The acting CEO of Swedish gaming group Cherry hailed an “excellent” 2018, which saw huge gains in revenue and EBITDA, while plans were announced to delist the business from the Stockholm Nasdaq following its takeover by a consortium of investors. Companies: Yggdrasil Topics: Finance 13th February 2019 | By contenteditor Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden Tags: Online Gambling Email Address Thriving Cherry nears delisting from Stockholm Nasdaq Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Finance Swedish gaming group Cherry saw huge gains in revenue and EBITDA in 2018 as plans were announced to delist from the Stockholm Nasdaq following its takeover.The Swedish operator, in its year-end report, said consolidated revenue increased by 44% to SEK 3,236m (€308.7m/$350.0m) in the year to December 31, with organic growth an impressive 34% compared to 27% in 2017. Revenue was up 49% during Q4, the period when European Entertainment Intressenter BidCo’s $1bn takeover bid was launched.Revenue from online gaming, which makes up 79% of the group total, grew by 42% to SEK 2,591m in 2018, with Q4 igaming revenue growing 49% to SEK 722m. In the fourth quarter, deposits from customers at brands such as ComeOn and Cherry Casino increased by 80% year-on-year.Game development, the group’s second biggest segment, comprising Yggdrasil and Highlight Games, contributed SEK 275m, an increase of 63% year-on-year. Yggdrasil, in which Cherry holds an 84% stake, saw growth from existing customers, new customers and the launch of new games.Online marketing via Game Lounge grew 74% to SEK 254m in 2018, while XCaliber, its gaming technology division, brought in SEK 49m compared to SEK 39m in 2017.“Cherry’s development in 2018 can be summarised with one word: excellent,” Cherry acting chief exeuctive Gunnar Lind (pictured) said. “On almost all measurements, our operations delivered in line with our expectations.”In terms of profitability Cherry announced gross profit of SEK 2,583m, which was up 50% on the previous year. Marketing expenses grew 29% to SEK 956m as the group promoted its sportsbook brands through the 2018 FIFA World Cup, launched in Poland and prepared for the reregulation of the Swedish market at the start of 2019.The group also saw a 31% increase in personnel expenses to SEK 480m, as headcount grew from 751 a year ago to 1,035. Other expenses almost doubled to SEK 335m.EBITDA for the full year was up 89% to SEK 813m and by 40% to SEK 198m in the final quarter of 2018.Profit before and after tax more than quadrupled, at SEK 500m and SEK 487m respectively. The tax issue will be a pressing one in 2019 with Cherry now licensed in Sweden. Analysts at Regulus Partners believe its Swedish point of consumption tax bill could be worth 25% of group EBITDA in 2019.Lind said the Swedish authorities must be mindful about the impact of regulatory pressures on licensed operators.“It is reasonable that gaming companies be taxed and, to some extent, controlled when it comes to marketing, but the legislators must be aware that this is an industry in which customers are aware of their options and can therefore quickly shift their preferences,” said Lind, who stepped into the acting CEO role in May 2018 after Anders Holmgren was arrested on suspicion of insider trading.“This can result in tax revenue and preventive actions from game addiction being lost. The more laws there are and the more detailed the regulations, the greater the risk that companies position themselves outside the licensing system, with the effect that everyone loses.”The takeover is nearing completion, with EE Intressenter announcing this week that it has now bought 98.2% of company shares. It intends to initiate a compulsory acquisition procedure regarding the shares in Cherry that were not tendered in the offer and to promote a delisting of its shares.The consortium comprises Bridgepoint Europe, Prunius Avium, the Klein Group – headed by Cherry chairman and founder Morten Klein – Audere Est Facere, Betsson CEO Pontus Lindwall and two other individuals.“I am convinced that Cherry and its group companies will remain significant players in the gaming and entertainment industry for many years to come and I look forward to following developments,” Lind added.“The gaming market is currently growing strongly and Cherry estimates that demand in the group’s largest geographic markets will continue to develop favourably. The group continuously studies conditions for new business in related business areas and geographic markets within Europe and beyond.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter
Tags: Online Gambling Topics: Legal & compliance 18th March 2019 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Industry trade group the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has urged the European Union (EU) to introduce a ‘common rulebook’ of iGaming regulations in order to better protect consumers across the continent. Industry trade group the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has urged the European Union (EU) to introduce a ‘common rulebook’ of iGaming regulations in order to better protect consumers across the continent.The EGBA, which represents the likes of Bet365, GVC Holdings and Kindred, has highlighted how the majority of current regulation in Europe is at national level, with little attention paid to cross-border activity.Citing recent research, the EGBA has said that online gaming accounts for 21% of all gambling activity in Europe, but there are not enough laws in place to protect players, with around 1% of players having some form of gambling problem.The EGBA has said the EU must look at implementing a common rulebook, as the quality of national gambling regulations in Europe varies significantly, with little consistency in frameworks in different markets.“The challenges are obvious: the internet has no national borders, which means Europeans can easily play on gambling websites based in countries other than where they live,” EGBA secretary general Maarten Haijer said. “This means Europeans are subject to very different sets of consumer protection standards when they play online, leaving some players much better protected than others.“A common rulebook would establish the strong and consistent safeguards needed to protect Europe’s citizens, particularly vulnerable groups, such as minors and problem gamblers,” Haijer explained. “One set of rules would also benefit our members’ companies: one set of rules would be clear and would lessen the costs and risks of meeting 28 different, and sometimes conflicting, sets of rules.”The call to action comes after the EGBA in December published a new report that suggested Denmark is currently the only EU member fully embracing consumer protection guidelines. Commissioned by the EGBA and published by the City University London, the ‘Consumer Protection in EU Online Gambling Regulation’ review claims EU member states are putting the safety of consumers at risk with inadequate levels of protection.The EGBA identified diverse levels of regulation across the EU, resulting in varying levels of consumer protection. Denmark is the only exception, with evidence of the country having introduced all European Commission measures in full.Haijer added: “These are major failings in the effort to keep Europe’s citizens and gamblers safe online – and they could easily be avoided. Even some basic safeguards are not available everywhere in the EU.“It is 2019: If the EU is really serious about making the digital single market work for its consumers, there is no reason why online gamblers living in one member country should be less protected than those living in another. It is time to act.”Image: Alex Mihis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter EGBA calls for common iGaming rulebook in EU Email Address Regions: Europe Legal & compliance
Zambian Breweries Plc (ZAMBRW.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about Zambian Breweries Plc (ZAMBRW.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Zambian Breweries Plc (ZAMBRW.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Zambian Breweries Plc (ZAMBRW.zm) 2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileZambian Breweries Plc (Zambrew) is a brewing and beverages company; producing and marketing a wide range of clear beers and soft drinks. The company has a virtual monopoly on clear brew products in Zambia, with popular South African brands in its product range such as Castle Lager, Redd’s, Castle Lite, Carling Black Label and Ohlsson’s Lager. The company also produces strong, local brands to cater for local tastes which are marketed under the Mosi Lager and Eagle Lager brand name. The Soft Drinks division produces well-known international brands, including Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta and Schweppes. The company has two breweries and three bottling plants in Zambia. SABMiller has a majority stake in Zambrew (87%). SABMiller is one of the world’s largest brewers, with more 200 beer brands in its international product portfolio. Zambian Breweries Plc is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchange
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Why are so many of the Stade Francais Top 14-winning squad set to leave the Parisian club? Cut and run? Stade Francais players warm up for a Top 14 match. Photo: Getty Images Now three of them are leaving and more will surely follow. And there’s little Quesada can do to stop them, not when the club’s owner, Thomas Savare, is tightening his belt having invested €20m of his family’s money since buying the club in 2011. He did so against the wishes of his two sisters, but with the blessing of his father. However, a report in Monday’s Le Parisien newspaper alleged that the patriarch of the family has decided that it’s time they ended their investment.Savare, whose family runs a security solutions company reputed to be worth €1.2billion, is one of the Top 14’s more cautious owners who has implemented a wage structure he refuses to break. Only last week he criticised the Montpellier president amid allegations he is offering exorbitant wages to lure players to the Mediterranean. “Mohed Altrad is actually destabilising the salary level in France,” he said.Happy day: Thomas Savare (left) celebrates the Top 14 win in 2015. Photo: Getty ImagesOne may admire Savare’s sentiments but what to some is integrity is to others a lack of intent to keep Stade competitive. “The feeling among the players is that the club is not ambitious enough,” a club insider told RMC Sport this week.Le Parisien claims that Savare is ready to sell the club, and a “bank has even been approached in anticipation of a future deal”. Would it be an easy sell? Probably not. Attracting fans to the Stade Jean-Bouin – even after its stylish redesign – has never been easy and only 8,788 spectators watched them beat Lyon on Saturday. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS There are times when one has to pinch oneself to remember that a little over 15 months ago Stade Francais beat Clermont to win the Top 14 title on a warm Parisian evening. The season that followed was a disaster for Stade and the 2016-17 campaign is only marginally better. The club are eighth in the table with four wins from nine matches but it is what’s happening off the field that is making the headlines.Last week Raphael Lakafia announced he was off to Toulon at the end of the season and a couple of days later Geoffrey Doumayrou revealed he’d agreed terms with La Rochelle. Rabah Slimani has already committed himself to a three-year deal with Clermont starting in July, so three members of that Top 14-title winning team are on their way out of Stade. There could be more. Twelve players in total are in the final season of their contracts and Hugo Bonneval and Jeremy Sinzelle are both said to be talking to clubs (Toulon and La Rochelle, respectively, according to one French report).There are even rumours that head coach Gonzalo Quesada, the man who masterminded their Top 14 triumph, is considering whether to activate the release clause in his contract that would allow him to leave in June. He has until December 31 to decide but according to RMC Sport, the Argentinian has been contacted recently by Bath, and there is also sure to be interest from one or two French clubs, aware of what he achieved in a short space of time.Head man: Stade coach Gonzalo Quesada is rumoured to be in demand. Photo: Getty ImagesQuesada was offered the job of head coach at Stade in 2013 and, as he told this column last year, he accepted despite advice to the contrary. “When I signed on at this club it was quite unstable with a lot of changes in the structures, the players,” he explained. “Some of my friends said, ‘Don’t go there, you’re too young, your career is going really well and you’ll blow it there’. But I knew it wasn’t that suicidal because I know the spirit of the club.”Within two seasons Quesada had steered Stade to their first Top 14 title in eight years but even as the club celebrated the foundations on which the success was built started to loosen. Ten of the starting XV in the final were French, and at a time when the LNR are tightening the rules about French-qualified players rival clubs began casting covetous eyes at the Stade squad.The financial problems of 2011 had forced Stade to rely more on developing home-grown talent, something which pleased Quesada. “I prefer to push our kids up (from the academy) rather than just grab any high-profile player who comes along,” he told this column.Moving on: Stade centre Geoffrey Doumayrou scores against Castres. Photo: Getty ImagesThe 2014-15 squad was built on a nucleus of talented young French players: Slimani (27), Lakafia (28), Doumayrou (27), Bonneval (25), Sinzelle (26), Jules Plisson (25), Remi Bonfils (28) Jonathan Danty (24), Alexandre Flanquart (27) and Djibril Camara (27). When Mourad Boudjellal let it be known in the summer he was thinking of selling Toulon he was said to have been inundated with offers. 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April 6, 2018 at 1:26 pm Two familiar faces are returning to Apopka to fill what Mayor-Elect Bryan Nelson is describing as his executive team. On Thursday, Nelson announced that he was naming Edward Bass as Apopka City Administrator and Stacy VanCamp as his Executive Assistant. Mayor-Elect Bryan Nelson names former Apopka Finance Director Edward Bass as the new City Administrator.“I am so excited to bring back these two very experienced public servants to Apopka,” Nelson said. “Together they make up the executive team for my administration.”Bass is a native of Central Florida and a Certified Public Accountant. He began his career with the Florida Public Services Commission and was responsible for auditing regulated utility companies. He later served as the Finance Director of Apopka under Mayor John Land and earned meritorious recognition from a financial officers association for eight consecutive years before resigning in October of 2014. He is currently the Director of Resource Management for Seminole County where he manages the Budget, Purchasing, Risk Management, and Special Assessments.VanCamp currently works with Nelson in the Orange County District 2 Office. She is a 1992 graduate of Apopka High School and served on the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce staff before moving to the Florida Legislature for 16 years as Chief Legislative Assistant in the House and Senate under State Senator Andy Gardiner. Her last two years in the Legislature she was Policy Advisor for Gardiner.Bass will succeed current Apopka City Administrator Glenn Irby who according to Nelson will stay on for 90 days to facilitate a smooth transition.Current Apopka City Administrator Glenn Irby will stay on for 90 days to facilitate a smooth transition.“We thank him (Irby) for his dedication to our city and we wish him all the best in his next endeavor,” said Nelson. Irby became the Apopka City Administrator in January of 2015, bringing three decades of local government experience with special interests in financial operations, community redevelopment, and personnel management. As City Administrator, Bass will head-up an organization of over 370 employees including police, fire, utilities, recreation, public services, community development and other departments. He will report to Nelson and the Apopka City Council. Glad to have real sensible people back assisting Apopka citizens, to make Apopka Great Again. Mama Mia I read where our current Apopka City Administrator, Glenn Irby, might get the job down in Sebastian, Fl. I wish Glen well, as I think he was a very valuable asset to Apopka, and I hope he gets the job there, that he is a finalist for. That is a beautiful area, there in Sebastian, Florida. Good luck to you, Glenn. April 7, 2018 at 5:34 am CW Norton Jr David Rankin Mama Mia Reply I keep reading about “the old guard”. What is it? Who is it? Where is it? Much like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, I don’t think it exists and is simply a figment of some folks imagination. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom April 7, 2018 at 11:38 am Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Ray A. Shackelford, Ph.D., M.P.H. Reply April 6, 2018 at 1:18 pm Now on completely different subject….let’s see if Reggie gets after me on here….lol….a restaurant we used to go to a lot, and that we haven’t been to in awhile, until yesterday, and I won’t reveal which one, had done away with its salad bar, my favorite! If that wasn’t disaster enough to me, the Christmas bow decorations, Christmas lights, and OMG, even a Halloween witch decoration was still up…. come on now, April Fools Day is over!……Also, another thing I am somewhat concerned with, is a door to door sales guy came around on our street yesterday, trying to convince people to get their windshields fixed, supposedly cracked. I don’t know about this company, or this guy. He wasn’t pushy or anything, but he was across the street at our neighbors, when we left to go to lunch, and was still on our street when we got back, much later……there used to be a very aggressive bunch working the Errol Winn-Dixie parking lot trying to talk people into windshield installations, and I had to get rough talking with them, when they got too pushy with me. I don’t know if this is the same company or not, or even if this guy going door to door, was who he said he was. I talked to him, on our porch, and told him no, but he was not pushy and left, but I just don’t know…… I think these are two excellent choices. Apopka back in good hands. April 7, 2018 at 10:58 am James1958 Reply Michael Heaton CW Norton Jr Reply April 7, 2018 at 10:51 am Call it whatever you like, but we will now have credibility, sanity and sensibility in Apopka government. April 6, 2018 at 12:52 pm Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here April 7, 2018 at 5:36 am April 7, 2018 at 11:03 am Mr. Bass is a nice guy. I don’t think I know Stacy VanCamp. though. Maybe I have seen her, possibly, not sure, but I am certain, I am not familiar with her name at all. I tell you, it is rough on government employees to be caught up in the winds of change of the political scene, no matter which side you are “so-called” on, and I say that they are on a certain “so-called” side, when in reality, most of the government employees are just trying to keep their jobs, and provide for their families, and don’t really care for the politics. It is what it is though……. April 8, 2018 at 10:50 pm Tom Dorman So happy with Brian’s choices, welcome back, Mr. Bass Mr. Bass is a double win for the City of Apopka: a CPA and an EXPERIENCED ADMINISTRATOR. I do look forward to City Hall reflecting the POPULATION of Apopka; FISCAL INTEGRITY; RESPECT for our YOUTH PROGRAMS and SERVICES; and, REAL INPUT from CITIZENS. Reply April 6, 2018 at 11:45 pm Reply April 7, 2018 at 11:42 am Michael Heaton TAGSApopka Mayor-Elect Bryan NelsonEdward BassGlenn IrbyStacy VanCamp Previous articleAffordable housing summit scheduled for next weekNext articleNolan wins The Apopka Voice Reader’s Poll Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply Mama Mia Reply Couldn’t agree with you more commissioner. April 6, 2018 at 1:13 pm James1958 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply What a great choice for Bryan Nelson to have selected Edward Bass as the new Apopka City Administrator! He’ll do a fine job with no detail untouched. Barbara if you don’t like it you are free to move somewhere else, try south America Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Barbara McLeod David Rankin And here we go… Back to the old guard! Reply Reply Reply UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Reply April 6, 2018 at 11:22 am Please enter your comment! Reply 14 COMMENTS Reply
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Farmers Open the Barn Door to Local Leaders Two Northern Indiana farmers took the unusual step of opening up their large livestock operations for inspection by local community leaders and legislators. Billed as the “Bacon and Egg Tour,” pork producer Mark York and egg producer Dan Krouse took a group of about 30 local leaders on an all-access tour of their Wabash County operations.Mark York said it is time to show the community that farmers have nothing to hide. “Many people, when they the biosecurity signs that say keep out, they think we are hiding something. Farmers have nothing to hide,” he stated. “We are doing the same thing our fathers and grandfathers did: feeding, watering, and taking care of animals. We are just doing it on a larger scale.”Dan Krouse, photo by Anne PetreDan Krouse, with Midwest Poultry, a 7th generation, family/owned operation told HAT that helping officials understand what happens on a large livestock farm is necessary in order to maintain community and government support, “We need a social license to operate, so helping these people understand what we do helps everyone.” Krouse gave the group full access to the modern egg facility, showing caged and cage-free houses as well as complete access to the egg processing facility which processes over 2 million eggs per day.Mark YorkYork said the goal of the tour was to help local leaders understand what an important part of the local economy agriculture is, “We are creating jobs. We are generating demand for No. 2 yellow corn, and converting it into a higher protein, whether it is eggs or bacon.” He added that between the corn and the finished product there is a lot of local economic activity. He estimated that there were 25 jobs created in the community for each hog he raises to market weight.Midwest Poultry is the 9th largest egg producer in the nation and is one of the reasons Indiana is now the second largest, egg-producing state in the country. The Wabash County operation employs about 400 people.Krouse said he was able to stress to those on the tour that, in agriculture, being big is not bad, “When you are selling to a grocery chain like Kroger or Wal-Mart, they only want to work with producers who can supply large quantities. That is why we have to operate at such a large scale.” Krouse was able to demonstrate on the tour that, despite the large scale and impressive automation systems used, the animals were well treated and healthy and that product safety was a high priority. Both men engaged in an open and frank dialogue with local leaders answering questions and presenting facts about odor, manure management, and water use.Both men feel event changed minds and opened the eyes of local officials. They hope other producers will take similar steps in their communities to help the public understand what really happens on a modern livestock farm. 1 of 5 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Farmers Open the Barn Door to Local Leaders Previous articleTrump Threatens to Add $200 Billion in More TariffsNext articleHarvest Issues Loom as Combines Get Ready to Roll Gary Truitt SHARE Farmers Open the Barn Door to Local Leaders By Gary Truitt – Sep 3, 2018 SHARE
Organisation News RSF_en Isabelle Mandraud, a journalist with the international service of the French daily Le Monde who specializes in the Maghreb, was denied entry to Tunisia. Le Monde has been banned in Tunisia since its special correspondent Florence Beaugé was deported in October 2009. January 6, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Isabelle Mandraud denied entry to Tunisia Help by sharing this information