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SEGA to Acquire Angry Birds for $773 Million

SEGA to Acquire Angry Birds for $773 Million

Posted April 17, 2023 at 1:04pm by iClarified
SEGA has announced a 'Tender Offer' to acquire Rovio Entertainment Oyj, makers of the popular Angry Birds game.

Through the Tender Offer, SEGA aims to acquire the entirety of Rovio's outstanding shares and options at EUR 9.25 per share and EUR 1.48 per option, or EUR 706 million in total (approximately ¥103,680 million converted at EUR1 = ¥146.9 (FX rate as of April 14, 2023).

The Acquisition is a friendly takeover, as Rovio's board of directors has agreed to, and has expressed support towards the Tender Offer. Shareholders in Rovio who in aggregate hold shares corresponding to approximately 49.1 percent of the outstanding shares and votes in Rovio, have irrevocably undertaken to accept the Offer, subject to certain customary conditions.

SEGA to Acquire Angry Birds for $773 Million

"Among the rapidly growing global gaming market, the mobile gaming market has especially high potential, and it has been SEGA's long-term goal to accelerate its expansion in this field," says Haruki Satomi, President and Group CEO, Representative Director of SEGA SAMMY HOLDINGS. "I feel blessed to be able to announce such a transaction with Rovio, a company that owns "Angry Birds", which is loved across the world, and home to many skilled employees that support the company's industry leading mobile game development and operating capabilities. Historically, as represented by the "Sonic the Hedgehog" series, SEGA has released countless video game titles to various gaming platforms. I am confident that, through combination of both companies' brands, characters, fanbase, as well as corporate culture and functionality, there will be significant synergies created going forward."

"I grew up playing Sonic the Hedgehog, captivated by its state-of-the-art design," says Alexandre Pelletier-Normand, CEO of Rovio. "Later, when I played Angry Birds for the first time, I knew that gaming had evolved into a true mainstream phenomenon, with the power to shape modern culture. Joining Rovio has been an honour and I am proud to have seen Angry Birds continue to grow, as we released new games, series and films. Less known but equally impressive is our industry-leading proprietary technology platform, Beacon, holding 20 years of expertise, allowing tight-knit teams to develop world-class GaaS products. Our mission is to 'Craft Joy' and we are thrilled at the idea of using our expertise and tools to bring even more joy to our players, enhancing and expanding Rovio's and SEGA's vibrant IPs."

SEGA to Acquire Angry Birds for $773 Million

SEGA aims to accelerate its growth in the global gaming market and increase its corporate value by generating synergies between SEGA's existing businesses and Rovio's strengths, including its global IPs and live-operated mobile game development capabilities. More specifically, SEGA aims to create synergies with particular focus in the following areas:

● Utilization of Rovio's distinctive know-how in live service mobile game operation, to bring SEGA's current and new titles to the global mobile gaming market, where there is large potential, and many users can be accessed
○ SEGA strongly believes Rovio's platform, Beacon, holds 20 years of high-level expertise in live service-mobile game operation centered around the United States and Europe

● Rapid expansion of both companies' fanbase by sharing know-how regarding multi-media expansion of global characters
○ Rovio and SEGA have both succeeded in extending its IPs, "Angry Birds" and "Sonic the Hedgehog", to various media outside of video games, such as movies, anime, and merchandising, and accordingly hold a strong fanbase around the world as well as know-how regarding IP expansion

● Support cross-platform expansion of Rovio's IP using SEGA's capabilities
○ Rovio is aiming to expand its platform outside of mobile gaming, and SEGA will actively look to support this process through its capabilities

The Acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of FY2024/3 and is contingent on the completion of reviews under applicable antitrust laws and other customary conditions.

SEGA to Acquire Angry Birds for $773 Million
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