21 July 2014

to create the European leader in digital technologies for the cinema industry

This transaction will be submitted to YMAGIS shareholders’ meeting approval and an information document will be issued in accordance with article 212-34 of AMF General Regulations

  • Formation of the largest pan-European player in the supply of digital services and equipment for the cinema industry  A wide geographic presence with subsidiaries in 16 countries
  • Pro forma (1) 2013 revenue of the combined entity of €139.0m, pro forma (1) 2013 EBITDA of €46.8m, pro forma (1) 2013 profit before tax of €7.0m
  • Pro forma (1) shareholder’s equity of €38.3m as at 31.12.2013 and pro forma (1) net debt of €149m as at 31.12.2013 (of which €132.3m linked to VPF contracts)
  • Significant operational synergies
  • Acquisition paid partly in cash and partly throughout the issue of shares and bonds with equity warrants

YMAGIS (ISIN: FR0011471291, mnemonic: MAGIS), the specialist in digital technologies for the cinema industry, today announced it has reached an agreement to acquire 100% of the share capital and voting rights of dcinex from its shareholders.

The acquisition price of €26.1m will be paid as follows:

  • €5m in cash,
  • €5.7m throughout the issue in the hands of dcinex shareholders of 699,379 new YMAGIS shares, i.e. 9.79% of the 7,145,071 shares currently making up the company’s share capital, at a price of €8.15 and,
  • for the balance, i.e. €15.4m, throughout the issue in the hands of dcinex shareholders of bonds with YMAGIS equity warrants (obligations à bons de souscription d’actions YMAGIS – OBSA), with a maximum maturity of 5 years, of which repayment in cash will start after a 15-month period following the issue. These OBSA could be repaid, in total or partly, at any time by YMAGIS without penalty. Bondholders will have the possibility to exercise their warrants proportionally to the bonds that would not be repaid after a 15-month period following their issue, at a price of €8.15 per share (the exercise period will be limited to 15 days). The bonds will bear an interest rate of 3.5% during this first 15-month period. Beyond that period, the interest rate will be increased to 7.5%. Bond and the related warrants will not be listed on a regulated or harmonised market.

On the transaction date, dcinex will also repay most of the subordinated loans granted to dcinex by its current shareholders for a total amount of approximately €12.9m. The remainder will be repaid during the year following the transaction date. Repayment will be financed partly by YMAGIS own cash and partly by dcinex cash.

Approval of final documentation, and completion of the acquisition, which will take the form of a contribution in kind, are expected to take place, subject to the usual conditions precedent (including approval from YMAGIS shareholders’ meeting and agreement from all corporate and investment banks of dcinex), in the following weeks. An information document will be issued in accordance with article 212-34 of AMF General Regulations and registered by AMF, and will be made available to YMAGIS shareholders within the legal timeframe.

The three largest YMAGIS’ shareholders, Ymagis Holdings, Odyssée Venture and OTC Asset Management, reprenting 68.01% of the share capital and 79.39% of the voting rights, have already decided to vote in favour of the resolutions that will be submitted to the extraordinary general meeting that will approve the transaction.

In addition, Serge Plasch, CEO and Managing Director of dcinex, has decided to leave the group following completion of this transaction to take up a new challenge within the PRG group, the world leader in event technology. As a result, Jean Mizrahi, current Chairman of YMAGIS, will become the Managing Director of dcinex once the operation is finalised.

Commenting on this deal, Jean Mizrahi, Chairman of YMAGIS, said: “We are very pleased to announce our association with dcinex. This highly strategic operation for YMAGIS enables us to substantially increase in size and create the European leader in the supply of digital services and equipment for the cinema industry, just one year after our IPO. The many complementary attributes contributed by each of the two companies will result in a new stronger group, benefiting from key positions in each of its business lines and now spanning more than 20 countries in Europe.”

“The tie-up with YMAGIS will enable dcinex to boost its European footprint in terms of services provided to cinema exhibitors as well as delivery of digital content. Drawing on highly complementary profiles, the new group’s management will be a key asset in positioning the Group as the leader in its industry,” added Serge Plasch, CEO and Managing Director of dcinex.

Creation of a European leader

Following the creation of a joint venture with SmartJog (TdF group), SmartJog Ymagis Logistics, and the purchase of Arqiva’s network of connected cinemas to create the world’s largest network for the digital delivery of cinema content, YMAGIS’ acquisition of dcinex will create the European leader in the provision of digital services and equipment to the cinema industry.

Formed in 2004 by EVS Broadcast Equipment and following the acquisition of FTT and Bewegte Bilder, XDC became dcinex in 2012, as one of the leading European specialists in financing solutions and digital equipment for the cinema industry. Like YMAGIS, dcinex is organised around two business divisions: VPF (2) management and the provision of services to cinema exhibitors and producers/distributors (covering the sale and installation of digital equipment, maintenance and facilities management of projection equipment, post-production of content and delivery of DCP (3) ).

The tie-up between YMAGIS and dcinex will give YMAGIS key positions in each of its business divisions.

At the VPF (2) division, dcinex’s assets will complement those of YMAGIS – 2,785 VPF screens spread across 6 countries – by significantly enhancing positions in the countries in which the company is already present and by adding strong positions in 7 new countries: UK, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Portugal, Ireland and Denmark. All in all, at 31 December 2013, the new group had almost 5,800 screens in 15 countries in Europe under VPF contracts. With this acquisition, YMAGIS will own the largest network in Europe of cinemas operated under VPF contracts.

At the Services division, which represented 60% of dcinex’s revenue in 2013 (vs. 39% for YMAGIS in 2013), the combination of the two companies’ services activities will mean that YMAGIS’ pro forma (1) 2013 revenue would be split as follows: 53% for the Services activity and 47% for the VPF activity.

With the acquisition of dcinex, YMAGIS is strengthening its positions in services in Europe by becoming:

  • the European leader in the sale of cinema equipment to cinema exhibitors and its installation, with an estimated European market share of 20%;
  • the largest European network for the delivery of digital content, with more than 3,200 connected cinemas in 15 countries in Europe;
  • the largest network of cinemas in Europe benefitting from NOC (Network Operating Center) services and maintenance contracts, with almost 7,200 screens under contract in 21 countries in Europe.

Significant potential savings over the short and medium term

Dcinex’s activities are extremely complementary with those of YMAGIS, facilitating the implementation, immediately and over the medium term, of significant synergies and economies of scale, notably by:

  • drawing on the two groups’ existing commercial infrastructures and networks for the marketing of new services as well as the software developed in-house;
  • optimising the digital labs’ production capacity;
  • planning for rationalisation of the satellite transmission activities in Europe;
  • sharing R&D and marketing resources;
  • optimising the two groups’ purchasing capacity and their supply chain ;
  • minimising the two groups’ expenditure: insurance, telecommunications, etc.

An investors’ meeting will be held by YMAGIS’ and dcinex’s management team on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 2:30 pm CET. A presentation will be available in French of the company’s website www.ymagis.fr, following the meeting.