ADMISSION AND FIRST DAY OF DEALINGS
Nektan, an international B2B mobile gaming platform provider, is pleased to announce the admission to trading on AIM of its entire issued share capital, and the commencement of dealings, at 8 a.m. today under the ticker code “NKTN”.
- The Group has raised £4.1m (before expenses) at a placing price of 236 pence per Ordinary Share;
- The total number of Ordinary Shares in issue at Admission is 21,228,187, giving the Group a market capitalisation of approximately £50.1m at the Placing
- The Directors view Admission as an important step in the Group’s development, and will assist in enhancing the Group’s credibility within commercial discussions while providing the Company the opportunity to access capital when commercial opportunities arise;
- The funds raised via the Placing will be used to expand the Group’s business development and product development; provide sufficient working capital to support the operation of the Group’s end-to-end platform, ‘Evolve’; and provide headroom for further investment in product development to expand its mobile gaming suite;
- On Admission, Directors of the Company will hold 29.2 per cent. of the Company’s ordinary Shares which will be subject to a 12 month lock-in period. A further 16.2 per cent. of the Company’s Ordinary Shares will similarly be subject to a 12 month lock-in period.
- Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited is acting as Nominated Adviser and sole Broker to the Company.
- An international, licensed operator of a wholly owned technology platform built for the delivery of mobile gaming content in regulated markets;
- Since foundation, Nektan has been purely focused on mobile gaming, the fastest growing segment in gaming that is predicted to be worth more than €19 billion of gross gaming revenue by 2018;
- The Group’s gaming platform, ‘Evolve’, provides a full end-to-end white label, mobile solution for any business;
- The Group is targeting the US and Europe with a B2B product-driven growth strategy;
- Nektan currently has a number of live white label partners including Go Win Casino, Red8Casino, Rethotgoldrush, and Winzino. In addition, the contracted pipeline includes City A.M., RTL Group, Mr. Green, and a scale US-based media owner;
On joining AIM, Gary Shaw, Executive Chairman of Nektan, commented:
“We are delighted with the investor response to the Placing which recognises Nektan’s wholly owned technology platform and B2B growth opportunities in the US and in Europe for mobile gaming. Admission to AIM is a significant milestone Nektan’s development, and will assist in enhancing the Group’s credibility within commercial discussions. The funds raised will in part be used expand Nektan’s mobile gaming suite, and the Group is now well positioned to capture significant growth opportunities in the fastest growing segment in gaming.”
Gary Shaw, Executive Chairman
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|Panmure Gordon (Nominated Adviser and Corporate Broker)
Andrew Godber/ Atholl Tweedie/ Duncan Monteith
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|Hudson Sandler (Financial PR)
Nick Lyon/ Alex Brennan
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Defined terms used in this announcement have the same meaning as set out in the Company’s admission document dated 29 October 2014.
Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority, is acting exclusively for the Company and no-one else in connection with this announcement, the Placing and Admission. Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited will not regard any other person as its client in relation to the matters described in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to its clients, nor for providing advice in relation to the Placing and Admission, the contents of this announcement or any transaction, arrangement or other matter referred to herein.
Nektan is an international B2B mobile gaming platform provider. It is a developer and operator of mobile games in the regulated, interactive RMG and freemium gaming space, delivering white label implementations to large commercial organisations that have established online audiences. Formed in 2011, Nektan operates under a full Remote Gambling Licence issued by the Gibraltar Licensing Authority and maintains sales and customer support operations in its two primary geographical targets, Europe and North America, from offices in Gibraltar, London and Las Vegas. The Group has developed a full end-to-end platform, Evolve, which is purely focussed on supporting mobile gaming. Nektan’s white label platform simplifies the route to mobile gaming revenues for its target commercial entities: managing the full customer experience and back-office operations, allowing the partner solely to focus on marketing the product to its consumers.
KEY STRENGTHS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Mobile gaming channels to market
Nektan was formed in 2011 by Gary Shaw to exploit white label gaming opportunities globally. Nektan is a developer and operator of mobile games in the regulated, interactive real money gaming (“RMG”) space and the freemium gaming space (free of charge but where money is charged for additional functionality or features), delivering white label implementations to large commercial organisations that have established online audiences. The Company’s two live primary mobile gaming channels to market, RMG casino and freemium bingo, are intended to be at the forefront of on-demand mobile gaming entertainment, and two further channels, RMG bingo and freemium casino, are planned to commence in 2015.
Increasing demand for on-the-go entertainment and mobile gaming content
By 2017, it is estimated that there could be 3.4 billion smartphones and 905 million tablets in active use worldwide. Nektan’s market opportunity is driven by the increase in ownership of these mobile devices, as well as the increasing demand for on-the-go entertainment on those devices. In addition, the growing demand for gaming content on mobile devices gives rise to estimates of €19 billion of gross gaming revenue being generated from mobile gaming by 2018.
Innovative and scalable technology that provides a disruptive market opportunity
Nektan’s business is centred on its wholly-owned end-to-end platform, ‘Evolve’, which is purely focussed on supporting mobile gaming across all major mobile and touch devices (as opposed to desktop), ensuring its products provide the optimal mobile entertainment experience for end users. The bespoke nature of Evolve gives flexibility to meet new market demands, ensuring it has a speed-to-market advantage and the ability to produce a partner branded solution in a matter of weeks. The platform also offers scalability without introducing technical complexity across both RMG and freemium channels through a connected single network and centralised back-office environment.
US market opportunity
A dual track approach has been taken in regard to developing Nektan’s opportunities in the US. The first track is for its established joint venture, Broadcast Gaming, to deliver freemium mobile gaming platform to established agency targets that retain large online audiences. The Company plans to use celebrity endorsements to promote the freemium mobile bingo product. The second track would see the Company deliver mobile platforms to tribal casino operators to provide Class II and freemium gaming content, representing a major opportunity to access the $27 billion tribal gaming market.
Partnerships and commercial pipeline
Nektan targets large commercial organisations that have established online audiences for its white label gaming offer. The Company manages the full customer experience and all back-office operations, allowing the partner to solely focus on marketing the product to its customers as a distribution network. The Company currently has a number of live white label partners including Go Win Casino, Red8Casino, Redhotgoldrush, and Winzino. In addition, the contracted pipeline includes City A.M., RTL Group, Mr. Green and a scale US-based media owner.
Experienced Board and management team
The Group is led by an experienced management team with proven, individual track records in remote gambling, mobile gaming and delivering white label solutions, with many years’ experience and a deep knowledge of the European and US gaming sectors. The executive management team has previously managed the operations of pioneering companies within the gaming sector, including B2C, B2B, white label and content licensing businesses, and possesses the ability to assist the Company in meeting its strategic goals. Gary Shaw is an entrepreneur with a consistent track record of significant experience of building and leading high growth companies, including when St Enodoc, which Mr Shaw also founded, was acquired by GTECHLottomatica for $55 million (£32.9 million) in 2008. Additionally, there is a high level of listed public company experience at board level, including former roles at Sportingbet and London Capital Group.
Placing and use of proceeds
The Company has successfully completed a fundraising of £4.1 million via a placing occurring over two stages. At Admission, the Company has placed a total of 1,539,831 new Ordinary Shares at the Placing Price, raising approximately £3.6 million (gross) for the Company (the “Initial Tranche Placing”). In addition, Gary Shaw, CEO, has irrevocably undertaken to subscribe for 211,684 Ordinary Shares at the Placing Price by no later than 31 December 2014, raising a further £0.5 million for the Company (the “Second Tranche Placing”) (together, the “Combined Placing”). The Group will use the net proceeds of the Combined Placing to expand the Group’s sales, business development and product development; provide sufficient working capital to support the operation of the ‘Evolve’ platform and mobile gaming channels; and provide headroom for further investment in product development to expand its mobile gaming suite.
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Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements contained within the announcement are forward looking statements and are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the potential returns of the Group and industry and markets in which the Group operates, the Directors’ beliefs and assumptions made by the Directors. Words such as “expects”, “anticipates”, “should”, “intends”, “plans”, “believes”, “seeks”, “estimates”, “projects”, “pipeline” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward looking statements and expectations. These statements are not guarantees of future performance or the ability to identify and consummate investments and involve certain risks, uncertainties, outcomes of negotiations and due diligence and assumptions that are difficult to predict, qualify or quantify. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed in such forward looking statements or expectations. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are: the general economic climate, competition, interest rate levels, loss of key personnel, the result of legal and commercial due diligence, the availability of financing on acceptable terms and changes in the legal or regulatory environment.
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