Games Global Pulls Plug on IPO, Cites Market Conditions

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Games Global, a developer of casino games for the iGaming industry, today scrapped plans for an initial public offering (IPO). The move came roughly a month after company filed for its initial stock sale.

The Games Global corporate logo. The company scraped plans for an IPO. (Image: Games Global)

In a Form F-1 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the gaming company requested that previous materials associated with the IPO be withdrawn. It appears trying market conditions were the undoing of the IPO.

Due to current market conditions, the Company has determined not to pursue, at this time, the initial public offering of the Company’s ordinary shares to which the Registration Statement relates. The Registration Statement has not been declared effective, and none of the Company’s securities have been sold pursuant to the Registration Statement. Based on the foregoing, the Company submits that the withdrawal of the Registration Statement is consistent with the public interest and the protection of investors, as contemplated by Rule 477(a),” according to the regulatory document.

Games Global also asked the SEC to credit for future use the fees the firm paid for the IPO. That could be a sign the firm isn’t ruling going public at a later date.

Details Now Scrapped Games Global IPO

Earlier this month, it appeared as though Games Global was on track to sell 14.5 million shares at $16 to $19, valuing the company at up to $2.13 billion while raising as much as $275.5 million.

The Isle of Man-based company commenced operations in 2021 and was expected to list on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker “GGL.” J.P. Morgan, Jefferies, Macquarie Capital, and Barclays were listed as the joint bookrunners on the transaction.

“The company develops, distributes, and markets casino-style gaming content, and provides B2B solutions to online gaming operators. Games Global works with 40 in-house and partnered studios, which have developed more than 1,300 games over the past 20 years, all of which are now part of its portfolio. Its portfolio spans slot games, table games, video poker, video bingo, game show games, crash games, and live casino games,” note IPO research firm Renaissance Capital.

Games Global notched 2023 sales of $381 million, up from $178.51 million in the prior year and was profitable last year, but those impressive data points weren’t enough to overcome what the company perceived to be weak market conditions.

Did Sluggish iGaming State Additions Hinder Games Global IPO?

Games Global didn’t comment to this effect, but it’s possible its IPO was hindered by the fact that to this point in 2024, there’s been no progress in terms of new states joining the iGaming fray. While online casinos are widely as a major driver of future growth for the industry, just six states currently permit that form of betting.

It’s possible that demand may have been limited for the IPO, but the combination of iGaming’s growth trajectory and Games Global’s status as profitable company likely contradict that thesis.

Year-to-date, there have been 54 IPOs priced in the US, a 28.6% year-over-year jump while proceeds raised stand at $13.9 billion, a year-over-year increase of 105.8%, according to Renaissance Capital.

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