MTG resolves on a rights issue of approximately SEK 2,500 million subject to approval by an extraordinary general meeting

Access to the information and documents on this portion of the website is restricted for regulatory reasons. You are requested to review the following information and make the following confirmation each time you seek to access this restricted information. Your confirmation must be true and accurate.

Please enter your country of residence:

Next

DISCLAIMER – IMPORTANT

Due to applicable legal restrictions, the information contained in this section of the website is restricted and is not for release, publication or distribution, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, in or into the United States of America, Australia, Canada or Japan, or any other jurisdiction in which such release, publication or distribution would be unlawful. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Click here to return to the homepage.

Important Information

The materials contained herein are not for general release, publication or distribution, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, in or into the United States of America, Australia, Japan, Canada or any other jurisdiction where to do so would constitute a violation of the relevant laws or regulations of such jurisdiction. Access to the information and documents on this portion of the website is restricted for regulatory reasons. You are requested to review the following information and make the following confirmation each time you seek to access this restricted information. Your confirmation must be true and accurate.

The information contained in this section of the website of Modern Times Group MTG AB (publ) (the “Company”) is only intended for, and may only be accessed by, or distributed or disseminated, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, to persons resident and physically present outside the United States of America (including its territories and possessions, any state of the United States and the District of Columbia, the “United States”), Australia, Canada, or Japan, and resident and physically present in a jurisdiction where to do so will not constitute a violation of the local securities laws or regulations of such jurisdiction, and (b) does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy or acquire any securities of the Company in the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, or any other jurisdiction where to do so might constitute a violation of the local securities laws or regulations of such jurisdiction.

The securities of the Company referred to in this section of the website (the “Securities”) have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) or with any securities regulatory authority of any state of the United States for offer or sale as part of their distribution and may not be offered or sold within the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and in compliance with any applicable securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States. The Securities have not been and will not be registered under the applicable securities laws of Australia, Canada or Japan, or any other jurisdiction in which it would be unlawful or would require registration or other measures, and therefore may not be offered or sold to or for the account or benefit of any person having a registered address in, or located or resident in, Australia, Canada, Japan or any other jurisdiction in which it would be unlawful or would require registration or other measures.

Access to the information contained on this portion of the website may be illegal in certain jurisdictions, and only certain categories of persons may be authorized to access such information and documents. All persons who wish to have access to the documents contained in this section of the Company’s website should first ensure that they are not subject to local laws or regulations that prohibit or restrict their right to access this section of the website, or require registration or approval for any acquisition of securities by them. No such registration or approval has been or will be obtained. The Company assumes no responsibility if there is a violation of applicable law and regulations by any person.

If you are not permitted to view materials on this webpage or are in any doubt as to whether you are permitted to view these materials, please exit this webpage.

I therefore certify that:

  1. I am resident and physically present in a country outside the United States, Australia, Canada and Japan
  2. I am authorized to access the information and documents contained on this portion of the website without being subject to any legal restriction and without any further action required by the Company
  3. I will not transmit or otherwise send any information contained in this website to publications with a general circulation in the United States
  4. I have read, understand and agree to comply with all of the restrictions set forth above.
I confirm
I cannot confirm
Stockholm
December 17, 2020
09.15 AM CET

Not for release, publication or distribution, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, in or into Australia, Canada, Japan, the United States or any other country where such publication, distribution or release would be unlawful or require additional documents to be prepared or registered or require any other actions to be taken, in addition to the requirements under Swedish law. This press release is not a prospectus or an offer for sale of securities. Securities may not be sold in the United States absent registration with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended. MTG does not intend to register any part of the offering in the United States or to conduct a public offering of the subscription rights or the shares in the United States. Other restrictions are applicable. Please see important information at the end of the press release.

Stockholm
December 17, 2020
09.15 AM CET

STOCKHOLM, December 17th, 2020 – The board of directors of Modern Times Group MTG AB (publ) (“MTG”) has resolved on a new issue of class B shares of approximately SEK 2,500 million with preferential rights for existing shareholders (the “Rights Issue”). The Rights Issue is subject to approval by an extraordinary general meeting to be held on 21 January 2021. The purpose of the Rights Issue is to repay the bridge loan facility used to finance the acquisition of Hutch Games Ltd. (“Hutch”) and to repay the vendor note incurred in connection with the acquisition of an additional 17 per cent of the shares in InnoGames GmbH (“InnoGames”). The Rights Issue has strong support from MTG's larger shareholders. Shareholders representing 46.4 per cent of the total number of shares and 43.3 per cent of the total number of votes have already informed MTG of their intention to subscribe for their respective pro rata share in the Rights Issue and to vote for the approval of the Rights Issue at the EGM.

The Rights Issue in brief
  • The Rights Issue will provide MTG with gross proceeds of approximately SEK 2,500 million before deduction of transaction related costs. The proceeds from the Rights Issue will, together with existing cash on balance, be used to repay the bridge loan facility of SEK 1,800 million (“Bridge Loan Facility”) incurred in connection with the acquisition of Hutch and to repay the vendor note incurred in connection with the acquisition of an additional 17 per cent of the shares in InnoGames
  • Only class B shares will be issued. The final terms of the Rights Issue, including the subscription price and the number of class B shares to be issued will be announced on 18 January 2021. The subscription period for the Rights Issue will begin on 27 January 2021 and end on 10 February 2021. The record date for the right to receive subscription rights will be 25 January 2021. Subscription rights will be allocated in proportion to the number of MTG shares held on the record date (irrespective of which class of shares held, i.e. both holders of class A shares and holders of class B shares will receive subscription rights for new class B shares)
  • The Rights Issue is subject to approval by an extraordinary general meeting of MTG, which will be held on 21 January 2021 (the “EGM”). A notice of the EGM will be announced separately. The notice of the EGM will also include, inter alia, a proposal for a customary authorisation of the board to resolve on new issues of class B shares (separate from the Rights Issue)
  • Larger institutional shareholders in MTG such as Active Ownership Capital, Swedbank Robur, Evermore, Nordea Fonder, Länsförsäkringar Fonder, Lannebo Fonder, Handelsbanken Fonder and six other institutions, together representing approximately 46.4 per cent of the total number of shares and approximately 43.3 per cent of the total number of votes[1], have already informed MTG of their intentions to subscribe for their respective pro rata shares in the Rights Issue and to vote for the approval of the Rights Issue at the EGM. In addition, the shareholding members of the board of directors and executive management of MTG have undertaken to subscribe for their pro rata shares of the share issue and to vote for the approval of the Rights Issue at the EGM

Maria Redin, CEO and Group President of MTG, commented: “Through the creation of the new GamingCo together with the InnoGames minorities and with the acquisition of Hutch, MTG is now well positioned to execute on its Buy & Build strategy. In order to allow all existing shareholders in MTG to participate in the company’s newly ignited growth strategy, MTG has decided to resolve on a rights issue with preferential rights for all existing shareholders. The rights issue will be used for repaying the bridge loan facility used for the Hutch acquisition and the vendor note incurred in connection with the acquisition of an additional 17 per cent of the shares in InnoGames.”

Background and reason On 8 December 2020, MTG announced the acquisition of Hutch. Hutch is a leading developer and publisher of free-to-play mobile games focused on the racing category in the highly attractive midcore segment. The up-front consideration amounts to USD 275 million on a cash and debt free basis and earn-out payments at an expected value of USD 100 million in aggregate. The acquisition is financed through existing cash held by MTG and a new SEK 1,800 million Bridge Loan Facility provided by DNB Bank ASA, Sweden branch and Swedbank AB (publ).

As InnoGames continues to deliver strong performance, MTG announced on 7 December 2020 the decision to exercise one of its outstanding call options to increase its ownership in InnoGames from 51 per cent to 68 per cent. The additional 17 per cent of the shares were acquired for EUR 106 million (on a cash and debt free basis), initially payable with a vendor note due on 31 March 2021. As part of the transaction, the parties agreed to cancel MTG’s call options for the remaining 32 per cent of the shares in InnoGames. The transaction also involved the establishment of a new holding company, MTG Gaming AB, which holds 100 per cent of the shares in InnoGames and Kongregate and which will also acquire and hold the shares in Hutch.

The purpose of the Rights Issue is to repay the Bridge Loan Facility used to finance the acquisition of Hutch and to repay the vendor note incurred in connection with the acquisition of the additional 17 per cent of the shares in InnoGames.

The Rights Issue The board of directors of MTG has today resolved on an issue of class B shares, with preferential rights for the shareholders, of approximately SEK 2,500 million.

The subscription period for the Rights Issue will begin on 27 January 2021 and end on 10 February 2021. The record date for the right to receive subscription rights will be 25 January 2021. Subscription rights will be allocated in proportion to the number of MTG shares held on such record date (irrespective of which class of shares held, i.e. both holders of class A shares and holders of class B shares will receive subscription rights for new class B shares).

Pursuant to the board of directors’ resolution, the board of directors is authorised to resolve on the highest amount by which the company’s share capital shall be increased, the highest number of class B shares which shall be issued and the amount to be paid for each new class B share. Such final terms of the Rights Issue will be announced on 18 January 2021.

The Rights Issue is subject to approval by the EGM (see the section “Extraordinary General Meeting” below).

Strong support from current shareholders Larger institutional shareholders in MTG such as Active Ownership Capital, Swedbank Robur, Evermore, Nordea Fonder, Länsförsäkringar Fonder, Lannebo Fonder, Handelsbanken Fonder and six other institutions, together representing approximately 46.4 per cent of the total number of shares and approximately 43.3 per cent of the total number of votes[2], have informed MTG of their intentions to subscribe for their respective pro rata shares in the Rights Issue and to vote for the approval of the Rights Issue at the EGM. In addition, the shareholding members of the board of directors and executive management of MTG have undertaken to subscribe for their pro rata shares of the share issue and to vote for the approval of the Rights Issue at the EGM.

Extraordinary General Meeting The Rights Issue is subject to approval by the EGM, which will be held on 21 January 2021.

In addition to the Rights Issue, the notice to the EGM will also include, inter alia, a proposal for a customary authorisation of the board to resolve on new issues of class B shares representing, in aggregate, not more than 10.0 per cent of the total number shares in the company at the time when the board of directors exercises the authorisation for the first time.

In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus infection (Covid-19), the board of directors intends to decide that the EGM shall be held without physical presence of shareholders, proxies or external parties and that the shareholders shall exercise their voting rights by post. The notice of the EGM will be announced separately.

Prospectus MTG will prepare a prospectus regarding the Rights Issue. MTG will publish the prospectus on 22 January 2021.

Preliminary timetable for the Rights Issue
  • 14 January 2021: Trading update
  • 18 January 2021: Announcement of the final terms, including the subscription price and the number of class B shares to be issued under the Rights Issue
  • 21 January 2021: Extraordinary general meeting to approve the board of directors’ resolution on the Rights Issue
  • 21 January 2021: Last day of trading in class B shares including right to receive subscription rights
  • 22 January 2021: First day of trading in class B shares excluding right to receive subscription rights
  • 22 January 2021: Publication of the prospectus
  • 25 January 2021: Record date for right to receive subscription rights
  • 27 January–10 February 2021: Subscription period
  • 12 February 2021: Estimated date for publication of final results of the Rights issue

Advisors MTG have appointed ABG Sundal Collier, DNB Markets, a part of DNB Bank ASA, Sweden branch and Swedbank AB (publ) as joint global coordinators. Gernandt & Danielsson Advokatbyrå and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton as legal advisors to MTG in connection with the Rights Issue. Linklaters Advokatbyrå AB has been appointed as legal advisor to the joint global coordinators in connection with the Rights Issue.

Press files
Press release (PDF)
See more files

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 09.15 CET on December 17th 2020.

About MTG
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 (‘MTG A’ and ‘MTG B’).
 

[1] Calculated exclusive of the 304,880 class B shares held by MTG, which do not entitle to any subscription rights in the Rights Issue or voting rights at the EGM.

[2] Calculated exclusive of the 304,880 class B shares held by MTG, which do not entitle to any subscription rights in the Rights Issue or voting rights at the EGM.  

Important information

In certain jurisdictions, the publication, announcement or distribution of this press release may be subject to restrictions according to law. Persons in such jurisdictions where this press release has been published or distributed should inform themselves, observe and abide by such restrictions. The recipient of this press release is responsible for using this press release, and the information herein, in accordance with applicable rules in the respective jurisdiction.

This press release does not contain or constitute an invitation nor offer to acquire, sell, subscribe for or otherwise trade in shares, subscription rights or other securities in MTG. Invitation to the persons concerned to subscribe for shares in MTG will only be made by means of the prospectus that MTG intends to publish on MTG’s website, following the approval and registration of the prospectus by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (Sw. Finansinspektionen). The prospectus will contain, among other things, risk factors and certain selected financial information. This press release has not been approved by any regulatory authority and is not a prospectus. Investors should not subscribe for or purchase any securities referred to in this press release except on the basis of information contained in the prospectus to be published by MTG.

This press release is not directed to persons located in Australia, Canada, Japan or the United States or in any other jurisdiction where the offer or sale of the subscription rights, paid subscribed shares (Sw. betalda tecknade aktier) or new class B shares is not permitted. This press release may not be released, published or distributed, directly or indirectly, in or into Australia, Canada, Japan or the United States or any other jurisdiction where such measure is wholly or partially subject to legal restrictions or where such measure would require additional prospectuses, offer documents, registrations or any other measures in addition to what is required under Swedish law. The information in this press release may not be forwarded, reproduced or disclosed in such a manner that would contravene such restrictions or would require such additional prospectuses, offer documents, registrations or any other measure. Failure to comply with this instruction may result in a violation of applicable law.

This press release is not an offer of securities for sale in the United States. Securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). Any securities mentioned herein have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act, and no public offering will be made in the United States.

This press release is directed only at (i) persons who are outside the United Kingdom or (ii) persons who have professional experience in matters relating to investments falling within Article 19(2) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the “Order”) or (iii) are persons falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) or (iv) persons to whom this press release may otherwise be lawfully communicated (all such persons together being referred to as relevant persons). Any investment or investment activity to which this press release relates will only be available to and will only be engaged with, relevant persons. Any person who is not a relevant person should not act or rely on this press release or any of its content.

This press release is distributed in any member state of the European Economic Area under Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (the “Prospectus Regulation”) only to those persons who are qualified investors for the purposes of the Prospectus Regulation in such member state, and such other persons as this press release may be addressed on legal grounds, and no person that is not a relevant person or qualified investor may act or rely on this press release or any of its contents.

Statements in this press release relating to any future status or circumstances, including statements regarding future performance, growth and other trend projections and other effects of the Rights Issue or the other matters described herein, are forward-looking statements. These statements may generally, but not always, be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “intend”, “plan”, “seek”, “will”, “would” or similar expressions. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that could 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 several factors, many of which are outside MTG’s control. Any forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date on which the statements are made and MTG has no obligation (and undertakes no obligation) to update or revise any of them, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

More Information


Oliver Carrà
Director of Public Relations
Direct: +46 (0) 70 464 44 44
oliver.carra@mtg.com
Follow us: mtg.com / Twitter / LinkedIn

BACK