MTG launches share repurchase program which will begin on 27 October

MTG launches share repurchase program which will begin on 27 October

Stockholm
October 25, 2022
07.15 PM CEST
STOCKHOLM — Modern Times Group MTG AB (publ) (“MTG”) today announced that the Board of Directors has decided to launch a share repurchase program of up to SEK 400 million, provided MTG’s holding of its shares does not at any time exceed 10 percent of the outstanding shares. The intention is to begin buying back shares on Thursday 27 October. The Board of Directors’ view is that the share repurchase program will provide a flexible and a sustainable increase in the value created for MTG’s shareholders.

MTG has a strong balance sheet thanks to proceeds from the divestment of ESL Gaming and the positive currency effects from its USD cash deposits. The group’s Board of Directors has therefore decided to launch a new share repurchase program. The program will aim to repurchase shares for a total amount of up to SEK 400 million until the Annual General Meeting 2023.

The program builds on MTG’s initiatives to deliver significant shareholder return in 2022. These include the two previously completed SEK 117 million and SEK 200 million share repurchase programs and the SEK 2,767 million share redemption program that was completed in July 2022.

The repurchased shares shall be cancelled through a reduction of the group’s share capital, which requires an approval from the Annual General Meeting. The Board of Directors intends to seek such approval at the Annual General Meeting 2023. The value of the program (if utilized in full) equals 4.3 percent of MTG’s current market cap (calculated on the basis of all MTG A and B shares excluding shares held in treasury).

The share repurchase program will be carried out in accordance with the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 (”MAR”) and the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 2016/1052 (the “Safe Harbour Regulation”). The share repurchase program will be managed by Nordea Bank Abp which will make its trading decisions regarding the timing of the repurchase of MTG’s shares independently of MTG.

The share repurchase program is subject to the following terms:

  • Share repurchases can be made during the period from 27 October 2022 up and until the Annual General Meeting 2023. MTG will repurchase shares for a maximum amount of SEK 400 million during this period.
  • Repurchases are to be made on Nasdaq Stockholm and in accordance with Nasdaq Stockholm’s Rule Book for Issuers, MAR and the Safe Harbour Regulation.
  • Repurchases of shares on Nasdaq Stockholm are to be made at a per-share price within the registered interval for the going rate at any given time, which denotes the interval between the highest purchase price and the lowest selling price.
  • According to the authorization given at the Annual General Meeting on 8 June 2022, MTG’s holding of its own shares may not at any time exceed 10 percent of the outstanding shares in MTG. The total number of outstanding shares currently amounts to 134,035,940. MTG currently holds 2,460,433 B-shares and 6,324,343 C-shares in treasury (8,784,776 own shares in total) which means that a maximum of 4,618,818 shares may be repurchased until the Annual General Meeting 2023.
  • Payment for the shares will be made in cash.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements made in the press release relating to future status or circumstances, including future performance and other trend projections are forward-looking statements. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future. There can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements due to many factors, many of which are outside the control of MTG.

This disclosure contains information that MTG is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation (EU nr 596/2014). The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person, on 25-10-2022 19:15 CET.

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