Date: 26.04.2024

by Adam Dworak

Last update: 08.05.2024 10:56

Betsson AB Reports Strong Start in 2024

Betsson AB has kicked off 2024 with robust financial performance and strategic expansions, underpinned by high customer engagement and diverse revenue streams. The company’s interim report for January to March 2024 showcases a significant uplift in earnings and the introduction of several new market initiatives.

In the first quarter of 2024, Betsson reported a group revenue of EUR 248.2 million, marking a 12% increase from EUR 221.9 million in the previous year.

Financial Overview

This growth is partially organic, with a 25% rise attributed to core business activities. The casino sector saw a 19% revenue increase, although sportsbook revenue dipped by 3%, influenced by a sportsbook margin decrease to 6.6% from 8.0% in the previous year.

Operating income (EBIT) soared by 35% to EUR 57.9 million, setting a new record for the company, while the EBIT margin improved significantly from 19.4% to 23.3%. EBITDA also rose by 32% to EUR 71.6 million, with a corresponding margin increase to 28.8%. This financial growth is reflected in the net income, which reached EUR 42.8 million, up from EUR 36.6 million, and an earnings per share increase to EUR 0.30 from EUR 0.28.

Market Dynamics and Expansion

Betsson’s CEO highlighted the quarter’s achievements, noting, “For Betsson the first quarter of 2024 was characterised by a continued positive development with high customer activity, good growth and strengthened profitability, as well as new growth-oriented initiatives.” Despite challenges such as the significant devaluation of the Argentine peso, the company maintained its momentum with a substantial organic revenue increase.

The company’s strategic focus has been on geographic diversification and investments in both existing and new markets. Notably, Betsson launched its brand in Italy, partnering with Italian football legend Francesco Totti, and expanded its presence in Argentina and Belgium. These efforts are part of a broader strategy to cement its footprint across diverse gaming jurisdictions.

Technological Innovations and Partnerships

Betsson continues to leverage technology and partnerships to enhance its market position. The acquisition of a gaming operator and a game studio in the Netherlands represents a strategic move to bolster its offerings and technological capabilities. Furthermore, Betsson’s B2B sector has shown strong performance, benefiting from previous investments and continuous innovation.

Sustainability Efforts

Sustainability remains a cornerstone of Betsson’s strategy. The company sponsored the Consumer Protection Zone at the ICE gaming fair in London for the second consecutive year, emphasizing its commitment to responsible gambling. This initiative underscores Betsson’s dedication to promoting safer gambling practices and supporting related organizations.

Upcoming Events and Projections

Looking ahead, Betsson is gearing up for an exciting sports season with the UEFA Euro 2024 and Copa America on the horizon.