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Finnish mobile game developer and publisher Next Games Oyj (“Next Games” or the “Company”) announces the preliminary price range for its planned initial public offering. The preliminary price range is EUR 7.50 – 7.90 per share and the implied market capitalization based on the preliminary price range is EUR 138 – 143 million. The Company has received subscription commitments from Swedbank Robur Fonder AB, certain funds managed by OP Fund Management Company LTD, Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company, Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company, certain funds managed by VISIO Varainhoito Oy and AMC Networks Ventures LLC.
The Company announced on 27 February 2017 that it was planning an IPO on the Nasdaq First North Finland market place (“Nasdaq First North”) maintained by Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. The subscription period for the IPO commences on Monday 13 March 2017 at 10:00 EET. Trading is expected to begin on Nasdaq First North on or about 24 March 2017 and the shares will trade under the share trading code NXTGMS.
Teemu Huuhtanen, CEO of Next Games:
“I am very pleased with the response we have received from the public, investors and our partners after we announced our IPO plans. Our business model and future growth opportunities have attracted strong interest. The IPO plays a key role in implementing our growth strategy. I believe that we have all the prerequisites to create value for our new owners. I am proud of our motivated and capable Next Games team, which has enabled us to reach this stage on the Company’s development path.”
The IPO in brief
- The preliminary price range in the IPO is EUR 7.50 – 7.90 per share.
- The implied market capitalization of the Company based on the preliminary price range is EUR 138 – 143 million, assuming that the Company raises gross proceeds of EUR 30 million in the IPO, and that in addition the Over-Allotment Shares are issued in full.
- The offering:
- The Company aims to raise gross proceeds of approximately EUR 30 million by offering new class A shares (“Offer Shares”) for subscription (the “Offering”).
- In connection with the Offering, the Company may issue, by a directed share issue, at the final offer price, up to 569,500 additional class A shares (the “Over-Allotment Shares”) solely to cover over-allotments.
- The Offer Shares are offered for subscription (i) to private individuals and entities in Finland (the “Public Offering”), (ii) to institutional investors in Finland and internationally (the “Institutional Offering”) and (iii) to the personnel of the Company (the “Personnel Offering”).
- Swedbank Robur Fonder AB, certain funds managed by OP Fund Management Company LTD, Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company, Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company and certain funds managed by VISIO Varainhoito Oy have given subscription commitments in relation to the Offering, under which they commit to subscribe for at least 3,560,000 Offer Shares in total based in the final offer price. The commitments are conditional upon, among others, the Company allocating in total a minimum of 2,260,000 Offer Shares to the parties that have given subscription commitments.
- AMC Networks Ventures LLC has committed to subscribe for Offer Shares with EUR 1.7 million at the final offer price. The subscription price would be paid by set-off against a receivable originating from regular business transactions between AMC Networks Ventures LLC and the Company. The Company has committed to accept this subscription commitment in full.
- The subscription period for the Public Offering and Personnel Offering will commence on 13 March 2017 at 10:00am EET and end on 21 March 2017 at 4:00pm EET, unless the subscription period is discontinued or extended.
- The subscription period for the Institutional Offering will commence on 13 March 2017 at 10:00am EET and end on 23 March 2017 at 12:00 noon EET, unless the subscription period is discontinued or extended.
- Trading in the shares is expected to begin on Nasdaq First North on or about 24 March 2017 and the shares will trade under the share trading code NXTGMS.
Background and reasons for the IPO
Next Games is a developer and publisher of mobile games focusing on licensed games. The Company is an industry pioneer in the service-based mobile games that are based on entertainment franchises, such as movies, TV series or books.
Next Games’ growth strategy comprises new game development, continuous development of The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land game, geographical expansion and further development of the advertising revenue model. Next Games is currently developing two new games. The Company aims to launch one game or more per year starting in 2018.
The objective of the Offering is to enable Next Games to implement its growth strategy. The Offering and listing on Nasdaq First North will also allow Next Games to obtain access to capital markets, broaden its ownership base and increase the liquidity of the shares. Furthermore, the Offering is expected to strengthen Next Games’ recognition and brand awareness among customers, employees, investors and the gaming sector in general, and thus enhance the Company’s competitiveness.
The Company expects to use the net proceeds from the Offering to ensure a sufficient own funding for growth investments, which are in line with the Company’s strategy. These investments include for example new licencing agreements, development and marketing of new game titles and the expansion of their geographical reach, and further development and marketing of The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land.
Details of the IPO
Following a share split that was registered on 3 March 2017, the Company has a total of 13,784,844 registered shares on the date hereof.
In the Public Offering, preliminarily a maximum of 350,000 Offer Shares are offered and in the Institutional Offering, preliminary a maximum of 3,623,000 Offer Shares are offered assuming that the Over-Allotment Shares are not issued. In the Personnel Offering, the Company offers for subscription preliminary a maximum of 30,000 Personnel Shares and, in the event of an oversubscription, a maximum of 150,000 additional Personnel Shares to personnel in a permanent employment relationship with the Company during the subscription period, the members of the Board of Directors and the advisors of the Board of Directors as well as the CEO of the Company.
The Company aims to raise gross proceeds of approximately EUR 30 million with the Offering. The number of Offer Shares will be determined based on the final offer price. The Company would issue 3,899,104 Offer Shares assuming that the final offer price for the Offer Shares would be at the mid-point of the preliminary price range and that 30,000 Offer Shares would be subscribed in the Personnel Offering at a discount applicable to such Offer Shares.
The Offer Shares represent approximately 22.0 percent of the Company’s shares and votes after the Offering without the Over-Allotment Shares, assuming that the amount of Offer Shares issued by the Company would equal the amount of 3,899,104 Offer Shares as mentioned above. In the event the number of Offer Shares issued in the Offering would equal the amount of 3,899,104 Offer Shares as mentioned above, the amount of shares outstanding would increase to 17,683,948 as a result of the Offering. If the Over-Allotment Shares were issued, the amount of shares would increase to 18,253,448 shares and the Offer Shares and Over-Allotment Shares would together represent a maximum of approximately 24.5 percent of the shares.
The preliminary price range for the Offer Shares in the Institutional Offering and Public Offering is a minimum of EUR 7.50 and a maximum of EUR 7.90 per Offer Share. The final price per Offer Share will be communicated through a company release on or about 23 March 2017. The final offer price may also be above or below the preliminary price range provided, however, the final offer price in the Public Offering shall not be higher than the maximum of the preliminary price range, EUR 7.90 per Offer Share. The subscription price per share in the Personnel Offering is 10 percent lower than the final offer price in the Public Offering.
In connection with the Offering, the Company may issue, by a directed issue, at the final offer price, up to 569,500 Over-Allotment Shares solely to cover over-allotments. The Company may commit to repurchase class A shares up to an amount corresponding to the amount of Over-Allotment Shares from the Lead Manager, which the Lead Manager may sell at the final subscription price to the Company within 30 days from the commencement of the trading of the Company’s class A shares on Nasdaq First North, i.e. on or about the time period from 24 March 2017 to 21 April 2017. The Company would repurchase A-shares only if the Over-Allotment Shares have been issued and the Lead Manager has carried out stabilization measures, and only to the extent the Lead Manager for this reason holds A-shares. The Over-Allotment Shares concern in total approximately 4.1 percent of the shares and votes before the Offering and approximately 3.1 percent of the shares after the Offering, assuming that the Company issues 3,899,104 Offer Shares.
Danske Bank A/S, Helsinki branch is acting as the sole lead manager in the contemplated IPO. Avance Attorneys Ltd is acting as the legal adviser to the Company. Roschier Attorneys Ltd is acting as the legal adviser to the sole lead manager.
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Preliminary timetable (all times are Finnish time)
The Finnish prospectus
The Company has submitted a Finnish language prospectus for approval with the Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority, and it is expected to be approved today 10 March 2017. The information stated in this press release regarding the Offering are conditional upon the approval of the Finnish language prospectus by the Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority today 10 March 2017. The Finnish language prospectus and a Finnish language marketing brochure will be available in electronic format on the Company’s website at www.nextgames.com/listautuminen no later than 13 March 2017 before the start of the subscription period. Printed versions of the prospectus and marketing brochure are expected to be available no later than 13 March 2017 and can be obtained from the Company’s office (Kansakoulukatu 10, 00100 Helsinki), branch offices of Danske Bank, Nordnet’s office (Yliopistonkatu 5, 00100 Helsinki) as well as at the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd (Fabianinkatu 14, 00100 Helsinki).
Further information on the IPO, including places of subscription, can be obtained from www.nextgames.com/listautuminen, www.danskebank.fi, www.nordnet.fi.
Saara Bergström, CMO, Next Games Oyj, tel. +358 (0)50 483 3896, email@example.com
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