Flutter Entertainment, a global gambling and sports wagering firm, is predicting that recent favorable results will help that full-year income reach the bottom of its former prediction range, except for the newest US market, causing its shares to plummet on November 9.
Weakness in the Australian horse racing market as the main reason:
Flutter operates in Australia through its brands, which is why “weakness in the horse racing market in Australia“ is the main reason for such poor profit results. Speaking on the matter, the firm said: “Weakness in the Australian horse racing market is set to continue into 2024 after third quarter revenues there fell 7% year-on-year on a constant currency basis.” However, the reported income of the firm increased by 8% and 13% in continual currency terms.
Also, stakes of the aforementioned firm saw a 21% increase prior to the trading update, but fell to 11% throughout early trading. In this regard, the company commented three months ago in August: “We expect full-year adjusted ex-U.S. core profit to rise to between 1.44 billion and 1.6 billion pounds ($1.77 billion to $1.97 billion).”
In addition to the low income, the players’ steady winnings during September and October represented an additional problem for the firm, as it had to pay them 50 million pounds with adverse foreign exchange rate movements, which added a further £30 million.
The first online wagering operator to make a profit in the U.S. during the H1 of 2023:
However, there is one particular achievement for the mentioned company that it can certainly boast about. It’s that that the firm managed to become the first online wagering operator to generate income in the U.S. during the first half of 2023. On that note, it added, according to the source: “We expect full-year U.S. earnings of 140 million pounds versus its previous estimate of 90 million to 190 million pounds.”
Refinitiv has polled the analysts who said: “The expected total core profit of 1.65 billion pounds versus the 1.58 billion Flutter guided on Thursday.” Additionally, David Brohan, an analyst of Goodbody, wrote in a note: “Overall, this is a disappointing update from Flutter.”
What’s more, the firm’s rival, 888 Holdings, cut its yearly income projections during September following a 10% drop when in Q3 income, while Entain, the owner of Ladbrokes, also issued a third quarter and yearly online net gaming income warning.
Gaming income leads compared to sports wagering income:
The gaming income of the firm far outpaced sports wagering in the quarter. Total income at its biggest subsidiary, FanDuel, the flagship brand in the U.S. regulated market, increased by 20% on a “constant currency basis”, when compared with a 63% increase that occurred during the first half of the year.
Profits also increased by a milder 19% at its global subsidiary, which is managed by Sisal, the Italian regulated market leader. Additionally, income in the Ireland and the UK increased by 11% and Flutter said it “continues to take market share.”
Plan to delist itself from Euronext Dublin:
The firm also revealed its intention to delist from Euronext Dublin as soon as it officially adds a New York listing sometime in early 2024. However, it is set to represent the newest blow aimed at the Irish stock market, and comes after the exit that occurred not so long ago from CRH, a giant when it comes to building materials, and the upcoming exit of Smurfit Kappa.