Bowlero Corp Completes Acquisition of Bowl America, Expands Digital Gaming & Sports Media Efforts
RICHMOND, Va.–Aug 18, 2021— Bowlero Corp (“Bowlero”), the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling centers as well as owner of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Bowl America (NYSE American: BWL-A) and its 17 bowling centers in Florida, Virginia and Maryland. Total consideration for the transaction is approximately $44 million.
The Bowl America acquisition is Bowlero Corp’s latest strategic growth initiative following last month’s announcement of plans to list on the NYSE through a merger with Isos Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: ISOS.U, “Isos”). Upon the closing of the transaction with Isos – expected in October 2021 – Bowlero’s common stock and warrants are expected to trade on NYS under the new ticker symbols “BOWL” and “BOWL WS”.
“It’s another exciting chapter for Bowlero Corp as we welcome Bowl America’s bowling centers to the Bowlero Corp portfolio,” said Tom Shannon, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bowlero Corp. “This acquisition allows us to expand Bowlero’s geographical footprint further into key markets and supports our ongoing strategic efforts to grow and revitalize all aspects of the bowling industry.”
These newly acquired centers join three recently purchased properties in Pennsylvania plus two in California as the newest members of the Bowlero portfolio – which has more than 300 locations nationwide. New centers currently being built from the ground up are slated to open this fall in the highly coveted Tyson’s Corner neighborhood of Virginia and the booming town of Oxnard, California.
Bowlero is also making advances in the digital gaming and media spaces. The company recently announced it will operate the world’s largest virtual international bowling tournament, “The PBA Global Showdown”, in a partnership with Lanetalk, thus providing a connected gaming experience to thousands of bowlers at hundreds of centers in dozens of countries around the world. Running from September 20 to November 14, the company anticipates that over 100,000 games of bowling will be played during the tournament, with a total prize fund of $50,000 available.
The PBA Global Showdown is one of many digital platforms Bowlero utilizes to offer its highly-engaged consumers both an offline and online bowling experience. Bowlero’s esports property “Strike! By Bowlero” powered by Skillz (NYSE: SKLZ) now has over 140,000 downloads. Last month, PlayStudios, Inc (Nasdaq: MYPS) announced a new partnership with Bowlero that features complimentary and discounted Bowlero bowling and arcade cards available in their playAWARDS loyalty marketplace. The partnership has already led to more than 8,500 redemptions.
Bowlero’s sports media property, the PBA Tour on FOX, continues to grow as well. Last season’s viewership showed an increase in frequency and average minutes watched of 20% and 25% respectively.
The PBA is led by CEO Colie Edison, who was recently selected to Sports Business Journal’s 2021 class of “Game Changers: Women in Sports Business”. The award, which debuted in 2011, annually recognizes 50 women in the sports industry who are “leaders, trailblazers and innovators” and are contributing to the success of the industry in multiple ways.
The PBA Tour returns to FOX on October 17 with the 11th edition of the Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational Tournament, featuring the NBA superstar’s celebrity pals matched up with the PBA’s top talent, to raise money for charity including the Chris Paul Family Foundation.
About Bowlero Corp
Bowlero Corp is the worldwide leader in bowling entertainment, media and events. With more than 300 bowling centers across North America, Bowlero Corp serves over 26 million guests each year through a family of brands that includes Bowlero, Bowlmor Lanes, and AMF. In 2019, Bowlero Corp acquired the Professional Bowlers Association, the major league of bowling, which boasts thousands of members and millions of fans across the globe. For more information on Bowlero Corp, please visit BowleroCorp.com.
About Isos Acquisition Corporation
Isos Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: ISOS.U) is a blank check company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. The Company is led by Co-Chief Executive Officers George Barrios and Michelle Wilson. For more information on Isos Acquisition Corporation, please visit www.isosacquisitioncorp.com.
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