office. As a socially responsible licence holder, Nektan endeavours to deliver a safe, secure and robust player gaming experience.

 

Nektan plc was admitted to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in November 2014.

 

 


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