Commits to Compelling 2025 Growth Objectives and Announces Multi-Year Share Buyback Program
- Grow, Innovate, and Optimize strategic initiatives to deliver accelerated, compound annual growth rates of mid-single-digits for revenue and mid-teens for operating income from 2022 - 2025
- Expect to deliver strong cash flow generation with cumulative cash from operations of approximately $4.0 billion and free cash flow of about $2.4 billion from 2022 - 2025
- Balanced capital allocation plans support business reinvestment, debt reduction, and increased shareholder returns
- $300 million multi-year share buyback program announced, enhancing shareholder returns after recently reinstating quarterly cash dividend
LONDON, Nov. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE:IGT) will host a virtual Investor Day today at 8:30 am EST, detailing the progress the Company has made over the past two years to build a solid foundation for profitable growth across all business segments, generate robust cash flows, and pursue a disciplined capital allocation strategy.
"IGT's industry leadership is built on a legacy of innovation and trust. Through greater player engagement, responsible management, and best-in-class content, services, and solutions, we are well-positioned for profitable growth," said Marco Sala, CEO of IGT. "Our diverse portfolio aligns with attractive end-markets and our strategy is to grow, innovate, and optimize. Over the next four years, we are confident we can deliver accelerating organic growth, significant margin expansion, and robust free cash flow to drive stakeholder value and increased shareholder returns."
Strategic Initiatives to Grow, Innovate, and Optimize Provide Foundation for Compelling Long-term Outlook
Grow: leverage innovation in content and solutions as well as leading market positions to expand market share, support customer sales growth, and capture new market opportunities
Innovate: utilize large and highly differentiated intellectual property portfolio and leading investment in research and development to create best-in-class games, systems, and solutions to further enhance player experiences and support customer growth
Optimize: operational excellence and structural cost reductions enable continued margin improvement; new OPtiMa 2.0 cost-reduction program expected to deliver more than $150 million in incremental savings, compared to pre-pandemic levels, by the end of 2023
Introducing 2022 Outlook
- Revenue of $4.1 - $4.3 billion
- Operating margin of 20% - 22%
- Cash from operations ranging from $850 million - $1.0 billion
- Capital expenditures totalling $400 million - $450 million
- Net debt leverage of 3.5x - 4.0x
Setting Compelling and Achievable Financial Goals for 2022 – 2025, Including Robust Growth in Revenue and Margins and Significant Cash Flow Generation
- Revenue of $4.6 - $5.0 billion in 2025, reflecting a mid-single-digit compound annual growth rate ("CAGR")
- Mid-teens operating income CAGR; operating margin expansion of over 500 basis points to 26% - 29% (at the mid-point) in 2025
- Cumulative cash from operations of approximately $4.0 billion; free cash flow of approximately $2.4 billion
Disciplined Capital Allocation Plans Balance Reinvestment in the Business with Increased Shareholder Returns
- A comprehensive capital investment plan of approximately $2.8 billion in aggregate capital expenditures and research and development from 2022 – 2025, supporting the existing portfolio with a focus on fast-growing iLottery and Digital & Betting activities
- Continue to reduce leverage to a range of 2.5x - 3.5x across the investment cycle, targeting the lower part of the guidance range by 2025
- Reinstated quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per common share (previously announced with earnings on November 9, 2021)
- Implementing $300 million multi-year share repurchase program, the first in IGT PLC's history
Strategic Positioning to Increase Optionality for Digital & Betting Segment
- Realigning Digital & Betting into a new legal entity; expected to be completed within 12 months, supporting evaluation of a potential separate public listing of the business
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. EST
: A live webcast is available under "Events Calendar" on IGT's Investor Relations website at www.IGT.com. Registration for the event is required and can be completed in advance. A replay will also be available on the website following the call.
Presentation Materials: Materials presented at the event will be posted on IGT's Investor Relations website at www.IGT.com during the event.
Share Repurchase Program
IGT's Board of Directors authorized a program for the repurchase of up to $300 million of the Company's outstanding ordinary shares during a period of four years commencing on November 18, 2021.
Repurchases will be made pursuant to repurchase contracts entered into with counterparties approved by IGT's shareholders, pursuant to which such counterparties will purchase ordinary shares for delivery to the Company. The timing and amount of any repurchases will be determined by IGT's management based on an evaluation of market conditions, applicable securities laws and other factors. These repurchases may be made pursuant to repurchase plans that meet the requirements of Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Rule 10b5-1 allows the Company to repurchase its ordinary shares at times it might otherwise be prevented from doing so under insider trading laws or because of self-imposed blackout periods.
The share repurchase program is expected to be funded through cash generated from operations. Any shares acquired pursuant to the repurchase program will be cancelled or held in treasury. The repurchase program does not obligate the Company to acquire any particular amount of its ordinary shares, and it may be suspended or terminated at any time.
Any repurchases of the Company's ordinary shares will be made in accordance with the authority granted by IGT shareholders at its annual general meeting ("AGM") to repurchase ordinary shares that is in effect from time to time. At its 2021 AGM, IGT shareholders voted to authorize the repurchase of up to 20,485,646 ordinary shares of the Company. Repurchases will be discontinued in the event the Company lacks the general authority to repurchase ordinary shares.
Evaluation of Potential Separate Public Listing of Digital & Betting Business
IGT recently established a dedicated Digital & Betting business segment, enhancing visibility to this high-growth part of IGT's portfolio of businesses. As a part of its ongoing commitment to ensuring appropriate strategic flexibility for its Digital & Betting business, the Company is also undertaking a legal entity and organizational realignment over the next 12 months designed to provide the Digital & Betting business with dedicated management, a more nimble organization and governance structure and the ability to pursue organic and inorganic growth opportunities. As part of this process, the Company may evaluate a potential separate public listing of its Digital & Betting business to further enhance its strategic flexibility while maintaining a controlling interest following the consummation of any such potential separate public listing. There can be no assurances as to the form and timing of any separate public listing or other strategic activity that may result from this evaluation or if any such listing or activity will be consummated at all. IGT does not currently intend to disclose further developments regarding its evaluation of a potential separate public listing for its Digital & Betting business until such time as a final determination has been made or IGT otherwise determines that further disclosure is appropriate.
IGT (NYSE: IGT) is a global leader in gaming. We deliver entertaining and responsible gaming experiences for players across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Sports Betting and Digital. Leveraging a wealth of compelling content, substantial investment in innovation, player insights, operational expertise, and leading-edge technology, our solutions deliver unrivalled gaming experiences that engage players and drive growth. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has approximately 11,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.IGT.com.
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