- MGI acquires AxesInMotion, a fast growing, profitable and leading free-to-play mobile games developer with a strong portfolio of visually stunning racing games and over 700 million downloads
- AxesInMotion’s revenue and EBITDA guidance for 2022 is EUR 9.2 million with an expected adjusted EBITDA of EUR 6.0 million which represents a strong adjusted EBITDA margin of 65%
- The fixed purchase price is EUR 55 million plus up to EUR 110 million in earn-out payments depending on EBITDA performance until the end of 2024 which represents an EV/EBITDA multiple of 9.1x for the fixed component
- AxesInMotion will contribute with additional mobile games to MGI’s portfolio and expand first party data with over 700 million users, making MGI’s Ad-Software-Platform even more attractive to advertisers and thus indirectly also to publishers
- Significant revenue synergies can be unlocked with MGI’s Ad-Software-Platform as 87% of AxesInMotion’s revenues are generated via in-game advertisement, adding +20% adj. EBITDA to MGI by taking these synergies into account
April 28, 2022 - Media and Games Invest SE ("MGI" or the "Company", ISIN: MT0000580101; ticker M8G; Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market and Scale Segment Frankfurt Stock Exchange) has successfully entered into an agreement with the founders of mobile game developer AxesInMotion S.L. (“AxesInMotion”) to acquire 100 percent of the shares in AxesInMotion (the “Transaction”).
AxesInMotion, established in 2014 and based in Seville (Spain), is a leading free-to-play mobile games developer with a strong portfolio of visually stunning racing games that have generated over 700 million downloads worldwide. The company has amassed a portfolio of high-quality racing games, with 87% of the revenues being generated via in-game advertising, with the US being the strongest market, accounting for app. 33% of revenues. With pro forma IFRS revenues of EUR 7.9 million and an adj. EBITDA of EUR 5.0 million in 2021 (a 64 % adj. EBITDA margin) combined with an organic revenue CAGR of 36% over the past three years, the company is well positioned for further growth opportunities within the MGI universe. Based on management-assumptions and taking mid-term synergies with MGI into account, AxesInMotion would have had added EUR 17 million EBITDA and more than 20% in adj. EBITDA on a pro forma basis (2021).
The parties have agreed to a fixed purchase price of EUR 55 million (the "Fixed Consideration"), plus up to EUR 110 million that may be paid to the sellers as earn-out payments (the "Earn-out Consideration"), depending on EBITDA performance compared to the Business Plan6 until the end of 2024 (together the “Total Consideration”). EUR 50 million of the fixed purchase price will be paid at closing and EUR 5 million 12 months post-closing. The Total Consideration shall be paid in cash. Closing of the Transaction is expected to occur in May 2022.
Based on the EBITDA guidance for AxesInMotion’s full calendar year 2022 the Fixed Consideration represents an EV/EBITDA multiple of 9.1x. Taking into account the Earn-Out Consideration and a substantial higher EBITDA due to realized revenue and EBITDA synergies until 2024, the EV/EBITDA multiple may differ to a range of 6.8x - 9.1x1.
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The acquisition of AxesInMotion reflects MGI's new investment focus following its transformation into an Ad-Software-Platform with strong first party data from games content. In a world where the use of identifiers for advertising tracking, such as Apple's IDFA, is increasingly restricted, it is becoming more and more difficult for the advertising industry to run efficient data-driven user acquisition campaigns. This had a strong negative impact on several advertisers and their user acquisition costs in 2021 as well as on publishers in the area of ad monetization. This challenge can be overcome by having strong first party audience data from own content to enrich advertiser campaigns which enables efficient targeting for them. In combination with MGI's end-to-end vertical full-stack and multichannel Ad-Software-Platform set-up, efficient and data-driven multichannel campaigns across all ad formats can continue to be exercised going forward without relying on identifiers and third-party data, leading to a high ROI for advertisers and efficient monetization of advertising space for AxesInMotion.
MGI’s management expects that the integration of AxesInMotion's mobile games into MGI's Ad-Software-Platform will result in significant revenue synergies due to more efficient user acquisition and better monetization of in-game-advertising-space. Taking revenue and cost synergies into account, MGI’s management expects to grow mid-term revenues of AxesInMotion by 165% to EUR 24 million and the adj. EBITDA by 176% to EUR 17 million (a 68% adj. EBITDA margin) compared to the revenue and EBITDA guidance of 2022 (“Revenue Guidance” and “EBITDA Guidance”). The standalone and the synergy case are reflected in the tables below.
Apart from the synergies that could be leveraged between AxesInMotion and the Ad-Software-Platform of MGI, AxesInMotion also has promising new game releases in the pipeline. In addition to the company’s flagship titles Extreme Car Driving Simulator, Mega Ramps and Extreme SUV Driving Simulator, the Company has planned two new titles, one of them being fully developed already.
TRANSACTION OVERVIEW BEFORE SYNERGIES
A preliminary unaudited pro forma income statement is shown below, with the purpose of describing a hypothetical financial result of MGI Group as if the acquisition of AxesInMotion had been completed per 1 January 2021. No synergies have been taken into consideration in the Combined Pro Forma numbers and all numbers are preliminary and unaudited.
TRANSACTION OVERVIEW TAKING POTENTIAL MID-TERM SYNERGIES INTO ACCOUNT
A preliminary unaudited pro forma income statementis shown below, with the purpose of describing a hypothetical financial result of MGI Group as if the acquisition of AxesInMotion had been completed on 1 January 2021 and includes also potential synergies that may occur in the coming years by combining both companies. All numbers are preliminary, unaudited and illustrative. The potential synergies are based on MGI’s assumptions and estimates of the combined future business and are subject to uncertainty.
- The transaction further enriches MGI's Ad-Software-Platform with premium first party content and more than 700 million additional unique users.
- Revenue and EBITDA Guidance 2022 for AxesInMotion is EUR 9.2 million of revenues and an expected adjusted EBITDA of EUR 6.0 million, which represents a 65% adjusted EBITDA margin.
- Taking mid-term revenue synergies into account for AxesInMotion the expected revenues amount to EUR 24 million with an expected adjusted EBITDA of EUR 16 million, which represents a 68% adjusted EBITDA margin.
- MGI’s combined group adj. EBITDA excluding synergies grows on a pro forma FY 2021 basis from EUR 71.1 million to EUR 76.1 million following the Transaction while the adjusted EBITDA margin increases from 28% to 29%.
- MGI’s combined group adj. EBITDA including synergies grows on a pro forma FY 2021 basis from EUR 71 million to EUR 88 million following the Transaction while the adjusted EBITDA margin increases from 28% to 32%.
- In view of the strong synergy potential in the area of user acquisition and monetization of advertising space on the one hand, as well as the enrichment of the Ad-software-Platform with high-quality first party games content and valuable data on the other, management sees considerable growth potential from the Transaction.
- The Fixed Consideration of EUR 55 million represents an EV/EBITDA multiple of 9.1x based on the EBITDA-Guidance. Applying the potential synergies as illustrated above and taking the Earn-Out Consideration into account as well as a substantial higher EBITDA due to realized revenue and EBITDA synergies until 2024, the EV/EBITDA multiple may differ to a range of 6.8x - 9.1x1.
- Post-transaction, Net Leverage4of MGI will be within the net leverage target ratio of 2-3x adj. EBITDA.
- The Total Consideration on a cash-and-debt-free basis is divided into a fixed component comprising a total of EUR 55 million and three earn out levels which could result in EUR 110 million of additional payments, depending on achieved EBITDA in 2022, 2023 and 2024.
- The Total Consideration will be fully paid in cash.
- Closing of the Transaction is expected to take place in May 2022.
Remco Westermann, CEO of Media and Games Invest SE
“The acquisition of AxesInMotion is the first games transaction following our transformation into an Advertising-Software Platform. It adds new mobile games to our portfolio and expands our first party data with over 700 million downloads, making our Ad-Software-Platform even more attractive to advertisers and thus indirectly to publishers. Especially in a post identifier world, first party games content is extremely valuable and once integrated with our ad software platform, AxesInMotion will accelerate the MGI flywheel even more. At the same time, the games themselves will also benefit greatly from our Ad-Software-Platform by leveraging our leading advertising technology and strong expertise in user acquisition and monetization of ad space. This is a pioneering acquisition and sets the direction for future transactions in the games sector.”
Jens Knauber, COO of Media and Games Invest SE
“We are quite pleased with the acquisition of AxesInMotion and can now focus our collective efforts on unlocking synergies. Since the beginning of the transaction, there have been in-depth dialogues between the AxesInMotion and MGI teams. We are all very excited and looking forward to start working together on the various projects we’ve identified within the impressive games portfolio of AxesInMotion and MGI’s advertising technology. We are especially excited for the synergies we can leverage together.”
AxesInMotion is a leading mobile developer and publisher based in Seville, Spain. Proud creators of Extreme Car Driving Simulator with a team of more than 30 people. The company developed one of the most popular and realistic racing and driving simulators, resulting in over 700 million downloads to date, providing fun, innovation and excitement to hundreds of millions of users.
Note 1) EV/EBITDA multiple: Enterprise value contingent to Earn-Out payment in the relevant period divided by AxesInMotion’s expected adjusted EBITDA for the relevant period
Note 2) Numbers may not add up due to rounding
Note 3) Net revenues and adjusted EBITDA MGI Group as defined in MGI’s Year End Report 2021
Note 4) Net leverage ratio MGI Group taking LTM EBITDAs of acquisitions into account
Note 5) AxesInMotion’s Net revenues and EBITDA pro forma reduced for IDFA / identifier impact as well as for licensing / IP costs
Note 6) The Business Plan is the Buyer Case which will be used by the independent advisor for the PPA Report
Baker McKenzie acted as legal adviser for MGI in connection with the Transaction. Agnitio Capital acted as M&A adviser and Garrigues acted as legal adviser to AxesInMotion in connection with the transaction.
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Media and Games Invest SE (“MGI”) is an advertising software platform with strong first party games content. MGI’s main operational presence is in Europe and North America. The company combines organic growth with value-generating synergetic acquisitions, which has demonstrated continuous strong profitable growth with a revenue CAGR of 77% (2018 –2021). Next to strong organic growth, the MGI Group has successfully acquired more than 35 companies and assets in the past 6 years. The acquired assets and companies have been integrated and amongst others cloud technology is actively used to achieve efficiency gains and competitive advantages. MGI is registered as Societas Europaea in Malta (registration number SE 15) and its shares are listed on Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market in Stockholm and in the Scale segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The Company has a secured bond that is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange Open Market.
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