Management and employees at the Swedish online gambling software provider Net Entertainment are celebrating a remarkably successful year despite difficult economic conditions, reporting that full year after tax profits soared by over a third on the previous year's results.
After tax profits for the full year rose 35 percent to SEK 107.7 million (Euro 10.5 million) from SEK 80 million in 2008. Operating profit soared even higher - to SEK 87.8 million, or 37 percent up on 2008's SEK 32.4 million, and revenues for the year jumped by 46 percent up to SEK 300.1 million (2008 FY: SEK 205.6 million).
President and chief executive Johan Öhman said that the fourth quarter showed stronger performance than the third, and that the upward trajectory has continued into 2010.
“We saw strong growth at the end of 2009 with a revenue growth of 12 percent during the fourth quarter compared to quarter three," explained Ohman..
"The increase was the result of organic growth by existing licensees. The number of game transactions increased by 23 percent during the same period. Combined, this result shows that there is a strong market development and demand for our products. This positive trend has continued in January 2010.”
Ohman is optimistic on the company's prospects for 2010, saying: “We have a solid order backlog comprising, for example, Expekt and Microgame which, together with Sportingbet rolling out CasinoModule on additional geographical markets, will create new license revenues.
“The implementation of Seamless Wallet is ongoing with our major licensees. This functionality enables operators to place Net Entertainment's games in other parts of the web portal than the casino and thereby offer games to a larger share of their players, creating a foundation for increased gaming revenues from new player segments.
“CasinoCafé had positive development during the fourth quarter with increasing volumes; however, from a low level. Delta Invest continues the roll-out of CasinoCafe, which has been slower than expected, with focus primarily on the Ukraine market.”
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