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Monday 15 July, 2019

GAME Digital PLC

Cancellation of Listing

RNS Number : 4562F
GAME Digital PLC
15 July 2019
 

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY IN, INTO OR FROM ANY JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OR REGULATIONS OF THAT JURISDICTION

GAME Digital plc ("GAME" or the "Company")

Cancellation of Listing

GAME notes the announcement made by Sports Direct International plc ("Sports Direct") today that, as at 1:00 p.m. on 12 July 2019, it owned, had agreed to acquire or had received valid acceptances of the Mandatory Offer in respect of a total of 145,057,695 GAME Shares, representing approximately 83.88% of the issued share capital of GAME at that date, and noting its intention to procure that GAME make applications to request the cancellation of the listing of GAME Shares on the premium listing segment of the Official List of the UK Listing Authority and the cancellation of the admission of the GAME Shares to trading on the London Stock Exchange's main market for listed securities (together, the "Cancellations").

Capitalised terms used but not defined in this announcement have the meaning given to them in the response circular published by GAME on 4 July 2019.

Accordingly, GAME announces that applications will today be made to the UK Listing Authority and the London Stock Exchange to request the Cancellations and GAME confirms that the notice period of 20 business days for the Cancellations commenced on 15 July 2019.

If you do not accept the Mandatory Offer, you will become a minority shareholder in an unlisted subsidiary of Sports Direct, with no certainty of any future opportunity to sell your GAME Shares.

The Cancellations will significantly reduce the liquidity and marketability of any GAME Shares in respect of which the Mandatory Offer has not been accepted. There can be no certainty that GAME would pay any further dividends or other distributions or that such minority GAME shareholders would again be offered an opportunity to sell their GAME Shares on terms which are equivalent to, or not less advantageous than, those under the Mandatory Offer.

The GAME Board accordingly recommends that GAME Shareholders who have not yet done so accept the Mandatory Offer immediately. Full details of how to accept the Mandatory Offer are set out in the Offer Document, and, in respect of GAME Shares held in certificated form, in the Form of Acceptance, both of which are available (subject to certain restrictions in relation to persons resident in Restricted Jurisdictions) on GAME's website (www.gamedigitalplc.com).

Enquiries: 

GAME Digital plc

+44 (0) 12 5678 4000

Martyn Gibbs (Chief Executive Officer)
Ray Kavanagh (Chief Financial Officer)

 

Canaccord Genuity Limited (Financial Adviser and Joint Broker to GAME)

+44 (0) 20 7523 8000

Chris Robinson
Bobbie Hilliam

 

Citigate Dewe Rogerson

+44 (0) 20 7638 9571

Jos Bieneman

Nick Hayns
Michael Russell

 

 

Important notices

Canaccord Genuity, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA, is acting as Rule 3 adviser and joint corporate broker exclusively for GAME and for no one else in connection with the Mandatory Offer and will not regard any other person as its client in relation to the matters referred to in this announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than GAME for providing the protections afforded to clients of Canaccord Genuity, nor for providing advice in relation to the Mandatory Offer or any other matter referred to in this announcement.

This announcement is for information purposes only and is not intended to, and does not, constitute or form part of any offer or invitation to purchase, otherwise acquire, subscribe for, sell or otherwise dispose of, any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval pursuant to the Mandatory Offer or otherwise, in any jurisdiction in which such offer, invitation or solicitation is unlawful. GAME Shareholders are advised to read the response circular published by GAME on 4 July 2019 carefully.

Overseas jurisdictions

The release, publication or distribution of this announcement, in whole or in part, in, into or from jurisdictions other than the United Kingdom may be restricted by law.  Any persons who receive or are able to access this announcement who are subject to the laws of any jurisdiction other than the United Kingdom should inform themselves about, and observe, all such restrictions.  In particular, the ability of persons who are not resident in the United Kingdom to accept the Mandatory Offer may be affected by the laws of the relevant jurisdiction in which they are located.  Any person (including, without limitation, nominees, trustees and custodians) who would, or otherwise intends to, forward this announcement to any jurisdiction outside the United Kingdom should refrain from doing so and seek appropriate professional advice before taking any action.  Any failure to comply with the applicable restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of such jurisdiction.  To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the companies and other persons involved in the Mandatory Offer disclaim any responsibility and liability for the violation of such restrictions by any person or any other failure to satisfy any applicable laws, regulations or requirements.

This announcement does not constitute an offer or invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities pursuant to this announcement or otherwise in any jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation is unlawful. This announcement has been prepared for the purposes of complying with English law and the Code and the information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been disclosed if this announcement had been prepared in accordance with the laws of jurisdictions outside the United Kingdom.

Copies of this announcement and formal documentation relating to the Mandatory Offer will not be made available, directly or indirectly, in or into, or by use of the mails or any other means or instrumentality (including, without limitation, facsimile, e-mail or other electronic transmission, telex or telephone) of interstate or foreign commerce of, or any facility of a national, state or other securities exchange of, any Restricted Jurisdiction, and no person may accept the Mandatory Offer by any such use, means, instrumentality or facility or from within a Restricted Jurisdiction. Copies of this announcement and the formal documentation relating to the Mandatory Offer are not being, and must not be, directly or indirectly, mailed or otherwise forwarded or distributed in, into or from a Restricted Jurisdiction.  Persons receiving this announcement (including custodians, nominees and trustees) must not distribute or send it, in whole or in part, in, into or from a Restricted Jurisdiction.

Forward-looking statements

This announcement contains certain forward-looking statements with respect to GAME. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate only to historical or current facts. Forward-looking statements often use words such as, without limitation, "anticipate", "target", "expect", "estimate", "intend", "plan", "goal", "believe", "aim", "will", "may", "hope", "continue", "would", "could" or "should" or other words of similar meaning or the negative thereof. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements relating to the following: (i) future capital expenditures, expenses, revenues, economic performance, financial conditions, dividend policy, losses and future prospects, (ii) business and management strategies and the expansion and growth of the operations of GAME and (iii) the effects of government regulation on the business of GAME. There are many factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in forward-looking statements. Among such factors are changes in global, political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory forces, future exchange and interest rates, changes in tax rates and future business combinations or disposals. Such statements are qualified in their entirety by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations.

These forward-looking statements are based on numerous assumptions regarding the present and future business strategies of such persons and the environment in which each will operate in the future. Except as expressly provided in this announcement, neither they nor any other statements have been reviewed by the auditors of GAME. By their nature, these forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future. The factors described in the context of such forward-looking statements in this announcement may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of any such person, or industry results and developments, to be materially different from any results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. No assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct and persons reading this announcement are therefore cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements which speak only as at the date of this announcement. Neither GAME, nor its members, directors, officers, employees, advisers or any person acting on behalf of one or more of them, provides any representation, assurance or guarantee that the occurrence of the events expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements in this announcement will actually occur.

Neither GAME, nor its members, directors, officers, employees, advisers or any person acting on behalf of one or more of them, has any intention or accepts any obligation to update publicly or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent legally required. All subsequent oral or written forward-looking statements attributable to GAME or any persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statement above.

Neither GAME, nor its members, directors, officers, employees, advisers or any person acting on behalf of one or more of them, provides any representation, assurance or guarantee that the occurrence of the events expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements in this announcement will actually occur.

No profit forecasts or estimates

No statement in this announcement is intended as a profit forecast or profit estimate for any period, and no statement in this announcement should be interpreted to mean that earnings or earnings per share for the Company, as appropriate, for the current or future financial years would necessarily match or exceed the historical published earnings or earnings per GAME Share, as appropriate.

Publication on a website

In accordance with Rule 26.1 of the Code, a copy of this announcement will be made available (subject to certain restrictions relating to persons resident in Restricted Jurisdictions), free of charge, on GAME's website (www.gamedigitalplc.com) by no later than 12:00 noon on the business day following the date of publication of this announcement.  Save as expressly referred to in this announcement, the contents of that website is not incorporated into, and do not form part of, this announcement.

Requesting hard copy documents

If you have received this announcement electronically, you may (in accordance with Rule 30.3 of the Code) request a hard copy of this announcement, free of charge, by either calling GAME's registrar, Computershare Investor Services PLC, on 0345 002 1125 (from within the UK) or +44 (0)345 002 1125 (from outside the UK), or by writing to Computershare Investor Services PLC, at The Pavilions, Bridgwater Road, Bristol BS13 8AE.  Calls are charged at the standard geographic rate and will vary by provider.  Calls from outside the United Kingdom will be charged at the applicable international rate.  The helpline is open between 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays in England and Wales.  Please note that Computershare cannot provide any financial, legal or tax advice and calls may be recorded and monitored for security and training purposes.  For persons who receive a copy of this announcement in electronic form or via a website notification, a hard copy of this announcement will not be sent unless so requested.  In accordance with Rule 30.3 of the Code, a person so entitled may also request that all future documents, announcements and information to be sent to them in relation to the Mandatory Offer should be in hard copy form.

Disclosure requirements of the Code

Under Rule 8.3(a) of the Code, any person who is interested in 1% or more of any class of relevant securities of an offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror (being any offeror other than an offeror in respect of which it has been announced that its offer is, or is likely to be, solely in cash) must make an Opening Position Disclosure following the commencement of the offer period and, if later, following the announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. An Opening Position Disclosure must contain details of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any securities exchange offeror(s). An Opening Position Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(a) applies must be made by no later than 3:30 p.m. (London time) on the 10th business day following the commencement of the offer period and, if appropriate, by no later than 3:30 pm (London time) on the 10th business day following the announcement in which any securities exchange offeror is first identified. Relevant persons who deal in the relevant securities of the offeree company or of a securities exchange offeror prior to the deadline for making an Opening Position Disclosure must instead make a Dealing Disclosure.

Under Rule 8.3(b) of the Code, any person who is, or becomes, interested in 1% or more of any class of relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror must make a Dealing Disclosure if the person deals in any relevant securities of the offeree company or of any securities exchange offeror. A Dealing Disclosure must contain details of the dealing concerned and of the person's interests and short positions in, and rights to subscribe for, any relevant securities of each of (i) the offeree company and (ii) any securities exchange offeror(s), save to the extent that these details have previously been disclosed under Rule 8. A Dealing Disclosure by a person to whom Rule 8.3(b) applies must be made by no later than 3:30 p.m. (London time) on the business day following the date of the relevant dealing.

If two or more persons act together pursuant to an agreement or understanding, whether formal or informal, to acquire or control an interest in relevant securities of an offeree company or a securities exchange offeror, they will be deemed to be a single person for the purpose of Rule 8.3.

Opening Position Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company and by any offeror and Dealing Disclosures must also be made by the offeree company, by any offeror and by any persons acting in concert with any of them (see Rules 8.1, 8.2 and 8.4).

Details of the offeree and offeror companies in respect of whose relevant securities Opening Position Disclosures and Dealing Disclosures must be made can be found in the Disclosure Table on the Takeover Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk, including details of the number of relevant securities in issue, when the offer period commenced and when any offeror was first identified. You should contact the Panel's Market Surveillance Unit on +44 (0)20 7638 0129 if you are in any doubt as to whether you are required to make an Opening Position Disclosure or a Dealing Disclosure.

General

If you are in any doubt as to what action you should take, you are recommended to seek your own advice immediately from your stockbroker, bank manager, solicitor, accountant or other independent financial adviser authorised under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 if you are in the United Kingdom, or from another appropriately authorised independent financial adviser if you are in a territory outside the United Kingdom.

Time

All times shown in this announcement are London times, unless otherwise stated.

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