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theScore earnings: U.S. sports bets fall, Q3 misses analyst estimates

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Toronto, Canada - June 6, 2020: theScore sign at their headquarters in Toronto. Score Media and Gaming Inc. (formerly theScore, Inc.) is the company providing digital media and sports betting product
Toronto, Canada - June 6, 2020: theScore sign at their headquarters in Toronto. Score Media and Gaming Inc. (formerly theScore, Inc.) is the company providing digital media and sports betting product

Score Media and Gaming (SCR.TO)(SCR) expects to launch its app-based gambling platform in at least four new U.S. states over the next year, as the Toronto-based media and gaming company prepares to take bets from Canadian sports fans for the first time.

Commonly known as theScore, the company hopes to leverage its well-known Canadian digital sports media brand to capture a meaningful share of the country's long-awaited single-sports betting market.

Last month, legislation to legalize wagers on individual hockey, football and other individual sports matches became law in Canada. Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, is expected to allow new forms of betting by the end of the year under a framework to be released by iGaming Ontario, a new government entity that will oversee online gambling in the province.

“With a large and passionate Canadian user base, strong brand identity, and experience operating a powerful mobile betting platform in the U.S., we are extremely well-positioned to succeed in Ontario, and across the country,” chief executive officer John Levy told analysts following the release of theScore’s fiscal third quarter earnings on Tuesday.

"There is enormous potential market opportunity in our home province of Ontario, which is expected to be the largest regulated sports betting market in North America by population upon its expected opening later this year," he added in a statement.

A report earlier this year by Deloitte Canada suggests that within five years of legalization, Canadian sports betting could grow from $500 million to nearly $28 billion in legal-market wagering.

Facing stiff competition from sports betting giants like DraftKings (DKNG), FanDuel (PDYPY), and BetMGM, theScore has launched its app-based sports-gambling platform in New Jersey, Colorado, Indiana and Iowa. Yahoo Sports U.S. has a partnership with BetMGM in U.S. jurisdictions where single-sports betting is legal.

“They currently have between half a percent and one per cent share in the markets that they're currently operating in,” Macquarie analyst Chad Beynon told Yahoo Finance Canada in a recent interview.

theScore predicted on Tuesday that it will at least double its number of markets south of the border in the next 12 months. The company said its gaming handle, or the value of bets it manages in wagers for the quarter, fell to $73 million for the three months ended May 31, down from $81.6 million in the previous period. However, the company noted a record month of bets in March driven by interest in NCAA basketball.

theScore reported $6.43 million in revenue for its third quarter, and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) of negative $21.1 million. Analysts polled by Bloomberg expected revenue of $9.31 million, and an adjusted EBITDA loss of $8.99 million.

Nasdaq-listed shares fell 7.27 per cent to $16.45 in after-hours trading at 7:24 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

Jeff Lagerquist is a senior reporter at Yahoo Finance Canada. Follow him on Twitter @jefflagerquist.

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