Light & Wonder Acquires Playzido and Shares Q1 Revenue Results

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17 may 2022
Author: James Burton
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The brand’s first-quarter income from ongoing departments was $ 572 million on March 31, 2022. These current transactions do not include the provider's lottery and sports betting businesses, even though these divisions were still part of Light & Wonder.

Light and Wonder: first quarter revenue results

Service income accounted for $ 431 million of this total, representing an 18.4% rise over the previous year, while product sales climbed faster, by 58.4%.

Gaming generated $ 355 million in profit, a 45.5% increase. According to Light & Wonder, this was principally driven by marketplace recovery following the pandemic.

The SciPlay social entertainment’s income grew 4.6% to $ 158 million. It is the 2nd greatest quarter in the company's history. This was supported by a 7% growth in regular monthly paying clients due to a greater user conversion rate over time.

Internet gaming income increased by 1.7% to $ 59 million during the quarter. This gain was credited to the company's continued strength in the US sector, where sales grew by 63.0%, as well as the outstanding performance of acquired firms in 2021.

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Total operating expenses increased by 18.5% to $ 532 million. The influence of sales growth was so significant that the gross margin jumped by 900.0% to $ 40 million.

Light & Wonder reported $ 104 million in other expenses, for a pre-tax loss of $ 64 million, down from the $ 85 million reported simultaneously last year. The brand paid $ 3 million in revenue tax, leading to a $ 67 million net loss from ongoing activities.

Light & Wonder reported that adjusted EBTIDA from retained operations were 42.3% higher at $ 202 million.

During this period, several noteworthy events were mentioned, like the $ 5.8 billion sales of the firm’s sweepstakes division to Brookfield Business Partners.

Following Q1, the company came up with:

  • title change from Scientific Games to Light & Wonder;
  • declaration of a long term partnership with Entain;
  • permission to debut in Ontario.

Playzido’s Acquisition

The announcement of obtaining Playzido, a content production system and game distributor, recently took its place.

The financial details of the acquisition were not revealed, but Light & Wonder stated that it will speed up the momentum. They can cooperate with gaming developers and operators around the world to co-create fresh unique products for gamers.

The company also stated that the agreement will enable a speedier path to the marketplace for creative studios that do not use their software platform. They will be able to have access to Playzido's technology to produce original offerings and release entertainment through OpenGaming.

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