TORONTO, October 19 2017 – theScore, Inc. (TSX Venture: SCR) (“theScore”) today announced the financial results for the three and 12 months ended August 31, 2017 in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”).
The Company posted quarterly revenue of $4.8 million compared to $5.0 million in the same period the previous year. This year-over-year decrease was primarily due to the absence of the major sporting events that took place in Q4 F2016, including the Rio Olympics and the 2016 UEFA EURO and Copa America soccer tournaments, which in turn lead to a decrease in programmatic sales.
Revenue for the 12 months ended August 31, 2017 was $26.3 million compared to $23.9 million for the same period the previous year.
Adjusted EBITDA loss for the three-month period ended August 31, 2017 was $1.9 million compared to $3.8 million in the same period in the prior year, an improvement of $1.9 million. Adjusted EBITDA loss for the year ended August 31, 2017 was $5.2 million compared to $12.4 million in the same period in the prior year, an improvement of $7.2 million. This was primarily the result of increased revenues and reduced operating expenses relating to personnel, content, and marketing.
During the three months ended August 31, 2017, theScore’s mobile applications had 3.7 million average monthly active users, compared to 4.0 million average monthly active users during the three months ended August 31, 2016. Average monthly user sessions of theScore’s mobile applications reached 261 million compared to 278 million for the three months ended August 31, 2016. As above, the year-over-year decrease in audience and engagement was primarily a result of the significantly quieter sports season during June-August 2017 compared with the same period in 2016.
“While audience and revenue this quarter reflected the much slower sports season compared to last year, we hit the start of fiscal 2018 running thanks to the successful launch of the biggest update to our flagship app in its history,” said John Levy, Founder and CEO of theScore.
“Early signs are promising. Our analytics shows that existing users are quickly adapting to, and enjoying, the big change, with our deeper and more dynamic content offering making us highly attractive to new audiences. This includes deeper coverage of teams, curated content from selected third-party sources, and news rivers rich in multimedia and trending content.
“This approach also more clearly aligns our app offering with what’s being shared and engaged with across our social platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and our chatbot for Facebook Messenger. We’re now reaching over 30 million people a month on social, further amplifying our brand.
“This approach of ensuring our app continually meets the evolving demands of our users, while also introducing theScore brand to millions of potential users and younger sports fans through our social content and on emerging platforms, will ensure we continue to lead the pack as a world class digital sports innovator.”
theScore will be hosting a conference call at 8:30am EST on Thursday, October 19. Management will review the Company’s Q4 F2017 and year-end results, followed by a question and answer session.
Conference Call Dial-In Numbers
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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
Email: [email protected]
Chief Financial Officer
Tel: 416.479.8812 ext. 2206
Email: [email protected]
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About theScore Inc.
theScore’s mission is to create highly-engaging digital products and content that empower the sports fan’s experience. Its flagship mobile app ‘theScore’ is one of the most popular multi-sport news and data apps in North America, serving millions of fans a month. The Company also creates innovative digital sports experiences through its web, social and esports platforms.
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