Abu Dhabi-based music streaming company Anghami says its revenues grew by more than 35% to $48 million in 2022, driven by strong growth in paid subscribers, according to a statement the company released sharing its preliminary unaudited results for last year.
The company says its total number of paying subscribers grew 21% year-over-year to 1.52 million, while the overall number of music streams rose by 20% amid growing demand for Anghami's music content, roughly 60% of which was Arabic-language in 2022.
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"Our ability to provide an exceptional user experience and to deliver the best music and entertainment content in the (Middle East and North Africa) region and beyond is reflected in our strong financial performance in 2022," Anghami CEO Eddy Maroun said in a statement.
As the most popular streaming platform in one of the fastest-growing streaming markets in the world, Anghami says it will achieve profitability later this year. But the company has faced its first public growing pains in recent months in the form of a lawsuit and regulatory reprimand.
In December, U.S.-based publishing company Reservoir Media and its Middle East partner PopArabia sued Anghami for alleged copyright infringement related to a dozen Western and Arabic songs by artists including Lil Jon and 50 Cent. Anghami has defended its payments to rights holders and called the lawsuit baseless and defamatory.
In January, the Nasdaq market exchange, where Anghami is publicly traded, notified the company that it was in violation of a filing rule requiring Anghami to submit a balance sheet and income statement to support its interim results for the second quarter ending June 30, 2022. The company had only submitted a press release with financial results for the period.
The regulatory flag did not affect Anghami's listing or ability to trade on the exchange, and Anghami apparently remedied the issue this month by filing unaudited condensed financial statements for the first half of 2022 and 2021.
However, in a Feb. 27 filing, Anghami noted that its independent auditor, Ernst & Young Middle East, resigned this year and has been replaced by Grant Thornton. Ernst & Young audited Anghami's financials for 2021 and 2022 without issue, but did include paragraphs in each of the year's reports "regarding substantial doubt about Anghami's ability to continue as a going concern," Anghami said in the filing.
Grant Thornton is expected to release an audited version of the company's full-year 2022 results by mid-April.