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Pollard Banknote Announces Completion of the Previously Announced Acquisition of mkodo

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Pollard Banknote Limited announced that it has completed the previously announced Acquisition of mkodo Limited.  Pollard signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the equity of mkodo, a leading provider of digital apps and user interfaces for the lottery and gaming industry worldwide, on December 2, 2019.  The Acquisition was subject to certain standard regulatory and third-party consents which have now all been obtained.

mkodo is a global provider of licensed, omni-channel customer facing apps to the lottery, betting and gaming sectors.  The company was founded in 2001 and has been recognized for its core strength to develop and deliver successful digital experiences to the target audience of their customers’ online users.  mkodo’s clientele include a number of leading lotteries and gaming companies around the world, including the majority of the Canadian lotteries and some of the largest gaming operators in the UK.  With offices in England (London and Newcastle), mkodo employs approximately 60 full-time highly skilled staff working exclusively on digital app deployment for the lottery and gaming sector.

“We are very excited to complete the acquisition of mkodo and move into the integration phase of combining these two strong organizations”, stated Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer. “mkodo are world leaders in the digital user experience in the lottery and gaming industry. We look forward to leveraging their expertise to help our customers build effective, direct connections with their player base.”

The Acquisition purchase price is £7.8 million (approximately $13.5 million CDN dollars using an exchange rate of $1.73 CDN dollar per pound sterling), prior to standard working capital adjustments and potential future earn-out payments based on certain EBITDA targets.  The purchase price will be funded from existing Pollard Banknote cash resources and availability under our existing senior credit facilities. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to Pollard Banknote’s net income prior to amortization of related purchase price accounting adjustments.

 

About Pollard Banknote:

Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality instant ticket products, licensed games, Schafer Systems and Fastrak retail merchandising solutions, and a full suite of digital offerings, ranging from game apps to comprehensive player engagement and iLottery solutions, including strategic marketing and management services. The company is a proven innovator and has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales, and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also provides pull-tab tickets, bingo paper, and its Diamond Game and Oasis-branded electronic ticket machines to charitable and other gaming markets in North America.  Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 67.5% by the Pollard family and 32.5% by public shareholders and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL).  For more information please see our website at www.pollardbanknote.com.

 

Source: Pollard Banknote Limited

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1X2 Network Integrates its Slots and Table Games with L&L Europe

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1X2 Network has integrated its fun and thrilling slots and table games with L&L Europe and its popular online casino brands.

Players at sites such as All British Casino, Fun Casino, Yako Casino, Hyper Casino and Race Casino will now be able to access chart-topping titles from the developer’s 1X2gaming and Iron Dog Studio subsidiaries.

“We are delighted to see slots and table games from 1X2gaming and Iron Dog Studio land in game lobbies across L&L Europe’s incredible brands including its latest casino offering, Race Casino. Our games have been designed to deliver the most entertaining experience to players while also giving them the chance to win big. Each of our games has something different to offer, starting with the Book of Undead and its horror theme,” Kevin Reid, Chief Commercial Officer at 1X2 Network, said.

“We believe our games will prove to be hugely popular with players across L&L Europe’s brands in markets such as the UK and Sweden and look forward to integrating additional titles under what will be a hugely successful partnership for both parties,” Kevin Reid added.

“We have been wanting to add 1X2 Network to our game portfolio for some time now, so it’s great to see the first in a series of games from 1X2gaming and Iron Dog Studio land in our lobbies for the first time. Its slots and table games are incredible fun to play and boast an impressive production value that our players will love. Of course, the chance to win big is also a huge part of the appeal and for this reason we believe 1X2 Network will become one of our most popular providers. In conjunction with the quality games, 1X2 Network provides players with a seamless, user friendly interface ensuring the games are accessible for all,” Jan Wienk, Marketing Manager at L&L Europe, said.

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Kindred to Acquire Blancas NV from Rank Group

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Kindred has entered into an agreement to acquire Blankenberge Casino-Kursaal (Blancas) NV from The Rank Group.

Blancas NV is the license holder and operator of the Blankenberge casino, which is one of the nine land-based casinos operating in Belgium. The company is owned by The Rank Group since 1998.

The acquisition price is GBP 25 million on a cash free and debt free basis and will be settled in cash upon completion.

The acquisition demonstrates Kindred’s long-term commitment towards the Belgian market and gives Kindred direct access to one of the nine casino licenses, which allows Kindred to continue to offer a broad offering to its Belgian customers. Blancas NV will be operated as a separate entity within the Kindred Group under the leadership of the current management team led by Dominique De Wilde.

The acquisition is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to be completed in Q4 2020.

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WorldMatch Partners with Versailles Casino

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Online gaming expert WorldMatch has entered into a partnership with the Versailles Casino. As per the deal, WorldMatch will provide content to the extensive network of operators that can access the Versailles platform in the regulated Belgian market.

“We are very pleased to have them as partners and we strongly believe that they will create added value for our company and strengthen our presence in European regulated markets,” Andrea Boratto, Chief Executive of WorldMatch, said.

“We are very excited to be able to be present in the market that the internet represents and we have done it in the best possible way with a partner of choice which promises a fruitful and successful partnership,” Versailles Casino management said.

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