SUPER LEAGUE GAMING REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR 2019 RESULTS
SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Super League Gaming (Super League or the Company) (Nasdaq: SLGG), a global leader in competitive video gaming and esports entertainment for everyday players around the world, reported recent operational developments and financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019.
Recent Operational Developments
- OnePlus signed as a sponsor of the PUBG MOBILE North American Super League 2019-2020 season.
- Super League Prime, a premium subscription service, was launched in December, initially targeting users in North American gaming centers running ggCircuit’s platform.
- Veteran marketing guru John Boyden, known for his success with multiple consumer digital services and subscription products, joined Super League as senior vice president and general manager of Super League Prime.
- Wanda Cinemas Games, a unit of the Wanda Group and one of China’s premiere entertainment companies, formed a partnership with Super League to bring live, competitive gaming experiences to Wanda’s 700+ theatres across China.
- Super League introduced eight new gaming clubs expanding its international city-based amateur esports league to 24 teams across the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Full Year 2019
- At year end, all KPI’s identified at IPO significantly exceeded targets:
- Views – 120 million vs. target of two million
- Available Games – Over 20 game titles vs. target of six
- Venues – 500+ venues vs. target of 200
- Registered users – Approximately one million vs. target of 600,000
- Gameplay hours – 15 million vs. 250,000
“It has been just over one year since Super League’s IPO, yet our progress has exceeded our expectations,” said Ann Hand, CEO of Super League. “I truly believe the transparency and positive sense of urgency that comes from being a public company created an added layer of focus, and the results are evident in our rapidly growing audience, player base, global venue partner footprint and game title portfolio. Our platform connects the deeply engaged, passionate audience of competitive gamers to each other and to their hometown venues to not just compete, but share their content around the love of the game establishing Super League as a software and media backbone for bringing amateur, local esports to scale.”
Fourth Quarter 2019 Financial Results
Revenues in the fourth quarter of 2019 decreased to $262,000 compared to $407,000 in the comparable prior year quarter. The decrease was primarily driven by fluctuations in the timing of brand partner activations and the recognition of related revenue from quarter to quarter.
Fourth quarter 2019 cost of revenue decreased to $134,000 compared to $285,000 in the comparable prior year quarter due to a combination of the decrease in related revenues, as well as operational efficiencies resulting in lower direct costs for Super League’s physical and digital experiences.
Total operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2019 were $4.8 million compared to $5.0 million in the comparable prior year quarter. The change was primarily due to a net decrease in noncash stock compensation expense related to the vesting of certain employee performance-based warrants in the fourth quarter of 2018. Non-cash stock compensation charges for the fourth quarter of 2019 and 2018 totaled $951,000 and $1.5 million, respectively. The decrease was partially offset by an increase in technology platform infrastructure costs and public company related insurance and corporate expenses.
On a GAAP-basis, which includes the impact of noncash charges, net loss in the fourth quarter of 2019 was $4.7 million or $(0.55) per share, compared to a net loss of $7.5 million or $(1.62) per share in the comparable prior year quarter. In addition to the non-cash compensation charges described above, net loss for the fourth quarter of 2018 included noncash interest expense related to convertible debt outstanding at December 31, 2018, totaling $2.6 million. All principal and interest related to the Company’s convertible notes was automatically converted to equity upon the close of the IPO in the first quarter of 2019.
Proforma net loss for the fourth quarter of 2019, which excludes the impact of noncash charges, was $3.7 million compared to $3.2 million in the comparable prior year quarter. As noted above, the change was primarily due to an increase in technology platform infrastructure costs and public company related insurance and corporate expenses.
Full Year 2019 Financial Results
Revenues for the full year 2019 were $1,084,000 compared to $1,046,000 for the full year 2018. Content related revenues, including brand sponsorships and customized brand partner programs, traditional advertising and third-party content licensing, comprised approximately 97% of revenues for the full year 2019, as compared to 87% for the full year 2018, and increased 16% year over year. Direct to consumer revenues, primarily comprised of our legacy model of charging ticketing fees for our digital and physical experiences, decreased 76% year over year. This was primarily due to a strategic decision to hold a higher number of free to play events during fiscal year 2019, consistent with its strategic focus on increasing the volume of new gamers and spectators introduced into its customer funnel, to increase the number of registered users on its platform, drive consumer conversion, and increase the overall awareness of the Super League brand and technology platform offerings.
Full year 2019 cost of revenue decreased 25% to $513,000 compared to $684,000 for the full year 2018, compared to the slight increase in revenues for the same periods, due primarily to operational efficiencies resulting in lower direct costs for Super League’s physical and digital experiences.
Total operating expenses for the full year 2019 increased to $21.3 million compared to $16.5 million for the full year 2018. The fluctuation was primarily due to an increase in equity and other performance-based compensation in connection with the achievement of certain performance-based milestones during fiscal year 2019, a 10% net increase in engineering, sales and other personnel expenses in connection with the acceleration of our growth initiatives during 2019, an increase in technology platform infrastructure costs, and an increase in public company related insurance and other corporate expenses. Non-cash compensation charges for the full year 2019 totaled $6.2 million as compared to $3.9 million for the full year 2018.
On a GAAP-basis, net loss for the full year 2019 was $30.7 million or $(3.89) per share, compared to a net loss of $20.6 million or $(4.48) per share for the full year 2018. In addition to the non-cash compensation charges described above, net loss for the full year 2019 and 2018 included noncash interest expense related to convertible debt totaling $9.9 million and $4.5 million, respectively. All principal and interest related to the Company’s convertible notes was automatically converted to equity upon the close of the IPO in the first quarter of 2019.
Proforma net loss for the full year 2019 was $14.5 million compared to $11.5 million for the full year 2018. As noted above, the change was primarily due to an increase in equity and other performance-based compensation in connection with the achievement of certain performance-based milestones during 2019, a net increase in engineering, sales and other personnel expenses in connection with the acceleration of our growth initiatives, an increase in technology platform infrastructure costs, and an increase in public company related insurance and other corporate expenses.
At December 31, 2019, the Company’s cash position totaled $8.4 million with no debt outstanding, compared to $2.8 million at December 31, 2018.
The Company will hold a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2019 results and provide a business update.
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Time: 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (2:00 p.m. Pacific time)
Toll-free dial-in number: (866) 987-6716
International dial-in number: (630) 652-5945
Conference ID: 3692559
Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Gateway Investor Relations at (949) 574-3860.
A replay of the conference call will be available after 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through March 19, 2020.
Toll-free replay number: (855) 859-2056.
International replay number: (404) 537-3406
Replay ID: 3692559
About Super League Gaming
Super League Gaming, Inc. (Nasdaq: SLGG) is a leading esports community and content platform for competitive, everyday gamers, fans and friends of all ages and skill levels. With a focus on positive and inclusive gameplay, Super League enables players to experience their sport like the pros while also developing sportsmanship, communication and team-building skills. Powered by a proprietary technology platform, Super League operates physical and digital experiences in partnership with publishers of top-tier games. Local movie theatres, PC cafes, restaurant and entertainment venues are transformed into esports arenas where gamers compete, socialize, spectate and celebrate the amateur esports lifestyle. Super League’s platform offers unique amateur esports experiences that not only ratchet up the competition for avid gamers, but also attract audiences with elite amateur broadcasts that transform physical venues as well as fuel SuperLeagueTV’s Twitch and YouTube channels.
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Information About Non-GAAP Financial Measures
As used herein, “GAAP” refers to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. To supplement our financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2019, which financial statements were prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, this earnings release includes proforma net loss, a financial measure that is considered a non-GAAP financial measure as defined in Rule 101 of Regulation G promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company’s historical or future performance, financial position, or cash flows that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. The presentation of this non-GAAP financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.
We use proforma net loss, proforma earnings per share (EPS) and other non-GAAP financial measures for internal financial and operational decision-making purposes and to evaluate period-to-period comparisons of the performance and results of operations of our business. Our management believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding the performance of our business by excluding non-cash stock compensation charges, non-cash interest charges on convertible debt, and non-cash prepaid in-kind advertising charges that may not be indicative of our recurring core business operating results. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management’s internal planning and comparisons to our historical performance and liquidity. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors as they allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision making and are used by our institutional investors and the analyst community to help them analyze the performance and operational results of our core business.
Proforma Net Loss and EPS. We define Proforma Net Loss as net loss calculated in accordance with GAAP, but excluding non-cash stock compensation charges, non-cash interest charges on convertible debt (including accrued periodic interest, periodic or accelerated amortization of debt discount charges and charges related to convertible debt related beneficial conversion features), and non-cash prepaid in-kind advertising charges. Proforma EPS is defined as Proforma net income divided by the weighted average outstanding shares, on a fully diluted basis, calculated in accordance with GAAP, for the respective reporting period.
Due to the inherent volatility in stock prices, the use of estimates and assumptions in connection with the valuation and expensing of share-based awards and the variety of award types that companies can issue under FASB ASC Topic 718, management believes that providing a non-GAAP financial measure that excludes non-cash stock compensation allows investors to make meaningful comparisons between our recurring core business operating results and those of other companies period to period, as well as providing our management with a critical tool for financial and operational decision making and for evaluating our own period-to-period recurring core business operating results.
Non-cash interest charges related to convertible debt outstanding, if any, including accrued periodic interest, periodic or accelerated amortization of debt discount charges and charges related to convertible debt related beneficial conversion features, primarily reflects the attribution of value to common stock purchase warrants and the beneficial conversion feature embedded in the convertible debt instruments, and the expensing of these amounts on a straight-line basis over the term of the convertible debt as additional interest cost related to the debt. These non-cash amounts are reflected in other expense and are not expenses associated with our core business operations. Management believes that providing a non-GAAP financial measure that excludes non-cash interest charges allows investors to make meaningful comparisons between our recurring core business operating results and those of other companies period to period, as well as providing our management with a critical tool for financial and operational decision making and for evaluating our own period-to-period recurring core business operating results.
There are several limitations related to the use of proforma net loss and EPS versus net loss EPS calculated in accordance with GAAP. For example, non-GAAP net loss excludes the impact of significant non-cash stock compensation and debt related interest charges that are or may be recurring, and that may or will continue to be recurring for the foreseeable future. In addition, non-cash stock compensation is a critical component of our employee compensation and retention programs and the cost associated with common stock purchase warrants and beneficial conversion features embedded in convertible debt outstanding is a critical component of the cost of debt financings. Management compensates for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from non-GAAP net loss and evaluating non-GAAP net loss in conjunction with net loss and EPS calculated in accordance with GAAP.
The accompanying table below titled “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Information” provides a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures presented to the most directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.
Sean McGowan and Cody Slach
Gateway Investor Relations
SUPER LEAGUE GAMING, INC.
CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
|Balance At||Balance At|
|December 31, 2019||December 31, 2018|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||924,000||487,000|
|Total current assets||9,659,000||3,749,000|
|Property and Equipment, net||239,000||531,000|
|Intangible and Other Assets, net||1,984,000||707,000|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses||$||853,000||$||813,000|
|Convertible Debt, net||-||10,923,000|
|Additional paid-in capital||99,237,000||48,325,000|
|Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)||13,443,000||(6,794,000||)|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||14,447,000||$||4,987,000|
SUPER LEAGUE GAMING, INC.
CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
|Three Months Ended||Fiscal Year Ended|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|COST OF REVENUE||(134,000||)||(285,000||)||(513,000||)||(684,000||)|
|Selling, marketing and advertising||1,255,000||1,370,000||4,488,000||4,319,000|
|Technology and platform development||1,098,000||1,080,000||4,520,000||4,183,000|
|General and administrative||2,479,000||2,535,000||12,333,000||8,020,000|
|Total operating expenses||4,832,000||4,985,000||21,341,000||16,522,000|
|NET OPERATING LOSS||(4,704,000||)||(4,863,000||)||(20,770,000||)||(16,160,000||)|
|OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)|
|OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)||16,000||(2,621,000||)||(9,909,000||)||(4,467,000||)|
|Net loss attributable to common stockholders - basic and diluted|
|Basic and diluted loss per common share||$||(0.55||)||$||(1.62||)||$||(3.89||)||$||(4.48||)|
|Weighted-average number of shares outstanding, basic and diluted||8,570,185||4,610,111||7,894,326||4,606,961|
SUPER LEAGUE GAMING, INC.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Information
|Three Months Ended||Fiscal Year|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|GAAP net loss||$||(4,688,000||)||$||(7,484,000||)||$||(30,679,000||)||$||(20,627,000||)|
|Non-cash stock compensation||951,000||1,491,000||6,217,000||3,943,000|
|Non-cash debt related interest charges||-||2,621,000||9,938,000||4,469,000|
|Non-cash In-kind advertising||-||186,000||667,000|
|Proforma net loss||$||(3,737,000||)||$||(3,186,000||)||$||(14,524,000||)||$||(11,548,000||)|
|Pro forma non-GAAP net earnings (loss) per common share — diluted||$||(0.44||)||$||(0.69||)||$||(1.84||)||$||(2.51||)|
|Non-GAAP weighted-average shares — diluted||8,570,185||4,610,111||7,894,326||4,606,961|
SUPER LEAGUE GAMING, INC.
CONDENSED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
|Fiscal Year Ended|
|Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operations:|
|Depreciation and amortization||862,000||1,106,000|
|Amortization of discount on convertible notes||2,684,000||3,863,000|
|Beneficial conversion feature||7,067,000||-|
|In-kind contribution of services||-||667,000|
|Changes in assets and liabilities|
|Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets||(329,000||)||(340,000||)|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses||40,000||432,000|
|Accrued interest on convertible notes||187,000||606,000|
|Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities||(13,646,000||)||(10,680,000||)|
|Cash paid for acquisition of Framerate||(1,506,000||)||-|
|Purchase of property and equipment||(73,000||)||(255,000||)|
|Capitalization of software development costs||(1,079,000||)||(519,000||)|
|Acquisition of other intangibles||(506,000||)||(92,000||)|
|Net Cash Provided by Investing Activities||(3,164,000||)||(866,000||)|
|Proceeds from issuance of common Stock, net||22,458,000||-|
|Proceeds from convertible notes, net||-||12,611,000|
|Proceeds from warrant exercise||20,000||-|
|Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities||22,478,000||12,611,000|
|Net Cash Increase for the Period||5,668,000||1,065,000|
|Cash at Beginning of the Period||2,774,000||1,709,000|
|Cash at End of the Period||$||8,442,000||$||2,774,000|
Released March 12, 2020