Danske Spil saw a slight decline in their year-on-year gross income for gaming in the first half of the year. The company’s decision to divest its stake in CEGO, a games development studio proved pivotal. Also, increasing costs saw the net profit of the Danish state-controlled operator’s decline significantly.
Revenue for gross gaming for the 6 months to the 30th of June, 2019 totaled DKK2.49 billion (£301.3 million/ €333.9 million/ $367.6 million), a reduction from DKK2.54 million in the same time last year.
According to Danske Spil, they said this was because they sold their stake in CEGO to the original owner of the studio and the private equity fund through Equity III. The sale happened towards the end of June, with the company selling off a whopping 60% of the stake they bought in 2014 for a sum that was never disclosed.
With regards to the ongoing operations, income from the lottery division of Danske Lotteri Spil also dropped from DKK1.37 billion to DKK1.24 billion. This is still the company’s major source of income as it what’s been keeping them afloat.
Revenue from the online gaming division of Danske Licens Spil rose from DKK977 million to DKK1.06 billion. However, slot manufacturer business and the gaming hall Elite Gaming offered an extra DKK188.9 million in income, flat year-on-year.
On the other hand, the operator saw their income from Swush fantasy sports business reduce from DKK8.5 million to DKK3.9 million.
Talking about the results, Susanne Mørch Koch, Danske Spil’s chief executive, was of the opinion that the results were okay and expressed satisfaction with the performance in the first quarter. She added that the company was fully committed to improving their digital offering.
Koch specifically mentioned the acquisition of Tivoli Casino, the online casino that named for the amusement park in Copenhagen, as an important highlight in the time.
“We have succeeded in maintaining the healthy operation of the company and at the same time continuing and intensifying our digital development, which further strengthens Danske Spil’s position with our customers and helps to grow Danske Spil’s market share,” Koch said.
“At the same time, we have completed two large transactions and thus strengthened our core business. Danske Spil took over Tivoli Casino and sold its share of CEGO; a sale that took place on terms that were very satisfactory for Danske Spil and our owners.”
The expenditure at Danke Spil also saw a reduction from DKK1.78 billion in 6 months of 2018 to DKK1.67 billion in 2019. Staff costs increased from DKK136.7 million to DKK148.9 million, while write-downs and depreciation rose from DKK81.5 million to DKK126.1 million
Danske Spil was able to save cost in other areas, with other external expenditure cut from DKK399.7 million to DKK359.9 million.
However, in spite of reduced overall spending, profit before tax reduced from DKK1.16 bilion to DKK1.05 billion, while net profit for that period dropped from DKK928.0 million to DKK872.8 million.
Peter Gæmelke, the operator’s chairman said the results were quite satisfactory.
“We have succeeded in having a solid operation while also making significant changes in the way we do things in Danske Spil,” he went on to explain. “We on the board would like to emphasise that the business has continued its digital transformation, while at the same time focusing on our core business, and remaining the best and most available gaming company in Denmark.”
“I am pleased that we have also taken significant steps in 2019 to ensure that we live up to these goals.”