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Enthusiast Gaming Announces Year-End 2022 Results

Annual Revenue of $202.8 million, up 21%YOY
Gross profit of $63.5 million, up 68%YOY
Gross margin of 31.3%, up 870 bps YOY
Direct sales of $37.4 million, up 69% YOY
Subscription revenue of $14.5 million, up 54% YOY

LOS ANGELES, March 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc. (“Enthusiast Gaming” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:EGLX; TSX:EGLX), an integrated gaming entertainment company, today announced financial results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022.

“Our 2022 financial and operating results continue to demonstrate that Enthusiast Gaming is on the path to achieving sustained profitability in 2023. The Company achieved record performance in each of its main KPI’s, including revenue, gross profit, gross margin, direct sales, and subscriptions, despite challenging macroeconomic conditions that impacted programmatic advertising revenue in the second half of the year, a period in which the Company adopted operational efficiency measures to reduce expenses,” commented Nick Brien, CEO of Enthusiast Gaming. “In addition, as evidenced by the rapid gross margin acceleration, up 870 bps in 2022, we’ve continued to diversify the business away from commoditized, lower-margin revenue, towards a higher-margin, solution-based mix, focused on bespoke content and brand solutions, subscription- and product-based offerings, and our Pocket Gamer Connects live events series, which set record attendance in 2022.”

2022 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue was $202.8 million, representing a 21% increase from revenue for 2021 of $167.4 million.
  • Gross profit was $63.5 million, representing a 68% increase from gross profit for 2021 of $37.8 million.
  • Direct sales was $37.4 million, representing a 69% increase from direct sales in 2021 of $22.2 million. Direct sales are included in revenue.
  • Paid subscribers as at December 31, 2022, of 262,000, representing an 19% increase from paid subscribers as at December 31, 2021, of 220,000, with record subscription revenue of $14.5 million, up 54% from $9.4 million in 2021.
  • Secured a $10 million expansion of its credit facility in September, increasing the size of the facility from $10 million to $20 million. Subsequent to the year, the Company received approval from its lender to extend the maturity dates for the credit facility, together with the Company’s $5 million operating facility, for an additional year to December 31, 2024.
  • Sold certain video gaming editorial websites for a purchase price of approximately $6.8 million, representing a multiple of approximately 4.5x associated revenue, and resulting in a gain on sale of intangible assets of $4.8 million.
  • Settled certain deferred and earn-out payments in connection with its acquisitions of Addicting Games, Outplayed, and Vedatis through the issuance of an aggregate of 16,168,836 common shares at an implied weighted average value of US$2.47 per share. The Addicting Games deferred payments, Outplayed deferred and earn-out payments and Vedatis deferred payment represented a total liability for the Company of more than US$40 million to be paid over a period lasting until December 2023.

2022 Operational Highlights

  • Signed multi-year partnership with the National Football League (the “NFL”) to launch a first-of-its-kind gaming collaboration, NFL Tuesday Night Gaming (“NFL TNG”), which debuted on September 13, 2022. NFL TNG had approximately 48 million impressions across livestream and social content in 2022. Produced and broadcasted 19 episodes, connecting millions of fans with over 100 of their favorite NFL stars and gamers. The investment in 2022, and in particular in Q4, gained significant momentum exiting the year as evidenced by the growing fan engagement and considerable new brand participation in the series.
  • NFL TNG media sponsors in 2022 included: Hulu + Live TV, Xbox, Paramount+, Disney+, Puss In Boots: The Last Wish, Nickelodeon, and the FDA. Additional sponsors subsequent to year-end include TurboTax, Verizon, Campbell’s Chunky Soup, Hasbro, Sour Patch Kids, and Carnival Cruise Line.
  • Renewals or new business with key notable direct sales partners including Adidas, State Farm, HBO Max, Lego, Amazon, RBC, Universal Pictures, Uber, Doordash, Nintendo US, US Navy, Pandora Jewelry, GFuel, and Fidelity.
  • Resumed hosting live events under Pocket Gamer Connects B2B series. 2022 saw record attendance across events in London, Seattle, Toronto, Helsinki, Jordan, and a brand-new event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • Activated a partnership with Fractal, an NFT marketplace co-founded by Justin Kan, co-founder of Twitch, resulting in over 6,000 NFTs being minted by the Company and integrated into one of the Company’s HTML5-based games, EV.IO (playable at
  • EV.IO, the Company’s browser-based first-person shooter game, won multiple game of the year awards.
  • Completed the acquisition of Fantasy Football Scout, one of the largest online communities for fantasy football players.
  • Expanded Luminosity Gaming into new titles, including Rocket League, Apex Legends, and Halo.
  • Luminosity Gaming won second place at the Call of Duty: Mobile World Championship in December.
  • Enthusiast Gaming reached 50 million unique visitor traffic in December with female reach at an all-time high of 21 million unique visitors - 15% reach of the total female US digital population as measured by Comscore.
  • Entered into a new content partnership with Netflix to launch and support the Geeked:Toonin live stream weekly on Netflix's Twitch account and the Geeked TikTok channel in November and December.
  • Launched an in-house talent agency, Storied, to access best-in-class talent for Enthusiast Gaming content initiatives such as NFL TNG.
  • Subsequent to the year-end, the Company was ranked as the #1 gaming property for unique visitor traffic in the United States, based on the latest digital media ratings from Comscore, a leading independent media measurement firm (Comscore Media Metrix®, Games, January 2023, U.S.).

Q4 2022 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue of $54.0 million, a decrease of 5% vs revenue of $56.9 million in Q4 2021. The year-over-year decrease in revenue was primarily driven by lower CPMs in Q4 2022 as compared to Q4 2021 as observed in the broader digital advertising industry.
  • Gross profit of $18.1 million, a 32% increase vs gross profit of $13.7 million in Q4 2021, and the highest quarterly gross profit to date.
  • Gross margin of 33.5%, an increase of 940 bps vs gross margin of 24.1% in Q4 2021. The increase in gross margin is primarily driven by high growth rates in direct sales and subscription revenue.
  • Direct sales of $12.8 million, a 45% increase vs direct sales of $8.8 million in Q4 2021. Renewals with existing customers accounted for approximately 50% of direct sales. Direct sales are included in revenue.
  • Subscription revenue of $3.8 million, a 26% increase vs subscription revenue of $3.0 million in Q4 2021. The increase in subscription revenue was driven by an increase in paid subscribers, which were 262,000 as at December 31, 2022, vs 220,000 as at December 31, 2021.

Organizational Updates

As previously announced on March 1, 2023, Nick Brien joined Enthusiast Gaming as Chief Executive Officer to lead its global operations. Adrian Montgomery, who had served as CEO of the Company since 2019, moved to Chair of the Board of Directors as part of the Company’s previously announced transition plan.

Earnings Announcement and Supplemental Information

Management will host a conference call and webcast on March 27, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to review and discuss the year-end 2022 results.

Please call the following numbers to participate:

North America (toll-free): 1-855-239-1101

International: 1-412-317-5231

Conference ID: 10176540

A live webcast can be heard at 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.

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, 2022, 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.

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: Communities, Content, Creators, 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

Neither the Toronto Stock Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Forward-Looking Statements

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 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.

Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc.  
Consolidated Statements of Financial Position  
As of December 31, 2022 and 2021  
(Expressed in Canadian Dollars)     
     December 31, 2022 December 31, 2021
  Cash $7,415,516 $22,654,262 
  Trade and other receivables  37,868,107  33,801,990 
  Investments  125,000  131,342 
  Loans receivable  50,935  176,931 
  Income tax receivable  367,092  356,366 
  Prepaid expenses  2,017,004  2,145,184 
 Total current assets  47,843,654  59,266,075 
  Property and equipment  180,621  247,988 
  Right-of-use assets  2,099,996  2,885,662 
  Investment in associates and joint ventures 2,450,031  885,269 
  Long-term portion of prepaid expenses  279,814  261,922 
  Intangible assets  116,967,438  129,138,595 
  Goodwill  171,615,991  195,097,659 
 Total assets $341,437,545 $387,783,170 
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities$32,823,320 $34,391,221 
  Contract liabilities  5,380,378  3,890,569 
  Income tax payable  129,485  114,094 
  Current portion of long-term debt  17,431,625  2,000,000 
  Current portion of deferred payment liability 2,391,863  27,244,146 
  Current portion of lease liabilities  872,429  796,835 
  Current portion of other long-term debt  10,891  11,121 
 Total current liabilities  59,039,991  68,447,986 
  Long-term debt  -  7,681,867 
  Long-term portion of deferred payment liability 1,451,939  20,794,275 
  Long-term lease liabilities  1,478,438  2,213,512 
  Other long-term debt  144,844  136,324 
  Deferred tax liability  24,671,326  25,740,885 
 Total liabilities $86,786,538 $125,014,849 
 Shareholders' Equity     
  Share capital  442,781,376  387,087,948 
  Contributed surplus  30,402,742  25,485,361 
  Accumulated other comprehensive income 8,629,848  527,166 
  Deficit  (227,162,959) (150,332,154)
 Total shareholders' equity   254,651,007  262,768,321 
 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $341,437,545 $387,783,170 


Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc.   
Consolidated Statements of Loss and Comprehensive Loss   
For the years ended December, 2022 and 2021   
(Expressed in Canadian Dollars)    
    For the year ended
    December 31, 2022 December 31, 2021
 Revenue$202,835,921 $167,364,286 
 Cost of sales 139,371,400  129,589,540 
 Gross margin 63,464,521  37,774,746 
 Operating expenses    
  Professional fees 2,691,148  3,073,330 
  Consulting fees 5,789,576  4,591,688 
  Advertising and promotion 2,682,684  3,047,149 
  Office and general 9,533,291  6,972,055 
  Annual general meeting legal and advisory costs 3,386,596  - 
  Salaries and wages 36,493,089  25,140,326 
  Technology support, web development and content 21,858,408  10,640,184 
  Esports player, team and game expenses 4,352,150  5,497,165 
  Foreign exchange loss (gain) (446,625) (2,079,774)
  Share-based compensation 7,751,370  18,918,489 
  Amortization and depreciation 16,707,844  9,518,471 
 Total operating expenses 110,799,531  85,319,083 
 Other expenses (income)    
  Goodwill impairment 31,281,286  - 
  Transaction costs 114,853  1,490,463 
  Share of net (income) loss from investment in associates and joint ventures (1,241,684) 266,641 
  Interest and accretion 3,620,186  2,844,956 
  Loss on settlement of deferred payment liability 3,302,824  - 
  Loss (gain) on revaluation of deferred payment liability (621,780) 181,707 
  Loss on derecognition of long-term debt 482,282  - 
  Gain on repayment of long-term debt -  (39,502)
  Gain on settlement of long-term debt -  (11,991)
  Gain on sale of intangible assets (4,836,075) - 
  Gain on player buyouts (518,581) - 
  Change in fair value of investment -  444,764 
  Loss on settlement of vendor-take-back loan -  316,241 
  Interest income (36,252) (51,529)
 Net loss before income taxes (78,882,069) (52,986,087)
 Income taxes    
  Current tax expense 250,955  194,222 
  Deferred tax recovery (2,302,219) (1,133,687)
 Net loss for the year (76,830,805) (52,046,622)
 Other comprehensive (loss) income    
 Items that may be reclassified to profit or loss    
  Foreign currency translation adjustment 8,102,682  481,738 
 Net loss and comprehensive loss for the year$(68,728,123)$(51,564,884)
 Net loss per share, basic and diluted$(0.54)$(0.43)
 Weighted average number of common shares     
  outstanding, basic and diluted 143,535,305  121,002,659 


Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows     
For the years ended December, 2022 and 2021     
(Expressed in Canadian Dollars)     
    December 31, 2022 December 31, 2021
 Cash flows from operating activities     
 Net loss for the year $(76,830,805)$(52,046,622)
 Items not affecting cash:     
 Goodwill impairment  31,281,286  - 
 Amortization and depreciation  16,707,844  9,518,471 
 Share-based compensation  7,751,370  18,918,489 
 Interest and accretion  2,334,783  1,294,774 
 Deferred tax recovery  (2,302,219) (1,133,687)
 Share of net (income) loss from investment in associates and joint ventures (1,241,684) 266,641 
 Gain on sale of intangible assets  (4,876,659) - 
 Loss on settlement of deferred payment liability  3,302,824  - 
 (Gain) loss on revaluation of deferred payment liability  (621,780) 181,707 
 Foreign exchange gain  (775,004) (172,776)
 Gain on player buyouts  (518,581) - 
 Gain on settlement of accounts payable  (587,769) - 
 Loss on derecognition of long-term debt  482,282  - 
 Gain on repayment of long-term debt  -  (39,502)
 Gain on settlement of long-term debt  -  (11,991)
 Loss on settlement of vendor-take-back loan  -  316,241 
 Shares for services  (179,374) 173,567 
 Provisions  479,007  - 
 Change in fair value of investment  -  444,764 
 Changes in working capital:     
 Changes in trade and other receivables  (3,328,743) (8,322,247)
 Changes in prepaid expenses  128,180  (1,599,739)
 Changes in loans receivable  125,995  37,500 
 Changes in accounts payable and accrued liabilities  944,457  7,687,368 
 Changes in contract liabilities  1,142,087  1,284,406 
 Changes in income tax  98,932  (174,052)
 Income tax paid  (156,784) (301,975)
 Net cash used in operating activities  (26,640,355) (23,678,663)
 Cash flows from investing activities     
 Cash paid for mergers and acquisitions  (2,937,520) (36,222,278)
 Cash acquired from mergers and acquisitions  1,748,602  2,406,356 
 Proceeds from sale of intangible assets  5,460,959  - 
 Proceeds from player buyouts, net of transaction costs  518,581  - 
 Repayment of deferred payment liability  (472,833) - 
 Proceeds from investments  6,865  - 
 Investment in associates and joint venture  -  (125,000)
 Acquisition of property and equipment  (11,278) (3,398)
 Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities  4,313,376  (33,944,320)
 Cash flows from financing activities     
 Proceeds from the issuance of shares for Offerings, net of transaction costs  -  95,146,338 
 Proceeds from long-term debt, net of transaction costs  9,758,128  10,823,240 
 Repayment of long-term debt  (2,588,238) (23,773,470)
 Proceeds from exercise of options  289,034  784,431 
 Repayment of vendor-take-back loan  -  (6,158,329)
 Repayment of other long-term debt  (12,871) (5,561)
 Lease payments  (948,040) (802,013)
 Net cash provided by financing activities  6,498,013  76,014,636 
 Foreign exchange effect on cash  590,220  (61,214)
 Net change in cash  (15,238,746) 18,330,439 
 Cash, beginning of year  22,654,262  4,323,823 
 Cash, end of year $7,415,516 $22,654,262 

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