– Mobile sports company achieves record 130% revenue growth
TORONTO, January 14, 2016 – theScore, Inc. (TSX Venture: SCR) (“theScore”) today announced the financial results for the three months ended November 30, 2015 in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”).
The Company posted record quarterly revenue of $7.0 million compared to $3.0 million in the same period the previous year, an increase of 130%. Advertising revenue grew to $7.0M from $2.8M, an increase of 150%.
Revenue growth was powered by theScore’s programmatic and direct sales business, driven in turn by strong user engagement within theScore’s mobile apps.
Users of theScore’s mobile applications[*] reached a record 4.7 million average monthly active users, an increase of 10% over the same period in F2015. Average monthly user sessions of theScore’s mobile applications reached 415 million, up by 51% compared to the same period in F2015. Audience for the Company’s eSports platforms, which launched in March 2015, reached a milestone of more than 750K users for the first time in Q1 F2016.
“This was the best-ever quarter in theScore’s history,” said John Levy, Founder and CEO of theScore. “We more than doubled our revenue, a direct result of how often fans are now engaging with theScore’s mobile apps. They’re opening us 80 to 90 times a month each on average – and this incredible engagement is driving powerful revenue growth.
“These results, combined with the continued growth of our eSports platform and the recent launch of QuickDraft, our unique fantasy sports game, has given us a great start to what we expect will be a very exciting 2016.”
Adjusted EBITDA loss for the three months ended November 30, 2015 was $2.3 million compared to $1.5 million in the same period the previous year. Net and comprehensive loss for the three months ended November 30, 2015 was $3.1 million compared to $2.0 million in the same period the previous year. This was primarily a result of increased personnel and marketing costs associated with theScore’s eSports and fantasy sports’ businesses.
theScore will be hosting a conference call at 8:30am EST on Thursday, January 14. Management will review the Company’s Q1 F2016 results, followed by a question and answer session.
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A live webcast of the call can be accessed by clicking here.
theScore will also be hosting its Annual General Meeting at 11:00am EST on Thursday, January 14 at the Company’s Toronto office at: 500 King Street West, Fourth Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1L9.
For more information:
Sr. Manager, Communications
Tel: 416.479.8812 ext. 2366
Chief Financial Officer
Tel: 416.479.8812 ext. 2206
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About theScore Inc.
theScore, Inc. is an independent creator of mobile-first sports experiences, connecting fans to what they love through an addictive combination of comprehensive and personalized real-time news, scores, stats and alerts via its mobile sports platforms theScore and theScore eSports and fantasy sports contests via QuickDraft.
Non-IFRS Financial Measures
In addition to disclosing results in accordance with IFRS as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”), theScore also provides supplementary non-IFRS financial measures as a method of evaluating the Company’s performance. theScore utilizes earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and acquisition costs (“Adjusted EBITDA”) to measure operating performance. theScore’s definition of Adjusted EBITDA excludes depreciation and amortization, finance income, income taxes, and acquisition costs which in theScore’s view do not adequately reflect its core operating results. Adjusted EBITDA is used in the determination of short-term incentive compensation for all senior management personnel. The Company revised the non-GAAP measure in 2015 from EBITDA to adjusted EBITDA, as a result of the acquisition costs incurred related to Swoopt. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of performance under IFRS and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net and comprehensive income or loss prepared in accordance with IFRS or as a measure of operating performance or profitability. Adjusted EBITDA does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and is not necessarily comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.
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[*] User and user engagement metrics in the current and comparative periods excludes the following platforms no longer supported by theScore: (i) theScore app on BlackBerry 7, BlackBerry Playbook, Kindle Fire and Windows Phone 7; and (ii) theScore’s legacy soccer application, ScoreMobile FC.