SciPlay Reports First Quarter 2022 Results

Delivered Strong Performance with Revenues up 5% Year-Over-Year Marking 2nd Highest Quarterly Revenue Ever

Achieved 6th Consecutive Revenue Record for Gold Fish® Casino and Record for Quick Hit® Slots

Sequential MPU and MAU Growth While Maintaining Record Payer Conversion Rate

Authorized $60 Million Share Repurchase Program

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SciPlay Corporation (NASDAQ: SCPL) (“SciPlay” or the “Company”) today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

Josh Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of SciPlay, said, “We are successfully executing on the plan we had laid out, reporting another exceedingly strong quarter. We are benefiting from our ongoing investments in key areas and enjoying strong momentum across our growing businesses. Alictus’ integration is proceeding very well with the team in Turkey releasing two new games in the first quarter of 2022, with one of them achieving #1 on Google Play and #5 on iOS. Likewise, Project All-Star is driving excellent engagement and monetization results across our largest games. Quick Hit generated a quarterly record while the team at Gold Fish® continues its momentum, posting a sixth consecutive quarterly record revenue. As we plan for the future, we could not be more excited about the opportunity ahead.

“We maintained a record payer conversion ratio of 8.9% and importantly, delivered sequential growth in MPUs and MAUs, the first time in 6 quarters. Our continued investments in our technology, our talent and our players’ experience will allow us to deliver continued growth and shareholder value. In addition, we expect to further enhance shareholder value with our newly authorized two-year share repurchase plan of up to $60 million. This reinforces our commitment to shareholder returns. We are looking forward to seeing our shareholders at our inaugural investor day on May 17th where we will provide an update on our strategy and the path forward.”

Daniel O’Quinn, Interim Chief Financial Officer of SciPlay, added, “This was another excellent quarter with SciPlay generating its second strongest quarterly revenue, only behind the second quarter of 2020, which benefited from COVID related closures. Total revenues increased 5% year over year, growing well ahead of the industry. While Alictus performed well in the quarter, our focus remains on generating sustainable organic growth. Investments in key initiatives are positively impacting engagement and monetization metrics and our business continues to be highly cash generative. Our balance sheet remains very strong with close to $300 million in cash and cash equivalents, even after the purchase of Alictus. We remain focused on driving profitable growth and delivering enhanced value for shareholders.”

SUMMARY RESULTS

 

Three Months Ended

($ in millions)

March 31,

 

2022

 

2021

Revenue

$

158.0

 

 

$

151.1

 

Net income

 

32.0

 

 

 

37.9

 

Net income margin

 

20.3

%

 

 

25.1

%

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

36.6

 

 

 

19.6

 

Capital expenditures

 

2.0

 

 

 

2.1

 

 

 

 

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures (1)

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA (“AEBITDA”)

$

44.2

 

 

$

45.9

 

AEBITDA margin

 

28.0

%

 

 

30.4

%

 

 

 

 

 

As of March 31,

 

As of December 31,

Balance Sheet Measures

2022

 

2021

Cash and cash equivalents

$

292.0

 

 

$

364.4

 

Available liquidity(2)

 

442.0

 

 

 

514.4

 

 

 

 

 

(1) The financial measures “AEBITDA” and “AEBITDA margin” are non-GAAP financial measures defined below under “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and are reconciled to the most directly comparable GAAP measures in the accompanying supplemental tables at the end of this release.

(2) Available liquidity is calculated as cash and cash equivalents plus the undrawn capacity on our revolver.

Key Performance Indicators

(in millions, except Average Revenue Per Daily Active Users (“ARPDAU”), Average Monthly Revenue Per Paying User (“AMRPPU”), and percentages; KPIs include only in-app purchases)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

March 31,

 

Increase /

 

2022

 

2021

 

(Decrease)

Mobile Penetration

90%

 

88%

 

2.0pp

Average Monthly Active Users

6.3

 

6.7

 

(0.4)

Average Daily Active Users

2.3

 

2.5

 

(0.2)

ARPDAU

$0.74

 

$0.67

 

$0.07

Average Monthly Paying Users

0.6

 

0.5

 

0.1

AMRPPU

$92.45

 

$92.80

 

($0.35)

Payer Conversion Rate

8.9%

 

8.1%

 

0.8pp

pp = percentage points.

First Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights

  • First quarter revenue was $158.0 million, up 5% from the prior year period, as a result of an increase in average monthly paying users due to a higher payer conversion rate during the period.
  • Net income was $32.0 million compared to $37.9 million in the prior year period due to an increase in operating expenses, primarily driven by a $4.6 million increase in user acquisition spend, a $3.5 million increase in salaries, benefits and stock-based compensation, and a $1.3 million increase in depreciation and amortization, partially offset by a 5% increase in revenue.
  • AEBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure defined below, was $44.2 million compared to $45.9 million in the prior year period, primarily due to higher operating expenses. AEBITDA margin, a non-GAAP financial measure defined below, was 28.0% for the quarter.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities was $36.6 million, a $17.0 million increase over the prior year period, driven by a favorable change in working capital primarily due to the timing of payments from our platform providers.
  • Cash and cash equivalents decreased by $72.4 million to $292.0 million from the fourth quarter of 2021 due to the Alictus acquisition, partially offset by $36.6 million cash flow from operations during the first quarter.

First Quarter Key Performance Highlights

  • Alictus Studio integration and performance is going well, launched two new games in the quarter, with one achieving #1 on Google Play and #5 on iOS.
  • Payer conversion rate remained at record 8.9% validating our continued payer focus and live-ops strategy to drive increased monetization.
  • Average Monthly Paying Users (MPU) and Average Monthly Active Users (MAU) both increased 7% sequentially.
  • Average Revenue Per Daily Active User (ARPDAU) up 10.4% to $0.74 compared to $0.67 in the prior year period.
  • Mobile penetration increased 2 percentage points from the prior year period to 90%.

About SciPlay

SciPlay Corporation (NASDAQ: SCPL) is a leading developer and publisher of digital games on mobile and web platforms. SciPlay currently offers social casino games Jackpot Party® Casino, Gold Fish® Casino, Quick Hit® Slots, 88 Fortunes® Slots, MONOPOLY Slots, and Hot Shot Casino®, casual games Bingo Showdown®, Solitare Pets™ Adventure, and Backgammon Live and a variety of hyper-casual games such as Rob Master 3D™, Deep Clean Inc.™ and Oh God™. All of SciPlay’s games are offered and played on multiple platforms, including Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon. In addition to developing original games, SciPlay has access to a library of more than 1,500 real-world slot and table games provided by Light & Wonder, Inc. (formerly known as Scientific Games Corporation) and its Subsidiaries. For more information, please visit SciPlay.com.

You can access our filings with the SEC through the SEC website at www.sec.gov or through our website, and we strongly encourage you to do so. We routinely post information that may be important to investors on our website at investors.sciplay.com, and we use our website as a means of disclosing material information to the public in a broad, non-exclusionary manner for purposes of the SEC’s Regulation Fair Disclosure (Reg FD). The information contained on, or that may be accessed through, our website is not incorporated by reference into, and is not a part of, this or any other document, and shall not be deemed “filed” under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

All ® and © notices signify marks registered in the United States by SciPlay Games, LLC and/or SG Gaming, Inc., and or their respective affiliates.

© 2022 SciPlay Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Forward-Looking Statements

Throughout this press release, we make “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements describe future expectations, plans, results or strategies and can often be identified by the use of terminology such as “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “continue,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “target,” “should,” “could,” “potential,” “opportunity,” “goal,” or similar terminology. These statements are based upon management’s current expectations, assumptions and estimates and are not guarantees of timing, future results or performance. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated in these statements due to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors, including, among other things:

  • the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and any resulting social, political, economic and financial complications;
  • Light & Wonder, Inc.’s (“Light & Wonder” and “Parent”) announced decision to withdraw its offer to acquire our public shares not already owned by Light & Wonder may subject us to risks and uncertainties;
  • our ability to attract and retain players;
  • expectations of growth in total consumer spending on social gaming, including social casino gaming;
  • our reliance on third-party platforms and our ability to track data on those platforms;
  • our ability to continue to launch and enhance games that attract and retain a significant number of paying players;
  • our ability to expand in international markets;
  • our reliance on a small percentage of our players for nearly all of our revenue;
  • our ability to adapt to, and offer games that keep pace with, changing technology and evolving industry standards;
  • competition;
  • our dependence on the optional purchases of coins, chips and cards to supplement the availability of periodically offered free coins, chips and cards;
  • our ability to access additional financing and restrictions and covenants in debt agreements, including those that could result in acceleration of the maturity of our indebtedness;
  • the discontinuation or replacement of LIBOR, which may adversely affect interest rates;
  • fluctuations in our results due to seasonality and other factors;
  • dependence on skilled employees with creative and technical backgrounds;
  • our ability to use the intellectual property rights of our Parent and other third parties, including the third-party intellectual property rights licensed to Light & Wonder, under our intellectual property license agreement with our Parent;
  • protection of our proprietary information and intellectual property, inability to license third-party intellectual property and the intellectual property rights of others;
  • security and integrity of our games and systems;
  • security breaches, cyber-attacks or other privacy or data security incidents, challenges or disruptions;
  • reliance on or failures in information technology and other systems;
  • loss of revenue due to unauthorized methods of playing our games;
  • the impact of legal and regulatory restrictions on our business, including significant opposition in some jurisdictions to interactive social gaming, including social casino gaming, and how such opposition could lead these jurisdictions to adopt legislation or impose a regulatory framework to govern interactive social gaming or social casino gaming specifically, and how this could result in a prohibition on interactive social gaming or social casino gaming altogether, restrict our ability to advertise our games, or substantially increase our costs to comply with these regulations;
  • laws and government regulations, both foreign and domestic, including those relating to our Parent and to data privacy and security, including with respect to the collection, storage, use, transmission, sharing and protection of personal information and other consumer data, and those laws and regulations that affect companies conducting business on the internet, including ours;
  • the continuing evolution of the scope of data privacy and security regulations, and our belief that the adoption of increasingly restrictive regulations in this area is likely within the U.S. and other jurisdictions;
  • risks related to foreign operations, including the complexity of foreign laws, regulations and markets; the uncertainty of enforcement of remedies in foreign jurisdictions; the effect of currency exchange rate fluctuations; the impact of foreign labor laws and disputes; the ability to attract and retain key personnel in foreign jurisdictions; the economic, tax and regulatory policies of local governments; and compliance with applicable anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws;
  • influence of certain stockholders, including decisions that may conflict with the interests of other stockholders;
  • our ability to achieve some or all of the anticipated benefits of being a standalone public company;
  • our dependence on distributions from SciPlay Parent Company, LLC to pay our taxes and expenses, including substantial payments we will be required to make under the Tax Receivable Agreement (the “TRA”);
  • failure to establish and maintain adequate internal control over financial reporting;
  • stock price volatility;
  • litigation and other liabilities relating to our business, including litigation and liabilities relating to consumer protection, gambling-related matters, employee matters, alleged service and system malfunctions, alleged intellectual property infringement and claims relating to our contracts, licenses and strategic investments;
  • our ability to complete acquisitions and integrate businesses successfully;
  • our ability to pursue and execute new business initiatives;
  • our expectations of future growth that will place significant demands on our management and operations;
  • natural events and health crises that disrupt our operations or those of our providers or suppliers;
  • changes in tax laws or tax rulings, or the examination of our tax positions;
  • levels of insurance coverage against claims;
  • our dependence on certain key providers; and
  • U.S. and international economic and industry conditions.

Additional information regarding risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in forward-looking statements is included from time to time in our filings with the SEC, including the Company’s current reports on Form 8-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and annual reports on Form 10-K (including under the headings “Forward Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors”). Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and, except for our ongoing obligations under the U.S. federal securities laws, we undertake no and expressly disclaim any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

This press release may contain references to industry market data and certain industry forecasts. Industry market data and industry forecasts are obtained from publicly available information and industry publications. Industry publications generally state that the information contained therein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but that the accuracy and completeness of that information is not guaranteed. Although we believe industry information to be accurate, it is not independently verified by us and we do not make any representation as to the accuracy of that information. In general, we believe there is less publicly available information concerning international social gaming industries than the same industries in the U.S. Some data is also based on our good faith estimates, which are derived from our review of internal surveys or data, as well as the independent sources referenced above. Assumptions and estimates of our and our industry’s future performance are necessarily subject to a high degree of uncertainty and risk due to a variety of factors, including those described under “Risk Factors” in Part II, Item 1A of our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Part I, Item 1A “Risk Factors” in our 2021 Annual Report on Form 10-K. These and other factors could cause future performance to differ materially from our assumptions and estimates.

SCIPLAY CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(Unaudited, in millions, except per share amounts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

March 31,

 

 

2022

 

2021

Revenue

 

$

158.0

 

 

$

151.1

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

Cost of revenue(1)

 

 

48.2

 

 

 

47.1

 

Sales and marketing(1)

 

 

40.0

 

 

 

34.7

 

General and administrative(1)

 

 

16.7

 

 

 

15.7

 

Research and development(1)

 

 

11.5

 

 

 

9.5

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

4.7

 

 

 

3.4

 

Restructuring and other

 

 

2.2

 

 

 

0.3

 

Operating income

 

 

34.7

 

 

 

40.4

 

Other expense, net

 

 

(0.5

)

 

 

(0.4

)

Net income before income taxes

 

 

34.2

 

 

 

40.0

 

Income tax expense

 

 

2.2

 

 

 

2.1

 

Net income

 

 

32.0

 

 

 

37.9

 

Less: Net income attributable to the noncontrolling interest

 

 

27.6

 

 

 

32.6

 

Net income attributable to SciPlay

 

$

4.4

 

 

$

5.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted net income attributable to SciPlay per share:

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

0.18

 

 

$

0.23

 

Diluted

 

$

0.18

 

 

$

0.21

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares of Class A common stock used in per share calculation:

 

 

 

 

Basic shares

 

 

24.6

 

 

 

23.2

 

Diluted shares

 

 

24.8

 

 

 

25.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) Excludes depreciation and amortization.

SCIPLAY CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited, in millions, except par value)

 

 

As of

 

March 31,

2022

 

December 31,

2021

ASSETS

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

292.0

 

$

364.4

Accounts receivable, net

 

42.8

 

 

39.6

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

16.5

 

 

6.4

Total current assets

 

351.3

 

 

410.4

Property and equipment, net

 

3.3

 

 

3.5

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

6.2

 

 

6.8

Goodwill

 

222.6

 

 

131.1

Intangible assets and software, net

 

80.9

 

 

49.6

Deferred income taxes

 

76.3

 

 

78.5

Other assets

 

1.8

 

 

1.7

Total assets

$

742.4

 

$

681.6

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

20.6

 

$

20.0

Accrued liabilities

 

53.0

 

 

50.2

Due to affiliate

 

2.4

 

 

1.6

Total current liabilities

 

76.0

 

 

71.8

Operating lease liabilities

 

4.8

 

 

5.4

Liabilities under TRA

 

64.7

 

 

64.7

Other long-term liabilities

 

39.9

 

 

14.7

Total stockholders’ equity(1)

 

557.0

 

 

525.0

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

742.4

 

$

681.6

 

 

 

 

(1) Includes $453.9 million and $426.4 million in noncontrolling interest as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively.

SCIPLAY CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited, in millions)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

March 31,

 

2022

 

2021

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

36.6

 

 

$

19.6

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(108.2

)

 

 

(2.1

)

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(0.7

)

 

 

(14.2

)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

(0.1

)

 

 

(0.2

)

(Decrease) increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

(72.4

)

 

 

3.1

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period

 

364.4

 

 

 

268.9

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period

$

292.0

 

 

$

272.0

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental cash flow information:

 

 

 

Cash paid for income taxes

$

0.5

 

 

$

3.8

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental non-cash transactions:

 

 

 

Non-cash additions to intangible assets related to license agreements

$

 

 

$

16.1

 

SCIPLAY CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO SCIPLAY TO AEBITDA

(Unaudited, in millions)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

March 31,

 

2022

 

2021

Net income attributable to SciPlay

$

4.4

 

 

$

5.3

 

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

 

27.6

 

 

 

32.6

 

Net income

 

32.0

 

 

 

37.9

 

Restructuring and other(1)

 

2.2

 

 

 

0.3

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

4.7

 

 

 

3.4

 

Income tax expense

 

2.2

 

 

 

2.1

 

Stock-based compensation

 

2.6

 

 

 

1.8

 

Other expense, net

 

0.5

 

 

 

0.4

 

AEBITDA

$

44.2

 

 

$

45.9

 

Revenue

$

158.0

 

 

$

151.1

 

Net income margin (Net income/Revenue)

 

20.3

%

 

 

25.1

%

AEBITDA margin (AEBITDA/Revenue)

 

28.0

%

 

 

30.4

%

 

 

 

 

(1) Refer to AEBITDA definition for a description of items included in restructuring and other.

 

 

 

RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME MARGIN

TO AEBITDA MARGIN

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

March 31,

 

 

2022

 

2021

Net income margin (Net income/Revenue)

 

20.3

%

 

25.1

%

Restructuring and other

 

1.4

%

 

0.2

%

Depreciation and amortization

 

3.0

%

 

2.3

%

Income tax expense

 

1.4

%

 

1.4

%

Stock-based compensation

 

1.6

%

 

1.2

%

Other expense, net

 

0.3

%

 

0.2

%

AEBITDA margin (AEBITDA/Revenue)

 

28.0

%

 

30.4

%

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA, or AEBITDA, as used herein, is a non-GAAP financial measure that is presented as supplemental disclosure and is reconciled to net income attributable to SciPlay as the most directly comparable GAAP measure as set forth in the below table. We define AEBITDA to include net income attributable to SciPlay before: (1) net income attributable to noncontrolling interest; (2) interest expense; (3) income tax expense; (4) depreciation and amortization; (5) restructuring and other, which includes charges or expenses attributable to: (a) employee severance; (b) management changes; (c) restructuring and integration; (d) M&A and other, which includes: (i) M&A transaction costs; (ii) purchase accounting adjustments; (iii) unusual items (including certain legal settlements) and (iv) other non-cash items; (e) contingent acquisition consideration and (f) cost-savings initiatives; (6) stock-based compensation; (7) loss (gain) on debt financing transactions; and (8) other expense (income) including foreign currency (gains) and losses. We also use AEBITDA margin, a non-GAAP measure, which we calculate as AEBITDA as a percentage of revenue.

Our management uses AEBITDA and AEBITDA margin to, among other things: (i) monitor and evaluate the performance of our business operations; (ii) facilitate our management’s internal comparisons of our historical operating performance and (iii) analyze and evaluate financial and strategic planning decisions regarding future operating investments and operating budgets. In addition, our management uses AEBITDA and AEBITDA margin to facilitate management’s external comparisons of our results to the historical operating performance of other companies that may have different capital structures and debt levels. Our management believes that AEBITDA and AEBITDA margin are useful as they provide investors with information regarding our financial condition and operating performance that is an integral part of our management’s reporting and planning processes. In particular, our management believes that AEBITDA is helpful because this non-GAAP financial measure eliminates the effects of restructuring, transaction, integration or other items that management believes have less bearing on our ongoing underlying operating performance. Management believes AEBITDA margin is useful as it provides investors with information regarding the underlying operating performance and margin generated by our business operations.

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