Torque Esports Corp., formerly Millennial Esports Corp. (TSX-V: GAME) (OTCQB: MLLLF) and UMG Media Ltd. (TSX-V: ESPT) have entered into a binding letter of intent (the “Letter of Intent“) dated October 21, 2019 whereby Torque will acquire UMG (the “Transaction“), which is an arm’s length transaction. The Transaction combines two highly complementary businesses in the esports and gaming space.
The combination of Torque and UMG will create a significant esports company that has operations in a number of the key verticals of the industry, including racing, first person shooter, and sports titles. Torque’s strong presence in the racing vertical, combined with UMG’s ability to host daily cash play through its proprietary platform, will allow Torque to expand its offerings to not only its own users, but also to the user base of UMG.
“UMG is thrilled to join forces with Torque to build a broader esports company,” stated Dave Antony, CEO of UMG. “We are confident the combined expertise of the groups will ensure future success.”
UMG’s broadcast capabilities will enhance events currently produced by Torque, including World’s Fastest Gamer, while allowing UMG to better utilize its studio operations. The content that can be created in the traditional esports verticals that UMG currently hosts, combined with the racing content provided by Torque, will allow the combined entity to reach a significantly broader audience.
“We have been in contact with the UMG team for over a year now and have followed their journey with interest. We have been impressed both with the size of their business and the level of engagement with their gaming audience. Those two metrics, audience size and engagement, will define the winners in the gaming industry over the next few years,” said Darren Cox, President and CEO of Torque Esports. “UMG also has other, less obvious, benefits to us. Combining their traffic with our Stream Hatchet data business will give us a lead in audience insight for brands, while UMG’s content delivery will also combine well with YouTube channel Let’s Go Racing, our recently announced acquisition.”
The Transaction will be carried out by way of a plan of arrangement of UMG under the Business Corporations Act (Alberta), pursuant to which UMG shareholders will receive Torque common shares (each, a “Torque Share“) in exchange (the “Exchange Ratio“) for UMG common shares (“UMG Share“). Torque will issue approximately 4,329,445 Torque Shares (the “Consideration Shares“) in exchange for the UMG securities to be exchanged pursuant to the Transaction, including the securities to be issued pursuant to the UMG Private Placement (defined below)(a total of 812,361 of these Torque Shares will be issued to the UMG Private Placement shareholders and the remainder shall be issued to the current UMG Shareholders). The previously announced UMG proposed acquisitions are not expected to be completed prior the completion of the Transaction, if at all. Therefore, all Torque shares issued pursuant to the Transaction will be issued to either the existing UMG shareholders and the participants of the Private Placement. In addition, each outstanding option and warrant to purchase a UMG Share will be exchanged for an option or warrant, as applicable, to purchase a Torque Share, based upon the Exchange Ratio – there are currently 3,927,542 stock options, 2,850,428 warrants and 262,397 agent warrants of UMG which will be exchanged based on the Exchange Ratio. The Consideration Shares are reflected on a post-consolidation basis accounting for the consolidation of Torque’s common shares effected October 18, 2019.
The implementation of the Transaction will be subject to the approval of at least 66 2/3% of the votes cast by holders of UMG Shares at a special meeting of UMG shareholders expected to take place in December 2019. In addition to the UMG shareholder approval, the Transaction is also subject to Torque completing the acquisition of 51% of Allinsports SRL (see Torque press releases of August 22, 2019, October 3, 2019 and October 18, 2019), receipt of certain regulatory, court and stock exchange approvals and certain other closing conditions customary in transactions of this nature.
The Letter of Intent has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of each of UMG and Torque.
The Letter of Intent provides for the parties to work towards completing their due diligence and the execution of a definitive arrangement agreement prior to October 28, 2019.
Further information regarding the Transaction will be included in UMG’s information circular that UMG will prepare, file and mail in due course to its shareholders in connection with the special meeting of UMG shareholders to be held to consider the Transaction. All UMG shareholders are urged to read the information circular once it becomes available, as it will contain additional important information concerning the Transaction.
UMG Private Placement
Prior to the completion of the Transaction, UMG intends to complete, subject to regulatory approval, a non-brokered private placement of $1,200,000 of UMG Shares at a price of $0.12 per UMG Share (the “UMG Private Placement“).
A Finders’ fee may be payable in conjunction with the UMG Private Placement at the election of UMG.
The UMG Shares issuable pursuant to the UMG Private Placement will be subject to a four month hold period from the date of closing.
Torque Esports Corp. (“TEC”) recently restructured its business and leadership team. Torque now focuses exclusively on two areas – esports racing and esports data provision. With publishing, IP, content, and data expertise in its portfolio, combined with a new board and management team, TEC is ready to lead the rush to profitability in the esports industry.
Torque aims to revolutionise esports racing and the racing gaming genre via its industry-leading gaming studio Eden Games (Lyon, France) which focuses on mobile racing games and its unique motorsport IP, including World’s Fastest Gamer (created and managed by wholly-owned subsidiary IDEAS+CARS, Silverstone UK).
Building on the leading position of Stream Hatchet (a Barcelona, Spain-based wholly-owned subsidiary) Torque also provides robust esports data and management information to brands, sponsors, and industry leaders. This data allows the esports industry to monetize the huge number of eyeballs in the gaming and esports space.
UMG Media Ltd. (“UMG”) is a premier esports company in North America, offering live gaming entertainment events and online play. UMG provides online and live tournaments as well as the creation and distribution of original esports content.