Stillfront Group acquires Candywriter, LLC and discloses updated pro forma figures for 2019
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[INSIDE INFORMATION:] Stillfront Group AB (publ) ("Stillfront"), a leading free-to-play powerhouse of gaming studios, today announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Candywriter, LLC, a US based mobile games developer and publisher focusing on casual and mash-up games, for an upfront consideration of approx. USD 74.4 million on a cash and debt free basis, of which USD 37.5 million is payable in 708,463 newly issued shares in Stillfront and the remaining approx. USD 36.9 million is payable in cash.
Further, an earn-out consideration may be payable by Stillfront in an aggregate maximum total amount of USD 120.6 million on a cash and debt free basis, out of which 50% shall be paid in cash and 50% in newly issued shares in Stillfront. The ultimate size of the yearly earn-out component will depend on the EBIT development of Candywriter for the financial years 2020, 2021 and 2022. The total purchase price payable by Stillfront cannot exceed USD 195 million.
Candywriter has approx. 1.2 million DAUs and 7.8 million MAUs and the flagship title is BitLife, an innovative text-based life simulation game. BitLife was among the top 5 most downloaded games on iOS in 2019 and is currently in a strong growth phase. Candywriter has several other successful legacy apps in its portfolio, including Adult Coloring Book and word games Letter Soup and Letter Fridge. Candywriter is based in Miami, US.
Candywriter generated revenue of approx. USD 26 million, with approx. 59% in EBIT margin for the financial year 2019. Candywriter, which offered one of the first 552 apps when the iOS App Store launched in 2008, was founded in 2006 by Kevin O’Neil and Nadir Khan, the sole ultimate owners, both of whom will remain active as the key management team of the company going forward.
“The acquisition of Candywriter is an excellent next step in further broadening our diversified portfolio, both in terms of genre, audience and addressable market. Candywriter has developed a number of interesting apps and casual games since 2006 and with BitLife, they have created a unique game in the market, with 42m downloads to date. We look forward to merging our capabilities in different areas. The conservative total implied EV/EBIT multiple, should be seen in context of expected high growth. The synergy and growth potential are high”, says Jörgen Larsson, CEO, Stillfront.
"Teaming up with Stillfront is an exciting next step in the evolution of our company. The group's high degree of proficiency in areas like localization, business intelligence, and development at scale is a perfect complement for our growing needs. We look forward to working with the group to blaze new trails in the interactive narrative genre and beyond", says Kevin O'Neil and Nadir Khan, Joint Founders and Owners of Candywriter.
The transaction involves the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Candywriter and completion of the acquisition is expected to occur end of April 2020 (the "Transaction").
The company will be consolidated into Stillfront’s consolidated financial reporting from 1 May 2020.
Upon completion of the acquisition, approx. USD 74.4 million on a cash and debt free basis will be paid to the sellers, of which USD 37.5 million is payable in 708,463 newly issued shares in Stillfront and the remaining approx. USD 36.9 million is payable in cash. The newly issued shares will be issued based on the mandate resolved at the extraordinary general meeting held in February 2020. The number of consideration shares that corresponds to USD 37.5 million has been calculated using the volume weighted average price per share in Stillfront traded on the Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market exchange during the seven trading days preceding the date hereof (excluding the date hereof) converted into USD at the average exchange rate between SEK and USD of the Swedish Central Bank (Sw. Riksbanken) published at https://www.riksbank.se/en-gb/ during the same period, i.e. the subscription price per consideration share amounts to SEK 530.49. This corresponds to a dilution of 2.19% on a fully diluted basis (i.e. based on the total number of shares and votes outstanding after the share issue). The purchase price payable upon completion of the acquisition will be subject to adjustment based on the cash, financial debt, Transaction expenses and the difference between target and actual net working capital of the company as at the date of completion of the Transaction. The adjustment amount is payable by the sellers or Stillfront (as the case may be) in cash.
Further, an earn-out consideration may be payable by Stillfront in an aggregate maximum total amount of USD 120.6 million on a cash and debt free basis, out of which 50% shall be paid in cash and 50% in newly issued shares in Stillfront. If eligible, the earn-out consideration will be payable annually following the approval of each of the audited annual reports for the financial years ending 31 December 2020, 2021 and 2022. The ultimate size of the yearly earn-out component will depend on the EBIT development of Candywriter for the relevant financial year. The total purchase price payable by Stillfront cannot exceed USD 195 million.
The cash portion of the purchase price payable upon completion is intended to be financed by cash at hand and available credit facilities and the adjustment consideration (if any) as well as the cash portion of the earn-out consideration (if any) is intended to be financed through internal cash generation and available credit facilities. The subscription price for newly issued shares related to the earn-out consideration (if any) will be based upon the volume weighted average price of the shares in Stillfront traded on Nasdaq Firth North Premier Growth Market for a period of ten trading days prior to Stillfront’s announcement of financial results for the applicable earn-out period and for purposes of determining the number of shares in Stillfront to be issued, the volume weighted average price of the shares in Stillfront in SEK shall be converted into USD at the average exchange rate between SEK and USD of the Swedish Central Bank (Sw. Riksbanken) published at https://www.riksbank.se/en-gb/ during the ten day period set forth above.
The 708,463 newly issued shares in Stillfront that are to be issued to the sellers upon completion of the Transaction are subject to customary transfer restrictions during a period of eighteen months from the date of receipt of the same. The additional shares received by the sellers as part of the earn-out consideration are subject to customary transfer restrictions during a period of twelve months from the date of receipt of the same.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED PRO FORMA INFORMATION
A preliminary pro forma consolidated condensed balance sheet per 31 December 2019 is presented below with the purpose of describing the financial situation after the Transaction. The pro forma consolidated condensed balance sheet is solely intended to describe the hypothetical situation of the new group as if the Transaction had been completed as of 31 December 2019, based on Stillfront’s and Candywriter’s financial situation as of 31 December 2019. Storm8, that was acquired by Stillfront on 28 February 2020 is also included as if completion of Stillfronts acquisition of Storm8 had been completed as of 31 December 2019. Candywriter has thus far had USD as its reporting currency. The USD figures have been translated to SEK using the closing FX-rate at 31 December 2019, with USD/SEK at 9.32. Stillfront has carried out a preliminary IFRS conversion of Candywriter's financial position for the purposes of the pro forma financial statements. All numbers are preliminary and unaudited.
FY 2019 incl adjustment
31 Dec 2019
|Intangible non-current assets 2||3 293||4 061||7||1 551||8 912|
|Tangible non-current assets||76||23||0||2||101|
|Deferred tax assets||71||8||0||0||79|
|Cash and cash equivalents 3,4||342||22||19||0||383|
|Total assets||4 033||4 201||69||1 553||9 856|
|Shareholders' equity attributable to parent company 1||1 941||2 035||46||283||4 305|
|Total Shareholder's equity||1 959||2 035||46||283||4 323|
|Deferred tax liability||251||277||0||100||627|
|Non-current liabilities 2||1 309||1 763||0||1 154||4 226|
|Total Liabilities and Shareholders' equity||4 033||4 201||69||1 553||9 856|
|Note: 1) The Storm8 pro forma includes SEK 1 305m of equity raised through a new issue of shares as part of the transaction minus of transaction fees 2) The pro forma amounts for Storm8 assumes full earn-outs and does not assume amendments to accounting value of the consideration based on share price at close. Earn-out for Candywriter is based on estimated EBIT levels for the years FY 2020-FY 20223) The preliminary pro forma financial information does not include any potential accounting effects of performance or retention bonuses or similar incentives to Storm8 key personnel4) Storm8 and Candywriter amounts adjusted to agreed cash on close of the acquisition of USD 2m respectively|
A preliminary condensed pro forma income statement for the twelve months ended 31 December 2019 is shown below, with the purpose of describing a hypothetical financial result as if the Transaction had been completed per 1 January 2019. Storm8, that was acquired by Stillfront on 28 February 2020, is also included as if completion of Stillfronts acquisition of Storm8 had been completed as of 1 January 2019. No synergies have been taken into consideration. Candywriter has thus far had USD as its reporting currency. The USD figures have been translated to SEK using the average FX-rate for the period 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2019, with USD/SEK at 9.46. Stillfront has carried out a preliminary IFRS conversion of Candywriter's financial result for the purposes of the condensed pro forma financial statements. All numbers are preliminary and unaudited.
(as reported) and Storm8 – Aggregated
|Net revenues||1 967||1 127||3 094||244||3 337|
|Work performed by the company for its own use||197||76||273||6||279|
|Total Revenues||2 175||1 203||3 378||250||3 627|
|EBITDA 1||740||605||1 345||128||1 473|
|Adj. EBITDA 4||768||663||1 431||144||1 575|
|Adj. EBITDA margin 3||39%||59%||46%||59%||47%|
|Adj. EBIT 5||645||644||1 289||143||1 432|
|Adj. EBIT margin 4||33%||57%||42%||59%||43%|
|Note: 1) Pro forma EBITDA contains SEK -43m for Storm8 and SEK -16m for Candywriter relating to estimated advisory transaction costs2) Pro forma EBIT contains SEK -256m for Storm8 and SEK -74m for Candywriter relating to amortization of Purchase Price Allocation (“PPA”) items and estimated advisory transaction costs3) The preliminary pro forma financial information does not include any potential accounting effects of performance or retention bonuses or similar incentives to Storm8 key personnel 4) Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA adjusted for Items Affecting Comparability (“IAC”). Adjusted EBITDA margin is EBITDA margin adjusted for IAC 5) Adjusted EBIT is EBIT adjusted for IAC and excluding amortization of PPA related items. Adjusted EBIT margin is EBIT margin adjusted for IAC and excluding amortization of PPA related items|
Stillfront has not completed the detailed valuation analyses necessary to arrive at the final estimates of the fair market value of the assets to be acquired and the liabilities to be assumed in connection with the acquisition of Candywriter or those acquired in connection with the acquisition of Storm8. The preliminary allocation of the consideration for the acquisition used in this unaudited condensed preliminary pro forma information is based upon Stillfront’s preliminary estimates at the date of preparation of this preliminary pro forma information. As a result of the finalization of this allocation after the acquisition’s final completion, Stillfront expects to make adjustments to the acquisition analysis, where some of these adjustments could be material. Differences between the preliminary and the final acquisition analysis could have a material impact on Stillfront’s pro forma financial performance.
CONDITIONS FOR THE COMPLETION OF THE TRANSACTION
Stillfront’s acquisition of Candywriter is conditional upon customary closing conditions, including no order being issued by any governmental entity and no injunction being issued preventing the consummation of the Transactions, a warranty and indemnity insurance being issued, all warranties being true in all material respects, no founder employee agreement shall have been revoked by any founder and that there shall not have occurred a material adverse effect since January 1, 2020.
STILLFRONT AND CANDYWRITER COMPANY PRESENTATION
A company presentation in respect of Stillfront and Candywriter containing information regarding, but not limited to, Candywriter stand-alone financials and key performance indicators for the period until 31 December 2019, which has not previously been disclosed to the general public is attached to this press release and will be published on Stillfront’s website, www.stillfront.com, section Investors/Company.
FINANCIAL AND LEGAL ADVISORS
DLA Piper is legal advisor and EY is due diligence advisor to Stillfront in the Transaction. Agnitio Capital is financial advisor and Perkins Coie is legal advisor to Candywriter and its sellers in connection with the Transaction.
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