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Scout Gaming Group Completes Directed Share Issues And Receives Proceeds Of Approximately SEK 36 Million

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Scout Gaming Group AB announces that the Company successfully has completed two directed share issues amounting to approximately SEK 36 million, corresponding to approximately 3.0 million shares in the Company.

The Board of directors of Scout has, based on the authorization granted by the Annual General Meeting on May 23, 2019, resolved on a directed issue of 1,330,362 shares through a so-called accelerated “book building” procedure (the ”Share Issue”) and on a directed share issue to the existing US shareholder Tekkorp Holding LCC and the Santa Monica-based institutional investor Topline Capital Partners of approximately 1,638,750 shares (the “Directed Share Issue”). The Company receives approximately SEK 16 million before transaction costs from the Share Issue and approximately SEK 20 million before transaction costs from the Directed Share Issue, equal to a total amount of approximately SEK 36 million.

The subscription price has been set to SEK 12 per share through the accelerated book building procedure, which corresponds to a 10.5 percent discount compared to the average volume-weighted price of the Company’s share on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market over the past 30 days. The subscription price in the Directed Share Issue has been set to the same price as in the Share Issue.

The Share Issue was directed to Swedish and international institutional investors. In order to facilitate the execution of the Share Issue, the new shares have initially been subscribed for by ABG Sundal Collier AB at a price corresponding to the shares’ quota value. The shares will be transferred to the new and existing shareholders in the Company in accordance with agreements entered between ABG Sundal Collier and the actual investors. Existing shareholders that have subscribed for shares in the Share Issue include Provobis and Knutsson Holding. In addition, the listed company Enlabs AB (publ) has subscribed through a subsidiary. In connection with received payment from investors in the Share Issue, which is expected to occur around January 24, 2020, the Company will receive the remaining amount, i.e. the difference between the quota value and the price in the Share Issue.

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“Scout Gaming is undergoing an intensive launch phase where we accelerated our growth during the second half of 2019. We have been approached by strategic investors who are important to the company and are pleased to be able to execute this transaction. With the transactions, we have financial flexibility and room for strong growth over the next years”, comments Scout’s CEO Andreas Ternström.

The reason for the deviation from the shareholders’ preferential rights is mainly to raise capital in a time- and cost-efficient manner. Through the Share Issue and the Directed Share Issue, Scout’s product offering will be further strengthened, and the geographical expansion continue.

After the registration of the Share Issue and the Directed Share Issue, the total number of shares in the Company will amount to 17,502,567 shares. The Company’s share capital will increase with approximately SEK 156,269 to SEK 921,188. The Share Issue and the Directed Share Issue entails a dilution of approximately 17 percent of the number of shares in Scout after the Share Issue and the Directed Share Issue.

In connection with the Share Issue, the Company has appointed ABG Sundal Collier as Sole Lead Manager and Bookrunner and Advokatfirman Delphi as legal counsel.

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Funds Advised by Apax Partners LLP Fully Exit their Equity Position in Genius Sports

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Genius Sports Limited announced that Funds advised by Apax Partners LLP (Apax Funds) have fully monetized their equity interest in Genius Sports and no longer holds any shares in the Company. The Apax Funds first acquired a majority interest in Genius Sports in September 2018 and have supported the Company through a period of transformational growth over the last six years.

“Apax has been a tremendous partner to Genius Sports, and we are grateful for their valuable insight and expertise over the last six years. Today marks the conclusion of a very successful partnership, and we look forward to welcoming this next chapter with the ongoing support of our high-quality institutional shareholders,” Mark Locke, Co-Founder and CEO of Genius Sports, said.

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Betsson Receives Highest Possible ESG Rating, AAA, by MSCI

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Betsson AB announced that it has been awarded an AAA rating by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) ESG Ratings, an upgrade from the previous AA level. The AAA rating is the highest possible and confirms Betsson’s dedicated efforts in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices, which form a part of running a profitable business long-term.

Pontus Lindwall, CEO of Betsson AB, said: “Receiving the highest ESG rating from MSCI is a testament to Betsson’s dedication to ethical business practices, responsible gaming, and sustainability. These are constant efforts that span across the entire business as we are continuously striving to improve.”

Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) ESG ratings measure a company’s resilience to long-term ESG risks, helping investors identify ESG risks and opportunities within their portfolios. Ratings range from AAA (highest) to CCC (lowest) based on a company’s exposure to and management of industry specific ESG risks relative to peers. Rated companies incur no costs for the rating. MSCI’s methodology ensures unbiased and independent assessments, maintaining the credibility and objectivity of the evaluations.

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Holland Casino Names Hans van Slooten as New Director of Operations

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Holland Casino has named Hans van Slooten as its new Director of Operations.

Van Slooten has been with Holland Casino for three years as Regional Casino Manager in the North-East region and prior to that worked for a variety of companies including KLM, Sligro and FrieslandCampina.

Van Slooten will be taking over the role from Leise, who has been with Holland Casino for 39 years, starting as a Croupier. During his time, he has also been a Casino Manager of various locations, Regional Director and Chief Operations Officer, while also being Director of Operations, and Regional Casino Manager of the South-East region.

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Leise will remain with the company until 1 July 2025 for various strategic projects, while Van Slooten will start his Director of Operations role on 1 October of this year.

Petra de Ruiter, CEO of Holland Casino, said: “With Hans, we have found a worthy internal successor to Noël as director of operations. Hans has a lot of experience both inside and outside Holland Casino. His strength is that he is close to the people, both our guests and our employees. In addition, I am extremely grateful to Noël for his years of dedication and commitment to Holland Casino. I have great admiration for the fact that someone who has been with a company for so long can still think so fresh about the future. That is not given to everyone. I am pleased that Noël is prepared to use his knowledge and expertise for Holland Casino in the coming months.”

Incoming director of operations Hans van Slooten said: “It is a great honor to succeed Noël. I have great respect for his wonderful career, his commitment and inexhaustible drive for our beautiful company. Although it will not always be easy to follow in his footsteps, I will take on my responsibilities with and for the operation with dedication. I look forward to meeting more colleagues in the branches and at the head office from October.”

Director of Operations Noël Leise said: “When you have worked for a great company like ours for almost 40 years, it is difficult to choose the right moment to pass the baton. After all, Holland Casino is such a part of my life that it cannot help but hurt a little. I am happy that I can still be meaningful for the future of our company in a different way in the coming period. I have every confidence that Hans will fill the role of Director of Operations very well in his own way and I wish him every success with that.”

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