Stride revises 2018 expectations following £4m UKGC compliance penalty

The governance of London AIM-listed online gambling group Stride Gaming has set aside £4 million to pay a forthcoming UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) penalty in relation to compliance failures.

The UKGC penalty sees Stride revise its 2018 corporate forecasts (year ending 31 August), with governance anticipating a 20% decline in EBITDA performance to £16 million.

On 2 August 2018, Stride governance had alerted its investors that it had received a UKGC notice outlining the commission’s intention to require its syndicated brands to ‘pay a significant financial penalty following a review of its licensed activities’.

Updating investors this morning, Stride governance details that it will seek to fulfil its £4 million UKGC penalty by the end of the calendar year.

Stride is expected to publish its full-year 2018 trading results on 21 November 2018. Commenting on the trading update Stride Gaming Chief Executive Eitan Boyd stated:

“I am pleased to report that the group has traded well during the second half of the year despite a number of headwinds impacting the UK online gaming market,”

“Our focus remains on delivering further market share growth in the UK, driven by continued product innovation and increasing player loyalty. This is underpinned by the strength of our proprietary technology as well as our proven business analytics capabilities.”

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