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bet-at-home.com AG / Key word(s): Legal Matter
Düsseldorf, 22 December 2021. bet-at-home.com AG (hereinafter also referred to as the "Company") had already announced that the online casino in Austria had been discontinued as a precautionary measure due to current rulings by Austrian courts. The Maltese bet-at-home.com Entertainment Ltd., in which the Company indirectly holds all shares, had offered the online casino in Austria, which was its main business activity. The bet-at-home.com AG Group still considers the national Austrian gambling regulations to be contrary to European law. In this respect, reference is made in particular to the ad hoc announcement dated 18 October 2021. However, it is still not foreseeable that the online casino will be offered again in Austria in the near future.
In view of this, the company's Management Board and Supervisory Board have conclusively (together with its advisors) analyzed the situation and determined that it is not possible for Maltese bet-at-home.com Entertainment Ltd. to continue as a going concern. In the absence of a positive going concern forecast, winding-up by the court proceedings are therefore to be carried out in respect of this Maltese entity, particularly as the latter is no longer in a position to service its liabilities from existing or independently generated funds. As a consequence of this procedure, Management Board is expecting that this will ultimately result in a deconsolidation of this Maltese entity from the bet-at-home.com AG Group financials.
Player balances of customers are in no way affected by the winding up of bet-at-home.com Entertainment Ltd.
bet-at-home.com AG does not expect the winding-up of bet-at-home.com Entertainment Ltd. to have any material impact on the Group's ongoing business activities, as the discontinuation of the online casino in Austria had already eliminated the main operating business of Maltese bet-at-home.com Entertainment Ltd. The winding up of Maltese bet-at-home.com Entertainment Ltd. therefore has no consequences for existing activities, particularly in the key markets of Germany, Austria, the UK and Ireland. In addition, work is underway to open up new markets to ensure future growth.
The bet-at-home.com AG Group is active in the domain of online sports betting and online gaming. With 5.5 million registered customers, the company (which is listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange) represents, together with its subsidiaries, one of the most popular gaming providers within the European Union. bet-at-home has companies in Germany, Austria, Malta and Gibraltar. The Group holds various licenses via its Maltese companies for online sports betting and online gaming. The licenses allow the company to organize and market online sports betting and online casinos. Since 2009, bet-at-home.com AG has been a part of the Betclic Everest SAS Group, which is a leading French Group in the domain of online sports betting and online gaming. bet-at-home is certified according to ISO/IEC 27001:2013 for all Group companies in Germany, Austria and Malta.
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