Acquisition Good: GVC Shines in 2016

Published March 26, 2017 by Lee R Acquisition Good: GVC Shines in 2016

A big merger transformed shareholder value.

International sports betting and gaming group GVC Holdings today released strong financial performance results for the full year 2016, showing a significant year-on-year jump in online revenue.

The Growth

GVC credited the growth as driven by the acquisition of in February of the same year.


Net gaming revenue jumped to €894.6 million in 2016 for a 9% year-on-year increase from 2015’s total of €247.7. Actual net gaming revenue stood at €843.4 million, while EBITDA for 2016 jumped 26% year-on-year to reach €193.5 million.

Sports Bets

The report further indicated key vertical performance from sports wagers, which increased 4% from €4.39 billion in 2015 to €4.55 billion in 2016.

The Big Deal

The major development of 2016 was definitely the GVC Holdings group’s acquisition of online gambling operator on February 1, 2016, which was reflected in the dramatic increase it reported in market value several months later.

CEO Reflects

GVC CEO Kenneth Alexander called the acquisition “one of the most ambitious transactions the company had conducted” to date. Alexander attributed operational and financial success to an organisational focus on increasing shareholder value through careful selection of acquisitions while expressing confidence in GVC’s further growth for 2017.


As for organizational direction, Alexander divulged a strategy of “pursuing international diversification and scale through leveraging our proprietary technology.”

Looking Forward

Alexander expressed confidence in the internal sustainability of the organization:

“The organic growth opportunity is equally exciting and we are confident of delivering further growth in 2017.”

Bolstering Management

This growth is being bolstered by a change in the top ranks: non-executive Chairman Lee Feldman announced the appointment of William Whitehorn as Senior Independent Non-executive Director of GVC Holdings, praising the choice of a “highly experienced businessman” who would “contribute to the company’s growth with his experience and corporate knowledge.”


Count GVC among the big iGaming names who will be having some fun and driving market innovation in continuing the trend of upward growth of leading iGaming brands.

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