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Monday 14 April, 2014

Starbreeze AB

Starbreeze AB : regarding the Extraordinary Gen...

Starbreeze AB : regarding the Extraordinary General Meeting, reverse stock split, the introduction of stock option programs and reinforcement of the Board of Directors

Starbreeze AB, one of Sweden's leading game developers, today announced that a notice of the Extraordinary General Meeting will be made public tomorrow regarding the implementation of an employee stock option program, reinforcement of the Board of Directors and the reverse stock split prior to the transfer to First North. The Board of Directors has today decided to submit proposals hereon to the EGM.


The Nomination Committee proposes that the Board of Directors, currently at four members, to be reinforced with yet another board member, and that Eva Redhe Ridderstad is appointed as this new board member.


The Board of Directors has decided to propose a new, broad stock option program for Starbreeze AB. The new program involves a major addition to the stock option program that was introduced in 2012 as part of the acquisition of OVERKILL Software with had the aim to retain a number of key employees of the acquired company.


The Board proposes that the General Meeting resolves on the implementation of a broad stock option program, both in the form of stock options for the majority group of employees, as well as an additional offer for group management and certain key employees in the form of warrants. The stock options are proposed to run over four years and vest by 1/3 over the first three years, linked to continued employment, and have an exercise price equal to 120% current market price. Warrants are proposed to have three-year term and an exercise price of 200% of the current share price which is acquired at market price according to Black & Schole. The stock options, proposed hedged with underlying warrants on the same terms as the options, corresponding to a dilution of 3.3% before "over-hedge" of social security contributions, and 4.1% with regard to the "over-hedge" social costs on exercise. Warrants that management and key employees can acquire at market price correspond to a dilution of an additional 1.3%.


More information on this broad stock option program and about Eva Redhe Ridderstad can be found in the Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting.


In conjunction with the reinforcement of the Board of Directors it is proposed that the EGM resolves the so-called Board options. Eva Redhe Ridderstad is thus proposed to get assigned two kinds of options with a total dilution of approximately 0.4%, and half in the form of stock options with terms similar to those applicable to management's stock options at the side of vesting and duration, both half in the form of warrants with terms equivalent to those provided to senior management/key personnel for purchase at market price. Matias Myllyrinne has expressed a desire for Board options and is proposed to on technical reasons only be allocated stock options free-of-charge, representing a dilution of approximately 0.2%.


The total dilution effect of the various proposals for new options as above corresponds to 6.0%, which in addition to dilution of existing stock options 2012-12-15 with up to 2.2% corresponds to a total of around 8.2%.


The Board also proposes that the General Meeting makes a decision regarding the consolidation of shares 10:1, a so-called reverse split. This will facilitate changing to another listing for its shares. Starbreeze AB has started the process of change of listing with Nasdaq OMX and appointed Remium as the company's Certified Advisor in connection with and following the list change.


The merger will be implemented immediately after the EGM if approved, with no measure or expense from shareholders. Holdings that are not evenly divisible by 10 are to be rounded up thanks to the company's main shareholders to contribute so-called countervailing equities. Further information and timetables will be provided in conjunction with the meeting.


"The game industry today is extremely competitive and it is important to attract and retain skilled personnel. At Starbreeze, we have a long tradition of developing and nurturing talent in all disciplines. An employee stock option program is part of ensuring that we continue to retain these important competences going forward. In the long term this will benefit Starbreeze as a company, our employees and our shareholders.


The proposals made by the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee has several pieces of the puzzle fall in their place ahead of the listing change to First North in view of the Nasdaq OMX Small Cap. The proposal to strengthen the Board of Directors with Eva Redhe Ridderstad is an important step in that process." Said Bo Andersson Klint, CEO, Starbreeze AB.


For more information please contact:
 Bo Andersson Klint, CEO, Starbreeze AB

Tel: +46(0)8-209 208, email: [email protected]


Brief information about Starbreeze:

Starbreeze is developing computer- and video games in-house and in partnership with leading international game publishers. Our game portfolio consists of ten full titles and numerous DLC packs, where PAYDAY 2 and Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons are the latest games to have been released. Starbreeze was founded in 1998 and has approximately 7 500 shareholders.

See www.starbreeze.com for more information.

 



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