Sportradar share price soars on increased 2022 revenue guidance as CFO departs

Sportradar has increased its earnings guidance for full year 2022 to between €695m and €715m, up from its previously communicated range of €665m-€700m, representing a year-on-year growth forecast of between 24% and 27%.

Adjusted EBITDA is expected to remain in line with previously issued guidance of between €123m and €133m, on a growth rate of between 21% and 30%.

The guidance, which triggered a major lift in SRAD stock, comes off the back of the sports data supplier’s Q2 financial results, where Sportradar brought in €177.2m in revenue during the quarter, an increase of 23.4% over the prior year period.

Adjusted EBITDA for Q2, however, is expected to decrease by 12.7% from €31.6m to €27.6m, at a reduced EBITDA margin of 16%, down from 22% in Q2 2021.

After expenses, depreciation and amortisation, the business declared a net income before tax of €20.8m, a reduction of 5.2% over the prior-year period, with net profit of €15.3m, down 32.9%.

Sportradar recorded revenue growth across all of its business segments, with the Rest of World (non-US) betting segment continuing to bring in the lion’s share of revenue. The segment generated €95.5m, or 53.9% of total revenue, after experiencing year-on-year growth of 20.6%.

The Rest of World AV segment generated a further €39.7m, 22.4% of the group total, after growth of 9.4%.

US revenue was the smallest reportable segment for the business, generating €29.1m or 16.4% of total revenue during the quarter. It was also Sportradar’s fastest growing business segment after growing 66.3% year-on-year.

All other segments generated €12.9m for the business, showing growth of 21.2% compared to Q1 2021.

These figures brought total revenue for the first six months of 2022 to €345.1m, an increase of 26.8% over the first half of 2021.

Sportradar CEO Carsten Koerl: “We remain as confident as ever in the leverage and scalability of our business, and our ability to deliver results in the face of global challenges and economic conditions.”

“As the world’s leading provider of technology solutions to the sports betting industry, our Q2 revenue exceeded our expectations for the quarter, growing 23% year-over-year,” said Sportradar CEO Carsten Koerl. 

“Given our strong cash flow generation and demonstrated good stewards of our capital, we have also chosen to pay down about half of our outstanding debt. We remain as confident as ever in the leverage and scalability of our business, and our ability to deliver results in the face of global challenges and economic conditions.”

In addition to the financial results released today (17 August), Sportradar also revealed that CFO Alex Gersh will be leaving the business to take on a new opportunity in the US.

CEO Koerl said: “I appreciate Alex’s many contributions to Sportradar and invite you to join me in wishing him well as he embarks on his next chapter.”

In the meantime, chief strategy officer Ulrich Harmuth will take over Gersh’s position as interim CFO.

“Ulrich, who has been with the company since 2013, has served as chief strategy officer since 2020 and has been a member of my management team overseeing corporate development activities, including M&A, strategic partnerships and ventures,” Koerl added. 

“I am confident in Ulrich’s leadership to support Sportradar’s growth and the continued execution of our financial priorities,” he concluded.

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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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