TORONTO, November 17, 2015 – theScore, Inc. (TSX Venture: SCR) (“theScore”) today announced the financial results for the three and twelve months ended August 31, 2015 in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”).
FISCAL 2015 Q4 USER METRICS AND REVENUE HIGHLIGHTS
- Achieved revenue of $2.9 million in Q4 F2015, an increase of 63% compared to the same period in F2014.
- Advertising revenue for Q4 F2015 also increased by 89% compared to the same period in F2014.
- Audience for the Company’s mobile platforms reached a record 10.5 million average monthly active users in Q4 F2015, an increase of 21% compared to the same period in F2014.[*]
- Mobile web users were 6.8 million, an increase of 32% over the same period in F2014.
- Mobile app users were 3.7 million, an increase of 4% over the same period in F2014, and 21% after normalizing for the impact of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which occurred in Q4 F2014.
- Mobile app user engagement grew by 50% over the same period in F2014, with over 210 million average monthly user sessions in Q4 F2015.
- Audience for the Company’s eSports platforms, which launched in March 2015, reached a milestone of more than 500,000 monthly active users for the first time in Q4 F2015.
“Our audience continues to grow and they’re coming back to us more often too, as our strong session growth demonstrates,” said John Levy, Founder and CEO of theScore.
“We’re forging a deeper connection between sports fans and our mobile products by creating powerful engagement that helped achieve strong revenue during a quarter that’s traditionally quieter in terms of major sports leagues and competitions.
“Combined with the first major user milestone for our eSports platform, the imminent re-launch of our fantasy sports offering as well as the huge strides we’re making in our mobile advertising business and theScore is perfectly placed to continue reinforcing our position as a true leader in mobile sports in F2016.”
FISCAL 2015 Q4 OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
- User Accounts were launched for theScore app on iOS and Android, allowing users to save and synchronize their favorite leagues, teams and players across multiple devices. The functionality also allowed theScore to suggest teams to follow based on user location and what a user has ‘liked’ on Facebook when using social sign-in.
- theScore eSports for iOS and Android was updated to include live scores and stats from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments, allowing fans of the first-person shooter to follow every kill, assist and round won from the biggest professional contests in the world in real-time.
- theScore eSports partnered with major eSports tournaments including Dreamhack Summer, ESL One Cologne, and ESL’s CS:GO Pro League Finals, resulting in valuable exposure and brand awareness across multiple eSports.
FISCAL 2015 and Q4 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
Revenue for the year ended August 31, 2015 was $12.4 million compared to $7.8 million in the same period the previous year, an increase of 58%. Advertising revenue for the year ended August 31, 2015 was $11.7 million compared to $6.8 million in the same period the previous year, an increase of 71%.
Revenue for the three months ended August 31, 2015 was $2.9 million compared to $1.8 million in the same period the previous year, an increase of 63%. Advertising revenue for the three months ended August 31, 2015 was $2.9 million compared to $1.6 million in the same period the previous year, an increase of 89%.
Adjusted EBITDA loss for the year ended August 31, 2015 was $10.7 million compared to $8.4 million in the same period the previous year. Adjusted EBITDA loss for the three months ended August 31, 2015 was $4.0 million compared to an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $3.2 million in the same period the previous year.
Net and comprehensive loss for the year ended August 31, 2015 was $13.5 million compared to $10.7 million in the same period the previous year. Net and comprehensive loss for the three months ended August 31, 2015 was $4.6 million compared to $3.9 million in the same period the previous year.
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.
STOCK OPTION GRANT
theScore announced the grant of an aggregate of 7,515,000 options on November 16, 2015, including 2,440,000 options to directors and officers of the Company. Options were granted to the following directors and officers: Norwest Video Inc. (1,200,000 options); Benjamin Levy (600,000 options); Tom Hearne (400,000 options); Ralph Lean (120,000 options); John Albright (120,000 options); Mark Scholes (120,000 options); Lorry Schneider (120,000 options); William Thomson (120,000 options); and Mark Zega (120,000 options). Each option is exercisable for one Class A Subordinate Voting Share of theScore at an exercise price of $0.31, 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 Tuesday, November 17 where management will review the Company’s Q4 F2015 results, followed by a question and answer session.
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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 Swoopt.
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[*] User and user engagement metrics in the current and comparative periods exclude the following platforms which are 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.