Bragg Gaming Group, a global B2B gaming technology and content provider, today reported record financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022. The Company also provided an update on its strategic growth initiatives and reiterated its full year 2022 revenue and Adjusted EBITDA guidance.
Summary of Q1 2022 Financial and Operational Highlights
|Euros (millions)||Q1 2022||Q1 2021||Change|
|Gross profit margin||51.8%||46.8%||490bps|
|Adjusted EBITDA margin||15.3%||16.5%||-120bps|
Note: Bragg’s reporting currency is Euros. The exchange rate provided for U.S. dollars is 1.056. Due to fluctuating currency exchange, this rate is provided for convenience only.
“Our momentum continued in the first quarter as the successful execution of our growth intiatives focused on offering more higher-margin proprietary and third-party exclusive games and our iGaming PAM, combined with ongoing expansion into new regulated iGaming markets, drove strong growth in our operating results,” said Yaniv Spielberg, Chief Strategy Officer for Bragg Gaming. “In the first quarter, we generated quarterly record revenue of EUR €19.4 million (USD $20.5 million), gross profit of EUR €10.0 million (USD $10.6 million), and Adjusted EBITDA of EUR €3.0 million (USD $3.2 million). These record financial results reflect, in part, growing revenue from higher gross margin in-house content and platform revenue which together drove record quarterly gross profit margin of 51.8%, an 80 basis point improvement over our prior gross profit margin record achieved in 4Q 2021. The record quarterly margin supports our confidence that we have the right operating plan in place to achieve our goal of growing gross profit margin to approximately 60% by 2024.
“The benefit of our initiative to offer more new propriety games and exclusive third-party online content is evident in the success of several recently introduced, internally developed games. Our newest games, Gold Party, Egyptian Magic and Fairy Dust, continue to perform well, with attractive, sustained player engagement. Going forward we will continue to execute on our detailed plan to customize many of the proprietary games we introduce, including the more than 35 new titles planned for this year, to address local market player preferences in Europe and North America, which we expect will generate attractive returns on our game development investments. At the same time, we continue to increase our exclusive content licensing agreements with leading game developers. With their strong performance and significantly higher margins compared to our aggregated content, our proprietary and exclusive third-party games initiative positions Bragg for continued revenue growth and the attainment of our margin growth goals.
“We also continue to significantly grow our presence in regulated global iGaming markets. Over the last 16 months, we have gone live with our iGaming content and/or platform in eight regulated European markets, including Portugal and the Czech Republic most recently, and marked our initial entry into the Americas with our content going live last month in Ontario with a Tier 1 operator, as well as the Bahamas late in Q1. We expect to grow our presence in Ontario over the next several months through aggreements with additional large, well-known operators. Our total addressable market (“TAM”) is now approximately USD $13.5 billion. We expect this to continue to grow as we go live in Italy and several U.S states later this year. We are on track to complete our acquisition of Spin Games later this month, upon receipt of the remaning required regulatory approval. Reflecting the substantial progress with our integration of Spin Games’ technology platform with our ORYX platform, our already completed submissions of these integrations for certification by various U.S. gaming laboratories, and Spin Games’ existing relationships with more than 30 U.S. iGaming operators, we expect to introduce our iGaming content in regulated U.S. markets very quickly following the close of the acquisition. Our content offerings and platform capabilities offer compelling solutions for operators and engaging iGaming content for players and are helping to drive our strong performance in the Netherlands since we went live there in late in 2021, as well as in other newer markets. As we further expand the markets we address, we expect to leverage our expertise and product and technology advantages to drive continued growth.”
Mr. Spielberg concluded, “We are off to a strong start to the year and while we are reiterating our guidance for 2022 full year revenue of EUR €68-72 million (USD $72-76 million) and Adjusted EBITDA of EUR €9.5-10.5 million (USD $10.0-11.1 million) given it is still very early in the year, we believe our continuing business momentum positions Bragg for the potential of another strong year of outperformance relative to this outlook. Finally, our attractive business model provides us with the flexibility to fund our aggressive new market expansion and proprietary game development growth initiatives through organic cash flow growth, which will support our goal of delivering new near- and long-term shareholder value.”
First Quarter 2022 Financial Results and other Key Metrics Highlights
Revenue increased by 36.4% to EUR €19.4 million (USD $20.5 million) in Q1 2022 compared to EUR €14.2 million (USD $15.0 million) in Q1 2021.
Wagering revenue generated by customers of EUR €3.8 billion (USD $4.0 billion) was in line with wagering revenue generated by customers of EUR €3.8 billion (USD $4.0 billion) in Q1 2021. Wagering revenue in Q1 2022 reflects changes in product mix towards PAM, managed services and proprietary content, which drove improved gross profit and Adjusted EBITDA.
Gross profit increased 50.7% to EUR €10.0 million (USD $10.6 million) from EUR €6.6 million (USD $7.0 million) in Q1 2021, reflecting higher revenue and a 490-basis point year over year margin improvement to 51.8%.
The margin expansion is primarily the result of the continued shift towards a higher proportion of revenues from iGaming and turnkey services, which have lower associated cost of sales when compared to games and content. The higher mix of iGaming revenues includes an increase in revenues from proprietary games which have no cost of sales.
Net loss for the period was EUR €0.7 million (USD $0.7 million), a decline from a net loss of EUR €1.1 million (USD $1.2 million) in Q1 2021, primarily due to higher gross profit and lower transactional costs, partially offset by an incremental increase in employee costs, professional fees, sales and marketing expense, and higher depreciation and amortization.
Adjusted EBITDA was EUR €3.0 million (USD $3.2 million), an increase of 26.2% compared to EUR €2.3 million (USD $2.4 million) in Q1 2021. Adjusted EBITDA margin decreased by 120 basis points to 15.3%, reflecting the Company’s higher investments in software development, product, and senior management functions to execute the growth initiatives implemented in mid-2021. The Adjusted EBITDA margin increased on a quarterly sequential basis by 550 basis points.
Cash and cash equivalents as of March 31, 2022 was EUR €18.4 million (USD $19.4 million).
Reiterates Full Year 2022 Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA Guidance
Bragg today reiterated its outlook for 2022 full year expected revenue of EUR €68-72 million (USD $72-76 million) and Adjusted EBITDA of EUR €9.5-10.5 million (USD $10.0-11.1 million). The midpoints of the 2022 revenue and Adjusted EBITDA guidance ranges represent growth of 20% and 39%, respectively, over the reported full year 2021 revenue and Adjusted EBITDA.