Gambling Industry Acquisitions and Financial News — Weekly Round-up for May 25, 2018

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated May 25, 2018

GAN Proposed Subscription To Support U.S. Growth

Proceeds to settle debt and boost resources

iGaming B2B provider GAN has proposed an equity subscription of GBP 7.5 million to U.S. investors which it will use to support U.S. growth following the most recent legislatory developments (see previous InfoPowa reports).

GAN intends using the net proceeds to increase software engineering resources which support existing US clients and the future launch of new US clients and services in the market.

In addition, the company will strengthen its balance sheet by settling in full the GBP 2,001,483 – 9 percent Convertible Unsecured Loan Notes 2022 issued by GAN in April 2017.

The proposed Subscription is subject to shareholder approval at GAN’s upcoming General Meeting and the admission of the Subscription Shares to trading on AIM and the ESM.

Hillman Appointed Permanent CEO At NetEnt

Interim appointment changed to permanent position

The board of directors at NetEnt has appointed Therese Hillman new group CEO, with effect on May 22, 2018.

Hillman has been CFO of NetEnt since January 2017 and acting CEO since March 2018.

Before joining NetEnt, Hillman worked in the e-commerce industry for 10 years and was the CEO of Gymgrossisten, a subsidiary of Qliro Group. She has also been a member of the board of Unibet, and has an M.Sc. in Accounting and Finance from the Stockholm School of Economics.

”We are pleased to appoint Therese Hillman as new Group CEO. Therese has a clear business focus and is an appreciated leader with great energy. NetEnt is pioneering the online gaming industry and is taking the next step to be at the forefront of business focus and innovation. With Therese’s abilities, we get the right person to lead the company in the next growth phase”, said NetEnt’s chairman of the board, Fredrik Erbing in a company statement Monday.

Capital markets day presentation

In related news, NetEnt is holding a capital markets day to present more detailed financial information on the group and its products, at which Hillman and other group execs will provide a business and strategy update and a market outlook for NetEnt.

For the first time, the company presents revenues by geographic region and by customer size class. Additionally, the estimated revenue impact from the upcoming Swedish gaming tax is given, and a new product within Social Casino will be beta-launched today (Tuesday).

Hillman commented in a statement Tuesday:

”We have initiated changes to enable better execution of our strategy, focusing on cost control and new growth initiatives utilizing existing resources. Through a new, exciting product initiative we are now beta-launching a selection of our games on Facebook in the gaming form called Social Casino, which could generate new revenues in the mid- to longer-term perspective.”

Regulated markets form an important part of NetEnt’s growth strategy and the company aims to be ready to operate on the re-regulated Swedish market from the expected start on January 1, 2019, given that the new regulation takes place according to the most recent proposal.

NetEnt’s current total revenues will be negatively impacted by an estimated 2.5 percentage points due to the proposed new gaming tax in Sweden.

The company advises that its revenue split by player country in Q1-2018 was:

  • Sweden 14 percent
  • Other Nordic 18 percent
  • United Kingdom 14 percent
  • Other Europe 47 percent
  • Other World 8 percent

Based on customer size classes, NetEnt’s share of revenues in FY 2017 were split:

  • Customer 1-3 21 percent
  • Customer 4-10 27 percent
  • Customer 11-20 17 percent
  • Customer 21-40 17 percent
  • Other customers 17 percentNetEnt is targeting shareholder cash returns of at least 60 percent of profit after tax, subject to the company’s long-term capital requirement.
Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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