Golden Matrix Group Inc. and MeridianBet Group announced that they have entered into an Amended and Restated Purchase Agreement to extend the required closing date and to modify additional terms of the previously announced definitive agreement pursuant to which GMGI has agreed to acquire the MeridianBet Group and its related companies.
Under the terms of the revised agreement, among other changes to the consideration payable by GMGI to the sellers, the cash required to be paid by GMGI at the closing of the transaction has been reduced from $50 million to $30 million (with $20 million in non-contingent cash consideration due post-closing). GMGI is currently working to obtain the financing required to complete the transaction and plans to file the required proxy statement to seek shareholder approval for the acquisition, among other items, in the third quarter of 2023. The acquisition is expected to close in the third or fourth quarter of 2023, subject to various conditions to closing, including GMGI raising required funding, GMGI shareholder approval, and other items.
Anthony Brian Goodman, CEO of GMGI, said: “In consideration of the reduced cash amount required to be paid at the closing of the transaction, the revised cash and stock transaction now has a value of approximately $331 million, with the stock consideration priced at $3 per share – currently an approximate 38% premium to GMGI’s 30-day VWAP closing price (with 82,141,857 shares of common stock due at the initial closing). MeridianBet has increased its year-to-date revenues considerably against last year’s revenues and the proforma performance of the combined company following the acquisition is now projected to be approximately $31 million in Adjusted EBITDA for the October 31, 2023 year, and approximately $139 million in revenues, based on MeridianBet’s year to date financial statements and financial projections. MeridianBet’s impressive performance thus far in 2023 gives us even greater confidence in the value of this acquisition, which is expected to bring significant benefits to GMGI from both a financial and operational standpoint, and our management team is confident it will drive long-term value for all our stakeholders.”