GiG delivers 35% Q3 revenue rise as Happyhour.io selects company as first public stock pick
Malta-based Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has reported strong double–digit growth in both revenue and EBITDA for Q3 2022.
The company reported record revenue of €22.9m and adjusted EBITDA of €8.5m.
Those figures translate to a 35% revenue increase and a 47% rise in EBITDA when compared to GiG’s performance in Q3 2021.
The firm’s EBITDA margin also improved to 37%, up from 34.1% in Q3 2021, while its net income jumped 16% to €2.5m in the third quarter of this year, at an EBIT margin of 10.8%.
GiG CEO Richard Brown commented: “I am pleased with the development and performance of GiG over the third quarter. The business delivered another record quarter.”
GiG’s affiliate business, GiG Media, continues to be responsible for the lion’s share of revenue growth, delivering its seventh consecutive quarter of growth.
The segment generated revenue of €15.1m, an increase of 35% year-on-year, or 2% compared to the previous quarter in 2022.
GiG Media also recorded 86,500 first time depositors (FTDs) in Q3 2022, marking a record 85% growth year-on-year and a sequential increase of 9% over Q2 2022.
GiG Media, which currently holds 13 licences in the US, has seen revenue from the Americas increase 200% between Q3 2021 and Q3 2022, with the region now accounting for 20% of GiG Media revenues.
In addition, the company experienced further growth in legacy markets: revenue in the Nordics and Europe rose 26% year-on-year, for example.
“That relates to the fact that we keep doubling down and improving the technological and product offerings that we operate within the media business in order to capture market share,” Brown said in the earnings call.
Platform and sportsbook revenue came in at €7.8m in Q3 2022, up 36% on Q3 2021.
GiG signed six new clients for its platform & sportsbook business, with three clients in Europe, two in the Latam region and one in North America.
Four brands went live in Q3 2022, while GiG is awaiting the clients’ go-ahead to launch with an additional seven brands.
The total number of brands live with GiG as of 30 September was 62, with a further 13 brands in the integration pipeline.
Following the end of the quarter, the company continued its expansion in the Latam region and signed an agreement with a large land-based operator.
The company launched three additional brands, while GiG Media was granted a licence to operate in the regulated Greek market.
GiG CEO Richard Brown: “We still see a significant number of opportunities in front of us and the business is performing well. Therefore, we continue to target growth in the region of 20% on an annual basis.”
GiG said October has developed positively, with revenue up 34% compared to the same period last year.
Commenting on GiG’s long-term financial targets, Brown said the company remains “very committed and focused”.
“We still see a significant number of opportunities in front of us and the business is performing well. And therefore we continue to target growth in the region of 20% on an annual basis,” he added.
GiG reiterated its previous guidance and said it expects its combined operations for the full year to generate revenue between €87m and €93m, with EBITDA between €30m and €35m.
Furthermore GiG, which is listed on both the Oslo Børs and the Nasdaq Stockholm, disclosed that CEO Brown today (9 November) exercised 50,000 options to buy shares in GiG at a share price of NOK24.00 (€2.32).
Brown and close associates now hold 171,000 shares in GiG and 60,000 options to buy shares in GiG. The new shares have a 12-month lock-up period.
In addition, board member Nicolas Adlercreutz purchased 2,500 shares in GiG at a price of SEK 25.02 (€2.31) per share. He now owns 25,000 shares in GiG.
Despite a dip in GiG’s share price following the Q3 results, seed and early stage accelerator Happyhour.io announced it has taken its first public position in the company as it believes GiG is on the trajectory towards solid growth.
Former GiG CEO Robin Reed is the founder and CEO of Happyhour.io.
Over the last weeks we’ve taken a first position in #GIG
🔮Ripe for divestments / acquisition
💰Cost efficiencies in platform segment materialising into Q1 2023
📈Continued strong trading in Media expected for Q4
😀Exciting tech and biz model with ‘Endeavour’#gigsek #gig_online
— Happyhour (@HappyhourVC) November 9, 2022