2021 Annual Revenue of $167.4 Million, Year-over-Year Increase of 130%
2021 Gross Profit of $37.8 Million, Year-over-Year Increase of 102%
2021 Annual Direct Sales of $22.2 Million, Year-over-Year increase of 344%
LOS ANGELES, March 28, 2022 – Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc. (“Enthusiast Gaming” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:EGLX; TSX:EGLX), an integrated gaming entertainment company, today announced financial results for the year ended December 31, 2021.
2021 Financial Highlights
- Revenue for 2021 was $167.4 million, representing a 130% increase from revenue for 2020 of $72.8 million
- Gross profit for 2021 was $37.8 million, representing a 102% increase from gross profit for 2020 of $18.7 million
- Direct sales in 2021 of $22.2 million, representing a 344% increase from direct sales in 2020 of $5.0 million. Direct sales are included in revenue
- Paid subscribers as at December 31, 2021, of 220,000, representing an 80% increase from paid subscribers as at December 31, 2020, of 122,000
Q4 2021 Financial Highlights
- Revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2021 (“Q4 2021”), of $56.9 million, representing a 34% increase from revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2020 (“Q4 2020”), of $42.5 million
- Gross profit in Q4 2021 of $13.7 million, representing a 69% increase from gross profit in Q4 2020 of $8.1 million
- Gross margin in Q4 2021 of 24.1%, representing a 500 basis point increase from gross margin in Q4 2020 of 19.1%
- Direct sales in Q4 2021 of $8.8 million, representing a 167% increase from direct sales in Q4 2020 of $3.3 million. Direct sales are included in revenue
“Our momentum continues and we are pleased to confirm our record breaking results from Q4 2021,” commented Adrian Montgomery, CEO of Enthusiast Gaming. “We are seeing strong repeat business in direct sales, continued conversions of viewers into paying subscribers, and strength in our product offerings, particularly in Addicting Games and U.GG. We expect this momentum to carry into 2022 and beyond.”
“Our higher yield and higher margin revenue streams are expanding, with noticeable impacts to the income statement,” commented Alex Macdonald, CFO of Enthusiast Gaming. “Direct sales and subscription combined accounted for over 20% of revenue in Q4, helping push quarterly revenue to an all time high and gross margin to over 24%. We maintain a growth oriented position and outlook.”
Q4 Operational Highlights
- Expansion of in-game purchasing opportunities and subscription offerings for multiple Addicting Games titles including Little Big Snake, TypeRacer, EV.IO, and mope.IO
- Two new event series launched: Pocket Gamer Connects Digital NEXT, and Beyond Games
- Record U.S. unique visitor traffic of 51.8 million recorded in December 2021 as measured by Comscore
- Acquisition of League of Legends community U.GG, and expansion of the U.GG desktop app
- Luminosity Gaming ranked number one esports team on Twitch according to a study conducted with Nielsen
- Renewals or additional business with key partners including Proctor & Gamble, HBO Max, TikTok, Disney, ExitLag, G FUEL and Square Enix
- New season of Rising Stars announced, co-created with e.l.f. Cosmetics (NYSE: ELF)
The Company also announced that due to her recent appointment as Chief Investment Officer of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), Nicole Musicco was required to resign from the Board of Directors of the Company, effective March 25, 2022.
“I am thankful for my time on the Board of Enthusiast Gaming and am impressed with the trajectory of the Company,” said Nicole Musicco. “Adrian and the management team are highly capable and there is a strong vision in place. I look forward to watching the Company continue to grow.”
The Company wishes to thank Nicole for her service, and congratulates her on the appointment at CalPERS.
The Company also announced that Menashe Kestenbaum has transitioned out of the role of President to focus exclusively on strategy and governance as a member of the Board of Directors. As a continuing member of the Board, his experience will continue to help the Company towards achieving its growth objectives.
Other recent appointments at the Company include:
- Scotty Tidwell as Senior Vice President of Talent
- Alex Gonzalez as Head of Luminosity Gaming
Certain information provided in this news release is extracted from financial statements and management’s discussion & analysis (“MD&A”) of the Company for the year ended December 31, 2021, and should be read in conjunction with them. It is only in the context of the fulsome information and disclosures contained in the financial statements and MD&A that an investor can properly analyze this information. The financial statements and MD&A have been published on the Company’s profile on SEDAR and EDGAR.
All amounts are in Canadian dollars.
Earnings Announcement and Supplemental Information
Management will host a conference call and webcast on March 28, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to review and discuss the fourth quarter and year-end 2021 results.
Please call the following numbers to participate:
North America (toll-free): 1-855-327-6837
Conference ID: 10018468
A live webcast can be heard at https://www.enthusiastgaming.com/shareholder-information/.
If you are unable to join live, an archived recording of the webcast will be available on the Investor Relations page of the Enthusiast Gaming website.
About Enthusiast Gaming
Enthusiast Gaming is an integrated gaming entertainment company, building the largest media and content platform for video game and esports fans to connect and engage worldwide. Combining the elements of its four core pillars; Media, Talent, Esports, and Experiences, Enthusiast Gaming provides a unique opportunity and integrated approach to reach and connect with its coveted GenZ and Millennial audience. Through its proprietary mix of digital media and entertainment assets, Enthusiast Gaming has built a vast network of like-minded communities to deliver the ultimate fan experience.
Enthusiast Gaming Investor Relations:
Eric Bernofsky, Chief Corporate Officer
Derek Holota, Provident Communications
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This news release contains certain statements that may constitute forward-looking information under applicable securities laws. All statements, other than those of historical fact, which address activities, events, outcomes, results, developments, performance or achievements that Enthusiast Gaming anticipates or expects may or will occur in the future (in whole or in part) should be considered forward-looking information. Often, but not always, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects”, “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates”, or “believes” or variations (including negative variations) of such words and phrases, or statements formed in the future tense or indicating that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” (or other variations of the forgoing) be taken, occur, be achieved, or come to pass. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, statements regarding trends in certain financial and operating metrics of the Company, and expectations relating to the financial performance and the financial results of future periods.
Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and analyses made by the Company in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, including, but not limited to, expectations and assumptions concerning: interest and foreign exchange rates; capital efficiencies, cost saving and synergies; growth and growth rates; the success in the esports and gaming media industry; the Company’s growth plan, and judgment applied in the application of the Company’s accounting policies and in the preparation of financial statements in accordance with applicable financial reporting standards. While Enthusiast Gaming considers these assumptions to be reasonable, based on information currently available, they may prove to be incorrect. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks, including, without limitation, risks associated with general economic conditions; adverse industry events; and future legislative, tax and regulatory developments. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list is not exhaustive. For more information on the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause anticipated opportunities and actual results to differ materially, please refer to the public filings of Enthusiast Gaming which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Readers are further cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which they are placed will occur. Such information, although considered reasonable by management at the time of preparation, may prove to be incorrect and actual results may differ materially from those anticipated. Forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement and reflect our expectations as of the date hereof, and thus are subject to change thereafter. Enthusiast Gaming disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.