Qiiwi Games announces intention to carry out a directed new share issue and preliminary financial information
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Qiiwi Games AB (publ) (”Qiiwi Games” or the ”Company”) hereby announces its intention to carry out a directed new share issue of up to 1,000,000 shares directed to Swedish and international institutional investors (the “Directed New Share Issue”). The Company also publishes preliminary Q4 2020 financial information.
The Directed New Share Issue is intended to be carried out with deviation from the shareholders' preferential rights pursuant to the authorization granted by the annual general meeting on 6 May 2020. Qiiwi Games has engaged Pareto Securities AB (“Pareto Securities”) to investigate the conditions for the Directed New Share Issue through an accelerated bookbuilding procedure.
The subscription price for the shares in the Directed New Share Issue will be determined through an accelerated bookbuilding procedure, which will begin immediately after publication of this press release and end before the commencement of trading on Spotlight Stock Market on 27 January 2021. The bookbuilding procedure may, at the discretion of the Company or Pareto Securities, close earlier or later and may be cancelled at any time. The net proceeds from the Directed New Share Issue are intended to be used to enable increased investments in marketing activities in order to carry out game launches and to utilize growth opportunities offered by the Company’s pipeline of games.
The reasons for the deviation from the shareholders' preferential rights is to diversify the ownership base in the Company among Swedish as well as international institutional and reputable investors and to take the opportunity to raise capital in a time and cost efficient manner. Given that the subscription price in the Directed New Share Issue will be determined through an accelerated bookbuilding procedure, it is the board of directors’ assessment that the subscription price will be determined at market terms and conditions.
In connection with the Directed New Share Issue, the Company publishes unaudited and preliminary sales and profitability figures for the fourth quarter and full year 2020. The Company's unaudited and preliminary sales during the fourth quarter 2020 amounted to approximately SEK 29.3 million, resulting in full year 2020 sales of approximately SEK 108.0 million. The Company's unaudited and preliminary EBITDA during the fourth quarter 2020 amounted to approximately SEK -5.0 million, resulting in full year 2020 EBITDA of approximately SEK 6.5 million. The Company's unaudited and preliminary net income during the fourth quarter 2020 amounted to approximately SEK -6.0 million, resulting in full year 2020 net income of approximately SEK 3.0 million. Per 31 December 2020 the Company had a cash position of approximately SEK 15.2 million.
The reduced profitability during the fourth quarter of 2020 is explained by increased investments in marketing (User Acquisition). During the quarter, the Company reinvested game surplus from existing game titles in marketing and three new games have entered the global soft launch phase where investments in marketing were made to achieve long-term increased sales growth by increasing the games' player bases. In addition, the Company has continued to expand its staff according to plan in Cyprus to support the Company's pipeline for new games in 2021, which has increased personnel costs. The preliminary and unaudited figures for the full year 2020 imply an annual growth in sales of approximately 335 percent and an annual growth in EBITDA of approximately 400 percent.
The Company intends, in accordance with the Company’s financials calendar, to publish the year-end report for the financial year 2020 (including the fourth quarter 2020) on 17 February 2021.
In connection with the Directed New Share Issue, the Company has undertaken, with customary exceptions, not to issue additional shares for a period of 12 months after the announcement of the outcome of the Directed New Share Issue. Board members, shareholding senior executives and certain larger existing shareholders have undertaken not to sell any shares in Qiiwi Games for a period of 90 calendar days after the announcement of the outcome of the Directed New Share Issue, with customary exceptions.
Pareto Securities AB is acting as Sole Manager and Bookrunner, Advokatfirman Lindahl KB is legal counsel to the Company and Baker McKenzie Advokatbyrå KB acts as legal counsel to Pareto Securities in connection with the Directed New Share Issue.
For additional information, please contact:
Erik Dale Rundberg, CEO, Qiiwi Games
+46 70-926 06 97
About Qiiwi Games AB (publ)
Qiiwi Games is a developer and publisher of games for mobile platforms such as iOS and Android. The Company’s current operations started in 2012 and the Company has studios in Alingsås, Sweden and Nicosia, Cyprus. Qiiwi Games focuses on developing mobile games targeting “Casual Gamers” within the genres Match-3, Word/Puzzle and Trivia. The Company’s slogan is “Adventures for Everyone”.
This information is such that Qiiwi Games AB (publ) is obliged to disclose pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was released for public disclosure, through the agency of the contact person above, on January 26, 2021 at 17:31 CET.
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Information to distributors
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