October 31st, 2018 / Finance Press Release

Yggdrasil Q3 2018 Update

Yggdrasil Q3 2018 Update

Business highlights Q3 2018 (Q3 2017)

  • 13 new license agreements signed (10)
  • 3 new games launched: Penguin City, Hanzo’s Dojo and Wolf Hunters (3). Launch event for Nitro Circus – Yggdrasil’s first ever branded game partnership
  • UK legal entity created, certified to launch in Spain, entry into Czech Republic through Tipsport agreement and entry into Taiwan with social gaming operator XSG
  • Launch of casino games fan site (Yggdrasil Casino)
  • Number of FTEs 272 (170)
  • Player rounds increased by 51% to 1,534 million (1,019 million)
  • Mobile share of EGW was 65% (59%)

 

Financial highlights Q3 2018 (Q3 2017)

  • Total operating revenues increased by 62% to MSEK 71.5 (44.1)
  • EBIT increased by 26% to MSEK 19.3 (15.3)
  • EBIT margin amounted to 27% (35%)

 

Financial highlights January-September 2018 (January-September 2017)

  • Total operating revenues increased by 66% to MSEK 195.8 (117.9)
  • EBIT increased by 21% to MSEK 49.7 (41.2)
  • EBIT margin amounted to 25% (35%)

 

Notable events after the quarter

  • Signed ATG and Svenska Spel in Sweden ahead of the re-regulation in 2019. Also signed Veikkaus in Finland
  • Kick-off in Poland for all employees

 

Comment on Q3 2018 by founder and CEO Fredrik Elmqvist

“On behalf of the whole team at Yggdrasil I am pleased to announce yet another eventful quarter characterized by continued expansion and signing of several new partnerships. End user activity measured by player rounds reached 1,534 million during the quarter, representing an uptick of 51% from the same period last year. Revenues for the quarter grew by 62% compared to 2017 to MSEK ~72 and EBIT by 26% to MSEK ~19, representing an EBIT margin of 27% while being in a high growth mode. We continued to fully emphasize our expansional focus by making investments for the future, both in the business and into new products.

During the quarter we signed several high-profile customers and our very first social gaming partnership in Asia through a deal with Taiwanese operator XSG. In Europe we signed among other Tipsport in the Czech Republic, Intralot in Italy and became certified in Spain – all important building blocks of our long-term strategy and commitment to expand our regulated market footprint. I am also thrilled to announce that we have signed with ATG and Svenska Spel in Sweden and Veikkaus in Finland after the close of the quarter. We have also established a local presence in the highly important UK market to improve our commercial reach to new candidates for our YGS Masters program.

The third quarter was also active in terms of business development and investments in new products. We continued to grow the organisation and have welcomed 29 new Yggdrasilians during the quarter and the total number of employees now amount to 272 – up by 102 from the end of the same period last year! I am delighted to steer such a diverse team of world class talent, where people are encouraged to challenge both themselves and Yggdrasil in a truly open and multinational environment. On the product side we have ramped up our games development phase and we have more games in the pipeline than ever before, while we continue to stay true to our DNA by only bringing the best content to the market and not losing focus on quality.

With the first nine months of the year behind us I am excited on the opportunities and challenges ahead. We continue to put full emphasize on growth and making investments into the organisation to stay at the forefront as a true industry innovator and to pave the way for our continued journey.”

 

Fredrik Elmqvist, Malta, October 2018