In early trade, the online lottery ticket seller’s shares are up 1.5% to $14.70.
How did Jumbo perform in the first half?
For the six months ended 31 December, Jumbo reported a 26% increase in total transaction value (TTV) to $233 million. This was despite an unkind Australian lottery jackpot cycle, with only 15 large jackpots during the period. This compares to 23 in the previous corresponding period, representing a decline of 35%.
However, due to softer revenue margins, Jumbo’s revenue grew at the slower rate of 9% to $41 million.
Also softening was Jumbo’s EBITDA/Revenue margin, which reduced 300 basis points to 59%. This led to underlying EBITDA growing just 3.7% to $24.1 million.
And on the bottom line, the company posted a 0.5% lift in net profit after tax (before amortisation) to $16.3 million.
In light of its soft profit growth, the Jumbo board elected to cut its interim dividend slightly to 18 cents per share fully franked.
Jumbo’s Executive Director and CEO, Mike Veverka, was very pleased with the result.
He said: “We are delighted with the Group results which show our new business segments helping to lift results in periods when the Jackpot cycles are low.”
“For the first time we are reporting our results in three segments, reflecting the evolving strength and diversity of Jumbo, as we continue to leverage our superior lottery management capabilities and technology to reshape our business, making lotteries easier for our partners and customers, and underpinning our continued growth, both domestically and offshore.”
Those three segments are its Lottery Retailing, SaaS, and Managed Services segments.
- The core Lottery Retailing business delivered TTV of $185.7 million, revenue of $37.8 million, and EBITDA of $15.4 million.
- Whereas the SaaS business contributed TTV of $39.9 million, revenue of $15.5 million, and EBITDA of $10.4 million.
- Finally, the Managed Services business was responsible for TTV of $7.2 million, revenue of $1.5 million, and EBITDA of $0.5 million.
No guidance has been given for the full year. However, management notes that its Lottery Retailing business has had a promising start to the second half.
Management said: “Although we have made a promising start to the current half year, especially in our Lotteries Retailing segment, the macro environment we face is more uncertain than ever, which makes it difficult to make any financial forecasts for the financial year with any conviction.”
“However, I am confident that with the suite of businesses that we own, coupled with the likely growth of the markets within which they operate domestically and overseas, that we are well positioned to deliver superior returns to all our stakeholders over the medium to long term.”
One slight negative, though, is that the company revealed that its 85% payout ratio is under review.
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