Gaming Solutions company Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX:ALL) has posted $858.1 million earnings before interest, tax and amortization for the year ended 30 September 2017. This reflects an improvement of 27.4% compared to the $673.4 million EBITA earned in the previous corresponding year to 30 September 2016. Net profit after tax was $495.1 million, up 41.3% on FY2016 NPAT.
Based on this result of $495.1 million profit, analyst forecasts the annual growth rate of 17.77% to $1.01 billion of NPAT by 2021. Earnings per shares increased from 54.9 cents to 77.5 cents in FY17. Analysts expects growth in earnings because of cost-cutting initiatives, since top-line is predicted to rise at a slower pace than earnings. With a current profit margin of 20.18%, analyst forecasts margin of 24.33% by 2021.
In October 2017, Aristocrat completed the acquisition of 100% of Plarium global Limited, an online gaming site, for a consideration of US$500 million, which was followed by the acquisition agreement of Seattle-based casual gaming company Big Fish Games with Churchill Downs Inc. for a purchase price of US$990 million.
The company declared final dividend of 34.0 cents in the full year to 30 September 2018, which was 36% more than what company declared in the previous corresponding year.
Aristocrat’s stock is currently trading at $30.090 after moving up by 1.655% on 10 September 2018 (12:40 PM AEST). The stock has seen performance change of 40.89% over the past one year.
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