Aristocrat records a 6% growth in revenue and a 16% increase in normalized NPATA to $764 million

Key Highlights:

  • 6% revenue growth (4% in constant currency) underpinned by Aristocrat Gaming, with strong performance in North America Gaming Operations reflecting expansion of the installed base and leading game portfolio performance, strong outright sales in most Rest of World markets, and encouraging growth at Aristocrat Interactive.
  • 16% growth in normalized NPATA to $764 million (13% in constant currency) reflecting effective execution of our growth strategy, operating leverage, ongoing investment in organic growth initiatives, and cost optimization across the Group.
  • Pixel United continued to gain share in the key Social Slots genre, with cost optimization more than offsetting a revenue decline (in constant currency).
  • Aristocrat Interactive delivered strong revenue growth, reflecting new customer installations, higher hardware sales, and scaling of the iGaming business.
  • Continued to fund a high level of organic investment in our priority areas of design & development (D&D), user acquisition (UA) and capital expenditure, to drive near and longer-term competitiveness, capability and performance.
  • Continued execution of capital management strategy with $828 million in cash returned to shareholders through dividends and on-market share buy-backs, and announcing a $350 million increase in the on-market share buy-back program to run up to February 2025.
Financial Summary:

  • Operating revenue: $3,269.6 million, an increase of 6.1%.
  • EBITDA: $1,195.7 million, an increase of 17.6%.
  • EBITDA margin: 36.6%, an increase of 3.6 points.
  • EBITA: $1,027.3 million, an increase of 15.1%.
  • NPAT: $723.3 million, an increase of 16.8%.
  • NPATA: $764.1 million, an increase of 16.0%.
  • Earnings per share (fully diluted): 112.2 cents, an increase of 19.5%.
  • Interim dividend per share: 36.0 cents, an increase of 20.0%.

Operational Highlights:

Aristocrat presented outstanding financial results for the six months ending 31 March 2024. Net profit after tax and before amortization of acquired intangibles (NPATA) of $764 million was 16% above the prior corresponding period (PCP) in reported terms (13% in constant currency). This reflected the Group’s high-quality diversified portfolio of scaled, world-class gaming assets, effective execution of our growth strategy, leading organic investment in talent, technology, and product, and overall cost discipline.
Leadership Statements:

Trevor Croker, CEO and Managing Director of Aristocrat, commented: “This was once again an outstanding result, reflecting Aristocrat’s resilience and ability to grow share and drive profitability through different operating environments. The Group delivered strong revenue and EBITDA growth over the half. This was underpinned by record Aristocrat Gaming performance, led by an exceptional North America Gaming Operations result, and strong growth in Aristocrat Interactive, while Pixel United achieved improved profitability despite mixed market conditions. The result again highlights resilience and scale as fundamental strengths of our business, supported by an effective focus on operational efficiency and extracting operating leverage.”

Future Outlook:

Aristocrat will continue to focus on portfolio performance and capturing significant strategic opportunities, including integrating NeoGames and positioning Aristocrat Interactive to achieve its full potential in this next chapter of Aristocrat’s growth.
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