(Oslo, 10 May 2021): The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the issuance of the Offer Shares (i.e. net of transaction costs) to part-finance the acquisition of Clever Inc. (“Clever”) as announced on Thursday 6 May 2021. Clever is a privately held California-based company that is one of the most widely used digital learning platforms by U.S. K-12 schools.
The Company’s largest shareholder, SB Management Limited, a 100% directly owned subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp. (“SoftBank”), holding approximately 16% of the shares in the Company, has indicated their interest to participate and would be allocated at least their pro rata share of the Private Placement.
The Private Placement will be directed towards Norwegian and international investors, subject to applicable exemptions from relevant registration, filing and prospectus requirements, and subject to other applicable selling restrictions. The minimum application and allocation amount has been set to the NOK equivalent of EUR 100,000. The Company may however, at its sole discretion, allocate amounts below EUR 100,000 to the extent exemptions from the prospectus requirements in accordance with applicable regulations, including the Norwegian Securities Trading Act and ancillary regulations, are available.
The Company has received indications of demand well exceeding the size of the Private Placement from a wallcrossing exercise conducted today ahead of the launch of the Private Placement.
The offer price in the Private Placement will be determined by the board of directors of the Company (the “Board”) following an accelerated bookbuilding process. The bookbuilding and application period for the Private Placement commences today, on 10 May 2021 at 16:30 CEST, and is expected to close on 11 May 2021 at 08:00 CEST. The Company, after consultation with the Managers, reserves the right to at any time and in its sole discretion close or extend the application period. If the bookbuilding is shortened or extended, the other dates referred to herein may be changed correspondingly.
Completion of the Private Placement by delivery of the Offer Shares is subject to (i) the approval by the Board of the Private Placement including the Board resolving to issue the Offer Shares pursuant to an authorisation to increase the share capital granted by the Company’s extraordinary general meeting held on 14 January 2021, (ii) the placement agreement entered into by the Managers and the Company on 10 May 2021 not being terminated by the Managers in accordance with the terms thereof, and (iii) a share lending agreement between the Managers, the Company and Datum AS facilitating settlement having been executed.
The Company reserves the right to cancel, and/or modify the terms of, the Private Placement at any time and for any reason prior to notification of Allocation of the Offer Shares. Neither the Company nor the Managers will be liable for any losses incurred by investors if the Private Placement is cancelled and/or modified, irrespective of the reason for such cancellation.
Allocation of the shares in the Private Placement will be determined at the end of the application period, and final allocation will be made by the Board in its sole discretion, following advice from the Managers. Settlement of the Private Placement will be on a delivery versus payment basis in accordance with a regular T+2 cycle. The settlement will be facilitated by existing and unencumbered shares in the Company being borrowed by ABG Sundal Collier ASA (on behalf of the Managers) from Datum AS pursuant to a share lending agreement between such parties and the Company. The shares will thus be tradable from allocation. The Managers will settle the share loan with new shares in the Company to be issued by resolutions of the Board pursuant to authorisations given by an extraordinary general meeting on 14 January 2021.
The Company will announce the exact number of shares to be issued and sold in the Private Placement through a stock exchange notice expected to be published before opening of the trading on Oslo Stock Exchange 11 May 2021.
Subject to completion of the Private Placement, the Company has agreed to 90 days lock-up period, subject to customary exceptions.
The Board has considered the structure of the contemplated capital raise in light of the equal treatment obligations under the Norwegian Public Limited Companies Act, the Norwegian Securities Trading Act and the rules on equal treatment under Oslo Rule Book II for companies listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange and the Oslo Stock Exchange’s Guidelines on the rule of equal treatment, and is of the opinion that the proposed Private Placement is in compliance with these requirements. By structuring the transaction as a private placement, the Company will be in a position to raise capital in an efficient manner, with a lower discount to the current trading price and with significantly lower completion risks compared to a rights issue. In addition, the Private Placement is subject to marketing through a publicly announced bookbuilding process and a market-based offer price should therefore be achieved. The Board also aims to widen and strengthen the Company’s shareholder base by completing the transaction as a private placement. Furthermore, the number of Offer Shares to be issued in connection with the contemplated Private Placement will imply a limited dilution of existing shareholders. On this basis and based on an assessment of the current equity markets, the Board has considered the Private Placement to be in the common interest of the Company and its shareholders. As a consequence of the private placement structure, the shareholders’ preferential rights to subscribe for the Offer Shares will be deviated from.
Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS is legal advisor to the Company in connection with the Private Placement.
For further information, please contact:
Eilert Hanoa, CEO
Phone: +47 928 32 905
Ken Østreng, CFO
Phone: +47 911 51 686
Kahoot! is on a mission to make learning awesome! We want to empower everyone, including children, students, and employees to unlock their full learning potential. Our learning platform makes it easy for any individual or corporation to create, share, and play learning games that drive compelling engagement. Launched in 2013, Kahoot!’s vision is to build the leading learning platform in the world. In the last 12 months, 279 million games have been played on the Kahoot! platform with 1.6 billion participating players in more than 200 countries. The Kahoot! family also includes award-winning DragonBox math learning apps, the Poio learn to read app, the Drops language learning apps, the Actimo and Motimate employee engagement and corporate platforms and Whiteboard.fi, the online whiteboard tool for all educators, teachers and classrooms. The Kahoot! Group is headquartered in Oslo, Norway with offices in the US, the UK, France, Finland, Estonia, Denmark and Spain. Let’s play!
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This stock exchange announcement was published by Ken Østreng, CFO at Kahoot! ASA on behalf of the Company.
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The Managers are acting for the Company and no one else in connection with the Private Placement and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients or for providing advice in relation to the Private Placement and/or any other matter referred to in this release.
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