The consolidation in the affiliate sector has continued with Catena Media expanding its sports betting segment further after acquiring Bettingpro.com and related its affiliate assets.
The business is a well-regarded publisher of sports news, tips and betting advice across a number of different verticals, with a focus on acquiring leads for regulated UK and Australian iGaming partners. The business differentiates itself by publishing unique quality content written by experienced journalists. The acquisition also includes a wide range of premium domains, including footballtips.com, bettingpro.com.au, livetennis.com, racingtips.com and freespins.com.
The purchase price amounts to GBP 13.9 million whereas GBP 11.9 million will be paid upon completion of the transaction, and GBP 2.0 million to be paid six months after completion conditional upon a successful handover of the assets. The transfer of the assets and payment is scheduled to take place no later than end of July 2017.
The acquired assets are currently generating quarterly sales of about EUR 1.2m with an operating margin of around 55 percent, although Q3 is expected to be somewhat lower due to seasonality effects. About 80 percent of the revenues stems from revenue share contracts and around 90 percent derives from sports betting and about 10 percent from Casino. A vast majority of the revenue originates from licensed operators in regulated markets, which is a focus area for Catena Media.
The acquired business has previously engaged a team of 25-30 freelance journalists. After the acquisition, Catena will integrate such journalists into its own operations and thereby getting access to unique and valuable expertise.
Robert Andersson, CEO of Catena Media, commented: “This is a perfect example of an acquisition in line with our global growth strategy. It´s going to be a game changer within our sport segment, and we will be well positioned for an eventful 2018 which includes both Winter Olympics and World Cup in football. And, with the presence in Australia, we add another geographical market which we will use as a beachhead to grow our market shares in Asia Pacific.”