STS Holding shares debut on the WSE
STS Group (the “Group”), a capital group headed by STS Holding S.A.(“STS Holding”, the “Company”), the largest sports betting operator in Poland with leading proprietary technology, announces the debut of the Company’s shares on the regulated market operated by the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
The total value of the Offering is c. PLN 1.1 billion, while the market capitalization of the Company as a result of the Final Price for the Offer Shares is c. PLN 3.6 billion.
The investors acquired 46,874,998 shares, constituting c. 30% of the share capital of STS Holding S.A. The average reduction rate for subscriptions placed by Retail Investors was c. 87.2%. Mateusz Juroszek, together with his family, retains a c. 70% shareholding in the Company.
The Group is the largest licensed bookmaker in Poland based on turnover, and also operates on an international scale through licenses in the United Kingdom and Estonia, from where it offers its services in several additional markets. The Group’s portfolio of services includes sports betting, virtual sports, an online casino (outside of Poland), BetGames and a wide range of betting services relating to esports.
The first day of listing of STS Holding shares on the Warsaw Stock Exchange is the culmination of many months of hard work of our entire team, together with our partners who supported us through this process. The stock exchange is a place for market leaders and our family businesses. After years of intensive organic growth, STS Group is fully ready for the new chapter – being a public company. We welcome our diversified group of global investors and believe that we will jointly develop the Group so that we not only continue to grow dynamically in Poland, but also increase further the scale of operations and brand recognition in international markets – says Mateusz Juroszek, President of the Management Board of STS Holding.
We are delighted to have achieved our strategic goal of an IPO on the WSE and the strong investor demand we saw through the IPO demonstrated the quality of our business. Now we are focused on further increasing the value of the Company for all shareholders. Our unique business model and highly developed strategy will continue to strengthen our position as a leader in the sports betting industry – adds Mateusz Juroszek.
Summary of the Offering
- The total value of the Offering is c. PLN 1.1bn, while the market capitalization of the Company resulting from the Final Price for the Offer Shares is c. PLN 3.6bn.
- The Final Price for the Offer Shares for Retail Investors and the Final Price for the Offer Shares for Institutional Investors has been set at PLN 23.00 per share.
- The Final Number of the Offer Shares in the Offering was 46,874,998 shares (including 42,613,636 Sale Shares and 4,261,362 Over-Allotment Shares), constituting c. 30% of the share capital of STS Holding S.A.
- The final number of Sale Shares offered to Retail Investors has been set at 1,890,000 shares (c. 4% of the Offer Shares), while 44,984,998 Offer Shares were offered to Institutional Investors (c. 96% of the Offer Shares).
- The average reduction rate for subscriptions placed by Retail Investors was c. 87.2%
- Mateusz Juroszek, key shareholder and the CEO, together with his family, retains a significant shareholding in the Company, controlling c. 70% shares, which corresponds to the same percentage of the total votes at the general meeting.
- Following the Offering, the Company, its Selling Shareholders and two Members of the Management Board are subject to a 360 days lock-up agreement in respect of their shares following the listing date.
- Goldman Sachs Bank Europe SE and UBS Europe SE served as Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners, and mBank S.A. (“mBank”), Powszechna Kasa Oszczędności Bank Polski Spółka Akcyjna Oddział – Biuro Maklerskie w Warszawie (“PKO BP”) and WOOD & Company Financial Services a.s. Spółka Akcyjna Oddział w Polsce were Joint Bookrunners.
- mBank and PKO BP were also the investment firms intermediating in the public offering.
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About STS Group
Founded in 1997, the Group is the largest bookmaking company in Poland, which also operates on the international market. The bookmaker is licensed in the UK and Estonia from where it offers services on several foreign markets. It offers betting products including sports betting, Esports, Virtual Sports, BetGames and online casino in select markets.
The Group provides online services via desktop and mobile websites, dedicated Android and iOS applications as well as approximately 400 retail betting shops across Poland. The Group is continuously improving its offering by, among others, providing more live bets and strengthening its leading position in the field of eSports. The bookmaker has also created its own withdrawal system – STSpay – allowing for quick transfers 24/7. The Group additionally owns Betsys – the company providing betting engine.
Thanks to effective 24/7 customer service, the Group can respond to increasing customer needs. The Company offers live broadcasts of sports events via STS TV, also available to users of mobile devices. Every month, the Company broadcasts nearly 5,000 sports events, including, among others, football, tennis, volleyball, basketball and other sports.
The Group is actively involved in supporting Polish sport, being the largest private entity on the domestic sponsorship market. The company is the official sponsor of the Polish national football team, the strategic sponsor of Lech Poznań, the main sponsor of Jagiellonia Białystok as well as the official sponsor of Cracovia, Pogoń Szczecin, Górnik Łęczna, Zagłębie Lubin, the Polish Volleyball League and other sports clubs and associations. The Group is also committed to supporting eSports.
The online channels are supplemented by c. 400 modern betting shops located in every major city in Poland which additionally increase brand recognition. The Group employs over 1,500 people.
In February 2019, the Group began operations outside of Poland – the bookmaker obtained a license in the United Kingdom and subsequently in Estonia, from where it offers services on several other markets. The Group was the first Polish bookmaker to start operations abroad. In addition, the Group is present in the Czech Republic (Betsys) and Malta. Moreover, the Group is looking at the Dutch market and is considering applying for a gambling license in that country. The Group’s focus remains on Poland, but the Group expects that its international product offering, including the online casino, will grow its contribution to the Group’s operations in the future. The Company does not rule out interest in entering new markets, as well as the commercialisation of the Betsys system in order to offer it to other bookmaking operators in Central and Eastern Europe in countries where the Group does not operate.
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