Pretty big news in the iGaming world today as this morning the board of directors of NetEnt released a regulatory statement pursuant to Rule II.19 of the Nasdaq Stockholm Takeover Rules, whereby they recommended shareholders to accept an offer for the company from Evolution Gaming. This response was made after Evolution Gaming announced today an offer of 0.1306 Evolution Gaming shares for each share in NetEnt.
The Offer values each share in NetEnt to SEK 79.93 and all shares in NetEnt to approximately SEK 19.6 billion – €1.86bn ( based on closing prices on 23 June 2020 and 33,660,000 shares of series A and 212,798,035 shares of series B in NetEnt, less 1,000,000 B-shares owned by the Company. )
The recommendation made by NetEnt in respect of the offer from Evolution Gaming which can be read in full here, reads: “In the board’s opinion, NetEnt has a proven and well-defined strategy going forward. However, the board views a combination of NetEnt and Evolution Gaming as positive and believes it to be strategically sound, and the share consideration allows the Company’s shareholders to take part of the combined accelerated growth story and combination benefits.”
The combination of NetEnt and Evolution Gaming would create a leading B2B provider in online casino. The board believes there are a number of strategic benefits to NetEnt from combining its operations with Evolution Gaming.”
The acceptance period for the Offer is expected to commence on or around 17 August 2020 and expire on or around 26 October 2020, subject to any extensions. Evolution Gaming has stated that it will not increase the Offer. Accordingly, the price in the Offer is final under the Takeover Rules.