– Mobile sports company grows quarterly advertising revenue by 101% year-over-year
TORONTO, July 14, 2016 – theScore, Inc. (TSX Venture: SCR) (“theScore”) today announced the financial results for the three and nine months ended May 31, 2016 in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”).
The Company posted quarterly revenue of $6.1 million compared to $3.2 million in the same period the previous year, an increase of 94%. Revenue for the nine months ended May 31, 2016 was $18.9 million compared to $9.4 million for the same period the previous year, an increase of 101%.
Advertising revenue for the quarter grew to $6.1 million from $3.0 million, an increase of 105%. Advertising revenue for the nine months ended May 31, 2016 was $18.9 million compared to $8.7 million for the same period the previous year, an increase of 116%.
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 4.3 million average monthly active users, an increase of 5% over the same period in F2015. Average monthly user sessions of theScore’s mobile applications reached 358 million, up by 27% compared to the same period in F2015.
“This quarter saw us continue to achieve impressive revenue growth, broaden our esports coverage and also expand theScore experience to messaging platforms, becoming the first sports media company to launch a chatbot for Facebook Messenger,” said John Levy, CEO and Founder of theScore.
“We believe the emergence of chatbots has the potential to be transformative in the way people consume content on their mobile devices. As sports fans discover new ways to follow their favorite teams, leagues and players, theScore will be there with them, delivering our unique brand of highly-personalized and engaging sports content to millions on these emerging platforms.”
Adjusted EBITDA loss for the three and nine months ended May 31, 2016 was $3.0 million and $8.6 million compared to $3.2 million and $6.6 million in the same period the previous year. Net and comprehensive loss for the three and nine months ended May 31, 2016 was $4.4 million and $11.7 million compared to $4.0 million and $8.8 million in the same period the previous year.
The increase in the EBITDA loss year to date is a result of increased revenues offset by 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, July 14. Management will review the Company’s Q3 F2016 results, followed by a question and answer session.
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The conference call will also be webcast live here.
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.