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Paddy Power's record 2014 profits
03 Mar 2015 18:06
Paddy Power has reported a record annual pre-tax profit for 2014 of €167m, up 21% on the previous year's figure.
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Revenues for the year to the end of December rose by 18% to €882m.
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Shares in the company moved 8.1% higher in Dublin trade today.
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The bookmaker is capitalising on strong growth in betting on mobile devices. It makes more of its operating profit from online gambling than it does from its shops and mobile now represents more than half of its online revenue.
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UK rival Ladbrokes recently announced a "fundamental review" of its Irish betting shop chain and said it may have to take "drastic action" to stem losses here.
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But Paddy Power today reported a 15% increase in operating profit to just over €15m from its Irish retail operations.
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It now operates 243 shops in Ireland and opened a total of 20 new shops last year. Its Irish retail stakes exceeded €1 billion for the first time.
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Its UK Retail operations saw operating profits of €21.2m for last year, up 53% on 2013 and the company now runs 322 shops in the UK market, with 55 new shops opened during the year.
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Operating profits in its Online Australia division jumped by 56% to €52.4m, while operating profits in its Online operations (excluding Australia) rose by 3% to €75.3m.
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