29 September 2020 – Media and Games Invest plc (“MGI” or the “Company”, ISIN: MT000058010101; Symbol: M8G; Scale Segment Frankfurt Stock Exchange), a company with focus on digital games supported by a media unit, announces its intention to undertake a directed share issue of approx. SEK 250 million (equivalent to approx. EUR 24 million) in newly issued shares of the Company to Swedish and international institutional investors through an accelerated book-building procedure (the "Private Placement"). The Company has appointed Pareto Securities as Sole Manager and Bookrunner in connection with the Private Placement.
The Private Placement
The Private Placement is intended to be carried out with deviation from the shareholders’ preferential right in accordance with the authorization granted by the Extraordinary General Meeting on 25 July 2019. The subscription price and the total number of new shares in the Private Placement shall be determined through a book-building procedure. It is therefore the assessment of the Board of Directors that the subscription price accurately reflects current market conditions and demand. The Company retains the right to increase the size of the Private Placement up to approx. SEK 300 million at its own discretion based on price and demand.
The expected gross proceeds from the offering will be used to further finance new acquisitions of franchises, game publishers and development studios or other assets which complement the operations, and to enable a further increase of investments in the organic development of the Company.
The book-building begins today on 29 September 2020 at 09:30 hours (CEST) and is expected to close on 30 September 2020 at 08:00 hours (CEST). The Company, together with Pareto Securities AB ("Pareto Securities" or the “Manager”), reserves the right to close or extend the book-building at any time and at their sole discretion. Should the book-building be extended or shortened, the other dates herein may be revised accordingly. The allocation of shares will be determined at the end of the book-building process. The final allocation will be made at the discretion of the Board of Directors in consultation with Pareto Securities.
The Company has undertaken, with customary exceptions, not to issue additional shares for a period of 180 calendar days following the completion of the Private Placement. Remco Westermann (Chairman of the board, major shareholder and CEO) as well as the Board Member Elizabeth Para and Tobias Weitzel will enter into a customary lock-up with the Manager of 180 days following the completion of the Private Placement.
Application for Secondary listing on Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market in Stockholm
As a step towards increased emphasis on investor relations, including a stronger focus on Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon investors, particularly with a video gaming sector focus, the Company announces that the Board of Directors of MGI has initiated the process and applied for a secondary listing of the Company’s shares on Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market. If the listing application is approved by Nasdaq, the Company's shares are expected to trade on Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market in Stockholm under ticker symbol "M8G" starting on or about 6 October 2020.
Pareto Securities is acting as Sole Manager and Bookrunner and Baker McKenzie is legal adviser to the Company in connection with the Private Placement and the secondary listing on Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market in Stockholm.
This information is such information as MGI is obliged to disclose under the EU Market Abuse Regulation 596/2014. The information was provided by the contact person below for publication at the point in time specified by MGI's news distributer EQS Group AG at the publication of this press release. For further information, please contact the person set out below.
About Media and Games Invest
Media and Games Invest plc is a digital games company with main operational presence in EMEA and North America. The Company has an active position in games supported by a media unit. MGI follows a "Buy, Integrate, Build and Improve" strategy through organic growth and acquisitions. MGI has successfully acquired over 30 companies and assets over the past six years. The Company's shares are listed in the Scale segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The Company’s subsidiary gamigo AG has a bond listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.
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Information to distributors
Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements contained within: (a) EU Directive 2014/65/EU on markets in financial instruments, as amended (“MiFID II”); (b) Articles 9 and 10 of Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/593 supplementing MiFID II; and (c) local implementing measures (together, the “MiFID II Product Governance Requirements”), and disclaiming all and any liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which any “manufacturer” (for the purposes of the MiFID II Product Governance Requirements) may otherwise have with respect thereto, the shares in MGI have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that such shares are: (i) compatible with an end target market of retail investors and investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties, each as defined in MiFID II; and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by MiFID II (the “Target Market Assessment”). Notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, Distributors should note that: the price of the shares in MGI may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the shares in MGI offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the shares in MGI is compatible only with investors who do not need a guaranteed income or capital protection, who (either alone or in conjunction with an appropriate financial or other adviser) are capable of evaluating the merits and risks of such an investment and who have sufficient resources to be able to bear any losses that may result therefrom. The Target Market Assessment is without prejudice to the requirements of any contractual, legal or regulatory selling restrictions in relation to the directed share issue. Furthermore, it is noted that, notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, Pareto Securities AB will only procure investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties.
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