– PodcastOne Will Continue to Trade on Nasdaq Under Symbol “PODC”
– Parent Company LiveOne (Nasdaq: LVO) Converts Its $3.5M Bridge Note Investment into PODC Stock at $3 per Share, a 57% premium to the 9/26/23 closing price, Increasing LVO’s Ownership of PODC to 81%
– PODC Converts Remaining Bridge Notes of ~$2.5M into Shares of Common Stock at $3 per share
– PODC Currently has No Outstanding Debt, and the Restructuring of Debt has Increased Net Equity by $6M Since Listing on Nasdaq September 8th
– Reiterates Pro Forma Revenue Guidance to $47 – $51M with Operating Adjusted EBITDA* of $4 – $5M
LOS ANGELES, CA – (NewMediaWire) – September 27, 2023 – PodcastOne (NASDAQ: PODC) a leading podcast platform and a subsidiary of LiveOne (NASDAQ: LVO), announced today that it has officially changed its name from Courtside Group, Inc. to PodcastOne, Inc. to match its well-known industry brand name and its strategic vision to become the leading destination for the best and most popular podcasts across many top genres, from sports, comedy, celebrity culture, entertainment to news and politics. LiveOne owns approximately 81% of PodcastOne. PodcastOne began trading on Nasdaq under its new name at the open of the market on Tuesday, September 26, 2023.
PodcastOne recently converted the remaining unsecured convertible notes in the aggregate principal amount of $5.8 million at $3 per share. Following this transaction, the Company is now debt free.
PodcastOne’s President and co-Founder, Kit Gray, commented, “The corporate name change to PodcastOne, Inc. provides a true characterization of our company as one of the ten largest podcast publishers in the U.S., ranked ahead of media giants Paramount, CNN and Fox.”
PodcastOne was 10th in PODTRAC’s Podcast Industry Top Publishers Rankings for August 2023 with a U.S. Unique Monthly Audience of approximately 6.5 million and Global Downloads and Streams of approximately 45 million.
PodcastOne’s network of top charting news, comedy, society, true crime and culture genre programming includes The Jordan Harbinger Show, Baby Mamas No Drama, Coffee Convos, When Reality Hits with Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright, Off The Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe and Bad Bad Thing – all available on PodcastOne, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart and wherever podcasts are heard.
* Operating Adjusted EBITDA excludes certain corporate overhead costs.
About PodcastOne, Inc.
PodcastOne, Inc. (Nasdaq: PODC) is a Los Angeles based podcast network founded in 2012 by Kit Gray and Norm Pattiz providing creators and advertisers with a full 360-degree solution in sales, marketing, public relations, production, and distribution delivering over 2.1 billion downloads per year with a community of 250 of the top podcasters, including Adam Carolla, Kaitlyn Bristowe, Jordan Harbinger, LadyGang, I’ve Had It, and A&E’s Cold Case Files. PodcastOne has built a distribution network reaching over 1 billion listeners a month across all of its own properties, LiveOne, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Samsung and over 150 shows exclusively available in Tesla vehicles. LiveOne, Inc. (Nasdaq: LVO) owns approximately 80% of PodcastOne. PodcastOne is also the parent company of LaunchpadOne, an innovative self-serve platform developed to launch, host, distribute and monetize independent user-generated podcasts. For more information, visit podcastone.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter at @podcastone.
About LiveOne, Inc.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, LiveOne, Inc. (Nasdaq: LVO) (the “Company”) is an award-winning, creator-first, music, entertainment, and technology platform focused on delivering premium experiences and content worldwide through memberships and live and virtual events. The Company’s subsidiaries include Slacker Radio, PodcastOne (Nasdaq: PODC), PPVOne, Gramophone Media, Palm Beach Records, CPS, LiveXLive, Drumify and Splitmind. LiveOne is available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Spotify, Samsung, Amazon Fire, Android TV, and through STIRR’s OTT applications. For more information, visit liveone.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and Twitter at @liveone.
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