Regulatory press releases2018-05-16
Announcement from THQ Nordic’s annual general meeting
The annual general meeting (“AGM”) of THQ Nordic AB (“THQ” or the “Company”) was held today on 16 May 2018 in Stockholm and the following resolutions were passed by the meeting.
THQ Nordic AB (publ) publishes Q1 2018: KOCH MEDIA DRIVE SALES IN Q1, EBIT INCREASED 236% TO SEK 107 MILLION
Our business continues to grow; net sales increased by 673% to SEK 633 million in the quarter, mainly thanks to Koch Media, which was acquired and consolidated on February 14. Excluding Koch Media, net sales were up 64% to SEK 135 million. EBITDA was up 439% to SEK 226 million and EBIT increased by 236% to SEK 107 million compared to the same period last year. Excluding Koch Media, EBIT was up 54% to SEK 49 million. Koch Media is by far our largest acquisition to date and confirms our focus on creating value for our shareholders. With this transaction, we took a great step forward to further build a diversified, substantial and relevant player within the growing games industry. We got off to a great start together with the Deep Silver release of Kingdom Come Deliverance. I’m also happy to inform that Deep Silver will be publishing the upcoming RPG’s Wasteland 3 and Bards Tale IV. Both games are developed by InXile, a California-based studio founded by the industry legend Brian Fargo. Along with them, we are all looking forward to Deep Silver’s next key release, Metro Exodus, now expected in Q1 2019. The THQ Nordic GmbH operations also had a good quarter with five new releases including MX vs ATV: All Out, our in-house developed sequel, released at the end of the quarter. Revenues for the THQ Nordic GmbH operations were 135 million, an increase by 68% compared to the same quarter last year. Their next key releases, Biomutant and Darksiders 3, are still under evaluation for setting a release date. I expect the future of our well invested pipeline of products – currently at a record 54 ongoing projects – to generate growing revenues and improved profitability. In order to make the best possible return on our investments and to continue building IP value I would like to restate the importance that we are patient to deliver the expected customer experience along with finding the right release window for up-coming releases. Meanwhile, we continue to evaluate further investments into game development projetcs for key IPs along with further potential acqusitions or strategic partnerships that could add considerable value for the group and its shareholders. Stay tuned. – LARS WINGEFORS, FOUNDER & CEO
THQ Nordic announces proposal for election of an additional board member at the annual general meeting on 16 May 2018
As previously announced in the notice for the annual general meeting on 16 May 2018 in THQ Nordic AB (“THQ Nordic” or the “Company”) a proposal for an additional director could be presented no later than on the day for the annual general meeting. The board of directors of the Company has today received information from THQ Nordic’s majority shareholders, Lars Wingefors AB (http://#_ftn1) and Xagonus AB (http://#_ftn2), that they propose that Ulf Hjalmarsson is elected as a new director of the Company. As a consequence of the proposal to elect Ulf Hjalmarsson as a new director, the proposal regarding board election included in the notice for the annual general meeting will be as follows.
THQ Nordic publishes annual report for 2017
THQ Nordic AB (publ) today publishes its Annual Report for 2017. The full Annual Report is available in Swedish for downloading on: www.thqnordic-investors.com/finansiella-rapporter
Notice of annual general meeting in THQ Nordic AB
The shareholders of THQ Nordic AB, reg. no. 556582-6558, (the “Company”) are hereby invited to the annual general meeting on Wednesday 16 May 2018 at 15.30 pm CET at Berns, Berzeli Park in Stockholm. The doors to the meeting will open at 10.30 am CET and a presentation of the Q1-report will take place between 11.00-12.00 CET.
THQ Nordic completes the acquisition of Koch Media GmbH
THQ Nordic AB (”THQ Nordic” or the “Company”) has today, through its wholly owned subsidiary, SALEM einhundertste Holding GmbH, entered into an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the share capital in Koch Media GmbH (“Koch Media”), which was announced earlier today through a press release, for a consideration of EUR 121 million on a cash and debt free basis (the “Transaction”). All conditions for the Transaction have now been fulfilled and the Transaction is thereby completed.
THQ Nordic acquires Koch Media GmbH
THQ Nordic has entered into an agreement to acquire Koch Media GmbH, including, inter alia, the games developer and publisher Deep Silver with AAA-intellectual property rights such as Saints Row, Dead Island and exclusive licence for Metro.
THQ Nordic AB (publ) publishes Q4 2017
THQ NORDIC Q4 EBIT INCREASED BY 102% I’m proud of the whole THQ Nordic organisation, including our contracting developers and business partners, which has performed its most active quarter ever. We had a significant release activity in the quarter with eleven releases of which nine on own IPs. 74% of net sales came from new releases in the quarter and 26% from our back catalogue. I’m happy to note that 82% of net sales in the fourth quarter came from owned titles and 18% from publishing titles. During the quarter, we also delivered our first in-house developed sequels to the market. Their overall performance has matched management expectations. Our new IP ELEX was well received by the fans but received mixed reviews from various media outlets due to its unique character and harsh style. Our business grew rapidly; net sales increased by 99% to SEK 255 million in the quarter, EBITDA was up 157% to SEK 156 million and EBIT increased by 102% to SEK 102 million compared to the same period last year. In November we acquired and welcomed the Stockholm based development studio Experiment 101 to the THQ Nordic family. They are developing one of our upcoming key titles: Biomutant. THQ Nordic has a solid growth strategy and a great position in the market which we will leverage over the coming years. I’m really looking forward to 2018, we will keep the excitement going. – LARS WINGEFORS, FOUNDER & CEO
THQ Nordic AB (publ) publishes Q3 for 2017
EBIT INCREASED BY 50%
THQ Nordic completes a directed new share issue of 7,203,250 Class B shares, raising proceeds of approximately SEK 598 million
NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, NEW ZEALAND, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH AFRICA OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION WHERE SUCH RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL OR WOULD REQUIRE REGISTRATION OR ANY OTHER MEASURES. THQ Nordic AB (“THQ Nordic” or the “Company”) has, based on the authorization given by THQ Nordic’s Annual General Meeting on May 16, 2017, resolved to carry out a directed new share issue of 7,203,250 Class B shares at a subscription price of SEK 83 per share (the “Directed new share issue”). Through the Directed new share issue, THQ Nordic will receive proceeds amounting to approximately SEK 598 million before transaction costs. The subscription price in the Directed new share issue has been determined through a so-called “accelerated book-building” procedure led by Carnegie Investment Bank. Subscribers in the Directed new share issue are a wide range of Swedish and international institutional investors.
THQ Nordic announces intention of a directed share issue
Karlstad (Sweden), Vienna (Austria), September 19, 2017 THQ Nordic AB (“THQ Nordic” or the “Company”) hereby announces its intention of a placement of approximately 7.2 million new Class B shares (the “New shares”) through a directed new share issue to Swedish and international institutional investors (the “Directed new share issue”). THQ Nordic has, based on the authorization given by THQ Nordic’s Annual General Meeting on May 16, 2017, engaged Carnegie Investment Bank to investigate the conditions for a placement of new Class B shares through a so-called “accelerated book-building” procedure. The reason for the deviation from the shareholders’ preferential rights are mainly to diversify the shareholder base among Swedish and international institutional investors and at the same time raise capital in a time efficient manner. The Company intends to use the proceeds from the Directed new share issue to finance new acquisitions of franchises and game development studios, as well as enable a higher rate of investment in the development of the Company.
THQ Nordic AB (publ) publishes Q2 for 2017
PROMOTIONS DRIVE SALES, EBIT INCREASED BY 113% We continue to capitalize on the scalability of our asset care business model. 77% of revenue is generated from our own IP’s. Net sales increased by 62% to SEK 85.6 m during the quarter, and EBIT increased 113% to SEK 30.3 m, corresponding to an EBIT margin of 35%. Notably, sales of the previously released Darksiders games were strong, driven by promotions in May when we announced the upcoming Darksiders III. This illustrates how we increase the value of our existing catalogue by developing sequels that boost sales of previous titles. The publishing and development teams are all very excited about the upcoming Gamescom tradeshow in Cologne, where we will present playable versions of upcoming sequels. We are confident about our continued progress in the second half of the year, with a major portion of the sales anticipated in the fourth quarter due to planned release dates and normal seasonality. – LARS WINGEFORS, FOUNDER & CEO
Announcement from THQ Nordic’s annual general meeting
The annual general meeting (“AGM”) of THQ Nordic AB (“THQ” or the “Company”) was held today on 16 May 2017 in Stockholm and the following resolutions were passed by the meeting.
THQ Nordic AB (publ) publishes Q1 for 2017
THQ NORDIC AT FULL SPEED, NET SALES INCREASED BY 90% We deliver great results by capitalizing on our portfolio of acquired franchises according to our business model. There is a great momentum delivering new releases under our asset care program and we had five releases in the first quarter. We are still building up the portfolio of development and in total we had 32 projects ongoing by the end of the quarter. Our first sequels will be finalised and released during the second half of 2017. Our growing publishing team in Vienna is leading the organisation to deliver on our full release schedule for the third and fourth quarter. It will be an intense period of sales, PR, marketing and distribution. After the quarter we announced Darksiders III, a sequel of one of our largest franchises. The feedback from the fans and gaming press have in general been positive. It is developed by parts of the original team of creators at Gunfire Games in Austin. The game is planned to be released during 2018. Financially, we continued to deliver growth and profitability during the first quarter. Net sales increased by 90% to SEK 81.9 m and EBIT increased by 125% to SEK 31.9 m resulting in an EBIT margin of 39%. This is a great achievement, however, I would like to state that we are still a small player in a large industry. – LARS WINGEFORS, FOUNDER & CEO
THQ Nordic AB (publ) publishes annual report for 2016
Annual report for THQ Nordic 2016 will be attached in this press release and is available for downloading on www.thqnordic-investors.com/finansiella-rapporter.
Kallelse till årsstämma i THQ Nordic AB / Notice of annual general meeting in THQ Nordic AB
Aktieägarna i THQ Nordic AB, org. nr 556582-6558, (”Bolaget”) kallas härmed till årsstämma tisdagen den 16 maj 2017 kl. 11.00 på IVA Konferenscenter, på Grev Turegatan 16 i Stockholm. Entrén till stämmolokalen öppnas klockan 9.30 och en presentation av Q1-rapporten kommer äga rum från kl. 10.00. The shareholders of THQ Nordic AB, reg. no. 556582-6558, (the “Company”) are hereby invited to the annual general meeting on Tuesday 16 May 2017 at 11:00 at IVA Konferenscenter, at Grev Turegatan 16 in Stockholm. The doors to the meeting will open at 9.30 am CET and a presentation of the Q1-report will take place at 10.00 am CET.
THQ Nordic AB (publ) publishes Year-End Report 2016
THQ NORDIC CONTINUES TO DELIVER STRONG GROWTH We are continuing to deliver strong sales and profitability growth by executing on our core business model, which explores our well-diversified portfolio of franchises. The main driver in the quarter was continued successful promotions of our broad catalogue of IPs, on digital channels as Steam, PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. THQ Nordic had a successful IPO on Nasdaq First North Stockholm, attracting high demand from Swedish and international institutions, as well as retail investors. The available offering was 19 times oversubscribed. We are now looking forward to the second half of 2017, when we will release our first major sequels of our own IPs, plus some major publishing releases. – LARS WINGEFORS, FOUNDER & CEO