WINNIPEG, Manitoba, January 14, 2021 /CNW/ – Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote” or the “Company”) announced today that it has completed the previously announced (“Acquisition”) of Next Generation Lotteries AS (“NGL”). Pollard signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the equity of NGL on December 30, 2020. The Acquisition was subject to certain standard regulatory and third‐party consents, which have now all been obtained.
NGL is a full solution supplier to the lottery industry, including providing a state‐of‐the‐art retail lotto system and iLottery platform, creating a truly omni‐channel offering that increases lottery revenues and returns to good causes. With a focus on Europe and Asia, current customers include the operation of the Loteries de Catalunya in Spain and the provision of lottery services in a number of other international jurisdictions, including Tunisia and Norway.
The Acquisition purchase price of NGL totalled €36 million prior to standard working capital adjustments and certain deferred cash considerations, of which €32 million was paid at the time of closing (approximately $50 million CDN using an exchange rate of $1.57 CDN per EUR). The remaining €4 million will be paid upon the achievement of specific gross margin targets in 2021. Approximately €27.4 million of the purchase price was funded from the Company’s existing cash resources and availability under its existing senior credit facilities, with an additional €4.6 million of the purchase price satisfied by the issuance of 233,211 treasury shares of Pollard Banknote to the vendors.
About Pollard Banknote
Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality instant ticket products, licensed games, Schafer Systems and Fastrak retail merchandising solutions, and a full suite of digital offerings, ranging from world-class mkodo game apps to comprehensive player engagement and iLottery solutions, including strategic marketing and management services. The company is a proven innovator and has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales, and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also provides pull-tab tickets, bingo paper, and Diamond Game and Compliant Gaming electronic games and devices to charitable and other gaming markets in North America. Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 66.7% by the Pollard family and 33.3% by public shareholders, and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more information, please visit our website at www.pollardbanknote.com.
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