Score Media Inc. today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended November 30, 2011 in accordance with the newly adopted International Financial Reporting Standards. For the first time, Score Media is also reporting its results in two core operating segments: Broadcast and Digital Media.
Revenue for the three months ended November 30, 2011 increased by $1.6 million or 14% to $13.4 million compared to $11.8 million in the three months ended November 30, 2010
Broadcast revenues for the three months ended November 30, 2011 increased by $1.5 million or 14% to $12.4 million compared to $10.9 million in the three months ended November 30, 2010
Digital Media revenues for the three months ended November 30, 2011 increased by $0.1 million or 16% to $1.0 million compared to $0.9 million in the three months ended November 30, 2010
EBITDA for the three months ended November 30, 2011 was $1.9 million compared to $2.7 million in the previous year, a decrease of $0.8 million, primarily as a result of a planned increase in expenditures on personnel and technology to support the significant growth in the audience of the Company’s digital media platforms
Broadcast EBITDA for the three months ended November 30, 2011 increased by $0.4 million to $4.9 million compared to $4.5 million in the three months ended November 30, 2010
Digital Media EBITDA loss for the three months ended November 30, 2011 increased by $0.8 million to $1.1 million compared to a $0.3 million EBITDA loss in the three months ended November 30, 2010
“Q1 was an excellent quarter for Score Media,” said John Levy, Chairman & CEO, Score Media Inc. “Our Broadcast business delivered strong growth in revenue and EBITDA, and our Digital Media segment generated record revenues and audience growth. We plan to continue to strategically invest in our Digital Media business to capitalize on the strong position we have established in the mobile sports market, while continuing to grow our Broadcast business.”
The Company’s digital media assets recorded record audience growth in Q1/12:
ScoreMobile applications averaged 3.3 million unique users per month in Q1/12, growing by more than 1 million unique users per month, or over 60%, from Q1/11
theScore.com averaged 1.2 million unique users per month in Q1/12, an increase of 140% or 0.7 million unique users per month over Q1/11
During the quarter, the Company announced the establishment of digital media sales offices in New York and Chicago and the appointment of Ethan Ross to the position of Vice President of Digital Sales. He will be responsible for the development and execution of Score Media’s U.S. digital media sales strategy.
In November 2011 the Company announced a complete redesign of the ScoreMobile App for iPhone and iPod touch that introduces new features such as a customizable scoreboard to track any team or player from any league, the ability to follow your favorite teams and fantasy players in real-time, customizable feeds, detailed profiles of over 15,000 players and 800 teams, integration with iOS 5’s Notification Center feature, and one-tap social sharing.
In September 2011, the Company announced that hockey pro turned writer, Justin Bourne, formally joined theScore. Son of Bob Bourne – winner of 4 Stanley Cups with the Islanders in the 80’s – Justin brings a great combination of player insight, irreverence and humour to theScore’s new hockey blog, Backhand Shelf. A frequent contributor to Yahoo!’s Puck Daddy Blog, USA Today and The Hockey News, he is one the select few high-level athletes who has made a successful transition to sports writing.
The Company, in partnership with Gillette, announced in November 2011 that Jackie Redmond has been crowned the winner of Gillette DRAFTED 3: The Search for Canada’s Next Sportscaster. A former radio personality, Jackie is now theScore’s newest sportscaster, contributing to theScore Television Network, ScoreMobile and theScore.com and the newest member of the Gillette spokesperson family.