Iconic Labs PLC - Operational update
Iconic Labs Plc ("Iconic Labs" or the "Company")
Iconic Labs Plc (LSE:ICON), a multidivisional new media and technology business, today provides the following operational update covering activity during the second half of 2020.
The second half of this year saw material positive progress in the business activity of the Company. In particular, monthly contracted revenues now exceed
The key transformative event was the acquisition by Greencastle Acquisition Limited ("Greencastle Capital") of the JOE and HER media group and the subsequent entering into of a management service contract ("MSC") with the Company. The management fee payable for the provision of all management services to Greencastle Capital under a single combined MSC with the Company is now
The management team have worked very hard with the JOE team to run the business more efficiently, and JOE
The directors believe there remains a number of further acquisition and partnership opportunities in the digital media and advertising sector and through which it can establish partnerships with brands and businesses. It is the Company's belief that there are many potential partners that can benefit from the experience and contacts of the Iconic Labs management team, specifically dramatically scaling monetisation efforts across previously under-monetised websites and digital brands via both programmatic advertising and branded content contracts. The performance of JOE Media provides clear verification of the ability of the management team of the Company to do so.
In addition to the success of the contract wins achieved by JOE Media, as a result of the management services provided by the management team, there has also been a focus on operational efficiencies, and in doing so under the MSC, the management team have made JOE Media a more structured and streamlined platform and business. This is not only about reducing unnecessary costs but also structuring the business so it is optimised operationally and can benefit from both economies of scale and accessing greater levels of revenues. Size and scale are often limiting factors in a digital media company's revenue prospects and that is why JOE Media was such a transformational partnership, as this allowed the business to achieve enough of both so as to achieve a different level of revenue growth. The result is that the JOE Media business is now well positioned to achieve further synergies by working with other owned and operated platforms.
The recently announced entering into of a further MSC in respect of the Lovin Media business following its acquisition by Greencastle Capital is an example of this model already being put into action. The JOE Media and Lovin Media businesses are now being run as one and together form the largest independent digital media company in
In addition, the other owned and operated business, GSN and The London Economic (TLE), are also benefiting from the centralized systems and resources we have created. TLE provides regular revenue to Iconic Labs under a separate MSC. Importantly, TLE is now profitable. There are also exciting opportunities for the JOE Media commercial team to upsell TLE distribution and content onto JOE Media contracts. This should provide an opportunity to substantially increase revenues from branded content campaigns. Similarly GSN will not only benefit in all areas commercially but will also be able to share resources such as production of content. This should not only contribute to revenues but also greatly enhance the capital value of the GSN brand.
Finally, one of the most important aims that the board of directors had for this year was to build the underlying business to a level where it could attract conventional capital funding, and in so doing move away from the convertible loan note facility funding model that had been inherited from the old WideCells business, and as previously announced, the Company has been successful in doing so. With the previous financing facility having been terminated, and a recent equity raise being successfully completed, the Company is well placed to grow the share price alongside the growth of the Company. There are ongoing discussions with the previous provider of the convertible loan note facility as to the settlement of the outstanding amounts due which are to be resolved. Negotiations on this are not straight forward, but the Company is determined to negotiate with the best interests of its members and other stakeholders in mind and ensure that any final settlement is one which can be fully justified to them.
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