SBC News Sportech lauds slimmed profile to net £34m profits 

Sportech lauds slimmed profile to net £34m profits 

Sportech Plc has backed its ongoing transformation strategy and focus on cost management, as the London AIM-listed racing and wagering systems provider declared statutory profits of £34.6m today.

The much-improved bottom-line results see the firm reverse full-year losses of £12m recorded during 2020 trading. 

2021 developments saw Sportech complete the disposals of its Global Tote business to BetMakers –  Bump 50:50 business to Pollard Banknote – and the offload of its LEIDSA Dominican Republic lottery contract (recorded December 2021). Combined, the transactions generated the business a net cash aggregate of £47.4m.

Despite COVID-19 continuing to impact its venue clients for the majority of year trading, Sportech achieved a 32% increase in corporate revenues to £22.9m (FY2020: £17.3m).

The firm’s improved headline results were attributed to the strong recovery of its wagering unit which accounted for £19.5m of corporate revenues.  

Gross profits from operations stood at £11.4m, a figure that matched Sportech’s FY2021 cost sales which resulted in an outlay of £11.4m.

Improved cost management saw Sportech shrink its EBITDA losses to  £1.8m (FY2020: – £4m), a bottom line result that excluded the contribution of  LEIDSA Dominican Republic contract earnings of £600,000.

Of significance, during the second half of year trading the company changed its listing’s domicile from the LSE main market to the London AIM – a strategic directive to help its long-term capital structure.

CEO Andrew Lindley said: “2021 was a transitional year for the business with the completion of a significant amount of M&A and corporate actions to reduce the size of the business and de-risk our shareholders’ investments.

“The business, although now small in the context of a plc, is tidy and fit for growth. The two divisions are right-sized for their operations and 2022 brings with it an attendant opportunity to garner new value for the group and its shareholders.”

 

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