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US – Penn plateaus but omni-channel strategy paying off

By - 3 February 2023

Penn Entertainment, generated revenues of $1.6bn, an increase of 0.8 per cent year-over-year for the three months ended 31 December 31 2022.

“2022 was a solid year for PENN despite ongoing macroeconomic headwinds,” said Jay Snowden, Chief Executive Officer and President. “I’m proud of PENN’s numerous financial and operational achievements in the past year as well as our continued progress on the ESG front. We remained focused on executing our leading omni-channel strategy, which drove database growth and further engagement with our expanding 21-44 year old cohort. Fourth quarter revenues of $1.6bn and Adjusted EBITDAR of $468.3 million were impacted by severe weather in certain parts of the country in December. Importantly, we also achieved profitability in our Interactive segment notwithstanding an unfavorable sports betting outcome in the World Series. The quarter ended on a high note with strong performance between Christmas and New Year’s across the portfolio, which has continued through January. In 2023, we have numerous near-term growth opportunities, including the transition of the Barstool Sportsbook to our own proprietary technology platform in the US this summer. For 2023, we are guiding to a revenue range of $6.15 billion to $6.58bn and an Adjusted EBITDAR range of $1.875bn to $2bn. This outlook reflects our momentum in both our Retail and Interactive segments and the potential for further economic headwinds as well as increased supply in a few of our markets.

“Our focused marketing strategy, diverse product offerings and technology enhancements generated approximately 1.3 million new rated customers last year in our mychoice database,” said Snowden. “Approximately 300,000 of these guests signed up in the fourth quarter, representing a 15% year-over-year increase. Over 50 per cent of the database growth this quarter came from our online offerings, and our emphasis on delivering high-quality customer experiences has led to a 25 per cent increase in guests who engage with us across multiple channels. In addition, our 21-44 year-old demographic has steadily grown their share of total retail theoretical to 18.5 per cent by year end. We also saw positive momentum in our mychoice app downloads and the adoption of our industry leading cashless, cardless and contactless technology, which is now deployed at twenty-one properties representing approximately 70 per cent of our retail EBITDAR. Our guests who use the digital wallet enjoy a better guest experience and demonstrate superior loyalty through increased visitation, time on device, and total theoretical.

“Our Interactive segment generated positive Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter inclusive of expenses related to online sports betting launches in Maryland and Ohio and unfavorable hold driven by VVIP play,” said Snowden. “Following our successful playbook in Kansas and Maryland, our omni-channel marketing approach in Ohio led to one of our strongest launches to date of our Barstool Sportsbook. Our deep customer database, retail footprint, and powerful Barstool Sports marketing engine contributed to a record number of first-time depositors at launch this January despite minimal external marketing expense. Meanwhile, in Ontario, theScore Bet continues to experience strong momentum, achieving record gaming revenue in December for both sports betting and iCasino. The transition to our proprietary technology platform last summer has resulted in higher customer engagement and a noticeable increase in hold rates. Greater control over our product offering and advanced promotional capabilities is contributing to encouraging retention metrics and cross-sell rates to iCasino. Looking ahead, we remain on-track to migrate the Barstool Sportsbook and Casino to our proprietary technology solution this summer. In addition to expected cost synergies, our Ontario success suggests that there is meaningful revenue potential post-migration once we are able to leverage our advanced trading and promotional tools. Finally, we are excited about our recent launch of the Barstool Sportsbook in Massachusetts at Plainridge Park Casino and are looking forward to our launch of online sports betting in March.

“Despite well-known headwinds in the digital media space, theScore’s media business and Barstool Sports continue to produce impressive revenue and engagement results, driven by compelling content and an exceptional product experience,” said Snowden. “theScore’s mobile media audience is more engaged than ever with both quarterly and annual user session growth. In addition, we completed the initial integration of the Barstool Sportsbook into theScore media app in October, highlighting the benefits of our owned media strategy. We are also excited about the upcoming acquisition of the remainder of Barstool Sports, which we expect will close 17 February. Barstool achieved record revenue in 2022 while investing in and expanding into new verticals, including coverage of live sporting events such as the Barstool Invitational college basketball tournament on 11 November and the Arizona Bowl on 30 December. The combination of Barstool’s vast, loyal audience with theScore’s fully integrated media and betting platform will provide us with compelling competitive advantages and organic cross-selling opportunities.

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