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Catena Media plc promulgates the early redemption of existing bonds

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Catena Media plc, a performance marketing company released a notification that states that it will redeem in full its outstanding bonds 2016/2019 with ISIN SE0008964720 (the “Existing Bonds”).With the early redemption date set to March 16, 2018.

Clinging to the terms and conditions of the Existing Bonds, all Existing Bonds will be redeemed at the redemption price of 103.38 per cent. of the nominal amount (i.e. EUR 103,380 per Existing Bond). Any accrued and unpaid interest will also be paid in respect of the Existing Bonds in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Existing Bonds.

Each person registered as the owner of Existing Bonds in the debt register maintained by Euroclear Sweden will be paid the redemption amount at the end of business on March 9, 2018. With regard to the redemption, the Existing Bonds will be delisted from Nasdaq Stockholm.

A notice of early redemption is sent directly to registered owners and registered authorised nominees (Sw. förvaltare) of the Existing Bonds as of February 16, 2018, in the debt register.

This announcement is for information purposes only and is not to be construed as an offer to purchase or sell or a solicitation of an offer to purchase or sell with respect to any securities of Catena Media.

About Catena Media

Catena Media plc is an online performance marketing company that has established a leading position through strong organic growth and acquisitions. The business was started in 2012 and the group had 282 employees by the end of 2017 in the US, Australia, Japan, Serbia, UK, and Malta, where the Head Office is situated. In 2017, revenues reached EUR 67,6 million. The company is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm Mid Cap.

Further information is available at www.catenamedia.com.

Catena Media plc (“Catena Media” or “the Group”) has successfully placed EUR 150 million senior unsecured bonds due 2021 (the “New Bonds”) under a framework of EUR 250 million (the “New bond Loan”). The interest rate for the New Bonds is Euribor 3m + 5.50 percent, with a Euribor floor at 0. Catena Media intends to list the New Bonds on Nasdaq Stockholm.

The proceeds from the transaction will be used to refinance Catena Media’s existing EUR 100 million outstanding bonds with ISIN SE0008964720 maturing in September 2019 (the “Existing Bonds”) and for general corporate purposes, including acquisitions.

Through the issue of the New Bond Loan, the Company secures multiple financial benefits compared to the Existing Bonds including i.a.:

Reduced interest rate margin, from 6.75% to 5.50%

Increased framework amount, from EUR 100 million to EUR 250 million

Release of security, which security can be utilized for other sources of financing

Increased permission for additional debt, including bank debt, from approximately EUR 3 million to the higher of EUR 30 million or 75% of the Group’s EBITDA

Henrik Persson Ekdahl, the Acting CEO said:  “We are very pleased with the great interest that has been shown from investors to participate in this transaction, both from our existing bondholders rolling over to the New Bonds as well as from new investors. The New Bonds provide us with a lower cost of financing as well as increased flexibility for additional financing, which we consider as an important step in our continued development. With this, we have enhanced our capacity to continue on our strategic path and to be a leading player in the ongoing consolidation of the affiliate market space.”

Further information regarding the redemption of the Existing Bonds will be announced by Catena Media in a separate press release.

Carnegie and Danske Bank acted as Joint Bookrunners to Catena Media in connection with the transaction and Gernandt & Danielsson acted as legal advisor.

For further information, please contact:

Henrik Persson Ekdahl, Acting CEO, Catena Media Plc
Phone: +46 706 91 43 43, E-mail: henrik.persson@catenamedia.com

Åsa Hillsten, Head of IR & Communications, Catena Media Plc
Phone: +46 700 81 81 17, E-mail: asa.hillsten@catenamedia.com

This information is the affirmation that Catena Media plc is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact persons above, on February 16th, 2018 at 15:30 CET.

 


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DAO.Casino is launching Sandbox for game developers

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Game developers will be able to become pioneers in the development of decentralized games for the gambling industry using DAO.Casino protocol.

 

On September 17, 2018, DAO.Casino is opening Sandbox for developers, independent teams and game development studios that choose to harness the power of the rapidly developing DApp industry.

Since Monday everyone may submit their application for Sandbox on the official Sandbox page.

The Sandbox project is designed by DAO.Casino developers. Participants of Sandbox will learn the basics of decentralized applications development on DAO.Casino protocol. Developers participating in Sandbox will learn to create, design and deploy decentralized games and applications on Ethereum blockchain.

DAO.Casino is planning to reward most active developers for their constructive feedback on the improvement and optimization of the SDK and related documentation. The company will separately announce the details of the rewards program later this fall.

“We are confident that the Sandbox project will play an important role in our collaboration with studios and independent game developers. We cannot wait to see our product helping developers unleash their creative and entrepreneurial talents and apply those to one of the most groundbreaking technologies of the XXI century. — states Ilya Tarutov, CEO, DAO.Casino. – I am sure that the products we’re developing will transform the online gambling into a fair and transparent industry for all of the involved parties: casino operators, developers, and affiliate marketers. “

“We are launching the Sandbox with the goal of enabling as many developers as possible to learn to create decentralized games. We have achieved an important milestone by starting to accept applications from developers all around the world who share our idea to make online gambling fair and transparent. With our technology, developers can take the whole gambling industry to the next level” – says Alexandra Fetisova from DAO.Casino.

DAO.Casino disrupted the online gambling industry in 2017 by starting the development of the protocol based on Ethereum blockchain technology. DAO.Casino protocol ensures the automation of transactions and facilitates interactions between all the industry participants: casino operators, game developers, and affiliate marketers. DAO.Casino team is fully dedicated to developing the best products and making the gambling industry a better place.

 


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Big Time Gaming licences patented mechanic to Storm Gaming

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BTG licences its patented and trademarked MegaWays™ mechanic to UK-based developer Storm Gaming Technology Ltd

 

Pioneering online slot developer, Big Time Gaming, has struck yet another deal to licence its patented and trademarked MegaWays™ mechanic to Storm Gaming. Storm Gaming will be combining this with some of its brand licenses including I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, The Chase and Tipping Point to take its slots to the next level and deliver a superior player experience. The partnership will allow Storm Gaming to design and develop its own games using MegaWays™, which debuted in Big Time Gaming’s Dragon Born over three years ago.

Blueprint, another licensee of MegaWays™ has had great success leveraging BTG’s ground breaking IP, and Storm are sure to follow suit with a range of interesting products penned for land-based and online deployment Q1 2019.

MegaWays™ is a random reel modifier system that allows any given spin to produce a different number of symbols across the reels, allowing players to experience a totally different game with every spin. Big Time Gaming has cornered the market with this innovation with games like Bonanza, White Rabbit and Extra Chilli, and will be launching Who Wants to be a Millionaire in November – the most anticipated branded slot launch in history.

Nik Robinson, Big Time Gaming CEO, said: “We’re looking forward to seeing how Storm use the MegaWays™ mechanic. Storm has some highly entertaining IP licenses that will work seamlessly with MegaWays™.”

Steve Murray from Storm Gaming, said: “The MegaWays™ concept is remarkable; it provides for and delivers exciting game play on a whole new level. “We shall be using MegaWays™ on new Storm concepts and licensed IP with a number of launches set for the coming months.”


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AGA Releases New Research On Economic Impact Of Gaming Industry

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Report shows 9.5 percent increase in economic output; industry now supports 1.8 million jobs nationwide

 

the American Gaming Association (AGA) released a new study examining the striking impact the gaming industry has on the U.S. economy – providing stable jobs to nearly two million Americans and generating billions of dollars in tax revenue. This is the first comprehensive report on the gaming industry’s national economic impact since 2014.

Oxford Economics’ 2018 study found that the U.S. gaming industry:

  • Contributes $261 billion to the U.S. economy, a 9.5 percent increase since 2014;
  • Supports nearly 1.8 million jobs, up from 1.7 million jobs in 2014; and
  • Generates $40.8 billion in tax revenues to federal, state and local governments.

“Gaming companies across the country are enabling long-lasting careers for their employees and making a huge impact on their communities through innovative partnerships with local nonprofits, volunteerism and the generation of revenue that supports critical services. The industry’s tax revenue alone provides enough funding to hire 692,000 new teachers,” said Sara Slane, senior vice president of public affairs for the American Gaming Association. “Since our last study in 2014, casino gaming has expanded into new markets, offered innovative new entertainment options and enhanced its position as a key contributor to local, state and federal economies.”

The research was commissioned by AGA and conducted by Oxford Economics. More information about the study can be viewed here.

About AGA: 

The American Gaming Association is the premier national trade group representing the $261 billion U.S. casino industry, which supports 1.8 million jobs nationwide. AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, gaming suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to achieve sound policies and regulations consistent with casino gaming’s modern appeal and vast economic contributions.


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