TORONTO, October 17 2018 – theScore, Inc. (TSX Venture: SCR) (“theScore”) today announced the financial results for the three and twelve months ended August 31, 2018 in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”).
Total revenue for the twelve months ending August 31, 2018 grew to $27.7 million, versus $26.3 million in F2017. Revenue for Q4 F2018 grew to $5.1 million versus $4.8 million in the same period the previous year.
EBITDA loss for the twelve months ending August 31, 2018 improved to $2.4 million compared to a loss of $5.9 million in F2017. EBITDA loss for Q4 F2018 was $2.4 million, compared to a loss of $1.9 million for the same period the previous year. EBITDA loss in Q4 was due to a combination of increased facilities, administrative and other expenses, including expenses relating to U.S. sports betting business development activities, as well as advertising sales for the quarter which, despite year-over-year growth of 6%, were below expectations.
Monthly active users of theScore mobile app on iOS grew by 12.5% in Q4 F2018 compared to the same period the previous year, including growth of almost 17% in July, driven in part by theScore’s coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
As a result, total average monthly active users of theScore mobile app grew by 5% to 3.7 million in Q4 F2018 versus 3.5 million for the same period in F2017, with iOS growth partially offset by lower monthly active users on Android. Total average monthly app sessions per user for theScore app on iOS and Android for Q4 F2018 were 70 compared to 73 for the same period last year.
Q4 F2018 highlights included:
- Total video views of theScore’s esports content reached almost 33 million for Q4 F2018, year-over-year growth of 117%, with its YouTube channel surpassing 400,000 subscribers as theScore reinforced its position as the leading independent provider of competitive gaming coverage.
- theScore’s content reached approximately 55 million users per month in Q4 F2018 across its social channels, serving to further amplify theScore brand with sports fans globally.
- theScore continued to pursue opportunities relating to the U.S. Supreme Court repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which allowed individual states in the U.S. to explore legalized and regulated sports betting models. As part of these ongoing initiatives, the Company appointed senior interactive gaming and sports betting executive David Wang as a Senior Advisor.
theScore Founder and CEO John Levy said: “This was a very strong quarter for audience growth for theScore, with positive app user numbers supported by record-breaking reach across our social and emerging platforms. Our esports content also reached new heights, smashing through 400,000 subscribers on our YouTube channel and more than doubling total video views in one year – a testament to the incredible content being produced every day.
“On top of this, we continued to pursue opportunities relating to the legalization of sports betting in the United States. We see exciting near-term and long-term opportunities for theScore thanks to the unique advantages of our large and engaged audience and our expertise in delivering great mobile sports experiences.”
Board of Directors Update
The Company announced that Kirstine Stewart is stepping down from theScore’s Board of Directors with immediate effect after accepting a position with the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. Ms. Stewart had been a member of theScore’s Board since June 2016. Management and the Board of Directors thanks her for her contribution and wishes her every success in her new role.
theScore will host a conference call at 4:30pm ET on Wednesday, October 17 where management will review the Company’s Q4 and Year End F2018 results, followed by a Q&A session:
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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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