Swedish leaders warn Minister Shekarabi of channelisation consequences May 6, 2020 Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Swedish CEOs challenge ‘unrealistic demands’ against threat of igaming becoming obsolete June 8, 2020 Stockholm-listed online gambling group Cherry AB is the subject of an of SEK 9.193bn (£802m) takeover offer from a consortium fronted by British private equity firm Bridgepoint, fronted by chairman Morten Klein and Betsson CEO Pontus Lindwall. The Independent Bid Committee established by Cherry, set up specifically to consider the takeover bid on the board’s behalf but excluding chairman Klein, has recommended that its shareholders accept the public offer of SEK87 (£7.59) per share submitted by European Entertainment Intressenter Bidco.EE Intressenter is a company jointly controlled by Bridgepoint Advisers, which is acting on behalf of a series of partnerships, namely Bridgepoint Europe VI Fund, Prunus Avium, Klein Group, Audere Est Facere, Pontus Lindwall, Berkay Reyhan and Can Yilanlioglu.The offer has been fully financed through a combination of equity provided by Bridgepoint and other consortium members, as well as debt financing provided by Ares Management. The acceptance period for the offer is expected to commence on December 20, expiring around January 23, 2019, subject to extensions. Mika Herold, a partner at Bridgepoint Advisers, commented on behalf of the consortium: “We have followed Cherry closely for a long time and have the highest regard for the success and impressive track record that Cherry and its divisional management teams have achieved through driving innovation in the iGaming sector.“However, we also believe that many of the opportunities and challenges facing Cherry and its subsidiaries are easier to approach in a private setting and with a more favourable capital structure.”One of the conditions of the takeover is the handover of at least 90 per cent of the total outstanding shares in Cherry to EE Intressenter. EE Intressenter does not currently possess any shares in Cherry at this present time, although its members currently possess a total of 50,100,368 shares, equating to approximately 47.4 per cent of the total number of shares and 37.9 per cent of the total number of votes in the company.In a statement, Cherry said that irrevocable undertakings to accept the offer have been received from shareholders who represent 12,298,332 shares, meaning the consortium holds shares – or have secured commitments to accept the offer – corresponding to 59.1 per cent of the capital and 66.5 per cent of the votes.The Independent Bid Committee’s recommendations emphasised a number of considerations in connection with the offer, most notably that the bid presents a premium of 20 per cent compared to the closing price of Cherry’s series B shares on Nasdaq Stockholm on December 17, the final trading day before the announcement of the offer.Herold added: “The changing regulatory environment together with necessary measures to defend and increase Cherry’s market share over time, will require significant investment. “We have presented a financially attractive offer for the shareholders, which is reaffirmed by the support received from some of Cherry’s largest shareholders.”EE Intressenter has said the consortium believes that Cherry will be able to “maximise value by focusing on driving the performance of the individual business units rather than managing the combined entity as a publicly listed company.”The news breaks as Cherry’s home market of Sweden prepares to launch its re-regulated igaming market on January 1. StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Share Submit
Hearts of Oaks defender, Nuru Sulley has returned home from Egypt after only a few days stay in the Arabian land.Nuru who arrived in Ghana on Sunday night is hoping that issues involving his move from Hearts would be resolved amicably and on time so he will finally join the exodus bandwagon. The defender had to return home upon the request of Accra Hearts of Oak who are yet to receive the transfer fee for the Stalwart Ghana defender.The defender disclosed. “I am back home upon the request of Hearts of Oak because there are issues surrounding my transfer which has not been dealt with. The transfer fee involved has not been paid to Hearts though I have had my share already. “The Egyptians want to pay $100,000 which is less than the $130,000 we originally agreed on with the Libyan club so Hearts objected it so I had to come back home whilst things are sorted out”. Libyan cub, Al-Nasr who agreed on a $130,000 transfer fee with Hearts but has had to loan the defender to El Geish in the Egyptian Premier League because of the postponement of the Libyan League due to violence in that region. The Federation of Libyan Football postponed the Libyan domestic football league until January 2015 following ongoing armed violence in the North African country. The new season was supposed to commence in August but fighting between rebel factions in the capital, Tripoli and Benghazi have made arrangements impossible. The general assembly of the body set for August 18 in Bayda, eastern Libya, was also suspended until further notice.Hearts are said to have recalled the defender because it had not received its share of the transfer fee involved in the transfer of their defender.