Novomatic has reported a record turnover for the first half of this year, the company announced today.
It also reports a 12.1 per cent rise in the number of employees on the group’s books.
Turnover reached €1.9bn in the half-year to June 30, an increase of 10.8 per cent over the previous year. The largest increases came from slot machine operating, which saw an 11.8 per cent rise, while the number of arcades and gaming halls run by the company rose to over 1,600.
The group’s EBITDA was close to the previous year’s level of €287.2m, following major investments, particularly in lotteries.
Staff levels reached a record 22,373 and the company reports that it now has 200 subsidiaries.
Harald Neumann, group chairman, said: “We pursued our growth strategy during the first half of the year and have undertaken a number of important expansions. With our acquisition of the British gaming operator Talarius, we have further increased our market share in the important UK gaming market, and we are now the largest operator of gaming arcades in the UK. Our intention to acquire a stake in the Australian listed gaming technology company Ainsworth would give a massive boost to our market position in Australasia, as well as in North and South America.”