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Playtech acquires Best Gaming Technology

Released 07:00 13-Jul-2016

RNS Number : 0127E
Playtech PLC
13 July 2016

Playtech plc


Playtech acquires Best Gaming Technology


Acquisition enhances Playtech's omni-channel offering to drive digitalisation of retail



Playtech (LSE: PTEC) today announces that it has acquired Best Gaming Technology GmbH ("BGT") for €138 million. The consideration was paid from Playtech's existing cash resources.


Headquartered in Vienna, BGT was founded in 2005 and is the leading provider of sports betting software and solutions for gaming and sports betting operators. Its customer base includes, amongst others, some of the most well established bookmakers in the UK and Spain, such as Betfred, Codere, Coral, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power Betfair and William Hill.


BGT's main product is its proprietary software for self-service betting terminals ("SSBTs"). Its offering combines class-leading technology with a digital terminal that revolutionises the traditional over-the-counter experience, at times generating more than double the volumes of other SSBT providers. Other products include ePOS and till systems for betting operators and an omni-channel web / mobile betting platform. In addition to supplying many of the most profitable bookmakers in the UK, the acquisition will provide Playtech with greater penetration into the Spanish and Italian markets with several significant potential new customers in the pipeline.


SSBTs and ePOS systems that digitise retail betting businesses form one of the fastest growing areas for betting companies and one of the most important elements of a true omni-channel offering. BGT's product portfolio will enhance the Playtech ONE omni-channel offering, which enables players to enjoy a seamless, anywhere-anytime gaming experience across any product, channel and device, all using a single account and wallet.


BGT's business model is based on a revenue share of the gross win margin from each SSBT. At the end of FY2015, BGT provided approximately 24,000 SSBTs with its betting software to licensed operators with this number forecast to increase significantly over the coming years driven primarily by the roll-out of new SSBTs, compact terminals and tablets as bet entry devices as well as by increased usage of existing SSBTs.    


Playtech has acquired 90% of the issued share capital of BGT for €138 million, with the remaining 10% retained by Dr. Armin Sageder, BGT's founder and CEO, who will remain with BGT for at least 3 years from completion. Playtech has a call option to purchase the remaining 10% of BGT at a valuation of 6x BGT's 2019 EBITDA, subject to maximum consideration of €55 million for the 10% holding, with Dr. Sageder having certain put options over his 10% holding at the same valuation. Dr. Sageder may also be entitled to an additional payment of €5 million subject to the achievement of certain operational milestones.


In FY2015, BGT generated revenues of €41.6 million, with all of these revenues coming from regulated markets, and over three quarters of revenues coming from the SSBT software segment. BGT generated adjusted EBITDA of €12.9 million in FY2015 and €12.5 million of adjusted EBITDA in the first six months of 2016. In 2015, BGT generated profit before tax of €6.0 million and had gross assets of €35.9 million as at the year end.


Playtech acquired BGT on a forecast 2016 EBITDA multiple of less than 7 times, a highly attractive multiple for an asset of this quality, which has a track record of significant growth and which is expected to continue to achieve significant growth going forwards in both revenues and profit, including margin expansion. The acquisition is expected to generate high single-digit earnings accretion for Playtech in the first full year of ownership.


Mor Weizer, Chief Executive Officer of Playtech, commented:


"We believe that the future of gaming is for retail operators to digitise their offering, creating a simple and intuitive experience for customers as well as creating an opportunity to extend beyond retail and into online, including web and mobile. This follows the same trends we see in other commercial sectors around the world with the modernisation and digitisation of betting shops not only improving the retail experience but also adding a whole new channel as it integrates into an online offering.


"BGT is the leading provider of sports betting software and solutions for gaming and sports betting operators in what is one of the fastest growing verticals of our industry. BGT offers the market's most sophisticated retail sports solution which is also both modularised and flexible, allowing Playtech to quickly integrate with its own platform. As the only company that will offer FOBTs and SSBTs, all integrated with the world's leading online platform and products, Playtech will realise the potential of a true omni-channel offering for the benefit of both consumers and operators."


Armin Sageder, Chief Executive Officer of BGT, commented:

"When I founded BGT in Vienna, Austria, in mid-2005 I had the vision of a high-end provider for the sports betting industry with a focus on self-service systems. Whilst other suppliers focused on online and digital, I focused BGT on land-based technology. Having worked through some challenging years in the beginning, BGT has become the number one sports betting technology provider for land based products worldwide, founded on our goals of making sports betting fun, providing high-end technology, being a reliable partner and offering best in class services to our customers.

"BGT is at an inflexion point in its development as we penetrate into new markets whilst upgrading our products at a phenomenal speed. I believe that becoming part of the Playtech family will allow Playtech and BGT to take omni-channel to the next level."



Conference call


Mor Weizer, Chief Executive Officer, and Ron Hoffman, Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call today at 8.30 am. Details of the conference call are as follows:


Dial-in number: 020 3059 8125

Dial-in number for USA: +1 631 9833 103

Participant Password: Playtech


Replay (available for one week)

Dial-in number: 0121 260 4861

Dial-in number for USA: +1 844 2308 058


An audio file will be also available on the Playtech website following the conference call.



This announcement contains inside information.


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For further information, contact:


Playtech plc

Mor Weizer, Chief Executive Officer

Ron Hoffman, Chief Financial Officer

c/o Bell Pottinger


Andrew Smith, Head of Investor Relations

+44 (0)20 3772 2500





+44 (0)1624 645954

Bell Pottinger                                                 

David Rydell / Olly Scott /

James Newman

+44 (0)20 3772 2500



About Playtech


Playtech is a market leader in the gambling and financial trading industries. Founded in 1999 and listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, Playtech has more than 5,000 employees in 13 countries.


Playtech is the gambling industry's leading software and services supplier with more than 130 licensees globally, including many of the world's leading regulated online, retail and mobile operators, land-based casino groups, government sponsored entities such as lotteries, and new entrants opening operations in newly-regulated markets. Its business intelligence-driven gambling software offering includes casino, live casino, bingo, poker and sports betting.


It is the pioneer of omni-channel gambling which, through Playtech ONE, offers operators and their customers, a seamless, anytime, anywhere experience across any product, any channel (online, mobile, retail) and any device using a single account and single wallet. It provides marketing expertise, sophisticated CRM solutions and other services for operators seeking a full turnkey solution.


Playtech's Financials division, run through subsidiary Markets Limited (formerly called TradeFX), is an established and growing online CFDs broker and trading platform provider, operating the brand Its B2C focused offering is available in more than 100 countries and in more than 25 languages and is licensed and regulated in the EU and South Africa.

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