The board of directors of Stillfront Group AB (publ) (“Stillfront” or the “Company”) has in part, based on the authorisation granted by the extraordinary general meeting on 10 December, 2019 and in part, subject to the subsequent approval by the general meeting of shareholders of the Company, and as indicated in the Company’s press release earlier today, resolved on directed share issues which in total amount to 3,424,129 shares at a price of SEK 381 per share, where 2,633,945 shares are issued based on the authorisation granted by the extraordinary general meeting and 790,184 shares are issued subject to the subsequent approval of the extraordinary general meeting (the “Share Issues”). The subscription price in the Share Issues has been determined through an accelerated bookbuilding procedure led by Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ), Swedbank AB (publ) and Nordea Bank Abp, filial i Sverige (jointly the “Managers”) (the “Bookbuilding”). Through the Share Issues the Company will receive proceeds of approximately SEK 1.3 billion before transaction costs. The price per share in the Share Issues corresponds to SEK 381.
The board of directors of Stillfront concludes that the interest in the Share Issues was strong, as the communicated volume of up to 3,424,129 shares was oversubscribed by Swedish and international institutional investors shortly after the announcement of the Share Issues including reputable new investors as well as current shareholders.
The reasons for the deviation from the shareholders’ preferential rights are mainly to diversify the shareholder base among Swedish and international institutional investors and at the same time raise capital in a time efficient manner. The purpose of the Share Issues is to finance the acquisition of Storm8, Inc. (“Storm8“) and to provide the Company with additional equity capital in a quick and efficient manner in order to further strengthen Stillfront’s future financial flexibility in line with the Company’s communicated financial targets. The additional equity capital improves the Company’s key performance indicators while enabling the Company to utilise on opportunities for continued profitable growth through acquisitions. The board of directors’ assessment is that the subscription price in the Share Issues is in accordance with market conditions, since it has been determined through the Bookbuilding.
Jörgen Larsson, CEO, comments: “We are very pleased with the response from new investors as well as from existing shareholders. We see it as an acknowledgment that investors believe in our growth agenda and are positive about our acquisition of Storm8. Of course, we are also delighted to see that our main owner, Laureus Capital, participates in the new share issue and continues to contribute strategically through its board representation. All in all, we have a stable financial and operational platform that supports our ambition to build a significantly larger Stillfront.”
The part of the Share Issues which is resolved on based on the authorisation granted by the extraordinary general meeting on 10 December 2019 amounts to 2,633,945 shares, the part requiring the extraordinary general meeting’s subsequent approval amounts to 527,717 shares and the part that is directed to Laureus Capital GmbH, one of the shareholders of the Company, and which requires the extraordinary general meeting’s subsequent approval, amounts to 262,467 shares.
After the registration of the Share Issues with the Swedish Companies Registration Office, the total number of shares in the Company will amount to 29,763,582. The Share Issues entails a dilution of approximately 13 percent of the number of shares and votes in the Company, based on the total amount of shares in Stillfront after the Share Issues. The share capital will increase by SEK 2,396,890.30 from SEK 18,437,617.10 to SEK 20,834,507.40.
The Share Issues are intended to be carried out both based on the existing authorization granted to the board of directors on 10 December 2019 and subject to a subsequent approval of the extraordinary general meeting since the Company intends to use the proceeds of the Share Issues both to finance the acquisition of Storm8 and to raise additional funds to the Company.
Voting commitments, settlement and lock-up undertakings
Laureus Capital GmbH, representing approximately 15.9 percent of the total number of outstanding shares in Stillfront has committed to vote in favour of, and additional shareholders representing approximately 52.6 percent have indicated their willingness to vote in favour of approving the share issues at the Extraordinary General Meeting for their shares held on the record date.
Due to technicalities, the part of the Share Issues based on the authorisation granted by the extraordinary general meeting on 10 December 2019 will be subscribed for by Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ) to the quota value to settle the delivery of shares to investors who have subscribed for shares in the part of the Share Issues being based on the authorisation granted by the extraordinary general meeting.
Furthermore, in order to facilitate the delivery of shares to the investors in the Share Issues on 22 January 2020, the Company will issue interim shares (Sw. betalda tecknade aktier, BTA) to the investors subscribing for shares which are subject to the subsequent approval of the extraordinary general meeting. Completion of the part of the Share Issues that is directed to Laureus Capital GmbH and which is subject to the approval of the extraordinary general meeting is conditional upon the acquisition of Storm8 being completed.
In connection with the Share Issues, the Company has undertaken, with customary exceptions (including with respect to new issues to satisfy existing contractual commitments of the Company), not to issue additional shares for a period of 90 calendar days after the settlement date. In addition, the Company’s board of directors and management have entered into customary lock-up undertakings of 90 days from settlement of the Bookbuilding in respect of the board of directors and 180 days from settlement of the Bookbuilding in respect of the management.
Extraordinary general meeting
Notice to the extraordinary general meeting will be announced separately and includes the board of directors’ complete proposal regarding the relevant part of the Share Issues requiring the extraordinary general meeting’s subsequent approval and a proposal regarding a set off share issue being part of the acquisition of Storm8.
Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ) has been appointed Sole Global Coordinator and Joint Bookrunner and Swedbank AB (publ) and Nordea Bank Abp, filial i Sverige have been appointed Joint Bookrunners. DLA Piper acts as legal counsel to the Company and Baker McKenzie Advokatbyrå KB acts as legal counsel to the Managers in connection with the Share Issues.
For additional information, please contact:
Jörgen Larsson, CEO, Stillfront Group
Phone: +46 70 321 18 00
Andreas Uddman, CFO, Stillfront Group
Phone: +46 70 080 78 46
This information is information that Stillfront Group AB (publ) 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, 02.25 CET on 22 January 2020.
Stillfront is a global group of gaming studios and a market leader in the free-to-play online games genre. Our diverse and exciting games portfolio has two common themes; loyal users and long lifecycle games. Organic growth and carefully selected and executed acquisitions embody our growth strategy and our 650 co-workers thrive in an organisation that engenders the spirit of entrepreneurship. Our main markets are the US, Germany, MENA, France and UK. We are headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden and the company is listed on Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market.
For further information, please visit: stillfront.com
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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 Stillfront 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 Stillfront may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the shares in Stillfront offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the shares in Stillfront 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 Share Issues.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Target Market Assessment does not constitute: (a) an assessment of suitability or appropriateness for the purposes of MiFID II; or (b) a recommendation to any investor or group of investors to invest in, or purchase, or take any other action whatsoever with respect to the shares in Stillfront.
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