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The CEO of Rank says that the company is “well-positioned” to reap benefits from reforms outlined in white papers.

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In a reflection on Rank Group’s results for H1 2023-24, John O’Reilly stated that the company was “well positioned to benefit” from land-based reforms outlined by the Gambling Act Review white paper in the coming months.

In the white paper on Gambling Act Review, a series of measures were outlined for venues located in land. In its H1 Report, Rank outlined the benefits it anticipates from these new initiatives, subject to ongoing consultation.

Rank anticipates that the Grosvenor Casino Estate will double its gaming machine count and accept electronic payment in bingo halls and casinos.

The white paper also proposed replacing the 80:20 gaming machine ratio with 50:50. Rank did acknowledge that a DCMS consultation suggests changing the 2:1 or 3:1 ratio of category B3 to C/D machines.

O’Reilly said, “We’re well-positioned to maximise the opportunities offered by UK’s land-based regulatory changes which are planned and will be hopefully implemented in summer 2024 through secondary legislation.” These reforms are needed now more than ever to enable us to improve our offering to meet the expectations of our customers.

Revenue and performance for the first half of 2012 by division

Net gaming revenue (NGR), which is Rank’s measure of net gaming revenues, totaled PS362.6m in the first half year. This represents an increase of 7.0%. Revenue for H1 2020-23 grew by only 1.6% annually.

O’Reilly stated that Rank has begun to rebuild revenue following a “very difficult few years” which were affected by a variety of factors. This was mitigated, he said, by “strong operations leverage”.

“… We are improving profitability. The group is delivering growth in revenue and operating profits across all of its businesses,” said he.

Grosvenor’s venues were the top earners for six-month period, bringing in PS167.5m. This represents a 10.1% increase yearly. Of this, PS56.4m came from London, and PS111.1m was attributed to other parts of the UK.

Grosvenor’s average weekly revenue was PS6.4m, an increase of 10.3%. The company hopes to see this increase to PS7.0m a week, excluding the impact of any changes to the Gambling Act.

Grosvenor’s active customers grew by 2 percent, and total visits to the hotel grew 8 percent.

Increased revenue across the board

Digital revenues for Rank amounted at PS108.4m. This is a 7.5% growth.

The digital division of Rank, with PS108.4m (an increase of 7.5%) was the second-highest revenue earner.

The revenues from Mecca and Enracha was PS67.2m andPS19.5m, respectively.

Mecca’s revenue increased by 8.5%. Rank reported that 20 venues had been closed since reopening May 2021. A further venue was closed in H1 2023-24 bringing the total to 55 Mecca venues. In the report, Rank mentioned closure costs for this period of PS100,000.

Group officials said that closures had been made to shift customers and bingo liquid to Mecca’s stronger venues. The total number of visits was up 2%, and the average spend per visit increased by 7%.

Enracha’s Spanish Brand, Rank, benefited from an investment of PS800,000.00 during this six-month period. The money was used for the Enracha card’s ongoing launch. Enracha’s revenue increased by 9.5% in H1. Enracha’s customer visits increased by 9%, and the average spend per visit was up by 1%.

The Rank has improved on the previous year’s loss

Cost of sales in the first half of 2022-23 was PS208.3m. This resulted in gross profits of PS154.3m. The gross profit is now PS154.3m, up 18.2% from the PS130.5m in H1 2020-23.

Costs for the first half of the year were divided into two categories – total and underlying. The underlying numbers are presented in a ranked format to remove large, non-recurring expenses. This makes it easy to compare the performance of the business and its profitability.

The impact of the separately reported items on operating profits was PS5.4m.

The operating profit fell to PS21.6m due to a PS132.7m hit from other operating costs.

The net financing of PS5.3m resulted in a profit before tax of PS16.3m. The profit after tax was PS2.8m. This is an increase of PS19.1m annually.

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