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Performance marketing quarterly results drive growth for Checkd Media

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Technology-led sports betting specialist Checkd Group has reported substantial improvements in quarter-on-quarter performance, with Checkd Media, the group’s content and marketing arm, utilising its resources and expertise to achieve remarkable results.

Checkd Media’s sustained growth has seen it post notable results across a range of KPIs in Q2 (November 2023-January 2024).

Its organic search offering has enjoyed a 207.10% increase in organic conversions versus the previous quarter, with organic users rising by 86.57%, average monthly users now surpassing 250k for the first time, alongside a 106.06% increase in revenue from organic search.

Paid media accounts increased by 204%, total revenue increased by 114%, and new followers generated increased by 319%.

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Checkd’s social media team also celebrated a 52% rise in followers and 122% more CPA, while accounts and stakes grew by 111% and 53% respectively.

These enhancements demonstrate Checkd’s commitment to boosting the company’s performance across its key sites in the UK and North America.

The news ensures Checkd Media continues the strong start it has made to 2024, on the back of a record-breaking financial year that saw primary brands Footy Accumulators and FlashPicks rise by 250,000 collective followers.

Alex Beecham, Managing Director at Checkd Media, said: “Since the back end of 2023, Checkd have undertaken a renewed approach to the performance marketing channels with the bolstering of new strategic senior appointments in this area.

“What we are now seeing is the beginning of this strategy across organic search, paid and social media with some of our best-ever results being driven, with record monthly traffic and conversions being driven to the Checkd brands and partnered bookmakers.

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“We are confident that the results off the back of this strategy are just the start of an impressive 2024 and we are already seeing results build on this momentum ahead of some of the biggest events in our calendar like Cheltenham and the Euros.”

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Wazdan amplifies Swiss presence with Swiss4Win launch

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Wazdan, the gain-focused developer behind some of the world’s most rewarding casino game experiences has further expanded in the regulated Swiss market, taking its games live with Swiss4Win.

The collaboration enhances Wazdan’s profile in the country with Swiss4Win’s leading online gambling platform revolutionising player experiences with the introduction of the studio’s exciting range of games.

As Wazdan continues to deliver the world’s most rewarding casino game experiences, this new partnership heralds a new era of entertainment. Players can look forward to a diverse selection of captivating slots designed to appeal to Swiss players.

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In conjunction with this partnership, Swiss4Win unveils its new website, meticulously crafted to enhance user engagement. The platform boasts a cutting-edge SEO-oriented design, complemented by a sleek dark mode interface. With a heightened focus on slot providers, the website features a dedicated page showcasing premier gaming offerings.

Radka Bacheva, Head of Sales and Business Development at Wazdan, said: “We’re excited to join forces with swiss4win.ch to introduce our latest games to players worldwide. This collaboration represents a shared commitment to innovation and excellence in the iGaming industry.”

Paolo Sanvido, Chief Executive Officer at Casino Lugano and Swiss4Win, added: “Wazdan’s distinguished reputation stems from its exceptional graphics and innovative features, which have resonated with players globally. Its dedication to crafting enriching casino experiences offers players greater control over their gaming preferences and seamlessly aligns with our audience’s interests.”

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Scientific Games Commemorates Official Ribbon-cutting for Advanced Instant Scratch Game Production Technology at Global Headquarters

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Scientific Games celebrated highly advanced new instant scratch game production technology with a ribbon cutting at the company’s metro Atlanta global headquarters. The new high-definition technology, which completes Scientific Games’ recent USD$65 million investment in instant game production technology at its facilities worldwide, is officially producing scratch games for the company’s global lottery customers. The technology provides the highest, level of game security, quality and innovation in the lottery industry.

“The most important benefit this advanced technology offers our lottery customers worldwide is Scientific Games’ ability to accelerate instant scratch game innovations to excite existing and future players and deliver games faster, ultimately to help lotteries generate monies for the causes they support,” said John Schulz, President, Americas and Global Instant Products for Scientific Games.

With Scientific Games’ instant products representing 70% of global retail sales, the company supplies 114 government-regulated lotteries worldwide with scratch games – a $123.9 billion consumer product that generates an estimated $32.1 billion in funding for lottery good cause programs annually (La Fleur’s 2024 World Lottery Almanac).

“Scientific Games has invested in the most advanced instant game production technology in the lottery industry today as part of our long-term plans to serve our global lottery customers. We are committed to continued investment to evolve scratch game play for responsible consumer entertainment experiences,” said Schulz. “As a trusted supplier to the world’s government lotteries, we understand our role to help ensure their instant game business remains strong and innovative while growing responsibly to fund vital good cause programs.”

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The new technology’s enhanced capabilities offer lotteries more flexibility to plan and quickly produce games featuring specialty finishes and unique playstyles, and with the same environmentally sound approach they expect from Scientific Games. The company uses recyclable paper, water-based inks and energy-efficient production processes as part of its environmental stewardship. This consciousness combined with the company’s industry-leading instant game experts allows Scientific Games to continually innovate new play experiences that entertain consumers.

“Our people are the reason Scientific Games continues to produce the top-performing scratch games in the world. They are truly experts in all aspects of the scratch game development process, starting with consumer insights that guide game design and planning, which then leads to secure programming and production, followed by robust performance measurement analytics. Their passion shines through every day and it’s why we are able to offer this advanced, new technology for our industry,” said Schulz.

Scientific Games is the largest creator, producer and manager of lottery instant games in the world. The company developed the first secure instant scratch game in 1974 and its game security has set the bar for the global lottery industry since, ensuring that no one ever knows where the winning tickets are located. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2023, Scientific Games has five instant game facilities on four continents.

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Good 1st quarter of 2024 for FDJ, in line with Group projections

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  • Revenue for the 1st quarter of 710 million euros, up 7%
    • Gaming revenue[1] in France of 645 million euros, up 3% on a high basis of comparison in the 1st quarter of 2023
    • Strong momentum in online games, with revenue of 100 million euros, representing almost 15% of the Group’s total gaming revenue
  • Tender offer for Kindred opened on 20 February 2024 for a maximum period of 9 months
    • The completion of the tender offer remains subject, in particular, to obtaining regulatory approvals and to FDJ acquiring at least 90% of Kindred’s share capital

 

La Française des Jeux (FDJ), France’s leading gaming operator, has announced its revenue for the 1st quarter of 2024.

Stéphane Pallez, Chairwoman and CEO of the FDJ Group, said: “FDJ has made a good start to the year, in line with its 2024 objectives. All our activities are growing, thanks to our network of over 29,000 retailers and a dynamic online gaming business, which now accounts for 15% of the Group’s gaming revenue. We are also confidently pressing ahead with the Kindred acquisition announced at the end of January.”

Highlights of the 1st quarter of 2024

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  • Revenue up 7% to 710 million euros
    

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Lottery 504 497 +1.4% +1.4%
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Other activities 65 37 +77.4% -3.7%
Group total 710 662 +7.2% +1.1%

 

Revenue for the 1st quarter of 2024 came to 710 million euros, up 7.2% and 1.1% on a like-for-like basis, a performance in line with Group projections.

  • Gaming revenue in France rose by 3.1% to 645 million euros.
    • Lottery revenue rose by 1.4% to 504 million euros, driven by over 4% growth in instant games, driven by the success of gaming portfolio animation such as the launch of Ticket d’Or (€5) at the beginning of January. Draw games, as expected given the unfavourable base effect, mainly for Amigo, were down by 3%. Excluding Amigo, which decline is attributable to its new formula launched at the beginning of June 2023 has stabilised, lottery revenue would have grown by more than 4%.
    • In sports betting & online gaming open to competition, revenue came to 141 million euros, up 9.5% and up 0.9% excluding the integration of ZEturf, despite a high basis for comparison in the 1st quarter of 2023, which had benefited in particular from the very positive impact of the World Cup at the end of 2022.

This performance is attributable to the strong growth in revenue of ParionsSport En Ligne, which rose by more than 25%; which, in addition to its intrinsic momentum, also benefits from the attractiveness of poker, with a high level of cross-selling.

  • Revenue from other activities (International and Payment & Services) came to 65 million euros, compared with 37 million euros in the 1st quarter of 2023, an increase attributable to the integration of PLI, which performed well, driven in particular thanks to EuroDreams.
  • The momentum of online games remains very strong, with revenue up by more than 30% to 100 million euros, representing almost 15% of the Group’s total gaming revenue. Excluding ZEturf and PLI, growth in online games revenue exceeded 20%, driven both by sports betting and online gaming open to competition and by the online lottery, which benefited from EuroDreams’ very high rate of digitalisation, as well as from the attractiveness of instant games and of the exclusive online offer.
  • Tender offer for Kindred
    • On 20 February 2024, the tender offer for Kindred was opened for a maximum period of 39 weeks. Its completion remains subject, in particular, to obtaining regulatory approvals and to FDJ acquiring at least 90% of Kindred’s share capital.
    • On 15 March 2024, Kindred’s shareholders at an Extraordinary General Meeting approved an amendment to the Articles of Association to allow a squeeze-out procedure to be implemented by any shareholder holding at least 90% of Kindred’s share capital.
    • On 28 March 2024, following Veralda’s offer to sell 49% of its Kindred shares, i.e. 2.4 million shares corresponding to 1.12% of the outstanding shares, at a price of SEK122.5 per share, FDJ decided to exercise its right of pre-emption linked to Veralda’s irrevocable commitment, communicated when the transaction with Kindred was announced on 22 January 2024.

As a result, FDJ acquired 2.4 million Kindred shares for SEK 294 million (€25.8 million) and Veralda’s irrevocable commitment continues to apply to its remaining 1.18% stake in Kindred. FDJ now holds 1.12% of Kindred’s outstanding shares and the irrevocable commitments (Corvex Management LP, Premier Investissement SAS, Eminence Capital, Nordea and Veralda) now represent 26.82% of Kindred’s outstanding shares.

Annual General Meeting

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FDJ’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 25 April 2024 at 14.30 at the Palais des Congrès in Issy-les-Moulineaux (25, avenue Victor Cresson – 92130
Issy-les-Moulineaux).

On this occasion, the Group will propose a dividend of 1.78 euro per share in respect of the 2023 financial year, to be paid on 7 May 2024.

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FDJ will publish its half-year results on Thursday 25 July 2024 after the close of trading.

 

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