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Media and Games Invest announces preliminary financial figures for the third quarter 2020, increases its revenue and EBITDA forecast for 2020 and evaluates debt financing
Media and Games Invest plc (“MGI” or the “Company”, ISIN: MT0000580101; Ticker: M8G; Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market and Scale Segment Frankfurt Stock Exchange), hereby announces the Company’s preliminary financial figures for the third quarter 2020. The preliminary financial figures shows, after a good first and second quarter 2020, strong revenue and EBITDA growth in the third quarter 2020. As a result of the preliminary financial figures, the Company announces an increase of its revenue and EBITDA forecast for FY2020. Furthermore, MGI evaluates the possibilities for non-equity financing options with the intention to mainly use the proceeds thereof to redeem the outstanding bond in the subsidiary gamigo AG.
Preliminary financial figures for the third quarter 2020
Based on preliminary figures, revenue grew by 29 percent to EUR 35.0 million in Q3 2020 (Q3 2019: EUR 27.1 million) and adjusted EBITDA1 grew by 61 percent to EUR 6.4 million (Q3 2019: EUR 4.0 million).The overall revenue and EBITDA growth is also based on a continuously increasing organic growth, which amounted year to date (YTD) to 16 percent in the games portfolio.
For the last twelve months (LTM) ended 30 September 2020, revenue and adjusted EBITDA2 amounted to EUR 119.7 million and EUR 24.8 million, respectively. Net interest bearing debt3, adjusted for the net proceeds from the capital increase of SEK 300 million settled on 6 October 2020, amounted to EUR 49.3 million, which leads to a net leverage ratio4 of 2.0, as per 30 September 2020.
|In mEUR||Q3 2020||Q3 2019||Jan – Sep 2020||Jan – Sep 2019||Q3 2020 LTM||FY 2019|
|YoY revenue growth||29%||–||64%||–||–||157%|
|Adj. EBITDA margin||18%||15%||21%||22%||
Adjusted forecast for the financial year 2020
Based on the preliminary unaudited results in Q3 2020 and the improved expectations for the fourth quarter 2020 MGI raises its revenue and EBITDA forecast for the second time in 2020. MGI expects revenues in the range of EUR 125-135 million and an EBITDA in the range of EUR 23-26 million for the financial year 2020.
Potential non-equity financing
In light of this positive operational and economic development of the Company, MGI is now evaluating further non-equity financing options where such financing will mainly be intended to refinance the existing EUR 50 million bond in the Company’s subsidiary gamigo AG as well as for general corporate purposes of the group (including investments for organic growth, capital expenditures and acquisitions). MGI has mandated Pareto Securities to investigate and evaluate the market conditions to conduct a debt capital raising.
Note (1) EBITDA: Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.
Note (2) Adjusted EBITDA: Reported EBITDA excluding one-time costs
Note (3) Net interest bearing debt: Interest bearing Financial Indebtedness excluding Shareholder Loans minus Cash and Cash Equivalents
Note (4) Net leverage ratio: Net Interest Bearing Debt divided by adjusted EBITDA for the past 12 months excluding Shareholder Loans
This information is such information Media and Games Invest plc is obliged to make public in accordance with the (EU) Market Abuse Regulation 596/2014. The information in this release has been made public through the agency of the responsible persons set out below for publication at the time stated by MGI’s news distributor EQS Newswire at the publication of this release. The responsible persons below may be contacted for further information.
For further information, please contact:
Chairman of the Board and CEO
+49 40 411 885206
Head of Investor Relations
+49 170 376 9571
About Media and Games Invest plc
Media and Games Invest plc is a digital games company with main operational presence in EMEA and North America. The Company has an active position in games supported by a media unit. MGI follows a “Buy, Integrate, Build and Improve” strategy through organic growth and acquisitions. MGI has successfully acquired over 30 companies and assets over the past six years. The Company’s shares are listed on Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market in Stockholm and in the Scale segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The Company’s subsidiary gamigo AG has a bond listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange Open Market.
The Company’s certified advisor on Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market is FNCA Sweden AB; email@example.com, +46-8-528 00 399.
Axel Mühlhaus / Dr. Sönke Knop
Telephone: +49 69 9055 05 51
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Information to distributors
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