Acquisition Brings Company’s Digital Audience To More Than 121.9 Million Users Monthly

The Arena Group (NYSE American: AREN) (the “Company” or “The Arena Group”) today announced the completion of its acquisition of premium multimedia content company AMG/Parade. Its brands include Parade Media, which reaches more than 54 million domestic consumers each month in digital and print and will anchor The Arena Group’s new Lifestyle vertical and expand the Company’s Sports vertical.

“We are thrilled to formally welcome AMG/Parade to The Arena Group family of media brands. Their storied brands and content garner incredible reach and will immediately create and anchor a new Lifestyle Arena for our business while reinforcing our status as a leading Sports content creator,” said Ross Levinsohn, Chairman and CEO of The Arena Group. “Our highly efficient, data-driven, technology-powered media platform, coupled with editorial teams who create distinct content, present an exciting opportunity to grow these brands for the long term.”

Parade Media Lifestyle brands, respectively led by Parade, Relish, and Spry Living, join Lifestyle brands owned and operated by The Arena Group like HubPages, Fashionista, and Pet Helpful. The acquisition brings Arena’s total unique visitors (UVs), according to ComScore, to 121.9 million. The Company ranks #34 in the U.S. property rankings, up from #74 just one year ago.

Unique visitor (UV) growth for The Arena Group and AMG/Parade properties is significant. According to ComScore:

  • In February, The Arena Group’s Sports vertical, Sports Illustrated Media Group (“SIMG”), more than tripled UVs year over year to reach 86 million digital users in February and #4 in the sports category.
  • After integrating The Spun in June of 2021 to SIMG, the digital and social sports brand saw a 154% increase in UVs, reaching more than 36 million UVs per month in November.
  • Arena’s Finance vertical, TheStreet Finance Group, increased by 249% in February vs. October 2021 to more than 17 million monthly UVs. TheStreet grew monthly UVs by 239% in February vs. November 2021 under new editorial and subscription product leadership.
  • Parade.com has seen a 584.17% jump in audience growth since 2018, with 44 out of the last 48 months showing year-over-year increases. The lifestyle site’s audience increased 74% year-over-year during 2021 and reached a new high in January 2022 of 16.4 million UVs.

Per the acquisition agreement, The Arena Group acquired 100% of the issued and outstanding equity interests of AMG/Parade for a purchase price of $16.3M, net of cash acquired, and common equity of the Company. The Company will fund the purchase from a completed underwritten public offering earlier in the quarter, generating $31.5 million in net proceeds.

About The Arena Group

The Arena Group creates robust digital destinations that delight consumers with powerful journalism, news about the things they love – their favorite sports teams, advice on investing, the inside scoop on personal finance, and the latest on lifestyle essentials. With powerful technology, editorial expertise, data management and marketing savvy, the transformative company enables brands like Sports Illustrated, TheStreet, and Parade to deliver highly relevant content and experiences that consumers love. To learn more, visit www.thearenagroup.net.

About AMG/Parade

AMG/Parade develops and distributes premium content on digital, video and print platforms in the lifestyle, celebrity, food & wellness, sports and outdoor verticals. Its brands include Parade, Relish, Spry Living, Athlon Sports, and Athlon Outdoors. Its digital products have a combined 119 million monthly unique users and the related print products have a combined audience of 257 million.

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Media: Andrew Rhodes DKC arena@dkcnews.com

Rachael Fink Manager, Public Relations The Arena Group Rachael.Fink@thearenagroup.net

The Arena Group Investors: Rob Fink FNK IR 646-809-4048 aren@fnkir.com

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