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RNS Number : 5254F  Zoo Digital Group PLC  22 March 2022

22 March 2022


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("ZOO", the "Group" or the "Company")


Trading Update


Full year revenue and profit to be materially ahead of expectations


ZOO Digital Group plc (AIM: ZOO), the leading provider of end-to-end,
cloud-based localisation and media services to the global entertainment
industry, today is pleased to provide an update on trading and the outlook for
the financial year ending 31 March 2022.


Revenues for the full year are now expected to be at least $65 million (FY21:
$39.5 million), an acceleration of organic growth over the prior year of at
least c.65% and ahead of previous management guidance of at least
$57 million. Of this figure, the board estimates that approximately $10
million is attributed to regional launches of major streaming services that
are one-off rather than repeating in nature. EBITDA (adjusted for share-based
payments) is expected to increase by at least 44% from the prior year to at
least $6.5 million (FY21: $4.5 million).


The Group has continued to benefit not only from the strong international
rollout of existing streaming services but also in increasing its market share
through new service offerings and greater adoption by customers of ZOO's
dubbing service. The board and senior management have invested heavily in
capacity and international footprint to support future growth and although
future visibility is limited the board expects continued revenue growth in
FY23 albeit at a lower rate than that expected in FY22. The Group may be
engaged by major media companies to work on further territory launches in
future periods, the potential for which is currently uncertain, and will
update the market on developments in July.


Stuart Green, Chief Executive Officer of ZOO Digital, said:


"We expect to report a year of outstanding growth, reflecting ZOO's role at
the heart of the ongoing streaming revolution. The adoption of streaming
around the world and associated need for localised content is generating
strong demand for the Group's services, not least as we support global media
giants to prepare their content for launch in new territories. Looking ahead,
we are ideally positioned with our scalable, cloud-based proposition to
deliver continued strong growth as we take a greater share of an
ever-expanding market."


The persons responsible for arranging for the release of this Announcement on
behalf of ZOO are Stuart Green, Chief Executive Officer and Phillip Blundell,
Chief Financial Officer of ZOO.



For further information:


 ZOO Digital Group plc            +44 (0)114 241 3700
 Stuart Green
 Phillip Blundell

 Stifel                           +44 (0)20 7710 7600
 Fred Walsh / Tom Marsh

 Instinctif Partners              +44 (0)20 7457 2020
 Matthew Smallwood / Joe Quinlan  zoo@instinctif.com (mailto:zoo@instinctif.com)



About ZOO Digital Group plc:


ZOO Digital supports major Hollywood studios and streaming services to
globalise their content and reach audiences everywhere, by providing
world-leading, technology-enabled localisation and media services.


Founded in 2001, ZOO Digital operates from hubs in Los Angeles, London, Dubai,
Istanbul, Seoul and Mumbai with a development and production centre in
Sheffield, UK. The company is targeting $100m sales in the medium term.


The Group provides media services through its platforms that include: ZOOsubs,
ZOOdubs, ZOOstudio. Its full-service proposition delivers the end-to-end
services required to prepare both original and catalogue content for digital
distribution; these services include dubbing, subtitling & captioning,
metadata creation & localisation, artwork localisation and media
processing. Alongside this offering, ZOO also provides its customers with
management platforms and strategic solutions to support their own internal
globalisation operations.


ZOO is a go-to service partner for media businesses looking to globalise their
content across different territories, languages and distribution platforms.
Using its innovative technology-enabled approach, ZOO helps its customers to
reduce time to market, lower costs and deliver high quality products to their
global audiences. The business has frameworks in place with all major
Hollywood studios and streaming services. Its customers include Disney,
NBCUniversal, HBO and ViacomCBS.


ZOO's competitive advantage arises from three interlinking factors - the
leading role it has played in the digital transformation of its sector; the
world class proprietary platforms that it develops to enable this
transformation; and the global supply chain of thousands of freelancers,
working collaboratively in ZOO's platforms, which delivers services that scale
easily to meet demand. These factors combine to make ZOO uniquely geared to
capitalise on new market opportunities in a fast-paced and constantly evolving


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