DraftKings (DKNG 0.47%) offers daily fantasy sports, mobile sports betting, and iGaming. The company is benefiting from a wave of legalization across states in the U.S for the services it offers.
DraftKings' third-quarter earnings report, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 5, should provide investors a glimpse into the company's revenue-generating potential. The current quarter's figures will include the benefits of the National Football League season, which is the most popular among sports bettors.
It could be a great NFL season for DraftKings
DraftKings' revenue is growing rapidly as the company expands into new states. In all, DraftKings is live with mobile sports betting in 14 states, iGaming in four states, and its most mature product, daily fantasy sports, is available in 43 states. States are increasingly finding these services to be a win-win scenario, and the districts get to increase the revenue without directly raising taxes on constituents within their borders. It also increases the state's gaming footprint without the gigantic land-based casinos.
In the most recent quarter, which ended June 30, revenue increased by 320% from the year-ago period. The remarkable outcome led to management raising revenue estimates for the rest of the year to a range of $1.21 billion to $1.29 billion. The midpoint of that range is a 14% increase from the previous guidance.
DraftKings has delivered excellent performance so far in the fiscal year 2021, and that's even before the NFL season has started. Listen to CEO Jason Robins talk about the importance of the sport to its business:
So based on what we're seeing today, I would expect we're going to get very good results going into NFL. NFL is basically like our holiday season. It's when we acquire the most new players and reactivate large portions of the player base.
Notably, the NFL season encompasses DraftKings' third and fourth fiscal quarters, with most results going into the fourth quarter. Therefore, if the company sees a significant impact on its business here in Q3, it may raise revenue targets for the rest of the year.
Investor concerns are creating а bargain price for DraftKings stock
Analysts on Wall Street expect DraftKings to report revenue of $231 million and a loss per share of $1.07. The company keeps losing money as it expands into new territories and invests in growth. The market is willing to give DraftKings a pass on its losses so long as it makes solid progress in expanding to new states and acquiring new customers.
The stock is up 4.66% so far this year after falling tremendously when economies started reopening late in March. Investors fear that with land-based casinos reopening, people may choose to gamble there instead. Also, as economies reopen, people have more choices on entertaining themselves outside of their home, which could divert spending away from DraftKings. So far, that's not playing out, and DraftKings' revenue keeps exploding.