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INSIDE INFORMATION: STOCKHOLM, 24 September 2021 – The Board of Directors of Goodbye Kansas Group AB (publ) (“Goodbye Kansas” or the “Company”) has today, on the basis of the authorization from the Extraordinary General Meeting held on 20 September 2021 (the "EGM"), resolved on a new issue of class B shares with preferential rights for existing shareholders in the Company (the “Rights Issue”). The Rights Issue encompasses 270,329,317 shares at a subscription price of SEK 0.37. The Rights Issue is fully covered by subscription undertakings by certain existing shareholders, and guarantee commitments from existing shareholders and new investors. The Company will receive gross proceeds of approximately SEK 100 million in the Rights Issue.
The Rights Issue in brief
Background and reasons
Goodbye Kansas utilizes cutting-edge technology and world-class artistry to produce digital content, create IP’s and develop scalable products. The Company’s strategic priorities include realizing synergies through cross-selling and the use of common technical platforms, to increase the share of recurring sales related to licenses and own IP’s, and to utilize the global network of clients to expand internationally.
Goodbye Kansas is continuing to execute on the set strategy towards profitable growth, with a target of an average annual sales growth of 20 percent and an EBITDA margin exceeding 20 percent by 2024. As part of this, Goodbye Kansas on 8 July 2021 announced a cost optimization program, a new bridge loan facility of SEK 55 million (the “Bridge Facility”) and the forthcoming Rights Issue amounting to approximately SEK 100 million.
The gross proceeds from the Rights Issue will be used for the refinancing of the bridge financing of SEK 36 million previously announced on 22 June 2021, the Bridge Facility of SEK 55 million, accrued interest on the loans and transaction costs.
Growth initiatives and operational momentum
The Bridge Facility incurred in July 2021 have allowed the Company to work with full focus to deliver on its strategic objectives. The proceeds from the loan have been utilised for growth initiatives in Goodbye Kansas Studios, which now sees a strong operational momentum with multiple completed and ongoing VFX projects for various high-profile productions (recurring clients including e.g. Amazon, BBC, Netflix and Rovio). The studio has a significantly larger pipeline of profitable VFX projects today compared to September 2020 as the Film and TV segment is recovering back towards pre Covid-19 activity. Goodbye Kansas Studios accounted for 92% of the Company’s revenues in Q2 2021 and is targeted to be profitable in 2022.
Proceeds from the Bridge Facility have also contributed to the financing of projects within the business area Games & Apps such as the partnership with Keywords Studios Electric Square, a globally recognized game developer, for the location-based mobile game based on Hello Kitty, which is proceeding according to plan and is set to release in 2022. Goodbye Kansas is looking forward to the launch of the game as the world is opening and Covid-19 restrictions are withdrawn. With Hello Kitty being one of the world’s most famous IP’s, Goodbye Kansas believes the game has high potential to attract attention when released. In addition to Hello Kitty, Games & Apps will soon carry out a test-launch of an app that has been developed in collaboration with the social network ZEPETO which will allow its 250 million users to use their 3D avatars in new digital environments.
Cost optimisation program
The cost optimisation program announced on 8 July 2021 has been initiated throughout the organisation with the objective of reaching a total of SEK 38 million in annual cost reductions. The cost optimisation initiatives are proceeding according to plan and will together with the operational initiatives financed by the proceeds from the Bridge Facility and Rights Issue increase efficiency throughout the organisation.
Subscription undertakings and guarantee commitments
Goodbye Kansas’ CEO Peter Levin, Chairman of the Board Per Anders Wärn and the Company's largest shareholder Brofund Equity AB, have undertaken to subscribe for their respective pro rata shareholding in the Rights Issue, totalling approximately SEK 15 million, corresponding to approximately 15 percent of the Rights Issue. In addition to the subscription commitments, Modelio Equity, Chairman of the Board Per Anders Wärn, the Company's largest shareholder Brofund Equity AB and K2L Förvaltning AB have provided guarantee commitments totalling approximately SEK 85 million, corresponding to 85 percent of the Rights Issue, which means that the Rights Issue is fully guaranteed.
Neither the subscription undertakings nor the guarantee commitments are secured by a bank guarantee, blocked funds, pledges or similar arrangements. For the guarantee commitments, there is a customary guarantee commission, conforming to the prevailing market conditions, of 8.0 percent of the guaranteed amount. No compensation is paid to the parties that have provided subscription undertakings. The Rights Issue is thus fully covered through subscription undertakings and guarantee commitments.
Terms of the Rights Issue
The Board of Directors of the Company has today, on the basis of the authorization of the EGM held on 20 September 2021, resolved to carry out a new issue of 270,329,317 class B shares with preferential rights for existing shareholders in the Company. The maximum number of class B shares that may be issued is 270,329,317 at a subscription price of SEK 0.37 per share which, at full subscription, will result in gross proceeds of SEK 100 million before deduction of costs related to the Rights Issue. The costs of the Rights Issue are estimated at approximately SEK 8.9 million (primarily consisting of compensation for guarantee commitments and fees to advisors). Goodbye Kansas’ share capital will increase by SEK 7,722,312.
Those who are registered as shareholders in Goodbye Kansas’ share register maintained by Euroclear Sweden AB on the record date 1 October 2021 receive one (1) subscription right for each share held in Goodbye Kansas. Two (2) subscription rights entitle to subscription for five (5) new shares. Only entire new shares can be subscribed for (i.e., no fractions). Application for subscription for new shares can also be made without subscription rights.
If all new shares are not subscribed for with subscription rights, the Board of Directors will, within the limit of the maximum amount of the Rights Issue decide on allotment of new shares in accordance with the following:
To the extent allotment in accordance with the above cannot be made pro rata, allotment shall be made by drawing of lots.
For existing shareholders who decide not to exercise their subscription rights to subscribe for new shares in the Rights Issue, a dilution effect of a maximum of 270,329,317 shares arises, corresponding to approximately 71 per cent of the total number of shares in Goodbye Kansas after the Rights Issue and approximately 71 per cent of the total number of votes in Goodbye Kansas after the Rights Issue. Shareholders who do not participate in the Rights Issue have an opportunity to receive economic compensation for the dilution by selling their subscription rights. In order not to lose the value of the subscription rights, the holder must either use these to subscribe for new shares within the subscription period or sell the subscription rights that are not to be exercised within the period for trading in subscription rights.
Subscription for new shares with subscription rights shall be made by payment in cash during the period 5 October – 19 October 2021. Subscription for new shares without subscription rights shall be made on a separate subscription list during the period 5 October – 19 October 2021. Payment for shares subscribed for without subscription rights shall be made not later than two banking days from the date of the issue of the contract note stating the allotment of shares. The Board of Directors have the right to extend the subscription period and postpone the payment date.
Securities legislation applicable in certain jurisdictions may affect the possibility for certain foreign shareholders and other investors to receive subscription rights and subscribe for shares in the Rights Issue, please see the section “Important information” below.
Full terms and conditions for the Rights Issue and further information regarding net proceeds, guarantee commitments etc. will be disclosed in the prospectus which will be published by the Company no later than in conjunction with the commencement of the subscription period.
Timetable for the Rights Issue
ABG Sundal Collier has been engaged as financial advisor and Baker McKenzie as legal advisor to Goodbye Kansas in connection with the Rights Issue.
For further information, please contact:
Peter Levin, CEO and Managing Director, Goodbye Kansas Group AB (publ)
e-mail: email@example.com Phone: +46 (0) 73 041 63 93
Anders Lundström; CFO
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Goodbye Kansas Group
Goodbye Kansas Group AB (publ) is a leading supplier of technology driven visual content. The company creates award-winning visual experiences for all media and offers products that combine cutting-edge technology with world-class artistry. In order to realize growth opportunities the Group has created three business areas: Visual Content & Brand, IP & Products and Games & Apps. Visual Content & Brand offers visual content for film, TV and games. IP & Products develops IP for film and TV, offers VR-training solutions and a SaaS platform that visualizes e-retailers’ products through AR. Games & Apps develops location based mobile games and offers an app for 3D animation. Goodbye Kansas Group is listed on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market and has studios and offices in Stockholm (HQ), London, Helsinki, Vilnius, Belgrade, Los Angeles, Beijing and Manilla.
The company has G&W Fondkommission as Certified Adviser, Kungsgatan 3, Stockholm, Stockholm, email: email@example.com, phone. +46 (0)8-503 000 50.
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This announcement does not identify or suggest, or purport to identify or suggest, the risks (direct or indirect) that may be associated with an investment in the new shares. Any investment decision in connection with the Rights Issue must be made on the basis of all publicly available information relating to the Company and the Company’s shares. Such information has not been independently verified by any party involved in the Rights Issue. The information contained in this announcement is for background purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete. No reliance may be placed for any purpose on the information contained in this announcement or its accuracy or completeness. The advisors are acting for the Company in connection with the Rights Issue and no one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to its clients nor for giving advice in relation to the Rights Issue or any other matter referred to herein.
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Information to distributors
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Irrespective of the Target Market Assessment, distributors should note that: the price of the securities in the Company may decline and investors could lose all or part of their investment; the Company’s securities offer no guaranteed income and no capital protection; and an investment in the Company’s securities 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 Rights Issue.
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