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SharpLink Gaming Announces First Quarter 2024 Results and Provides Operational Update

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SharpLink Gaming, Inc. (Nasdaq:SBET) (“SharpLink” or the “Company”), an online performance-based marketing company serving the U.S. sports betting and iGaming industries, today announced its first quarter financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2024, as reported in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (“10-Q”) filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on Friday, May 17, 2024.

Commenting on the results, Rob Phythian, Chairman and CEO of SharpLink, stated, “2024 kicked off being marked by a pivotal quarter defined by the successful execution of a series of initiatives. We view each of these important milestones as critical first steps in achieving the strategic transformation of our Company, enabling us to ultimately win distinction as a leading pure-play online affiliate marketing company trusted by and relied upon by our U.S. sportsbook and global casino gaming partners.”

As previously announced, on January 18, 2024, SharpLink sold its Sports Gaming Client Services and SportsHub Gaming Network (“SHGN”) business segments to RSports Interactive, Inc. (“RSports”) for $22.5 million in an all-cash transaction. As a result, the historical results for these segments were reflected as discontinued operations in the Company’s consolidated financial statements included in the 10-Q.

Financial Highlights for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2024 Compared to Three Months Ended March 21, 2023

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  • Revenues from the Company’s continuing operations totaled $975,946 compared to $1,232,762.
  • Net loss from continuing operations declined 18.4% to $1,760,811 compared to $2,157,183.
  • Net income from discontinued operations, net of tax increased 2217% to $14,111,167 from a net loss from discontinued operations, net of tax of $666,563.
  • Net income totaled $12,350,345, or $3.36 income per share on a fully diluted basis – up 537% from $2,823,746, or $1.01 loss per share.

For more detailed information on SharpLink’s first quarter 2024 financial performance, please refer to Form 10-Q filed with the SEC and accessible at sec.gov or on SharpLink’s website at sharplink.com.

First Quarter 2024 Business Highlights

  • On January 18, 2024, completed sale of SharpLink’s Sports Gaming Client Services and SHGN businesses to RSports for $22.5 million in an all-cash transaction.
  • Immediately following the sale, SharpLink used a portion of the proceeds from the sale to retire approximately $19.4 million, in aggregate, in outstanding debt obligations, thereby eliminating all interest-bearing debt on its balance sheet.
  • On February 8, 2024, regained full compliance with Nasdaq Continued Listing Standards.
  • On February 13, 2024, completed domestication merger with SharpLink Gaming, Ltd., changing from an Israel limited liability company to a Delaware corporation.
  • In February, established new Board of Directors for SharpLink Gaming, Inc. with the appointments of Rob Phythian as Chairman and Leslie Bernhard, Obie McKenzie and Robert Gutkowski as new independent members of the Board.

Continuing, Phythian said, “Given our strengthened balance sheet; our highly engaged Board comprised of world class, accomplished business executives; and our shared commitment to a strategy that is expected to empower us to capitalize on potentially compelling growth opportunities in the sports, entertainment and media industries, SharpLink has great hopes for our Company’s future. We plan to continue to enhance our value proposition to our sportsbooks and casino operator partners, while also actively seeking opportunities to expand our iGaming affiliate marketing network into new U.S and international markets where online sports betting and casino gaming have been legalized. Moreover, we intend to continue executing our strategic transformation with clarity and focus, and in doing so, we hope to deliver strong, sustainable value creation for our fellow shareholders for many years to come.”

“Unlocking SharpLink’s next phase of growth with purpose and cost-discipline will be key to our long-term success and should provide us with greater agility as we build momentum and look to accelerate our growth prospects as 2024 unfolds. To help support our mission and continued strategic transformation, we have filed a registration statement on Form S-3 with the SEC and accompanying prospectus for an At-The-Market offering (“ATM”) which we may utilize to raise growth capital if and when market conditions permit. We have identified other measures that we may also pursue to optimize our assets and further strengthen the foundation on which we are building the ‘new’ SharpLink. Over the course of the next several months, I look forward to sharing many more details on our plans and future ambitions,” concluded Phythian.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities of SharpLink, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

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Arizona Department of Gaming Reports $43.6 Million in Tribal Gaming Contributions for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2024

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Arizona Department of Gaming Reports $43.6 Million in Tribal Gaming Contributions for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2024

 

The Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) announced today $43,586,004 in tribal gaming contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund for the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year (FY) 2024. This amount represents an approximate 3.3 percent increase when compared to the same quarter of FY 2023.

“Celebrating yet another remarkable milestone in tribal gaming, we are thrilled to announce that Arizona has witnessed yet another record-breaking year,” said Jackie Johnson, Cabinet Executive Officer, ADG. “With a record contribution of $157.2 million to the Arizona Benefits Fund, our tribal partners have once again demonstrated their unwavering commitment to the prosperity of our state and local communities. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our tribal partners for their continued dedication and collaboration.”

The Arizona Benefits Fund receives 88 percent of tribal gaming contributions, providing significant dollars to support instructional improvement in schools, trauma and emergency care, tourism, and wildlife conservation throughout the state.

Tribal gaming contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund for the 4th quarter of the State’s FY 2024 are as follows:

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Instructional Improvement Fund/Education ………………………………………………….. $22,474,451
Trauma and Emergency Services Fund ………………………………………………………….. $10,861,632
Arizona Department of Gaming operating costs ………………………………………………. $3,308,133
Arizona Wildlife Conservation Fund ……………………………………………………………….. $3,103,324
Tourism Fund ………………………………………………………………………………………………. $3,103,324
Problem Gambling Education, Treatment and Prevention …………………………………… $735,140

FY 2024 Qtr 4 Total: Tribal Gaming Contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund….. $43,586,004

 

Per the Arizona Tribal-State Gaming Compacts, tribes with casinos also contribute a percentage of their Class III gross gaming revenue to cities, towns, and counties. Total tribal contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund in addition to cities, towns, and counties in the state has amounted to over $2.2 billion since FY 2004. Currently, there are 25 Class III casinos in Arizona, which ADG regulates in partnership with Arizona tribes.

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Aristocrat Gaming Unveils Official Partnership with Dallas Cowboys

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Aristocrat Gaming and the Dallas Cowboys announced a multi-year partnership naming the company an Official Partner of the Cowboys. As an Official Partner, Aristocrat Gaming will have prominent signage throughout the stadium year-round, including in-stadium, on the concourse, and in-game branding. Additional features will include in-game promotions, digital integrations, and game-day activations at AT&T Stadium.

The news of this partnership further accentuates the game-changing multi-year slot licensing agreement with Aristocrat Gaming and the National Football League (NFL). The player-favorite NFL-themed games are available to play at casinos nationwide and have demonstrated proven performance. The team-selectable feature on the games allows fans a new way to engage with their favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, both in the stadium and on the reels.

“We are proud to be the newest partner of the Dallas Cowboys, one of the world’s premier sports and entertainment organizations with a proud championed history, much like Aristocrat Gaming’s. With the success of the NFL Slots portfolio, we have been able to bring the excitement of fan-favorite teams like the Dallas Cowboys to casino floors across the country. We look forward to bringing even more innovative experiences to fans through this partnership,” Hector Fernandez, CEO of Aristocrat Gaming, said.

“The Cowboys are excited to partner with Aristocrat Gaming to bring even more ways to entertain our fans. We pride ourselves on aligning with world-class partners, and Aristocrat Gaming has been a trailblazer in the gaming industry for decades. We are thrilled to work with the Aristocrat team on activation and branding opportunities throughout the year and to have our Cowboys marks featured on their slot machines nationwide,” Chad Estis, Executive Vice President of Business Operations of the Dallas Cowboys, said.

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Navajo Gaming Appoints John James as Chief Executive Officer

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Navajo Gaming has appointed John James as its Chief Executive Officer.

John James brings more than two decades of professional gaming and hospitality experience to Navajo Gaming. He previously served as CEO of River Rock Entertainment Authority in Geyserville California. There he exemplified his strong leadership skills by identifying and implementing innovative operational improvements to grow revenue while improving morale through thoughtful strategic direction and mentoring.

Prior to that, he led numerous tribal casinos including serving as CEO of Muckleshoot Casino Resort in Washington, CEO of Soboba Casino Resort in California, COO of Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in California, and CEO of Gila River Gaming Enterprises in Arizona. Additionally, he has served in leadership positions for Seminole Gaming Inc., Pechanga Resort and Casino, and various successful Station Casino properties.

As CEO of Navajo Gaming, John James will oversee and manage Navajo Gaming properties in New Mexico and Arizona, as well as ensure that Navajo Gaming policies and objectives are met. His three main objectives are to strengthen Navajo Gaming and the hospitality economy, return revenue to the Navajo Nation, and provide additional jobs to members of the Navajo Nation.

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“Navajo Gaming has grown to a multi-million-dollar enterprise over the past 15 years. John James brings extensive gaming and management experience and leadership qualities to lead Navajo Gaming. James has been widely recognized as the industry’s ‘best of the best’ for his exceptional strategic and positive impact. He will stimulate continued growth and success for Navajo Gaming as we remain focused on job creation and enhancing the Navajo economy,” Quincy Natay, Chairman of the Navajo Gaming Board of Directors, said.

“I am honored to serve Navajo Gaming’s team and guests under the stewardship of the board and alongside such a strong management team. Our industry is transforming rapidly and there is tremendous opportunity for Navajo Gaming to capitalize on opportunities, elevate guest experiences and solidify our reputation as exceptional destinations where memories are made,” John James said.

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