Valetta, Malta, 05 July 2019 – Media and Games Invest plc ("MGI", ISIN: MT0000580101; Symbol: M8G) has successfully completed its capital increase under the exclusion of pre-emptive rights in accordance with the Memorandum of Association. In a private placement, 8,000,000 new shares have been placed with institutional investors at a placement price of 1.15 Euro per share, using an accelerated bookbuilding procedure. The placement was oversubscribed. After the completion of the capital increase, the Company's share capital amounts to 70,020,000.00 Euro. The new shares are entitled to dividends as of January 1, 2018. The transaction was accompanied by Hauck & Aufhäuser Privatbankiers AG.
In addition, the MGI Group was able to close two separate debt financing deals with a total volume of EUR 15 million. The subsidiary blockescence DLT solutions GmbH has entered into a loan agreement with the UniCredit Bank AG in the amount of EUR 10 million, with an interest rate of 5.5 % and a term of three years. The recently acquired AppLift GmbH has been granted a working capital facility by Billfront GmbH - a financing company specialized on media companies - in the amount of up to EUR 5 million, with an interest rate of 6.75 % and a term of 24 months.
The proceeds of the capital increase, as well as the bank loan, will be used especially for increasing the stake in gamigo AG as well as for further acquisitions in the media and gaming segments. The working capital facility shall support the organic growth of the companies. The entire financing package, consisting of equity and debt capital, demonstrates the great confidence of the capital markets in the management as well as in the business model of Media and Games Invest.
Since the operational business of the group had a good start in Q1-2019, further organic growth in combination with the already in the first half year newly acquired WildTangent assets, ReachHero GmbH, AppLift GmbH, and Pubnative GmbH drive further growth. The now available further financing will enable further acquisitions as well as an increase of the stake in the gamigo AG and as such generate further growth and profitability.
Chairman of the board Remco Westermann is pleased about the great confidence of the capital markets in the business and management of MGI: "Our strong revenue growth combined with the high profitability shows investors and banks that our business model is working well. Our long-term oriented financing strategy which combines equity and loans gives us an excellent capital structure with a high degree of flexibility to act quickly on market opportunities. The fact that even renowned banks such as UniCredit and Commerzbank are financing our Group without financial covenants underlines the trust and the high creditworthiness of the Group. With a well filled pipeline for potential future acquisitions in combination with also gamigo having substantial free liquidity available, as well as further consolidation of the media and games markets, the management of Media and Games Invest plc. expects further attractive acquisitions.".
About Media and Games Invest plc (former: blockescence plc):
Media and Games Invest plc, MGI, is a fast and profitable growing company concentrating on a 'buy, integrate, build & improve' strategy via organic growth as well as via acquisitions of companies in the media and games markets. Technology is actively used to improve efficiency and create competitive advantages within the group. Important criteria for the expansion of the portfolio are synergy and integration potentials. The most important participations include i.a. gamigo AG, a fast-growing gaming and media company in which Media and Games Invest holds 38 % of the shares and 53 % of the voting rights, as well as ReachHero (67 % of the shares) - a leading influencer SaaS platform - and AppLift GmbH, a leading media company specializing in mobile advertising. Media and Games Invest is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and XETRA.
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