Q2 2018 Interim report January−June

July 18 2018

Record Q2 sales, 9% organic growth & increased profits

Q2 2018 highlights

  • Record Q2 sales of SEK 5,010m (4,246) with 9% organic growth
  • Operating income before IAC of SEK 439m (391) including transaction costs of SEK 32m
  • Total operating income of SEK 426m (369) including SEK -13m (-23) of items affecting comparability
  • Total net income of SEK 348m (413) including net income from discontinued operations of SEK -5m (138) and total basic earnings per share of SEK 4.83 (5.62)
  • Net debt of SEK 2,287m (2,212) equivalent to 1.3x trailing EBITDA before IAC

President & CEO’s comments

Profitable growth
This was the eighth consecutive quarter of more than 5% organic sales growth and another quarter of profitable growth. We delivered 9% organic sales growth, with digital sales up 76% to represent 36% of total sales, and operating profits up 12% despite SEK 32m of transaction costs related to the proposed TDC merger and the ongoing split process.

Operating momentum
Nordic Entertainment delivered yet another quarter of higher sales and profits. The positive impact of our exclusive coverage of the Ice Hockey World Championship and the continued growth of our Viaplay and Viafree streaming services more than offset the coverage of the FIFA World Cup on rival channels and lower TV viewing levels. We have recently secured several key sports rights for the coming years, including English Premier League football, Formula 1® and the World Handball Championships, which have reinforced our position as the undisputed home of premium sports content in the Nordic region. And we have also continued to launch new Viaplay original productions, with over 30 now available or in production.

MTGx sales were up 63% on a reported basis and 25% on an organic basis, and we delivered our third consecutive quarter of EBITDA profits. We turned a loss a year ago into an EBITDA profit of SEK 34m this quarter, due to the contribution from InnoGames in particular. We also acquired the remaining shares in Zoomin.TV and Splay Networks and merged Splay into our Studios business to create a new branded entertainment powerhouse. ESL is more and more about owned and operated events and so we continue to restructure, streamline and focus our resources on events where we can scale our media and sponsorship deals in order to maintain our market leadership and build an sports megabrand. Esports revenue growth will be limited in H2 but losses will be reduced.

Strategic transformation
We have made further significant steps towards splitting MTG into two separate companies, with Nordic Entertainment Group operating as a separate company from 1 July with a new brand, Board and management team. We are now awaiting our largest shareholder Kinnevik’s distribution of its MTG shares to its own shareholders before moving forward with the listing process. There are of course costs associated with the reorganisation ahead of the split, which are impacting both items affecting comparability and central costs. Our ongoing strategic transformation has continued during Q2 with the completion of the sale of Trace and we now await regulatory approval for the sale of Nova in Bulgaria. We have paid out our record high dividend and continue to look for M&A investment and consolidation opportunities.

“Continued sales and profit growth, while making further progress towards the split of MTG, reflect a clear vision, a differentiated strategy, and an exceptional team. We remain focused on building shareholder value through our strategic transformation and unique product offerings.”

Jørgen Madsen Lindemann
President & Chief Executive Officer 

2018 Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting resolved to re-elect Board members Joakim Andersson, David Chance, Simon Duffy, Donata Hopfen, John Lagerling and Natalie Tydeman and elect Gerhard Florin as new member of the Board. The Annual General Meeting also re-elected David Chance as Chairman of the Board. The Meeting approved the payment of an annual ordinary dividend of SEK 12.50 per share to shareholders at the record date of Thursday 24 May 2018. The Meeting also approved a new mandate to the Board to repurchase Class A and/or Class B shares. The Meeting further resolved to amend the provision in the Articles of Association regarding the auditor’s term of office, as well as editorial adjustments of the Articles of Association due to changed legislation, and re-elected KPMG as auditor until the close of the 2019 Annual General Meeting. Joakim Thilstedt will continue as auditor-in-charge.

Financial calendar
Q3 results announcement                                  23 October

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Conference call
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