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Motio Acquires Sports Software Platform Spawtz, Ready To Take On The High-Growth Indoor Sporting Sector

Indoor Cricket, Basketball, Netball and of course Futsal are some of the fastest-growing sports worldwide with Australia amongst the highest take up of indoor sports globally. The sporting centres, leagues and associations have followed suit by upping their own game in terms of organisation and professional administration – with Liquid Thinking’s Spawtz Software platform contributing significantly to this improved operator and player experience.

Early this morning, Motio signed a deal to acquire 100% of Liquid Thinking Limited, owner of the Spawtz, which is operated in Australia by Motio under license. While based in the United Kingdom, Liquid Thinking additionally operate in South Africa and New Zealand and are eyeing expansion in other markets.

The Liquid Thinking team has developed a robust software, data infrastructure system used by nearly 1,000 sporting venues, interacting with over 750,000 active players across these markets. As a result, Liquid Thinking are a rich data source. This plays a critical role for Motio’s wider media business providing comprehensive insights and live data sets into ‘active lifestylers’ across Australia, and now in other markets as well. This data informs Motio’s Audience Experience platform, online and out-of-home programmatic and offers valuable direction for brands looking to engage with an ever-growing active sporting audience across Australia.

The Spawtz Software platform delivers a market-leading, end-to-end player registration, competition management and payment features – with the software developed around 10 years ago by players, for players. A sophisticated platform that is also integrated into Motio’s Digital Media Displays in centres Australia-wide, Spawtz has delivered a connected experience from ‘couch to court’. Allowing players to see game information on displays, while also allowing brands to interact, as well as providing centres the ability to directly communicate with players – creating an uncomplicated and seamless experience for players on and off court.

The Spawtz arsenal includes features like individual player and full team registration, comprehensive league management, live scoreboards, and online payments, it has revolutionised a sector of the indoor, grass roots and amateur sports industries across international locations.

The indoor sports, leagues and associations (all customers of Spawtz) have also seen an evolution of ownership including a shift towards professional management, improved operations, and enhanced customer experience as a result. The Shared Payments (splitting fees between participating players) and Automated Weekly Payments (full season payments automatically paid weekly) have been of significant popularity, with venues and associations able to easily streamline transactions with ease – fostering a more positive experience for players, and venue owners.

The acquisition serves as a powerful and significant marker for Motio, as they evolve their indoor sporting Audience Experience offering – providing centre and association operators with a considerable suite of products and features at their fingertips. It will provide Motio with continuing opportunity to broaden operations in Australia, as well as deepen its footprint across international markets.

Michael Johnstone, Chief Operating Officer at Motio:

“This acquisition, some might say, was inevitable given the long-term commercial relationship Motio has with Liquid Thinking and the obvious benefit that the acquisition provides in terms of margin flow through. Developing our relationship with them [Liquid Thinking] to a management and leadership role with our existing collaborative strength under one roof, albeit it from the UK, provides a fresh new set of opportunities. We are excited about the growth possibilities that this acquisition presents in Australia and international markets”.

The acquisition will also provide Motio the opportunity to expand its payments offering and provide valuable Business Development leadership to grow the business. Motio will apply its successful sales and professional management across the Liquid Thinking products, allowing the Liquid Thinking team to focus on Product Development and Growth.

Media & Investor Relations for the Liquid Thinking Acquisition

Michael Johnstone  
Chief Operating Officer
Motio Limited
michael@motio.com.au

Motio Wins 4-Year Exclusive Contract With Australia’s Largest Medical Centre Network

Motio (ASX:MXO) has continued to drive its product leadership position in the Health & Wellbeing sector winning the exclusive media and content rights to Australia’s largest medical centre network, IPN Pty Ltd which operates in 150+ Health & Wellbeing environments across Australia.

Motio says IPN’s size, coverage and commitment to patient engagement has made it the perfect partner as it continues to develop its Audience Experience platform which encompasses engaging, location-based content, centralised communication for the practices and a high quality, trusted environment for brands to advertise at the right time, place and with relevant intent.

Adam Cadwallader CEO of Motio said “we have been working with IPN to integrate with its customer experience model and are now ready to roll out across its extensive group of centres. As well as the provision of Health and Information based content, IPN will have direct access to its part of the Motio network to communicate key messaging across the entire group or even down to a single location. The Motio Platform allows IPN to communicate up to the minute health information right through to the marketing of allied services available across the IPN network.”

Michael Johnstone, COO of Motio said “this is a very exciting addition to our Digital Place-Based network. Being chosen by the IPN team to deliver a key part of their in-practice experience is very humbling. The increasing need and benefit of Digital Place-Based Based media and communication within this sector has seen an upward trend in demand for content, information and communication.”

The agreement sees Motio continue to evolve its Digital Place-Based and Audience Experience strategy across the Health & Wellbeing sector with IPN further adding to its scale and audience reach. Motio will begin rolling out across IPN Medical Centre locations across Australia with the first deployment and other emerging platforms planned for December.

Motio acquired Medical Media in April this year from Swift Media (ASX:SW1) and last year acquired oOh!’s Health & Wellbeing network and will be adding the IPN network to its Ultra, Large & Community scale Health & Wellbeing locations Australia wide.

Media Contact

Adam Cadwallader
Managing Director, Motio Limited
0419 999 867
adam@motio.com.au

Motio Announces Half Year Results, On Track To Deliver Growth Mission By Mid-2021

Despite all the challenges of COVID in the past six months, Motio has announced a very positive start to the 20-21 financial year.

In an official release to the ASX, CEO Adam Cadwallader, announced that the company had hit an underlying EBITDA of $301,177 whilst establishing the foundations to transition and scale the business in a challenging trading period.

“(It’s a) testament to a tremendous team effort – I am quietly optimistic about the outlook for our business in the second half – we are in a strong cash position, debt free and continue to be encouraged around future possibilities,” he said.

During the half, Motio undertook a successful capital raise, which ultimately strengthened our financial position and enabled investment in our business. We are now configured for growth, and we’re ready to pursue the opportunities that are emerging as the market regains confidence.

In addition, our audiences across Motio Health, Play and Go channels are continuing to strengthen as Australia builds confidence again in the advertising and media sector.

This has enabled Motio Media to continue to grow with the investment in the team well founded. Both Local and National sales are continuing to swell and programmatic revenues continue to show promise. The Software and Payments business offers an exciting addition to our future in the Motio Play business, and whilst early, customer feedback has been positive.

We are also working with our partners to ensure our transition away from the Rail sector is successful and seamless. We’re confident and on track as a business to deliver on our growth mission and diversify the business by mid-2021.

Cadwallader also noted crucial shareholder support during the half, for helping the business build on growth.

“I really want to thank our shareholders for continuing to help Motio grow,” he said.

“I am very pleased with the shareholder value that has been realised over the past 6 months,”

Our positive performance this half would not have been possible without the strong support of our Rail partners and suppliers, our team members and the Government stimulus that allowed Motio to pursue its goals and continue to deliver on its mission. We thank all involved for your ongoing support, and hope to share more positive news in a few months time.

For Media & Investor relations:

Adam Cadwallader
Chief Executive Officer
Motio Limited
adam@motio.com.au