MTG publishes Information Brochure regarding proposed distribution of NENT Group with new financial targets and dividend policy and proposes authorisation to resolve on potential share issue (15 January 2019)
The MTG Board of Directors is proposing to an Extraordinary General Meeting of MTG shareholders, to be held on 7 February 2019 in Stockholm, that it resolves to distribute all of the shares in NENT Group to MTG’s shareholders. Information regarding the proposed distribution of shares in NENT Group has today been published and is available in the form of an information brochure.
The Boards of Directors of MTG and NENT Group, respectively, have today decided on new financial targets and dividend policies, which are included in the information brochure.
The MTG Board of Directors is proposing that the EGM authorises the Board of Directors to be able to resolve on the potential issue of Class B shares corresponding in aggregate to up to 20.0% of the total number of outstanding MTG Class B shares, in order to fund potential acquisition opportunities in line with its strategy. Such Class B shares will not be issued prior to the distribution and listing of the shares in NENT Group and will hence not carry the right to receive any share in NENT Group.
The splitting of MTG will create two separate companies with clear investment profiles that are well positioned to capitalise on consumer trends, capture growth opportunities, and generate sustainable value for owners, customers and employees. See the investor presentation for further details on the rationale of the split and descriptions of both businesses.
MTG hosted a conference call to present the proposed split and distribution of shares on Friday 23 March at 09:00 CET.
The conference call webcast is available here.
What has been announced?
MTG’s Board has decided to initiate a process to split MTG into two companies by distributing all of the shares in Nordic Entertainment Group to MTG’s shareholders and listing these shares on Nasdaq Stockholm.
The Board intends to propose the distribution and listing of the shares at an Extraordinary General Meeting of its shareholders.
The split will create two separate companies with clear investment profiles that are well positioned to capitalise on consumer trends, capture growth opportunities, and generate sustainable value for owners, customers and employees.
Why do this now?
This is a natural next step in MTG’s strategic transformation. Now is the right time to initiate a split of MTG into two separate and listed companies, in order to maximise the focus and potential of each group for the benefit of owners, customers and employees. The split follows the same structure as the proposed TDC combination, and with all the work we have done on strategy and how to separate the businesses, this makes full sense.
What will the two companies comprise after the split?
Modern Times Group MTG AB will comprise MTG’s current esports (ESL, DreamHack and ESEA), online gaming (InnoGames and Kongregate) and digital video content (Zoomin.TV, Engage Digital Partners) operations, as well as other minority holdings (Comosa AG and BITKRAFT). MTG will be well funded and will focus on developing and expanding its portfolio of hyper growth global digital companies through a flexible buy and build strategy, which will be centred around key digital entertainment verticals.
Nordic Entertainment Group will comprise MTG’s current Nordic Entertainment and Studios business segments, as well as Splay. Nordic Entertainment Group will develop and invest in its position as a fully integrated broadcasting, digital communication and content production company.
Why is this transaction good for MTG’s shareholders?
The split will create two separate companies with clear financial profiles and equity stories, facilitating fair valuation of both businesses and providing shareholders with two distinct investment opportunities. The separation also provides both businesses with clearer focus, enables separate incentivisation models to attract and retain key talent, simplifies decision-making processes and improves their agility to capitalise on growth opportunities in order to create greater value for shareholders.
What approvals are required to split MTG and distribute the shares in Nordic Entertainment Group?
The split is subject to the approval of the general meeting of shareholders after which MTG intends to apply for the listing of Nordic Entertainment Group at Nasdaq Stockholm, which in turn requires approval and registration of a listing prospectus by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority.
Kinnevik intends to distribute its entire shareholding in MTG to its shareholders in Q3 2018, what implications does this have on the split process?
MTG will await the completion of the distribution before continuing with its work towards the previously announced distribution of Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group). MTG remains committed to the split and distribution of all of the shares in Nordic Entertainment Group (comprising MTG Nordic Entertainment, MTG Studios and Splay Networks) to MTG’s shareholders, and the listing of these shares on Nasdaq Stockholm. The process is subject to, inter alia, the approval of an Extraordinary General Meeting of MTG’s shareholders and will not now be completed during 2018.
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