PointsBet shares sink further as 2022 losses widen by 43%

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Shares in ASX-listed operator PointsBet are trading more than 15% lower today (1 September) following the release of the firm’s full-year 2022 financial results, covering the 12 months ended 30 June.

PointsBet’s share price has collapsed by more than 75% in the past 12 months, from more than A$10 in 2021 to less than A$2.50 today.

Shares are trading down despite the business recording a 48.4% increase in net win – consisting of the total wagered less the amount paid in winning bets, excluding the cost of client promotional costs – for FY22, to A$309.4m. 

Despite the significant net win increase, PointsBet’s net loss after expenses also continued to widen by 42.6%, from A$187.7m in the prior year to A$267.7m.

The vast majority of net win – A$289.1m or 93.4% of the total – was generated by the sports betting vertical and from A$5.01bn in total sports wagers handled by the business, up 32.4% on FY21. 

Total sports betting handle was divided at close to a 50/50 split between Australia and the US, where customers wagered A$2.54bn and A$2.45bn, respectively.

Despite the similarity in overall handle between the two regions, net win margin was significantly higher in Australia at 8.5%, giving net win in the region of A$215.4m, compared to just 3.0% in the US for net win of A$74.1m.

PointsBet chairman Brett Paton: “It is clear that North America will deliver the vast majority of regulated global gaming growth over the next decade.”

iGaming net win made up the remaining A$20.4m, or 6.6% of the total, though the vertical saw exceptionally high growth of close to 1,300% after generating just A$1.5m net win in FY21.

The number of cash active clients using PointsBet was also up significantly during the period, by 22% in Australia to 239,121, and by 67% in the US to 266,882.

US growth during the reporting period was supported by a number of new market launches and access deals signed by PointsBet.

In July 2021, the business launched iGaming in New Jersey, followed by the launch of online sports betting operations in West Virginia in August. It subsequently launched iGaming in West Virginia in January 2022.

Other launches during FY22 included online sports betting in New York, OSB and iGaming in Ontario, and both online verticals in Pennsylvania.

The business also secured market access for iGaming in Iowa and sports betting in Texas, pending the passage of relevant legislation in each state.

In the US, Illinois, New Jersey and New York proved to be the most lucrative states for PointsBet, generating A$32.4m, A$29.1m and A$12.5m in net win, respectively.

In a letter to the company’s shareholders, PointsBet chairman Brett Paton said: “It is clear that North America will deliver the vast majority of regulated global gaming growth over the next decade.

“We have established ourselves as a global gaming operator which has built incumbency in both North America and Australia.”

As of 30 June 2022, PointsBet held net assets of A$736.4m including A$519.6m in cash and cash equivalents.

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Conor Mulheir

Conor entered the gaming industry in 2018 producing high-level live event content for audiences in London, Amsterdam and São Paulo. From 2020, he went on to report news and commission exclusive content for various gaming media brands before joining iGaming NEXT as editor in January 2022.

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