Aristocrat Entertainment’s entry into the real money online gaming space is a matter of when not if and it’s strategy is likely to be to build the business through acquisitions, J.P. Morgan analyst Don Carducci wrote in a note commenting on the company’s latest earnings report.
“We assume multiple acquisitions of small-to-medium size, as cash remains ALL’s lever for digital & additional investment/acquisitions to vertically integrate a strategy,” he wrote.
J.P. Morgan expects digital gaming revenue growth will rise 4.5 percent in H1,2021 to $1.09 billion and for the second half to be up 8.2 percent supported by new social gaming titles.
AstroPay is the pioneer payment solution for thousands of consumers in Latin America, Asia and Africa, who want to purchase online on international sites, that helps merchants access new markets through its main product, AstroPay Card.
Consolidation of the bases and advancement in adversity was the thrust of Macau Chief Executive’s policy address for 2021, though it gave little away when it came to the current pillar of the economy - the gaming industry.
Gaming suppliers, like all areas of the industry, have felt the pinch from the Covid-19 crisis, though their growing digital businesses have proved a bright spot and helped offset the impact of the crisis.
While nowhere in the world has escaped the economic fallout from the Covid-19 crisis, Macau has been hit harder than most, with forecasts for gross domestic product to shrink more than 50 percent this year.