Published: 2023-09-01 12:30:00 CEST
Modern Times Group MTG AB
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MTG launches SEK 300 million share repurchase program, starting on 4 September

Modern Times Group MTG AB (“MTG”) today announced that its Board of Directors has decided to launch a share repurchase program of up to SEK 300 million. The intention is to begin repurchasing shares on 4 September. The program will run until 31 December 2023. The Board of Directors’ view is that the share repurchase program will provide a flexible and sustainable increase in the value created for MTG’s shareholders.

MTG continues to have a strong balance sheet and has on multiple occasions stated its intention to continue to repurchase its own shares under the authorization granted to the Board of Directors by the 2023 AGM. The launch of a new share repurchase program was contingent on the cancellation of Class B shares held by MTG as a result of the three previous share repurchase programs in 2022 and 2023. This cancellation was completed earlier in August.

The repurchased shares shall be cancelled through a reduction of the group’s share capital, which requires an approval from the Annual General Meeting. The Board of Directors intends to seek such approval at the Annual General Meeting 2024. The value of the program (if utilized in full) equals approximately 3.3% of MTG’s current market cap (calculated on the basis of all MTG A and B shares, excluding shares held in treasury).

The share repurchase program will be carried out in accordance with the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 (”MAR”) and the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 2016/1052 (the “Safe Harbour Regulation”). The share repurchase program will be managed by Kepler Cheuvreux, who will make its trading decisions regarding the timing of the repurchase of MTG’s shares independently of MTG.

The share repurchase program is subject to the following terms:

  • Share repurchases can be made during the period from 4 September 2023 up and until 31 December 2023. MTG will repurchase shares for a maximum amount of SEK 300 million during this period.
  • Repurchases are to be made on Nasdaq Stockholm and in accordance with Nasdaq Stockholm’s Rule Book for Issuers, MAR and the Safe Harbour Regulation.
  • Repurchases of shares on Nasdaq Stockholm are to be made at a per-share price within the registered interval for the going rate at any given time, which denotes the interval between the highest purchase price and the lowest selling price.
  • According to the authorization given at the Annual General Meeting on 17 May 2023, MTG’s holding of its own shares may not at any time exceed 10 percent of the outstanding shares in MTG. The total number of outstanding shares currently amounts to 131,668,727. MTG currently holds 559,251 B-shares and 6,324,343 C-shares in treasury (6,883,594 own shares in total) which means that a maximum of 6,283,278 shares may be repurchased until the Annual General Meeting 2024.
  • Payment for the shares will be made in cash.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements made in the press release relating to future status or circumstances, including future performance and other trend projections are forward-looking statements. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future. There can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements due to many factors, many of which are outside the control of MTG.

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Anton Gourman, VP Communications and IR
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About MTG

MTG (Modern Times Group MTG AB (publ.)) (www.mtg.com) is an international mobile gaming group that owns and operates gaming studios with popular global IPs across a wide range of casual and mid-core genres. The group is focused on accelerating portfolio company growth and supporting founders and entrepreneurs. MTG is an active driver of gaming industry consolidation and a strategic acquirer of gaming companies around the world. We are born in Sweden but have an international culture and global footprint. Our shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm (‘MTGA’ and ‘MTGB’).