Esports Technologies Announces Definitive Agreement for the Acquisition of Aspire Global’s B2C Business that Recorded $1.8 Billion in Wagering and $73.9 Million in Revenue in the Previous 12 Months
Upon Closing, Esports Technologies Will Acquire Karamba, Dansk777, Hopa, Griffon Casino, GenerationVIP, BetTarget and 1.25 Million Deposited Customers
Esports Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: EBET), a leading global provider of advanced esports wagering products and technology, announced today the execution of a definitive agreement for the acquisition of Aspire Global’s (STO: ASPIRE) B2C business in a $75.9 million transaction, including $58.3 million in cash, $11.7 million in a promissory note and approximately $5.9 million worth of common stock. The closing of the acquisition is subject to Esports Technologies’ receipt of financing, as well as other closing requirements. The transaction is expected to close by November 30, 2021.
Under the terms of the deal, Esports Technologies will acquire Aspire’s portfolio of B2C proprietary online casino and sportsbook brands, including Karamba, Hopa, Griffon Casino, BetTarget, Dansk777, and GenerationVIP. Strategically, Esports Technologies intends to utilize the multiple-brand acquisition to cross-sell esports wagering opportunities to increase its esports revenue, player bet transactions, and customers.
In the most recent 12-month period ending June 2021, Aspire Global’s B2C revenue was $73.9 million and its EBITDA was $8.2 million. During the same period, the B2C business recorded wagering of $1.8 billion and over 1.3 billion bets.
Upon completion of the acquisition, Aspire and Esports Technologies will enter into an agreement where Aspire will provide four years of managed services for the acquired brands, ensuring operational continuity while allowing Esports Technologies to scale its operations in key markets.
Aaron Speach, CEO, Esports Technologies, said, “The acquisition of Aspire’s B2C business will be a transformative opportunity to accelerate growth by offering esports wagering to 1.25 million new deposited customers. Our company is in a strong position to benefit from the heightened popularity and growing interest in esports.”
Tsachi Maimon, CEO of Aspire Global, said: “Esports Technologies is a strong company with high growth ambitions and is a perfect match for our B2C brands. With Aspire Global’s B2C brands, Esports Technologies gains leading, well-established brands, an excellent base for further growth and a very talented team that contributed to the B2C’s growth. We are confident that Esports Technologies will take our B2C brands to the next level, and we welcome Karamba and the other B2C brands as our new partners.”
Esports Technologies has entered into binding agreements with certain investors for a private placement of $36.2 million consisting of convertible preferred stock at an initial conversion of $28.00 per share, subject to future adjustments and warrants to purchase common stock. The conversion of the preferred stock and exercise of the warrants is subject to the receipt of shareholder approval.
Needham & Company acted as sole placement agent for the private placement.
A conference call is set for Monday, October 4 at 4:00pm EDT, reviewing details of the planned acquisition. The link to listen to the call is: http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=146720
A replay of the call will be available on Esports Technologies’ Investor Relations page at https://esportstechnologies.com/investor-overview.