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Iplayco Announces Anticipated Loss for its Second Quarter

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Langley, BC / TheNewswire / May 23, 2019 - Iplayco Corporation Limited (TSX VENTURE: IPC) ("Iplayco" or the "Corporation") announces an anticipated net loss of US$1.72 million (or net loss per share of US$0.17) for its second quarter ended March 31, 2019, due primarily to the combined effect of gross profit decreasing by 25 percentage points and operating expenses increasing by approximately 50% as compared to its first quarter ended December 31, 2018. Significant cost overruns on some EUR7.0 million (approximately US$7.9 million) of fixed-priced contracts from a new product line developed by Iplayco in Europe has caused the decline in gross profit in the second quarter. The increase in operating expenses was due primarily to additional overhead expenses incurred to support the European operations.

"We are disappointed to be announcing a significant loss for the second quarter of our financial year, one that stems from our relatively new European operations," said Scott Forbes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Iplayco. "The European operations pushed Iplayco's overall sales higher by more than 35% compared to the same quarter last year, but much of the business came in new product lines where we experienced supply chain inefficiencies from ramping up so quickly. This loss reflects overly aggressive pricing on our part, combined with our European team encountering a particularly steep learning curve. Shareholders should be assured these issues are getting my fullest attention. We are already making changes to ensure that margins on future sales in this region are better, to bring them in line with the typically strong performance of our North American and Asian operations. We have immediately replaced our Vice-President of Global Operations with a regional Vice-President based in Europe, adjusted our pricing models, and are investing in more training and better project management, in anticipation of significant increases in sales and margins in the second half of our financial year ending September 30, 2019. It is imperative that we adjust quickly to take fullest advantage of the strong demand in Europe for Iplayco's products and services."

Iplayco's unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the three and six months ended March 31, 2019, together with Management's Discussion and Analysis for the three and six months ended March 31, 2019, are in the process of being completed and will become available on SEDAR when filed with the applicable Canadian regulatory authorities on or about May 30, 2019. Management made the determination to release this information in advance of the filing of its second quarter interim financial statements to ensure shareholders are timely advised of this news.

The following tables set forth unaudited statements of operations data and unaudited statements of financial position data which, in the opinion of management, have been prepared on a basis consistent with the annual consolidated financial statements for the years ended September 30, 2018 and 2017:

Extract from Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss)

Unaudited (Expressed in U.S. dollars, except number of shares)

Three months ended March 31,

Six months ended March 31,

2019

2018

2019

2018

Sales

$ 4,089,957

$ 3,022,616

$ 8,261,790

$ 6,974,061

Cost of sales

3,748,801

1,911,829

6,529,251

4,002,864

Gross profit

341,156

1,110,787

1,732,539

2,971,197

Selling and administrative expenses

2,537,560

1,634,663

4,197,990

3,147,050

Foreign exchange loss (gain)

6,681

(183,018)

51,917

(195,731)

2,544,241

1,451,645

4,249,907

2,951,319

Operating income (loss)

(2,203,085)

(340,858)

(2,517,368)

19,878

Finance income

27,686

153,098

66,374

258,117

Finance costs

(62,513)

(17,413)

(109,988)

(76,745)

Income (loss) before income taxes

(2,237,912)

(205,173)

(2,560,982)

201,250

Income tax provision (recovery)

(517,634)

(32,319)

(603,670)

72,049

Net income (loss) from operations

(1,720,278)

(172,854)

(1,957,312)

129,201

Other comprehensive income

12,535

-

1,575

-

Total comprehensive income (loss)

(1,707,743)

(172,854)

(1,955,737)

129,201

Basic and diluted net income (loss) per common share

$ (0.17)

$ (0.01)

$ (0.19)

$ 0.01

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding: Basic and diluted

10,220,187

20,870,187

10,220,187

20,870,187

Extract from Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Financial Position

Unaudited (Expressed in U.S. dollars)

March 31, 2019

September 30, 2018

Assets

Current assets

Cash

$ 1,137,241

$ 2,798,928

Trade and other receivables

3,938,463

2,906,832

Income taxes receivable

-

417,473

Inventories

2,553,464

2,338,552

Prepaid expenses and deposits

564,904

660,588

8,194,072

9,122,373

Non-current assets

Equipment

1,603,371

1,687,942

Intangible assets

696,719

697,089

Goodwill

117,109

117,109

Deferred income tax assets

681,579

43,860

Total Assets

$ 11,292,850

$ 11,668,373

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

Current liabilities

Operating loans

$ 2,649,696

$ 330,000

Trade payables, accrued liabilities and other

1,997,731

1,866,124

Income taxes payable

15,177

17,144

Deferred revenue

1,610,497

2,621,847

Current portion of rent inducement

37,711

25,579

6,310,812

4,860,694

Non-current liabilities

Rent inducement

68,498

89,906

Deferred income tax liabilities

33,870

41,558

Total Liabilities

6,413,180

4,992,158

Shareholders' Equity

Share capital

5,944,971

5,944,971

Warrants reserve

397,982

397,982

Share-based payments reserve

216,583

216,583

Retained earnings (deficit)

(379,833)

1,418,287

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(1,300,033)

(1,301,608)

Total Shareholders' Equity

4,879,670

6,676,215

Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

$ 11,292,850

$ 11,668,373

About Iplayco Corporation Limited

Iplayco is a global leader in the design and supply of premium-quality, fun, safe and durable indoor playgrounds for children. In its 20-year history, Iplayco has supplied playgrounds to over 60 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit www.iplaycoltd.com.

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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" and certain "forward-looking information", within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation, concerning the business, operations, financial performance and condition of the Corporation. Forward-looking statements and information can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may", "will", "should", "expected to", "intend", "continue", "plans", or similar terminology.

Forward-looking statements and information are based upon certain assumptions and other important factors that, if untrue, could cause the actual results, performances or achievements of the Corporation to be materially different from future results, performances or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. Such statements and information are based on numerous assumptions regarding present and future business strategies and the environment in which Iplayco will operate in the future including but not limited to: unanticipated costs and expenses and uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needs in the future.

Forward-looking statements and information are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Iplayco to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and information, including but not limited to: fluctuation in foreign exchange rates and interest rates; stock market volatility; the requirement for regulatory approvals and third party consents; the impact of general business and economic conditions; risks related to international operations and government relations; liability, competition, loss of key employees and other related risks and uncertainties. Although the Corporation has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements and information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information. Iplayco does not undertake to update any forward-looking information that are contained or are incorporated by reference, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Corporation's expectations are disclosed elsewhere in documents that are available to the public.

For more information, please contact:

Iplayco Corporation Limited Max Liszkowski

Chief Financial Officer

1-604-607-1111

ir@iplayco.com

This announcement is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to purchase, a solicitation of an offer to sell the shares or a solicitation of a proxy.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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