Betfair increases its 2015 full year dividend by 70%

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Betfair increases its 2015 full year dividend by 70%

Full year highlights

Sustainable revenue up 27% to £388.5m

Sustainable revenue mix now 82% of Group revenue (FY14: 78%)

EBITDA up 32% to £120.2m (up 53% excluding UK POC tax)

Underlying free cash flow up 47% to £103.8m, leading to a year-end cash balance of £105.1m

Active customer numbers up 52% to 1.7m

New customer acquisition up 65% following increased marketing investment

The number of customers cross-sold from Sports to Gaming up 100%

TVG acquired HRTV and secured long-term contents rights, providing an opportunity for further growth

Proposed full year dividend up 70% to 34.0 pence per share

Q4 highlights

Active customers up 46% to 1.0m (up 58% in sustainable markets)

Revenue up 13% to £124.3m (up 18% in sustainable markets)

EBITDA up 3% to £22.7m (up 60% excluding UK POC tax)

Breon Corcoran, Betfair's Chief Executive Officer, commented:

"FY15 has been an excellent year for Betfair. We are successfully executing our strategy and achieving profitable scale in sustainable markets. Our investments are working, the business now operates at pace and our people have a strong will to win.

The financial year started with the World Cup, which allowed us to engage with many new and existing customers and gain trading momentum. This carried on throughout the rest of the year, culminating in record customer numbers and betting volumes at the Cheltenham Festival and Grand National meeting.

Product is a key reason why customers join and stay with Betfair. Important product improvements, including the extension of Price Rush to each way bets and Cash Out to in-running horseracing, helped to drive a strong performance during these key racing festivals.

We continue to invest heavily in the business. This year we spent c.£28m more on marketing and customer bonuses and added more than 60 people to our product development teams.

Our "Tap Tap Boom" advertising campaign has been effective in showing the simplicity of using Betfair, especially through our market-leading mobile apps. We are sustaining our marketing investment throughout the upcoming season, including leading slots on Sky Sports and BT Sport's football coverage.

Betfair is well positioned for further growth and we look forward to building on these results in FY16".

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