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Kahoot! Group Reports Second Quarter 2023 Financial Results

OSLO, 17 August 2023 – Kahoot! ASA, (KAHOT) today announced financial results for its fiscal quarter ended 30 June 2023

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• Revenue of $41.3 million for the second quarter, up 14% YoY.

• Billings (invoiced revenue) of $39.9 million for the second quarter, up 7% YoY.

• Adjusted EBITDA of $11.0 million for the second quarter, up 60% YoY.

• Operating cash flow of $10.9 million for the second quarter, up 111% YoY.

• Net new 20K paid subscriptions for the second quarter, of which 17K from professional user categories. The Kahoot! Group reached 1,365K paid subscriptions by the end of the second quarter, up 13% YoY.

Events after the second quarter: On July 14, 2023, Kahoot! ASA announced an agreement for a recommended voluntary all cash offer from the Private Equity business within Goldman Sachs Asset Management, with co-investors General Atlantic FT B.V., KIRKBI Invest A/S, Glitrafjord AS and certain other investors and management shareholders, to acquire all issued and outstanding shares in Kahoot! at a best and final offer price of NOK 35 per share, representing an aggregate equity purchase price of NOK 17.2 billion. The board of directors of Kahoot! (excluding its members having a conflict of interest) has unanimously resolved that it has recommended the shareholders of Kahoot! to accept the Offer. The offer period commenced on 28 July 2023 and will expire at 16:30 hours (Norwegian time) on 25 August 2023. The Offer Document is, subject to regulatory restrictions in certain jurisdictions, available at the following webpage: Please see page 9 for statement of the Board of Directors of Kahoot! ASA regarding the voluntary all cash offer by the investor consortium led by Goldman Sachs.

«The Kahoot! Group continued to execute well in the second quarter, with good growth in revenues and further improved profitability, including all-time high EBITDA and strong operating cash flow.

Under continued challenging market conditions with a cautious spending environment, the group’s diverse business proved resilient, with the core Kahoot! service delivering particularly solid growth. The long-term development in professional users segments continued, with larger customers taking advantage of our expanding suite of solutions.

The second quarter saw Kahoot! taking user-centricity to the next level by launching several new AI-powered features, including our question generator, allowing our users to create engaging learning content in seconds. Feedback on our recent product innovations has been great, and I am looking forward to launching an exciting pipeline of new solutions and features over the coming months, with even more offerings harnessing the possibilities of generative AI.

Recently a consortium of investors, led by Goldman Sachs, announced an offer to acquire all shares of Kahoot! ASA. The Board of Directors and I believe the terms of the offer are in the best interests of Kahoot! and our shareholders, and that this will benefit our users, customers, employees and partners. We have recommended accepting the offer as it represents a fair valuation of the company, as well as significant opportunities for accelerating the company’s journey to make learning awesome for everyone.»

                                                                                                                                                                  – Eilert Hanoa, CEO of Kahoot!

Please find enclosed the Q2 2023 presentation and report.

Second Quarter 2023 – Financial and Operational Highlights

• Total revenue and other operating income in the second quarter grew $5.2 million YoY to $41.3 million, up 14%. For the first half year 2023 revenue grew $11.4 million YoY to $81.8 million, up 16%.

• Billings (invoiced revenue) were $39.9 million in the second quarter, up 7% YoY, whereof Clever contributed $13.2 million vs. $13 million in the second quarter 2022. Excluding Clever, invoiced revenue in the second quarter grew $2.4 million YoY to $26.6 million, up 10%. For the first half year 2023 invoiced revenue grew $6.2 million YoY to $77.5 million, up 9%.

• Annual Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) of $163.5 million, up 15% YoY.

• Total operating expenses (excluding share-based compensation expenses and related payroll taxes) were $30.3 million in the second quarter, up 4% YoY.

• Adjusted EBITDA in the second quarter grew $4.1 million YoY to $11.0 million, up 60%. For the first half year 2023, adjusted EBITDA grew $8.5 million YoY to $21.0 million, up 67%.

• Cash flow from operations in the second quarter grew $5.7 million to $10.9 million, up 111% from adjusted cash flow from operations in the second quarter 2022. For the first half year 2023, adjusted cash flow from operations grew $9.9 million YoY to $19.3 million, up 106%.

• Cash and cash equivalents per the end of the second quarter 2023, totaled $96.6 million. The Group has no interest-bearing debt.

• Total number of paid subscriptions reached 1,365,000 across all services, up 13% YoY, representing an organic increase of 20,000 from the previous quarter, of which 17,000 from professional user categories. At the end of the first quarter, Commercial reached 604,000 paid subscriptions, Education reached 458,000 paid subscriptions and Consumer & Experience reached 303,000 paid subscriptions.

• Active accounts on the Kahoot! platform (over the last twelve months) was 24 million, with 259 million hosted sessions, and more than 1.6 billion participants (non-unique) globally.

«The group delivered sustained profitable growth in the second quarter, including double digit billings growth from the core Kahoot! platform. The company’s focus on operational efficiency continues to yield results. In the second quarter we maintained disciplined cost management with a sequential quarterly decline in operating expenses, contributing to a 27% margin and 60% growth in adjusted EBITDA, and our 15th consecutive quarter of positive operating cash flow, up 111% from last year.

The group will continue to operate with a modest cost development in the quarters to come and due to effective unit economics and a highly scalable platform, we anticipate continued profitable growth. In line with previous years seasonality, we expect to see stronger growth in the second half of the year.»

                                                                                                                                                                  – Ken Østreng, CFO of Kahoot!

For further information, please contact:

Eilert Hanoa, CEO
Phone: +47 928 32 905

Ken Østreng, CFO
Phone: +47 911 51 686

Jonas Forslund, Director Investor Relations
Phone: +358 40 595 0968

About Kahoot!

Kahoot! is on a mission to make learning awesome! We want to empower everyone, including children, students, and employees to unlock their full learning potential. Our learning platform makes it easy for any individual or corporation to create, share, and host learning sessions that drive compelling engagement. Launched in 2013, Kahoot!’s vision is to build the leading learning platform in the world. Since launch, Kahoot! has hosted hundreds of millions of learning sessions with over 9 billion participants (non-unique) in more than 200 countries and regions. The Kahoot! Group includes Clever, the leading US K-12 EdTech learning platform, together with the learning apps DragonBox, Poio, Drops, Actimo, Motimate, and The Kahoot! Group is headquartered in Oslo, Norway with offices in the US, the UK, France, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, Spain and Poland. Kahoot! is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker KAHOT. Let’s play!