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–Records GAAP Net loss of $90,000, a $1 million improvement compared to 2016 –
–Reports positive EBITDA for fourth consecutive quarter –
– Completes financing initiatives, anticipates regaining NYSE MKT listing compliance –
– Launches Spaceteam multi-player game with close to 700,000 players in the first month –

CARLSBAD, Calif., May 3, 2017 — NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE MKT: NTN) reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

“We are very excited about 2017 as we leverage our unique technology, player base and enhanced guest experience to expand our customers, invest in our technology and grow our distribution channels,” said Ram Krishnan, NTN Buzztime CEO. “In March, we achieved a significant milestone winning the Buffalo Wild Wings award to deliver order and pay with EMV functionality where we beat the competition in a head-to-head trial. Also during the quarter, we launched Spaceteam throughout our entire network and it has exceeded expectations with strong engagement and group gaming.  Our plan is to introduce the Buzztime Effect into adjacent vertical markets, which we expect will diversify our revenue streams over time. Combined with our successful equity financings to fund working capital and growth, we are executing our plan to generate long-term shareholder value.”

Operational Highlights  

  • Expanded relationship with Buffalo Wild Wings to include menu, order & EMV functionality.
  • Launched Spaceteam, an award-winning multi-player game that creates social engagement between guests at the table, leveraging Buzztime’s unique form factor.
  • Closed financing, positioning the company to increase shareholder equity to a level that management believes will enable the company to regain NYSE MKT listing compliance.

Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2017

Total revenues were $5.2 million for the first quarter of 2017, compared to $5.5 million for the first quarter of 2016. The modest decline reflects lower site count, partially offset by increases in other revenues. Direct costs were $1.8 million, down from $2.0 million for the same period in 2016 due to the lower sales-type lease revenues as well as reduced depreciation expense, offset by increased repair expense. Gross margin increased to 65%, up from 63% in the prior year quarter. Selling, general and administrative expenses were $4.1 million, compared to $4.2 million for the same period in 2016. Net loss, which included non-recurring other income of $750,000, was $90,000, or $0.04 per share, compared to $1.0 million, which included other expense of $154,000, or $0.57 per share, for the first quarter of 2016.  EBITDA was positive at $654,000, up from an EBITDA loss of $138,000 in the same period last year.

EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and is not intended to represent a measure of performance in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP).  Although EBITDA is positive for the first quarter of 2017, EBITDA may not be positive in future quarters. A detailed description and reconciliation of EBITDA and management’s reasons for using this measure is set forth at the end of this press release.

Metric Review for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2017

The site count was 2,788 venues and, as expected, decreased compared to 2,814 as of December 31, 2016. Management anticipates the net site count will continue to fluctuate. As of March 31, 2017, BEOND platform installations increased to 2,057 locations, or 74% of the installed base, compared to 1,996 locations, or 71% of the installed base, as of December 31, 2016.


Cash and cash equivalents were $6.1 million at March 31, 2017, compared to $5.7 million at December 31, 2016, reflecting $1.6 million of net proceeds raised in an equity offering that closed in March 2017.  Working capital, as of March 31, 2017 was $1.1 million compared to $4.0 million as of December 31, 2016.

Due to an equity raise of approximately $219,000, net of expenses, that closed in April, NTN Buzztime believes it will regain compliance with the NYSE MKT continued listing standard of $6 million in shareholders’ equity.  However, NYSE Regulation will need to make such determination, which will then be disclosed publicly.

Conference Call

Management will review the results on a conference call with a live question and answer session today, May 3, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. ET. To access the call, please use passcode 10875098:

  • (877) 307-1373 for the live call and (855) 859-2056 for the replay, if calling from the United States or Canada; or
  • (678) 224-7873 for the live call and (404) 537-3406 for the replay, if calling internationally.

The call will also be accompanied live by webcast over the Internet and accessible at the company’s website at https://www.buzztime.com.  The replay of the call will be available until May 10, 2017.

Forward-looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements which reflect management’s current views of future events and operations.  These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include statements about our growth plans, the expansion of our partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings, delivery of order and payment technology, diversification of revenue streams and the value of our product to our customers and their guests.  Please see NTN Buzztime, Inc.’s recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for information about these and other risks that may affect the Company. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based on information available to us on the date hereof. These statements speak only as of the date hereof and NTN Buzztime, Inc. does not undertake to publicly update or revise any of its forward-looking statements, even if experience or future changes show that the indicated results or events will not be realized.

About Buzztime

Buzztime (NYSE MKT: NTN) delivers interactive entertainment and innovative dining technology to bars and restaurants in North America. Venues license Buzztime’s customizable solution to differentiate themselves via competitive fun by offering guests trivia, card, sports and arcade games, nationwide competitions, personalized menus and self-service dining features. Buzztime’s platform improves operating efficiencies, creates connections among the players and venues, and amplifies guests’ positive experiences. Founded in 1984, Buzztime has accumulated over 9 million player registrations and over 136 million games were played in 2016 alone. For more information, please visit https://www.buzztime.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @buzztime.


Kirsten Chapman/Becky Herrick, LHA Investor Relations

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