Glu to Acquire Superscape

January 23rd, 2008 by Arjan Olsder Posted in Companies & M&A | No Comments »

Glu has announced yet another acquisition in order to strengthen their
position on the mobile games market and to satisfy shareholders.

With their latest target, Superscape Group Plc. (LSE:SPS), Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ:GLUU) targets to improve their possition on the North American market where Superscape is a well established player.

Next to strengthening their position on the North American market, Glu will also expand their development capabilities. Superscape has always been known for their great 3D mobile games which have even been pre-installed on a lot of early Java 3D supporting handsets.

The offer price of 10 pence in cash for each Superscape share values Superscape’s entire issued and to be issued share capital at approximately $36 million, or approximately $25 million when taking into account the $11 million of cash and equivalents held on Superscape’s balance sheet as of October 31, 2007.

Founded in 1993, Superscape ranked among the top five mobile games publishers in the United States during Q3 2007(a), according to the Mobile Games Report from Nielsen Mobile. With approximately 135 employees, Superscape is headquartered in San Clemente, Calif., with a production facility in Moscow and an office in Fleet, Hampshire, UK. The company’s strong technical heritage in both development and publishing has led to its success in creating industry leading 3D games as well as in establishing innovative programs with leading network operators and handset manufacturers. These initiatives, which include a white label partnership with Verizon Wireless and a mobile gaming community with Alltel, distinguish Superscape within the industry.

Greg Ballard, chief executive officer and president, Glu, commented, "This Offer represents an important step in Glu’s strategy to become the number one mobile games publisher in the world. Superscape’s strong market position in the United States, heritage in 3D technology, and unique position as a leading white label publisher are a perfect complement to Glu’s world-class global presence."

Larry Quinn, chairman of Superscape, said, "I am very pleased that we have been able to reach agreement on the terms of this transaction, which I believe is the right strategic outcome for Superscape, offering certainty and value to our shareholders. I am confident that Superscape will make a significant contribution to the future of the combined business."

Transaction Details

The tender offer of 10 pence for each Superscape share has been unanimously recommended by the board of directors of Superscape. The offer is being made by Glu Mobile Inc., and is for all of the issued and to be issued ordinary shares of Superscape. Glu has received irrevocable undertakings or letters of intent from Superscape shareholders representing, in aggregate, 34% of Superscape’s issued share capital. The purchase of Superscape shares in the tender offer will be funded out of Glu’s existing cash resources.

The offer is being conducted under the terms of the U.K. City Code on Takeovers and Mergers and is subject to the satisfaction and/or waiver of a set of standard terms and conditions, including, but not limited to, the receipt by Glu of 90% acceptances to the offer by Superscape shareholders. Any of the conditions can be waived at the discretion of Glu.

Superscape shareholders have a period of 21 days from the date that the tender offer document is mailed to Superscape shareholders to accept the offer. This period of acceptance of the offer may be extended at the discretion of Glu. A copy of the formal announcement containing a summary of the terms and conditions of the offer will be available on Glu’s website at www.glu.com.

Glu will not provide financial guidance on the expected impact of the acquisition until after the transaction has been successfully completed.

(a) Ranking at the 70% confidence level of statistical significance, based on sampling and analysis of consumer mobile bills from the top four US mobile carriers.

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    Arjan Olsder is the Vice President of Pixalon Studios. Opinions expressed on this publication do not have to represent those of Pixalon Studios.


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