Earnings name: FansUnite experiences income progress in Q1 fiscal 2024

May 16, 2024 | blog

FansUnite Entertainment Inc. (FANS) reported a major improve in income for the primary quarter of fiscal 2024, with figures reaching $8.3 million, primarily fueled by main sporting occasions and the profitable launch of regulated sports activities betting in North Carolina. The firm’s web loss from persevering with operations decreased to $3.9 million, due to elevated income and decreased non-cash bills. However, the stability sheet mirrored a lower in complete property to $55.6 million and an increase in complete liabilities to $28.2 million, with a money place decreased to $1.4 million resulting from debt compensation and earnout consideration paid. The report additionally highlighted the robust efficiency of Betting Hero and digital activation model Props.

Key Takeaways

  • FansUnite’s Q1 income elevated to $8.3 million.
  • The launch of sports activities betting in North Carolina contributed over $450,000 in income.
  • Net loss from persevering with operations decreased to $3.9 million.
  • Total property decreased to $55.6 million, and complete liabilities elevated to $28.2 million.
  • Cash place decreased to $1.4 million resulting from debt compensation and earnout issues.
  • The firm expects operator funds to extend within the coming months.
  • confirmed vital income progress and is shifting in the direction of constructive money circulation.

Company Outlook

  • FansUnite anticipates elevated operator funds in April and May.
  • The firm goals to develop present enterprise, clear liabilities, and fund progress via constructive working money circulation.

Bearish Highlights

  • Decrease in complete property and money place resulting from debt compensation and earnout issues.

Bullish Highlights

  • Revenue progress pushed by regulated sports activities betting and diversified income streams.
  •’s profitable growth into the fantasy sweepstakes area.


  • No particular launch date set for the Hero Hotline undertaking.
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Q&A Highlights

  • The remaining fee from the sale of Chameleon supply code to Betr was accomplished, together with C$750,000 in money and 500,000 Betr warrants/shares.
  • FansUnite is partaking in pre-launch analysis in states poised to legalize sports activities betting, similar to California, Texas, and Georgia.
  • Questions not addressed through the name could be submitted by way of e mail.

The earnings name emphasised FansUnite’s strategic give attention to bettering its monetary well being and operational efficiency. The firm’s efforts in clearing out liabilities and utilizing constructive working money circulation to fulfill obligations, moderately than counting on exterior capital, have been highlighted as a part of its restructuring efforts. FansUnite additionally mentioned the advantages of recent states regulating sports activities betting and iGaming, which may doubtlessly increase the corporate’s market attain. The replace on the progress of varied initiatives and the robust efficiency of underscored the corporate’s dedication to progress and innovation within the aggressive on-line gaming and sports activities betting business.

Full transcript – None (FUNFF) Q1 2024:

Operator: Okay. Let’s start. Hello, everybody. Welcome to FansUnite’s Q1 Fiscal 2024 Earnings Call. My identify is Prit Singh, and I would be the moderator for in the present day’s name. Before we start, I want to go over some authorized disclaimers. I’ll pause right here for a minute so our viewers can learn. Okay. So on in the present day’s name, we will probably be masking FansUnite’s key Q1 fiscal 2024 monetary and operational highlights. We may also be internet hosting a Q&A session on the finish of the webinar. If you might have any questions through the webinar in the present day, be happy to ship them in utilizing the Zoom (NASDAQ:) Q&A perform on the backside of your display screen. If you are calling in to hearken to the webinar in the present day, please e mail your questions on to Again, that is We will handle these questions on the finish of the presentation through the Q&A session. Our presenters in the present day would be the CEO of FansUnite, Scott Burton; and CFO of FansUnite, Graeme Moore. I’ll now flip the convention over to Graeme Moore, CFO of FansUnite to debate the Company’s Q1 2024 monetary outcomes.

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Graeme Moore: Thanks, Prit. Just so everybody is aware of how this will probably be structured, first, I’m going to talk to the assertion of revenue and loss for the interval ended March 31, 2024. I’ll then transfer to the stability sheet. I simply additionally need to level out right here that each one comparative figures that I discuss to are from persevering with operations. So any enterprise items which were discontinued within the final yr or so aren’t in any comparative figures if you find yourself 2023. So through the three months ended March 31, 2024, income elevated to $8.3 million in comparison with $7.3 million over the identical interval final yr. This change was primarily a results of the corporate’s capacity to capitalize on main sporting occasions such because the Super Bowl, which was held in Las Vegas this yr, and improved outcomes of the March Madness basketball tournaments in addition to progress realized in our diversified income streams. The profitable launch of regulated sports activities betting in North Carolina in March of 2024 contributed over $450,000 in income for the interval. Research income grew considerably because of the signing of a number of new recurring analysis engagements in addition to the supply of a number of bespoke analysis experiences. The Research section contributed $451,000 to income for the three months ended March 31, 2024, in comparison with $46,000 in 2023. Our price of income of $3.1 million for the quarter as in comparison with $2.6 million over the identical interval in prior yr and our gross margin correspondingly have 63% in comparison with 65% in the identical interval prior yr. The launch of recent states all the time comes with funding, one thing we now have seen prior to now and is anticipated. With the success realized with Betting Hero Research through the quarter, the corporate has turned its consideration to different progress alternatives similar to Betting Hero digital. As a confirmed chief in reside activation, we have made preliminary investments into rising our digital presence whereas sustaining gross margins of over 60%, which we do really feel is a wholesome gross margin on a unbroken foundation. Our web loss from persevering with operations for the quarter was $3.9 million in comparison with $4.4 million over the identical interval within the prior yr. The lower was a direct results of our capacity to extend income through the quarter as outlined above, compounded by a discount in non-cash bills. During the interval, non-cash bills associated to accretion of our contingent consideration decreased to $264,000 in comparison with $569,000 in prior yr. Share-based funds decreased to $195,000 in comparison with $629,000 in the identical interval within the prior yr. These decreases have been offset by a revaluation of contingent consideration of $433,000 resulting from revised fee expectations largely correlated to the profitable Q1 that we had. General and administrative bills decreased to $708,000 for the quarter in comparison with $832,000 final yr. Q1 of final yr, we did have some giant expenditures that we did not see on the books this yr, similar to changing our pill fleet, that we use in our reside activation, partially resulting from obsolescence, but in addition we had to purchase just a few extra as our crew is rising and we’re in new states and simply doing extra. Salaries and wages elevated to $2.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, in comparison with $2.2 million over the identical interval within the prior yr. As American Affiliate experiences progress and enters new markets, the crew has wanted to develop as a way to present correct oversight for our regional groups. The progress expertise within the Research section has additionally contributed to the hiring of analysis particular crew members. But as we noticed there, we had vital income progress that we do really feel justifies the extra spend. Okay, for the stability sheet. Total property decreased to $55.6 million on March 31, 2024, in comparison with $57.4 million as at December 31, 2023. Our intangible property have been decreased by amortization of $4.9 million for the three months, which was offset by improve in our deferred tax asset of $1.1 million from $3.7 million in addition to a rise in receivables from $2.1 million to $8.2 million. The improve in receivables, clearly it is nice to have extra property in your books. But I’ll get to the money place in just a little second, which clearly has gone down not by the rise in AR. But we do see this as we exit our firm’s busiest quarter. An additional improve in international trade charges resulted in a rise of $1 million in asset worth for the intangibles and goodwill. Our complete liabilities elevated to $28.2 million as of March 31, 2024 in comparison with $27.3 million at yr finish. The major driver of our improve in liabilities was deferred in contingent consideration related to our 2021 buy of American Affiliate. That elevated to $18.2 million in comparison with $17.3 million at year-end. This was partially resulting from a revaluation, unfavorable trade price actions and accretion. Managing the corporate’s liabilities is a key focus for the administration crew going ahead, and we’re optimizing our capital construction as a way to maximize shareholder worth in addition to put the corporate able to capitalize on alternatives as they come up. An additional improve is said to the revenue tax payable, which elevated to $241,000 from a receivable place within the prior yr. For the three months ended March 31, 2024, the corporate’s money place decreased by $846,000 to $1.4 million. The lower in money is primarily resulting from a $248,000 compensation of debt, $69,000 of routine curiosity paid, and a complete of $316,000 in earnout consideration paid through the interval. The lower in money was compounded by the motion in non-cash working capital quantities, which contributed to a lower of $1.6 million within the interval, which was primarily pushed by what I discussed earlier, a rise in receivables, which stand at over $8.2 million as of quarter finish. Now, that may be a large quantity, however when you look again, the corporate has traditionally seen operator funds lag in March on account of the timing and busy schedule of each March Madness and Super Bowl. So plenty of our purchasers are tremendous targeted on simply efficiency, efficiency, efficiency through the quarter. And we generally see the funds lag. Those decide proper again up in April and May, and I’m comfortable to say that a big, giant portion of that $8.2 million that was sitting has been obtained by the corporate as of in the present day. Our consideration likewise as an organization is extra targeted on buyer acquisition and income in Q1 and operators traditionally revert again to regular funds, and our crew shifts our focus again onto collections early in Q2. So that is all for the monetary replace on FansUnite. I’ll now flip the decision over to Scott Burton, our CEO.

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Scott Burton: Thank you, Graeme. I’ll discuss in regards to the operations. Covered quite a bit there, so thanks. Starting with Betting Hero, so we noticed they’d robust outcomes. Again, one other quarter of income progress, income for that line of enterprise, the affiliate enterprise rose to $8.3 million in comparison with $7.3 million within the first quarter of 2023. Betting Hero continues to be the premier reside activation firm in North America, rising each the core enterprise, which is the reside activation. And then the brand new items that Graeme’s been speaking about largely round analysis and now shifting to digital. So we noticed year-over-year activation progress within the main occasions being the Super Bowl and March Madness within the first quarter of the yr. And we count on that pattern to maintain going all through the remainder of 2024, which improved efficiency over the earlier yr and former quarters. The first quarter was additionally helped by opening of a brand new state, in North Carolina. We obtained a bump and I consider that one opened in March, so we solely had it for a part of the month – one of many months of the quarter. So we’ll proceed to see new states regulate, come on-line and we’re positioned to be in market on day a kind of launches. Our capacity to do this is because of the crew infrastructure that Betting Hero group has constructed out. And then the present relationships we now have with the key operators. So we often have individuals on the bottom previous to a gap in addition to contracts in place. So we now have first mover benefit in that area. I simply need to say as all the time, we’re happy with how that enterprise goes. The core enterprise with Betting Hero and the activation, we’re excited by the expansion they’ve. We noticed a giant progress within the analysis arm and so they proceed to signal new contracts with the most important sportsbook within the U.S. and we’re beginning to see now repeat enterprise, extra enterprise on prime of the everyday customary analysis experiences are doing. But now the bespoke analysis, so we’re being requested to do much more undertaking based mostly for giant operators. On the digital aspect. Our digital activation model Props noticed vital progress in income within the quarter. We proceed to give attention to the operational effectivity aspect of that as nicely. So we noticed that shifting in the direction of being a money circulation constructive unit within the quarter, and we preserve in search of extra methods to maximise the worth of that model and the positioning. So I believe the message right here is our first quarter outcomes present that each one the laborious work that we did and have talked about for plenty of these calls now’s proving efficient and shifting us in a constructive path. Our focus stays on rising the present enterprise, each organically and thru new diversified items. In addition to it rising with present companions in states we’re working, we’ll proceed to see the advantages and it may be fairly giant advantages every time a brand new state regulates and opens as much as sports activities betting. And then as we transfer in the direction of iGaming or on-line casinos additionally opening up in extra states. So except for the income progress and operational effectivity measures, we’re targeted on the stability sheet, Graeme’s talked about it, we talked about it within the year-end name. That simply means we’re going to be clearing out liabilities such because the debt payable and different collectors. The success of the restructuring efforts we have achieved permits us to make this the main focus now and helps the power to make use of our constructive working money circulation to fulfill obligations versus needing to search for outdoors sources of capital to assist that. So once more, we targeted on the income and operational aspect. Last yr for the large a part of it, and now we’re shifting in the direction of cleansing up on the stability sheet and eliminating the money owed and have money to fund progress as we go ahead. So I believe that is it in my opinion. We’ll transfer to the Q&A that Prit will probably be internet hosting.

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Q –:

A – Prit Singh: Hi. Thanks, guys. As talked about on the prime of the decision, when you do have any questions, please do submit them to the Q&A perform on the backside of your display screen. Alternatively, in case you are calling in in the present day, please e mail us at Again that is First query, has the ultimate higher fee been fulfilled.

Graeme Moore: Yes. I can converse to that. So we offered Chameleon supply code on May 7 of final yr to Betr with it got here 4 totally different milestone funds. Two of them have been time-based, two of them have been form of extra contingency based mostly. We have obtained the 2 time-based funds now, in addition to one of many contingency based mostly ones. So what we now have left is one contingency fee, that’s excellent for C$750,000 in money and 500,000 extra in Betr warrants/shares.

Prit Singh: Okay. Thank you. Next query, are there any discussions with Hero Research on acquiring contracts with the states of California, Texas, and Georgia earlier than they turn out to be authorized?

Scott Burton: Yes. We’ve achieved that just a few instances, so operators will ask us, we will not converse to the contracts we now have in place proper now as a result of most of them are confidential with our companions. But we do get requested to enter markets pre-launch and do analysis for teams. It might be buyer surveys or in search of what persons are in search of of their apps or in the event that they’ve seen apps or gone to different states and used apps, which of them they use. So we will get enterprise previous to a state opening up.

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Prit Singh: Perfect. Is there an replace with Hero Hotline and potential launch date?

Scott Burton: Yes. There’s work happening. Some of the parents simply shifted, however sure, they’re doing plenty of extra work proper now for companions and searching on the digital aspect. We do not have, I haven’t got a particular date on when the hotline will go reside. But extra of the main focus proper now has been on getting the digital product up to the mark that can enable them to help companions on-line after which transfer in the direction of extra of the hotline that they’ve talked about.

Prit Singh: Okay. Thank you. Can you present extra perception into’s efficiency in Q1 2024?

Scott Burton: Yes. So Props, did very nicely. I believe if anybody listened to the final name, we talked fairly a bit about it. We once more spent plenty of time on the infrastructure. So the issues that folks do not see, however allowed us to generate vital income from the platform that we put collectively. So we now have a proprietary affiliate platform that may host as many websites as we would like. It’s obtained higher promoting instruments. So higher banner merchandise and issues we will do for the companions. And then we moved our focus to another teams. So we noticed progress outdoors of the sports activities betting merchandise [indiscernible] within the fantasy sweepstakes area. So it was a little bit of product getting higher and give attention to clients altering to a little bit of a special market which proves profitable and we’ll preserve shifting that path.

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Prit Singh: Okay, excellent. So if anybody has any questions, please do submit them within the Q&A perform on the backside of your display screen. Alternatively, you possibly can name in Again, that is – sorry e mail us at Just ready momentarily. Okay. It would not appear to be there’s some other questions. If for no matter cause we missed your questions, please do e mail us at and we will get again to you promptly. Scott, Graeme, thanks in your time and for our viewers, thanks for listening. There will probably be a recording of this webinar we will ship to everybody. Thanks, once more.

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