(Oslo, 10 May 2021): The Company is pleased to announce that the Private Placement has been successfully completed, raising NOK 1.7 billion in gross proceeds through the allocation of 25 million new shares at a price of NOK 68 per share. The Private Placement took place through an accelerated bookbuilding process managed by ABG Sundal Collier ASA and Goldman Sachs International (together, the “Managers”) as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners after close of market today, on 10 May 2021.
The Private Placement attracted strong interest from high-quality institutional investors and the book was multiple times oversubscribed. 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, participated and have been allocated their pro rata share of the Private Placement.
Completion of the Private Placement and the issuance of the new shares in connection with the Private Placement were resolved by the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) at a board meeting held earlier today, pursuant to an authorisation given by the extraordinary general meeting on 14 January 2021. The Company’s share capital following the Private Placement will be NOK 47,268,951 divided into 472,689,510 shares, each with a nominal value of NOK 0.10.
The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the sale of new shares in the Private Placement (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.
Delivery versus payment settlement of the New Shares 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 Opportunity AS pursuant to a share lending agreement between such parties and the Company. The shares allocated in the Private Placement will thus be tradable from allocation. ABG Sundal Collier ASA (on behalf of the Managers) will settle the share loan with new shares in the Company to be issued pursuant to the resolution of the Board referred to above.
Completion of the Private Placement implies a deviation from the preemptive rights of the existing shareholders of the Company under the Norwegian Public Limited Companies Act. When resolving the issuance of the New Shares in the Private Placement, the Board considered this deviation and also the equal treatment obligations under the Norwegian Securities Trading Act, 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. The Board is of the opinion that there are sufficient grounds to deviate from the preemptive rights and that the Private Placement is in compliance with the equal treatment requirements. By structuring the transaction as a private placement, the Company was able 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, and strengthen the Company’s shareholder base. Further, the number of New Shares to be issued in connection with the contemplated Private Placement implies a limited dilution of existing shareholders. The Company will not conduct a subsequent repair offering.
Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS is acting as legal counsel 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!
This information is considered to be inside information pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation and is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to Section 5-12 the Norwegian Securities Trading Act. This stock exchange announcement was published by Ken Østreng, CFO at Kahoot! ASA on 10 May 2021 at 23:45 CET 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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