PointsBet Holdings (PBH) released its first-quarter activities report this morning, with a turnover of $1.16bn vs year-ago $979.9m.
The company had a great quarter of growth in the US compared to the previous year. Turnover was 50% higher vs the previous comparable period, although was down 24% on the previous quarter. The group’s biggest cost for the quarter was the advertising and marketing spend, which totalled nearly $55m. For the quarter, net cash outflows were $60.7m and total corporate cash and cash equivalents at the end of the quarter were $412.0m. PBH also announced some key milestones during the quarter, including a streaming partnership with IMG Arena, the launch of online sports betting in Kansas and Louisiana, and the first retail sportbook bet in Maryland. In October, the group also announced the 1st Technology United States horse racing partnership, and recently the company ranked third overall in sportsbooks app-by-app testing. The betting platform sits behind FanDuel and Draft Kings, which are the two main betting platforms for American sports. However, there are 40 online betting competitors in the US, so the competition is very high. A point of concern is also the marketing spend split between the geographical areas, with $25.2m spent in Australia, $US22.8m in the US and $C5.5m in Canada.
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The chart paints an ugly picture, the stock has been in a downward trend since reaching a high of 1760c in February 2021. It is now trading at 206c and is not showing signs of bottoming. The stock is still well within its growth phase, targeting expansion into the US market. Revenue growth is expected in 3 of the next four years, but it’s outpacing EPS growth in each of those years. The group hasn’t traded on a positive PE, which indicates the extent of the overshooting from the company when it reached the high early in 2021.
There isn’t a lot of broker research for PBH, Credit Suisse and Ord Minnett are the only two with research following its trading update in July. Both have neutral recommendations, and their target prices are 55% and 36% above the current share price, respectively. Credit Suisse says it expects patient investors will be rewarded, with the North American iGaming and Sports Betting markets so large, investors will benefit, even without buying in early.
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