ZEAL Network SE: Adjustment of guidance due to prize pay-out

Mar 9, 2017 5:02 PM

ZEAL Network SE / Key word(s): Change in Forecast

09-March-2017 / 17:02 CET/CEST
Disclosure of an inside information acc. to Article 17 MAR, transmitted by DGAP - a service of EQS Group AG.
The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

Adjustment of guidance due to prize pay-out

In a secondary lottery held by MyLotto24 Limited, a fully consolidated minority shareholding of ZEAL Network SE, a player has won a prize of approximately EUR 15 million.

The pay-out amount falls within the self-retention specified in MyLotto24's hedging instruments. Total Operating Performance and EBIT in the current fiscal year 2017 will therefore be impacted by EUR 15 million.

While statistical fluctuations are inherent to the secondary lottery business model, MyLotto24 has had prize pay-outs above the statistical average in the current year to date and including the current pay-out. ZEAL has therefore adjusted its Total Operating Performance and EBIT guidance for the current fiscal year 2017. Assuming a normal course of business in the remaining year (i.e. prize pay-outs around the statistical average), ZEAL reduces its Total Operating Performance guidance for 2017 from EUR 145-155 million to EUR 130-140 million and its EBIT guidance from EUR 30-40 million to EUR 15-25 million.

ZEAL confirms its communicated intention of paying a total dividend of at least EUR 1.00 per share in the current year.

Frank Hoffmann, CEFA
Investor Relations

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