Earn-out paid; another milestone achieved

Jackpotjoy 22 June 2017 Update
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Jackpotjoy plc

Earn-out paid; another milestone achieved

Earn-out update

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22 June 2017

Price

627p

Market cap

£463m

€1.135/£

Net debt (£m) at 31 December 2017e

307

Shares in issue

73.8m

Free float

95%

Code

JPJ

Primary exchange

LSE

Secondary exchange

N/A

Share price performance

%

1m

3m

12m

Abs

4.5

10.0

N/A

Rel (local)

4.9

8.4

N/A

52-week high/low

645p

534p

Business description

Jackpotjoy plc (JPJ) (formerly The Intertain Group) is a leading online gaming operator mainly focused on bingo-led gaming targeted towards female audiences. About 77% of revenues are generated in regulated markets. It moved its listing from the TSX to the LSE in January 2017.

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14 August 2017

Analysts

Victoria Pease

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Katherine Thompson

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Jackpotjoy plc is a research client of Edison Investment Research Limited

The major Gamesys earn-out period finished in March 2017 and, as expected, Jackpotjoy plc (JPJ) has announced a £94.2m payment for its penultimate earn-out. There is a further c £44m due for the Spanish assets (Botemania) in June 2018, which should be comfortably covered by operating cash flow. Although adjusted net debt/EBITDA of c 4.0x remains high, we expect significant deleverage from 2018. The stock has recovered some ground recently, but continues to trade at a significant discount to peers, with 2018e multiples of 6.8x EV/EBITDA and 5.7x P/E. Given the company’s leading market position and robust cash flow generation, we would expect a re-rating as the market regains confidence in the business model. Our forecasts remain unchanged.

Year end

Revenue (£m)

EBITDA* (£m)

PBT* (£m)

EPS* (p)

DPS (p)

P/E (x)

Yield (%)

12/15

194.6

70.4

46.1

73.0

0.0

8.6

N/A

12/16

269.0

102.2

65.6

88.4

0.0

7.1

N/A

12/17e

294.8

105.7

70.9

93.8

0.0

6.7

N/A

12/18e

322.3

113.8

84.4

109.2

0.0

5.7

N/A

12/19e

345.3

116.4

93.0

118.0

0.0

5.3

N/A

Note: *EBITDA, PBT and EPS are normalised, excluding amortisation of acquired intangibles, exceptional items and share-based payments. EPS is fully diluted.

Penultimate £94.2m earn-out payment to Gamesys

The Jackpotjoy division was acquired from Gamesys in April 2015 for an initial price of c £425.8m and the major earn-out period finished in March 2017. JPJ has now paid the largest earn-out of £94.2m, which comprised the final £63.9m payment for the non-Spanish assets and £30.3m for the Spanish brand, Botemania. We expect a further final payment of c £44m in June 2018 for Botemania and estimate that the total acquisition price equates to c 6.3x 2017e EV/EBITDA. With an unrestricted cash balance at Q117 of £112m (pre earn-out) and an ongoing quarterly operating cash flow of c £25m, JPJ is well positioned to internally fund its future obligations.

Strong underlying trading and cash flow

Our forecasts remain unchanged. Please see our May update for a discussion of Q117 results, where market dominance was demonstrated by the 14% growth in the leading Jackpotjoy division. Q2 trading into May was also reported as strong across all divisions. We forecast stable net debt levels this year (£307.5m in 2017), falling to £214.2m in FY19. During 2019, we expect JPJ to reach its target 2.0x adjusted net debt/EBITDA and the company would then be in a position to commence dividend payouts.

Valuation: Meaningfully below peers

Despite the sustained momentum in growth and underlying profitability, JPJ trades at a meaningful discount to its peer group, at 6.8x EV/EBITDA, 5.7x P/E and 15.9% free cash flow yield for 2018. The valuation reflects legacy concerns over the Gamesys relationship, high leverage, the lack of dividend and low stock liquidity. In our view, cash generation should lead to demonstrable debt reduction from 2018 and we would expect a re-rating as the market regains confidence in the business.

Financial summary

Exhibit 1: Financial summary

IFRS

 

£m

2015

2016

2017e

2018e

2019e

Year end 31 December

 

PROFIT & LOSS

 

Revenue

 

 

194.6

269.0

294.8

322.3

345.3

Cost of Sales

(101.4)

(130.7)

(138.1)

(162.8)

(179.5)

Gross Profit

93.3

138.3

156.7

159.5

165.7

EBITDA

 

 

70.4

102.2

105.7

113.8

116.4

Operating Profit (before amort. and except.)

70.1

101.6

104.3

112.4

115.0

Intangible Amortisation

(50.6)

(55.5)

(55.0)

(55.0)

(55.0)

Exceptional and other items*

(109.7)

(52.5)

(9.7)

(5.2)

(4.9)

Share based payments

(2.9)

(2.3)

(2.1)

(2.5)

(2.5)

Operating Profit

(93.1)

(8.7)

37.5

49.6

52.5

Net Interest

(24.0)

(35.9)

(33.3)

(28.0)

(22.0)

Profit Before Tax (norm)

 

 

46.1

65.6

70.9

84.4

93.0

Profit Before Tax (FRS 3)

 

 

(114.2)

(40.7)

(1.0)

24.3

33.0

Tax

(0.5)

0.1

(0.7)

(2.5)

(4.5)

Profit After Tax (norm)

45.5

65.7

70.3

81.9

88.5

Profit After Tax (FRS 3)

(114.8)

(40.6)

(1.7)

21.8

28.5

 

 

Average Number of Shares Outstanding (m)

61.2

71.2

74.0

74.5

74.5

EPS - normalised (p)

74.4

92.2

94.9

109.9

118.8

EPS - normalised and fully diluted (p)

 

73.0

88.4

93.8

109.2

118.0

EPS - (IFRS) (p)

(187.5)

(57.1)

(2.3)

29.2

38.3

Dividend per share (p)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

 

 

Gross Margin (%)

47.9

51.4

53.2

49.5

48.0

EBITDA Margin (%)

36.2

38.0

35.9

35.3

33.7

Operating Margin (before GW and except.) (%)

36.0

37.8

35.4

34.9

33.3

 

 

BALANCE SHEET

 

Fixed Assets

 

 

674.3

652.3

598.4

545.9

494.5

Intangible Assets

668.8

648.8

593.8

538.8

483.8

Tangible Assets

0.2

0.9

1.9

4.5

8.0

Other long-term assets

5.3

2.6

2.6

2.6

2.6

Current Assets

 

 

63.9

139.0

80.5

70.8

97.8

Stocks

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Debtors (incl swaps)

25.6

62.0

35.0

37.0

37.0

Cash

31.8

68.5

36.5

23.8

49.8

Player balances

6.5

8.6

9.0

10.0

11.0

Current Liabilities

 

 

(54.3)

(154.9)

(118.7)

(64.4)

(60.7)

Creditors

(23.1)

(41.3)

(40.0)

(34.0)

(34.0)

Short term borrowings

(25.2)

(26.7)

(26.7)

(26.7)

(26.7)

Contingent consideration

(6.0)

(86.9)

(52.0)

(3.8)

0.0

Long Term Liabilities

 

 

(394.8)

(397.1)

(333.4)

(289.4)

(239.4)

Long term borrowings

(189.3)

(347.4)

(317.4)

(287.4)

(237.4)

Contingent consideration

(203.6)

(33.3)

0.0

0.0

0.0

Other long term liabilities

(2.0)

(16.4)

(16.0)

(2.0)

(2.0)

Net Assets

 

 

289.0

239.4

226.8

263.0

292.3

 

 

CASH FLOW

 

Operating Cash Flow

 

 

23.3

83.0

98.7

108.8

114.5

Net Interest

(24.0)

(35.9)

(32.0)

(28.0)

(22.0)

Tax

(0.5)

(1.2)

(0.7)

(2.5)

(4.5)

Capex

(2.5)

(2.5)

(2.5)

(4.0)

(5.0)

Acquisitions (inc earnouts)

(355.6)

(156.3)

(101.0)

(57.0)

(7.0)

Financing

203.7

(10.0)

35.5

0.0

0.0

Dividends

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Net Cash Flow

(155.6)

(122.9)

(2.0)

17.3

76.0

Opening net debt/(cash)

 

 

27.1

182.7

305.6

307.5

290.2

HP finance leases initiated

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Other

0.0

0.0

(0.0)

0.0

(0.0)

Closing net debt/(cash)

 

 

182.7

305.6

307.5

290.2

214.2

NPV of outstanding earnouts/other

 

209.5

140.7

70.0

18.0

10.0

Currency swaps

 

 

(4.7)

(38.2)

0.0

0.0

0.0

Adjusted net debt

 

 

387.5

408.1

377.5

308.2

224.2

Source: Jackpotjoy accounts, Edison Investment Research. Note: *Exceptional and other items include transaction-related costs, severance costs, fair value adjustments on contingent consideration and gain on cross-currency swap.

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