Shoal Games Ltd. Announces Fiscal 2017 Unaudited Results

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ANGUILLA, B.W.I., February 14, 2018 / Shoal Games Ltd. (TSXV:SGW) (OTCQB:SGLDF) http://www.shoalgames.com (“the Company”), mobile software developer, publisher, and owner of Rooplay (http://www.rooplay.com), today announced its unaudited financial results for the Year ended December 31, 2017.  All amounts are presented in United States dollars and in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

2017 and Recent Shoal Games Ltd. highlights include:

  • Completion of equity financings raising $1,877,767 net of issuance costs
  • Signing of Moomin, Mr. Men, Little Miss, and Mr. Bean brand license agreements
  • Launched the Rooplay Platform in 135 countries and 25 languages
  • Launched 23 Rooplay Original entertainment and EdTech games
  • Secured more than 250,000 downloads into Rooplay Platform

“2017 was an exciting year for Shoal Games as it saw the company transition successfully to its EdTech Platform strategy with the full launch of Rooplay in December,” commented Jason Williams, Shoal Games CEO.  “Rooplay’s pioneering curated games platform brings calm, structure and accountability for children and parents in an increasingly confusing and fragmented digital world.  Rooplay empowers children with inspired play, engagement and innovative learning to help prepare them for success in their futures.  The Rooplay platform uses the same subscription business model as Netflix, but substitutes passive video content with active learning games designed to inspire children to success.”

“Shoal Games curates and licenses content for the Rooplay platform, with a combination of our own exclusive games and third party developed appropriate and approved games.  Rooplay has been developed as a flexible system, much like Netflix, so that content can be tailored individually for all types of users across all types of devices.  Rooplay’s hundreds of games are currently available on Android, and the Company plans to launch the Rooplay Platform for web, Apple iOS, and Smart TVs soon.”

“The Company’s in-house games studio published 23 Rooplay Original games in 2017 and pursues a platform strategy combined with exclusive content.  With 16 games featuring Garfield and 7 featuring Moomin now live, Shoal Games is creating a valuable content library for Rooplay subscribers in addition the vast number of licensed games.  The Company’s studio in Vancouver continues to refine and increase its production capabilities and will be launching many more feature titles in 2018.”

“Our strategy with Rooplay and the Rooplay Originals is gaining market traction and we believe 2018 will be a breakthrough year for Shoal Games.  As we continue to invest in our games and platform technologies we’re increasing subscriber value, and in time we believe that the low monthly subscription fee will be an easy decision for the hundreds of millions of families globally who seek a safe environment for their children to play games that are both fun and inspiring.”

Total revenue from operations were $93,475 for the year ended December 31, 2017, a decrease from revenue of $278,921 for the same period in the prior year. The decrease in total revenue compared to fiscal 2016, is due to the Company ceasing to market it’s legacy product in mid 2016 while it developed and prepared for the full launch of Rooplay in late 2017. Rooplay revenues are subscription based and are expected to grow slowly initially.

Sales and marketing expenses from operations were $233,819 for the year ended December 31, 2017, a decrease of 42% over expenses of $403,523 for the same period in the prior year. This decrease in sales and marketing expenses was due to a low marketing spend in 2017 for our legacy products in order to preserve cash and prepare for the main launch of Rooplay which began in late 2017. Selling and marketing expenses principally include publishing services and user acquisition costs to acquire players for the Rooplay platform.

Salaries, wages, consultants and benefits expenses, excluding salaries incurred for the development of our products increased to $461,416 during the year ended December 31, 2017, an increase of 12% over expenses of $413,166 for the previous year.

The Company expensed $848,795 in development costs during the year ended December 31, 2017, a decrease of 21% over $1,077,638 of development costs in the prior year. This decrease in development costs is due to a smaller team developing the Rooplay platform technology and our Originals gaming engines.

General and administrative expenses were $261,521 for the year ended December 31, 2017, an increase of 13% over costs of $231,404 for the previous year. This increase in general and administrative expenses is largely due to the increased expenditures incurred in raising capital in 2017.  General and administrative expenses consist primarily of legal and professional fees, premises costs for our offices, and other general corporate and office expenses.

The net loss after taxation for the year ended December 31, 2017, amounted to ($1,749,282), a loss of ($0.03) per share, compared to a net loss of ($3,156,302), a loss of ($0.05) per share, in year ended December 31, 2016.  The net loss in fiscal 2016 included the one time write off of $498,791 of prepaid development costs due to the unfortunate bankruptcy of our primary software development supplier.

During the year ended December 31, 2017, the Company received Canadian Scientific Research and Development tax credits of $30,761 cash. These credits were recognized upon receipt of funds.

During the year ended December 31, 2017, the Company incurred non-cash stock compensation expenses of $37,825 from the issuance of 725,000 stock options at CAD$0.54 per option compared to stock compensation expenses of $257,293 in fiscal 2016 from the issuance of 1,010,00 stock options at CAD$0.54 per option.  The options are issued to consultants and employees as per the Companies 2015 Stock Option Plan.

We had cash of $478,397 and working capital of $337,683 at December 31, 2017. This compares to cash of $60,190 and working capital of $13,896 at December 31, 2016.

For full details of the Company’s operations and financial results, please refer to the Securities and Exchange Commission website at www.sec.gov or the Shoal Games Ltd. corporate website at http://investor.shoalgames.com or on the www.sedar.com website.

About Shoal Games Ltd.
Shoal Games Ltd. (TSXV:SGW) (OTCQB:SGLDF) (www.shoalgames.com) is the owner of the EdTech Games Platform Rooplay (www.rooplay.com). Rooplay’s pioneering curated games platform brings calm, structure and accountability for children and parents in an increasingly confusing and fragmented digital world. Empowering children with inspired play, engagement and innovative learning prepares them for success in their futures. Rooplay is available exclusively on Android and is live worldwide in the Google Play Store. Featuring Garfield, Moomin, Mr. Men, Little Miss, and Mr. Bean, the product offers families a handpicked and growing selection of hundreds of educational games for a monthly subscription fee. The Rooplay platform uses the same subscription business model as Netflix, but substitute’s passive video content with active learning games designed to inspire children to success.
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