23rd July 2018
Escape Hunt, the global provider of the live “Escape the Room” experiences, had previously announced that it was carrying out a strategic review of its operations, with a view to differentiating itself from the competition. The Company is delighted that the resulting rebranding and enhanced game design has delivered the desired results.
As referred to in the separate announcement made this morning relating to a new licensing deal, the exceptional customer reviews for the three sites opened earlier this year are translating into good financial performance thus far with revenue and EBITDA contribution, relative to the number of games rooms opened, having met our expectations. The Company has deliberately held back on building games in all available rooms to leave capacity for rooms for our new strategic partner which will launch from the end of 2018. Now the consumer experience has become established with weekend and peak occupancy often nearing 100%, Escape Hunt is starting to market weekday capacity to corporates.
The announcement in March also referred to the Company’s plan to open a further five sites in the coming months. At that time, management was carrying out an extensive evaluation of set-build contractors and the Company has now identified a number of contractors with the required skills and competencies. After an initial delay, the Company is now able to proceed at pace and is pleased to announce it will be opening its next three sites in the coming weeks and another two in the last quarter of the year to bring the total number of sites to nine. While the Company remains strategically on track, the revised opening schedule coupled with holding back spare rooms will impact on current year performance.
With the games studio now established in London, Escape Hunt is closing its office in Bangkok at the end of July.
The Company will announce its interim results for the half year ended June 2018 in September.
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