Employees to move to RSports

SharpLink sells fantasy sports, sports game development units to RSports Interactive for $22.5 million

Rob Phythian, SharpLink’s Chief Executive Officer
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Online gaming conversion solutions provider SharpLink Gaming is selling its fantasy sports and free-to-play sports game development business units to RSports for $22.5 million in an all-cash transaction.

The company entered on January 18th into an agreement to sell all of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock or membership interests to RSports. As part of the deal, "nearly all" employees of these acquired business units will also move to RSports to help ensure a seamless transition.

SharpLink has used approximately $14.9 million of the proceeds from the sale to repay in full all outstanding term loans and lines of credit with its lender. It additionally paid approximately $4.5 million to redeem an 8% Interest, 10% Original Issue Discount Senior Convertible Debenture issued to an existing shareholder in connection with a Securities Purchase Agreement signed in February 2023. As a result, the company is now free of interest-bearing debt.

As further detailed in a Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed by the company with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, SharpLink’s Board of Directors considered the following factors, among others, in reaching their decision to approve the sale:

  • With the sale consummated, SharpLink expects to significantly reduce its operating expenses, primarily due to a significant reduction in headcount, lower office lease costs, greatly diminished state licensing requirements, elimination of interest-bearing debt service, and other resulting cost savings, positioning the company with the ability to achieve positive cash flow from its remaining performance marketing business.
  • The sale strengthens the company’s working cash position and total shareholders’ equity and provides the capital necessary to extinguish nearly $19.4 million in interest-bearing debt, without having to rely on dilutive equity financings to support the company’s future growth.
  • The improvement in the company’s total shareholders’ equity position is expected to enable SharpLink to regain compliance with Nasdaq’s minimum continued listing requirements; and
  • The sale of the company’s fantasy sports and free-to-play games development businesses positions SharpLink as a pure-play, performance marketing company serving the global sports betting and iGaming industries.

In connection with the sale, Chris Nicholas, Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors, has resigned, effective immediately.

Commenting on the sale, Rob Phythian, SharpLink’s Chief Executive Officer, stated: “This sale represents a pivotal milestone for SharpLink, allowing us to unlock significant value in our fantasy sports and game development businesses and achieve multiple critical objectives without having to turn to a potentially dilutive equity financing to strengthen our financial footing, regain compliance with Nasdaq, and support our efforts to ultimately create sustainable long-term value for our shareholders.

Our remaining sports betting and iGaming performance marketing business will be more focused and simplified, allowing us to prioritize innovation and organic growth while empowering us to look for strategic opportunities to strengthen SharpLink’s position as a trusted solutions provider to both current and future business partners.”

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