Tag Archives: Robert Chvatal

Allwyn nets 63% pan-European revenue growth as leadership monitors macro headwinds

SBC News Allwyn nets 63% pan-European revenue growth as leadership monitors macro headwinds

Allwyn International (formerly SAZKA Group) has detailed ‘strong and stable’ growth across its European operations, as the recommended UK National Lottery steward records total GGR of €869.3m. Representing a 63% increase on Q1 2021 earnings of €526.3m, the rebranded firm‘s GGR was coupled with a 89% growth rate for NGR to €534.4m (€283m), alongside a rise in Adjusted EBITDA of …

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Allwyn completes group-wide rebrand and identity change

SBC News Allwyn completes group-wide rebrand and identity change

Allwyn Group has completed its group rebrand and corporate identity change across all core units of its business.  Closing 2021, the company announced that it would change its corporate and brand identity from SAZKA Entertainment to Allwyn Group. The decision was taken to refresh the firm’s identity that had been born out of its Czech home market enterprise of SAZKA …

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Allwyn outlines initial National Lottery strategy following licence victory

SBC News Allwyn outlines initial National Lottery strategy following licence victory

Upon securing the next 10 year licence to the National Lottery, Allwyn Entertainment has provided an update on its operating strategy to its new holding, detailing a pan-European approach.  In particular, Allwyn plans to share best practice in lottery operations and focus on improvement of draw-based games, leveraging its experience as an operator of several lotteries throughout the continent.  Allwyn …

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Allwyn nets 2X profit increase but 2021 landing blurred by Omicron headwinds

SBC News Allwyn nets 2X profit increase but 2021 landing blurred by Omicron headwinds

Allwyn Group (formerly SAZKA Group) has reported a strong trading performance for 2021 across multiple markets and verticals, with retail holdings experiencing an uptick following the lifting of restrictions during the first half of the year. Updating investors in its third quarter interim trading update, the recently rebranded Czech multinational gambling group experienced a 51% year-on-year increase in consolidated gross …

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Holland Casino boss van Lambaart to join Casinos Austria

SBC News Holland Casino boss van Lambaart to join Casinos Austria

Casinos Austria AG has appointed Erwin Van Lambaart as its new General Director, with the Holland Casino CEO replacing Bettina Glatz-Kremsner. Van Lambaart will join the Board of Directors on 14 March 2022, before taking over Glatz-Kremsner’s position as General Director on 1 April, with his new employer describing the appointment as ‘the conclusion of a transparent search’. The state-owned …

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SAZKA rides high off 68% EBITDA growth ahead of full unit comeback

SBC News SAZKA rides high off 68% EBITDA growth ahead of full unit comeback

SAZKA Group remains confident in its full-year financial outlook, as the enlarged Czech gambling conglomerate prepares for the full comeback of business units across European markets. Publishing its H1 2021 interim results (period ending 30 June), SAZKA recorded group revenues of €1.26 billion – up 96% on corresponding 2020 results of €652 million. Topline revenue growth was attributed to the …

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Robert Chvátal: SAZKA’s transformation has pushed the static boundaries of European lotteries

SBC News Robert Chvátal: SAZKA's transformation has pushed the static boundaries of European lotteries

Speaking exclusively to SBC Leaders, Robert Chvátal reflects on his eight tenure leading SAZKA Group, transforming the Czech operator into Europe’s dominant pan-national lottery operator that now targets winning the National Lottery’s 2023 stewardship by putting forward a generationally innovative bid to reinvigorate the UK’s lottery market.  ____________ SBC: Thanks for speaking with us. 2020 marked your eighth year of …

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SBC Leaders: Why technology is an ‘enabler’ for player entertainment

SBC News SBC Leaders: Why technology is an ‘enabler’ for player entertainment

“Technology is all about what it can do to the player experience, how it generates excitement and even the social elements that it creates,” Jette Nygaard-Andersen, CEO of Entain, told SBC Leaders as she highlighted the ways technology can enable new consumer behaviours. In an exclusive interview with SBC Leaders, Nygaard-Andersen shone a light on the first six months as …

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SAZKA buoyed by record European lottery sales to sooth Greek headaches 

SBC News SAZKA buoyed by record European lottery sales to sooth Greek headaches 

SAZKA Group has reported a robust opening to its 2021 trading, despite the Czech gambling conglomerate continuing to observe COVID-19 headwinds across its European market profile.  Publishing its Q1 trading results (period ending 31 March), SAZKA registered group gaming revenues (GGR) of €526 million – up 30% on corresponding 2020 results of €405 million. The firm’s improved GGR performance was …

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SAZKA changes UK identity to Allwyn to bolster National Lottery bid

SBC News SAZKA changes UK identity to Allwyn to bolster National Lottery bid

SAZKA Group has established ‘Allwyn’ as its new UK market corporate identity, as the Czech gambling conglomerate expands its efforts to win the fourth National Lottery licensing competition. This morning, SAZKA unveiled Allwyn as its new business subsidiary, merging all of its UK operations and assets under a single strategic unit. Allwyn has been added to SAZKA’s portfolio, which includes …

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