EQT Group in talks to acquire Keywords Studios plc for 2,250 pence/share

LONDON, UK: The Board of Keywords Studios plc confirms that it is in advanced discussions with a fund which is part of the EQT Group regarding a possible cash offer of 2,550 pence per share to acquire the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Keywords Studios.

Keywords Studios shareholders on the register on 24 May 2024 will also be entitled to receive the 2023 final dividend of 1.76 pence, as recommended on 13 March 2024, and payable on 28 June 2024.

The possible offer follows four previous unsolicited proposals from EQT in recent months, which the Board rejected, and represents a significant increase from the initial proposal. The Board remains confident in the Company’s growth strategy of building the only truly global platform providing solutions to the video games and entertainment industries, both organically and through acquisitions, and EQT is supportive of this strategy.

The Board of Keywords Studios has carefully evaluated the Possible Offer with its financial advisers and concluded the Possible Offer is at a value that the Board would be minded to recommend to Keywords Studios shareholders, should a firm intention to make an offer pursuant to Rule 2.7 of the Code be announced on such financial terms, subject to the agreement of all other terms and conditions of an offer.

The Possible Offer is subject to satisfaction or waiver (by EQT) of customary pre-conditions, including completion of confirmatory due diligence by EQT. The Board will issue a further statement as and when appropriate.

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