Paf raises €21 million for the public good in 2014

Åland-based gaming company Paf made a profit of €17.2 million in the 2014 financial year, with revenue amounting to €98.1 million. As in the previous year, it is proposed that €21 million of the profit for the year is allocated to Paf’s owner, the Åland provincial government, for distribution to good causes.

“Compared with the previous two financial years, 2014 was a weaker year. Profits were negatively affected by targeted major investments in areas such as marketing and by external factors such as ships changing flag, decisions by authorities, the general economic situation and stiffening international competition,” says Anders Ingves, Paf’s CEO.  

Broken down into business areas, revenue from gaming on paf.com amounted to €65.3 million – a decrease of 11% compared with the previous year – while revenue from land- and ship-based gaming amounted to €32.8 million, a decrease of 5%.

The Group’s total revenue during the financial year decreased by 9% compared with the previous year and amounted to €98.1 million. Total profit decreased from €31.4 million to €17.2 million, a decrease of 45%. The Group’s operating profit decreased from €30.9 million to €16.8 million. The operating margin was 17.1%.

“In the short term, investments in responsible gaming have had and are continuing to have a negative impact on revenue and profit, but in the slightly longer term safer gaming is expected to result in customers wanting to play with us, leading to improved profits,” says Anders Ingves.

As last year, a dividend of €21 million is proposed. In addition to the profits that Paf allocates as a dividend, the Åland provincial government will receive €10 million in repaid gaming tax arrears from the Finnish state.

“We are not satisfied with this performance in terms of either revenue or profit, and we are going into 2015 with the aim of finding and implementing measures to restore growth to Paf,” says Anders Ingves.

Paf’s annual report and financial statements for 2014 are available in full via the following link: https://www.paf.com/about/company-information

Selected highlights of 2014:

  • At the end of the year Paf acquired the Italian online operator Winga, which operates in the regulated Italian gaming market using local gaming licences. Following the acquisition, with effect from 2015 the Paf Group will operate in Italy under the Winga and winga.it brands.
     
  • In November Paf was named most Socially Responsible Operator in the online gaming sector by the international trade journal eGaming Review.

  • The Spanish licence was expanded during the year and now also includes online bingo.

  • During the year Paf and Finnish hotel company Sunborn began work on opening an international casino aboard the Sunborn Hotel, a five-star yacht hotel in Gibraltar. Casino Sunborn opened in April 2015, with an official opening in May.

  • Paf's management team was expanded during the year by four internally recruited members with expertise in technology, law and responsible gaming. The management team now has ten members in total.

For more information, please contact:

Anders Ingves
CEO
Tel.: +358 (0)20 791 2300
E-mail: anders.ingves@paf.com

Anders Sims
Director of Communications
Tel.: +358 (0)457 342 8228
E-mail: anders.sims@paf.com

Mattias Lindquist
Communications Manager
Tel.: +46 (0)729 75 23 26
E-mail: mattias.lindquist@paf.com

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Paf (Ålands Penningautomatförening) was founded on Åland in 1966 for raising funds to support public good and is owned and licensed by the regional government of the Åland Islands. Today, Paf is an international gaming operator with over 400 online games including slots, casino, poker, betting, bingo and lotteries. Paf also has physical gaming operations on land and sea, with about 1,500 slot machines and 55 gaming tables aboard ships in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, in Paf Casino on Åland and Casino Sunborn in Gibraltar. Paf is dedicated to developing socially and environmentally sustainable money gaming entertainment for its customers. In 2016, the Paf Group had a total revenue of €113 million and a profit of €15.2 million. The contribution to public good in 2016 was €20 million. The group has over 400 employees, with offices in Mariehamn, Stockholm, Tallinn and Madrid. For more information, please go to www.paf.com.

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