– F2016 revenue for mobile sports company up 94% year over year; app audience and engagement continues to grow
TORONTO, October 20, 2016 – theScore, Inc. (TSX Venture: SCR) (“theScore”) today announced the financial results for the three and 12 months ended August 31, 2016 in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”).
The Company posted quarterly revenue of $5.0 million compared to $2.9 million in the same period the previous year, an increase of 70%. Revenue for the 12 months ended August 31, 2016 was $23.9 million compared to $12.4 million for the same period the previous year, an increase of 94%.
Advertising revenue for the quarter grew 70%, while advertising revenue for the 12 months ended August 31, 2016 was up 105%. Revenue growth was powered by theScore’s US programmatic and Canadian direct sales businesses, driven in turn by growth in users and engagement within theScore’s mobile apps.
Users of theScore’s mobile applications[*] reached 4.0 million average monthly active users for the quarter, an increase of 9% over the same period in F2015. Average monthly user sessions of theScore’s mobile applications reached 278 million for the quarter, up by 32% compared to the same period in F2015.
“In just three years we have more than quadrupled our annual revenue, doubled in-app engagement, and firmly established theScore as a leader in mobile sports in North America,” said John Levy, Founder and CEO of theScore. “We’ve built-out a best-in-class team that’s committed to achieving audience, engagement and revenue growth across our mobile apps, while also expanding our brand presence across established – and emerging – digital platforms to ensure theScore is reaching sports fans wherever they are.
“We remain on track to deliver on our long-term vision of making theScore a profitable and self-sustaining business and we are excited by what the future holds.”
Adjusted EBITDA loss for the three and 12 months ended August 31, 2016 was $3.8 million and $12.4 million compared to $4.0 million and $10.7 million in the same period the previous year. Net and comprehensive loss for the three and 12 months ended August 31, 2016 was $5.2 million and $16.9 million compared to $4.6 million and $13.5 million in the same period the previous year.
The increase in the Adjusted EBITDA loss is a result of increased revenues offset by increased personnel and marketing costs associated with theScore’s continued investment in its esports and fantasy sports’ businesses.
theScore announced the grant of an aggregate of 4,112,500 options on October 19, 2016, including 1,580,000 options to directors and officers of the Company. Options were granted to the following directors and officers: Norwest Video Inc. (600,000 options); Benjamin Levy (300,000 options); Tom Hearne (200,000 options); Ralph Lean (60,000 options); John Albright (60,000 options); Mark Scholes (60,000 options); Lorry Schneider (60,000 options); William Thomson (60,000 options), Mark Zega (60,000 options) and Kirstine Stewart (120,000 options). Each option is exercisable for one Class A Subordinate Voting Share of theScore at an exercise price of $0.21, vests over three years and has a term of ten years. Each option is exercisable in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Company’s stock option plan.
theScore will be hosting a conference call at 8:30am EST on Thursday, October 20. Management will review the Company’s Q4 F2016 results, followed by a question and answer session.
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The conference call will also be webcast live here.
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About theScore Inc.
theScore, Inc. is an independent creator of mobile-first sports experiences, connecting fans to the sports content they love through an addictive combination of comprehensive and personalized real-time news, scores, stats, alerts and videos via emerging and established digital media platforms, including its mobile sports applications theScore and theScore esports, its web platforms theScore.com and thescoreesports.com and its chatbot services for Facebook Messenger and Kik Messenger.
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.