HONG KONG, 31 January 2019 – Animoca Brands Corporation Limited (ASX: AB1, the “Company”) is pleased to report that Q4 2018 has capped off a year of record results with continued strong performance. In addition, the series of strategic investments and partnerships in the area of blockchain games has positioned the Company to be a global leader in this burgeoning new sector.
Animoca Brands acquired a majority stake in Zeroth for $1.5m providing Animoca Brands with direct access to market intelligence and open innovation including partnerships with Softbank’s Deepcore and Sun Hung Kai Financial. Subsequent to the end of the quarter, Zeroth has started its 4th cohort which comprises of 30 new AI and Blockchain related startups from all over the world running out of India, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
The Company generated unaudited revenues of $4.59m during Q4 2018, representing an increase of 188% on the same period last year and bringing the total, unaudited revenues for the year to $17.7m including one-offs and $14.88m excluding the one-offs. Cash receipts for the Q4 2018 totalled $6.89m, up 637% on the same period last year, and the Company ended the quarter with $10.9m in cash and cash equivalents.
The total net cash inflow from operating activities for the quarter was positive representing the fourth consecutive quarter in which the Company has been cash flow positive.
The continued performance of the core gaming business, led by titles like Crazy Kings and Crazy Defense Heroes, as well as the portfolio of branded games, drove revenues and cash flow during the quarter. In addition, as the acquisition of Pixowl was integrated into the group, their portfolio of branded games such as Peanuts: Snoopy’s Town Tale, Garfield: Survival of the Fattest, and Goosebumps Horror Town, as well as their leading user-generated content platform The Sandbox.
Expenses during the quarter chiefly comprised operating and marketing expenditures related to the heightened activity of development and publishing of mobile games.
During the quarter and in conjunction with the iClick strategic partnership, the Company raised $6m at a premium of $0.098 per share from strategic investors including Katherine Yip (founder of Pacific Alliance Group and co-founder and partner of Vina Capital), Moses Tsang (founder of AP Capital and founding chairman of Goldman Sachs Asia Pacific), Sonny Vu (founder of Misfit), and Yat Siu (chairman and co-founder of Animoca Brands). This, along with continued strong financial performance, left the Company with $10.9m in cash and cash equivalents at the end of Q4 2018.
Following on a series of major strategic investment partnerships in the areas of blockchain gaming with prominent blockchain companies like Decentraland, Simple Token and Mind Fund and strategic gaming and media companies like Atari and iClick in China, Animoca Brands is well-positioned to capitalise.
The additional capital raised around the iClick partnership has bolstered the Company’s cash position on top of a record fourth consecutive quarter of positive cash flow generated. Post the quarter, the Company has continued to consolidate its leadership in the area of blockchain gaming with a partnership with WAX Blockchain, the world’s first and largest purpose-built global blockchain e-commerce platform for trading virtual items.
The company expects to continue to execute on its mission in 2019 with a continued emphasis on Blockchain, AI and Brands with our specific target focus on games.