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STS Reports Consolidated Revenue Rise of 16% for FY22

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The STS Group – one of the largest bookmakers in Central Europe and the market leader in Poland – recorded consolidated revenue of PLN 579 million in 2022, compared to PLN 498 million a year earlier. This represents a year-on-year increase of over 16%. The net profit attributable to the shareholders of the parent company amounted to PLN 169 million, as compared to 131 million in 2021. This represents a year-on-year increase by almost 29%. In addition, adjusted EBITDA reached the level of PLN 273 million last year, which is an increase of over 26% compared to the result from 2021. The adj. EBITDA margin in 2022 was 41.2%, compared to 38.2% the year before. Thus, it increased by 3 percentage points.

In Q4 2022 alone, the STS Group generated revenue of PLN 167 million, that is 43% more than in the previous year. Consolidated net profit attributable to shareholders of the parent company from October to December 2022 amounted to PLN 58 million, i.e. 290% more year-on-year. Adjusted EBITDA in Q4 2022 amounted to PLN 83 million, which means a year-on-year increase by 122%.

“A very good year is behind us – we generated the highest operating results in the Group’s history, which translated into extremely satisfactory financial results. We will soon make a decision regarding the payment of dividends. In accordance with the applicable policy, we will pay 100% of the profit of STS Holding S.A. to the shareholders. Due to the structure of the Group, we will make two payments, as was the case last year,” Mateusz Juroszek, President of the Management Board of STS Holding, said.

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“The plan for the current year is to focus on a number of efficiencies. We focus on Poland to increase profitability and fully exploit the potential of the dynamic market. We implement savings and improve our product. We assume that turnover, NGR as well as EBITDA will be higher this year than last year,” Mateusz Juroszek added.

In 2023, the Group is planning a number of activities aimed at increasing the profitability of its operations. To this end, the company reorganised its operations, focusing on Poland and closing its activities under licenses in the UK and Estonia. The operating results achieved by STS S.A. in 2022 indicate the extremely high attractiveness of the Polish market. The company intends to concentrate its activities in order to be able to use the development potential in the country.

In 2022, the STS Group generated NGR of PLN 663 million, compared to PLN 565 million in the previous year, which means a year-on-year increase of 17%. The value of amounts staked by the customers of the STS Group amounted to PLN 4.679 billion, compared to PLN 4.492 billion in the previous year. The number of active users amounted to 783 thousand in 2022 and 693 thousand in 2021. In 2022, the Group recorded 439 thousand new registrations (370 thousand in 2021), and the number of customers who made their first deposit amounted to 317 thousand (249 thousand in 2021). All operational data is at historical highs.

In Q4 2022 alone, the Group generated the historically highest NGR on a quarterly basis; it amounted to PLN 200 million, compared to PLN 136 million in the previous year. The value of amounts staked by the customers of the STS Group in Q4 2022 amounted to PLN 1.38 billion, compared to PLN 1.218 billion in the previous year. In Q4 2022, the number of active customers was 542 thousand, compared to 386 thousand in Q4 2021. The number of registrations in Q4 2022 was 202,000, compared to 87,000 a year earlier. The number of customers making the first deposit in Q4 2021 amounted to 154 thousand, compared to 60 thousand a year earlier.

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Sends company confirmed its participation in the ICE London Conference 2024

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ICE is the global showcase of innovative technologies, home to 600+ international brands providing access to products and services designed to enhance growth potential. Sends financial company confirmed its participation in the conference inviting to the brand’s stand for meetings.

The 6th of February is the opening day of ICE London 2024. The Sends team will spend three days of the conference meeting the current partners and establishing relationships with new ones in London. On its LinkedIn page, the company noticed that it had set up a stand to provide all the information about activity and business propositions, to meet with associates, and to engage with conference participants.

“Sends team is eager to meet the partners and new people at ICE London 2024. This event is iconic among gaming companies and market players. Organizers predict record attendance for the last London edition. We can’t miss this global event’s opportunities” , commented Anastasiia Pervushyna, Director/MLRO in Sends.

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One of the shareholders (owners) of this company is Alona Shevtsova, a businesswoman, philanthropist, and active participant in the Ukrainian and UK FinTech community.

Recent international industry events during the past year have already clearly shown the value and significance of in-person events for our industry and we expect that to be very evident in London as well”, Alona Shevtsova added.

Sends provides Internet acquiring, multicurrency personal and business accounts. Opening a SEPA/SWIFT/Faster Payments bank account is available within 48 hours after submitting the necessary documents. Sends is available in the web and app versions.

In 2025, the ICE London conference will relocate to Barcelona, Spain. The historic edition of the world’s largest and most international gaming expo ends in Great Britain. This country has hosted the event since 2013.

ICE London 2024 will be held from the 6th to 8th February at ExCeL London. To schedule a meeting with Sends representatives, please use [email protected] email or the conference application.

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*Sends is a trade name of SMARTFLOW PAYMENTS LIMITED.

SMARTFLOW PAYMENTS LIMITED is registered in England and Wales (Company number 11070048).

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It’s time to speed up AI: Slotegrator presented new exciting solutions at iGB L!ve 2023

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A new era in the iGaming industry has begun: AI-powered solutions are now becoming affordable. Slotegrator presented the new AI-powered capabilities of its turnkey online casino platform at iGB L!ve 2023 in Amsterdam.

Every year, Slotegrator presents its newest innovations at iGB L!ve. This year, the company added several new features to its turnkey online casino platform, basing the additions on the results of internal customer research and global market analysis.

Upcoming trends are a constant source of speculation in the iGaming industry. As an industry trendsetter itself, Slotegrator knows what to bet on; last year, the company predicted rapid AI growth, and these capabilities have already been integrated into the company’s solutions.

 

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The upgrades include:

  • The business intelligence (BI) module has become an Artificial BI module. Now it not only helps operators track the analytical data they need to make strategic decisions, but allows them to compare their project with others that operate in the same market. It’s an effective tool for analyzing competitors’ activities and to improve the entire business strategy.
  • ChatGPT was integrated to offer operators 24/7 business consultation. While the strategy will ultimately be up to the casino operator, ChatGPT’s capacity to offer advice can prove invaluable.
  • Fraud Detection (for collecting Big Data to reduce risk) with AI makes it easy for casino operators to set the parameters of what constitutes potentially fraudulent behavior and then segment players accordingly and take action when necessary.

 

Also, Slotegrator integrated a multiplayer chat function – an effective retention tool that emphasizes the value of live communication and offers opportunities for networking and creating player communities. The solution will see the addition of AI capabilities as well.

“This is just the first set of innovations. We are planning to use AI to boost our platform even further. The industry standards are changing, so the market can’t afford to use old tools now. Our participation in iGB L!ve 2023 demonstrated this completely,” says Dmytro Taran, COO at Slotegrator.

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LeoVegas Group granted three licenses to offer gaming software in Sweden

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LeoVegas Group has been granted three five-year licenses by the Swedish Gambling Authority—known as “B2B licenses”— to develop and offer gaming software in Sweden. These licenses, effective from 1 July 2023, have been granted to the Group’s game studio Blue Guru Games and two platforms. Licenses are a prerequisite for providing software to licensed operators and an important step to prevent unlicensed gaming companies, consequently strengthening channelisation in the Swedish gaming market.

Since its inception, LeoVegas Group has experienced rapid growth, evolving from an operator into an integral player within the igaming industry’s value chain via game and platform development. Effective from July 1, 2023, under the Swedish Gambling Act, companies involved in the manufacture, provision, installation, or modification of game software utilised in online gaming are required to possess a license.

LeoVegas Group has now been granted three five-year licenses—referred to as “B2B licenses”—by the Swedish Gambling Authority. These licenses have been conferred upon the Group’s game studio Blue Guru Games, as well as the Group’s two platforms (PAM).

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Gustaf Hagman, CEO of LeoVegas Group, said “We welcome the introduction of B2B licenses, a decisive step towards mitigating the impact of key gaming software being simultaneously provided to licensed operators and unlicensed operators targeting Swedish players. With the new regulations in force, it is now critical that authorities focus on those suppliers deliberately undermining the Swedish licensing system by facilitating unlicensed gaming“.

The 2019 initiation of Swedish gaming licenses marked a significant reform to regulate and supervise gaming companies operating in Sweden. This reform fortified regulations pertaining to marketing and consumer protection, while also ensuring substantial gambling tax revenues. The success of the B2B licensing system heavily depends on the Swedish Gambling Authority’s capacity to restrict key gaming software intended for licensed Swedish companies from simultaneously being used by unlicensed operators seeking to attract Swedish players.

On 1 May, LeoVegas Group announced its intentions to acquire game developer Push Gaming, which is also licensed by the Swedish Gambling Authority and holds two B2B licenses. The acquisition is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2023.

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