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Revenues at Betfair climb 18% in 2016

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Revenues at Betfair climb 18% in 2016

Revenues at Betfair climb 18% in 2016
March 08
10:38 2017

Paddy Power Betfair has reported higher revenues and operating profits for 2016 – its first full year of earnings since the merger of the two betting giants last year. Revenues for the year rose by 18% to £1.5 billion, while the company’s operating profits jumped 44% to £330 million.
However it said that for statutory purposes, the firm reported a loss of £5.7 million due to expenses related to the merger of the two firms. The company has proposed a final dividend of 113 pence per share which resulted in a total dividend for the year of 165 pence per share.

Chief executive Breon Corcoran said that 2016 was a transformational year for the company, with much of the integration of the businesses completed sooner and more efficiently than expected.

“We have created a business with considerable scale that is stronger and better able to compete than either of the individual legacy companies. The group is well positioned to deliver sustainable, profitable growth,” Mr Corcoran added. He also said that the company has seen no material impact on its business from the UK’s Brexit vote so far.

From the 2017 financial year, Paddy Power Betfair said that it will benefit from total cost synergies of £65 million a year after a £35 million benefit in 2016. It added that the once-off implementation cost to achieve the synergies was £66 million last year.

Sports revenue for last year rose by 19% and gaming revenues increased by 14%. Revenue growth included a £78 million benefit from the translation of non-UK revenues due to the weakness of sterling compared to 2016. The company said that sports results “ebbed and flowed” between favouring bookmakers and customers during 2016.

“The first quarter saw a high number of favourites winning at the Cheltenham Festival, before unfancied results at the Euro 2016 tournament boosted revenues in June and July. The year concluded with customer friendly football results in December,” it added.

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