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XLMedia PLC Fiscal Year 2022: A Comprehensive Overview

06 Jun, 2024
Written by
Elizaveta Latinskaya
Elizaveta Latinskaya
Reviewed by
Aigerim Ercik
Aigerim Ercik
XLMedia PLC Fiscal Year 2022: A Comprehensive Overview

​​Founded in 2008, XLMedia PLC has established itself as a prominent player in the digital marketing space, primarily serving online gambling operators. The company was initially incorporated in the Seychelles in 2012 before transferring its incorporation to Jersey on November 26, 2013. With a strategic focus on SEO, digital media buying, and a robust affiliate network, XLMedia generates substantial revenue through these diversified marketing methodologies.

Public Listing and Financial Performance

XLMedia went public in 2014, listing its shares on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol XLM. As of December 31, 2022, the company had 259,898,000 shares outstanding. However, dividends were last paid in 2019, with payments of $0.040 per share on April 5, 2019, and $0.031 per share on October 4, 2019.

In 2022, XLMedia’s Total Consolidated Revenue, excluding discontinued operations from the Personal Finance segment, was $71.805 million. This marked a 24.30% increase compared to the $57.767 million recorded in 2021. Including revenue from discontinued operations, the total revenue for 2022 was $73.738 million. Despite this growth, the company’s Total Equity decreased by 8.20% from $109.216 million in 2021 to $100.263 million in 2022. Additionally, Total Current Liabilities exceeded Total Current Assets by $5.815 million, highlighting a liquidity challenge.

Business Operations and Strategic Focus

XLMedia operates across three main sectors: sports media, sports betting, and the gaming industry. The company’s portfolio includes various brands that cater to these industries within regulated markets. In a strategic move announced on December 15, 2022, XLMedia decided to restructure and sell its Personal Finance assets. This decision aligns with the company’s strategy to concentrate its efforts on expanding in North America and reinforcing its presence in the European sports and gaming markets.

Challenges and Criticism

Despite its successes, XLMedia has faced significant challenges. On January 18, 2020, the company experienced a setback when several of its casino sites were manually demoted by Google. This demotion negatively impacted the visibility and traffic of these sites, consequently affecting revenue and the company’s stock price.

Further criticism arose in July 2023 when the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that an advertisement for FreeBetsDotCom, featuring soccer player Mason Mount, breached the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) Code. The ad was deemed inappropriate as it featured Mount, who was under the age of 25 at the time, in a gambling-related context.

Recent Financial Struggles

The end of 2023 brought more financial challenges for XLMedia. The company announced that its revenue for the year would fall below previous levels due to underperformance in North America. This announcement caused a sharp decline in the company’s share price, which plummeted by 23% to a record low of 5.86 pence – the lowest since XLMedia’s IPO in 2014.

Conclusion

XLMedia PLC has demonstrated resilience and adaptability in a highly competitive industry. However, the company must navigate ongoing challenges, including regulatory scrutiny and financial instability, to maintain its market position. With a renewed focus on the North American and European sports and gaming markets, XLMedia aims to leverage its expertise and strategic initiatives to drive future growth and shareholder value.

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