British and Irish iGaming behemoth Flutter Entertainment has reportedly hailed a ‘transformational’ year as its net revenues for 2020 rose by 106% on a comparable basis to top £4.3 billion ($6 billion).
According to a Tuesday report from Yahoo Finance, the London-listed operator behind such online gambling domains as Betfair.com, PaddyPower.com and Adjarabet.com also saw its aggregated sales for the twelve months to the end of December increase by 27% year-on-year to take its adjusted earnings before interest, tax depreciation and amortization up by an impressive 109% to about £889 million ($1.2 billion).
Previously known as Paddy Power Betfair until undergoing a May of 2019 rebranding, the prominent firm moreover reportedly detailed a swell of 125% year-on-year in annual earnings from its operations outside of the lucrative United States market to almost £1.1 billion ($1.5 billion) as its associated gross profit escalated by 92% to exceed £2.8 billion ($3.9 billion).
However, Flutter Entertainment reportedly experienced a drop of 99% year-on-year in its pre-tax profit to just £1 million ($1.4 million) owing to the considerable costs associated with last spring’s merger with Canadian rival The Stars Group Incorporated, which was responsible for the well-known PokerStars and Full Tilt online poker brands. This £11 billion ($15.3 billion) amalgamation was purportedly furthermore responsible for an over 300% surge in exceptional costs to £565 million ($788 million) as well as a 282% rise in expenses associated with amortization and other intangibles to £432 million ($602.7 million).
Flutter Entertainment has additionally reportedly cancelled its year-end dividend after paying out £2 ($2.78) per share for 2019 as its aggregated costs for 2020 escalated by 670% year-on-year to £110 million ($153.2 million) owing to a net debt that now stands close to £2.8 billion ($3.9 billion).
Despite these troubles and the Chief Executive Officer for Flutter Entertainment, Peter Jackson, nevertheless described 2020 as a ‘transformational’ and ‘historic’ year that saw his firm complete its merger with The Stars Group Incorporated and commence integration activities while simultaneously upping its stake in American sportsbetting and daily fantasy sports behemoth FanDuel Group and dealing with the considerable tumult created by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Moving forward and Jackson reportedly pronounced that his company is currently experiencing ‘strong momentum’ with aggregated revenues for the first seven weeks of 2021 having improved by approximately 36% year-on-year largely as a result of favorable sportsbetting performance from the United States and Ireland. He purportedly finished by relating that Flutter Entertainment had enjoyed a record-breaking Super Bowl in February after signing up some 350,000 new customers over the course of just one week, which had exceeded the firm’s tally for the entire twelve months of 2019.