Hoboken, New Jersey–(Newsfile Corp. – October 13, 2022) – Esports Entertainment Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMBL) (NASDAQ: GMBLP) (NASDAQ: GMBLW) (NASDAQ: GMBLZ) (or the “Company”) today announced its financial results for the fiscal 2022 fourth quarter ended June 30, 2022.
Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2022 Financial Results
- Net revenue of $11.7 million, an increase of $2.9 million compared to fiscal 4Q ’21, and a 25.4% sequential decrease from net revenue of $15.7 million in fiscal 3Q ’22.
- Gross profit of $6.8 million, an increase of $1.6 million compared to fiscal 4Q ’21, and a 27.8% sequential decrease from $9.4 million in fiscal 3Q ’22.
- Gross margin of 58.0% compared to 59.0% in fiscal 4Q ’21.
- GAAP net loss to common shareholders of $4.1 million, or a loss of $0.10 per share, inclusive of a $7.9 million asset impairment charge and a benefit recognized for changes in fair value of the derivative and warrant liabilities of $14.0 million. This compares to a net loss of $4.8 million, or a loss of $0.23 per share in fiscal 4Q ’21, and a net loss to common shareholders of $63.8 million, or a loss of $2.11 per share, in fiscal 3Q ’22 inclusive of a $38.6 million asset impairment charge and $20.6 million for a derivative debt liability.
- Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA* loss of $6.5 million, inclusive of a $7.9 million asset impairment charge, $2.5 million for depreciation and amortization, and a benefit recognized of $14.0 million for the change in fair value of derivative and warrant liabilities. This compares to an adjusted EBITDA loss of $5.5 million in fiscal 4Q ’21 and an adjusted EBITDA loss of $7.3 million in fiscal 3Q22.
- As of June 30, 2022, the Company had total cash and cash equivalents of $2.5 million.
* Reconciliation on non-GAAP financial measures provided in the tables of this press release.
Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2022 and Recent Operating and Financial Highlights
- Sold 30 million shares of common stock and warrants for a combined offering price of $0.25, raising gross proceeds of approximately $7.5 million.
- Appointed John Brackens, as well as independent directors Jan Jones Blackhurst and Kaitesi Munroe, to the Company’s Board of Directors.
- Sold the assets related to the Helix esports game centers for total purchase consideration of approximately $1.2 million comprised of cash and liabilities assumed by the purchaser.
- Signed a non-binding letter of intent to sell the Spanish iGaming operations, including the Spanish iGaming license.
- Received a letter from Nasdaq notifying the Company it was not in compliance with the minimum bid price rule in Nasdaq Listing 5550(a)(2). The Company intends to submit an appeal to Nasdaq which stays the delisting and suspension of the Company’s securities pending a decision of the Nasdaq Hearings Panel.
- Announced the resignations of Stuart Tilly from his position as Chief Operations Officer as well as from the Company’s Board of Directors, along with Mark Nielsen, an independent director.
- Held the inaugural launch of the new player-versus-player skill-based betting platform at the Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City, bringing to market the only skill-based betting platform which has attained regulatory approval for use in the state of New Jersey.
During the fiscal fourth quarter, the Company began a strategic review focused on its operations and overall efficiency to help improve its short-term performance while setting it a path for a long-term success. The Company implemented a number of initiatives including a reduction of its workforce, the removal of duplicative functions, de-emphasizing parts of the business which do not support its long-term strategic plans, and implementing a more ROI-focused approach to marketing spend, among others. These changes have already resulted in a reduction of the monthly cash burn rate.
The Company also continues to work through various options intended to monetize its non-strategic assets and improve its ability to adequately support all aspects of the business. These efforts have resulted in the sale of the Helix esports centers, a transaction that has eliminated excess cost and has mitigated risk of having to invest and incur cost associated with operating and owning real estate. The Company also entered into a letter of intent to sell its Spanish iGaming business as it looks to focus on its core iGaming markets.
Esports Entertainment Group ended fiscal 2022 with approximately $2.5 million in available cash, $35.0 million of principal outstanding under its Senior Convertible Note that matures in June of 2023, and $7.8 million in cumulative redeemable convertible preferred shares. The Company’s $20 million ATM equity program expired in September 2022 and the Company does not plan to sign a new agreement at this time.
Grant Johnson, CEO of Esports Entertainment Group, commented, “We are pleased with the initial positive impact of our restructuring efforts and the progress we are making in our strategic pivot towards further leveraging our esports assets, including BETGROUND, our proprietary esports player-versus-player skill betting platform. However, there is still much work to be done and many challenges ahead to right-size the business, lower our cash burn and further reduce our debt and our reliance on capital raises.”
About Esports Entertainment Group
Esports Entertainment Group (NASDAQ: GMBL) (EEG) is a full-service esports and online betting company. EEG focuses on three verticals: Games, iGaming, and Technology. EEG Games provides a wide array of services and infrastructure for businesses to engage esports and gaming communities around the world including Esports Gaming League (EGL), which hosts a community of more than 350,000 gamers on its proprietary tournament platform EGL.tv. EEG iGaming includes a number of award-winning brands covering traditional online sports book wagering needs as well as a multinational casino operator. EEG Technology builds next-generation platforms, features, and services for Millennials, Gen Z consumers, and brands looking to connect with these demographics. EEG has offices in New Jersey, Estonia, the UK and Malta. For more information, visit www.esportsentertainmentgroup.com.
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