STOCKHOLM, March 24, 2021 – Modern Times Group MTG AB (publ) (“MTG” or the “Company”) announces its intention to carry out a directed issue of new class B shares, in order to raise approximately SEK 1.1 billion by means of an accelerated book building process (the “Share Issue”). MTG has mandated ABG Sundal Collier to evaluate the market conditions for carrying out the Share Issue. The Share Issue is intended to be directed to Swedish and international institutional investors. Atairos, an independent private company focused on supporting growth-oriented businesses with a unique combination of active strategic partnership and long-term capital, has committed to acquire class B shares for up to approximately SEK 550 million in the Share Issue and thereby intends to become a significant shareholder in the Company.
The subscription price and the total number of class B shares to be issued will be determined through an accelerated book building process, which will commence immediately after publication of this announcement. The Share Issue is contingent on a resolution by the MTG Board of Directors, which will be based on the authorisation granted by the extraordinary general meeting on 21 January 2021 and is expected to occur alongside pricing and allocation prior to the commencement of trading on Nasdaq Stockholm at 09.00 CET on 25 March 2021. The Board of Directors may decide to extend or shorten the application period and may, at any time, decide to terminate the book building process and to not carry out the Share Issue. MTG will announce the outcome of the Share Issue after completion of the book building process.
Atairos has committed to acquire class B shares in the Share Issue for up to approximately SEK 550 million at the bookbuilding price, subject to certain terms and conditions. Atairos has expressed strong support for MTG’s focus on organic initiatives in combination with further M&A activities and intends to support MTG in the long-term as a shareholder.
Proceeds received from the Share Issue will primarily be used to finance the acquisition of the New Zeeland based mobile games developer Ninja Kiwi which was first announced to be in negotiation on 14 January 2021. The signing of the acquisition will be communicated in a separate press release which will be published immediately after this press release. Furthermore, the proceeds will be used to enhance the Company’s future financial flexibility. The acquisition of Ninja Kiwi marks an important additional step in the journey to reach further organic and acquisitive growth for MTG and is in line with the company’s overall strategy to further build up a diversified gaming vertical.
The reason for carrying out a directed share issue, and deviating from shareholders’ preferential rights in the Share Issue, is to enable the raising of capital for MTG’s acquisition of Ninja Kiwi and continued expansion in a timely and cost-efficient manner, as well as to further diversify the Company’s shareholder base among Swedish and international institutional investors.
In connection with the Share Issue, the Company has agreed to a lock-up undertaking, with customary exceptions, regarding future share issues for a period of 90 calendar days from the closing of the Share Issue.
The accelerated book building process is being led by ABG Sundal Collier as Sole Global Coordinator and Sole Bookrunner. Gernandt & Danielsson is acting as legal advisor to MTG.
For more information:
Lars Torstensson, CFO, EVP Communications & Investor Relations
Direct: +46 (0) 70-273 48 79
Oliver Carrà, Director of Public Relations
Direct: +46 (0) 70 464 44 44
This information is information that MTG is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact persons set out above, at 17.30 CET on 24 March 2021.
MTG (www.mtg.com) is a strategic and operational investment holding company in esports and gaming entertainment. Born in Sweden, the shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm (‘MTGA’ and ‘MTGB’)
Atairos is an independent, private company focused on supporting growth-oriented businesses across a wide range of industries. Atairos provides a unique combination of active strategic partnership and patient long-term capital to high-potential companies and their management teams. Atairos was launched in 2016 and has in excess of $5 billion of equity capital. Atairos has offices in New York City, Philadelphia, and London. For more information, please visit www.atairos.com
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