Should You Buy DraftKings (DKNG) Q1 2021 Earnings. Beats on Earnings Projects Guidance of $1.15 billion

DraftKings Inc. (Nasdaq: DKNG)  today reported first quarter 2021 financial results.

First Quarter 2021 Highlights

For the three months ended March 31, 2021, DraftKings reported revenue of $312 million, an increase of 253% compared to $89 million during the same period in 2020. After giving pro forma effect to the business combination with SBTech (Global) Limited (“SBTech”) and Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp. which was completed on April 23, 2020, as if it had occurred on January 1, 2019, revenue grew 175% compared to the three months ended March 31, 2020.

“DraftKings is off to an outstanding start in 2021,” said Jason Robins, DraftKings’ co-founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board. “We continued to make progress and remain on track with the migration to our own in-house proprietary sports betting engine, strengthened our content and technology capabilities with the acquisitions of VSiN and BlueRibbon Software, and invested in further differentiating our product offering with the upcoming rollout of social functionality in our DFS and mobile Sportsbook apps.”

Jason Park, DraftKings’ Chief Financial Officer, added, “Our $312 million in first quarter revenue, 114% increase in MUPs and 48% growth in ARPMUP reflect solid customer acquisition and retention as well as successful launches of mobile sports betting and iGaming in new states. We are raising our revenue outlook for 2021 due to the outperformance of our core business in the first quarter and our expectation for continued healthy growth.”

Strong Customer Retention and Acquisition Drove Q1 Results

  • Monthly Unique Payers (“MUPs”) for our B2C segment increased 114% compared to the first quarter of 2020. On average, 1.5 million monthly unique paying customers engaged with DraftKings each month during the first quarter. The increase reflects strong unique payer retention and acquisition across Daily Fantasy Sports, Online Sports Betting and iGaming.
  • Average Revenue per MUP (“ARPMUP”) was $61 in the first quarter representing a 48% increase versus the same period in 2020. Our ARPMUP was positively impacted by increased engagement with our iGaming and mobile sports betting product offerings as well as successful cross-selling.

DraftKings Grows Its Mobile Sports Betting and iGaming Footprint

  • In the first quarter of 2021, DraftKings launched mobile sports betting and iGaming in Michigan and mobile sports betting in Virginia.
  • DraftKings is live with online sports betting in 12 states that collectively represent 25% of the U.S. population. DraftKings is live with iGaming in 4 states, representing approximately 10% of the U.S. population.
  • In 2021, 25 state legislatures have introduced legislation to legalize mobile sports betting, 5 state legislatures have introduced legislation to expand their existing sports wagering frameworks and 1 state legislature has introduced legislation to legalize sports betting limited to retail locations. In addition, 4 states have introduced iGaming legislation and 3 states have introduced online poker legislation.
  • Three of the states that introduced legislation to legalize mobile sports betting this year – Wyoming, Arizona and New York – have already enacted mobile sports wagering laws. Maryland has made significant progress with a mobile and retail sports wagering bill passing the legislature and now pending action from the Governor. The three states that have enacted mobile sports wagering laws this year represent 8% of the U.S. population and bring the percentage of the population with legalized mobile sports betting to 35%.
  • CWEB Analyst’s have initiated a BUY Rating for DraftKings Inc. (Nasdaq: DKNG) and potential upside of $69 in 2021. The fundamentals of the company are to strong and even after the hard hit post pandemic recovery. We believe Q2 will beat expectations due to the solid cash base numbers coming in. We also like the number fact by DraftKings that has Projected Guidance of $1.15 billion.

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