Regulatory Release 36/2020
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Better Collective A/S (“Better Collective” or the “Company”), a leading sports betting media group with a growing presence in the US, today announces the intention of the founders and majority shareholders together with the company’s CFO to offer approx. 2.5 million shares (the “Transaction”) to institutional and other professional investors. Jesper Søgaard, CEO of Better Collective and Christian Kirk Rasmussen, COO of Better Collective (the “Founders”), are holders of 12,171,179 shares each, corresponding to a total of approx. 52% of all outstanding shares, in Better Collective A/S (“Better Collective” or the “Company”) through their respective holding companies J. Søgaard Holding ApS and Chr. Dam Holding ApS. Flemming Pedersen, CFO of Better Collective is the indirect shareholder of 137,322 shares in Better Collective through the holding company Naapster ApS (the Founders and Flemming Pedersen jointly referred to as the “Sellers”). The contemplated offering will be executed as an accelerated book-built undocumented offering to institutional and other professional investors (the “Transaction”).
The Transaction in brief
The accelerated book building process (the “Book building”), will commence immediately following this announcement. Pricing and allocation of the new shares are expected to take place before the beginning of trading on Nasdaq Stockholm at 09:00 CEST on September 16, 2020. The timing of closing, pricing and allocation in the Book building is at the discretion of the Sellers. The Company will announce the outcome of the Transaction upon completion of the Book building in a subsequent press release. The Company will not receive any proceeds in connection with the Transaction.
Background for the sale
“We as founders have been the majority shareholders in Better Collective since the start of the business in 2002, and the Company has grown into a leading sports betting media group with significant opportunities in new markets and verticals such as the US and esports. We have never sold any of our shares in Better Collective, even though we did communicate that intention at the time of the IPO of Better Collective in 2018. By realising a small part of our holdings in Better Collective we spread our personal holdings somewhat and for Flemming Pedersen partially also to finance payment of inventory tax while at the same time get the support of more strong institutional investors. We remain committed in our positions as CEO and COO respectively and as principal shareholders in Better Collective with >40% combined holding. As part of this transaction we have decided to undertake a voluntary lock-up of minimum 360 days, as has Flemming Pedersen, for our remaining shareholdings as a testament to our long-term commitment. We continue to see great potential and are eager to execute on our strategy as we have done in the past.”
- Jesper Søgaard, CEO and Christian Kirk Rasmussen, COO of Better Collective
The Transaction will contribute to an increased free float and liquidity in the Better Collective share. The Founders had reserved the right to sell shares in the IPO but refrained at the time. In connection with the Transaction, the Sellers have agreed to a lock-up undertaking, subject to certain customary exemptions, on additional sales of existing shares for a period of 360 days.
About Better Collective
Better Collective is a leading global sports betting media group that develops digital platforms for betting tips, bookmaker information and iGaming communities. Better Collective’s vision is to empower iGamers through innovative products and technologies and by creating transparency in the online betting market. Its portfolio of platforms and products include bettingexpert.com, the trusted home of tips from expert tipsters and in depth betting theory, HLTV.org, the world’s leading esports media and community focusing on competitive Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), and vegasinsider.com, a leading source for sports betting information in the US. Better Collective is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, and listed on Nasdaq Stockholm (BETCO).
Nordea and Citi (Citigroup Global Markets Limited) act as Global Coordinators and Bookrunners in connection with the Transaction. Setterwalls Advokatbyrå AB and Bruun & Hjejle Advokatpartnerselskab are legal advisors to Better Collective and Advokatfirman Vinge KB and Shearman & Sterling LLP are legal advisers to the Global Coordinators and Bookrunners.
Jesper Søgaard, CEO of Better Collective A/S
Flemming Pedersen, CFO of Better Collective A/S
Tel: +45 2363 8844
This information is such information as Better Collective A/S is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above on September 15, 2020 at 5.45 pm CET.
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