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Rank Group identifies return to form for digital business in Q1 trading update

Rank Group has reported that its trading is ‘in line with expectations’, highlighting a return to growth for its digital business whilst its retail division has experienced significant expansion.  Publishing its trading results for the period ending 30 September 2021, Rank revealed a 5% year-on-year increase in net gaming revenue growth for its digital business whilst its retail division saw …

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EU Lotto fined £760k by UKGC for AML and social responsibility failings

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has taken regulatory action against Lottoland operator EU Lotto, fining the firm £760,000 for social responsibility and anti-money laundering failures.  An investigation by the regulator concluded on 2 September that the company had failed to properly implement Commission’s formal customer interaction guidance, such as neglecting to recognise frequently changing deposit limits as an indicator of …

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Rank aiming to appeal UKGC’s £5.85m fine for Daub failures

The Gambling Commission is playing hardball with the Rank Group as it imposes a £5.85m fine for social responsibility and anti-money laundering failures at subsidiary Daub Alderney. The regulator is adamant  that gambling operators will face the full consequences of regulatory failures, even if breaches occurred prior to ownership, however Rank believes that there are both equity and public policy …

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Rank seeks new CFO following Floydd departure

Rank Group Plc has confirmed the resignation of Bill Floydd as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the LSE gambling group, who is moving on to join luxury retailer Watches of Switzerland.  An executive search has begun for Floydd’s replacement, as Rank’s financial officer will maintain the role until the end of year trading. The former CFO of Experian UK and …

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Rank seeks £80m final settlement with HMRC on machine duties

Rank Group Plc has been granted a 60-day extension by the First-tier Tribunal Tax Chamber (FTT) to resolve its settlement on incorrect gaming machine duties charged between 2005 and 2013 with HMRC.  The LSE gambling group is guaranteed a tax rebate as HMRC can no longer challenge its appeal previously rejected by an Upper Tribunal review – which serves as …

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Rank reorganises digital leadership to lead unit turnaround

Rank Group Plc has confirmed the promotion of Eitan Boyd to the leadership position of Group Chief Innovation Officer (CIO). Boyd is the former Chief Executive of Stride Gaming, the multi-brand igaming operator acquired by Rank in 2019 for £120 million. The promotion was disclosed by Rank governance updating investors on the LSE group’s digital progress, in which Rank stated …

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Rank calls for venue gambling laws to be rebalanced 

Rank Group Plc has urged the government to radically overhaul the laws governing UK land-based gambling venues, as a remit of its ongoing review of the 2005 Gambling Act.  Yesterday, the LSE gambling group published its 2020/2021 results, which revealed statutory losses of £93 million – as Rank’s trading was gutted by Grosvenor Casino and Mecca Bingo properties observing lockdown …

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Rank stomachs £93m lockdown loss as leadership eyes strongest venue returns

Rank Group Plc has disclosed statutory losses of £93 million, as the LSE gambling group closes accounts on a year ravaged by COVID-19 headwinds.  Publishing its preliminary results for 2020/2021 trading (12-months ending 30 June) Rank registered a 50% decline in underlying net gaming revenues to £288 million. Year trading saw Mecca Bingo and Grosvenor Casino properties restricted to ‘59% …

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Bookmakers tread careful path on HMRC FOBTs rebate

Bookmakers and hospitality businesses are examining whether they are in-line to receive multi-million VAT refunds from the government, in relation to HMRC overruled calculations on FOBTs charges.  This weekend, The Times reported that up to 1,000 UK businesses that operated fruit machines, one-armed bandits and coin-pushers are reviewing whether to claim compensation from HMRC.  The dispute relates to HMRC collecting …

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Night time economy restrictions continue to hinder Rank Group performance

Night time economy restrictions continue to hinder Rank Group performance

A lack of international tourism and restrictions on London’s night time economy have put a dampener on Rank Group’s performance according to a trading update published by the company. While current trading is “in line with management expectations”, Rank highlighted a disparity between its Grosvenor Casinos based outside of London and those within the capital city. The group noted that …

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