GiG speaks on COVID-19
17 March 2020
(PRESS RELEASE) -- Gaming Innovation Group Inc. closely monitors the progress of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and consider contingency measures to reduce the risk for the staff and to ensure business continuity. Last week, GiG successfully deployed the Business Contingency Plan, with all systems and operations performing well. GiG operates from various offices in several countries and local measures have been taken based on the recommendations from the various authorities.
GiG has a robust BCP to ensure continuity of operations, and working from home is an integral part of the day to day operations and it also forms an integral part of the BCP. Proactive steps were taken at the end of last week of advising employees to work from home prior to any announcements by governments. As part of the BCP all changes to production environments will require an extra level of approval to protect both the Company’s and the customers businesses even more. GiG is an agile company, remote development and operational teams are part of day to day operations and will continue to work business as usual.
Casino operations have not been affected by the turmoil and daily Net Gaming Revenue in March are in line with January and February for both our own B2C operations, B2B platform clients and for Media Services.
GiG’s operations are mainly directed towards casino, and revenues related to sports betting accounted for around 6.5% of total revenues in 2019 and so far in 2020. A large part of the sports related revenues are from paid Media, and initiatives has already been taken to move media spend from Sports to casino, to reduce the impact on operations from the closure of Sport events. Measures has also been taken to reduce operating expenses related to Sports in both B2C and B2B, and overall, the cancelation of sports events are not expected to have any material impact on GiG’s revenue and EBITDA going forward.
Overall revenues in January and February, including B2C as continued operations, where 6% above the average in Q4-2019 and for the time being we stand by our targets communicated in our 2019 Q4 report.
The divestment of B2C assets to Betsson Group is proceeding according to plan, and the compulsory competition filings have been submitted to the control authorities. Closing is expected mid-April 2020, giving time to receive the necessary approvals.
Richard Brown, CEO of GiG, comments: “Our focus is on protecting our employees and our customers, as well as securing a stable continuation of service to our partners. Board and management are continuously monitoring the situation and further measures will be taken if necessary to protect employees, customers and shareholder value through these turbulent times. In these times of turmoil GiG has so far proven that our technology is robust, staff agile and that there is a increased demand for our services across of different verticals.”