Stillfront Group acquires Super Free Games, a leading developer of Casual Word games
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INSIDE INFORMATION: Stillfront Group AB (publ) (“Stillfront”), a leading free-to-play powerhouse of gaming studios, today entered into an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the shares in Super Free Games, Inc. (under name change from Super Lucky Casino Inc.) (“Super Free”) (the “Transaction”), a rapidly growing and profitable US-headquartered gaming company focusing on market-leading Casual games including successful titles such as Word Collect, Word Nut and Trivia Star. The sellers are the joint founders and main owners of Super Free as well as certain key employees and other investors. The consideration payable to the sellers will be paid partly in cash and partly in shares in Stillfront.
TRANSACTION IN BRIEF
- The total upfront consideration payable upon completion of the acquisition of 100 percent of the shares in Super Free amounts to USD 150 million on a cash and debt free basis (the “Upfront Purchase Price”). Of the Upfront Purchase Price, 47.5 percent, equivalent of approximately USD 71 million, is payable in cash, and 52.5 percent, equivalent of approximately USD 79 million, is payable in 750,324 newly issued shares in Stillfront to the sellers.
- In addition, the sellers may receive an earn-out payment of 0-2x EBITDA for each of the financial years 2021, 2022 and 2023 (the “Earn-out Purchase Price”) depending on the level of EBITDA generated by Super Free during each of those years, whereof 47.5 percent is payable in cash and 52.5 percent in newly issued shares in Stillfront to the sellers.
- Super Free has a preliminary unaudited IFRS converted net revenue and adjusted EBITDA for the period Jan-Sep 2020 of approximately USD 57.6 million and approximately USD 8.7 million, respectively.
- The acquisition of Super Free will help Stillfront build size, add to Stillfront’s future organic growth, and broaden its genre as well as ad monetization expertise. Furthermore, it will enable substantial scaling and collaboration potential within Stillfront.
- Closing of the Transaction is subject to customary closing conditions including the merger control clearance and is envisaged to occur on 29 January 2021 and Super Free will be consolidated into Stillfront’s financial reporting from 1 February 2021.
“The acquisition of Super Free is a highly attractive opportunity for Stillfront to broaden our portfolio of casual games into the popular niches of word and trivia games addressing a broader audience of “non-gamers”. Super Free has proven great success in developing and scaling multiple top-grossing titles in several genres, they have a strong company culture and a dedicated team of mobile game experts which makes an excellent fit with Stillfront. The game portfolio including Word Collect, Word Nut and Trivia Star has shown rapid growth during the past two years and we see a promising growth potential going forward, including a strong pipeline of new games,” says Jörgen Larsson, CEO, Stillfront.
“Stillfront is an amazing group of free-to-play studios that reflect our values and share our beliefs in what makes a successful gaming company. With the support from Stillfront and the shared expertise from across the group of successful studios, we are now in a perfect position to take the next step in our ambition to build, distribute, and operate best-in-class mobile games to be enjoyed by fans around the world,” say the Super Free Founders.
BACKGROUND AND REASONS
Founded in 2011 Super Free is a San Francisco based rapidly growing developer of market leading Casual games. The company has a strong portfolio of games, including successful titles such as Word Collect, Word Nut and Trivia Star. Super Free has previously focused on Social Casino games but pivoted successfully to the Casual and Mash-up genre during 2017-2019. Since its foundation, Super Free has been able to develop and scale multiple top-grossing titles in several genres generating in excess of USD 50 million over their lifetime. Super Free has a strong company culture and a dedicated team of approximately 80 mobile game experts, including developers, designers and UA/monetization managers based in multiple countries across the world.
The acquisition of Super Free will strengthen Stillfront’s position within the Casual & Mash-up game genre, especially within Word games. Super Free has a strong portfolio of existing games and a high potential catalog of 5+ games in the pipeline. The proprietary state-of-the art games engine of Super Free will enable Super Free and other studios within Stillfront to scale the development of new games on this engine. Further, Super Free’s sophisticated data-driven analytics and marketing platform creates potential for KPI improvement across Stillfront studios’ game portfolio. As most of Super Free’s revenues originate in the US, Stillfront sees significant opportunity to scale these games geographically through its network. Super Free shows strong KPIs including impressive retention, which enables further marketing potential for Stillfront.
The Transaction involves the acquisition of 100 percent of the shares in Super Free, the completion of which is expected to occur no later than 29 January 2021. Super Free will be consolidated into Stillfront’s financial reporting from 1 February 2021.
Upon completion of the Transaction, USD 150 million on a cash and debt free basis will be paid to the sellers, of which 47.5 percent, equivalent of approximately USD 71 million, is payable in cash, and 52.5 percent, equivalent of approximately USD 79 million, is payable in 750,324 newly issued shares in Stillfront. The newly issued shares will be issued based on the mandate to the board of directors of Stillfront granted at the extraordinary general meeting held on 17 December 2020. The number of shares in relation to the Upfront Purchase Price has been calculated using the volume weighted average price per share in Stillfront traded on Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market during the ten trading days up to and including 16 December 2020 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 share related to the Upfront Purchase Price amounts to SEK 885.69. This corresponds to a dilution of 2.12 percent on a fully diluted basis (i.e. based on the total number of shares and votes outstanding after the share issue).
In addition, the sellers may receive the Earn-out Purchase Price which is a payment of 0-2x EBITDA for each of the financial years 2021, 2022 and 2023 depending on the level of EBITDA generated during each of those years. The Earn-out Purchase Price is payable in 47.5 percent cash to the sellers and 52.5 percent in newly issued shares in Stillfront to the sellers. The subscription price for newly issued shares related to the Earn-out Purchase Price (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 up to and including the day before Stillfront’s announcement of financial results for the applicable earn-out period.
The cash portion of the Upfront Purchase Price and the adjustment consideration (if any) is intended to be financed by cash at hand and available credit facilities.
The 750,324 newly issued shares in Stillfront that are to be issued to the sellers upon payment of the Upfront Purchase Price are subject to customary transfer restrictions during a period of eighteen months of such date of receipt by the sellers of such shares. The newly issued shares in Stillfront that are to be issued to the sellers upon payment of the Earn-out Purchase Price payments are subject to customary transfer restrictions during a period of twelve months from the date of receipt by the sellers of such shares.
Completion of the Transaction is subject to customary closing conditions including the merger control clearance and is envisaged to occur no later than 29 January 2021.
The founders and other key employees will remain within Super Free and be part of the management of Super Free post-closing of the Transaction.
ABOUT SUPER FREE GAMES
Founded in 2011 Super Free is a San Francisco based rapidly growing developer of market leading Casual and Mash-up games. The company possesses a strong portfolio of games, including successful titles such as Word Collect, Word Nut and Trivia Star. Super Free has previously focused on Social Casino games but pivoted successfully to the Casual and Mash-up genre during 2017-2019. Since its foundation, Super Free has been able to develop and scale multiple top-grossing titles in multiple genres generating in excess of USD 50m over their lifetime. Super Free has a strong company culture and a dedicated team of approximately 80 mobile games experts, including developers, designers and UA/monetization managers based in multiple countries across the world.
ABOUT STILLFRONT GROUP
Stillfront is a leading free-to-play powerhouse of gaming studios. 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 approximately 1,000 co-workers thrive in an organization that engenders the spirit of entrepreneurship. Our main markets are the US, Germany, MENA, France and Canada. We are headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, and the company is listed on Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market.
PRELIMINARY UNAUDITED FIGURES FOR SUPER FREE FOR JAN-SEP 2020
The below presented preliminary unaudited financials are solely intended to describe the financial situation of Super Free pre-closing of the Transaction. All figures are preliminary and unaudited.
Super Free has a preliminary IFRS net revenue of approximately USD 57.6 million and adjusted EBITDA of approximately USD 8.7 million for the period January – September 2020.
FINANCIAL AND LEGAL ADVISORS
Carnegie Investment Bank is financial advisor, DLA Piper Sweden is legal advisor and EY is financial and tax due diligence advisor to Stillfront in connection with the Transaction.
Oakvale Capital is financial advisor and Latham & Watkins is legal advisor to the sellers in connection with the Transaction.
CONFERENCE CALL FOR INVESTORS, ANALYSTS AND MEDIA
Representatives of Stillfront will participate in a conference call on December 18, at 10.00 CET. To participate, please use the details set out below.
To participate by telephone, please dial:
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Information to distributors
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Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the shares in Stillfront and determining appropriate distribution channels.
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