NYX Gaming Group is Pleased to Announce the Acquisition of OpenBet, the Market Leading Business-to-Business Sportsbook and Digital Gaming Supplier for £270.0 Million

LAS VEGAS, April 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --



NYX Gaming Group Limited ("NYX" or the "Company") and privately held OB Topco Limited ("OpenBet"), the #1 regulated digital gaming supplier globally, announced today they have entered into a binding share purchase agreement (the "Agreement") pursuant to which NYX will acquire 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of OpenBet from funds managed by Vitruvian Partners LLP, its co-investors and management (the "Sellers"). The total consideration of GBP270.0 million (which includes repayment of OpenBet's GBP95.4 million existing third party debt[1]) will be paid in cash and financed as described below. The boards of directors of NYX and OpenBet have unanimously approved the transaction contemplated by the Agreement (the "Transaction"). All $ figures are in CAD dollars unless noted otherwise.

The transaction will join together two of the world's most established and proven suppliers to create an organization that will deliver the leading end to end solution for regulated gaming markets. The combined strength of the two businesses will provide customers around the globe with premium betting and gaming solutions across all channels.

Key Transaction Highlights 

- OpenBet's sportsbook platform has leading market share and operates exclusively in
regulated markets
- 100% regulated, operating and licensed in the strictest jurisdictions
- OpenBet has industry leading technology and in 2014 processed 11 billion
transactions and as many as 56 million transactions in a 24 hour period
- Sportsbook platform completes NYX's product line-up and provides the opportunity
for expanding NYX's presence in the U.K. and other regulated global markets
- Strengthens and expands relationships with blue chip customers
- OpenBet's blue chip customer base includes many of the most dominant bookmakers in
the U.K. and other regulated global gaming markets
- Complementary top tier customer base further strengthens NYX's leading
distribution network
- Proven track record of revenue and adjusted EBITDA growth
- For the fiscal year ending June 2015, OpenBet generated revenue and adjusted
EBITDA of GBP64.5 million and GBP21.8 million, respectively[2]
- For the three months ending December 2015, OpenBet generated unaudited revenue and
adjusted EBITDA of GBP17.8 million and GBP8.0 million, respectively
- Based on the annualized adjusted EBITDA for the three month period ending December
31, 2015, OpenBet is being purchased at an attractive multiple of 8.4x EBITDA
- NYX is uniquely positioned to extract significant revenue and cost synergies from
the combined business
- NYX expects to generate annual cost synergies of C$4.0 to C$6.0 million and
revenue synergies of C$8.0 to C$10.0 million (excluding the Development Program,
described below)
- William Hill PLC ("William Hill") and Sky Betting and Gaming ("SkyBet") will be
participating in the Transaction through a preferred equity investment of GBP100.0
million in aggregate to partially fund the Transaction
- Further to William Hill's preferred equity investment, William Hill has engaged NYX
and OpenBet in a development program (the "Development Program") to further modernize
OpenBet's technology. The Development Program will take approximately three years to
complete and is estimated to generate GBP10.0 million in EBITDA to NYX over that three
year period
- The structure of the Transaction allows NYX and OpenBet to further invest in the
combined platform, products and content to deliver greater efficiencies and innovation
across the customer group
- Management expects the Transaction to be accretive to adjusted earnings per share and
provide meaningful free-cash-flow

1. As at September 30, 2015

2. Audited in accordance with UK private enterprise GAAP

"The acquisition of OpenBet by NYX completes the portfolio of industry leading products and services we offer to our customers. They are two highly complementary businesses with key strengths in regulated markets, technology services and gaming content. It positions NYX as the leading provider of B2B betting and gaming solutions on a global scale. We are looking forward to working with OpenBet and their customers to help them to deliver world class experiences to their players" said Matt Davey, CEO of NYX.

Jeremy Thompson-Hill, CEO of OpenBet further commented: "The joining of OpenBet and NYX is a natural union born out of synergies in product, the customer base and, importantly, culture. It will enable us to leverage our knowledge, strengths and resources to deliver our customers with best-in-class products and technologies across all verticals and channels."

Robin Chhabra, Group Director of Strategy & Corporate Development at William Hill commented: "I am delighted that William Hill is supporting NYX's vision for growth and expansion into sports betting alongside its strong gaming proposition. Our investment in NYX builds on our long standing relationship with both NYX and OpenBet."

Richard Flint, CEO of SkyBet added: "Sky Betting & Gaming is thrilled to be supporting the acquisition of OpenBet by NYX. OpenBet is a market-leading platform that we have worked closely with for a number of years. We are confident that NYX will be excellent owners of OpenBet and will bring a fresh perspective to the business that will benefit all of their customers. We're excited about the long term future of this business"

James Midmer, Head of Corporate Communications at Paddy Power Betfair plc, one of OpenBet's key customers, said "We look forward to working with NYX and OpenBet and are confident that the combined group will continue to deliver a great product and service".

The Transaction is subject to customary conditions and approvals, including regulatory and stock exchange approvals, and is expected to close in May 2016 and no later than 3 months after executing the Agreement.

Initial Purchase Price Financing Details 

The purchase price will be financed through a combination of (i) new senior secured credit facilities; (ii) convertible preference shares in a new wholly-owned subsidiary called NYX Digital Gaming (OB Holdings) Limited ("Holdco") incorporated for the purpose of the acquisition ("Convertible Preference Shares"); (iii) a placement of new unsecured convertible debentures and (iv) a "bought deal" private placement offering of subscription receipts.

- GBP125.0 million senior secured credit facilities from a leading alternative
credit provider, consisting of a GBP120.0 million term loan facility and a GBP5.0
million revolving credit facility (the "Debt Facility").
- The term loan facility is expected to bear interest at an initial annual rate of
LIBOR plus 725 basis points (LIBOR floor of 0.75%) and will have a term of 5.5
years. The term loan facility will be prepayable at 101% of the principal balance
outstanding within the first three years and at par thereafter.
- As part of the Transaction, NYX has secured the consent of holders of its current
9.0% senior secured debentures, representing over 66[2/3]% of the principal amount
outstanding of the existing debentures, to amend and waive compliance with certain
terms of the indenture governing the debentures (the "Existing Indenture") in
order to permit the Transaction and related acquisition financing. NYX has agreed
to offer to purchase all of the existing debentures at a price of 109% of the
principal amount of the debentures, plus accrued and unpaid interest thereon, if
any, payable in a new series of senior secured debentures due December 31, 2019
and bearing interest at 10% (subject to upward (11.0%) and downward (9.0%)
adjustment in the event certain liquidity and EBITDA thresholds are met). Holders
who tender their existing debentures will also receive warrant coverage equal to
35% of the principal amount of the existing debentures so tendered exercisable for
a period of three years at a price of $3.50. As part of the debenture refinancing,
certain existing debenture holders have agreed to subscribe for an additional
C$7.0 million in aggregate of new debentures and will also receive warrants of the
Company at 100% coverage, on the same terms. The debenture refinancing, including
the warrant issuance, remains subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange
(the "TSXV").
- As part of the Transaction, William Hill and SkyBet will be investing GBP80.0
million and GBP20.0 million, respectively, through Convertible Preference Shares to be
issued by Holdco.
- The Convertible Preference Shares will: (i) be issuable in denominations of
C$1,000 per Convertible Preference Share and will have an aggregate initial
liquidation preference of C$187 million (the "Initial Liquidation Preference");
(ii) not be entitled to receive any dividends; (iii) in respect of any liquidity
event, rank behind the Debt Facility, but otherwise senior to the ordinary shares;
(iv) not be entitled to vote at general meetings of the ordinary shareholders; (v)
be entitled to a pre-emptive right on the issuance of shares in OpenBet, any of
OpenBet's subsidiaries or NYX; and (vi) not be transferrable or assignable, except
to an affiliate or nominee.
- In addition, the Convertible Preference Shares will have certain conversion rights,
a summary of which are provided below:
- at the holder's option (the "Investor Equity Conversion"), be transferable to
NYX, in whole or in part, in exchange for ordinary shares of NYX at any time
from their date of issue upon 35 days' advance written notice to NYX, at the
then applicable exchange ratio (the "Exchange Ratio"), which initially will be
46.8 million ordinary shares (calculated by dividing the Initial Liquidation
Preference by $4.00 (the "Initial Liquidation Price")). The Exchange Ratio
will increase annually at an initial rate of 6.0% and be subject to certain
adjustments to prevent dilution of the Convertible Preference Shares in
certain circumstances.
- at NYX's option, be transferable to NYX, in whole or in part, in exchange for
ordinary shares in NYX on or after the third anniversary of completion of the
Transaction (subject to certain conditions), provided the closing price for
the ordinary shares of NYX is equal to or greater than $6.25 for 20 days in
any 30 day consecutive period and the average trading volume of the ordinary
shares during that period is greater than 1 per cent of the then issued
ordinary shares. In such circumstances, the price payable for such transfer
shall be calculated using the Exchange Ratio.
- at the holder's option, be transferable to NYX, in whole or in part, in
exchange for consideration on or after the tenth anniversary of completion of
the Transaction, provided the average 20-day volume weighted trading price of
the ordinary shares of NYX is less than Initial Liquidation Price. In such
circumstances, the consideration payable for such transfer shall be (at the
election of the holder) either (i) a number of ordinary shares in NYX
calculated using the Exchange Ratio but using the subscription price from the
"bought deal" private placement of $2.75 in lieu of the Initial Liquidation
Price; or (ii) a cash payment calculated using the Exchange Ratio.
- In order to comply with applicable TSXV requirements, none of the conversion
rights and obligations of the Convertible Preference Shares that would result in
William Hill holding 20 per cent or more of the issued and outstanding ordinary
shares of NYX at the relevant time shall be exercisable in respect of that excess
amount unless and until NYX has obtained shareholder approval in respect of the
conversion of such excess. NYX expects to address the request for such shareholder
approval at its next AGM, which is expected to be held in Q2 2016.
- In the event that NYX is unable to obtain shareholder approval for the excess
conversion rights of William Hill, certain penalties will be imposed on NYX under
the terms of the arrangements with William Hill.
- For so long as William Hill holds 75 per cent of its initial investment and SkyBet
holds 100 per cent of its initial investment (each subject to exceptions), they
shall be entitled to customary reserved matters that prevent the circumvention of
the rights and/or value of the Convertible Preference Shares.
- The issuance of the Convertible Preference Shares remains subject to the review
and approval of the TSXV.
- $10.0 million investment by a strategic investor in unsecured convertible
debentures, which will bear interest at a rate of 10% annually and will mature on June
30, 2019. The convertible debentures will automatically convert into Special Warrants
as part of the Offering (defined below) at the Offering Price (defined below) upon
completion of the Transaction.

Bought Private Placement Offering  

The Transaction will also be funded through a "bought deal" private placement offering of subscription receipts as further described below.

NYX has entered into an underwriting agreement (the "Underwriting Agreement") to sell, on a bought deal basis, 54,550,000 subscription receipts ("Subscription Receipts") at a price of $2.75 per Subscription Receipt (the "Offering Price") for gross proceeds of $150.0 million (the "Offering") to Canaccord Genuity Corp. ("Canaccord Genuity"), Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd. ("Macquarie Canada", together with Canaccord Genuity, the "Co-Leads") and a syndicate of underwriters (together with Canaccord Genuity and Macquarie Canada, the "Underwriters"). Each Subscription Receipt will entitle the holder thereof to receive, upon the Transaction closing, without payment of additional consideration or further action, one special warrant of NYX ("Special Warrant") in exchange for each Subscription Receipt.

Following the issuance of the Subscription Receipts, the Company will use its commercially reasonable efforts to file a prospectus in order to qualify in Canada the issuance of the underlying ordinary shares and warrants of NYX upon conversion of the Special Warrants. Each Special Warrant will automatically convert into one ordinary share and one-quarter of an ordinary share purchase warrant (each whole warrant, a "Warrant") upon the earlier of (i) the third business day following the issuance of a final receipt for the prospectus, and (ii) the date that is four months and one day from the date of the closing of the Offering. The net proceeds of the Offering will be used to fund in part the Transaction, certain costs related to the Transaction and for general corporate purposes. Each whole Warrant will entitle the holder to acquire one ordinary share of NYX for an exercise price of $3.50 per ordinary share at any time for a period of three years following the closing of the Offering.

The Offering is expected to close on or about April 25, 2016 and is subject to certain conditions including, but not limited to, the receipt of all necessary approvals including the approval of the TSXV.

NYX has granted the Underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 8.2 million Subscription Receipts on the same terms as the Offering (the "Underwriters' Option"), representing additional gross proceeds of $22.5 million if the Underwriters' Option is exercised in full. The Underwriters' Option is exercisable at any time up to 48 hours prior to the closing of the Offering. If exercised, the net proceeds of the Underwriters' Option are expected to be used in connection with the Transaction and for general corporate purposes.

The Subscription Receipts will be issued pursuant to a subscription receipt agreement (the "Subscription Receipt Agreement") whereby the proceeds of the Offering, less 50% of the underwriters' commission payable in connection therewith and certain transaction expense amounts, will be held in escrow by a third party Subscription Receipt agent pending delivery of notice of the closing of the Transaction. If: (i) the Transaction does not close on or prior to July 4, 2016 (which date may be extended up to an additional 30 days by the Co-Leads on behalf of the Underwriters, in their sole discretion); or (ii) NYX advises the Subscription Receipt agent and the Co-Leads or announces to the public that the Transaction will not be completed (in either case, a termination event, and the date upon which such event occurs, the "Termination Date"), the Subscription Receipt agent and NYX will return to holders of Subscription Receipts an amount per Subscription Receipt equal to the Offering Price plus a pro rata share of the interest earned on the escrowed funds, net of any applicable withholding taxes, and the Subscription Receipts will be cancelled.

The securities to be issued under the Offering will be offered by way of private placement exemptions in all the provinces and territories of Canada, in the United States on a private placement basis pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements pursuant to Rule 144A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and to qualified institutional investors outside of Canada and the United States on a private placement or equivalent basis. All securities issued pursuant to the Offering will be subject to a statutory four-month hold period in accordance with Canadian securities legislation, subject to the prospectus qualification referred to above. The securities being offered have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons absent U.S. registration or an applicable exemption from the U.S. registration requirements. This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities.

Transaction Details 

The Agreement provides for the acquisition by NYX Digital Gaming (OB SPV) Limited, a newly incorporated wholly-owned subsidiary of Holdco ("Bidco"), of the entire issued share capital of OpenBet and certain outstanding shareholder loan notes issued by a member of the OpenBet group from the Sellers for an enterprise value of GBP270 million. As at December 31, 2015, OpenBet had total assets of GBP144.5 million and total liabilities (including shareholder loans) of GBP307.2 million.

Pursuant to the pricing mechanism adopted by the parties, Bidco has also agreed to pay the Sellers additional consideration at the rate of GBP48,000 per day for the period between the date of the Agreement and completion of the Transaction to reflect the fact that NYX will have had the benefit of the OpenBet group trading since 30 September 2015.

Completion of the Agreement is conditional on the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch of the British Columbia Ministry of Public Scrutiny and Solicitor General having approved the Acquisition pursuant to the British Columbia Control Act SBC 2002 (the "Acquisition Condition") within 3 months after the date of the date of this announcement (or such later date as the parties may agree) (the "Long Stop Date").

If Bidco fails to satisfy the Acquisition Condition or otherwise fails to proceed to completion if it is in a position to do so on or before the Long Stop Date, Bidco is required to pay to the Sellers a reverse break fee in the amount of up to GBP15 million and may also be liable for damages for breach of contract. NYX (which has guaranteed the performance of Bidco's obligations under the Agreement), a subsidiary of William Hill and a subsidiary of SkyBet have entered into a separate agreement which sets out the basis upon which those parties will be responsible for the payment and/or funding of the reverse break fee should it become payable.

As is customary with deals involving institutional sellers, the warranties provided by those parties are limited in scope. In addition, key members of the OpenBet management team have provided customary warranties relating to the OpenBet group's business and operations and NYX has obtained warranty and indemnity insurance. All parties involved in the Transaction and financings related thereto are not at non-arm's length to NYX.

OpenBet's financial statements were prepared in accordance with UK Accounting Standards and applicable law (UK Generally Accepted Accounting Practice).


Canaccord Genuity and Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc. are acting as exclusive financial advisors to NYX in connection with the Transaction. The Underwriters are represented by Cassels Brock and Blackwell LLP. Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc is acting as financial advisor to the Sellers. NYX is represented by Stikeman Elliott LLP and Dentons UKMEA LLP acting as U.K. counsel. The Sellers are represented by Dickson Minto W.S., acting as U.K. counsel.

Conference Call  

NYX will host a conference call on April 4th, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. ET. To access via tele-conference, please dial 647-427-7450 or 1-888-231-8191. The presentation will be available for viewing at: http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=1162620&s=1&k=4E849102515DAB558035323BF5174BD6

The playback will be made available two hours after the event at 416-849-0833 or 1-855-859-2056. The Conference ID number is 78062340. Media representatives are welcome to participate on the call on a listen-only basis.

NYX Poker 

In addition to the OpenBet acquisition, NYX has also reached an agreement to sell its European Poker Business, a division within the business known as Ongame. As part of the agreement, a partner with proven experience in the industry will take on all costs, customer contracts and development for the poker product. NYX will retain both a significant share of the new business and exclusive rights to use the poker product across North America. The agreement is effective as of March 31st, 2016.

About NYX Gaming Group Limited 

NYX Gaming Group Limited is a premier digital gaming supplier headquartered in Las Vegas, USA with a staff of more than 445 employees based in 8 countries across Europe, North America and Australia. The Company provides one of the world's largest portfolios of leading content and technology to some of the foremost gaming operators, lotteries and casinos across the globe. NYX also has one of the broadest distribution bases in the industry with over 170 unique customers and a collective game catalogue of over 650 games. The market leading game catalogue includes slots, table games, scratch cards, lottery, bingo and poker available across web and mobile formats.

NYX Gaming Group Limited is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol .

Forward-Looking Statements 

Certain statements included herein, including those that express management's expectations or estimates of NYX's future performance, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Any statements that are contained in this news release that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are often identified by terms such as "may", "will", "should", "expect", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "intend", "estimate", "potential" or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to: the proposed financing details and sources used to fund the Transaction, the timing of the distribution of the Subscription Receipts, expectations or projections about strategies and goals for growth and expansion, accretive earnings, anticipated revenue and realization of cost synergies associated with the acquisition of OpenBet. In particular, there can be no assurances that the Transaction will be completed or that any financing alternatives that may be available to the Company to fund the Transaction will be realized on terms satisfactory to the Company, if at all. Forward looking statements are based on certain assumptions regarding the OpenBet's expected growth, results of operations, performance, industry trends and growth opportunities. Additional key assumptions on which forward-looking information is based include assumptions about regulatory decisions and outcomes, access to capital markets, timing and completion of the Transaction, and the realization of the anticipated benefits and synergies of the Transaction.

Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management at this time, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive risks, uncertainties and contingencies that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward looking statements. Applicable risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: credit, market, currency, operational, liquidity and funding risks, including changes in economic conditions, interest rates or tax rates, the impact of government regulation on the on-line gaming industry and the risk that such regulation is subject to change, competition from other providers of online gaming services, the possibility that the Company will be unable to successfully integrate OpenBet's business as described herein, the risks associated with international and foreign operations, the impact of consolidations in the online gaming industry and the other risks identified under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's final long form prospectus dated December 18, 2014, and final short from prospectus dated July 9, 2015, each as filed on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com, and in other filings that NYX may make with applicable securities authorities in the future. The forward-looking statements contained herein reflect NYX's current views with respect to future events, and except as required by law, NYX does not intend, and undertakes no obligation, to update any forward-looking statements to reflect, in particular, new information or future events, or otherwise. Any forward-looking statements or facts (including financial information) related to OpenBet's business discussed or disclosed herein are derived from information obtained from OpenBet and publicly available sources and has not been independently verified by the Company.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Non-IFRS Measures 

In this press release, the Company uses the terms "EBITDA", "accretive" and "free-cash-flow". These terms do not have a standardized meaning in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and, are therefore, unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Rather, these measures are provided as additional information to complement those IFRS measures by providing further understanding of NYX's operations from management's perspective. Accordingly, they should not be considered in isolation nor as a substitute for analysis of financial information reported under IFRS. NYX believes that non-IFRS measures are important supplemental measures of operating performance because they eliminate items that have less bearing on operating performance and thus highlight trends in core business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on IFRS measures.

The Company's method for calculating EBITDA may differ from that used by other issuers and, accordingly, this measure may not be comparable to EBITDA used by other issuers. For a further definition and explanation of non-IFRS measures, see the Company's management's discussion and analysis, containing a full analysis of financial results, available on http://www.sedar.com.

EBITDA, as used in this press release, represents net earnings before financing expenses, taxes, and amortization.

Note: Exchange rate of $1.87 CAD per GPB applied

For Media Enquiries please contact: Huw Thomas, Chief Corporate Development and Marketing Officer, NYX Gaming Group, M: +44-7833-296-091, E: huw.thomas@nyxgg.com; Olivia Gillibrand, Head of Marketing, OpenBet, Tel: +44-7701-037-513, E: olivia.gillibrand@openbet.com

For Investor Relations Enquiries please contact: Joann Head, Head of Investor Relations, NYX Gaming Group, M: +1-702-586-5711, E: joann.head@nyxgg.com

For William Hill PLC Media Enquiries: Ciaran O'Brien, Director of Communications, T: +44(0)20-8918-3614

NYX Gaming Group Limited

PR Newswire

Dit persbericht is via ANP Pers Support naar internationale (vak en online) media gestuurd. Heb je nieuws voor buitenlandse journalisten? Bekijk dan onze mogelijkheden of neem contact met ons op.

Verstuur nu éénmalig een persbericht

Verstuur persberichten en beeldmateriaal naar redacties in binnen- en buitenland. Via het ANP-net, het internationale medianetwerk van PR Newswire of met een perslijst op maat.

Direct persbericht versturen