Group Limited (Nasdaq: GAMB) (“ Group” or the “Company”), a multi-award-winning performance marketing company and a leading provider of digital marketing services for the global online gambling industry, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022.

Charles Gillespie, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Group, commented, “Our quarterly results, including record revenue, reflect continued strength in established markets, our successful execution in the rapidly growing North American market and the benefits of our efficient operating model which drives attractive operating margins and consistent positive Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow. Third quarter 2022 revenue rose 94%, inclusive of currency headwinds, to $19.6 million; Adjusted EBITDA increased 32% to $6.4 million; and we generated Free Cash Flow of $4.9 million. In addition, new depositing customers rose 152% year-over-year in the third quarter and nearly 20% on a quarterly sequential basis.

“Our investments to expand the breadth and quality of our portfolio of performance marketing websites ahead of new North American market launches has positioned Group for strong performance from its first day of operations in each of these new markets. The efficacy of this strategy is evident in our strong third quarter revenue growth in North America, which increased nearly 300% year-over-year to $9.1 million. This growth reflects, in part, contributions from three new markets that have come online since Q3 2021, including a strong first month of operations in Kansas which opened on September 1. We believe our similar investments in premium domains to address markets that we expect to come online over the next several quarters, including Ohio, Maryland and Massachusetts, position the Company for similarly strong starts as these new markets formally launch. In addition to leveraging our extraordinary North American growth opportunity, we continue to grow in more established markets, as reflected by our all-time record quarterly revenue in the U.K. and Ireland. Group’s strong performance in both new and mature markets provides clear evidence that our performance marketing platform helps online gambling operators address their critically important goal of investing in efficient and profitable customer acquisition that delivers easily attributable and quantifiable returns.

“Our consistently strong Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow, even as we continue to invest to drive further growth, is a key differentiator for Group. We will continue to benefit from our proprietary technology, which offers us competitive advantages, a significant pathway for near and long-term growth in North America, a track record of delivering consistent growth in our established markets and an operating model that drives profitability. As such, we are confident in our ability to grow over the balance of this year and extend our successes in 2023 and beyond.”

Third Quarter 2022 vs. Third Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights
(in thousands, USD, except per share data, unaudited)

  Three Months Ended September 30,   CHANGE
  2022   2021   $   %
Revenue 19,649     10,123     9,526     94 %
Net income for the period attributable to the shareholders 2,261     4,675     (2,414 )   (52 )%
Net income per share attributable to shareholders, diluted 0.06     0.13     (0.07 )   (52 )%
Adjusted net income for the period attributable to shareholders 6,035     4,675     1,360     29 %
Adjusted net income per share attributable to shareholders, diluted 0.16     0.13     0.03     27 %
Adjusted EBITDA 6,413     4,870     1,543     32 %
Adjusted EBITDA Margin 33 %   48 %       (15 )%
Cash flows generated by operating activities 5,622     1,381     4,241     307 %
Free Cash Flow 4,896     754     4,142     549 %

Share Repurchase Program

The Company’s Board of Directors approved a share repurchase program pursuant to which Group may purchase up to $10.0 million of its ordinary shares in open market transactions, including under plans complying with Rule 10b5-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The actual number of shares to be purchased will depend upon market conditions and is subject to available liquidity, economic conditions, alternative uses for the capital and other factors. All shares purchased will be held in the Company’s treasury for possible future use. As of September 30, 2022, Group had approximately 36.5 million shares issued and outstanding. There is no minimum number of shares that the Company is required to repurchase, and the repurchase program may be suspended or discontinued at any time without prior notice.

Third Quarter 2022 and Recent Business Highlights

  • North American revenue grew 299% to $9.1 million
  • Delivered more than 68,000 new depositing customers
  • Successfully launched operations in Kansas
  • performed ahead of plan and’s performance marketing revenues accelerated
  • Won the SBC North America Sports Affiliate of the Year Award
  • Subsequent to quarter end, acquired ultra-premium domain name

Elias Mark, Chief Financial Officer of Group, added, “Our third quarter revenue and Adjusted EBITDA were ahead of analyst consensus estimates. We remain focused on investing in the business in a disciplined manner as we prioritize growth that delivers positive Free Cash Flow. The Company remains well capitalized and in a strong position to meet our 2022 full year outlook and to generate continued growth in 2023 and beyond.”

2022 Outlook

For fiscal year 2022, based on currently available information, the Company reiterates its fiscal 2022 guidance and estimates:

  • Total revenue will be in the range of $71 million to $76 million
    • The mid-point of this range represents year-over-year growth of 74%
  • Adjusted EBITDA will be in the range of $22 million to $27 million
    • The mid-point of this range represents year-over-year growth of 33%

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