Entain – Return of in-person betting fuels revamped dividend policy

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Entain PLC (LON:ENT) revenue increased 19% to £2.1bn in the half, with an 18% increase in net gaming revenue. This was driven by a strong rebound in retail performance after the previous year’s shutdowns, which more than offset a decline in online commerce.

Operating costs jumped 31% as retail reopened and new acquisitions fueled the cost base. Nevertheless, underlying cash profit (EBITDA) increased by 17% to £471.0 million.

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A new dividend policy is being introduced, starting with a total dividend of £100m to be paid this financial year. This will be split in the evening between the halves, so an interim dividend of 8.5p was announced today.

The group remains on track to generate between £925m and £975m in cash profit this year.

Shares rose 3.9% after the announcement.

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Matt Britzman, equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown

“The resurgence of in-person betting continued in the first half as a cost of living crisis and wider economic uncertainty do not appear to deter players from embarking on a rush to in-person gaming. The flip side of this trend is a decline in online gaming, although activity is stabilizing well ahead of pre-pandemic levels.

The positive performance and rebound in retail trade paved the way for a renewed and revitalized dividend policy. Starting at £100m in the current year, split between the first and second half, that should go up from here. Good news for investors, although it will put additional pressure on the cash already clawed back into BetMGM and the acquisition-driven growth strategy.

Speaking of BetMGM, the group’s joint venture over the pond, the performance remains solid. With profits expected to start flowing sometime next year and BetMGM management recently increased its forecast addressable market to around $37 billion, there’s a big slice of the pie to be had.


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