On September 16, Embracer Group AB (“Embracer”), through its subsidiary Koch Media GmbH, entered an agreement to buy out 100% of the Vertigo Games Holding B.V. (“Vertigo Games”). The Dutch-based Vertigo Games develops, publishes, and distributes games exclusively for Virtual Reality (VR).
Terms of the deal
Vertigo is behind the million-selling and award-winning global hit Arizona Sunshine and After the Fall is still in the pipeline. The upfront equity purchase price amounts to €50 million in total. EUR 40 million is paid in cash and EUR 10 million is paid in newly issued B shares.
The amount equals an upfront enterprise value of about EUR 45 million, adjusted for EUR 5 million in acquired cash. Depending on the fulfillment of agreed earnings targets and the release of various titles within 10 years, an earn-out consideration of a maximum of EUR 65 million may be paid.
A total of EUR 25million will be paid in cash and a maximum of EUR 40 million will be paid in newly issued B shares. A company’s presentation of Vertigo Games took place in connection with the Annual General Meeting on September 16, 2020. Richard Stitselaar, CEO of Vertigo Games, said:
“Since we decided to focus exclusively on VR gaming in 2013; we have experienced rapid growth with the release of global hit Arizona Sunshine; and we have our most ambitious project to date, After the Fall. The VR gaming market seems to be on the edge of really taking off with the coming together of better, more accessible hardware and more and more high-quality content being released and announced. We believe that now is the time to accelerate and in Koch Media and Embracer we have found the perfect partner to do so together with.”
Koch Media has been monitoring the VR market in recent years. The CEO, Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, believes that it is the right time for the firm to extend its activities into the fast-growing market. He added:
“We are delighted that with the acquisition of Vertigo Games, leading VR experts are joining our group. Together, we will push the boundaries of VR gaming even further”
The two companies will combine their strong global development and publish network with their specialized VR games expertise.
In the next financial year, April 2021 until March 2022, the firm expects net sales of EUR 18–24 million and Operational EBIT of EUR 11–17 million. The firm expects both revenues and profitability to gain a stable growth in the coming years.
Vertigo’s financial results linked with the earnout calculation will be prepared depending on Vertigo Games’ local GAAP accounting principles. Also, the announced expectations of the net sales and Operational EBIT for January – December 2020 and April 2021 – March 2022 are subject to Embracer Group’s accounting principles (K3).
The VR gaming market is expected to exhibit considerable growth in the coming years jointly driven by new high-quality headsets, tethered and standalone, and increasing releases of high-quality VR games.
Embracer Group is making aggressive investment moves lately in the gaming world. A month ago it acquired a 100% stake in 4A Games Limited.