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DraftKings Once more Raises Income Outlook, Q2 EBITDA Beat Excites Analysts


Aug 7, 2021

Posted on: August 6, 2021, 11:09h. 
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DraftKings (NASDAQ:DKNG) once more elevated its full-year income outlook in the present day following a powerful set of second-quarter outcomes, which the corporate delivered earlier.

DraftKings CEO Jason Robins in a CNBC interview earlier in the present day. The corporate once more raised 2021 income steering (Picture: CNBC)

The sportsbook operator now expects 2021 gross sales of $1.21 billion to $1.29 billion, up from the steering of $1.05 billion to $1.15 billion issued in Might. That new outlook was helped by a powerful exhibiting within the April by means of June interval during which DraftKings generated income of $298 million. That beat Wall Avenue estimates by $50.78 million, and represents a 320 p.c year-over-year improve.
Whereas the gaming firm misplaced 76 cents per share — 18 cents worse than analysts anticipated — adjusted earnings earlier than curiosity, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of -$95 million was better than the lack of $115 million that was the consensus estimate.
Common income per month-to-month distinctive participant (MUP) was $80 within the June quarter, good for a 26 p.c improve from the identical interval final yr.

The quarter continues to show better than anticipated execution and broadening areas of development for the longer term,” stated Jefferies analyst David Katz in a observe to shoppers in the present day.

Shares of DraftKings are larger by virtually two p.c, however the inventory was up as a lot as seven p.c in pre-market buying and selling on the again of the second-quarter outcomes.
Vital Tea Leaves in DraftKings Income Steerage
Whereas DraftKings has delivered simply 5 earnings reviews since turning into a freestanding public firm in April 2020, one factor analysts and buyers have gotten used to is the operator shedding cash and estimating a very long time line to profitability.

The Boston-based firm might have taken steps towards allaying profitability issues with the aforementioned EBITDA beat and powerful consumer retention – an indication that advertising spending is paying off.

The raised gross sales steering “displays sturdy efficiency within the second quarter of 2021 and continued consumer retention, engagement, and acquisition because of the effectiveness of our advertising spend,” stated the corporate in a press release.
As Macquarie analyst Chad Beynon notes, DraftKings new gross sales outlook, on the midpoint of the vary, is 14 p.c above the prior forecast and follows a 16 p.c improve from the primary quarter and a 19 p.c bump within the final three months of 2020. He charges the inventory “outperform” with a $72 worth goal. That means upside of roughly 44 p.c from the Aug. 5 shut.
Legislative, Sports activities Calendars Cooperative
Following an uncommon sports activities schedule final yr, the results of shutdowns and suspensions compelled by the coronavirus pandemic, the home sports activities slate is normalizing. DraftKings acknowledges its income projection is dependent upon no unexpected disruptions to the sports activities schedule.
On the state entrance, the operator is reside with cellular sports activities betting in a dozen states overlaying 1 / 4 of the US inhabitants whereas it has its web on line casino providing in 4 states representing 10 p.c of the inhabitants.
There’s an opportunity DraftKings 2021 income may prime estimates, as a result of a number of states the place it has on-line sports activities betting (OSB) agreements are prone to go reside within the coming months.
“Six of the states the place DKNG has market entry agreements — Arizona, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, Wyoming — have already licensed OSB this yr. These states symbolize 13% of the US inhabitants, and convey the proportion of the inhabitants with legalized OSB to 39%. As well as, Connecticut has licensed iGaming,” stated Macquarie’s Beynon.
Of that group, Arizona and Wyoming are prone to be operational for the 2021 NFL season, with Louisiana and Maryland additionally angling for autumn launches.

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