Toadman Interactive enters into an agreement to acquire Sold Out
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Stockholm, 26 November 2019
INSIDE INFORMATION: Toadman Interactive AB (publ) (”Toadman” or the “Company”) has today entered into an agreement with the owners of Sold Out Sales & Marketing Limited (“Sold Out”) to acquire 100 percent of the shares in Sold Out (the “Transaction”) for a consideration of GBP 16.0 million, plus an additional consideration of up to GBP 5.2 million, on a cash- and debt- free basis (the “Consideration”). Sold Out is a leading video game publisher and distributer located in London, UK. The Consideration is comprised of a cash payment and shares in Toadman. Following the Transaction, Garry Williams and James Cato, as the owners, founders, and key members of the management team of Sold Out, will hold approximately 4.5 percent each of the total number of outstanding shares in Toadman. As a result of the Transaction, Toadman’s Board of Directors has resolved to summon an Extraordinary General Meeting to approve the Board of Directors resolution to issue shares, which will be issued as part of the financing of the Company’s acquisition of Sold Out. The Board of Directors has also resolved to conduct a tap issue under Toadman’s outstanding bond loan.
The Transaction in brief
- The Transaction is in line with Toadman’s previously communicated strategy to perform complementary acquisitions to establish a stronger industry position.
- The Transaction will create a strengthened business model generating revenues across the whole industry value chain and thus potential for further revenue synergies.
- The Consideration for 100 percent of the shares in Sold Out on a cash- and debt- free basis amounts to GBP 16.0 million paid at closing (the “Upfront Consideration”), plus an additional consideration of up to GBP 5.2 million if Sold Out reaches an EBIT of GBP 3.2 million for the twelve month period commencing on 1 January 2020 (the “Earnout Consideration”).
- GBP 4.0 million, equivalent of SEK 49.3 million, of the Upfront Consideration will be paid with 2,772,640 Toadman shares (the “Consideration Shares”), based on a Volume Weighted Average Price (“VWAP”) on Nasdaq First North Growth Market for the ten consecutive trading days preceding this announcement (including today’s trading) equal to SEK 17.7881 per Toadman share.
- GBP 12.0 million, equivalent of SEK 148.0 million, of the Upfront Consideration will be paid in cash (the “Cash Consideration”).
- Toadman’s Board of Directors has resolved to conduct a tap issue of SEK 100 million under Toadman’s outstanding bond loan of SEK 500 million (the “Tap Issue”), and to issue new shares in Toadman for a value of approximately SEK 100 million (the “Directed Share Issue”). The Cash Consideration will be paid through the capital raised from the Tap Issue and from the Directed Share Issue.
- Institutional investors have committed to subscribe for a combined SEK 100 million in the Directed Share Issue.
- The final outcome of the Directed Share Issue will be announced before the commencement of trading on Nasdaq First North Growth Market on 27 November 2019.
- Toadman and Sold Out combined (the “Group”) have an unaudited pro forma revenue and adjusted EBIT for the period 1 January - 30 September 2019 of SEK 357.4 million and SEK 37.0 million, respectively.
- Toadman has together with Sold Out decided to communicate guidance on revenue and EBIT for Sold Out’s calendar year of 2020 based on Sold Out’s current pipeline. Sold Out expects to generate revenues of approximately GBP 25 million and an EBIT of approximately GBP 3.5 million.
- A separate press release with the notice of an Extraordinary General Meeting to approve the issue of shares as further set out in the following will be published today, 26 November 2019. Shareholders representing approximately 69.3 percent of the capital and votes in Toadman have committed to vote in favor of the resolution to approve the share issue at the Extraordinary General Meeting;
- Closing of the Transaction is expected to take place on 12 December 2019
“I am excited to welcome the team from Sold Out into the Toadman family. Having worked with Sold Out for several years, I have gotten to know the Sold Out team’s strong work ethic, great business acumen and deep knowledge in the video gaming industry.
With the acquisition of Sold Out we are now a full-service company, with the ability to develop, market, publish and distribute video games on a global basis. We will be able to expand our service offering to our partners and have all the capabilities in-house to get great games to the hands of the consumer. We now have the platform we were seeking to build, and as a group we are well positioned for significant growth over the next coming years.”
Robin Flodin, CEO Toadman Interactive AB (publ)
“We see this deal as a hugely positive step forwards for Sold Out and our talented and hard-working team. Joining the Toadman family will enable us to grow faster together and will open new doors for Sold Out as a publisher. Together we are stronger and both James and myself are fully committed to the path ahead”
Garry Williams, CEO Sold Out Sales & Marketing Limited
BACKGROUND AND REASONS
Toadman develops and markets PC, console and mobile games for the global games market. The Company employs 100+ game developers and creates their own original IP as well as consult for other game publishers around the world through their game development division. Toadman has its headquarters in Stockholm and has six additional offices located in Berlin, Burbank, Falmouth, Oslo, Tver and Visby. The Company was founded in 2013 by Robin Flodin and Rasmus Davidsson as a work-for-hire gaming consultancy firm. Today, Toadman’s game development division has a business model with three complementary but not competitive revenue streams: Own game titles, Project financed game titles, and Work-for-hire. The diversification of revenue streams has enabled Toadman’s game development division to decrease its total business risk and achieve a balanced structure for risk and reward. Toadman has previously communicated that the Company has a total of seven projects and game titles in development, within both own- and co-development.
On 27 June 2019, Toadman closed the acquisition of Petrol Advertising, Inc, an important step in the Company‘s long term vision of becoming a world-leading gaming group that develops, markets and publishes games and related services on a global scale. Together with Petrol Advertising, Toadman created a group with complementary operations within two verticals of the gaming industry value chain. Through the acquisition of Petrol Advertising, the group gained a strengthened industry position enabling scale advantages and creating opportunities to utilise Petrol Advertising’s advertising expertise. In addition, Toadman has previously also acquired and successfully integrated Artplant AS and Antimatter Games Ltd. Going forward, Toadman’s strategy is to grow organically and through acquisitions of other game studios with complementary IP rights and through other acquisitions that complement the Company’s core business.
Sold Out is a London-based leading video game publisher and distributer specialising in digital and physical publishing for console and PC formats. After a considerable time affecting the PC (retail) value market place Sold Out was reinvented in 2014 by Garry Williams and James Cato, together comprising decades of industry experience and acknowledged expertise from various game developers. Sold Out currently has 18 employees providing a full-service offering to game developers seeking to bring their game titles to the market with services ranging from publishing and sales to marketing and lifecycle management.
Sold Out prides itself on having a global network of distribution partners as well as strong relationships with platform holders and first parties, e.g. Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, Steam and Epic Game Store. Their business model comprises three integrated processes for bringing a game title to the market; Digital publishing, Digital / Physical publishing, and Physical publishing. Sold Out is especially well positioned in the transformation from physical publishing to digital publishing space, where the company has a strong market position to grow within the digital publishing market segment.
Sold Out reported net revenues and an adjusted EBIT of GBP 33.2 million, equivalent of SEK 389.9 million, and GBP 2.6 million, equivalent of SEK 30.1 million, respectively for the fiscal year ending 31 March 2019.
On 26 November 2019, Toadman and the shareholders of Sold Out signed a Sales and Purchase Agreement, stipulating the conditions for the Transaction. Following the Transaction, the Group will have a strengthened business model generating revenues across the whole industry value chain.
For Toadman, the Transaction will create opportunities for further revenue synergies in such that, Sold Out becomes the publishing and distribution arm of the Group. Both for Toadman’s own game title development as well as creating new business opportunities for Sold Out through collaboration with Petrol Advertising’s broad range of clients, spanning all major verticals with industry leading clients. Further, Sold Out will benefit from Petrol Advertising’s advertising expertise in their publishing and distribution offering. At last, Petrol Advertising will also strengthen their client offering by connecting with strong distribution partner in Europe for their international clients. All in all, the three entities as a combined Group can manage all major processes and activities of the go-to-market journey for a game developer, both internally and for external clients. Achieving these synergies will result in an enhanced revenue development and profitability within the Group. No revenue synergies or cost reductions have been taken into consideration in the preliminary unaudited pro forma figures.
PRELIMINARY UNAUDITED PRO FORMA FINANCIALS
A preliminary unaudited pro forma balance sheet per 30 September 2019 is presented below with the purpose of describing the financial situation after the Transaction. The pro forma consolidated balance sheet is solely intended to describe the hypothetical situation of the Group as if the Transaction had been completed as of 30 September 2019. Note that Sold Out thus far has had GBP as its reporting currency.
|Unaudited preliminary pro forma balance sheet (SEKm)||30 September 2019|
|Intangible non-current assets||435.8|
|Tangible non-current assets||7.8|
|Financial non-current assets||1.7|
|Total non-current assets||445.3|
|Cash and cash equivalents||110.5|
|Total current assets||250.3|
|EQUITY AND LIABILITIES|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY||695.5|
A preliminary unaudited pro forma income statement for the period of 1 January - 30 September 2019 is presented below with the purpose of describe a hypothetical income statement as if the Transaction had been completed as of 1 January 2019. Note that no synergy effects or integration costs have been considered in the pro forma income statement. It is important to note that the pro forma income statement should not be considered an estimate for the current year or the coming twelve months. Note that Sold Out thus far has had GBP as its reporting currency.
|Unaudited preliminary pro forma income statement (SEKm)||1 January - 30 September 2019|
|Work performed by the company for its own use||6.3|
|Other operating income||6.9|
|Acquired services and products||(202.1)|
|Other external expenses||(32.2)|
|Depreciation and amortisation, excl. amortisation of goodwill||(2.7)|
|EBIT, excl. amortisation of goodwill||37.0|
|Amortisation of goodwill||(65.1)|
|Net financial items||(26.8)|
|Result after financial items||(55.0)|
|Profit for the period||(56.7)|
A detailed pro forma balance sheet and income statement with further explanations on pro forma adjustments will be published on the Company’s website on 26 November 2019, together with an investor presentation.
The Upfront Consideration for 100 percent of the shares in Sold Out amounts to GBP 16.0 million, equivalent of SEK 197.3 million, on a cash- and debt- free basis. The Upfront Consideration is comprised of the Cash Consideration and the Consideration Shares.
The value of the Consideration Shares amounts to GBP 4.0 million, equivalent of SEK 49.3 million and 2,772,640 shares in Toadman, and the price per Toadman share is based on a VWAP on Nasdaq First North Growth Market for the ten consecutive trading days preceding this announcement (including today’s trading) equal to SEK 17.7881 per Toadman share.
The Cash Consideration of GBP 12.0 million, equivalent of SEK 148.0 million, will be paid in cash and will be financed through proceeds from the Tap Issue and the Direct Shares Issue.
In addition to the Upfront Consideration, Toadman will pay the Earnout Consideration to the shareholders of Sold Out of up to GBP 5.2 million if Sold Out reaches an EBIT of GBP 3.2 million for the twelve-month period commencing on 1 January 2020. The Earnout Consideration may be paid through a mix of additional shares and cash, the mix to be determined by Toadman, except that Toadman shall not settle more than GBP 2.0 million in shares unless the sellers of Sold Out agree otherwise.
The purchase price table below illustrates the Consideration.
SOLD OUT FINANCIAL GUIDANCE FOR 2020
Toadman has together with Sold Out decided to communicate guidance on revenue and EBIT for Sold Out’s calendar year of 2020 based on Sold Out’s current pipeline. Sold Out expects to generate revenues of approximately GBP 25 million and an EBIT of approximately GBP 3.5 million.
The EBIT margin of approximately 14 percent is higher than historic margins due to higher portion of digital releases. In addition, Sold Out has a strong pipeline of game titles in the next coming quarters. For the fourth quarter of 2019, Sold Out plans to release a total of seven game titles and for the calendar year of 2020 Sold Out has a total of 14 game titles scheduled. At last two game titles are already scheduled for release in 2021.
TAP ISSUE ON THE OUTSTANDING BOND LOAN
Toadman has secured unconditional subscription commitments for a tap issue of SEK 100 million on its outstanding bond loan (ISIN: SE0012702470) and the proceeds will be used as part financing of the acquisition of Sold Out. The unconditional subscription commitments have been retained at a premium to nominal amount and the bonds will be issued at a price of 103 percent of the nominal amount. The newly issued bonds will be subject to terms under the framework of Toadman’s outstanding bond loan. After the Tap Issue, the total outstanding amount under the Company’s bond loan will amount to SEK 220 million. The outstanding bonds are listed on Nasdaq First North and the Company will apply for listing of the new bonds on Nasdaq First North. The expected settlement date of the Tap Issue is set to 12 December 2019.
ISSUE OF SHARES
Toadman’s Board of Directors has resolved to issue shares subject to the Extraordinary General Meeting’s approval.
In total, Consideration Shares with a value of GBP 4.0 million, equivalent of SEK 49.3 million, will be transferred to the sellers of Sold Out. The Consideration Shares will represent approximately 9.1 percent of the total number of outstanding shares in Toadman post-Transaction. Following receipt of the Consideration Shares, Garry Williams and James Cato will hold approximately 4.5 percent each of the outstanding shares in Toadman, respectively. The Consideration Shares acquired by the sellers of Sold Out will be subject to a two-year lock-up period following settlement of the Consideration Shares, except for 25 percent of the shares on an individual basis, which will be subject to a six-month lock-up period.
In addition, Toadman will issue new shares, equivalent of approximately SEK 100 million, to finance part of the Cash Consideration. Institutional investors have committed to subscribe for a combined SEK 100 million in the Directed Share Issue. The final outcome of the Directed Share Issue will be announced before the commencement of trading on Nasdaq First North Growth Market on 27 November 2019.
In order to facilitate the delivery of the Consideration Shares and shares to the investors in the Directed Share Issue, certain shareholders will lend 8,394,375 shares to Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ). The shares will be returned after the shares issued have been registered with the Swedish Companies Registration Office (Sw. Bolagsverket), which is expected to take place around 16 December 2019.
Due to technicalities, the issued shares will be subscribed for by Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ) to the quota value for transfer to the shareholders who has lent shares to settle the delivery of Consideration Shares and in the Directed Share Issue.
Toadman’s total costs for the Transaction are estimated to amount to approximately SEK 22 million, which will be accounted for in Q4 2019.
GENERAL CORPORATE PURPOSES
The proceeds from the Tap Issue and the Directed Share Issue, which have not been used to finance the Transaction or to pay the related transaction costs, will be booked as cash on Toadman’s balance sheet and used for general corporate purposes.
EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING AND VOTING COMMITMENTS
An Extraordinary General Meeting in Toadman is planned to be held on 12 December 2019 to approve the issuance of shares resolved on by the Board of Directors. For further information, please refer to the notice and announcement of the outcome in the Directed Shares Issue in separate press releases which will be published before the commencement of trading on Nasdaq First North Growth Market on 27 November 2019, and the documentation which will be held available on Toadman’s website, www.toadmaninteractive.com.
Shareholders representing approximately 69.3 percent of the capital and votes in Toadman have committed to vote in favor of approving the share issue at the Extraordinary General Meeting for their shares held on the record date.
Before entering into the Transaction agreement, Toadman has together with its advisors conducted limited due diligence reviews of certain business, financial and legal information relating to Sold Out.
FINANCIAL AND LEGAL ADVISORS
Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ) is acting as financial advisor to Toadman in relation to the Transaction, and Sole Bookrunner in Tap Issue under the outstanding bond loan and the issuance of the Consideration Shares and the Directed Share Issue. Baker McKenzie (Stockholm and London) is acting as legal advisor to Toadman. Harbottle & Lewis LLP is legal advisor to Sold Out and its shareholders, with Cirio Advokatbyrå AB advising on matters of Swedish law. Gernandt & Danielsson Advokatbyrå KB is acting as legal counsel to Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ).
CONFERENCE CALL FOR INVESTORS, ANALYSTS AND THE MEDIA
Representatives of both Toadman and Sold Out will participate in a conference call on 27 November 2019, at 17.30 am CET.
TIMETABLE FOR COMPLETION OF THE TRANSACTION
The timetable below is preliminary and may come to be altered.
26 November 2019 Announcement of the Transaction
26 November 2019 Notice to Extraordinary General Meeting in Toadman is announced
12 December 2019 Extraordinary General Meeting in Toadman
12 December 2019 Closing of the Transaction
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Robin Flodin, CEO
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Alexander Albedj, Chairman
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Toadman develops and markets PC, console and mobile games for the global games market. The Group employs 100+ game developers and creates their own original IP as well as consult for other game publishers around the world through their Game Development Division. In addition, the Group’s Marketing Division has helped to release 1,500+ titles, many are world renowned brands such as Call of Duty, Destiny, Dark Souls and Rage. The Group has it’s headquarter in Stockholm, Sweden with 200 employees in 6 offices world-wide.
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ABOUT SOLD OUT
Sold Out is a London-based leading video game publisher and distributer specializing in digital and physical publishing for console and PC formats. The company in its current shape was founded in 2014 by Garry Williams and James Cato, together comprising decades of industry experience and acknowledged expertise from various game developers. Sold Out has 18 employees providing a full-service offering to game developers seeking to bring their game titles to the market with services ranging from publishing and sales to distribution and lifecycle management.
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 The owners of Sold Out Sales & Marketing Limited are Garry Williams and James Cato.
 All pro forma figures are unaudited and presented for illustrative purposes excluding any synergies and integration costs.
 For unaudited preliminary pro forma balance sheet as of 30 September 2019, a closing day rate of 12.0696 GBP/SEK has been used.
 For unaudited preliminary pro forma income statement as of 1 January – 30 September 2019, average currency rates of 9.4034 USD/SEK and 11.9682 GBP/SEK have been used.
 For the purchase price table as of 26 November 2019 a currency rate of 12.33 GBP/SEK has been used.
 Rasmus Davidsson, Robin Flodin and Alexander Albedj.