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Exclusive Interview with Andy Jarrett, CEO of Twelve40

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We have had an email interview with Andy Jarrett, CEO at Twelve40. He took time to provide some really insightful answers to our questions. He talks about his professional journey to the top of a major company, about the challenges and opportunities he faced during the impressive growth of Twelve40, and the company’s well-thought-out growth strategy.

He also introduces some of the latest offerings from Twelve40 and explains how the company is seamlessly incorporating new technologies into its existing development platform. Read his fascinating  answers below.

To begin with, tell us something about yourself and your career. It’s always nice to hear top-class professionals say a few words about themselves for our audience.

Andy: I have spent a great deal of my career in the technology and iGaming sectors, having held senior board positions at both Digital Jersey and Foreshore. Across those positions I have held responsibility for overseeing both product portfolios and strategic growth objectives. I also co-founded a successful big data business that is now headquartered in Scotland, alongside co-founding a fintech business that I have since exited.

My experiences in building both robust and scalable technology and working on a cross-jurisdictional basis have transferred well into the iGaming sector, and I’m looking forward to continuing to grow Twelve40 after a whirlwind first couple of years!

You became the CEO of Twelve40 after its merger with Code Collective about two years ago. Prior to that, Twelve40 became the first to get a remote gambling operator’s license from Jersey. What were your immediate challenges when taking charge of managing employees from two diverse work cultures at a moment of huge responsibility?

Andy: Having successfully undertaken the launch of Jersey’s iGaming proposition through Digital Jersey, the merger of Twelve40 and Code Collective was a crucial milestone in securing Jersey’s digital vision, bringing together an experienced and highly capable team with global export prospects and strong ambition.

There is of course always a challenge when it comes to bringing together two teams of people new to each other following any merger, but it is a hurdle that as a combined business we cleared with ease through our shared desire to deliver the highest quality lottery and iGaming experiences.

In two years’ time, Twelve40 has grown by making a string of integrations like Spiffx, VSoftCo and Wazdan. Can you shed more light on how the integrations have added value to Twelve40?

Andy: We are always looking to add value to the services that we offer to our clients through our platform, and being able to offer the best content across a wide range of verticals is core to that approach. Boosting our sporting profile through integrating Spiffx sports-betting games and VSoftCo virtuals has enhanced our multi-vertical approach, while we were proud to elevate our services by bringing on board Wazdan’s premium collection of top-performing slot titles.

The proposition here is a simple one – the more varied and high-quality content that we can offer to our clients, the more attractive our platform and technology is to potential partners. We have witnessed a great deal of interest in our services resulting from these integrations, and will continue to work with the iGaming’s top-tier providers to find the right products to complement our in-house offering.

One of the remarkable features of Twelve40’s growth has been its solid presence as an online lottery platform and game provider in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Was it a conscious decision to explore markets beyond Europe?

Andy: We provide our white label platform services to a range of clients in markets across the globe, including powering Africa’s largest jackpot through Afromillionslotto. While our robust, secure and scalable lottery infrastructure is more than capable of meeting the requirements of any global market, we do have a defined emerging market focus as part of our overall growth strategy. Lottery systems in such markets have tended to be built on outdated legacy technology, lacking in the flexibility required to meet the demands of the modern player. The ease and speed with which we are able to deploy our solutions empowers our partners to deliver true speed to market, while also providing them with the freedom they require to focus on their brand and market positioning.

At Twelve40, we offer a wide range of lottery solutions capable of satisfying a range of varied market demands. We offer both primary lottery services whereby we provide the RNG and related game systems, as well as secondary lottery services utilising another lottery’s numbers, such as the German national lottery. Our lottery messenger can provide tickets from global lotteries, allowing us to service the requirements of operators in markets all over the world, complemented by our thriving range of instant win games.

Twelve40 offers white label online lottery platforms, slot games and lotto solutions. How do you see blockchain technology and artificial intelligence changing the way online lottery being operated?

Andy: There is no doubting the influence that the current pace of change is having on all technological industries, and iGaming is certainly no different. AI can elevate a traditional gaming platform in a variety of ways, and innovative providers are already taking advantage. By way of example, smartly-deployed AI solutions assist in getting to know your customer-base, allowing for predictive analytics, leading to better corporate decision making and more efficient use of targeted marketing.

Furthermore, at Twelve40 we have moved quickly in recognising the potential of blockchain to shake-up the iGaming space, and we supply the all-new platform and certified back-end technology for the Wild Crypto gaming platform, launching in February 2018 following a successful token sale. The platform has been built from the ground up in order to best deliver an engaging crypto gaming experience, and as such is designed for 18 decimal places where traditional platforms only support two.

We place a great deal of emphasis on remaining ahead of the curve, and will continue to do so as we move forward to realise our strategic growth ambitions.

It has been reported that Twelve40 is going to introduce an instant win game with the Football World Cup theme. Have you launched it? What are your other immediate launch plans?

Andy: We have indeed. We recently launched Lucky Shootout, an instant win game released with the World Cup in mind and an innovative feature set that we are confident will see it lay claim to enduring popularity long after the tournament draws to a close. Taking the form of a penalty shootout, Lucky Shootout gives players the opportunity to select their favourite teams and challenge a goalkeeper in the ultimate test of nerves. We put a lot of work into making sure players could engage with the experience through the emoting of the goalkeeper, a colourful character with both the agility to pull off a great save and the attitude to let the player know they were fortunate to score.

The game is scalable and customisable to the requirements of individual operators and jurisdictions, and its innovative feature set will see its popularity continue to endure.

We already offer a diverse range of expertly-constructed instant win games such as Pumpkin Master and Money Tree, and have also recently added Pirates Gone Wild, a swashbuckling adventure that sees players match a variety of nautical symbols to uncover buried treasure.

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William Hill lowers profit forecast

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William Hill is all geared for remodelling its retail business in 2019, after it lowered its full-year 2018 adjusted operating by about 15 per cent lower compared to the previous year.

The company had reduced its profit forecast in November due to increasingly stringent regulations, particularly on lucrative fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), and warned of more losses in the United States.

It said its US business had broadly broken even in the year.

European gambling companies have been looking to expand across the Atlantic in light of regulatory curbs in Britain and as US states ease curbs on betting.

William Hill said 2018 adjusted operating profit from continuing operations would be 234 million pounds, slightly higher than company-supplied analyst estimates of 232.2 million pounds.

Profit was lower in its retail business due to tough high-street conditions and the offering would be remodelled in 2019 as Chief Executive Officer Philip Bowcock looks to make the firm a “digitally-led international business,” the company said.

The company had said in November that it would look at new products to offer alternatives to FOBTs.

“With rapid expansion underway in the U.S. … and the acquisition of Mr Green nearing completion, we look forward to making further progress this year,” Bowcock said in a statement.

William Hill has earmarked about 120–130 million pounds for 2019 to fund its US expansion.

 


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FTSE4Good Index admits GVC Holdings

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GVC Holdings, the multinational sports-betting and gaming group based in Isle of Man, has been admitted to the FTSE4Good Index Series following the FTSE4Good’s annual review in December 2018.

The FTSE4Good Index Series is designed to measure the performance of companies demonstrating strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices. Transparent management and clearly-defined ESG criteria make FTSE4Good indexes suitable tools to be used by a wide variety of market participants when creating or assessing sustainable investment products.

GVC was admitted to the index after an independent scrutiny of its practices and public documents against a series of criteria including:

  • Governance (including risk management, corporate governance and anti-corruption)
  • Social practices (including human rights, labour standards and health & safety)
  • Environmental commitments (including energy usage and waste management)

Kenneth Alexander, GVC CEO commented:

“We are proud to join FTSE4Good and be recognised as a leader in corporate social responsibility, which is at the core everything we do as a business. Acting responsibly and maintaining strong governance is not a luxury but fundamental to our long-term success and a key driver of shareholder value.”

 

About GVC:
GVC Holdings PLC is one of the world’s largest sports betting and gaming groups, operating both online and in the retail sector. The Group owns a comprehensive portfolio of established brands; Sports Brands include bwin, Coral, Crystalbet, Eurobet, Ladbrokes and Sportingbet; Gaming Brands include CasinoClub, Foxy Bingo, Gala, Gioco Digitale, partypoker and PartyCasino. The Group owns proprietary technology across all of its core product verticals and in addition to its B2C operations provides services to a number of third-party customers on a B2B basis. GVC acquired Ladbrokes Coral Group plc on 28 March 2018 and is now the UK’s largest high street bookmaker, with over 3,500 betting shops. The Group, incorporated in the Isle of Man, is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index and has licences in more than 20 countries, across five continents.

For more information see the Group’s website: www.gvc-plc.com

 


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Macau’s casino companies receive rating upgrade

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Brokerage Sanford C Bernstein has upgraded the ratings of Macau casinos Galaxy Entertainment Group and Sands China. This was done after a re-evaluation of the companies and also considering the capacity expansion in 2020.

According to Bernstein analysts, Vitaly Umansky, Eunice Lee and Kelsey Zhu, even as GGR is expected to decrease from 14 per cent (2018) to 3 per cent this year, there is a positive future for Galaxy and Sands in 2019. They clarified: “On a longer-term fundamental view, Galaxy now looks relatively inexpensive, especially factoring in Phase 3 and 4 developments of Galaxy Macau.” 

They added: “Galaxy continues to improve its Mass operations at Galaxy Macau and StarWorld while maintaining a leadership position in VIP. While the VIP segment is most at risk of considerable slowdown over the next 6 to 12 months, over the medium term, the key value driver is operating leverage improvement and improving business mix which will enhance margins.”

Furthermore, they explained that Galaxy “stands to have outsized growth over the long run” as it completes Galaxy Macau Phases 3 and 4.

“We continue to look favorably upon Sands China’s management team, product positioning and strategy focused on Mass market, a strong balance sheet and hefty dividends,” Bernstein analysts said about Sands China and added: “Redevelopment of Sands Cotai Central and upgrades at the Parisian will help boost its high margin Premium Mass business. The long-term (beginning in 2020) growth story from hotel suite capacity expansion and the Londoner redevelopment is evident. Sands China’s valuation look attractive for a stock that consistently trades at a premium to Macau gaming stocks and is now trading well below its historical average.”


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