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Media and Games Invest exceeds revenue and EBITDA targets significantly; announcement of preliminary financials for the fourth quarter and FY 2020.
18.02.2021 / 09:46 CET/CEST – Media and Games Invest plc (“MGI” or the “Company”, ISIN: MT0000580101; Ticker: M8G; Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market and Scale Segment Frankfurt Stock Exchange), accelerated its growth path in Q4 2020 and outperformed its financial targets of EUR 125-135 million revenues and EUR 23-26 million EBITDA for the financial year 2020, which were most recently uplifted in November 2020. Preliminary revenues amount to EUR 140.2 million and adj. EBITDA to EUR 29.1 million. Backed by an excellent Q4 2020 MGI was well above the upper end of the already uplifted target range with EUR 5.2 million in terms of revenue and EUR 3.1 million in terms of adj. EBITDA. Based on the average of the initial Guidance for 2020 (revenue: EUR 115-125m; EBITDA: EUR 20-23m) MGI outperformed its revenue-target by 16.8 percent and its EBITDA-target by 35.3 percent. Compared to the full financial year 2019 the revenue increased by 67 percent and the adj. EBITDA grew by 61 percent. Based on the strong operational development, MGI mandated Carnegie, Jefferies, Swedbank in cooperation with Kepler Cheuvreux and Pareto Securities to evaluate potential further equity and non-equity financing options to support further fast organic and non-organic growth.
Excellent Q4 2020: Revenue increased by 73 percent and EBITDA grew by 74 percent
Based on preliminary figures, revenue grew by 73 percent to EUR 48.7 million in Q4 2020 (Q4 2019: EUR 28.2 million) and adjusted EBITDA1 grew by 74 percent to EUR 10.1 million (Q4 2019: EUR 5.8 million).The overall revenue and EBITDA growth is also based on a continuously increasing organic growth in the media and games segment underscored by M&A-growth.
For the Financial Year ended 31 December 2020, revenue and adjusted EBITDA2 amounted to EUR 140.2 million and EUR 29.1 million, respectively. Including the pro-forma-EBITDA from KingsIsle for 2020, the adjusted pro-forma-EBITDA would amount to EUR 46.0 million.
As per 31 December 2020 net interest bearing debt3 amounted to EUR 61.6 million (31 December 2019: EUR 34.9 million) resulting in a net leverage ratio4 of 2.1, as per 31 December 2020. The net interest bearing debt adjusted for the capital increase with Oaktree and the paid purchase price payments for the KingsIsle and LKQD acquisition in January 2021 amounted to EUR 91.6 million, which leads to a net leverage ratio of 2.0 against the adjusted pro-forma-EBITDA of EUR 46.0 million.
SELECTED KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS, MGI Group
|In mEUR||MGI Group
|YoY Growth in revenues||73%||–||67%||–|
|Adj. EBITDA margins||21%||21%||21%||22%|
|In mEUR||FY2020 (A)||Consensus||Actuals vs Consensus||FY 2020 Updated Guidance||Actual vs Updated FY’20 Guidance||Initial Guidance||Actual vs. FY’20 Initial Guidance|
All financials are preliminary and not reviewed by the auditor nor audited. MGI expects to publish its unaudited Year-End-Report on 25 February 2021.
Note (1) EBITDA: Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.
Note (2) Adjusted EBITDA: Reported EBITDA excluding one-time costs
Note (3) Net interest bearing debt: Interest bearing Financial Indebtedness excluding Shareholder and Related Party Loans minus Cash and Cash Equivalents
Note (4) Net leverage ratio: Net Interest Bearing Debt divided by adjusted EBITDA for the past 12 months excluding Shareholder and Related Party Loans
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Phone: +49 69 9055 05 51
About Media and Games Invest plc
Media and Games Invest plc (MGI), is a fast-growing and profitable company operating in the digital games sector with a strong supportive media unit and a focus on North America & EMEA. The company combines organic growth with value-accretive acquisitions, delivering strong and sustainable earnings growth. Since 2014 the MGI Group has successfully acquired well over 30 companies and assets which are integrated onto our platform, exploiting efficiency-enhancing technologies such as the cloud. The Company’s shares are listed on Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market in Stockholm and the Scale segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The Company also has a bond listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange Open Market.
The Company’s certified advisor on Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market is FNCA Sweden AB; firstname.lastname@example.org, +46-8-528 00 399.
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