Evolution acquires studio building in Riga

Published: 13/11/15

[PR] As a part of securing Evolution Gaming’s opportunities for efficient future expansion of studio floor space, the Board of Directors has decided to acquire the company that owns the building which accommodates the majority of the operational activities in Riga. The purchase price amounts to EUR 12.4 million and will provide both strategic and financial benefits, and is not expected to affect the company’s objective to distribute at least 50 percent of the net profit for the year.

Evolution has been a tenant in the building, located just outside central Riga, since 2011 and currently rents more than half of the total office space. The need to further expand the studio floor over the coming years is being assessed as large to manage the high demand for the company’s product. As the landlord has not been able to provide guarantees for further expansion, Evolution has conducted a review of different alternatives with the acquisition of the building considered to be the best option both strategically and financially.

Jens von Bahr, CEO of Evolution Gaming, said: “The acquisition provides clear strategic advantages, as we strengthen the control over our future and significantly easier will be able to expand the studio floor space to meet the big demand for more tables and dedicated environments. Compared to if we had continued as tenants, we also get a slight positive financial impact.”

The purchase is conducted through an acquisition of the company that owns the property and is expected to be completed in January 2016. The payment is made with cash (EUR 3.1 million) and loans (EUR 9.3 million). The purchase price is less than the external valuation of the building. Interest costs and amortisation will be lower than the expected rental costs over the coming years. The company’s objective to distribute at least 50 percent of net profit for the year is not expected to be affected by the acquisition.

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