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LiveOne Substantially Increases Its Share Repurchase Program From $5 Million to $7.5 Million

Enters Into Non-binding LOI for a New $12.5 Million Credit Line

 


LOS ANGELES, CA - (NewMediaWire) - July 14, 2023 - LiveOne (Nasdaq: LVO), an award-winning, creator-first music, entertainment, and technology platform, announced today that its board of directors has authorized an increase to its stock repurchase program to a total of approximately $7.5 million worth of LiveOne's shares of common stock, inclusive of the shares that have already been repurchased.

LiveOne has also entered into a non-binding Letter of Intent (the “LOI”) for a new credit line of $12.5 million to replace its current credit line. This, coupled with the stock buyback, positions LiveOne to actively pursue its next major acquisition, fortify its balance sheet, and fuel internal growth.

Since beginning its buyback program in April 2022, LiveOne has repurchased 2.9 million shares of its common stock.

Robert Ellin, LiveOne's CEO and Chairman, commented, "Our confidence in LiveOne's shares being severely undervalued persists, and we remain committed to aggressively repurchasing more shares."

The timing, price and actual number of shares repurchased under the stock repurchase program will be at the discretion of LiveOne's management and will depend on a variety of factors, including stock price, general business and market conditions, and alternative investment opportunities. The repurchase program will continue to be executed consistent with LiveOne's capital allocation strategy, which will continue to prioritize growing LiveOne's business.

Under the stock repurchase program, repurchases can be made from time to time using a variety of methods, including open market purchases, all in compliance with the rules of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and other applicable legal requirements. The repurchase program does not obligate LiveOne to acquire any particular amount of shares, and the program may be suspended or discontinued at any time at LiveOne's discretion. LiveOne will review the stock repurchase program periodically and may authorize adjustment of its terms and size.

The LOI is non-binding and the proposed credit line is subject to execution of definitive documentation and customary closing conditions. There can be no assurance that LiveOne’s efforts will result in the consummation of the proposed credit line.

About LiveOne, Inc.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, LiveOne, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVO) (the "Company") is an award-winning, creator-first, music, entertainment and technology platform focused on delivering premium experiences and content worldwide through memberships and live and virtual events. The Company's wholly-owned subsidiaries include Slacker Radio, a membership music streaming service, and PodcastOne, which generates more than 2.3 billion downloads per year, 350+ hours distributed weekly, and 14M+ monthly unique listeners. Nearly all new Tesla EVs sold in the U.S. come with a paid membership to LiveOne’s Slacker Radio (that now includes PodcastOne) which is paid by Tesla. As of June 26, 2023, the Company has accrued a paid and free ad-supported membership base of approximately 3.1 million, including over 2.2 million paid members*. The Company was awarded Best Live Moment by Digiday for its “Social Gloves” PPV Event, and has been a finalist for 8 more awards, including Best Live Event, Best Virtual Event, Best Overall Social Media Excellence, and Best Original Programming from Cynopsis and Digiday. As of February 9, 2023, the Company has streamed over 2,900 artists, has a library of 30 million songs, 600 curated radio stations, over 300 podcasts/vodcasts, hundreds of pay-per-views, personalized merchandise, released music-related NFTs, and created a valuable connection between fans, brands, and bands. The Company's other wholly-owned subsidiaries include PPVOne, Gramophone Media, Palm Beach Records, Custom Personalization Solutions, and LiveXLive, and the Company’s other majority-owned subsidiaries are Drumify and Splitmind. LiveOne is available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, and through OTT, STIRR, and XUMO. For more information, visit liveone.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and Twitter at @liveone.

 

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* Included in the total number of paid members for the reported periods are certain members which are the subject of a contractual dispute. LiveOne is currently not recognizing revenue related to these members.

No Offer or Solicitation

This communication does not constitute a proxy statement or solicitation of a proxy, consent, vote or authorization with respect to any securities or in respect of the Spin-Out or the Proposed Business Combination and shall not constitute an offer to sell or exchange, or a solicitation of an offer to buy or exchange any securities, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of any such securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or an exemption therefrom.

 

LiveOne IR Contact:
Kirin Smith
PCG Advisory

(646) 823-8656
ksmith@pcgadvisory.com

Press Contact:
LiveOne
press@liveone.com