20 December 2018
Company Announcements Office Australian Securities Exchange Limited Exchange Centre
20 Bridge Street Sydney NSW 2000
Aristocrat Leisure Limited 2018 Annual Report
Please find attached the Company's Annual Report for the twelve months ended 30 September 2018.
The Annual Report together with the Notice of Meeting for the Annual General Meeting to be held on 21 February 2019 are expected to be despatched to shareholders on or around 17 January 2019.
The Annual Report is available on the Group's website at www.aristocrat.com
Richard Bell Company Secretary
Aristocrat Leisure Limited abn 44 002 818 368
Building A, Pinnacle Office Park, 85 Epping Road, North Ryde NSW 2113
PO Box 361, North Ryde BC NSW 1670, Australia
Telephone +61 2 9013 6000 fax +61 2 9013 6200 web www.aristocrat.com
2018 ANNUAL REPORT
This 2018 Aristocrat Leisure Limited Annual Report for the ﬁnancial year ended 30 September 2018 complies with reporting requirements and contains statutory ﬁnancial statements.
This document is not a concise report prepared under section 314(2) of the Corporations Act. The Aristocrat Group has not prepared a concise report for the 2018 ﬁnancial year.
2019 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The 2019 Annual General Meeting will be held at 11.00am on Thursday, 21 February 2019 at the Marble Room, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, 27 O'Connell Street, Sydney, New South Wales, 2000.
Details of the business of the meeting will be contained in the notice of Annual General Meeting, to be sent to shareholders separately.
2018 CORPORATE GOVERNANCE STATEMENT
The 2018 Corporate Governance Statement can be found on the Group's website:www.aristocrat.com.
Company Proﬁle and Key Dates 1
Message from the Chairman and CEO 2
Directors' Report 3
Operating and Financial Review 10
Remuneration Report 32
Auditor's Independence Declaration 56
Nevada Regulatory Disclosure 57
Five Year Summary 60
Financial Statements 62
Independent Auditor's Report 109
Shareholder Information 116
Corporate Directory 119
Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX: ALL) is a leading gaming provider and games publisher, with more than 6,100 employees located in ofﬁces around the world. Aristocrat offers a diverse range of products and services including electronic gaming machines, casino management systems and digital social games. The Company's land-based products are approved for use in more than 300 licensed jurisdictions and are available in over 90 countries.
For further information visit the Group's website atwww.aristocrat.com.
KEY DATES* 2018
Record date for Final 2018 Dividend Payment date for Final 2018 Dividend 2019
5 December 2018 19 December 2018
2019 Annual General Meeting Interim Results Announcement
21 February 2019
(6 months ending 31 March 2019) Full Year Results Announcement
23 May 2019
(12 months ending 30 September 2019) 21 November 2019
* Dates subject to change.
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN AND CEO
Welcome to Aristocrat's 2018 Annual Report.
Aristocrat reported strong organic and inorganic performance over the 2018 ﬁscal year, delivering a record proﬁt result and further extending the business' track record of high quality NPATA1 growth.
Group revenue increased 48% in reported terms and over 46% in constant currency to an all-time high of over $3.6 billion. Around two-thirds of total Group revenues derived from recurring sources in 2018, representing further progress in the Company's strategy to deliver sustained and sustainable performance over the long term.
This result reﬂected the positive operational performance delivered across the Group's global portfolio. Notable features of the result included further gains in the Americas and in Australian markets, together with transformational growth in Digital, where sustained organic growth was supported by the performance of our recently acquired businesses Plarium Global and Big Fish Games.
Over the course of the year, Aristocrat also continued to invest in its future with a signiﬁcant increase in absolute Design & Development (D&D) spend, including around $100 million of additional investment in Digital. D&D remains Aristocrat's top investment priority, as it is a core growth enabler that helps the Company to defend and expand existing market positions while also ensuring it is positioned to unlock opportunities in priority adjacencies.
A robust balance sheet ensures Aristocrat can continue to promote shareholders' longer-term interests by investing for both organic and inorganic growth, wherever compelling, accretive opportunities are identiﬁed.
1. Net Proﬁt After Tax and before Amortisation of Acquired Intangibles
Aristocrat's operational momentum, strong cash ﬂows and capacity to continue to reduce gearing levels has allowed the Board to deliver another signiﬁcant increase in earnings per share, consistent with our commitment to grow dividends over time.
The Board's orderly renewal process also continued over the course of the year, with the nomination of Mr Neil Chatﬁeld to succeed Dr Ian Blackburne as Chairman of the Board of Aristocrat Leisure at the Group's Annual General Meeting in February 2019. Neil's nomination reﬂects his extensive experience as an Executive and Non-Executive Director of a number of large and complex Australian corporates, his particular experience as a Chairman, the signiﬁcant contribution he has made since joining Aristocrat in 2017 and the esteem of his Board colleagues. We have every conﬁdence that under Neil's leadership, and with the ongoing oversight of the Board, Aristocrat will continue its growth journey with conﬁdence and focus.
In summary, ﬁscal year 2018 has been another highly successful and rewarding year for Aristocrat and its shareholders.
Thank you for your interest, and support.
Ian Blackburne ChairmanTrevor Croker
Chief Executive Ofﬁcer & Managing Director