LONDON & DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GAN plc (“GAN” or the “Company”), an award-winning developer and supplier of enterprise-level B2B Internet gaming software, services and online gaming content in the United States, today announces that it has conditionally raised £7,500,000 (before expenses) through an over- subscribed Subscription of 15,000,000 new ordinary shares of £0.01 each per share (“Ordinary Shares”) at an issue price of 50p per Ordinary Share (“Subscription Shares”) by US institutional shareholders (the “Subscription”). The Subscription Shares will represent 17.6 per cent. (approximately) of the enlarged issued share capital of GAN.
The Company plans to use the net proceeds of the Subscription to substantially increase GAN’s software engineering resources to better serve existing major US clients’ services such as the WinStar.com Overseas Internet Casino, launch new US clients and new services in the US in anticipation of Internet sports betting following the US Supreme Court’s decision to lift the Federal Ban on sports betting delivered on May 14, 2018. Proceeds from the Subscription will also be used to repay in full the £2,001,483 9% Convertible Unsecured Loan Notes 2022 issued by GAN in April 2017, in order to strengthen the Company's balance sheet, it thereby being debt-free and capitalized to levels the Directors of GAN believe are reasonably required to serve major multi-property and multi-State casino groups in the US. Increases in software engineering resources will also take place substantially in GAN’s existing offices in Sofia, Bulgaria where GAN has operated an engineering facility since 2016.
The Subscription is conditional upon the receipt of approval by shareholders in General Meeting ("GM") and upon admission of the Subscription Shares to trading on AIM and the ESM. Notice convening the GM containing full details of the Subscription and all applicable time periods will be sent to Shareholders and announced as soon as is practicable following this announcement. The Subscription Shares will rank pari passu with the existing Ordinary Shares and, subject to the receipt of shareholder approval at the GM, application will be made to the London Stock Exchange and the Irish Stock Exchange, trading as Euronext Dublin, for the Subscription Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM and the ESM respectively. Upon completion of the Subscription, GAN’s enlarged issued share capital will consist of 85,051,924 Ordinary Shares.
Dermot Smurfit, CEO of GAN commented:
“This strategic capital raising exercise positions GAN to consolidate its US market position and capture substantial incremental revenue opportunities available resulting from both Internet gaming and sports betting regulation in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and other US States expected to regulate Internet gambling in the near future.”
This announcement contains inside information as defined in EU Regulation No. 596/2014 and is in accordance with the Company's obligations under Article 17 of that Regulation.
GAN | Overview
GAN is a leading B2B supplier of Internet gaming enterprise software-as-a-service solutions to the US land-based casino Industry. GAN is listed on the ESM, the market of the Irish Stock Exchange (Euronext Dublin) under the ticker GAME and on AIM, the market of the London Stock Exchange, under the ticker: GAN.
The Company has developed an Internet gaming enterprise software system, GameSTACK™, which it licenses principally to land-based US casino operators as a turnkey technology solution for both regulated real-money and/or virtual Simulated Gaming. GAN has fourteen (14) casino operators as clients of Simulated Gaming coast-to-coast across the US and Internationally; two (2) clients of real money Regulated Gaming in New Jersey; one (1) client of real money Regulated Gaming in Pennsylvania and ten (10) clients of real money Regulated Gaming in Europe.
The Internet Gaming System, developed in London under a UK Gambling Commission license, is certified to the highest technical standards currently required by gaming regulators. In January 2018 GAN announced a strategic partnership with SBTECH, a leading European B2B sports betting technology provider. In April 2017 GAN was granted a Casino Service Industry Enterprise license by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement being GAN’s first privileged gaming license in the United States. In May 2018, the US Supreme Court repealed PASPA and GAN confirmed the H2 launch of sports betting for US clients integrated into GAN’s enterprise software platform.
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The price of shares and any income expected from them may go down as well as up and investors may not get back the full amount invested upon disposal of the shares. Past performance is no guide to future performance, and persons needing advice should consult an independent financial adviser. The contents of this announcement are not to be construed as legal, financial or tax advice. If necessary, each recipient of this announcement should consult his, her or its own legal adviser, financial adviser or tax adviser for legal, financial or tax advice.
Solely for the purposes of the product governance requirements contained within: (a) EU Directive 2014/65/EU on markets in financial instruments, as amended ("MiFID II"); (b) Articles 9 and 10 of Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/593 supplementing MiFID II; and (c) local implementing measures (together, the "MiFID II Product Governance Requirements"), and disclaiming all and any liability, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, which any "manufacturer" (for the purposes of the MiFID II Product Governance Requirements) may otherwise have with respect thereto, the Subscription Shares have been subject to a product approval process, which has determined that such securities are: (i) compatible with an end target market of retail investors and investors who meet the criteria of professional clients and eligible counterparties, each as define in MiFID II; and (ii) eligible for distribution through all distribution channels as are permitted by MiFID II (the "Target Market Assessment"). Notwithstanding the Target Market Assessment, distributors should note that: the price of the Subscription Shares may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the Subscription Shares offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the Subscription Shares is compatible only with investors who do not need a guaranteed income or capital protection, who (either alone or in conjunction with an appropriate financial or other adviser) are capable of evaluating the merits and risks of such an investment and who have sufficient resources to be able to bear any losses that may result therefrom. The Target Market Assessment is without prejudice to the requirements of any contractual, legal or regulatory selling restrictions in relation to the Subscription. For the avoidance of doubt, the Target Market Assessment does not constitute: (a) an assessment of suitability of appropriateness for the purposes of MiFID II; or (b) a recommendation to any investor or group of investors to invest in, or purchase, or take any other action whatsoever with respect to the Subscription Shares. Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own target market assessment in respect of the Subscription Shares and determining appropriate distribution channels.
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