The final six months of the decade saw talk of regulatory crackdowns continue, with pressure growing on operators across a number of markets and verticals. Elsewhere M&A activity rose to the fore, with a number of high-profile acquisitions announced during the period
Lotteries and keno helped Tabcorp’s revenues to increase to 4.4% to $2.91bn for the six months ended 31 December, 2019, even as the operator’s wagering vertical faced integration issues and the gaming services vertical struggled.
Aspire Global has put a 97.5% year-on-year decline in net profit for 2019 primarily down to a major tax settlement in Israel, though the igaming solutions provider was able to report an increase in revenue for the year.
Denmark’s regulated gambling market reported declines in gross gaming revenue across a number of core verticals, though a strong performance from the online casino vertical allowed the market to post year-on-year growth for 2019.
Affiliate giant Catena Media has revealed it is set to post an operating loss for the fourth quarter due to the impact of intangible assets, the adoption of IFRS 9 accounting assumptions and an exceptional revenue adjustment in the US.
China’s Welfare and Sports Lottery sales declined 17.5% to CNY422.05bn (£46.39bn/€55.80bn/$60.12bn) in 2019, after the year concluded with a 4.9% year-on-year decline in sales for December, according to figures from the country’s Ministry of Finance.
Loto Quebec’s revenue fell 11.1% to $685.6m as a lack of larger jackpots slashed lottery revenue, while revenue from other verticals also declined in the quarter ended 31 December, the third of the operator’s fiscal year.
France’s online gaming market revenue grew 18.1% year-on-year to €1.42bn in 2019, thanks in part to a 27.3% increase in the contirbution from sports betting, according to online gambling regulator L’Autorité nationale de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL).
Online gambling operator LeoVegas has reported a sharp year-on-year decline in profit for 2019 as a result of depreciation, amortisation and impairment charges, despite seeing consolidated revenue increase by 9%.
The New South Wales (NSW) Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority has convicted Ladbrokes Australia and Neds of illegal gambling marketing activities in the Australian state, issuing the two operators with a record fine of AUD$207,500, the highest ever levied in the state.