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Callidus Capital Announces Agreement to Sell Bluberi Gaming Canada Inc. to Catalyst Funds and New Date For Shareholders Meeting

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Callidus Capital Corporation today announced that it has entered into an agreement with certain investment funds managed by The Catalyst Capital Group Inc. to sell the shares of Bluberi Gaming Canada Inc. owned by Callidus and to assign the debt owing by Bluberi to Callidus and its subsidiary to the Catalyst Funds.  The purchase price to be paid by the Catalyst Funds for the shares is $92.7 million, and for the Bluberi Debt is the amount of that debt outstanding on closing.

The purchase price will be satisfied by setting off $92.7 million of the indebtedness of Callidus owing to the Catalyst Funds under Callidus’ subordinated bridge facility and by the Catalyst Funds assuming a portion of the indebtedness owing by Callidus to the lenders under the Company’s collateralized loan agreement equal to the amount of the Bluberi Debt on the Closing Date.

Callidus’ board of directors (the “Board”), having received the unanimous recommendation of the special committee of independent directors of the Board (the “Special Committee”), has unanimously determined (with the Board members nominated by the Catalyst Funds abstaining) that the Bluberi Transaction is in the best interests of the Corporation and that the consideration under the Bluberi Transaction is fair to the shareholders other than the Catalyst Funds and their related parties (the “Minority Shareholders”), and unanimously recommends (with the Board members nominated by the Catalyst Funds abstaining) that the Minority Shareholders vote FOR the Bluberi Transaction.

BDO Canada LLP was retained by the Special Committee to prepare a valuation and fairness opinion, which concluded that as of the date of the opinion, and subject to the assumptions, limitations and qualifications contained therein, the fair market value of the Bluberi shares is between $84.5 million and $100.9 million and that the consideration to be received by Callidus pursuant to the Bluberi Transaction is fair from a financial point of view to the Minority Shareholders.  The purchase price for the shares of Bluberi of $92.7 million is the mid-point of the valuation range.

In order to enable shareholders to consider the Bluberi Transaction, Callidus’ shareholders meeting previously scheduled for June 26, 2019 will now be held on July 2, 2019.  Callidus and the Catalyst Funds anticipate that, if approved by Minority Shareholders, the Bluberi Transaction will be completed shortly after the shareholders meeting.

Callidus acquired control of Bluberi in February 2017 pursuant to a formal restructuring proceeding in Quebec. Bluberi is a Drummondville, Quebec-based gaming company that specializes in the development of casino games that are installed in electronic gaming machines and leased or sold to a variety of licensed casinos and gaming establishments.

Callidus first approached the Catalyst Funds regarding a potential transfer of Bluberi in March 2019 as a result of regulatory challenges associated with Callidus’ ownership of Bluberi.  In particular, regulators in Maryland and certain other states and provinces in which Bluberi operates and intends to operate in the future require extensive disclosure relating to significant shareholders of Callidus on the basis that they are presumed to have influence on the operations of Bluberi.

Callidus understands that Braslyn Ltd. is the holder of approximately 14.5% of the outstanding common shares of the Company and that Braslyn, as a matter of general policy, does not make regulatory filings that might subject it to legal obligations in jurisdictions in which it does not operate.

In the absence of such disclosure by Braslyn, Bluberi is not able to comply with state licensing disclosure requirements or to submit new licensing applications in Maryland and certain other states and provinces.  An inability to comply with these requirements limits Bluberi’s current business and growth plans, and negatively impacts Bluberi’s value, operating results and cash flows.

The BDO valuation and fairness opinion assumes that these regulatory requirements will no longer be applicable after June 30, 2019. As the purchase price for the Bluberi shares is equal to the mid-point of BDO’s valuation range, the Special Committee believes that the Bluberi Transaction will allow Callidus to get full value for Bluberi as if the regulatory issues were resolved. In addition to resolving the regulatory issues, the Bluberi Transaction will enable the Company to significantly reduce its debt and focus on its core lending business.

The Catalyst Funds and their affiliates currently own approximately 72.2% of the Company’s common shares.  As a result, the Bluberi Transaction is a “related party transaction” and must be approved by a majority of the votes cast at a meeting of shareholders by Minority Shareholders.

Completion of the Bluberi Transaction is subject to certain closing conditions including obtaining third party consents.  In the event any required consents in connection with the assignment of the Bluberi Debt are not obtained, the sale of the shares of Bluberi will proceed but the Bluberi Debt will not be assigned and amendments will be made to the loan agreement including to provide for guarantees of the Bluberi Debt by the Catalyst Funds.

The Bluberi Agreement also includes provisions permitting Callidus to solicit other proposals for the acquisition of Bluberi at any time until Minority Shareholders have approved the Bluberi Transaction, and to terminate the Bluberi Agreement if the Corporation accepts a superior proposal or changes its recommendation subject to payment of a termination fee to the Catalyst Funds of $4.64 million. Callidus is also entitled to participate in any after-tax appreciation in value received by the Catalyst Funds if they enter into an agreement to sell Bluberi within six months of closing and that sale is completed within nine months of closing.

 

About Callidus Capital Corporation:

Established in 2003, Callidus Capital Corporation is a Canadian company that specializes in innovative and creative financing solutions for companies that are unable to obtain adequate financing from conventional lending institutions. Unlike conventional lending institutions who demand a long list of covenants and make credit decisions based on cash flow and projections, Callidus credit facilities have few, if any, covenants and are based on the value of the borrower’s assets, its enterprise value and borrowing needs. Further information is available on our website, www.calliduscapital.ca.

Source: Callidus Capital Corporation

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Chief Information Security Officer Joins Continent 8

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Continent 8 Technologies, the award-winning, multi-jurisdictional global network and cloud infrastructure solutions provider, today announced that Brian Borysewich has joined Continent 8 as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Brian will bring four decades of experience in the industry to Continent 8’s Cyber security, network operations, and compliance teams.

Brian is a seasoned cyber security professional and has served in many roles from systems security administrator to the C-level suite. He has empowered Fortune 50 companies to secure their environments, has held leadership roles at both eBay and PayPal at their respective headquarters in Silicon Valley USA, as the principal cybersecurity architect.

Brian’s experience includes over 15 years within the United States government intelligence agencies. He is a former Black Hat and Anonymous hacker who has since used his experience to provide companies, governments, and educational institutions with methods and techniques to protect valuable assets and data. He has been a keynote speaker and mentor at various security conferences and panels.

“As a global leader that protects some of the world’s most valuable information, we take data security seriously,” said Michael Tobin, CEO of Continent 8. “Brian has been globally recognized as a cyber security practice leader. His accomplishments and leadership have helped companies and governments around the world protect both brand and financial resources. I look forward to working with him in these challenging, but exciting times, as businesses and nations enter ever increasing Cyber security attacks in size and velocity.”

Additionally, Brian has extensive expertise in iGaming, which will assist Continent 8 in serving its wide range of clients in that industry. A pioneer in early online gaming, he provided gaming site technology as early as 1995, when the first customers bet before the flurry of regulation. He served for four years as IGT’s Global Operations Solutions Delivery Architect and Manager.

Brian’s arrival supports the company-wide dedication to security that strives to keep client data safe, secure, and private across the global network and public cloud infrastructure on a regional, national, and global level.

Continent 8 is an award-winning, multi-jurisdictional global Cloud infrastructure solutions provider that connects, manages, and secures the world’s most valuable information. Its advanced data centers and high-quality networks support critical online operations in both private and public-sector organizations in over 50 locations across Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

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Greece to Raise Tax Rates on Online Gambling

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The Ministry of Development in Greece has introduced a new proposal, which raises the costs for online gambling operations.

Permits for iGaming operations will cost €3 million (sports betting) or €2 million (online casino and poker). Greece demands online gambling licensees to pay a 35% tax on their gross gaming revenue.

Greece is soon to feature a casino resort. Two operators have already bid for the construction and operation of the facility.

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Veikkaus Appoints New Supervisory Board Members

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Veikkaus, the gambling monopoly in Finland, has appointed new supervisory board members to amplify and raise the responsible gambling standards.

There are a total of 28 members on the board. 13 members are representatives of various political parties and 13 representatives of Veikkaus’ stakeholders. There are two representatives from Veikkaus’ employees. The board would be led by chair Jukka Gustafsson and vice-chair Jani Mäkelä.

The first six months of 2019 have not been great for the state-run Finnish Gambling monopoly Veikkaus. In its financial report, Veikkaus has posted a 6% decline in overall turnover during the first six months of 2019.

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