Tipp24: High winnings payments burden earnings

Aug 5, 2010 8:19 AM

Tipp24 SE / Quarter Results

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Report on the first six months of 2010

Tipp24: High winnings payments burden earnings
* Business significantly affected by statistical special items
* Forecast adjusted: EBIT of EUR 20 million expected for FY 2010 

(Hamburg, 5 August 2010) Tipp24's financial figures were significantly
affected by a statistical special item in the first half of the current
fiscal year: MyLotto24 Limited, a fully consolidated minority shareholding,
recorded jackpot winnings of EUR 11.7 million from a secondary lottery
which it held in May. The total amount paid out for lottery winnings in the
first half of 2010 thus exceeded the statistical average by EUR 17.9
million. This led to a negative EBIT effect of EUR 16.6 million.

The consolidated revenues of Tipp24 in the first six months of 2010
amounted to EUR 40.6 million. The year-on-year decline of 24.8% (prior
year: EUR 54.0 million) resulted mainly from high winnings payments and
positive special items in the first quarter of 2009. The consolidated EBIT
result amounted to EUR 6.5 million in the first half of 2010 (prior year:
EUR 22.7 million). Consolidated net profit fell to EUR 3.7 (17.3) million.

In the Germany segment, revenues amounted to EUR 1.6 (1.4) million and EBIT
totalled EUR -4.0
(-6.8) million. Revenues generated by the Abroad segment reached EUR 40.3
(53.2) million, while EBIT fell to EUR 10.0 (29.8) million.

Political and legal situation

The situation in Germany remains unchanged. Leading experts estimate that
the lottery market will lose a total volume of around EUR 11 billion in the
period up to the end of 2011 as a direct consequence of the State Treaty on
Games of Chance (GlüStV).

Tipp24 continues to fight for the resumption of its domestic business in
Germany. The company is still lobbying for a political solution and
utilising all available legal possibilities to appeal against the
restrictions imposed by the GlüStV. In a joint initiative of state and
non-commercial organizers, as well as private sector brokers, Tipp24 is
striving to reach an acceptable future regulation of the German lottery

Dr. Hans Cornehl, Executive Board member of Tipp24 SE, states: 'We are
actively supporting initiatives which challenge the absurd prohibition of
online brokerage for the German state-run lottery, as our aim is to resume
our former business in Germany as quickly as possible and thus help create
new jobs and generate taxes and duty revenue to support important social
projects, education, sport and culture.'

Forecast adjusted

Against the backdrop of winnings payments made by MyLotto24 Limited well
above the statistical average, the Executive Board has adjusted its
forecast for the current fiscal year 2010. Assuming business progresses as
normal in the remaining months of 2010 - i.e. no very large jackpots and
winnings payments around the statistical average - Tipp24 has reduced its
current EBIT forecast of at least EUR 40 million to a result of at least
EUR 20 million. The original revenue forecast of at least EUR 100 million
has been adjusted to at least EUR 90 million.

About Tipp24 SE: Tipp24 SE was founded in September 1999 and holds equity
interests in a number of companies in Spain, Italy and the UK, which enable
participation in lottery-based games via the Internet, especially via the
websites www.ventura24.es, www.giochi24.it, www.mylotto24.co.uk and
www.tipp24.com. In Germany, Tipp24 Entertainment GmbH operates the games
platform www.tipp24games.de. From its foundation to the end of 2008, Tipp24
SE has brokered tickets worth over 1.5 billion euros to the state lottery
companies - in recent years over 330 million euros annually. Shares in
Tipp24 SE have been traded in the Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt
Stock Exchange since 2005. In June 2009, the company was admitted to the
SDAX index.

Tipp24 SE
Kerstin Mork
Media and Public Relations
Tel.: +49 40 32 55 33-661
E-mail: presse@tipp24.de 
Internet: www.tipp24-se.de/presse/

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Language:     English
Company:      Tipp24 SE
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              20251 Hamburg
Phone:        +49 (0)40 325533-0
Fax:          +49 (0)40 325533-77
E-mail:       office@tipp24.de
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ISIN:         DE0007847147
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Indices:      SDAX
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