A combination of Evolution and NetEnt, through Evolution acquiring NetEnt, forms an attractive opportunity to combine the companies’ respective offerings.
Latvia.- Evolution Gaming Group AB (”Evolution”) announces a public offer to the shareholders of NetEnt AB (“NetEnt”) to sell all their shares in NetEnt to Evolution in exchange for 0.1306 Evolution shares for each share in NetEnt (the “Offer”).
The Offer includes both the unlisted shares of series A and the shares of series B that are admitted to trading on Nasdaq Stockholm. Evolution will not increase the offered consideration.
Jens von Bahr, Chairman of Evolution, comments: “This strategic deal marks a significant step towards Evolution’s long-term vision of becoming the global market leader in the online casino industry. The combination of Evolution’s strong offering in Live Casino with NetEnt’s leading position in online slots will result in a world class portfolio of online games that will enable us to serve a growing customer base. Furthermore, NetEnt’s established US positioning combined with Evolution’s existing US studios and firstto-regulated-market strategy will put us in a favourable position to capitalise on the on-going regulation in North America.”
Mathias Hedlund, Chairman of NetEnt, comments: “Recently, NetEnt has vastly improved its tech and product development capabilities and thereby its growth prospects and at the same time reaching a strong position within the US states that have opened up for online casino. With this deal, there are unique possibilities to shape a leading global B2B provider of online casino, taking advantage of the market development with continued digitalisation and strong growth, especially in North America. Evolution’s
position within Live Casino combined with NetEnt’s position within online slots will create a company well positioned to take significant market shares. Through this transaction, a new chapter in the development of
more entertaining online casino begins, in the best interest of players, operators, employees and shareholders.”