Aristocrat Gaming, a leading manufacturer and distributor of top-class solutions for the global gaming segment, does not stop innovating and setting trends in the industry, based on a hard work that always reaps its fruits.
To begin with, the company has launched a brand new website with lots of new features and content that helps tell its story and provides a window into its dynamic operation. Part of this process was the renewal of the Digital business, with a distinctive new visual identity. Now, the mobile-first games division is called Pixel United. Its new logo celebrates the amazing teams at Product Madness, Plarium, and Big Fish Games, and brings to life the strength of its fast-growing games portfolio.
Besides, it has been again time for recognitions. Aristocrat won ‘Land-Based Betting & Gaming Product’ category in the SBC Awards Latin America for its outstanding product performance. It has also been shortlisted as a finalist for the ‘Best Culture of Learning Award’ in the LinkedIn Talent Awards. This nomination was an endorsement of its ‘people-first’ culture. Additionally, the firm was recently honored at the Global Gaming Awards, obtaining top prize of ‘Land-based Supplier of the Year’. Aristocrat’s systems and games teams were also valued, taking the ‘Land-based Product of the Year’ award for In The Clear solution, while Buffalo Link title won ‘Best Slot of the Year’. Wild Wild Buffalo slot game also got the silver medal in the ‘Best Slot’ category in GGB’s Gaming & Technology awards.
FINANCES, RANKINGS AND NEW PRODUCTS
This week, the Australian manufacturer shared its 2021 Full Year financial report, with very good indicators. For its fiscal-year ended September 30th, 2021, the company communicated revenues of nearly AUD4.74 billion (USD 3.44 billion), up 14.4% from the prior-year period. Growth was driven by gaming operations and the mobile games segment. Aristocrat also announced that its normalized net profit after tax and before amortization of acquired intangibles (NPATA) for the 12-month period was AUD864.7 million (USD 628.5 million), an increase of 81.4% in year-on-year terms. Adjusted EBITDA was AUD1.54 billion (USD 1.11 billion), a rise of 43% versus FY 2020. The group stated that 80% of its revenue was derived from recurring sources, driven by growth across its North American gaming operations, North American and ANZ (Australia and New Zealand) Outright Sales and Pixel United’s mobile games segment. The results were supported by stronger-than-expected consumer sentiment and economic conditions in the United States and the ANZ region. The firm assured that its operating cash flow “remained strong” at AUD1.33 billion (USD 966 million) for the period, +30.4% from a year ago, “reflecting a solid business performance and an underlying cash flow generation capability.”
In terms of Rankings, Aristocrat continues heading different slots categories, with amazing titles. Data science firm ReelMetrics presented its ReelHot ranking for November 2021, a relevant slots performance index. This classification is divided into two categories: Core Titles (the top 25 best performing core titles, rank-ordered by Games Played/Theo Win) and Premium Titles (the same, but with premium slots). In Core Titles, Aristocrat has 11 games among the top 25, with 6 slots in the top 10. The popular games included in this exclusive list are Buffalo Gold Collection, 5 Dragons Rapid, Boost Peacock – Fu Dai Lian Lian, Boost Tiger – Fu Dai Lian Lian, Dragon – Fu Dai Lian Lian, Panda – Fu Dai Lian Lian, Money Tree, Buffalo Chief, Buffalo Gold Revolution, Ruby Magic – Reel Power, and 5 Dragons Gold.
While in Premium Titles, Aristocrat has an even stronger performance, if possible, with a complete top 16/16 product positioning! From the other 9 places, Aristocrat games are also present in 5. The list is leaded by Golden Century – Dragon Link, followed by Happy and Prosperous – Dragon Link, Panda Magic – Dragon Link, Genghis Khan – Dragon Link, Tiki Fire – Lightning Link, Moon Race – Lightning Link, Sahara Gold – Lightning Link, High Stakes – Lightning Link, Magic Pearl – Lightning Link, Spring Festival – Dragon Link, Peace & Long Life – Dragon Link, Timber Wolf – Cash Express Luxury, Buffalo – Cash Express Luxury, and Wild Chuco – Lightning Link. Out from the top 16 are Best Bet – Lightning Link, Heart Throb – Lightning Link, Peacock Princess – Dragon Link, Happy Lantern – Lightning Link, and Buffalo Diamond.
Finally, about new launchings for Class III Games, Aristocrat anticipated Dune slot, originally presented last October at G2E show in Las Vegas. This is a technologically advanced gaming experience and a historical first that changes the industry. The slot game’s release to casinos has been synced with the U.S. theatrical premiere of the motion picture, a Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures production. The game features impactful sights and sounds directly from the film, with unique themed game play. There are also new mechanics, such as multiplier stacks, which add increased volatility and excitement to the base game, frequent scatter triggered features using proven game mechanics in new ways, and a USD 500,000 multi-site progressive jackpot. Dune appears on Aristocrat’s new and technologically advanced Neptune Double cabinet, offering players an out-of-this-world theatrical style experience, with curved 49-inch monitors and 4K visuals, state-of-the-art sound, and a custom-designed, adjustable sound chair.
Summing up this wonderful present and promising future for the company, Trevor Croker, CEO and Managing Director, Aristocrat, stated: “We enter our fiscal year 2022 with excellent operational momentum, business resilience, and an appetite to continue to invest organically and through M&A to accelerate our growth strategy.”