The total transaction consideration implies a multiple of 10x LTM EBITDA at year end.
Plarium is a privately owned free-to-play mobile, social and web-based game developer. Plarium is headquartered in Herzliya, Israel and has over 1,200 employees across five genre-specific studios as well as multiple offices throughout Europe, Israel and the US.
The transaction is expected to complete by the end of December 2017, subject to the receipt of necessary regulatory approvals and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions. Under the sale and purchase agreement, Plarium and its shareholders have made representations, warranties and covenants customary for a transaction of this type.
Aristocrat CEO and Managing Director Trevor Croker said, “Aristocrat has continued to deliver significant growth and outstanding results in our Digital social casino business. The acquisition of Plarium allows Aristocrat to expand our addressable market into logical adjacent segments in the fast growing mobile gaming market. This immediately expands our addressable market from ~US$3.2bn in the Social Casino segment, to US$25.4bn when including the Strategy, RPG and Casual segments. It also provides us with a stronger platform to target the ~US$43.6bn overall mobile and web games market as growth segments.
“The strategic and financial benefits are compelling for Aristocrat shareholders. Following the acquisition of Product Madness in 2012, Aristocrat’s Digital division experienced exceptional growth and Product Madness is now a top 5 social casino gaming publisher globally. Plarium provides a unique opportunity to continue and accelerate this growth by diversifying into attractive new mobile gaming segments, including Strategy, RPG and Casual. The acquisition of Plarium increases our pro forma Digital revenue contribution from 14% to 22% for the year ended 31 March 2017."