February 27, 2024 2 min read


Playtika Unveils Q4 2023 and Fiscal Year Financials, Showcases Mixed Results

Despite a positive fourth quarter, total revenue for FY2023 fell, highlighting the operator’s ongoing struggles with rising industry challenges

Playtika Holding Corp., a leading Israel-based mobile gaming company, has released its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ending 31 December 2023. Ongoing instability in Israel and Ukraine impacted the operator’s financials, prompting management to consolidate its position and temporarily halt its expansion plans. However, Playtika’s leadership is confident the company can deliver sustained value.

Metrics Reflected the Company’s Streamlining Focus

Playtika reported revenue of $637.9 million for Q4 2023, a 1.1% year-over-year increase. However, this uptick failed to offset previous quarters as FY2023 revenue settled at  $2,567.0 million, down from $2,615.5 million in the prior year. Q4 net income was $37.3 million, down 57.4% year-over-year, contributing to a 14.6% year-end net income decrease.

Meanwhile, Q4 Credit Adjusted EBITDA fell 6.8% compared to 2022. Curiously, the same metric for the entire financial year recorded a modest 3.4% uptick, reaching $832.2 million. Playtika concludes the year in a stable financial situation, bolstering its free cash flow from $383.7 million in 2022 to $436.4 million.

DTC Platforms Revenue, one of the company’s key metrics, showcased small increases across the board. Q4 results rose 7.6% year-over-year, while the FY2023 figure marked a sizeable 5.4% increase, settling at $639.4 million. These results will inform Playtika’s strategy, outlining successful verticals and investment opportunities.

Playtika Enters 2024 with Renewed Confidence

The fourth quarter’s operational highlights revealed ongoing trends and showcased the operator’s successful customer engagement and retention efforts. Average daily playing users were up 2.3% from Q3, while player conversion rates remained consistent. Casual games performed the best with a 2.0% revenue increase, while Slotomania revenue dropped 3.6% from Q3, falling to $136.9 million.

Due to ongoing uncertainty in Israel and Ukraine, the Playtika Board of Directors has decided to pause the evaluation of strategic alternatives. CEO Robert Antokol noted that 2023 was marked by a focus on efficiency and streamlining, adapting the company’s operations to the changing mobile gaming landscape and adjusting to industry dynamics.

Now, with a solid foundation, 2024 marks our shift towards reinvestment – pursuing M&A opportunities with a strategic intent of capital deployment.

Robert Antokol, Playtika CEO

Playtika’s leadership was confident the company could deliver maximum shareholder value, initiating quarterly dividends to return capital to shareholders. A $600 million to $1.2 billion M&A acquisition fund should enable the operator to leverage emerging opportunities, leading consolidation efforts in the mobile gaming industry and cementing its position as one of the region’s premiere gambling operators.

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