Activision Blizzard to Acquire King Digital Entertainment for $5.9 Billion

Nov 2, 2015

Combined Company to be Crowned a Leader in Interactive Entertainment

A New Global Leader In Mobile Gaming, the Largest and Fastest-Growing Segment Of Interactive Entertainment

Creates One of the Largest Entertainment Networks with Over Half a Billion Monthly Active Users in 196 Countries

Combined Portfolio to Encompass 10 of the World's Most Iconic Interactive Entertainment Franchises

Activision Blizzard Remains the Most Profitable, Successful Standalone Interactive Entertainment Company in the World

Combining TTM Non-GAAP Revenues of $4.7B for Activision Blizzard and TTM Adjusted Revenues of $2.1B for King and Combining TTM Adjusted EBITDA of $1.6B for Activision Blizzard and $0.9B for King

Accretive to Activision Blizzard's Estimated 2016 Non-GAAP Revenues and EPS by Approximately 30%

King Shareholders to Receive $18 per Share Representing a 20% Premium Over King's 30 October 2015 Closing Price, 23% Premium Over King's One Month Volume Weighted Average Price Per Share and 27% Premium Over King's Three Month Volume Weighted Average Price Per Share

King Will Continue to be Led as an Independent Operating Unit by Chief Executive Officer Riccardo Zacconi, Chief Creative Officer Sebastian Knutsson, and Chief Operating Officer Stephane Kurgan

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2 November 2015

SANTA MONICA, Calif. and LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Activision Blizzard, Inc. ("Activision Blizzard") (Nasdaq:ATVI) and King Digital Entertainment plc ("King") (NYSE: KING) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which ABS Partners C.V. ("ABS Partners"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, will acquire all of the outstanding shares of King for $18.00 in cash per share, for a total equity value of $5.9 billion (the "Acquisition"). The $18.00 per share purchase price implies a 20% premium over King's 30 October 2015 closing price, a 26% premium over King's 30 October 2015 enterprise value (which excludes net cash), a 23% premium over King's one month volume weighted average price per share and a 27% premium over King's three month volume weighted average price per share. The boards of directors of both Activision Blizzard and King unanimously approved the Acquisition, which is being implemented by means of a scheme of arrangement under Irish law. The Acquisition is subject to approval by King's shareholders and the Irish High Court, clearances by the relevant antitrust authorities and other customary closing conditions, and it is currently expected that the Acquisition will be completed by Spring 2016.

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Activision Blizzard believes that the addition of King's highly-complementary business will position Activision Blizzard as a global leader in interactive entertainment across mobile, console and PC platforms, and positions the company for future growth. The combined company will have a world-class interactive entertainment portfolio of top-performing franchises, including two of the top five highest-grossing mobile games in the U.S. (Candy Crush Saga®, Candy Crush Soda Saga™), the world's most successful console game franchise (Call of Duty®), and the world's most successful personal computing franchise (World of Warcraft®), as well as such well known franchises as Blizzard Entertainment's Hearthstone®: Heroes of Warcraft™, StarCraft®, and Diablo® and Activision Publishing's Guitar Hero®, Skylanders® and Destiny, along with over 1,000 game titles in its library. Activision Blizzard expects that this leading content, together with expertise across subscription, upfront purchase, free-to-play and micro-transaction business models will enhance Activision Blizzard's position as one of the world's most successful interactive entertainment companies. During the last twelve months ended 30 September 2015, Activision Blizzard had non-GAAP revenues of $4.7 billion and King had adjusted revenues of $2.1 billion. During the same period Activision Blizzard had adjusted EBITDA of $1.6B and King had adjusted EBITDA of $0.9 billion. During the last twelve months ended 30 September 2015, Activision Blizzard had GAAP revenues of $4.9 billion and King had IFRS revenues of $2.1 billion. During the same period, Activision Blizzard had GAAP net income of $1.1 billion, and King had IFRS profit of $0.6 billion.

Bobby Kotick, Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard, said, "The combined revenues and profits solidify our position as the largest, most profitable standalone company in interactive entertainment. With a combined global network of more than half a billion monthly active users, our potential to reach audiences around the world on the device of their choosing enables us to deliver great games to even bigger audiences than ever before."

Kotick, added: "Riccardo, Sebastian, and Stephane are some of the best minds in the business, and we have long-admired King for consistently creating incredibly fun, deeply engaging free-to-play games that capture the imaginations of players across ages and demographics. Activision Blizzard will provide King with experience, support and investment to continue to build on their tremendous legacy and reach new potential. We share an unwavering commitment to attracting and developing the best talent in the business, and we are excited about what we will be able to accomplish together."

Riccardo Zacconi, Chief Executive Officer of King, said, "We are excited to be entering into this Acquisition with Activision Blizzard. Since 2003, we have built one of the largest player networks on mobile and Facebook, with 474 million monthly active users in the third quarter 2015, and our talented team has created some of the most successful mobile game franchises. We believe that the Acquisition will position us very well for the next phase of our company's evolution and will bring clear benefits to our players and employees. We will combine our expertise in mobile and free-to-play with Activision Blizzard's world-class brands and proven track record of building and sustaining the most successful franchises, to bring the best games in the world to millions of players worldwide. We are very much looking forward to working with Activision Blizzard. We have two teams that, together, will have an amazing footprint, innovative technology, and leadership across platforms, and unique, established IPs to delight one of the largest networks of players in the world."

Gerhard Florin, Chairman of King's board of directors, said, "The Acquisition provides a return to King shareholders through the premium that it provides to King's share price and the immediate liquidity that the Acquisition will provide to all of our shareholders upon completion. The King board of directors believes that Activision Blizzard's cash offer is attractive given the balance of future opportunities, risks and competitive forces confronting King's business."

Activision Blizzard Strategic Rationale

Activision Blizzard believes that the following points will accelerate Activision Blizzard's strategic growth plan:

  • One of the Largest Global Entertainment Networks. This Acquisition will create one of the largest global entertainment networks with over half a billion combined monthly active users in 196 countries. This global audience will reach across casual and core gamers, female and male players, and developed and emerging markets throughout the world. Direct relationships with this large and diverse audience will extend Activision Blizzard's reach, creating opportunities to cross-promote content and engage new players with Activision Blizzard's franchises.
  • A New Global Leader in Mobile Gaming. Through this Acquisition, Activision Blizzard will become a global leader in mobile gaming—the largest and fastest-growing area of interactive entertainment, that is expected to generate over $36 billion of revenue by the end of 2015 and grow cumulatively by over 50% from 2015 to 2019.
  • Diverse Franchise Portfolio with Leadership Across Key Platforms and Genres. The combined company will have a portfolio encompassing 10 of the world's most iconic interactive entertainment franchises with leading titles including two of the top five highest-grossing mobile games in the U.S. (Candy Crush Saga®, Candy Crush Soda Saga™), the world's most successful console game franchise (Call of Duty®), and the world's most successful personal computing franchise (World of Warcraft®), among others. This world-class collection of games spans genres and platforms, drives deep, year-round engagement, and is well-positioned for continued growth.
  • Potential Cross-Network Growth Opportunities. Combining one of the largest mobile gaming communities with Activision Blizzard's leading franchises creates potential opportunities to grow and cross-promote content to a diverse audience, while providing players more opportunities to engage with its content.
  • Enhanced Capabilities Across Business Models. The combined company's capabilities across subscription, upfront purchase, free-to-play and micro-transaction business models will accelerate diversification of Activision Blizzard's revenue streams. This expertise across diverse monetization methods will lead to new opportunities to delight players and provide Activision Blizzard with key capabilities to meet evolving player preferences and reach new untapped audiences. The combined company will benefit from King's leading mobile capabilities that can be applied across the portfolio from micro-transactions, game analytics and mobile marketing to increase digital revenues.
  • The Most Profitable, Successful Standalone Interactive Entertainment Company in the World. During the last twelve months Activision Blizzard had non-GAAP revenues of $4.7 billion and King had adjusted revenues of $2.1 billion, and for the same period, adjusted EBITDA of $1.6 billion and $0.9 billion, respectively. The combined company will have further diversified and recurring revenues, cash flow generation, and long-term growth opportunities to propel future value creation for shareholders. Activision Blizzard believes the Acquisition will be accretive to 2016 estimated non-GAAP revenues and earnings per share by approximately 30% and significantly accretive to 2016 estimated free cash flow per share. Activision Blizzard expects the combined company to maintain a disciplined capital allocation policy and strong balance sheet.
  • Experienced Management Team. King will continue to be led by Chief Executive Officer Riccardo Zacconi, Chief Creative Officer Sebastian Knutsson, and Chief Operating Officer Stephane Kurgan, all of whom have strong expertise and proven track records in mobile gaming and have entered into long-term employment contracts. It is Activision Blizzard's intention that King will operate as an independent operating unit, with enhanced resources to support its industry-leading franchises. Activision Blizzard has a strong integration track record, and implementing the Acquisition as structured will minimize disruption and integration risk while maintaining the spirit of creative independence. The combination unites Activision Blizzard's and King's highly-complementary cultures, with aligned commitment to innovation, deep respect for the creative process, franchise focus, and emphasis on talent development.

Terms of the Acquisition

  • Under the terms of the Acquisition, which has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, King's shareholders will receive $18.00 in cash per share comprising a total equity value of $5.9 billion and an enterprise value of $5.0 billion. The purchase price represents a 20% premium over King's closing price on 30 October 2015, a 23% premium over King's one month volume weighted average price per share, and a 27% premium over King's three month volume weighted average price per share and implies a multiple of 6.4x King's estimated 2015 adjusted EBITDA.
  • The cash consideration payable by Activision Blizzard under the terms of the Acquisition will be funded from approximately US$3.6 billion of offshore cash on the balance sheet of the Activision Blizzard Group and by an incremental term loan committed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs Bank USA, as incremental lenders, under Activision Blizzard's existing credit agreement in the amount of US$2.3 billion.
  • The King board of directors, who have been so advised by J.P. Morgan as to the financial terms of the Acquisition, consider the terms of the Acquisition to be fair and reasonable. In providing its advice to the King Directors, J.P. Morgan has taken into account the commercial assessments of the King Directors.
  • Accordingly, the King Directors unanimously recommended that King's shareholders vote in favour of the resolutions relating to the Acquisition at the relevant shareholder and scheme meetings.
  • It is intended that the Acquisition will be implemented by means of a scheme of arrangement under Chapter 1 of Part 9 of the Irish Companies Act 2014 (the "Scheme"). It is intended that the scheme document, (the "Scheme Document") containing the full terms and conditions of the Acquisition (including notices of the shareholder and scheme meetings), will be issued to King's shareholders, and, for information only, to holders of King's options and share awards, within 28 days of this Announcement, unless otherwise agreed with the Irish Takeover Panel. The Scheme Document will be made available by Activision Blizzard at activisionblizzard.acquisitionoffer.com and by King at http://investor.king.com/acquisition.
  • The Acquisition will be put to King's shareholders at both a scheme meeting and a shareholder meeting. In order to become effective, the Scheme must be approved by a majority in number of the King's shareholders voting at the scheme meeting, either in person or by proxy, representing at least 75% in value of the King shares voted in each relevant share class. In addition, a special resolution implementing the Scheme and approving the related reduction of share capital must be approved by the King shareholders representing at least 75% of votes cast at the shareholder meeting.
  • The Acquisition, by means of a Scheme, is conditional, among other things, on the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions set out in Appendix I. The Scheme will also require the sanction of the Irish High Court. Subject to the satisfaction, or where relevant waiver, of all relevant conditions and the sanction of the Irish High Court, it is currently expected that the Scheme will become effective and the Acquisition will be completed by Spring 2016. An expected timetable of principal events will be included in the Scheme Document.
  • If the Scheme becomes effective, it will be binding on all King shareholders, irrespective of whether or not they attended and/or voted at the court or shareholder meetings (and if they attended and voted, whether or not they voted in favour).
  • Activision Blizzard and ABS Partners have received irrevocable undertakings from Messrs. Riccardo Zacconi, Stephane Kurgan, Sebastian Knutsson, being members of the King Board, that they will vote in favour of the matters and resolutions to be considered at the court and shareholder meetings in their capacity as shareholders (or, in the event that the Acquisition is implemented by way of a takeover offer on terms and conditions at least as favourable, in aggregate, as the Scheme, to accept the offer or procure acceptance of the offer) in respect of their entire beneficial holdings of King shares amounting to, in aggregate, 49,408,045 King shares, representing approximately 16% of the issued share capital of King on 30 October 2015 (being the last practicable date prior to the publication of this Announcement).
  • In addition, Activision Blizzard and ABS Partners have received irrevocable undertakings from certain other King Shareholders, namely Bellaria Holding S.à r.l. and Mr. Thomas Hartwig, King's Chief Technology Officer, that they will vote in favour of the matters and resolutions to be considered at the court and shareholder meetings (or, in the event that the Acquisition is implemented by way of a takeover offer on terms and conditions at least as favourable, in aggregate, as the Scheme, to accept the offer or procure acceptance of the offer) in respect of their entire beneficial holdings of King shares amounting to, in aggregate, 147,107,666 King shares, representing approximately 47% of the issued share capital of King on 30 October 2015 (being the last practicable date prior to the publication of this Announcement).
  • In addition, Activision Blizzard and ABS Partners have received irrevocable undertakings from Messrs. Robert Miller, Marcus Jacobs, Tjodolf Sommestad and Nicholas Pointon and Ms. Frances Williams and Jill Kyne, being holders of linked shares, that in their capacity as holders of linked shares they will vote in favour of the matters and resolutions to be considered at the relevant class meetings relating to approval of the Scheme (or, in the event that the Acquisition is implemented by way of a takeover offer on terms and conditions at least as favourable, in aggregate, as the Scheme, to accept the offer or procure acceptance of the offer) in respect of their entire beneficial holdings of linked shares (as applicable) amounting to, in aggregate, 190,790 linked shares which, together with the commitments from Messrs. Zacconi and Kurgan referred to above (which amount to 2,077,080 linked shares, in aggregate), represents approximately 92% of the issued linked share capital on 30 October 2015 (being the last practicable date prior to the publication of this Announcement).

This summary should be read in conjunction with, and is subject to, the full text of the attached Announcement (including its appendices). The Acquisition is subject to the conditions set out in Appendix I to this Announcement and the further terms to be set out in the Scheme Document. The sources and bases of information contained in this Announcement are set out in Appendix II and Appendix V. Additional information is provided in Appendix III. Certain definitions and expressions used in this Announcement are set out in Appendix IV.

Conference Call, Webcast, Investor Presentation and Copy of Announcement

Activision Blizzard and King will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. ET/New York time tomorrow, 3 November 2015, to review the Acquisition and host a question and answer session. To access the conference call, interested parties may dial 888-596-2572 (domestic callers) or 913-312-0653 (international callers). The Conference ID Number is 9960349. Participants can also listen to a live webcast of the call through the Investor Relations page of Activision Blizzard's website at investor.activision.com. During the conference call and webcast, management will review a presentation summarizing the Acquisition, which can be accessed at investor.activision.com or at activisionblizzard.acquisitionoffer.com. A webcast replay will be available for the duration of the offer period at activisionblizzard.acquisitionoffer.com. Please call five minutes in advance to ensure that you are connected. Questions and answers will be taken only from participants on the conference call. For the webcast, please allow 15 minutes to register, download and install any necessary software.

Simultaneous with this Announcement, Activision Blizzard issued its third quarter 2015 results in a separate release. Activision Blizzard plans to address questions regarding its quarterly financial results during a separate portion of the conference call scheduled at 8:00 a.m. ET/New York time tomorrow, 3 November 2015. Activision Blizzard previously planned to issue its earnings following the close of the market tomorrow. The previously scheduled call following the markets close tomorrow has been cancelled.

King will announce third quarter 2015 results and hold its conference call for analysts and investors on 4 November 2015 as regularly scheduled.

A copy of the Announcement and the documents required to be published pursuant to the Irish Takeover Rules by Activision Blizzard will be made available by Activision Blizzard free of charge, subject to certain restrictions relating to persons in restricted jurisdictions, on activisionblizzard.acquisitionoffer.com by no later than 12 noon ET/New York time on 3 November 2015. King will also make the Announcement and the documents required to be published pursuant to the Irish Takeover Rules by King available on its website free of charge, subject to certain restrictions relating to persons in restricted jurisdictions, on http://investor.king.com/acquisition by no later than 12 noon ET/New York time on 3 November 2015.

Contact Information
 

Media Contacts

 

Activision Blizzard

 
Mary Osako
Activision Blizzard, SVP, Global Communications
+1 424 322 5166

Mary.Osako@Activision.com

 
Sard Verbinnen & Co
For US:
Cassandra Bujarski/Devin Broda
+1 310 201 2040

cbujarski@sardverb.com / dbroda@sardverb.com

 
For Europe:
Michael Henson/Jonathan Doorley
+44 20 3178 8914

mhenson@sardverb.com / jdoorley@sardverb.com

 

King Digital Entertainment

 
Susannah Clark
King Digital Entertainment, VP of Communications
+44 7788 405 224

susannah.clark@king.com

 
Brunswick Group
For US:
Bethany Sherman
+1 212 333 3810
Eric Savitz
+1 415 671 7676

kingteam@brunswickgroup.com

 
For Europe:
Natalia Dyett, Craig Breheny
+44 20 7404 5959
Birgitta Henriksson
+46 8 410 32 180

kingteam@brunswickgroup.com

 

Investor Contacts

 

Activision Blizzard

 
Amrita Ahuja
Activision Blizzard, SVP, Investor Relations
+1 310 255 2075

Amrita.Ahuja@ActivisionBlizzard.com

 

King Digital Entertainment

 
Alice Ryder
King Digital Entertainment, VP of Investor Relations
+1 425 533 5706

alice.ryder@king.com

 

Financial Adviser Contacts

 

Activision Blizzard

Goldman Sachs
Ian Spaulding/Alekhya Uppalapati
+1 310 407 5700
 
Michael Casey
+44 20 7774 1000
 

King Digital Entertainment

 
J.P. Morgan
Mark Fiteny/Marco Caggiano/Xavier Loriferne
+1 888 963 5089
 
Dwayne Lysaght/James Robinson
+44 20 7742 4000
 

About Activision Blizzard and ABS Partners

Activision Blizzard, Inc., a member of the S&P 500, is the world's most successful standalone interactive entertainment company. It develops and publishes games based on some of the most beloved entertainment franchises, including Call of Duty®, Destiny, Skylanders®, Guitar Hero®, World of Warcraft®, StarCraft®, Diablo®, and Hearthstone®: Heroes of Warcraft™. The company is one of the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies To Work For®" 2015. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, it has operations throughout the world, and its games are played in 196 countries. Activision Blizzard makes games for leading interactive platforms. Activision Blizzard is a corporation organised and existing under the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware, USA and is listed to trade on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol "ATVI". More information about Activision Blizzard and its products can be found on the company's website, www.activisionblizzard.com.

ABS Partners C.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc., is a partnership formed in the Netherlands for the purpose of making the Acquisition. ABS Partners has not traded since its establishment, nor has it entered any obligations, other than in connection with the Acquisition and the financing of the Acquisition.

About King

King Digital Entertainment plc (NYSE: KING) is a leading interactive entertainment company for the mobile world. It had a network of 330 million monthly unique users as of third quarter 2015, has developed more than 200 exclusive games, and offers games in over 200 countries and regions through its king.com and royalgames.com websites, Facebook, and mobile distribution platforms such as the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore. King has game studios in Stockholm, Malmö, London, Barcelona, Berlin, Singapore, and Seattle, along with offices in San Francisco, Malta, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai and Bucharest.

Activision Blizzard and King Advisers

Activision Blizzard's financial adviser is Goldman Sachs. Activision Blizzard has also received financial advice from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Mason Hayes & Curran and Allen & Overy LLP are providing legal advice.

King's financial adviser is J.P. Morgan. Fenwick & West LLP and William Fry are providing legal advice.

Responsibility for this Announcement

The directors of Activision Blizzard, Inc. and the sole manager of ABS Partners I, LLC (in its capacity as the general partner of ABS Partners C.V.) accept responsibility for the information contained in this Announcement other than the information relating to King, the King Group, and the directors of King and members of their immediate families, related trusts and persons connected with them, for which the directors of King accept responsibility. To the best of the knowledge and belief of Activision Blizzard, Inc. and the sole manager of ABS Partners I, LLC (in its capacity as the general partner of ABS Partners C.V.) (who have taken all reasonable care to ensure that such is the case), the information contained in this Announcement for which they accept responsibility is in accordance with the facts and does not omit anything likely to affect the import of such information.

The directors of King accept responsibility for the information contained in this Announcement relating to King, the King Group and the directors of King and members of their immediate families, related trusts and persons connected with them (excepting information regarding Activision Blizzard's estimates, expectations, plans and projections for King and the King Group following completion of the Acquisition for which the directors of Activision Blizzard, Inc. accept responsibility). To the best of the knowledge and belief of the directors of King (who have taken all reasonable care to ensure that such is the case), the information contained in this Announcement for which they accept responsibility is in accordance with the facts and does not omit anything likely to affect the import of such information.

Goldman Sachs, which is authorized by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority in the United Kingdom, is acting exclusively for Activision Blizzard and for no one else in connection with the matters set out in this Announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Activision Blizzard for affording the protections afforded to clients of Goldman Sachs or for providing advice in connection with the contents of this Announcement or any matter referred to herein.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is acting exclusively for Activision Blizzard and for no one else in connection with the matters set out in this Announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Activision Blizzard for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in connection with the contents of this Announcement or any matter referred to herein.

"Bank of America Merrill Lynch" is the marketing name for the global banking and global markets businesses of Bank of America Corporation. Lending, derivatives, and other commercial banking activities are performed globally by banking affiliates of Bank of America Corporation, including Bank of America, N.A., member FDIC. Securities, strategic advisory, and other investment banking activities are performed globally by investment banking affiliates of Bank of America Corporation, including, in the United States, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, which is a registered broker-dealer and member of FINRA and SIPC, and, in other jurisdictions, locally registered entities.

J.P. Morgan Limited (which conducts its UK investment banking business as J.P. Morgan Cazenove) ("J.P. Morgan"), which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority, is acting as financial adviser exclusively for King and no one else in connection with the matters set out in this Announcement and will not regard any other person as its client in relation to the matters in this Announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than King for providing the protections afforded to clients of J.P. Morgan or its affiliates, nor for providing advice in relation to any matter referred to herein.

Important Information for U.S. Investors

King intends to file the Scheme Document with the SEC and mail a copy to its shareholders in advance of the EGM and in connection with the Acquisition and the Scheme. Shareholders are urged to read the Scheme Document carefully when it becomes available because it will contain important information about King, the Acquisition, the Scheme and related matters. Shareholders will be able to obtain free copies of the Scheme Document and other documents filed with or furnished to the SEC by King through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, shareholders will be able to obtain free copies of the Scheme Document from King by contacting ir@king.com.

The Acquisition relates to the securities of an Irish company which is a "foreign private issuer" as defined under Rule 3b-4 under the Exchange Act and will be governed by the Irish Takeover Rules and Irish law. Neither the proxy solicitation rules nor the tender offer rules under the Exchange Act will apply to the Scheme of Arrangement pursuant to which the Acquisition is to be effected. The Scheme will be subject to the disclosure requirements and practices applicable in Ireland to schemes of arrangements, which differ from the disclosure requirements under the proxy solicitation and tender offer rules of the Exchange Act.

King is incorporated under the laws of Ireland. Some or all of the directors of King are resident in countries other than the United States. As a result, it may not be possible for U.S. holders of King Shares to effect service of process within the United States upon King or such directors of King or to enforce against any of them U.S. judgements predicated upon the civil liability provisions of the U.S. securities laws. It may not be possible to sue King or its officers or directors in a non-U.S. court for violations of U.S. securities laws.

Forward-looking statements

Statements in this Announcement that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, statements about the expectations, assumptions, beliefs, plans, intentions or strategies of Activision Blizzard, King or their respective boards of directors, as the case may be, regarding the future, including, but not limited to, statements about the Acquisition described herein, benefits and synergies of the Acquisition, projections of revenues, gross bookings, expenses, income or loss, adjusted EBITDA or adjusted EBITDA margin, earnings or loss per share, cash flow or other financial items, future opportunities, anticipated business levels, future financial or operating performance, planned activities and objectives, including those related to product releases, anticipated growth, market opportunities, strategies, competition and other expectations, targets for future periods, and assumptions underlying such statements. These forward-looking statements may often be identified by the use of words such as "will", "may", "could", "should", "would", "to be", "might", "project", "believe", "anticipate", "expect", "plan", "estimate", "forecast", "future", "positioned", "potential", "intend", "continue", "remain", "scheduled", "outlook", "set to", "subject to", "upcoming", "target" and variations of these words or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are subject to business and economic risk, reflect Activision Blizzard and/or King management's current expectations and estimates, and are inherently uncertain and difficult to predict. Actual future results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: uncertainties as to the timing of the Acquisition; uncertainties as to whether Activision Blizzard will be able to consummate the Acquisition; uncertainties as to whether shareholders will provide the requisite approvals for the Acquisition on a timely basis or at all; the possibility that competing offers will be made; the possibility that certain conditions to the consummation of the Acquisition will not be satisfied, including without limitation obtaining the requisite approval of the Scheme of Arrangement at the Scheme Meeting; the possibility that Activision Blizzard will be unable to obtain regulatory approvals for the Acquisition on a timely basis or at all, or be required, as a condition to obtaining regulatory approvals, to accept conditions that could reduce the anticipated benefits of the Acquisition; the possibility that shareholders will file lawsuits challenging the Acquisition, including actions seeking to rescind the Scheme of Arrangement or enjoin the consummation of the Acquisition; the ability to meet expectations regarding the accounting and tax treatments of the Acquisition; changes in relevant tax and other laws or regulations; the integration of King being more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected; the diversion of Activision Blizzard and/or King management time and attention to issues relating to the Acquisition and integration; operating costs, customer loss and business disruption (including, without limitation, difficulties in maintaining relationships with employees, customers, clients or suppliers) being greater than expected following the Acquisition; the difficulty retaining certain key employees of King and Activision Blizzard following the Acquisition; the possibility that Activision Blizzard may be unable to achieve expected synergies and operating efficiencies in connection with the Acquisition within the expected time-frames or at all; the scope, timing and outcome of any ongoing legal proceedings involving Activision Blizzard or King and the impact of any such proceedings on financial condition, results of operations and/or cash flows of Activision Blizzard, King or the combined company; the possibility that costs, fees, expenses or charges Activision Blizzard and/or King incur in connection with the Acquisition are greater than expected; the possibility that the Scheme may be terminated in circumstances that require King to reimburse certain expenses to Activision Blizzard or Activision Blizzard to pay a termination fee to King related to the Acquisition; the ability of Activision Blizzard, King or the combined company to protect intellectual property and preserve intellectual property rights; and changes in the economic and financial conditions of the businesses of Activision Blizzard, King, or the combined company.

In addition, with regard to Activision Blizzard, a number of important factors could cause Activision Blizzard's actual future results and other future circumstances to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: sales levels of Activision Blizzard's titles; increasing concentration of revenue among a small number of titles; Activision Blizzard's ability to predict consumer preferences, including interest in specific genres and preferences among hardware platforms; the amount of Activision Blizzard's debt and the limitations imposed by the covenants in the agreements governing such debt; adoption rate and availability of new hardware (including peripherals) and related software, particularly during the console transitions; counterparty risks relating to customers, licensees, licensors and manufacturers; maintenance of relationships with key personnel, customers, financing providers, licensees, licensors, manufacturers, vendors, and third-party developers, including the ability to attract, retain and develop key personnel and developers that can create high quality titles; changing business models, including digital delivery of content and the increased prevalence of free-to-play games; product delays or defects; competition, including from used games and other forms of entertainment; rapid changes in technology and industry standards; possible declines in software pricing; product returns and price protection; the identification of suitable future acquisition opportunities and potential challenges associated with geographic expansion; the seasonal and cyclical nature of the interactive entertainment market; litigation risks and associated costs; protection of proprietary rights; shifts in consumer spending trends; capital market risks; applicable regulations; domestic and international economic, financial and political conditions and policies; tax rates and foreign exchange rates; and the impact of the current macroeconomic environment.

Further, with regard to King, a number of important factors could cause King's actual future results and other future circumstances to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: the fact that a relatively small number of games continue to account for a substantial majority of King's revenue and gross bookings, and declines in popularity of these games could harm King's financial results; King's ability to develop new games and enhance existing games in a timely manner; delays to the launch of new games; revenues and gross bookings from King's new games not being sufficient to offset declines due to its more mature games; market acceptance of new games and enhancements to existing games; intense industry competition; King's reliance on the casual game format and the success of its efforts to expand beyond the casual format; the need to anticipate and successfully develop games for new technologies, platforms and devices; challenges in measuring key operating metrics, and real or perceived inaccuracies in such metrics; reliance on various third-party platforms; reliance on key personnel; acquisition-related risks, including King's ability to integrate recent acquisitions and unforeseen difficulties in developing and introducing new games from acquired companies and customer acceptance of such games; protection or enforcement of King's intellectual property rights; the continued effectiveness of King's marketing programs; litigation risks and associated costs; risks associated with operating and offering games in multiple jurisdictions; and general economic conditions and their impact on consumer spending and foreign currency exchange rates.

In addition, actual results are subject to other risks and uncertainties that relate more broadly to Activision Blizzard's and King's overall businesses, including those identified in "Risk Factors" included in Part I, Item 1A of Activision Blizzard's most recent annual report on Form 10-K or in Part I, Item 3.D of King's most recent annual report on Form 20-F and most recent quarterly report on Form 6-K.

Any forward-looking statements in this Announcement are based upon information available to Activision Blizzard, King and/or their respective boards of directors, as the case may be, as of the date of this Announcement and, while believed to be true when made, may ultimately prove to be incorrect. Subject to any obligations under applicable law, rules and regulations, none of Activision Blizzard, King or any member of their respective boards of directors undertakes any obligation to update any forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, or to conform any forward-looking statement to actual results, future events, or to changes in expectations. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to Activision Blizzard, King, their respective boards of directors or any person acting on behalf of any of them are expressly qualified in their entirety by this paragraph.

Basis of Accounting

Activision Blizzard prepares its financial information in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("U.S. GAAP"). King prepares its financial information in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB"). Neither Activision Blizzard nor King has made any adjustments to the King IFRS basis financial information to conform to a U.S. GAAP basis of presentation.

Both Activision Blizzard and King use non-GAAP and non-IFRS (collectively, "non-GAAP") measures of financial performance. These non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP or IFRS. Refer to Appendix V for additional information on the non-GAAP measures and reconciliation to U.S. GAAP or IFRS. Trailing twelve month financial information is based on financial information through 30 September 2015 as published by Activision Blizzard and King. Estimated 2015 and 2016 measurements of financial information for Activision Blizzard and King are based on IBES estimates as of 30 October 2015.

No Profit Forecast / Asset Valuations

Save for the specific information relating to King's third quarter earnings or fourth quarter outlook set out in this Announcement, no statement in this Announcement is intended to constitute a profit forecast for any period, nor should any statements be interpreted to mean that earnings or earnings per share will necessarily be greater or lesser than those for the relevant preceding financial periods for King or Activision Blizzard or ABS Partners, as appropriate. No statement in this Announcement constitutes an asset valuation.

Rule 2.10 of the Irish Takeover Rules

As at close of business on 30 October 2015 King confirms that King's issued share capital is comprised of 40,000 euro deferred shares of €1.00 each and 315,541,571 King Shares (inclusive of 2,465,086 Linked Shares). The King Shares are admitted to trading on NYSE under the ticker symbol KING. The International Securities Identification Number for the King Shares is IE00BKJ9QQ58.

There are outstanding options over 23,464,158 King Shares which have been granted by King and have exercise prices ranging from $0.00008 to $31.37 per King Share and there are outstanding King RSUs over 5,617,998 King Shares.

Disclosure Requirements for Certain Holders of King Securities

Under the provisions of Rule 8.3 of the Irish Takeover Rules, if any person is, or becomes, "interested" (directly or indirectly) in, 1% or more of any class of "relevant securities" of King, all "dealings" in any "relevant securities" of King (including by means of an option in respect of, or a derivative referenced to, any such "relevant securities") must be publicly disclosed by not later than 3:30 pm ET/New York time on the "business day" following the date of the relevant transaction. This requirement will continue until the Effective Date or the Offer Period otherwise ends. If two or more persons co-operate on the basis of any agreement, either express or tacit, either oral or written, to acquire an "interest" in "relevant securities" of King, they will be deemed to be a single person for the purpose of Rule 8.3 of the Irish Takeover Rules.

Under the provisions of Rule 8.1 of the Irish Takeover Rules, all "dealings" in "relevant securities" of King by Activision Blizzard or ABS Partners, or by any party acting in concert with it, must also be disclosed by no later than 12 noon ET/New York time on the "business" day following the date of the relevant transaction.

A disclosure table, giving details of the companies in whose "relevant securities" "dealings" should be disclosed, can be found on the Irish Takeover Panel's website at www.irishtakeoverpanel.ie.

"Interests in securities" arise, in summary, when a person has long economic exposure, whether conditional or absolute, to changes in the price of securities. In particular, a person will be treated as having an "interest" by virtue of the ownership or control of securities, or by virtue of any option in respect of, or derivative referenced to, securities.

Terms in quotation marks are defined in the Irish Takeover Rules, which can also be found on the Irish Takeover Panel's website.

If you are in any doubt as to whether or not you are required to disclose a dealing under Rule 8, please consult the Irish Takeover Panel's website at www.irishtakeoverpanel.ie or contact the Irish Takeover Panel on telephone number +353 1 678 9020 or fax number +353 1 678 9289.

Further Information

This Announcement is not intended to, and does not, constitute an offer to purchase, sell, subscribe for or exchange, or the solicitation of an offer to purchase, sell, subscribe for or exchange or an invitation to purchase, sell, subscribe for or exchange any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction pursuant to the Acquisition or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. This Announcement does not constitute a prospectus or an equivalent document and it is not intended to, and does not, constitute or form any part of an offer or invitation to sell or purchase or subscribe for any securities or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction pursuant to the Acquisition or otherwise.

The release, publication or distribution of this Announcement in or into certain jurisdictions may be restricted by the laws of those jurisdictions, including any Restricted Jurisdictions. Accordingly, copies of this Announcement and all other documents relating to the Acquisition are not being, and must not be, released, published, mailed or otherwise forwarded, distributed or sent in, into or from any Restricted Jurisdiction. Persons receiving such documents (including, without limitation, nominees, trustees and custodians) should observe these restrictions. Failure to do so may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the companies involved in the Acquisition disclaim any responsibility or liability for the violations of any such restrictions by any person.

This Announcement has been prepared for the purposes of complying with Irish law and the Irish Takeover Rules and the information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been disclosed if this Announcement had been prepared in accordance with the laws and regulations of any jurisdiction outside Ireland.

The full text of the conditions to which the Acquisition is subject and reference to certain further terms of the Acquisition are set out in Appendix I.

Any response in relation to the Acquisition should be made only on the basis of the information contained in the Scheme Document or any other document by which the Acquisition is made. King Shareholders are advised to read carefully the formal documentation in relation to the proposed Acquisition once the Scheme Document has been despatched to them.

This Announcement, which is published jointly by Activision Blizzard and King, is made pursuant to Rule 2.5 of the Irish Takeover Rules.

Activision Blizzard reserves the right, subject to the prior approval of the Panel, to elect to implement the Acquisition by way of an Offer in the circumstances described in and subject to the terms of the Transaction Agreement. Without limiting the provisions of the Transaction Agreement, in such event, such Offer will be implemented on terms and conditions that are at least as favourable to the King Shareholders (except for an acceptance condition set at 80% of the nominal value of the King Shares to which such an Offer relates and which are not already beneficially owned by Activision Blizzard, if any) as those which would apply in relation to the Scheme.

Pursuant to Rule 2.6(c) of the Irish Takeover Rules, this Announcement will be available to Activision Blizzard employees on activisionblizzard.acquisitionoffer.com and to King employees on King's website, http://investor.king.com/acquisition.

A copy of the Announcement and the documents required to be published pursuant to the Irish Takeover Rules by Activision Blizzard will be made available by Activision Blizzard free of charge, subject to certain restrictions relating to persons in restricted jurisdictions, on activisionblizzard.acquisitionoffer.com by no later than 12 noon ET/New York time on 3 November 2015. King will also make the Announcement and the documents required to be published pursuant to the Irish Takeover Rules by King available on its website free of charge, subject to certain restrictions relating to persons in restricted jurisdictions at http://investor.king.com/acquisition by no later than 12 noon ET/New York time on 3 November 2015.

Neither the content of any website referred to in this Announcement nor the content of any website accessible from hyperlinks it is incorporated into, or forms part of, this Announcement.

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION (IN WHOLE OR IN PART) IN, INTO OR FROM ANY RESTRICTED JURISDICTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2 November 2015

RECOMMENDED ACQUISITION FOR CASH BY

ABS PARTNERS C.V.

(A WHOLLY OWNED SUBSIDIARY OF ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)

OF

KING DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT PLC

TO BE IMPLEMENTED BY MEANS OF A SCHEME OF ARRANGEMENT

UNDER CHAPTER 1 OF PART 9 OF THE COMPANIES ACT 2014

1.

 

INTRODUCTION

 
The King Board and the Activision Blizzard Board are pleased to announce that they have reached agreement on the terms of the recommended acquisition by ABS Partners, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, of the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of King by means of a scheme of arrangement under Chapter 1 of Part 9 of the Act.
 
The Acquisition will be on the terms and subject to the conditions set out below, and the implementation of the Acquisition and the Scheme will be subject to the conditions referred to in Appendix I of this Announcement, which will also be set out in the Scheme Document.
 

2.

 

ACQUISITION TERMS

 
It is intended that the issued ordinary share capital of King will be acquired by way of a court sanctioned scheme of arrangement. The Acquisition and the Scheme are subject to the conditions set out in Appendix I of this Announcement and the further terms to be set out in the Scheme Document.
 
King Shareholders will be entitled to receive US$18.00 in cash for each Scheme Share they hold, valuing the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of King at approximately US$5.9 billion.
 
The terms of the Acquisition represent a premium of approximately:
 

• 20% to the Closing Price of US$14.96 per King Share on 30 October 2015 (being the last practicable date prior to the publication of this Announcement);

 

• 26% to King's enterprise value (which excludes net cash) on 30 October 2015;

 

• 23% to the volume weighted-average price of US$14.63 per King Share for the one month period ended 30 October 2015; and

 

• 27% to the volume weighted-average price of US$14.17 per King Share for the three month period ended 30 October 2015.

 

3.

 

KING BACKGROUND TO AND REASONS FOR RECOMMENDING THE ACQUISITION

 

King is a leading interactive entertainment company and has been developing casual online games since 2003. King has spent over a decade building a deep understanding of players' entertainment habits and needs, while continuing to innovate its product offerings. This expertise has allowed King to build an extensive global network of players, which as of third quarter 2015, consisted of 330 million monthly unique users, and become a leader in the casual gaming category. Following its initial public offering in March 2014, King has pursued a strategy focused on the continued creation of successful new mobile games, continually innovating on its already popular global game franchises and applying its dedicated network of players to enter new game genres. This strategy has allowed King to create a strong, cash generative games portfolio, including its key franchises—Candy Crush®, Farm Heroes®, Bubble Witch® and Pet Rescue®. Furthermore, in the third quarter 2015 and for the third consecutive quarter, two King games were among the top five grossing mobile games in the United States.

 
In considering the proposed offer made by Activision Blizzard, the King Board has taken into account King's accomplishments in becoming an industry leader and its progress in delivering on its strategy. The King Board also weighed these factors against the challenges King faces, including the risks and challenges that King faces in implementing its strategy and the strong competitive dynamics in the evolving interactive entertainment sector that call for continuous innovation to drive increasing player engagement and improved monetization. In particular, King's continued success depends, in part, on its ability to consistently develop new successful games, expand its franchises and enhance its existing portfolio of games in ways that improve the gaming experience for players while encouraging the purchase of virtual items within its games. King's ability to achieve these goals is subject to a number of challenges, including the need to anticipate and respond to changes in players' preferences and to compete successfully against a large and growing number of industry participants. While King has maintained a market-leading position since its IPO through the execution of its strategy, the King Board considered the possibility that only a small number of King's new games, if any, may become successful and generate significant purchases of virtual items, and contribute to the growth of the overall business. The King Board noted that these risks could prevent King from achieving its anticipated financial results, and that the Acquisition would eliminate the exposure of King's current shareholders to these risks.
 
The King Directors believe that Activision Blizzard's cash offer is attractive given the balance of future opportunities, risks and competitive forces confronting the business. Following careful consideration of the above factors and the full range of strategic options available to King, the King Board believes that the price of the Acquisition fairly reflects the current market position of the business and substantially recognises King's growth prospects, as well as the risks associated with those prospects, and provides certainty, in cash, to King Shareholders today.
 

4.

 

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD BACKGROUND TO AND REASONS FOR THE ACQUISITION

 
Activision Blizzard, Inc., a member of the S&P 500, is the world's most successful standalone interactive entertainment company. It develops and publishes games based on some of the most beloved entertainment franchises, including Call of Duty®, Destiny, Skylanders®, Guitar Hero®, World of Warcraft®, StarCraft®, Diablo®, and Hearthstone®: Heroes of Warcraft™.
 
As a leader in the interactive entertainment business, Activision Blizzard recognizes the importance of mobile gaming as part of its envisioned growth strategy. Mobile gaming is expected to be the largest and fastest-growing area of interactive entertainment—it is expected to generate over $36 billion of revenue by the end of 2015, and grow cumulatively by over 50% from 2015 to 2019. Activision Blizzard believes that King provides it with key capabilities in mobile gaming that will help Activision Blizzard to execute its strategy and further position it as a leading interactive entertainment company across key platforms.
 
Activision Blizzard also believes it is important in its business to have strong intellectual property. Activision Blizzard believes that King has a strong portfolio of leading intellectual property, including two of the top five highest-grossing mobile games in the U.S. (Candy Crush Saga®, Candy Crush Soda Saga™), and one of the largest global entertainment networks, with approximately half a billion monthly active users, which it believes could lead to potential benefits for its users and further broaden its audience.
 
As a result, Activision Blizzard believes this Acquisition accelerates long-term growth opportunities across platforms, genres, and audiences and creates value for its shareholders. It will further Activision Blizzard's position as one of the most profitable interactive entertainment companies and Activision Blizzard believes that the Acquisition will be accretive to 2016 estimated non-GAAP revenues and earnings per share by approximately 30% and significantly accretive to 2016 estimated free cash flow per share. Activision Blizzard expects the combined company to maintain a disciplined capital allocation policy and strong balance sheet.
 
Activision Blizzard has the intention to work with King employees and management to pursue Activision Blizzard's goal of expanding its mobile gaming presence and continue investing in King's game franchises. Activision Blizzard believes that King's position as a leading mobile game developer makes it a natural candidate to join Activision Blizzard's efforts. Activision Blizzard believes that the Acquisition provides King the potential ability to accelerate the execution of its strategy and benefit from Activision Blizzard's expertise to address some of the challenges the business faces. Activision Blizzard believes that King should be able to apply Activision Blizzard's existing expertise in mid-core and alternative gaming markets, thus providing both parties with expanded opportunities and enhanced support.
 

5.

 

KING RECOMMENDATION

 
The King Directors, who have been so advised by J.P. Morgan as to the financial terms of the Acquisition, consider the terms of the Acquisition to be fair and reasonable. In providing its advice to the King Directors, J.P. Morgan has taken into account the commercial assessments of the King Directors.
 
J.P. Morgan is acting as independent financial adviser to the King Directors in relation to the Acquisition for the purposes of Rule 3 of the Irish Takeover Rules. The King Board unanimously recommended to King Shareholders to vote in favour of the Acquisition and the Scheme, as the directors of King who are King Shareholders intend to do in respect of their own beneficial holdings.
 
Messrs. Zacconi, Kurgan and Knutsson have irrevocably undertaken (in their capacity as shareholders) to vote in favour of the Acquisition and the Scheme in respect of their own beneficial holdings of 49,408,045 King Shares representing, in aggregate, approximately 16% of the issued share capital of King on 30 October 2015 (being the last practicable date prior to the publication of this Announcement).
 
In considering the recommendation of the King Board with respect to the approval of the Acquisition and the Scheme, King Shareholders should be aware that certain King Directors, namely Messrs. Zacconi, Kurgan and Knutsson have entered into long-term employment contracts with Activision Blizzard (in the case of Messrs. Zacconi and Kurgan) or with a King subsidiary (in the case of Mr. Knutsson) at Activision Blizzard's request. The King Board considers it important that King Shareholders are aware of these arrangements.
 

6.

BOARD, MANAGEMENT AND EMPLOYEES OF KING

 
Activision Blizzard attaches great importance to the skills and experience of the management and employees of King. As such, Activision Blizzard does not currently intend to make any material changes to King's staffing levels, nor does it have any current plans to change the locations of King's places of business.
 
The Activision Blizzard Board confirms that, where employees of the King Group have existing employment rights, including pension rights, under applicable laws, those rights will be safeguarded following the Scheme becoming Effective.
 
Activision Blizzard or a King subsidiary has also entered into employment arrangements with certain members of King's senior management team, conditional on the Acquisition becoming Effective.
 
As required by, and solely for the purposes of, Rule 16.2 of the Irish Takeover Rules, J.P. Morgan has confirmed to the Panel that it has reviewed the management incentivisation arrangements referred to above together with other information deemed relevant and considers them in its opinion to be fair and reasonable so far as the King Shareholders are concerned. In providing its advice, J.P. Morgan has taken into account the commercial assessments of the King Directors. The Panel has consented to these arrangements.
 

J.P. Morgan's confirmation to the Panel addressed only the matters required to be addressed by Rule 16.2 of the Irish Takeover Rules and addressed no other matter. J.P. Morgan's confirmation to the Panel did not address, among other things, the relative merits of the Acquisition as compared to any other transaction or business strategy, the merits of the decision by King to engage in the Acquisition or the fairness to King Shareholders of the consideration payable by Activision Blizzard to King Shareholders pursuant to the terms of the Acquisition.

 
The current directors of King will resign from King on or after the Effective Date.
 

7.

 

STRUCTURE OF THE ACQUISITION

 
The Acquisition is expected to be effected by means of a Scheme of Arrangement between King and the Scheme Shareholders. The Scheme will involve an application by King to the High Court to sanction the Scheme. Under the Scheme (which will be subject to the conditions set out in Appendix I of this Announcement and which will also be set out in the Scheme Document), Scheme Shareholders will receive the Cash Consideration in return for the cancellation of their King Shares.
 
The Scheme of Arrangement is an arrangement made between King and Scheme Shareholders under Chapter 1 of Part 9 of the Act and is subject to the approval of the High Court. If the Scheme becomes Effective, all King Shares will be cancelled pursuant to Sections 84 to 86 of the Act or transferred to ABS Partners pursuant to the Scheme of Arrangement (if applicable). King will then issue new King Shares to ABS Partners in place of the King Shares cancelled pursuant to the Scheme and ABS Partners will pay the Cash Consideration in respect of the Scheme Shares to the former King Shareholders. As a result of these arrangements, King will become a wholly owned subsidiary of ABS Partners.
 
The Acquisition is conditional on the Scheme becoming Effective by no later than 11.59 p.m. (Irish time) on the End Date (or such earlier date as may be specified by the Panel or such later date to which ABS Partners and King may, with any required consent of the Panel, agree and which, if High Court approval is required, the High Court may allow). The conditions to the Acquisition and the Scheme are set out in full in Appendix I of this Announcement. The implementation of the Scheme and the Acquisition is conditional, amongst other things, upon:
 

• the approval of the Scheme by a majority in number of the King Shareholders representing at least 75% in value of the King Shares at the Voting Record Time held by such holders in each relevant class, present and voting either in person or by proxy, at the Scheme Meeting (or at any adjournment of such meeting) held no later than the End Date;

 

• the EGM Resolutions being duly passed by the requisite majority of King Shareholders at the EGM (or at any adjournment of such meeting) held no later than the End Date;

 

• the sanction by the High Court (with or without modification (but subject to such modification being acceptable to each of King and Activision Blizzard)) of the Scheme pursuant to Sections 449 to 455 of the Act and the confirmation of the related Capital Reduction involved therein by the High Court on or before the End Date; and

 

• copies of the Court Order and the minute required by Section 86 of the Act in respect of the Capital Reduction being delivered for registration to the Registrar of Companies and registration of the Court Order and minute confirming the Capital Reduction involved in the Scheme by the Registrar of Companies.

 
Assuming the necessary approvals from the King Shareholders have been obtained and all other conditions have been satisfied or, where applicable, waived, the Scheme will become Effective upon delivery to the Registrar of Companies of a copy of the Court Order, together with the minute required by Section 86(1) of the Act confirming the Capital Reduction and registration of the Court Order and minute by the Registrar of Companies. If the Scheme becomes Effective, it will be binding on all King Shareholders, irrespective of whether or not they attended or voted at the Scheme Meeting or the EGM (and, if they attended and voted, whether or not they voted in favour).
 
Activision Blizzard reserves the right, subject to the prior approval of the Panel, to elect to implement the Acquisition by way of an Offer in the circumstances described in and subject to the terms of the Transaction Agreement. Without limiting the provisions of the Transaction Agreement, in such event, such Offer will be implemented on terms and conditions that are at least as favourable to the King Shareholders as those which would apply in relation to the Scheme (except in relation to the acceptance condition which will be set at 80% of the nominal value of the King Shares to which such an Offer relates (other than King Shares that are already beneficially owned by Activision Blizzard, if any)).
 
The Scheme Document, containing further details of the Acquisition (including notices of the Meetings) and the full terms and conditions of the Scheme, will be issued to King Shareholders, and, for information only, to holders of King Options or King Share Awards, within 28 days of this Announcement (unless otherwise agreed with the Panel). Resolutions to approve the Acquisition will be voted upon at the Meetings.
 
The Scheme Document will also specify the actions to be taken by King Shareholders. It is currently expected that the Acquisition and the Scheme will become Effective prior to Spring 2016.
 

8.

 

ABOUT KING

 
King Digital Entertainment plc (NYSE: KING) is a leading interactive entertainment company for the mobile world. It had a network of 330 million monthly unique users as of third quarter 2015, has developed more than 200 exclusive games, and offers games in over 200 countries and regions through its king.com and royalgames.com websites, Facebook, and mobile distribution platforms such as the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore. King has game studios in Stockholm, Malmö, London, Barcelona, Berlin, Singapore, and Seattle, along with offices in San Francisco, Malta, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai and Bucharest.
 

9.

ABOUT ACTIVISION BLIZZARD AND ABS PARTNERS

 

Activision Blizzard, Inc., a member of the S&P 500, is the world's most successful standalone interactive entertainment company. It develops and publishes games based on some of the most beloved entertainment franchises, including Call of Duty®, Destiny, Skylanders®, Guitar Hero®, World of Warcraft®, StarCraft®, Diablo®, and Hearthstone®: Heroes of Warcraft™. The company is one of the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies To Work For®" 2015. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, it has operations throughout the world, and its games are played in 196 countries. Activision Blizzard makes games for leading interactive platforms. Activision Blizzard is a corporation organised and existing under the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware, USA and is listed to trade on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol "ATVI". More information about Activision Blizzard and its products can be found on the company's website, www.activisionblizzard.com.

 
ABS Partners C.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc., is a partnership formed in the Netherlands for the purpose of making the Acquisition. ABS Partners has not traded since its establishment, nor has it entered any obligations, other than in connection with the Acquisition and the financing of the Acquisition.
 

10.

FINANCING OF THE ACQUISITION

 
The Cash Consideration payable by Activision Blizzard under the terms of the Acquisition will be funded from approximately US$3.6 billion of offshore cash on the balance sheet of the Activision Blizzard Group and by an incremental term loan committed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs Bank USA, as incremental lenders, under Activision Blizzard's existing credit agreement in the amount of US$2.3 billion.
 
Further information on the corporate structure of Activision Blizzard and the Cash Consideration will be set out in the Scheme Document.
 
Full payment of the Cash Consideration would involve a maximum cash payment of approximately US$5.9 billion.
 
Goldman Sachs, financial advisor to Activision Blizzard and ABS Partners, is satisfied that sufficient resources are available to ABS Partners to satisfy in full the consideration payable to King Shareholders under the terms of the Acquisition.
 

11.

EFFECT OF ACQUISITION ON KING OPTIONS AND KING SHARE AWARDS

 
Appropriate proposals will be made to holders of King Options or King Share Awards at or around the time of the circulation of the Scheme Document.
 

12.

DELISTING AND CANCELLATION OF TRADING

 
As soon as it is appropriate and possible to do so, and subject to the Scheme becoming Effective, ABS Partners intends to cause King to apply for cancellation of the listing and trading of King's Shares on the NYSE. Subject to any applicable requirements of the NYSE, it is anticipated that the last day of dealing in King's Shares on the NYSE will be on or about the Effective Date. It is intended that King will be re-registered as a private limited company as part of the Scheme.
 

13.

 

EXPENSES REIMBURSEMENT AGREEMENT

 
King has entered into an expenses reimbursement agreement, dated 2 November 2015, with Activision Blizzard, the terms of which have been approved by the Panel. Under the Expenses Reimbursement Agreement, King has agreed to pay specific, quantifiable, third party costs and expenses incurred by Activision Blizzard and ABS Partners in connection with the Acquisition in the circumstances outlined below. The liability of King to pay these amounts is limited to a maximum amount equal to one percent (1%) of the total value of the issued share capital of King that is the subject of the Acquisition (excluding any amount in respect of VAT incurred by Activision Blizzard attributable to such third party costs to the extent that it is recoverable by Activision Blizzard).
 
The circumstances in which such payment will be made are:
 
(a) where the Transaction Agreement is terminated:
 
a. by Activision Blizzard as a result of King approving, recommending or declaring advisable, or proposing publicly to approve, recommend or declare advisable, any King Alternative Proposal; or
 
b. by King as a result of King notifying Activision Blizzard of such termination in accordance with the Transaction Agreement at any time following delivery of a Final Recommendation Change Notice; or
 

c. by Activision Blizzard as a result of King's willful breach or failure to perform in any material respect any of its representations, warranties, covenants or other agreements contained in the Transaction Agreement, which material breach or failure to perform:

 
i. would result in a failure of any of the conditions; and
 
ii. if curable, was not cured within 30 days following Activision Blizzard's delivery of written notice to King of such breach or failure to perform (which notice shall state Activision Blizzard's intention to terminate the Transaction Agreement and the basis for such termination); or
 
(b) prior to the Scheme Meeting, a King Alternative Proposal has been publicly disclosed or an intention (whether or not conditional) to make a King Alternative Proposal has been publicly disclosed or announced by any person and, in either case, has not been publicly withdrawn in compliance with the Irish Takeover Rules at the time the Transaction Agreement is terminated and such King Alternative Proposal is consummated within nine months after such termination.
 
J.P. Morgan and the King Board have each confirmed in writing to the Panel that, in the opinion of J.P. Morgan and the King Board (respectively), in the context of the Note to Rule 21.2 of the Irish Takeover Rules and the Acquisition, the Expenses Reimbursement Agreement is in the best interests of the King Shareholders. The Panel has consented to King entering into the Expenses Reimbursement Agreement. A copy of the Expenses Reimbursement Agreement will be furnished by King with the SEC on Form 6-K and filed by Activision Blizzard with SEC on Form 8-K on or around the date of this Announcement.
 

14.

TRANSACTION AGREEMENT

 
King, Activision Blizzard and ABS Partners have entered into a Transaction Agreement dated 2 November 2015 which contains, amongst other things, certain obligations and commitments in relation to the implementation of the Acquisition and provisions in relations to the conduct of King's business up to the Effective Date.
 
Further information regarding the Transaction Agreement and a summary of its principal terms will be set out in the Scheme Document. A copy of the Transaction Agreement is set out in Appendix VI to this Announcement, and a copy of the Transaction Agreement will be furnished by King with the SEC on Form 6-K and filed by Activision Blizzard with the SEC on Form 8-K on or around the date of this Announcement.
 

15.

 

IRREVOCABLE UNDERTAKINGS

 
Activision Blizzard and ABS Partners have received irrevocable undertakings from Messrs. Riccardo Zacconi, Stephane Kurgan, Sebastian Knutsson, being members of the King Board, that they will vote in favour of the Proposals and Resolutions at the Meetings in their capacity as shareholders (or, in the event that the Acquisition is implemented by way of an Offer on terms and conditions at least as favourable, in aggregate, as the Scheme, to accept the Offer or procure acceptance of the Offer) in respect of their entire beneficial holdings of King Shares amounting to, in aggregate, 49,408,045 King Shares, representing approximately 16% of the issued share capital of King on 30 October 2015 (being the last practicable date prior to the publication of this Announcement).
 

In addition, Activision Blizzard and ABS Partners have received irrevocable undertakings from certain other King Shareholders, namely Bellaria Holding S.à r.l. and Mr. Thomas Hartwig, King's Chief Technology Officer, that they will vote in favour of the Proposals and Resolutions to be considered at the Meetings (or, in the event that the Acquisition is implemented by way of an Offer on terms and conditions at least as favourable, in aggregate, as the Scheme, to accept the Offer or procure acceptance of the Offer) in respect of their entire beneficial holdings of King Shares amounting to, in aggregate, 147,107,666 King Shares, representing approximately 47% of the issued share capital of King on 30 October 2015 (being the last practicable date prior to the publication of this Announcement).

 

In addition, Activision Blizzard and ABS Partners have received irrevocable undertakings from Messrs. Robert Miller, Marcus Jacobs, Tjodolf Sommestad and Nicholas Pointon and Ms. Frances Williams and Jill Kyne, being holders of Linked Shares, that in their capacity as holders of Linked Shares they will vote in favour of the matters and resolutions to be considered at the relevant class meetings relating to approval of the Scheme (or, in the event that the Acquisition is implemented by way of an Offer on terms and conditions at least as favourable, in aggregate, as the Scheme, to accept the Offer or procure acceptance of the Offer) in respect of their entire beneficial holdings of Linked Shares (as applicable) amounting to, in aggregate, 190,790 Linked Shares which, together with the commitments from Messrs. Zacconi and Kurgan referred to above (which amount to 2,077,080 Linked Shares, in aggregate), represents approximately 92% of the issued linked share capital on 30 October 2015 (being the last practicable date prior to the publication of this Announcement).

 
The irrevocable undertakings referred to above will terminate upon the occurrence of certain events, including termination of the Transaction Agreement in accordance with its terms.
 
Copies of the forms of the irrevocable undertakings referred to above will be furnished by King with the SEC on Form 6-K and filed by Activision Blizzard with the SEC on Form 8-K on or around the date of this Announcement.
 

16.

DISCLOSURE OF INTERESTS IN RELEVANT SECURITIES OF KING

 
At the date of this Announcement, so far as Activision Blizzard and ABS Partners are aware, neither Activision Blizzard nor ABS Partners holds any King Shares.
 
As at 30 October 2015, which is the last practicable date prior to the publication of this Announcement, none of Activision Blizzard nor ABS Partners or (so far as Activision Blizzard or ABS Partners is aware) any other person Acting in Concert with Activision Blizzard or ABS Partners had any King Shares or had any interest, or held any short position, in any Relevant Securities of King and none of Activision Blizzard nor ABS Partners or (so far as Activision Blizzard or ABS Partners is aware) any person Acting in Concert with Activision Blizzard or ABS Partners has any arrangement to which Rule 8.7 applies relating to Relevant Securities of King.
 
For these purposes, "associate" and "arrangement to which Rule 8.7 applies" have the meanings given to those terms in the Irish Takeover Rules. An "arrangement to which Rule 8.7 applies" includes any indemnity or option arrangement, and any agreement or understanding, formal or informal, of whatever nature, between two or more persons relating to Relevant Securities which is, or may be, an inducement to one or more of such persons to deal or refrain from dealing in such securities.
 
In the interests of confidentiality, Activision Blizzard and Goldman Sachs have made only limited enquiries in respect of certain parties who may be deemed by the Panel to be Acting in Concert with them for the purposes of the Acquisition. Enquiries of such parties will be made as soon as practicable following the date of this Announcement and any disclosure in respect of such parties will be disclosed to the Panel and included in the Scheme Document.
 

17.

GENERAL

 
The Acquisition and the Scheme will be subject to the conditions set out in Appendix I, which will also be set out in the Scheme Document. The Scheme Document will include full details of the Acquisition and will be accompanied by the appropriate forms of proxy. These will be despatched to King Shareholders and, for information only, to holders of King Options or King Share Awards, as soon as practicable, together with notices of the Scheme Meeting and the EGM and the expected timetable, and will specify the necessary action to be taken by the King Shareholders. The Acquisition and the Scheme will be governed by the laws of Ireland and will be subject to the applicable requirements of the Irish Takeover Rules, the NYSE and applicable laws.
 
Appendix II and Appendix V contain a summary of the sources of information and bases of calculation for certain items contained in this Announcement.
 
Additional information is provided in Appendix III.
 
Certain definitions and expressions used in this Announcement are set out in Appendix IV.
 
Appendix VI contains a copy of the Transaction Agreement.
 
Activision Blizzard's financial adviser is Goldman Sachs. Activision Blizzard has also received financial advice from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Mason Hayes & Curran and Allen & Overy LLP are providing legal advice.
 
King's financial adviser is J.P. Morgan. Fenwick & West LLP and William Fry are providing legal advice.
 
This Announcement is being made pursuant to Rule 2.5 of the Irish Takeover Rules.
 

Conference Call, Webcast, Investor Presentation and Copy of Announcement

Activision Blizzard and King will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. ET/New York time tomorrow, 3 November 2015, to review the Acquisition and host a question and answer session. To access the conference call, interested parties may dial 888-596-2572 (domestic callers) or 913-312-0653 (international callers). The Conference ID Number is 9960349. Participants can also listen to a live webcast of the call through the Investor Relations page of Activision Blizzard's website at investor.activision.com. During the conference call and webcast, management will review a presentation summarizing the Acquisition which can be accessed at investor.activision.com or at activisionblizzard.acquisitionoffer.com. A webcast replay will be available for the duration of the offer period at activisionblizzard.acquisitionoffer.com. Please call five minutes in advance to ensure that you are connected. Questions and answers will be taken only from participants on the conference call. For the webcast, please allow 15 minutes to register, download and install any necessary software.

Simultaneous with this Announcement, Activision Blizzard issued its third quarter 2015 results in a separate release. Activision Blizzard plans to address questions regarding its quarterly financial results during a separate portion of the conference call scheduled at 8:00 a.m. ET/New York time tomorrow, 3 November 2015. Activision Blizzard previously planned to issue its earnings following the close of the market tomorrow. The previously scheduled call following the markets close tomorrow has been cancelled.

King will announce third quarter 2015 results and hold its conference call for analysts and investors on 4 November 2015 as regularly scheduled.

A copy of the Announcement and the documents required to be published pursuant to the Irish Takeover Rules by Activision Blizzard will be made available by Activision Blizzard free of charge, subject to certain restrictions relating to persons in restricted jurisdictions, on activisionblizzard.acquisitionoffer.com by no later than 12 noon ET/New York time on 3 November 2015. King will also make the Announcement and the documents required to be published pursuant to the Irish Takeover Rules by King available on its website free of charge, subject to certain restrictions relating to persons in restricted jurisdictions at http://investor.king.com/acquisition by no later than 12 noon ET/New York time on 3 November 2015.

Contact Information

 

Media Contacts

 

Activision Blizzard

 
Mary Osako
Activision Blizzard, SVP, Global Communications
+1 424 322 5166

Mary.Osako@Activision.com

 
Sard Verbinnen & Co
For US:
Cassandra Bujarski/Devin Broda
+1 310 201 2040

cbujarski@sardverb.com / dbroda@sardverb.com

 
For Europe:
Michael Henson/Jonathan Doorley
+44 20 3178 8914

mhenson@sardverb.com / jdoorley@sardverb.com

 

King Digital Entertainment

 
Susannah Clark
King Digital Entertainment, VP of Communications
+44 7788 405 224

susannah.clark@king.com

 
Brunswick Group
For US:
Bethany Sherman
+1 212 333 3810
Eric Savitz
+1 415 671 7676

kingteam@brunswickgroup.com

 
For Europe:
Natalia Dyett, Craig Breheny
+44 20 7404 5959
Birgitta Henriksson
+46 8 410 32 180

kingteam@brunswickgroup.com

 

Investor Contacts

 

Activision Blizzard

 
Amrita Ahuja
Activision Blizzard, SVP, Investor Relations
+1 310 255 2075

Amrita.Ahuja@ActivisionBlizzard.com

 
King Digital Entertainment
 
Alice Ryder
King Digital Entertainment, VP of Investor Relations
+1 425 533 5706

alice.ryder@king.com

 

Financial Adviser Contacts

 

Activision Blizzard

 
Goldman Sachs
Ian Spaulding/Alekhya Uppalapati
+1 310 407 5700
 
Michael Casey
+44 20 7774 1000
 
King Digital Entertainment
 
J.P. Morgan
Mark Fiteny/Marco Caggiano/Xavier Loriferne
+1 888 963 5089
 
Dwayne Lysaght/James Robinson
+44 20 7742 4000
 

Responsibility for this Announcement

The directors of Activision Blizzard, Inc. and the sole manager of ABS Partners I, LLC (in its capacity as the general partner of ABS Partners C.V.) accept responsibility for the information contained in this Announcement other than the information relating to King, the King Group, and the directors of King and members of their immediate families, related trusts and persons connected with them for which the directors of King accept responsibility. To the best of the knowledge and belief of Activision Blizzard, Inc. and the sole manager of ABS Partners I, LLC (in its capacity as the general partner of ABS Partners C.V.) (who have taken all reasonable care to ensure that such is the case), the information contained in this Announcement for which they accept responsibility is in accordance with the facts and does not omit anything likely to affect the import of such information.

The directors of King accept responsibility for the information contained in this Announcement relating to King, the King Group and the directors of King and members of their immediate families, related trusts and persons connected with them (excepting information regarding Activision Blizzard's estimates, expectations, plans and projections for King and the King Group following completion of the Acquisition for which the directors of Activision Blizzard, Inc. accept responsibility). To the best of the knowledge and belief of the directors of King (who have taken all reasonable care to ensure that such is the case), the information contained in this Announcement for which they accept responsibility is in accordance with the facts and does not omit anything likely to affect the import of such information.

Goldman Sachs, which is authorized by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority in the United Kingdom, is acting exclusively for Activision Blizzard and for no one else in connection with the matters set out in this Announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Activision Blizzard for affording the protections afforded to clients of Goldman Sachs or for providing advice in connection with the contents of this Announcement or any matter referred to herein.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is acting exclusively for Activision Blizzard and for no one else in connection with the matters set out in this Announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Activision Blizzard for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in connection with the contents of this Announcement or any matter referred to herein.

"Bank of America Merrill Lynch" is the marketing name for the global banking and global markets businesses of Bank of America Corporation. Lending, derivatives, and other commercial banking activities are performed globally by banking affiliates of Bank of America Corporation, including Bank of America, N.A., member FDIC. Securities, strategic advisory, and other investment banking activities are performed globally by investment banking affiliates of Bank of America Corporation, including, in the United States, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, which is a registered broker-dealer and member of FINRA and SIPC, and, in other jurisdictions, locally registered entities.

J.P. Morgan Limited (which conducts its UK investment banking business as J.P. Morgan Cazenove) ("J.P. Morgan"), which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority, is acting as financial adviser exclusively for King and no one else in connection with the matters set out in this Announcement and will not regard any other person as its client in relation to the matters in this Announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than King for providing the protections afforded to clients of J.P. Morgan or its affiliates, nor for providing advice in relation to any matter referred to herein.

Important Information for U.S. Investors

King intends to file the Scheme Document with the SEC and mail a copy to its shareholders in advance of the EGM and in connection with the Acquisition and the Scheme. Shareholders are urged to read the Scheme Document carefully when it becomes available because it will contain important information about King, the Acquisition, the Scheme and related matters. Shareholders will be able to obtain free copies of the Scheme Document and other documents filed with or furnished to the SEC by King through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, shareholders will be able to obtain free copies of the Scheme Document from King by contacting ir@king.com.

The Acquisition relates to the securities of an Irish company which is a "foreign private issuer" as defined under Rule 3b-4 under the Exchange Act and will be governed by the Irish Takeover Rules and Irish law. Neither the proxy solicitation rules nor the tender offer rules under the Exchange Act will apply to the Scheme of Arrangement pursuant to which the Acquisition is to be effected. The Scheme will be subject to the disclosure requirements and practices applicable in Ireland to schemes of arrangements, which differ from the disclosure requirements under the proxy solicitation and tender offer rules of the Exchange Act.

King is incorporated under the laws of Ireland. Some or all of the directors of King are resident in countries other than the United States. As a result, it may not be possible for U.S. holders of King Shares to effect service of process within the United States upon King or such directors of King or to enforce against any of them U.S. judgements predicated upon the civil liability provisions of the U.S. securities laws. It may not be possible to sue King or its officers or directors in a non-U.S. court for violations of U.S. securities laws.

Forward-looking statements

Statements in this Announcement that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, statements about the expectations, assumptions, beliefs, plans, intentions or strategies of Activision Blizzard, King or their respective boards of directors, as the case may be, regarding the future, including, but not limited to, statements about the Acquisition described herein, benefits and synergies of the Acquisition, projections of revenues, gross bookings, expenses, income or loss, adjusted EBITDA or adjusted EBITDA margin, earnings or loss per share, cash flow or other financial items, future opportunities, anticipated business levels, future financial or operating performance, planned activities and objectives, including those related to product releases, anticipated growth, market opportunities, strategies, competition and other expectations, targets for future periods, and assumptions underlying such statements. These forward-looking statements may often be identified by the use of words such as "will", "may", "could", "should", "would", "to be", "might", "project", "believe", "anticipate", "expect", "plan", "estimate", "forecast", "future", "positioned", "potential", "intend", "continue", "remain", "scheduled", "outlook", "set to", "subject to", "upcoming", "target" and variations of these words or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are subject to business and economic risk, reflect Activision Blizzard and/or King management's current expectations and estimates, and are inherently uncertain and difficult to predict. Actual future results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: uncertainties as to the timing of the Acquisition; uncertainties as to whether Activision Blizzard will be able to consummate the Acquisition; uncertainties as to whether shareholders will provide the requisite approvals for the Acquisition on a timely basis or at all; the possibility that competing offers will be made; the possibility that certain conditions to the consummation of the Acquisition will not be satisfied, including without limitation obtaining the requisite approval of the Scheme of Arrangement at the Scheme Meeting; the possibility that Activision Blizzard will be unable to obtain regulatory approvals for the Acquisition on a timely basis or at all, or be required, as a condition to obtaining regulatory approvals, to accept conditions that could reduce the anticipated benefits of the Acquisition; the possibility that shareholders will file lawsuits challenging the Acquisition, including actions seeking to rescind the Scheme of Arrangement or enjoin the consummation of the Acquisition; the ability to meet expectations regarding the accounting and tax treatments of the Acquisition; changes in relevant tax and other laws or regulations; the integration of King being more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected; the diversion of Activision Blizzard and/or King management time and attention to issues relating to the Acquisition and integration; operating costs, customer loss and business disruption (including, without limitation, difficulties in maintaining relationships with employees, customers, clients or suppliers) being greater than expected following the Acquisition; the difficulty retaining certain key employees of King and Activision Blizzard following the Acquisition; the possibility that Activision Blizzard may be unable to achieve expected synergies and operating efficiencies in connection with the Acquisition within the expected time-frames or at all; the scope, timing and outcome of any ongoing legal proceedings involving Activision Blizzard or King and the impact of any such proceedings on financial condition, results of operations and/or cash flows of Activision Blizzard, King or the combined company; the possibility that costs, fees, expenses or charges Activision Blizzard and/or King incur in connection with the Acquisition are greater than expected; the possibility that the Scheme may be terminated in circumstances that require King to reimburse certain expenses to Activision Blizzard or Activision Blizzard to pay a termination fee to King related to the Acquisition; the ability of Activision Blizzard, King or the combined company to protect intellectual property and preserve intellectual property rights; and changes in the economic and financial conditions of the businesses of Activision Blizzard, King, or the combined company.

In addition, with regard to Activision Blizzard, a number of important factors could cause Activision Blizzard's actual future results and other future circumstances to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: sales levels of Activision Blizzard's titles; increasing concentration of revenue among a small number of titles; Activision Blizzard's ability to predict consumer preferences, including interest in specific genres and preferences among hardware platforms; the amount of Activision Blizzard's debt and the limitations imposed by the covenants in the agreements governing such debt; adoption rate and availability of new hardware (including peripherals) and related software, particularly during the console transitions; counterparty risks relating to customers, licensees, licensors and manufacturers; maintenance of relationships with key personnel, customers, financing providers, licensees, licensors, manufacturers, vendors, and third-party developers, including the ability to attract, retain and develop key personnel and developers that can create high quality titles; changing business models, including digital delivery of content and the increased prevalence of free-to-play games; product delays or defects; competition, including from used games and other forms of entertainment; rapid changes in technology and industry standards; possible declines in software pricing; product returns and price protection; the identification of suitable future acquisition opportunities and potential challenges associated with geographic expansion; the seasonal and cyclical nature of the interactive entertainment market; litigation risks and associated costs; protection of proprietary rights; shifts in consumer spending trends; capital market risks; applicable regulations; domestic and international economic, financial and political conditions and policies; tax rates and foreign exchange rates; and the impact of the current macroeconomic environment.

Further, with regard to King, a number of important factors could cause King's actual future results and other future circumstances to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: the fact that a relatively small number of games continue to account for a substantial majority of King's revenue and gross bookings, and declines in popularity of these games could harm King's financial results; King's ability to develop new games and enhance existing games in a timely manner; delays to the launch of new games; revenues and gross bookings from King's new games not being sufficient to offset declines due to its more mature games; market acceptance of new games and enhancements to existing games; intense industry competition; King's reliance on the casual game format and the success of its efforts to expand beyond the casual format; the need to anticipate and successfully develop games for new technologies, platforms and devices; challenges in measuring key operating metrics, and real or perceived inaccuracies in such metrics; reliance on various third-party platforms; reliance on key personnel; acquisition-related risks, including King's ability to integrate recent acquisitions and unforeseen difficulties in developing and introducing new games from acquired companies and customer acceptance of such games; protection or enforcement of King's intellectual property rights; the continued effectiveness of King's marketing programs; litigation risks and associated costs; risks associated with operating and offering games in multiple jurisdictions; and general economic conditions and their impact on consumer spending and foreign currency exchange rates.

In addition, actual results are subject to other risks and uncertainties that relate more broadly to Activision Blizzard's and King's overall businesses, including those identified in "Risk Factors" included in Part I, Item 1A of Activision Blizzard's most recent annual report on Form 10-K or in Part I, Item 3.D of King's most recent annual report on Form 20-F and most recent quarterly report on Form 6-K.

Any forward-looking statements in this Announcement are based upon information available to Activision Blizzard, King and/or their respective boards of directors, as the case may be, as of the date of this Announcement and, while believed to be true when made, may ultimately prove to be incorrect. Subject to any obligations under applicable law, rules and regulations, none of Activision Blizzard, King or any member of their respective boards of directors undertakes any obligation to update any forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, or to conform any forward-looking statement to actual results, future events, or to changes in expectations. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to Activision Blizzard, King, their respective boards of directors or any person acting on behalf of any of them are expressly qualified in their entirety by this paragraph.

Basis of Accounting

Activision Blizzard prepares its financial information in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("U.S. GAAP"). King prepares its financial information in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB"). Neither Activision Blizzard nor King has made any adjustments to the King IFRS basis financial information to conform to a U.S. GAAP basis of presentation.

Both Activision Blizzard and King use non-GAAP and non-IFRS (collectively, "non-GAAP") measures of financial performance. These non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP or IFRS. Refer to Appendix V for additional information on the non-GAAP measures and reconciliation to U.S. GAAP or IFRS. Trailing twelve month financial information is based on financial information through 30 September 2015 as published by Activision Blizzard and King. Estimated 2015 and 2016 measurements of financial information for Activision Blizzard and King are based on IBES estimates as of 30 October 2015.

No Profit Forecast / Asset Valuations

Save for the specific information relating to King's third quarter earnings or fourth quarter outlook set out in this Announcement, no statement in this Announcement is intended to constitute a profit forecast for any period, nor should any statements be interpreted to mean that earnings or earnings per share will necessarily be greater or lesser than those for the relevant preceding financial periods for King or Activision Blizzard or ABS Partners, as appropriate. No statement in this Announcement constitutes an asset valuation.

Rule 2.10 of the Irish Takeover Rules

As at close of business on 30 October 2015 King confirms that King's issued share capital is comprised of 40,000 euro deferred shares of €1.00 each and 315,541,571 King Shares (inclusive of 2,465,086 Linked Shares). The King Shares are admitted to trading on NYSE under the ticker symbol KING. The International Securities Identification Number for the King Shares is IE00BKJ9QQ58.

There are outstanding options over 23,464,158 King Shares which have been granted by King and have exercise prices ranging from $0.00008 to $31.37 per King Share and there are outstanding King RSUs over 5,617,998 King Shares.

Disclosure Requirements for Certain Holders of King Securities

Under the provisions of Rule 8.3 of the Irish Takeover Rules, if any person is, or becomes, "interested" (directly or indirectly) in, 1% or more of any class of "relevant securities" of King, all "dealings" in any "relevant securities" of King (including by means of an option in respect of, or a derivative referenced to, any such "relevant securities") must be publicly disclosed by not later than 3:30 pm ET/New York time on the "business day" following the date of the relevant transaction. This requirement will continue until the Effective Date or the Offer Period otherwise ends. If two or more persons co-operate on the basis of any agreement, either express or tacit, either oral or written, to acquire an "interest" in "relevant securities" of King, they will be deemed to be a single person for the purpose of Rule 8.3 of the Irish Takeover Rules.

Under the provisions of Rule 8.1 of the Irish Takeover Rules, all "dealings" in "relevant securities" of King by Activision Blizzard or ABS Partners, or by any party acting in concert with it, must also be disclosed by no later than 12 noon ET/New York time on the "business" day following the date of the relevant transaction.

A disclosure table, giving details of the companies in whose "relevant securities" "dealings" should be disclosed, can be found on the Irish Takeover Panel's website at www.irishtakeoverpanel.ie.

"Interests in securities" arise, in summary, when a person has long economic exposure, whether conditional or absolute, to changes in the price of securities. In particular, a person will be treated as having an "interest" by virtue of the ownership or control of securities, or by virtue of any option in respect of, or derivative referenced to, securities.

Terms in quotation marks are defined in the Irish Takeover Rules, which can also be found on the Irish Takeover Panel's website.

If you are in any doubt as to whether or not you are required to disclose a dealing under Rule 8, please consult the Irish Takeover Panel's website at www.irishtakeoverpanel.ie or contact the Irish Takeover Panel on telephone number +353 1 678 9020 or fax number +353 1 678 9289.

Further Information

This Announcement is not intended to and does not constitute an offer to purchase, sell, subscribe for or exchange, or the solicitation of an offer to purchase, sell, subscribe for or exchange or an invitation to purchase, sell, subscribe for or exchange any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction pursuant to the Acquisition or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. This Announcement does not constitute a prospectus or an equivalent document and it is not intended to and does not constitute or form any part of an offer or invitation to sell or purchase or subscribe for any securities or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction pursuant to the Acquisition or otherwise.

The release, publication or distribution of this Announcement in or into certain jurisdictions may be restricted by the laws of those jurisdictions, including any Restricted Jurisdictions. Accordingly, copies of this Announcement and all other documents relating to the Acquisition are not being, and must not be, released, published, mailed or otherwise forwarded, distributed or sent in, into or from any Restricted Jurisdiction. Persons receiving such documents (including, without limitation, nominees, trustees and custodians) should observe these restrictions. Failure to do so may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the companies involved in the Acquisition disclaim any responsibility or liability for the violations of any such restrictions by any person.

This Announcement has been prepared for the purposes of complying with Irish law and the Irish Takeover Rules and the information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been disclosed if this Announcement had been prepared in accordance with the laws and regulations of any jurisdiction outside Ireland.

The full text of the conditions to which the Acquisition is subject and reference to certain further terms of the Acquisition are set out in Appendix I.

Any response in relation to the Acquisition should be made only on the basis of the information contained in the Scheme Document or any other document by which the Acquisition is made. King Shareholders are advised to read carefully the formal documentation in relation to the proposed Acquisition once the Scheme Document has been despatched to them.

This Announcement, which is published jointly by Activision Blizzard and King, is made pursuant to Rule 2.5 of the Irish Takeover Rules.

Activision Blizzard reserves the right, subject to the prior approval of the Panel, to elect to implement the Acquisition by way of an Offer in the circumstances described in and subject to the terms of the Transaction Agreement. Without limiting the provisions of the Transaction Agreement, in such event, such Offer will be implemented on terms and conditions that are at least as favourable to the King Shareholders (except for an acceptance condition set at 80% of the nominal value of the King Shares to which such an Offer relates and which are not already beneficially owned by Activision Blizzard if any) as those which would apply in relation to the Scheme.

Pursuant to Rule 2.6(c) of the Irish Takeover Rules, this Announcement will be available to Activision Blizzard employees on activisionblizzard.acquisitionoffer.com and to King employees on King's website, http://investor.king.com/acquisition.

A copy of the Announcement and the documents required to be published pursuant to the Irish Takeover Rules by Activision Blizzard will be made available by Activision Blizzard free of charge, subject to certain restrictions relating to persons in restricted jurisdictions, on activisionblizzard.acquisitionoffer.com by no later than 12 noon ET/New York time on 3 November 2015. King will also make the Announcement and the documents required to be published pursuant to the Irish Takeover Rules by King available on its website free of charge subject to certain restrictions relating to persons in restricted jurisdictions at http://investor.king.com/acquisition by no later than 12 noon ET/New York time on 3 November 2015.

Neither the content of any website referred to in this Announcement nor the content of any website accessible from hyperlinks it is incorporated into, or forms part of, this Announcement.

Appendix I

CONDITIONS OF THE ACQUISITION AND THE SCHEME

The Acquisition and the Scheme will comply with the Irish Takeover Rules and, where relevant, the respective rules and regulations of the NYSE, NASDAQ, the Exchange Act and the Act and will be subject to the terms and conditions set out in this Announcement and to be set out in the Scheme Document. The Acquisition and the Scheme will be governed by the laws of Ireland and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Ireland.

The Acquisition and Scheme will be subject to the conditions set out in Part A of this Appendix I, including the definitions set out in Paragraph 1 of Part B of this Appendix I, which are incorporated into Part A by reference (the "Conditions").

PART A

1.

 

The Acquisition will be conditional upon the Scheme becoming effective and unconditional by not later than the End Date.

 

2.

The Scheme will be conditional upon:

    2.1    

the approval of the Scheme by a majority in number of members of each class of King Shareholders (as may be directed by the High Court pursuant to Section 450(5) of the Act) representing at least 75% in value of the King Shares of that class, at the Voting Record Time, held by King Shareholders who are members of that class of King Shareholders that are present and voting either in person or by proxy, at the Scheme Meeting (or at any adjournment of such meeting) held no later than the End Date;

 
2.2 the EGM Resolutions being duly passed by the requisite majority of King Shareholders at the EGM (or at any adjournment of such meeting) held no later than the End Date;
 
2.3

the sanction by the High Court (with or without modification (but subject to such modification being acceptable to each of King and Activision Blizzard)) of the Scheme pursuant to Sections 449 to 455 of the Act and the confirmation of the related reduction of capital involved therein by the High Court on or before the End Date (the date on which the Condition in this paragraph 2.3 is satisfied, the "Sanction Date"); and

 
2.4 office copies of the Court Order and the minute required by Section 86 of the Act in respect of the reduction of capital (referred to in paragraph 2.3) being delivered for registration to the Registrar of Companies and registration of the Court Order and minute confirming the reduction of capital involved in the Scheme by the Registrar of Companies.
 
3.   Subject to paragraph 3 of Part B of this Appendix I, the Acquisition will also be conditional upon the following matters having been satisfied or waived on or before the Sanction Date:
 

3.1

      3.1.1  

to the extent that the Acquisition or its implementation constitutes a concentration within the scope of Council Regulation (EC) No. 139/2004 (the "EU Merger Regulation") or is otherwise a concentration that is subject to the EU Merger Regulation, the European Commission deciding that it does not intend to initiate proceedings under Article 6(1)(c) of the EU Merger Regulation in respect of the Acquisition or to refer the Acquisition (or any aspect of the Acquisition) to a competent authority of a European Economic Area member state under Article 9(1) of the EU Merger Regulation or otherwise deciding that the Acquisition is compatible with the internal market pursuant to Article 6(1)(b) of the EU Merger Regulation and the terms or conditions to which any such decision is or may be subject being acceptable to ABS Partners in its sole discretion;

 
3.1.2 all filings having been made and all applicable waiting periods (including any extensions thereof) under the HSR Act having terminated or expired, as appropriate, in each case in connection with the Acquisition;
 
3.1.3 save as provided in the Transaction Agreement and in the foregoing Conditions, there not being any other corporate proceedings, steps or actions on the part of King necessary to authorise the consummation of the Acquisition;
 
3.1.4 save as disclosed in Section 6.1.3(a)(ii) or Section 6.1.3(d) of the King Disclosure Letter, on the Capitalization Date, the issued share capital of King being as set out in Clause 6.1.3(a) of the Transaction Agreement and there being no options or any rights or securities convertible or exchangeable into, or warrant, deferred stock unit, conversion right or other right to call for the issue of, any shares in the capital of King of any kind except as set out in Clause 6.1.3(b) of the Transaction Agreement;
 
3.1.5 except for the issue of shares required to satisfy the King Options and King Share Awards, and then only in accordance with the existing terms of the King Share Plans, or except as expressly permitted by the Transaction Agreement, since the Capitalization Date there not having been (i) issued, allotted, granted, conferred, delivered, sold, pledged, disposed of, encumbered or awarded by King or any other member of the King Group (it being understood that King shall not issue, allot, grant, confer, deliver, sell, pledge, dispose of, encumber or award any shares or any other rights or convertible securities to any other member of the King Group or agree to do any of the foregoing), or agreed to be issued, allotted, granted, conferred, delivered, sold, pledged, disposed of, encumbered or awarded, any shares, or any rights or securities convertible or exchangeable into, or granted a right, option, warrant, deferred stock unit, conversion right or other right to call for the issue or allotment of, any shares or any "phantom" stock, "phantom" stock rights, stock appreciation rights or stock based performance units, (ii) effected any share split, share combination, reverse share split, share dividend, recapitalisation, reclassification, (iii) altered the rights attaching to any shares, (iv) any action taken to cause to be exercisable any otherwise un-exercisable option (except in accordance with the existing terms of the King Share Plans or any option granted thereunder prior to the Capitalization Date) or (v) effected any reduction, repayment, redemption, repurchase or cancellation of share capital or share premium or capitalisation any reserves or redeemed, repurchased, redeemed or otherwise acquired any shares or other similar transaction; and
 
3.1.6 no litigation, arbitration proceedings, prosecution, legal proceedings or investigation by any Governmental Authority to which any member of the King Group is a party (whether as plaintiff or defendant or otherwise) having been instituted at any time up to 2 November 2015 (being the date of this Announcement) that was not disclosed (save where the consequences of such litigation, arbitration proceedings, prosecution, legal proceedings or investigation would not, individually or in the aggregate, have or reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect on the King Group);
 

3.2

no Governmental Authority having instituted or implemented any action, proceeding, investigation, enquiry or suit or having made, enforced, enacted, issued or deemed applicable to the Acquisition any statute, regulation or order or having withheld any consent which would:

 

 

3.2.1

make the Acquisition or its implementation, void, illegal or unenforceable or otherwise, directly or indirectly, materially restrain, revoke, prohibit, materially restrict or delay the same or impose materially additional or different conditions or obligations with respect thereto which would, individually or in the aggregate, have or reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect on Activision Blizzard, ABS Partners or the King Group; or
 

 

3.2.2

result in a Material Restraint;
 

3.3

save as disclosed, there being no provision of any agreement, licence, permit, authorisation, franchise, facility, lease or other instrument to which any member of the King Group is a party or by or to which any such member or any of its respective assets may be bound, entitled or subject and which, in consequence of the Acquisition, would result in any of the following (except where, in any such case, the consequences thereof would not, individually or in the aggregate, have or reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect on the King Group):

 

 

3.3.1

any monies borrowed by, or any indebtedness or liability (actual or contingent) of, or any grant available to any member of the King Group becoming, or becoming capable of being declared, repayable immediately or prior to their or its stated maturity or the ability of any such member to borrow monies or incur any indebtedness being withdrawn;
 

 

3.3.2

the creation or enforcement of any mortgage, charge or other security interest wherever existing or having arisen over the whole or any part of the business, property or assets of any member of the King Group or any such mortgage, charge or other security interest becoming enforceable;
 

 

3.3.3

any such agreement, licence, permit, authorisation, franchise, facility, lease or other instrument or the rights, liabilities, obligations or interests of any member of the King Group thereunder, or the business of any such member with, any person, firm or body (or any arrangement or arrangements relating to any such interest or business) being terminated or adversely modified or any obligation or liability arising thereunder;
 

 

3.3.4

any assets or interests of, or any asset the use of which is enjoyed by, any member of the King Group being or failing to be disposed of or charged, or ceasing to be available to any member of the King Group or any right arising under which any such asset or interest would be required to be disposed of or charged or would cease to be available to any member of the King Group otherwise than in the ordinary course of business;
 

 

3.3.5

any member of the King Group ceasing to be able to carry on business, being prohibited from carrying on business or being subject to a restriction imposing a non-compete, exclusivity or similar restrictive covenant on the King Group, in each case, in any jurisdiction in which it currently carries on business; or
 

 

3.3.6

the creation of any liability or liabilities (actual or contingent) by any member of the King Group;
 
unless, if any such provision exists, such provision shall have been waived, modified or amended to provide that the applicable events or circumstances as are referred to in the foregoing paragraphs 3.3.1 to 3.3.6 shall not arise in consequence of the Acquisition;
 

3.4

King having complied in all material respects with the covenants and agreements required by the Transaction Agreement to be complied with by it prior to the Sanction Date (other than any non-compliance which has been cured prior to the Sanction Date);

 

3.5

except where the consequences thereof would not, individually or in the aggregate, have or reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect on the King Group, all of the representations and warranties of King under the Transaction Agreement being true and correct as at 2 November 2015 (being the date of this Announcement) other than the representations and warranties of King under the Transaction Agreement that speak as of an earlier date, which representations and warranties were true and correct as of such earlier date;

 

3.6

King and ABS Partners having obtained or made the Clearances required to be obtained or made by the King Group or ABS Partners from the Fair Trade Commission of the Republic of Korea in connection with the Acquisition;

 
   

3.7

 

save as disclosed:

     

3.7.1

since 1 January 2015 there not having arisen any matter, event, effect, change, development or circumstance that, individually or in the aggregate, has had or would reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect on the King Group;

 

3.7.2

the Annual Report for 2014 on file with the SEC on Form 20-F and all other King SEC Documents filed or furnished with the SEC since 1 January 2015, as of the date each was filed or furnished, not containing a misrepresentation of fact or omitting to state a fact necessary, in light of the circumstances in which it was made, to make the information contained therein not misleading, excluding any statements of a predictive or forward-looking nature made in good faith on a basis deemed reasonable by management at the time of such disclosure (save to an extent which would not, individually or in the aggregate, have or reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect on the King Group); and

 

3.7.3

there not being any contingent or other liability to the Knowledge of the King Group existing at any time up to 2 November 2015 (being the date of this Announcement) which, individually or in the aggregate, has had or would reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect on the King Group;

 

3.8

save as disclosed, since 2 November 2015 (being the date of this Announcement):

 

3.8.1

no member of the King Group being in default under the terms or conditions of any facility or agreement or arrangement for the provision of loans, credit or drawdown facilities, or of any security, surety or guarantee in respect of any facility or agreement or arrangement for the provision of loans, credit or drawdown facilities to any member of the King Group (save where such default would not, individually or in the aggregate, have or reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect on the King Group); and

 

3.8.2

no member of the King Group having announced, declared, set aside, paid or made any dividend, any bonus issue or made any other distribution to its shareholders (whether in cash, securities or other property) other than any dividends or distributions from a wholly owned subsidiary of King to another wholly owned subsidiary of King or to King;

 

3.9

save as disclosed, and save to an extent which would not, individually or in the aggregate, have or reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect on the King Group, since 2 November 2015 (being the date of this Announcement):

 

3.9.1

each member of the King Group and each of their respective businesses and their respective directors and officers (in their capacities as such) having been in compliance with all applicable Laws and all applicable Orders and each member of the King Group having had all Governmental Authorisations required to lawfully operate its business as currently conducted and assuming compliance by Activision Blizzard with the provisions of the Transaction Agreement, none of the execution, delivery or performance of the Transaction Agreement or the consummation of the Acquisition having contravened or conflicted with, or resulted in a violation of, any applicable Laws (provided that, in reference to Laws relating to taxation, such Laws shall be limited to those governing the filing of tax returns, the payment and collection of taxes and the determination of amounts in respect of such filings, payments and collections) or Orders to which King or any of the assets owed by any member of the King Group is subject or contravened or conflicted with or resulted in a violation of any of the terms or requirements of, or given any Governmental Body the right to revoke, withdraw, suspend, cancel, terminate or modify, any Governmental Authorisation that is held by any member of the King Group;

 

3.9.2

other than in connection with or in compliance with (i) the provisions of the Act, (ii) the Irish Takeover Panel Act and the Irish Takeover Rules, (iii) the Securities Act, (iv) the Exchange Act, (v) the HSR Act, (vi) any applicable requirements under the EU Merger Regulation, (vii) any applicable requirements of other Antitrust Laws, (viii) any applicable requirements of NASDAQ or the NYSE, and (ix) the terms of the Transaction Agreement by King, King not requiring any authorisation, consent or approval of, or filing with, any Relevant Authority that is necessary, under applicable Law, for the consummation by King of the Transactions, except for such authorisations, consents, approvals or filings (A) that, if not obtained or made, would not reasonably be expected to materially impede or prevent the consummation of the Acquisition or (B) as may arise as a result of facts or circumstances relating solely or primarily to Activision Blizzard or its Affiliates or Laws or Contracts binding on Activision Blizzard or its Affiliates;

 

3.9.3

(i) there having been no investigation or review pending by any Governmental Body with respect to any member of the King Group or any of their businesses, and (ii) there having been no Actions pending against any member of the King Group or any of their respective businesses, other than any lawsuits or proceedings alleging that the Transactions represent a breach of fiduciary duty of the directors of either Activision Blizzard or King or that inadequate disclosure has been made in respect of the Transaction by either the Activision Blizzard Group or the King Group;

 

3.9.4

except (i) as and to the extent disclosed, reflected or reserved against on the Most Recent Balance Sheet (including any notes thereto), (ii) for liabilities incurred in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice since the date of the Most Recent Balance Sheet, (iii) as expressly permitted or required by the Transaction Agreement or incurred in connection with the preparation and negotiation of the Transaction Agreement and/or the Transactions, including King's associated strategic process, but in each case not involving any breach of contract, and (iv) for liabilities which have been discharged or paid in full in the ordinary course of business, no member of the King Group having incurred any material obligations or material liabilities, whether or not accrued, contingent or otherwise, that would be required by IFRS to be reflected on a consolidated balance sheet of King and its consolidated Subsidiaries (or in the notes thereto);

 

3.9.5

each of the Tax Returns required to be filed by or on behalf of King and each member of the King Group with any Tax Authorities in respect of any material Tax liabilities: (i) having been timely filed (after giving effect to any valid extensions of time in which to make such filing); and (ii) being accurate and complete in all material respects;

 

3.9.6

all income or other Taxes payable by or on behalf of each member of the King Group having been timely paid (other than Taxes contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings under circumstances in which the taxpayer is lawfully permitted to delay or refrain from paying such Taxes pending the outcome of such contest and for which sufficient reserves have been established in accordance with IFRS) and no unsatisfied liabilities for Taxes with respect to any notice of deficiency or similar document received by King or any member of the King Group with respect to any Tax having arisen;

 

3.9.7

no member of the King Group having become bound by any Order specifically applicable to any member of the King Group that would (i) require any member of the King Group to grant to any third party any license, covenant not to sue, release, immunity or other right with respect to any material King Intellectual Property; or (ii) affect any of the material terms or conditions of any license, covenant not to sue, release, immunity or other right that any member of the King Group has granted, grants, may grant or must grant with respect to any material King Intellectual Property;

 

3.9.8

no member of the King Group and none of the King Products or King Product Software having infringed (directly, contributorily, by inducement or otherwise), misappropriated, or otherwise violated any Intellectual Property Right of any other Person, and no member of the King Group having agreed to sell, lease, exclusively license, transfer, exchange, swap or otherwise dispose of, or to subject to any Encumbrance (other than Permitted Encumbrances), any of its material Intellectual Property (other than (i) non-exclusive intellectual property licenses in connection with product development, publishing or brand licensing for the benefit of King, or exclusive intellectual property licenses in connection with brand licenses, in each case in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice; or (ii) for transactions among King and its wholly-owned Subsidiaries or among its wholly-owned Subsidiaries in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice);

 

3.9.9

no member of the King Group (i) having become aware that any of the King Product Software contains any "back door," "drop dead device," "time bomb," "Trojan horse," "virus" or "worm" (as such terms are commonly understood in the software industry) or any other similar code, in each case, having resulted in any of the following, or any other code designed or intended to have any of the following functions: (a) disrupting, disabling, harming or otherwise impeding in any manner the operation of, or providing unauthorized access to, a computer system or network or other device on which such code is stored or installed; or (b) damaging or destroying any data or file without the user's consent, or (ii) having received a written claim from a third party that any Material King Product incorporates, is integrated with, or, links to any Open Source Software in such a manner that requires any member of the King Group to distribute any proprietary source code for such King Product under the terms of an Open Source Software license;

 

3.9.10

no material source code for any King Product Software having been delivered, licensed or made available to any escrow agent or other Person (other than (i) to employees of the King Group or other King Associates, in each case, provided in the course of his, her or its employment or engagement by any member of the King Group for the benefit of such member of the King Group; or (ii) otherwise pursuant to Contracts entered into in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice); and

 

3.9.11

no member of the King Group having incurred any duty or obligation (whether present, contingent or otherwise) to deliver, license or make available the source code for any material King Product Software to any escrow agent or other Person; and

 

3.10

the Transaction Agreement not having been terminated in accordance with its terms.

 

PART B

1. Definitions

For the purposes of this Appendix I:

         
1.1 "Action" means any lawsuit, claim, complaint, action or proceeding before any Relevant Authority;
 
1.2 "Affiliate" means in relation to any person, another person that, directly or indirectly, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with, such first person (as used in this definition, "control" (including, with its correlative meanings, "controlled by" and "under common control with") shall mean the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of management or policies of a person, whether through the ownership of securities or partnership or other ownership interests, by Contract or otherwise);
 
1.3 "Antitrust Laws" means the HSR Act, the EU Merger Regulation and any other federal, state or foreign Law designed to prohibit, restrict or regulate actions for the purpose or effect of monopolisation or restraint of trade or to regulate foreign investment;
 
1.4 "Capitalization Date" means 28 October 2015;
 
1.5 "Clearances" means all consents, licenses, authorizations, clearances, approvals, permissions, permits, non-actions, orders and waivers to be obtained from, and all registrations, applications, notices and filings to be made with or provided to, any Relevant Authority or other third party;
 
1.6 "Contract" means any legally binding written, oral or other agreement, amendment, contract, subcontract, lease, understanding, instrument, note, debenture, indenture, warrant, option, warranty, purchase order, license, sublicense, insurance policy or other similar legally binding commitment or undertaking of any nature;
 
1.7 "Copyrights" means any and all US and foreign copyrights, mask works and all other rights with respect to Works of Authorship and all registrations thereof, applications therefor, and renewals, extensions and reversions thereof (including moral and economic rights, however denominated);
 
1.8 "Databases" shall have the meaning given to that term in the definition of Intellectual Property;
 
1.9 "disclosed" means (A) fairly and accurately disclosed in the King Disclosure Letter furnished to ABS Partners on 2 November 2015 (being the date of this Announcement); or (B) contained in King SEC Documents filed or furnished with the SEC since 1 January 2015 and publicly available as at the date which is five days prior to 2 November 2015 (being the date of this Announcement) but excluding any forward-looking disclosures set forth in any "risk factors" section, any disclosures in any "forward-looking statements" section or any other disclosures included therein to the extent they are predictive or forward-looking in nature; or (C) contained in any announcement delivered by King to a Regulatory Information Service since 1 January 2015 and publicly available as at the date which is five days prior to 2 November 2015 (being the date of this Announcement); or (D) contained in this Announcement;
 
1.10 "Domain Names" shall have the meaning given to that term in the definition of Intellectual Property;
 
1.11 "Encumbrance" means any lien, pledge, hypothecation, charge, mortgage, security interest, encumbrance, claim, option, right of first refusal, pre-emptive right, community property interest or other similar restriction on (i) the voting of any security; (ii) the possession or transfer of any security or other asset; (iii) the receipt of any income derived from any asset; or (iv) use of any asset;
 
1.12 "EU Merger Regulation" has the meaning given to such expression in paragraph 3.1.1 of Part A of this Appendix I;
 
1.13 "Governmental Authorisation" means any consent, approval, order, waiver, permit, license, permission, clearance, registration, qualification or authorisation issued, granted, given or otherwise made available by or under the authority of any Governmental Body or pursuant to any applicable Law (including any of the foregoing that relate to export control);
 
1.14 "Governmental Authority" means, in any jurisdiction in which a member of the King Group currently carries on a material part of the business of the King Group, any: (i) nation, state, commonwealth, province, territory, county, municipality, district or other jurisdiction of any nature; (ii) federal, state, local, municipal, foreign or other government; or (iii) governmental or quasi-governmental authority commission, board, body, bureau, or other regulatory authority, agency of any nature (including any governmental division, department, agency, commission, instrumentality, official, ministry, fund, foundation, centre, organisation, unit, body or entity, any court or other tribunal or any competition, antitrust, foreign investment review or supervisory body, central bank or other governmental, trade or regulatory agency or body and any stock exchange or self-regulatory organisation or authority);
 
1.15 "Governmental Body" means any Irish, United States, foreign or supranational, federal, state, local or other governmental or regulatory authority or agency in any jurisdiction;
 
1.16 "HSR Act" means the United States Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder;
 
1.17 "Intellectual Property" means any and all: (i) Technology; (ii) technical, engineering, manufacturing, product, marketing, servicing, financial, supplier, personnel and other information and materials; (iii) models, devices, prototypes, schematics and development tools; (iv) Software, websites, content, images, graphics, text, photographs, artwork, audiovisual works, sound recordings, graphs, drawings, reports, analyses, writings, designs, mask works and other works of authorship and copyrightable subject matter ("Works of Authorship"); (v) databases and other compilations and collections of data or information ("Databases"); (vi) any and all US and foreign trademarks, service marks, logos and design marks, trade dress, trade names, fictitious and other business names, and brand names, together with all goodwill associated with any of the foregoing ("Trademarks"); (vii) domain names, uniform resource locators and other names and locators associated with the Internet including social media accounts ("Domain Names"); and (viii) information and materials not generally known to the public, including trade secrets and other confidential and proprietary information;
 
1.18 "Intellectual Property Rights" means any and all rights, licenses, entitlements and interests, whether registered or unregistered or capable of registration, in and to any and all Intellectual Property;
 
1.19 "King Associate" means any current employee, independent contractor, consultant or director of or to any member of the King Group;
 
1.20 "King Disclosure Letter" means the disclosure letter delivered by King to Activision Blizzard on the date of the Transaction Agreement;
 
1.21 "King Intellectual Property" means any and all Intellectual Property Rights that are owned (solely or jointly) by, or exclusively licensed to, any member of the King Group (or that any member of the King Group claims or purports to own);
 
1.22 "King Product" means any current product or service made, sold or licensed by any member of the King Group;
 
1.23 "King Product Software" means any Software in which the Copyrights are owned (or claimed or purported to be owned) by any member of the King Group and contained or included in, or provided with any King Product;
 
1.24 "King SEC Documents" means all forms, documents and reports (including exhibits and other information incorporated therein) filed or furnished by King with the SEC;
 
1.25 "Knowledge" means the knowledge, after due inquiry, of the executive officers of King listed in Section 1.1 of Part A of the King Disclosure Letter and all employees of any member of the King Group with a title of Senior Vice President or above;
 
1.26 "Law" means any applicable federal, state, local, municipal, foreign, supranational or other law, statute, constitution, principle of common law, resolution, ordinance, code, agency requirement, license, permit, edict, binding directive, decree, rule, regulation, judgment, order, injunction, ruling or requirement issued, enacted, adopted, promulgated, implemented or otherwise put into effect by or under the authority of any Governmental Body or Relevant Authority (or under the authority of NASDAQ or the NYSE, as applicable);
 
1.27 "Material King Products" means the following games: Candy Crush Saga, Farm Heroes Saga, Pet Rescue Saga, Candy Crush Soda Saga and Bubble Witch 2 Saga;
 
1.28 "Material Restraint" means any requirement of any entity (including its Subsidiaries) (a) to divest, hold separate or otherwise take any action that limits such entity's freedom of action, ownership or control with respect to, or its ability to retain or hold, directly or indirectly, any of its businesses, assets, equity interests, product lines or properties or any equity interest in any joint venture held by such entity, (b) to licence any Intellectual Property of the Activision Blizzard Group or any material King Intellectual Property or to grant any third-party access for marketing purposes to the player networks of any member of the Activision Blizzard Group or the King Group, (c) that would reasonably be expected to impose any limitation on or result in a material delay in the ability of ABS Partners to acquire, or to hold or to exercise effectively, directly or indirectly, all or any rights of ownership of shares (or the equivalent) in, or to exercise voting or management control over, King or any member of the King Group or on the ability of any member of the King Group to hold or exercise effectively, directly or indirectly, rights of ownership of shares (or the equivalent) in, or to exercise rights of voting or management control over, any member of the King Group, (d) that would impose a limitation on the ability of Activision Blizzard or its Subsidiaries to integrate or co-ordinate its business, or any part of it, with the business of the King Group, or (e) that would result in a member of the Activision Blizzard Group or the King Group ceasing to be able to carry on business in any jurisdiction in which it does at the date of this Announcement;
 
1.29 "Most Recent Balance Sheet" means the unaudited consolidated balance sheet of King and its consolidated Subsidiaries as of 30 June, 2015 included in King's Form 6-K furnished with the SEC on 14 August 2015;
 
1.30 "Open Source Software" means Software or similar subject matter that is generally available under any license approved by the Open Source Initiative, or that meets the Open Source Definition (www.opensource.org/osd.html) or the Free Software Definition (http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html), such as the GNU General Public License, GNU Lesser General Public License, Apache License, New BSD License, MIT License, and Common Public License;
 
1.31 "Orders" means all applicable orders, rulings, decrees, writs, injunctions, judgments or arbitration awards of any court or arbitrator or of any Governmental Body;
 
1.32 "Permitted Encumbrances" means any Encumbrance:
 

1.32.1

for Taxes or governmental assessments, charges or claims of payment not yet due and payable, being contested in good faith or which may hereafter be paid without penalty or for which adequate accruals or reserves have been established in accordance with IFRS (where required);

 

1.32.2

which is a carriers', warehousemen's, mechanics', materialmen's, repairmen's or other similar lien arising in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice;

 

1.32.3

which is disclosed on the most recent consolidated balance sheet of King (or Activision Blizzard, as the context requires) or notes thereto or securing liabilities reflected on such balance sheet;

 

1.32.4

which was incurred in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice since the date of the most recent consolidated balance sheet of King (or Activision Blizzard, as the context requires); or

 

1.32.5

which would not reasonably be expected to materially impair the continued use of the applicable property for the purposes for which the property is currently being used;

 
1.33 "Regulatory Information Service" means a regulatory information service as defined in the Irish Takeover Rules;
 
1.34 "Relevant Authority" means any Irish, United States, foreign or supranational, federal, state or local governmental commission, board, body, bureau, arbitrator, arbitration panel, or other regulatory authority, agency, including courts and other judicial bodies, or any competition, antitrust, foreign investment review or supervisory body, central bank or other governmental, trade or regulatory agency or body, securities exchange or any self-regulatory body or authority, including any instrumentality or entity designed to act for or on behalf of the foregoing, in each case, in any jurisdiction, including the Panel, the High Court and the SEC;
 
1.35 "Sanction Date" has the meaning given to such expression in paragraph 2.3 of Part A of this Appendix I;
 
1.36 "Securities Act" means the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended;
 
1.37 "Software" means all (i) computer programs and other software, including software implementations of algorithms, models and methodologies, whether in source code, object code or other form, including libraries, subroutines and other components thereof; (ii) computerized Databases, including all data and information included in such Databases; (iii) screens, user interfaces, command structures, report formats, templates, menus, buttons and icons; (iv) descriptions, flow-charts, architectures, development tools and other materials used to design, plan, organize and develop any of the foregoing; and (v) documentation associated with any of the foregoing;
 
1.38 "Takeover Offer Documents" means if following the date hereof, Activision Blizzard elects to implement the Acquisition by way of the Takeover Offer in accordance with Clause 3.6 of the Transaction Agreement, the documents to be dispatched to King Shareholders and others by ABS Partners containing, amongst other things, the Takeover Offer, these Conditions (save insofar as not appropriate in the case of a Takeover Offer, and as amended in such manner as Activision Blizzard and King shall determine, and the Panel shall agree, to be necessary to reflect the terms of the Takeover Offer) and certain information about Activision Blizzard, ABS Partners and King and, where the context so admits, includes any form of acceptance, election, notice or other document reasonably required in connection with the Takeover Offer;
 
1.39 "Tax" means all national, federal, state, local or other tax imposed by the United States, Ireland, and any other Relevant Authority or Tax Authority, including income, gain, profits, windfall profits, franchise, gross receipts, environmental, customs duty, capital stock, severances, stamp, payroll, universal social charge, pay related social insurance and other similar contributions, sales, employment, unemployment, disability, use, property, gift tax, inheritance tax, unclaimed property, escheat, withholding, excise, production, value added, goods and services, trading, occupancy and other taxes, duties or assessments of any nature whatsoever, together with all interest, penalties, surcharges and additions imposed with respect to such amounts and any interest in respect of such penalties and additions, whether disputed or not;
 
1.40 "Tax Authority" means any Relevant Authority responsible for the assessment, collection or enforcement of laws relating to Taxes or for making any decision or ruling on any matter relating to Tax (including the US Internal Revenue Service and the Irish Revenue Commissioners);
 
1.41 "Tax Return" means any return (including any information return), report, statement, declaration, estimate, schedule, or information, including any amendments thereof, filed with, or required to be filed with, any Tax Authority in connection with the determination, assessment, collection or payment of any Tax or in connection with the administration, implementation or enforcement of or compliance with any Law relating to any Tax;
 
1.42 "Technology" means all Software, designs (including circuit designs and layouts), semiconductor device structures (including gate structures, transistor structures, memory cells or circuitry, vias and interconnects, isolation structures and protection devices), circuit block libraries, formulae, algorithms, procedures, methods, techniques, ideas, know-how, Patents, research and development, technical data, programs, subroutines, tools, materials, specifications, processes, inventions (whether patentable or unpatentable and whether or not reduced to practice), discoveries, apparatus, creations, improvements, Works of Authorship and other similar materials, and all recordings, graphs, drawings, reports, analyses, and other writings, and other tangible embodiments of the foregoing, in any form whether or not specifically listed herein, and all related technology;
 
1.43 "Trademarks" shall have the meaning given to that term in the definition of Intellectual Property;
 
1.44 "Transactions" means the transactions contemplated by the Transaction Agreement, including the Acquisition; and
 
1.45 "Works of Authorship", shall have the meaning given to that term in the definition of Intellectual Property.
 

2. Any references in the Conditions to a Condition being "satisfied" upon receipt of any order, clearance, approval or consent from a Governmental Authority shall be construed as meaning that the foregoing have been obtained, or where appropriate, made, terminated or expired in accordance with the relevant Condition.

3. Subject to the requirements of the Panel, ABS Partners reserves the right (but shall be under no obligation) to waive, in whole or in part, all or any of the Conditions except for the Conditions set out in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3.1.1 of Part A of this Appendix I.

4. The Scheme will lapse unless it is effective on or prior to the End Date or such later date (if any) as King and ABS Partners may agree and (if required) the Panel and the High Court may allow.

5. If ABS Partners is required to make an offer for King Shares under the provisions of Rule 9 of the Irish Takeover Rules, ABS Partners may make such alterations to any of the Conditions set out above as are necessary to comply with the provisions of that Rule.

6. As required by Rule 12 (b)(i) of the Irish Takeover Rules, to the extent that the Acquisition would give rise to a concentration with an EU dimension within the scope of the EU Merger Regulation, the Acquisition shall, except as otherwise approved by the Panel, lapse if the European Commission initiates proceedings in respect of that concentration under Article 6(1)(c) of the EU Merger Regulation or refers the concentration to a competent authority of a Member State under Article 9(1) of the EU Merger Regulation prior to the date of the Court Meeting.

7. ABS Partners reserves the right, subject to the consent of the Panel, to elect to implement the Acquisition by way of a Takeover Offer as described in Clause 3.6 of the Transaction Agreement. Without limiting Clause 3.6 of the Transaction Agreement, in such event, such offer will be implemented on terms and conditions that are as least as favourable to the King Shareholders (except for an acceptance condition set at 80% of the nominal value of the King Shares to which such an offer relates and which are not already in the beneficial ownership of ABS Partners so far as applicable) as those which would apply in relation to the Scheme.

Appendix II

Sources and Bases of Information

In this Announcement, unless otherwise stated or the context otherwise requires, the following sources and bases have been used:

1. Certain figures included in this Announcement have been subjected to rounding adjustments.

2. Financial and other information concerning the King Group and the Activision Blizzard Group has been extracted from published sources or from audited and unaudited financial results of the King Group and/or Activision Blizzard Group available in their respective filings with, or submissions to, the SEC.

3. Activision Blizzard prepares its financial information in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("U.S. GAAP"). King prepares its financial information in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB"). No adjustments have been made to the King IFRS basis financial information to conform to a U.S. GAAP basis of presentation.

4. Both Activision Blizzard and King use non-GAAP and non-IFRS (collectively, "non-GAAP") measures of financial performance. These non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with US GAAP or IFRS. Refer to Appendix V for additional information on the non-GAAP measures and reconciliation to U.S. GAAP or IFRS. Trailing twelve month financial information is based on financial information through 30 September 2015.

5. The value of the existing entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of King is based upon the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of 315,541,571 King Shares as at 30 October 2015 (being the last practicable date prior to the publication of this Announcement).

6. The Closing Price, share volumes and volume-weighted average Closing Price per King Share is based on share prices from Bloomberg L.P., as reported on www.bloomberg.com.

7. References to the arrangements in place between King and Activision Blizzard regarding a transaction agreement are sourced from the Transaction Agreement.

8. Monthly Active Users ("MAUs") is derived from public information published by Activision Blizzard and King, and the information provided is as of 30 September 2015. Amounts are aggregated when presenting information for the player network for both companies.

8.1 Activision Blizzard defines MAUs are the number of individuals who played a particular game in a given month. MAUs are calculated in a period by adding the total number of MAUs in each of the months in a given period and dividing by the number of months in the period. An individual who plays two of Activision Blizzard's games would be counted as two users. For Activision Publishing MAUs, an individual who plays the same game on two platforms or devices in the relevant period would be counted as two users due to technical limitations. For Blizzard MAUs, an individual who plays the same game on two platforms or devices in the relevant period would be counted as one user.

8.2 King defines MAUs as the number of individuals who played a particular game in the 30-day period ending with the measurement date. MAUs are calculated by adding the total number of active users as of the end of each month in a given period and dividing by the number of months in the period.

9. King defines Daily Active Users ("DAUs") as the number of individuals who played one of its games during a particular day. Average DAUs are calculated by adding the total number of DAUs for each day in a period and dividing by the number of days in the period.

10. King defines Monthly Unique Payers ("MUPs") as the number of unique individuals who made a purchase of a virtual currency at least once on a particular platform in the 30-day period ending with the measurement date. Average MUPs are calculated by adding the total number of unique payers as of the end of each month in a period and dividing by the number of months in the period. King does not de-duplicate user data for users who play its games on multiple devices or platforms. This is consistent with industry practice.

11. King calculates Monthly Gross Average Bookings per Paying User ("MGABPPU") by dividing (i) King's total gross bookings in a given period, by (ii) the number of months in that period, divided by, (iii) the average number of MUPs during the period.

12. King's Monthly Unique Users ("MUUs") are derived from public information published by King as of 30 September 2015. MUUs are the number of unique individuals who played any of King's games on a particular platform in the 30-day period ending with the measurement date. Average MUUs are calculated by adding the total number of unique users as of the end of each month in a given period and dividing by the number of months in the period. King does not de-duplicate user data for users who play its games on multiple devices or platforms. This is consistent with industry practice.

13. Activision Blizzard title and franchise performance rankings are based on The NPD Group, GfK Chart-TrackIDG, PWC and Niko.

14. King title and franchise performance rankings are based on AppAnnie and internal estimates.

15. 2016E non-GAAP revenue and earnings per share accretion is based on International Brokers' Estimate System (IBES) Consensus estimates as of 30 October 2015. Assumes $2.3 billion of incremental term loan financing at 3.25% interest rate based on Activision Blizzard current term loan interest rate and U.S. marginal tax rate of 36.3%. Assumes transaction closes on 31 March 2016 and additional dilutive share impact to EPS of 5 million shares from Activision Blizzard's internal estimate of conversion equity based on outstanding options, restricted shares, and restricted stock units of King as of 30 October 2015 (i.e., no further assumption of exercises, vesting, grants of equity awards post 30 October 2015). Does not include any synergies.

16. Estimated 2015 adjusted EBITDA is based on International Brokers' Estimate System (IBES) Consensus estimates for FY 2015E as of 30 October 2015. Does not include any synergies.

17. Estimated 2016 free cash flow per share is based on internal estimates.

18. Cash consideration of approximately $3.6 billion payable by Activision Blizzard under the terms of the Acquisition that will be funded by offshore cash on the balance sheet is based on an $18.00 share transaction price for all shares outstanding as of 30 October 2015 and assumes any outstanding equity awards that are vested and exercisable prior to a transaction close date of 30 June 2016 will be exercised and treated as a share outstanding. The cash also considers estimated financing fees for the debt issuance, including all potential flex terms.

19. Information regarding the top five highest-grossing mobile games in the U.S. is across Apple App Store and Google Play Store for the three consecutive quarters in 2015.

20. The sources and uses of the Cash Consideration for the Acquisition are set out below. In addition, a capitalisation table for both Activision Blizzard and the combined company (including Activision Blizzard's EBITDA multiples) is set out below:

CHART 1

1King equity capitalization table as of 30 October 2015.

2Cash as of 30 September 2015; Adjusted EBITDA as of Trailing Twelve Months ended 30 September 2015; please see disclosures in Appendix V for reconciliations to Activision Blizzard GAAP and King IFRS.

3Combined cash and investments position taking into account of the usage of cash and debt raised for the Acquisition.

4Activision Blizzard as of 30 October 2015 per Bloomberg. Combined market capitalization is the sum of Activision Blizzard market capitalization as of 30 October 2015 and the estimated $189M of transaction equity consideration.

5Total capitalization represents total debt and market capitalization.

Appendix III

Additional Information

1. King's preliminary gross bookings, adjusted revenue, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, MAUs, MUUs, DAUs, MUPs and MGABPPUs for third quarter 2015 (together with its prior third quarter 2015 gross bookings outlook, and its gross bookings outlook for fourth quarter1 is as follows:

CHART 2

1Gross bookings, Adj. Revenue, Adj. EBITDA and Adj. EBITDA margin are financial measures not calculated in accordance with IFRS. See Appendix V for details. Please also see Appendix II for definitions of MAUs, MUUs, DAUs, MUPs and MGABPPU.

2Prior outlook provided 13 August 2015.

2. Activision Blizzard's and King's estimated sources of revenues by platform and channel, based on historical IFRS revenues for King and non-GAAP revenues for Activision Blizzard, third quarter 2015 TTM revenues by platform and channel are set out below:

CHART 3

Sources: Company reports.

1Estimated based in Trailing Twelve Months ended 30 September 2015. Activision Blizzard non-GAAP Revenues. King IFRS Revenues. See disclosures in Appendix V for reconciliations to Activision Blizzard GAAP.

Distribution relates to Activision Blizzard standalone Distribution segment, which engages in the business of distribution of interactive entertainment software and hardware product.

3. King has plans to launch a mid-core title and three new games from existing franchises by end of 2016. In third quarter 2015, King had 1.4 billion games played daily, the Candy Crush® franchise had 92 million DAUs, Farm Heroes® had 18 million DAUs, Pet Rescue® had 8 million DAUs and Bubble Witch® had 7 million DAUs.

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1 This outlook is based on the timings of game releases and trends and reflects King's expectation as of 2 November 2015.
 

Appendix IV

Definitions

1. In this Announcement, save where the context clearly requires otherwise, the following expressions shall have the following meanings:

"ABS Partners" means ABS Partners C.V., a partnership formed in the Netherlands;

"Acquisition" means the proposed acquisition of King by ABS Partners by means of the Scheme (as it may be revised, amended or extended from time to time) pursuant to the Transaction Agreement;

"Act" means the Irish Companies Act 2014 and all enactments which are to be read as one with, or construed or read together as one with, the Irish Companies Act 2014;

"Acting in Concert" shall have the meaning given to that term in the Irish Takeover Panel Act;

"Activision Blizzard" means Activision Blizzard, Inc.;

"Activision Blizzard Board" means the board of directors of Activision Blizzard;

"Activision Blizzard Group" means, collectively, Activision Blizzard and all of its Subsidiaries;

"Announcement" means this announcement;

"Cancellation Record Time" means the date and time specified in the Scheme Document as the "Cancellation Record Time";

"Capital Reduction" means the proposed reduction of King's share capital under Sections 84 to 86 of the Act, associated with the cancellation of the Scheme Shares;

"Cash Consideration" means US$18.00 in cash per King Share cancelled pursuant to the Scheme;

"Closing Price" means, with respect to any Trading Day, the last price at which a King Share traded during a regular trading session on the NYSE on such day, as reported based on share prices from Bloomberg;

"Concert Parties" means, in relation to any Party, such persons as are deemed to be Acting in Concert with that Party pursuant to Rule 3.3 of Part A of the Irish Takeover Rules and such persons as are Acting in Concert with that Party;

"Court Order" means the order or orders of the High Court sanctioning the Scheme under Section 453 of the Act and confirming the related Capital Reduction that forms part of it under Sections 84 and 85 of the Act;

"Effective" means the Scheme having become effective pursuant to its terms;

"Effective Date" means the date on which the Acquisition becomes Effective;

"EGM" means the extraordinary general meeting of King Shareholders (and any adjournment thereof) to be convened in connection with the Scheme, expected to be convened as soon as the Scheme Meeting shall have been concluded or adjourned (it being understood that if the Scheme Meeting is adjourned, the EGM shall be correspondingly adjourned);

"EGM Resolutions" means the resolutions to be proposed at the EGM for the purposes of approving and implementing the Scheme, the Capital Reduction, changes to the Articles of Association of King and such other matters as King reasonably determines to be necessary for the purposes of implementing the Acquisition or, subject to the consent of Activision Blizzard (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed), desirable for the purposes of implementing the Scheme or the Acquisition;

"End Date" is the date that is six months after the date of this Announcement or, if later, the date that is four months after Activision Blizzard's election to implement the Acquisition by way of an Offer pursuant to Clause 3.6 of the Transaction Agreement; provided, that if as of such date all Conditions as set out in Appendix 1 of this Announcement (other than the Conditions set out at paragraphs 2.3, 2.4, 3.1.1, 3.1.2 and 3.6) have been satisfied (or, in the sole discretion of the applicable party, waived (where permissible)) or would be satisfied (or, in the sole discretion of the applicable party, waived (where permissible)) if the Acquisition were completed on such date, the "End Date" shall be the date that is nine months after the date of this Announcement (or such earlier date as may be specified by the Panel, or such later date as ABS Partners and King may, with (if required) the consent of the Panel, agree and (if required) the High Court may allow);

"Exchange Act" means the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended;

"Expenses Reimbursement Agreement" means the expenses reimbursement agreement dated 2 November 2015 between Activision Blizzard and King, the terms of which have been approved by the Panel, as described in paragraph 13 of this Announcement;

"Final Recommendation Change Notice" means the written notice issued by the King Board to Activision Blizzard where it has determined in good faith (after consultation with King's financial advisors and outside legal counsel) that a King Alternative Proposal continues to constitute a King Superior Proposal having first notified and consulted with Activision Blizzard on the King Alternative Proposal including affording Activision Blizzard the opportunity to revise the terms and conditions of the Acquisition and/or increase or modify the Cash Consideration;

"GAAP" or "U.S. GAAP" means accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

"Goldman Sachs" means Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Goldman Sachs International (in their capacity as financial advisor);

"High Court" means the High Court of Ireland;

"IASB" means the International Accounting Standards Board;

"IFRS" means international financial reporting standards, as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board;

"Individual Option and Subscription Agreement" means the agreement or agreements governing a Pre-IPO King Option and a subscription for Linked Shares in respect of that option;

"Ireland" means the island of Ireland, excluding the counties of Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone on the island of Ireland, and the word "Irish" shall be construed accordingly;

"Irish Takeover Panel Act" means the Irish Takeover Panel Act 1997, as amended;

"Irish Takeover Rules" means the Irish Takeover Panel Act 1997, Takeover Rules 2013, as amended;

"J.P. Morgan" means J.P. Morgan Limited (which conducts its UK investment banking business as J.P Morgan Cazenove);

"King" means King Digital Entertainment plc;

"King 2014 Plan" means the King Digital Entertainment plc 2014 Equity Incentive Plan;

"King Alternative Proposal" means any bona fide proposal or bona fide offer, which proposal or offer may be subject to due diligence, definitive documentation or both, made by any person (other than a proposal or offer pursuant to Rule 2.5 of the Irish Takeover Rules by Activision Blizzard or any of its Concert Parties) for:

(a) a merger, reorganization, share exchange, consolidation, business combination, recapitalization, dissolution, liquidation or similar transaction involving King that, if consummated, would result in any Person beneficially owning shares with more than 20% of the voting power of King;

(b) the direct or indirect acquisition by any Person of more than 20% of the value of the assets of the King Group, taken as a whole; or

(c) the direct or indirect acquisition by any Person of more than 20% of the voting power or the issued share capital of King, including any offer or exchange offer that if consummated would result in any Person beneficially owning shares with more than 20% of the voting power of King;

"King Board" means the board of directors of King from time to time and for the time being;

"King Directors" mean the members of the King Board;

"King Group" means King and all of its Subsidiaries;

"King Option" means a Pre-IPO King Option or an option to subscribe for King Shares granted under the King 2014 Plan;

"King Restricted Share Award" means an award of King Shares (other than Linked Shares) that were acquired by means of subscription and, as of the Effective Time, are subject to restrictions, including restrictions on transfer and/or a risk of forfeiture;

"King RSU" means a restricted stock unit issued under the King 2014 Plan, including a restricted stock unit issued to an employee of King in China that by its terms is to be settled only in cash;

"King RSU Award" means an award of King RSUs;

"King Shareholders" mean the holders of King Shares;

"King Share(s)" means the existing unconditionally allotted or issued and fully paid ordinary shares with a nominal value of US$0.00008 each in the capital of King and any further such shares which are unconditionally allotted or issued before the date on which the Scheme is effective;

"King Share Awards" means the King RSU Awards and the King Restricted Share Awards;

"King Share Plans" means the King 2014 Plan, the Pre-IPO Option Agreements, the Restricted Share Award Agreements and the Individual Option and Subscription Agreements;

"Linked Shares" means King Shares that are not transferable by the holder and are held subject to the terms of an Individual Option and Subscription Agreement;

"Meetings" mean the Scheme Meeting and the EGM, and Meeting means either of them as the context requires;

"NASDAQ" means the "NASDAQ" Stock Market;

"NYSE" means the New York Stock Exchange;

"Offer" or "Takeover Offer" means an offer in accordance with Clause 3.6 of the Transaction Agreement for the entire issued and to be issued share capital of King, including any amendment or revision thereto pursuant to the Transaction Agreement, the full terms of which would be set out in the Takeover Offer Documents;

"Offer Period" means the period commencing on 2 November 2015 and ending on the earlier of the date on which the Acquisition becomes Effective and the date on which the Acquisition lapses or is withdrawn (or such other date at the Panel may decide or the Irish Takeover Rules dictate);

"Panel" means the Irish Takeover Panel;

"Parties" means King, Activision Blizzard and ABS Partners, and "Party" shall mean either King, on the one hand, or Activision Blizzard or ABS Partners (whether individually or collectively) on the other hand (as the context requires);

"Person" or "person" means an individual, group (including a "group" under Section 13(d) of the Exchange Act), corporation, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture, association, trust, unincorporated organisation or other entity or any relevant governmental authority or any department, agency or political subdivision thereof;

"Pre-IPO King Option" means an option to subscribe for King Shares granted prior to 26 March 2014;

"Pre-IPO Option Agreement" means the agreement or agreements governing a Pre-IPO King Option;

"Proposals" means the Scheme and other matters relevant thereto to be considered by King Shareholders at the Meetings;

"Registrar of Companies" means the Registrar of Companies in Dublin, Ireland as defined in Section 2 of the Act;

"Relevant Securities" has the meaning assigned to it by the Irish Takeover Rules;

"Resolutions" means, collectively, the Scheme Meeting Resolution and the EGM Resolutions, which will be set out in the Scheme Document;

"Restricted Jurisdiction" means any jurisdiction in, into or from which the release, publishing or distribution of this Announcement in whole or in part would or might infringe the laws of that jurisdiction or would or might require compliance with any governmental or other consent or any registration or other formality that either party is unable to comply with or regards as unduly onerous to comply with;

"Restricted Share Award Agreement" means the agreement or agreements evidencing a King Restricted Share Award;

"Scheme" or "Scheme of Arrangement" means the proposed scheme of arrangement under Chapter 1 of Part 9 of the Act and the related capital reduction under Sections 84 and 85 of the Act to effect the Acquisition pursuant to the Transaction Agreement, on the terms (including the conditions to the Scheme and the Acquisition) and for the consideration set out in this Announcement and on such other terms and in such form not being inconsistent therewith as the Parties mutually agree in writing, including any revision thereof as may be so agreed between the Parties;

"Scheme Document" means a document comprising the scheme document (including any amendments or supplements thereto) to be distributed to King Shareholders and, for information only, to holders of King Options or King Share Awards, containing:

(d) the Scheme;

(e) the notice or notices of the Scheme Meeting and the EGM;

(f) an explanatory statement as required by Section 452 of the Act with respect to the Scheme;

(g) such other information as may be required or necessary pursuant to the Act, the Exchange Act or the Irish Takeover Rules; and

(h) such other information as King and Activision Blizzard shall agree, each acting reasonably;

"Scheme Meeting" means the meeting or meetings of the King Shareholders or, if applicable, any class of King Shareholders (as may be directed by the High Court pursuant to Section 450(5) of the Act) (and any adjournment of any such meeting or meetings) convened by (i) resolution of the King Board or (ii) order of the High Court, in either case pursuant to Section 450 of the Act, to consider and vote on the Scheme Meeting Resolution;

"Scheme Meeting Resolution" means the resolution to be considered and voted on at the Scheme Meeting proposing that the Scheme, with or without amendment (but subject to such amendment being acceptable to each of King and Activision Blizzard, except for a technical or procedural amendment which is required for the proper implementation of the Scheme and does not have a substantive consequence on the implementation of the Scheme), be agreed to;

"Scheme Record Time" means the date and time specified in the Scheme Document as the "Scheme Record Time";

"Scheme Shareholders" mean the holders of the Scheme Shares immediately prior to the Effective Date;

"Scheme Shares" means:

(a) the King Shares in issue at the date of the Scheme Document;

(b) any King Shares issued after the date of the Scheme Document and before the Voting Record Time;

(c) any King Shares issued at or after the Voting Record Time and before the Scheme Record Time, either on terms that the original or any subsequent holders of such shares shall be bound by the Scheme, or in respect of which the original or any subsequent holders of such shares are, or shall have agreed in writing to be, bound by the Scheme; and

(d) the King Shares issued at or after the Cancellation Record Time and at or before the Scheme Record Time;

"SEC" means the United States Securities and Exchange Commission;

"Subsidiary" and "Subsidiary Undertaking" mean in relation to any person, any corporation, partnership, association, trust or other form of legal entity of which such person directly or indirectly owns securities or other equity interests representing more than 50% of the aggregate voting power;

"Trading Day" means any day on which the NYSE is open for business;

"TTM" means trailing timeline months;

"Transaction Agreement" means the transaction agreement entered into between King, ABS Partners and Activision Blizzard dated 2 November 2015 relating to, amongst other things, the implementation of the Acquisition as described in paragraph 12 of this Announcement;

"U.S." or "United States" means the United States of America, its territories and possessions, any State of the United States of America and the District of Columbia, and all other areas subject to its jurisdiction;

"US$", "$" or "USD", means United States dollars, the lawful currency of the United States of America; and

"Voting Record Time" means the time and date to be specified as the voting record time for the Scheme Meeting (or any adjournment thereof) in the Scheme Document.

2. All amounts contained within this Announcement referred to by "€" and "c" refer to the euro and cent and amounts contained within this Announcement referred to by "US $" or "$" refer to the U.S. dollar amounts.

3. Any reference to any provision of any legislation shall include any amendment, modification, re-enactment or extension thereof. Any reference to any legislation is to Irish legislation unless specified otherwise.

4. Words importing the singular shall include the plural and vice versa and words importing the masculine gender shall include the feminine or neutral gender.

5. All times referred to are Irish time unless otherwise stated.

Appendix V

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Activision Blizzard

As a supplement to Activision Blizzard's financial measures presented in accordance with GAAP, Activision Blizzard presents certain non-GAAP measures of financial performance. These non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. In addition, these non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the items associated with Activision Blizzard's results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP.

Activision Blizzard provides net revenues, net income (loss), earnings (loss) per share and operating margin data and guidance both including (in accordance with GAAP) and excluding (non-GAAP) certain items. When relevant, Activision Blizzard also provides constant FX information to provide a framework for assessing how its underlying businesses performed excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations. In addition, Activision Blizzard provides EBITDA (defined as GAAP net income (loss) before interest (income) expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization) and adjusted EBITDA (defined as non-GAAP operating margin (see non-GAAP financial measure below) before depreciation). The non-GAAP financial measures exclude the following items, as applicable in any given reporting period:

  • the change in deferred revenues and related cost of sales with respect to certain of Activision Blizzard's online-enabled games;
  • expenses related to stock-based compensation;
  • the amortization of intangibles from purchase price accounting;
  • fees and other expenses (including legal fees, costs, expenses and accruals) related to the acquisition of 429 million shares of Activision Blizzard's common stock on 11 October 2013 from Vivendi, pursuant to the stock purchase agreement dated 25 July 2013 and the $4.75 billion debt financings related thereto; and
  • the income tax adjustments associated with any of the above items.

In the future, Activision Blizzard may also consider whether other items should also be excluded in calculating the non-GAAP financial measures used by Activision Blizzard. Activision Blizzard's management believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures provides investors with additional useful information to measure Activision Blizzard's financial and operating performance. In particular, the measures facilitate comparison of operating performance between periods and help investors to better understand the operating results of Activision Blizzard by excluding certain items that may not be indicative of Activision Blizzard's core business, operating results or future outlook. Internally, Activision Blizzard's management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing Activision Blizzard's operating results, and measuring compliance with the requirements of Activision Blizzard's debt financing agreements, as well as in planning and forecasting.

Activision Blizzard's non-GAAP financial measures are not based on a comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles, and the terms non-GAAP net revenues, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP earnings per share, non-GAAP operating margin, and non-GAAP or adjusted EBITDA do not have a standardized meaning. Therefore, other companies may use the same or similarly named measures, but exclude different items, which may not provide investors a comparable view of Activision Blizzard's performance in relation to other companies.

In addition to the reasons stated above, which are generally applicable to each of the items Activision Blizzard excludes from its non-GAAP financial measures, there are additional specific reasons why Activision Blizzard believes it is appropriate to exclude the change in deferred revenues and related cost of sales with respect to certain of Activision Blizzard's online-enabled games.

Since Activision Blizzard has determined that some of its games' online functionality represents an essential component of gameplay and, as a result, a more-than-inconsequential separate deliverable, Activision Blizzard recognize revenues attributed to these game titles over their estimated service periods, which may range from five months to a maximum of less than a year. The related cost of sales is deferred and recognized as the related revenues are recognized. Internally, management excludes the impact of this change in deferred revenues and related cost of sales in its non-GAAP financial measures when evaluating Activision Blizzard's operating performance, when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods, and when assessing the performance of its management team. Management believes this is appropriate because doing so enables an analysis of performance based on the timing of actual transactions with Activision Blizzard's customers, which is consistent with the way Activision Blizzard is measured by investment analysts and industry data sources. In addition, excluding the change in deferred revenues and the related cost of sales provides a much more timely indication of trends in Activision Blizzard's operating results.

King

King uses IFRS. In addition to IFRS financials, this Announcement includes certain financial measures not based on IFRS, including gross bookings, adjusted revenue, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted EBITDA margin. These non-GAAP measures are in addition to, not a substitute for or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. The non-GAAP financial measures used by King may differ from the non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies, and are not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with IFRS. Some limitations of the non-GAAP financial measures are listed below.

Gross Bookings: Gross bookings is a non-GAAP financial measure that is not calculated in accordance with IFRS. Gross bookings is the economic benefit collected from the sale of virtual items and for access to skill tournaments. King uses gross bookings to evaluate the results of operations, generate future operating plans and assess performance. While King believes that this non-GAAP financial measure provides a meaningful measurement of the business performance during a particular period because it measures the total cash spend by players in the period, this information should be considered as supplemental in nature and is not meant as a substitute for revenue recognized in accordance with IFRS. In addition, other companies, including companies within King's industry, may calculate gross bookings differently or not at all, which reduces its usefulness as a comparative measure.

Adjusted Revenue: Adjusted revenue is a non-GAAP financial measure that is not calculated in accordance with IFRS. King defines adjusted revenue as revenue adjusted to include changes in deferred revenue. King believes that adjusted revenue is a useful metric for calculating adjusted EBITDA margin and understanding its operating results and ongoing profitability.

Adjusted EBITDA: Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin are non-GAAP financial measures that are not calculated in accordance with IFRS. King defines adjusted EBITDA as profit (loss), adjusted for income tax expense (credit), foreign currency exchange loss (gain), acquisition-related expense (including acquisition-related contingent consideration fair value adjustments and other acquisition-related adjustments), non-operating (income) expense, net finance (income) costs, depreciation, amortization, share-based and other equity-related compensation (including social security charges associated therewith) and changes in deferred revenue. King defines adjusted EBITDA margin as adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of adjusted revenue. King believes that adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin are useful metrics for investors to understand and evaluate operating results and ongoing profitability because they permit investors to evaluate recurring profitability from ongoing operating activities. King also uses these measures internally to establish forecasts, budgets and operational goals and to manage and monitor its business, as well as evaluating its ongoing and historical performance. Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin have certain limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of results of operations as reported under IFRS. Other companies, including companies in King's industry, may calculate adjusted EBITDA differently or not at all, limiting its usefulness as a direct comparative measure.

Reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable IFRS measure for King and GAAP measures for Activision Blizzard are included in this Appendix.

 
KING DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT PLC AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of IFRS Revenues to Adjusted Revenues
 
For the Trailing Twelve Months ended 30 September 2015
(Amounts in millions)
 
                               

Trailing Twelve
Months Ended

December 31,
2014
March 31,
2015
June 30,
2015
September 30,
2015
September 30,
2015
 
IFRS Revenues $ 546   $ 570   $ 490   $ 480   $ 2,084
Change in deferral of revenues1 14 0 10 -6 18
Non-GAAP Adjusted Revenues $ 559     $ 570       $ 500       $ 473       $ 2,102
 
      1 Reflects the change in deferred revenues.
 
Trailing twelve months amounts are presented as calculated. Therefore the sum of the four quarters, as presented, may differ due to the impact of rounding.
 
 
KING DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT PLC AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of IFRS Revenues to Gross Bookings
 
For the Trailing Twelve Months ended 30 September 2015
(Amounts in millions)
 
                                 

Trailing Twelve
Months Ended

December 31,
2014
March 31,
2015
  June 30,
2015
  September 30,
2015
  September 30,
2015
 
 
IFRS Revenues $ 546   $ 570   $ 490   $ 480   $ 2,084
Sales tax 27 35 30 29 122
Other revenue (2 ) (2 ) (2 ) (2 ) (7 )
Movement in player wallet and other adjustments 2 1 1 1 5
Change in deferral of revenues1 14 0 10 (6 ) 18
Non-GAAP Gross Bookings $ 586       $ 605       $ 530       $ 502       $ 2,222  
 
      1 Reflects the change in deferred revenues.
 
Trailing twelve months amounts are presented as calculated. Therefore the sum of the four quarters, as presented, may differ due to the impact of rounding.
 
 
KING DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT PLC AND SUBSIDIARIES
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
 
For the Trailing Twelve Months Ended 30 September 2015
(Amounts in millions)
 
      December 31,
2014
      March 31,
2015
      June 30,
2015
      September 30,
2015
     

Trailing Twelve
Months Ended
September 30,
2015

 
IFRS Profit $ 141 $ 164 $ 119 $ 143 $ 567
Add:
Income tax expense 64 47 40 31 182
Foreign currency exchange gain (loss) (15 ) (5 ) 4 (2 ) (18 )
Acquisition-related (income) expense 1 5 1 (13 ) (6 )
Non-operating (expense) income 2 (0 ) 0 - 2
Net finance costs 0 0 0 0 1
Share-based and other equity related compensation2 27 33 27 20 106
Change in deferred revenues1 14 0 10 (6 ) 18
Depreciation and amortization 6     6     6     7     25  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 237     $ 250     $ 207     $ 180     $ 875  
% Adjusted EBITDA Margin 42 % 44 % 41 % 38 % 42 %
 
      1 Reflects the change in deferred revenues.
 
2 Includes expenses related to stock-based compensation.
 

   Trailing twelve months amounts are presented as calculated. Therefore the sum of the four quarters, as presented, may differ due to the impact of rounding.

 
 
ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of GAAP Net Revenues to Non-GAAP Revenues
 
For the Trailing Twelve Months ended September 30, 2015
(Amounts in millions)
 
                             

Trailing Twelve
Months Ended

December 31,
2014
March 31,
2015
June 30,
2015
September 30,
2015
September 30,
2015
 
GAAP Net Revenues $ 1,575   $ 1,278   $ 1,044   $ 990   $ 4,887
Change in deferral of net revenues1 638 (575) (285) 50 (172 )
Non-GAAP Net Revenues $ 2,213     $ 703     $ 759     $ 1,040   $ 4,715  
      1 Reflects the net change in deferred revenues.
 
 
ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of GAAP Net Revenues to Non-GAAP Revenues
 
For the Trailing Twelve Months ended 30 September 2015 Revenues by Distribution Channel
(Amounts in millions)
 
                                Trailing Twelve
Months Ended
December 31, March 31, June 30, September 30, September 30,
2014 2015 2015 2015 2015
GAAP Net Revenues by Distribution Channel
Retail channels 846 649 414 281 2,190
Digital online channels* 539 581 569 629 2,318
Total Activision and Blizzard 1,385 1,230 983 910 4,508
 
Distribution 190 48 61 80 379
Total consolidated GAAP net revenues 1,575 1,278 1,044 990 4,887
 
Change in Deferred Net Revenues (1)
Retail channels 492 (532) (327) (18) (385)
Digital online channels* 146 (43) 42 68 213
Total changes in deferred net revenues 638 (575) (285) 50 (172)
 
Non-GAAP Net Revenues by Distribution Channel
Retail channels 1,338 117 87 263 1,805
Digital online channels* 685 538 611 697 2,531
Total Activision and Blizzard 2,023 655 698 960 4,336
 
Distribution 190 48 61 80 379
Total non-GAAP net revenues (2) 2,213 703 759 1,040 4,715
 
 
(1) We provide net revenues including (in accordance with GAAP) and excluding (non-GAAP) the impact of changes in deferred revenues.
(2) Total non-GAAP net revenues presented also represents our total operating segment net revenues.

  * Net revenues from digital online channels represent revenues from digitally distributed subscriptions, licensing royalties, micro-transactions,

value-added services, downloadable content, and products.
 
   
ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures
 
For the Trailing Twelve Months ended 30 September 2015 Revenues by Segment & Platform
(Amounts in millions)
 
                              Trailing Twelve
Months Ended
December 31, March 31, June 30, September 30, September 30,
2014 2015 2015 2015 2015
GAAP Net Revenues by Segment/Platform Mix
Activision and Blizzard:
Online1 $ 266 $ 272 $ 221 $ 195 $ 954
PC 104 114 149 164 531
Total console2 747 758 559 420 2,484
Mobile and other 3 268 86 54 131 539
Total Activision and Blizzard 1,385 1,230 983 910 4,508
 
Distribution 190 48 61 80 379
Total consolidated GAAP net revenues 1,575 1,278 1,044 990 4,887
 
Change in Deferred Net Revenues
Activision and Blizzard:
Online1 132 (63) (64) (40) (35)
PC 23 13 36 4 76
Total console2 482 (526) (283) 80 (247)
Mobile and other 3 1 1 26 6 34
Total changes in deferred net revenues 638 (575) (285) 50 (172)
-
 
Non-GAAP Net Revenues by Segment/Platform Mix
Activision and Blizzard:
Online1 398 209 157 155 919
PC 127 127 185 168 607
Total console2 1,229 232 276 500 2,237
Mobile and other 3 269 87 80 137 573
Total Activision and Blizzard 2,023 655 698 960 4,336
 
Distribution 190 48 61 80 379
Total consolidated GAAP net revenues $ 2,213 $ 703 $ 759 $ 1,040 $ 4,715
 
 
1 Revenues from online consist of revenues from all World of Warcraft products, including subscriptions, boxed products, expansion packs,
licensing royalties, and value-added services.
2 Downloadable content and their related revenues are included in each respective console platforms and total console.
3 Revenues from mobile and other includes revenues from handheld and mobile devices, as well as non-platform specific game related

revenues such as standalone sales of toys and accessories products from the Skylanders franchise and other physical merchandise and accessories.

 

 
ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
 
For the Trailing Twelve Months Ended 30 September 2015
(Amounts in millions)
 
                             

Trailing Twelve
Months Ended

December 31,
2014
March 31,
2015
June 30,
2015
September 30,
2015
September 30,
2015
 
GAAP Net Income $ 361 $ 394 $ 212 $ 127 $ 1,094
Interest Expense, net 51 50 50 51 202
Provision for income taxes 27 98 70 18 213
Depreciation and amortization 29   20   21   25   94  
EBITDA 468 562 353 221 1,603
 
Deferral of net revenues and related cost of sales1 475 (362 ) (181 ) 26 (42 )
Stock-based compensation expense2 29 23 21 28 101
Fees and other expenses related to the Purchase Transaction and related debt financings3 (36 )       (36 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ 936   $ 223   $ 193   $ 275   $ 1,626  
 
      1 Reflects the net change in deferred revenues and related cost of sales.
2 Includes expenses related to stock-based compensation.
3 Reflects fees and other expenses (including legal fees, costs, expenses and accruals) related to the repurchase of 429 million shares of our common stock from Vivendi (the "Purchase Transaction") completed on 11 October 2013 and related debt financings.

   Trailing twelve months amounts are presented as calculated. Therefore the sum of the four quarters, as presented, may differ due to the impact of rounding.

Appendix VI

 

Transaction Agreement

 
 
EXECUTION VERSION
 
 
 
KING DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY
 
ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC.
 
ABS PARTNERS C.V.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

TRANSACTION AGREEMENT

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
William Fry
Solicitors
2 Grand Canal Square
Dublin 2
www.williamfry.com
 
                                               

CONTENTS

 

1.

INTERPRETATION

1

2.

RULE 2.5 ANNOUNCEMENT AND SCHEME DOCUMENT

15

3.

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SCHEME

16

4.

RULE 15 PROPOSALS

23

5.

KING AND AB CONDUCT

30

6.

WARRANTIES

34

7.

ADDITIONAL AGREEMENTS

44

8.

COMPLETION OF ACQUISITION

54

9.

TERMINATION

55

10.

GENERAL

57

 
                                                                             

Schedule 1 - King Conduct

63

 

Annex: Rule 2.5 Announcement

 
                                   
KING DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY
a company incorporated in Ireland
with registered number 529753
having its registered office at
6th Floor, 2 Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Ireland

(hereinafter called "King")

 
ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC.,
a corporation incorporated in the
State of Delaware

(hereinafter called "AB")

 
-and-
 
ABS PARTNERS C.V.
a partnership formed in The Netherlands and a wholly-owned Subsidiary of AB

(hereinafter called "AB Sub")

 
         

A.

AB has agreed to make a proposal to cause AB Sub to acquire King on the terms set out in the Rule 2.5 Announcement (as defined below).

B.

This Transaction Agreement (this "Agreement") sets out certain matters relating to the conduct of the Acquisition (as defined below) that have been agreed by the Parties (as defined below).

C.

The Parties intend that the Acquisition will be implemented by way of the Scheme (as defined below), although this may, subject to the consent of the Panel (where required), be switched to a Takeover Offer (as defined below) in accordance with the terms set out in this Agreement.

 
       

1.

Interpretation

 

1.1

Definitions

In this Agreement, including the Recitals, the following words and expressions shall have the meanings set opposite them:

"AB", shall have the meaning given to that term in the Preamble;

"AB Board", the board of directors of AB;

"AB Bylaws", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 6.2.1;

"AB Certificate of Incorporation", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 6.2.1;

"AB Confidentiality Agreement", the confidentiality agreement between King and AB dated April 20, 2015 as amended by agreement between AB and King dated May 26, 2015 and as it may be further amended in writing by AB and King from time to time;

"AB Executive Service Agreement", the Service Agreement between AB and each of the CEO, COO, CCO and certain other executives of King, having effect from the Completion Date;

"AB Financing Information", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 3.4.3;

"AB Group", collectively, AB and all of its Subsidiaries, including AB Sub;

"AB Parties", collectively, AB and AB Sub;

"AB Reimbursement Payment", shall have the meaning given to that term in the Expenses Reimbursement Agreement;

"AB Shares", shares of common stock of AB, par value $0.000001 per share;

"AB Sub", shall have the meaning given to that term in the Preamble;

"Accelerated EMI Option Shares", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 4.2.1;

"Accelerated Linked Options", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 4.3.2;

"Accelerated Restricted Shares", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 4.7.1;

"Acquisition", the proposed acquisition by AB Sub of King by means of the Scheme (to be described in the Rule 2.5 Announcement) or a Takeover Offer (and any such Scheme or Takeover Offer as it may be revised, amended or extended from time to time) pursuant to this Agreement (whether by way of the Scheme or, in accordance with Rule 41.3 of the Takeover Rules, such Takeover Offer) as provided for in this Agreement;

"Act", the Companies Act 2014 and all enactments which are to be read as one with, or construed or read together as one with, the Companies Act 2014;

"Acting in Concert", shall have the meaning given to that term in the Takeover Panel Act;

"Action", any lawsuit, claim, complaint, action or proceeding before any Relevant Authority;

"Affiliate", in relation to any person, another person that, directly or indirectly, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with, such first person (as used in this definition, "control" (including, with its correlative meanings, "controlled by" and "under common control with") shall mean the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of management or policies of a person, whether through the ownership of securities or partnership or other ownership interests, by Contract or otherwise);

"Agreement", shall have the meaning given to that term in the Recitals;

"Antitrust Laws", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 7.1.4(a);

"Assumed Non-Executive Director Share Option", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 4.9.2;

"Assumed Performance Option", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 4.5.1;

"Assumed RSU Award", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 4.8.1;

"Assumed Share Option", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 4.4.2;

"Assumed Under-water Option", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 4.6.1;

"Applicable Courts", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 10.14.3;

"Business Day", any day, other than a Saturday, Sunday, public holiday or a day on which banks in Ireland or in the State of New York are authorised or required by law or executive order to be closed;

"Cancellation Record Time", the date and time specified in the Scheme Document as being the "Cancellation Record Time";

"Capitalization Date", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 6.1.3(a);

"Cashless Option Exercise", the exercise of a King Option in connection with the Acquisition by means of a cashless exercise facility pursuant to which the Optionholder shall (i) direct King that such option, to the extent vested and exercisable, be exercised immediately prior to the Effective Time and conditional upon the Scheme becoming effective, and that the King Shares issued to him upon such exercise be disposed of in the Acquisition, (ii) irrevocably undertake to pay King the applicable option exercise price, (iii) acknowledge that applicable Taxes will be deducted from the Consideration payable to him in respect of the King Shares issued upon such exercise, and (iv) direct AB to deduct the applicable option exercise price from such Consideration and pay it to King on his behalf;

"CCO" the Chief Creative Officer of King on the date hereof;

"CEO", the Chief Executive Officer of King on the date hereof;

"Chief Technology Officer", the individual with such title listed in Section 1.1 of Part A of the King Disclosure Letter;

"Clawback Right", the right of AB, exercisable by written notice within 28 days after the date on which an individual ceases employment with the AB Group for any reason, to require the individual to pay the EMI Option Clawback Amount or the Good Reason Leaver Clawback Amount, by means of setting off such amount against the after-tax amount of any salary, profit share bonus or other payment due by the AB Group to such individual or from the proceeds of any award over AB Shares held by or beneficially owned by such individual or the sale of AB Shares subject to such award or, in the absence of such set-off being possible, by demanding payment of the EMI Option Clawback Amount or the Good Reason Leaver Clawback Amount in cash within 14 days after notice of such demand is received by the individual;

"Clearances", all consents, licenses, authorizations, clearances, approvals, permissions, permits, non-actions, orders and waivers to be obtained from, and all registrations, applications, notices and filings to be made with or provided to, any Relevant Authority or other third party;

"Completion", completion of the Acquisition;

"Completion Date", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 8.1.1;

"Concert Parties", in relation to any Party, such persons as are deemed to be Acting in Concert with that Party pursuant to Rule 3.3 of Part A of the Takeover Rules and such persons as are Acting in Concert with that Party;

"Conditions", the conditions to the Scheme and the Acquisition set forth in Part A of Appendix 1 to the Rule 2.5 Announcement, and "Condition" means any one of the Conditions;

"Consideration", $18.00 per King Share;

"Contract", any legally binding written, oral or other agreement, amendment, contract, subcontract, lease, understanding, instrument, note, debenture, indenture, warrant, option, warranty, purchase order, license, sublicense, insurance policy or other similar legally binding commitment or undertaking of any nature;

"COO", the Chief Operating Officer of King on the date hereof;

"Copyrights", any and all US and foreign copyrights, mask works and all other rights with respect to Works of Authorship and all registrations thereof, applications therefor, and renewals, extensions and reversions thereof (including moral and economic rights, however denominated);

"Core Trademark", the word and logo Trademarks for core King goods and services for the titles of the Material King Products offered by King as of the date hereof;

"Court Hearing", the hearing by the High Court of the Petition to sanction the Scheme under Section 450 of the Act;

"Court Order", the order or orders of the High Court sanctioning the Scheme under Section 453 of the Act and confirming the related reduction of capital that forms part of it under Sections 84 and 85 of the Act;

"Customer Associate Assignment Agreements", the policies requiring each King Associate who is or was involved in the development of material Intellectual Property for any member of the King Group to execute proprietary information, confidentiality and assignment agreements appropriate for the jurisdiction in which such King Associate resides and works;

"Databases", shall have the meaning given to that term in the definition of Intellectual Property;

"Domain Names", shall have the meaning given to that term in the definition of Intellectual Property;

"Effective Date", the date on which the Scheme becomes effective in accordance with its terms;

"Effective Time", the time on the Effective Date at which the Court Order and a copy of the minute required by Section 86 of the Act are registered by the Registrar of Companies;

"EGM", the extraordinary general meeting of King Shareholders (and any adjournment thereof) to be convened in connection with the Scheme, expected to be convened as soon as the Scheme Meeting shall have been concluded or adjourned (it being understood that if the Scheme Meeting is adjourned, the EGM shall be correspondingly adjourned);

"EGM Resolutions", the resolutions to be proposed at the EGM for the purposes of approving and implementing the Scheme, the related reduction of capital of King, changes to the Articles of Association of King and such other matters as King reasonably determines to be necessary for the purposes of implementing the Acquisition or, subject to the consent of AB (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed), desirable for the purposes of implementing the Scheme or the Acquisition;

"EMI Option", a Pre-IPO King Option granted under Schedule 5 Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003 (Enterprise Management Incentive) of the United Kingdom;

"EMI Option Agreement", the agreement or agreements governing an EMI Option;

"EMI Option Clawback Amount", the Consideration, net of (i) the Tax Payment Amount, and (ii) the applicable option exercise price, paid to an individual in respect of EMI Option Clawback Shares;

"EMI Option Clawback Shares", the number of Accelerated EMI Option Shares for which the EMI Option would not have been vested and exercisable on the date of the EMI Optionholder's cessation of employment with the AB Group, in accordance with the vesting provisions set out in the EMI Option Agreement (save to the extent, if any, varied by the EMI Optionholder's AB Executive Service Agreement) and determined without regard to any acceleration effected pursuant to this Agreement;

"EMI Optionholder", the holder of an EMI Option;

"Encumbrance", any lien, pledge, hypothecation, charge, mortgage, security interest, encumbrance, claim, option, right of first refusal, pre-emptive right, community property interest or other similar restriction on (i) the voting of any security; (ii) the possession or transfer of any security or other asset; (iii) the receipt of any income derived from any asset; or (iv) use of any asset;

"End Date", the date that is six months after the date hereof or, if later, the date that is four months after AB's election to implement the Acquisition by way of a Takeover Offer pursuant to Clause 3.6; provided, that if as of such date all Conditions (other than Conditions 2.3, 2.4, 3.1.1, 3.1.2 and 3.6) have been satisfied (or, in the sole discretion of the applicable Party, waived (where permissible)) or would be satisfied (or, in the sole discretion of the applicable Party, waived (where permissible)) if the Acquisition were completed on such date, the "End Date" shall be the date that is nine months after the date hereof (or such earlier date as may be specified by the Panel, or such later date as AB Sub and King may, with (if required) the consent of the Panel, agree and (if required) the High Court may allow);

"ERISA", the United States Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended;

"Escrow Payment Terms", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 4.3.4;

"EU Merger Regulation", Council Regulation (EC) No. 139/2004;

"Exchange Act", the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended;

"Exchange Ratio", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 4.4.2;

"Executive Officers", the executive officers of King listed in Section 1.1 of Part A of the King Disclosure Letter;

"Expenses Reimbursement Agreement", the expenses reimbursement agreement dated the date hereof between AB and King, the terms of which have been approved by the Panel;

"Final Recommendation Change Notice", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 5.2.5;

"Financing", third-party debt financing provided to any member of the AB Group for the purposes of financing the Transactions;

"Financing Sources", the entities that have committed to provide or arrange the Financing or other financings in connection with the Transactions, including the parties to any joinder agreements or credit agreements entered pursuant thereto or relating thereto, and together with each former, current and future Affiliate thereof and each former, current and future officer, director, employee, partner, controlling person, advisor, attorney, agent and representative of each such entity, other Person or Affiliate or the heirs, executors, successors and assigns of any of the foregoing, but excluding in each case for the avoidance of doubt:

(a) the Parties and their Subsidiaries, together with their respective Affiliates, and their respective Affiliates' officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives and their respective successors and assigns; and

(b) Goldman, Sachs & Co. solely in its capacity as financial advisor to AB in respect of the cash confirmation to be provided in the Rule 2.5 Announcement and Scheme Document in accordance with the requirements of the Takeover Rules;

"Good Reason Accelerated Options", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 4.11;

"Good Reason Accelerated RSUs", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 4.11;

"Good Reason Leaver", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 4.11;

"Good Reason Leaver Clawback Amount", the Consideration, net of (i) the Tax Payment Amount, and (ii) in relation to a King Option, the applicable option exercise price, paid to an individual in respect of Good Reason Leaver Clawback Shares;

"Good Reason Leaver Clawback Shares", the number of King Shares equal to the aggregate of (i) the number of Good Reason Accelerated RSUs and (ii) the number of King Shares subject to Good Reason Accelerated Options (, that would not have been vested and exercisable, respectively, in accordance with the vesting provisions set out in the King Award Agreements or the Good Reason Leaver Service Agreement, and without regard to any acceleration effected pursuant to this Agreement, on the date prior to the expiration of the Transition Period on which the Good Reason Leaver's employment with the AB Group ceases;

"Good Reason Leaver Service Agreement", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 4.11;

"Governmental Authorisation", any consent, approval, order, waiver, permit, license, permission, clearance, registration, qualification or authorisation issued, granted, given or otherwise made available by or under the authority of any Governmental Body or pursuant to any applicable Law (including any of the foregoing that relate to export control);

"Governmental Body", any Irish, United States, foreign or supranational, federal, state, local or other governmental or regulatory authority or agency in any jurisdiction;

"High Court", the High Court of Ireland;

"HSR Act", the United States Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder;

"IASB", the International Accounting Standards Board;

"IFRS", international financial reporting standards, as issued by the IASB;

"Indebtedness", any and all (i) indebtedness for borrowed money, whether current or funded, secured or unsecured, including that evidenced by notes, bonds, debentures or other similar instruments (and including all outstanding principal, prepayment premiums, if any, and accrued interest, fees and expenses related thereto), (ii) amounts owed with respect to drawn letters of credit, (iii) cash overdrafts, and (iv) outstanding guarantees of obligations of the type described in clauses (i) through (iii) above;

"Individual Option and Subscription Agreement", the agreement or agreements governing a Pre-IPO King Option and a subscription for King Linked Shares in respect of that option;

"Intellectual Property", any and all: (i) Technology; (ii) technical, engineering, manufacturing, product, marketing, servicing, financial, supplier, personnel and other information and materials; (iii) models, devices, prototypes, schematics and development tools; (iv) Software, websites, content, images, graphics, text, photographs, artwork, audiovisual works, sound recordings, graphs, drawings, reports, analyses, writings, designs, mask works and other works of authorship and copyrightable subject matter ("Works of Authorship"); (v) databases and other compilations and collections of data or information ("Databases"); (vi) any and all US and foreign trademarks, service marks, logos and design marks, trade dress, trade names, fictitious and other business names, and brand names, together with all goodwill associated with any of the foregoing ("Trademarks"); (vii) domain names, uniform resource locators and other names and locators associated with the Internet including social media accounts ("Domain Names"); and (viii) information and materials not generally known to the public, including trade secrets and other confidential and proprietary information;

"Intellectual Property Rights", any and all rights, licenses, entitlements and interests, whether registered or unregistered or capable of registration, in and to any and all Intellectual Property;

"Ireland", the island of Ireland, excluding the counties of Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone on the island of Ireland, and the word "Irish" shall be construed accordingly;

"King", shall have the meaning given to that term in the Preamble;

"King 2014 Plan", the King Digital Entertainment plc 2014 Equity Incentive Plan;

"King Associate", any current employee, independent contractor, consultant or director of or to any member of the King Group;

"King Alternative Proposal", any bona fide proposal or bona fide offer, which proposal or offer may be subject to due diligence, definitive documentation or both, made by any person (other than a proposal or offer pursuant to Rule 2.5 of the Takeover Rules by AB or any of its Concert Parties) for:

(a) a merger, reorganization, share exchange, consolidation, business combination, recapitalization, dissolution, liquidation or similar transaction involving King that, if consummated, would result in any Person beneficially owning shares with more than 20% of the voting power of King,
(b) the direct or indirect acquisition by any Person of more than 20% of the value of the assets of the King Group, taken as a whole, or
(c) the direct or indirect acquisition by any Person of more than 20% of the voting power or the issued share capital of King, including any offer or exchange offer that if consummated would result in any Person beneficially owning shares with more than 20% of the voting power of King;

"King Award Agreement", with respect to each King Option, King Linked Option, EMI Option, King RSU Award and King Restricted Share Award, the Pre-IPO Option Agreement, 2014 Plan Option Agreement, King Linked Option Agreement, EMI Option Agreement, RSU Award Agreement or Restricted Share Award Agreement, respectively, governing such option or award, as in effect immediately prior to the Effective Time;

"King Benefit Plan", each employee or director benefit plan, arrangement or agreement, whether or not written, including any "employee welfare benefit plan" within the meaning of Section 3(1) of ERISA and any "employee pension benefit plan" within the meaning of Section 3(2) of ERISA (whether or not any such plan is subject to ERISA), any pension plan, and any bonus, incentive, deferred compensation, vacation, severance, employment, change of control or fringe benefit plan, program or agreement that is or has been sponsored, maintained or contributed to by any member of the King Group;

"King Board", the board of directors of King from time to time and for the time being;

"King Change of Recommendation", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 5.2.4;

"King Disclosure Letter", the disclosure letter delivered by King to AB on the date hereof;

"King Employee", an employee of any member of the King Group who remains employed after the Effective Time;

"King Group", King and all of its Subsidiaries;

"King Indemnified Parties" and "King Indemnified Party", shall have the meaning given to those terms in Clause 7.2.1;

"King Intellectual Property", any and all Intellectual Property Rights that are owned (solely or jointly) by, or exclusively licensed to, any member of the King Group (or that any member of the King Group claims or purports to own);

"King Linked Option", a Pre-IPO King Option in respect of which the Optionholder holds King Linked Shares immediately prior to the Effective Time, excluding the King Under-water Option;

"King Linked Option Agreement", the agreement or agreements governing a King Linked Option and King Linked Shares;

"King Linked Optionholder", the holder of a King Linked Option;

"King Linked Share", a King Share held by an individual that is expressed in the letter of allotment issued by King in respect of such King Share to be a "Linked Share" for purposes of a specified Pre-IPO King Option;

"King Linked Shares", King Shares that are not transferable by the holder and are held subject to the terms of an Individual Option and Subscription Agreement;

"King Memorandum and Articles of Association", King's memorandum and articles of association as filed with the Companies Registration Office in Dublin;

"King Non-Executive Director", a non-executive member of the King Board as of immediately prior to the Effective Time;

"King Option", a Pre-IPO King Option or an option to subscribe for King Shares granted under the King 2014 Plan;

"King Performance Option", the Pre-IPO King Option granted to each of the CCO, CEO and COO on January 31, 2014, with respect only to the Type B Option Shares described in Schedule 1, Part B, to the King Award Agreement;

"King Performance Optionholder", the holder of a King Performance Option;

"King Product", any current product or service made, sold or licensed by any member of the King Group;

"King Product Software", any Software in which the Copyrights are owned (or claimed or purported to be owned) by any member of the King Group and contained or included in, or provided with any King Product;

"King Profit Sharing Plan", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 7.3.3;

"King Relevant Employee", an employee of any member of the King Group with a title of Senior Vice President or above;

"King Restricted Share Award", an award of King Shares (other than King Linked Shares) that were acquired by means of subscription and, as of the Effective Time, are subject to restrictions, including restrictions on transfer and/or a risk of forfeiture;

"King RSU", a restricted stock unit issued under the King 2014 Plan, including a restricted stock unit issued to an employee of King in China that by its terms is to be settled only in cash;

"King RSU Award", an award of King RSUs;

"King SEC Documents", all forms, documents and reports (including exhibits and other information incorporated therein) filed or furnished by King with the SEC;

"King Share Awards", the King RSU Awards and the King Restricted Share Awards;

"King Share Plans", the King 2014 Plan, the Pre-IPO Option Agreements, the Restricted Share Award Agreements and the Individual Option and Subscription Agreements;

"King Shareholder Approval",

(a) the approval of the Scheme Meeting Resolution by a majority in number of King Shareholders representing at least 75% or more in value of King Shares held by such King Shareholders, present and voting either in person or by proxy, at the requisite Scheme Meeting (or at any adjournment of such meeting); and
(b) the EGM Resolutions being duly passed by the requisite majorities of King Shareholders at the EGM (or at any adjournment of such meeting);

"King Shareholders", the holders of King Shares;

"King Shares", the existing unconditionally allotted or issued and fully paid ordinary shares with a nominal value of US$0.00008 each in the capital of King and further such shares which are unconditionally allotted or issued before the date on which the Scheme is declared effective;

"King Superior Proposal", a written bona fide King Alternative Proposal (where each reference to 20% set forth in the definition of such term shall be deemed to refer to 51%, but provided that such King Alternative Proposal may not be subject to due diligence or definitive documentation (other than the execution thereof)) that the King Board determines in good faith (after consultation with King's financial advisors and outside legal counsel) is more favourable to the King Shareholders than the Transactions, taking into account such financial, regulatory, legal, structuring, timing and other aspects of such proposal as the King Board considers to be appropriate;

"King Under-water Option", the Pre-IPO King Option granted to the COO on January 31, 2014, having an exercise price of $31.37 per King Share and in respect of which the COO holds King Linked Shares;

"Knowledge", the knowledge, after due inquiry, of the Executive Officers and all King Relevant Employees, provided, that for purposes of Clause 6.1.12, "Knowledge" shall mean the knowledge, after due inquiry, of the Executive Officers and the Chief Technology Officer of King;

"Law", any applicable federal, state, local, municipal, foreign, supranational or other law, statute, constitution, principle of common law, resolution, ordinance, code, agency requirement, license, permit, edict, binding directive, decree, rule, regulation, judgment, order, injunction, ruling or requirement issued, enacted, adopted, promulgated, implemented or otherwise put into effect by or under the authority of any Governmental Body or Relevant Authority (or under the authority of NASDAQ or the NYSE, as applicable);

"Linked Share Release", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 4.3.1;

"Loss", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 7.4.2.

"Material Contracts", the Contracts described in Clauses 6.1.9(a)(i) and (ii);

"Material King Products", the following games: Candy Crush Saga, Farm Heroes Saga, Pet Rescue Saga, Candy Crush Soda Saga and Bubble Witch 2 Saga;

"Most Recent Balance Sheet", the unaudited consolidated balance sheet of King and its consolidated Subsidiaries as of June 30, 2015 included in King's Form 6-K furnished with the SEC on August 14, 2015;

"NASDAQ", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 4.4.2;

"New Plans", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 7.3.4;

"Notice Period", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 5.2.5;

"NYSE", the New York Stock Exchange;

"Old Plans", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 7.3.4;

"Open Source Software", Software or similar subject matter that is generally available under any license approved by the Open Source Initiative, or that meets the Open Source Definition (www.opensource.org/osd.html) or the Free Software Definition (http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html), such as the GNU General Public License, GNU Lesser General Public License, Apache License, New BSD License, MIT License, and Common Public License;

"Optionholder", the holder of a King Option;

"Orders", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 6.1.6;

"Organisational Documents", articles of association, articles of incorporation, certificate of incorporation or bylaws or other equivalent organisational document, as appropriate;

"Panel", the Irish Takeover Panel;

"Parties", King, AB and AB Sub, and "Party" shall mean either King, on the one hand, or AB or AB Sub (whether individually or collectively), on the other hand (as the context requires);

"Patents", any and all US and foreign patent rights, including all: (i) patents (including utility, utility model, plant and design patents, and certificates of invention); (ii) patent applications, including all provisional applications, substitutions, continuations, continuations-in-part, divisions, renewals and all patents granted thereon; (iii) patents-of-addition, reissues, re-examinations, confirmations, re-registrations, invalidations, and extensions or restorations by existing or future extension or restoration mechanisms, including supplementary protection certificates or the equivalent thereof; and (iv) foreign counterparts of any of the foregoing;

"Permitted Encumbrances", any Encumbrance:

(a) for Taxes or governmental assessments, charges or claims of payment not yet due and payable, being contested in good faith or which may hereafter be paid without penalty or for which adequate accruals or reserves have been established in accordance with IFRS (where required);
(b) which is a carriers', warehousemen's, mechanics', materialmen's, repairmen's or other similar lien arising in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice;
(c) which is disclosed on the most recent consolidated balance sheet of King (or AB, as the context requires) or notes thereto or securing liabilities reflected on such balance sheet;
(d) which was incurred in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice since the date of the most recent consolidated balance sheet of King (or AB, as the context requires); or
(e) which would not reasonably be expected to materially impair the continued use of the applicable property for the purposes for which the property is currently being used;

"Person" or "person", an individual, group (including a "group" under Section 13(d) of the Exchange Act), corporation, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture, association, trust, unincorporated organisation or other entity or any Relevant Authority or any department, agency or political subdivision thereof;

"Petition", the petition to the High Court seeking the Court Order;

"Pre-IPO King Option", an option to subscribe for King Shares granted prior to March 26, 2014;

"Pre-IPO Option Agreement", the agreement or agreements governing a Pre-IPO King Option;

"Registered IP", all Intellectual Property Rights that are registered, filed, issued or granted under the authority of, with or by any Governmental Body, including all patented Technology, registered Copyrights, registered Trademarks, Domain Names and all applications for any of the foregoing;

"Registrar of Companies", the Registrar of Companies in Dublin, Ireland as defined in Section 2 of the Act;

"Regulation S-X", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 7.4.1(c);

"Regulatory Information Service", a regulatory information service as defined in the Takeover Rules;

"Release" or "Released", in relation to King Linked Shares means all restrictions on the transfer of the King Linked Shares that apply pursuant to the King Linked Option Agreement ceasing to so apply;

"Relevant Authority", any Irish, United States, foreign or supranational, federal, state or local governmental commission, board, body, bureau, arbitrator, arbitration panel, or other regulatory authority, agency, including courts and other judicial bodies, or any competition, antitrust, foreign investment review or supervisory body, central bank or other governmental, trade or regulatory agency or body, securities exchange or any self-regulatory body or authority, including any instrumentality or entity designed to act for or on behalf of the foregoing, in each case, in any jurisdiction, including the Panel, the High Court and the SEC;

"Representatives", in relation to any person, the directors, officers, employees, agents (excluding any brand licensing agents), investment bankers, financial advisors, legal advisors, accountants, brokers, finders, consultants or representatives of such person;

"Resolutions", collectively, the Scheme Meeting Resolution and the EGM Resolutions, which will be set out in the Scheme Document;

"Restricted Share Award Agreement", the agreement or agreements evidencing a King Restricted Share Award;

"Restricted Share Award Holder", the holder of a King Restricted Share Award;

"RSU Award Agreement", the agreement or agreements governing a King RSU Award;

"RSU Award Holder", the holder of a King RSU Award;

"Rule 2.5 Announcement", the announcement to be made by the Parties pursuant to Rule 2.5 of the Takeover Rules, a copy of which is annexed to this Agreement;

"Rule 15 Proposals", the proposals required to be made pursuant to Rule 15 of the Takeover Rules to holders of King Options and King Share Awards;

"Sanction Date", the date of sanction of the Scheme pursuant to Section 449 to 455 of the Act and confirmation of the related reduction of capital involved therein by the High Court;

"Scheme", the proposed scheme of arrangement under Chapter 1 of Part 9 of the Act and the related capital reduction under Sections 84 and 85 of the Act to effect the Acquisition pursuant to this Agreement, on the terms (including the Conditions) and for the consideration set out in Rule 2.5 Announcement and on such other terms and in such form not being inconsistent therewith as the Parties mutually agree in writing, including any revision thereof as may be so agreed between the Parties;

"Scheme Document", a document comprising the scheme document (including any amendments or supplements thereto) to be distributed to King Shareholders and, for information only, to holders of King Options or King Share Awards, containing:

(a) the Scheme;
(b) the notice or notices of the Scheme Meeting and the EGM;
(c) an explanatory statement as required by Section 452 of the Act with respect to the Scheme;
(d) such other information as may be required or necessary pursuant to the Act, the Exchange Act or the Takeover Rules; and
(e) such other information as King and AB shall agree, each acting reasonably;

"Scheme Meeting", the meeting or meetings of the King Shareholders or, if applicable, any class of King Shareholders (as may be directed by the High Court pursuant to Section 450(5) of the Act) (and any adjournment of any such meeting or meetings) convened by (i) resolution of the King Board or (ii) order of the High Court, in either case pursuant to Section 450 of the Act, to consider and vote on the Scheme Meeting Resolution;

"Scheme Meeting Resolution", the resolution to be considered and voted on at the Scheme Meeting proposing that the Scheme, with or without amendment (but subject to such amendment being acceptable to each of King and AB, except for a technical or procedural amendment which is required for the proper implementation of the Scheme and does not have a substantive consequence on the implementation of the Scheme), be agreed to;

"Scheme Recommendation", the unanimous recommendation of the King Board that King Shareholders vote in favour of the Resolutions;

"SEC", the United States Securities and Exchange Commission;

"Securities Act", the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended;

"Significant Subsidiary", a significant subsidiary as defined in Rule 1-02(w) of Regulation S-X;

"Software", all (i) computer programs and other software, including software implementations of algorithms, models and methodologies, whether in source code, object code or other form, including libraries, subroutines and other components thereof; (ii) computerized Databases, including all data and information included in such Databases; (iii) screens, user interfaces, command structures, report formats, templates, menus, buttons and icons; (iv) descriptions, flow-charts, architectures, development tools and other materials used to design, plan, organize and develop any of the foregoing; and (v) documentation associated with any of the foregoing;

"Subsidiary", in relation to any person, any corporation, partnership, association, trust or other form of legal entity of which such person directly or indirectly owns securities or other equity interests representing more than 50% of the aggregate voting power;

"Superior Proposal Notice", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 5.2.5;

"Takeover Offer", an offer in accordance with Clause 3.6 for the entire issued and to be issued share capital of King, including any amendment or revision thereto pursuant to this Agreement, the full terms of which would be set out in the Takeover Offer Documents;

"Takeover Offer Documents", if following the date hereof, AB elects to implement the Acquisition by way of the Takeover Offer in accordance with Clause 3.6, the documents to be dispatched to King Shareholders and others by AB Sub containing, amongst other things, the Takeover Offer, the Conditions (save insofar as not appropriate in the case of a Takeover Offer, and as amended in such manner as AB and King shall determine, and the Panel shall agree, to be necessary to reflect the terms of the Takeover Offer) and certain information about AB, AB Sub and King and, where the context so admits, includes any form of acceptance, election, notice or other document reasonably required in connection with the Takeover Offer;

"Takeover Panel Act", the Irish Takeover Panel Act 1997, as amended;

"Takeover Rules", the Irish Takeover Panel Act 1997, Takeover Rules, 2013, as amended;

"Tax" (or "Taxes" and, with correlative meaning, the term "Taxable"), all national, federal, state, local or other taxes imposed by the United States, Ireland, and any other Relevant Authority or Tax Authority, including income, gain, profits, windfall profits, franchise, gross receipts, environmental, customs duty, capital stock, severances, stamp, payroll, universal social charge, pay related social insurance and other similar contributions, sales, employment, unemployment, disability, use, property, gift tax, inheritance tax, unclaimed property, escheat, withholding, excise, production, value added, goods and services, trading, occupancy and other taxes, duties or assessments of any nature whatsoever, together with all interest, penalties, surcharges and additions imposed with respect to such amounts and any interest in respect of such penalties and additions, whether disputed or not;

"Tax Authority", any Relevant Authority responsible for the assessment, collection or enforcement of laws relating to Taxes or for making any decision or ruling on any matter relating to Tax (including the US Internal Revenue Service and the Irish Revenue Commissioners);

"Tax Payment Amount", the amount in respect of Tax required to be deducted by King or AB from the Consideration payable to the holder of a King Option or King Share Award, and/or in respect of any such holder who has an obligation to account for and pay Tax directly to a Tax Authority in relation to such Consideration, 40% of the amount of such Consideration, or such higher portion as the holder of the King Option or King Share Award can demonstrate shall be required by him to pay such Tax;

"Tax Return", any return (including any information return), report, statement, declaration, estimate, schedule, or information, including any amendments thereof, filed with, or required to be filed with, any Tax Authority in connection with the determination, assessment, collection or payment of any Tax or in connection with the administration, implementation or enforcement of or compliance with any Law relating to any Tax;

"Technology", all Software, designs (including circuit designs and layouts), semiconductor device structures (including gate structures, transistor structures, memory cells or circuitry, vias and interconnects, isolation structures and protection devices), circuit block libraries, formulae, algorithms, procedures, methods, techniques, ideas, know-how, Patents, research and development, technical data, programs, subroutines, tools, materials, specifications, processes, inventions (whether patentable or unpatentable and whether or not reduced to practice), discoveries, apparatus, creations, improvements, Works of Authorship and other similar materials, and all recordings, graphs, drawings, reports, analyses, and other writings, and other tangible embodiments of the foregoing, in any form whether or not specifically listed herein, and all related technology;

"Trademarks", shall have the meaning given to that term in the definition of Intellectual Property;

"Transactions", the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, including the Acquisition;

"Transition Period", shall have the meaning given to that term in Clause 4.11;

"US$", "$" or "USD", United States dollars, the lawful currency of the United States of America;

"US" or "United States", the United States, its territories and possessions, any State of the United States and the District of Columbia, and all other areas subject to its jurisdiction;

"US GAAP", US generally accepted accounting principles;

"WARN Act", collectively, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act and its regulations and any other similar Laws;

"Works of Authorship", shall have the meaning given to that term in the definition of Intellectual Property;

"", "EUR", or "euro", the single currency unit provided for in Council Regulation (EC) NO974/98 of 8 May 1990, being the lawful currency of Ireland; and

"2014 Plan Option Agreement", the agreement or agreements governing an option granted under the King 2014 Plan.

 

1.2

     

Construction

 

1.2.1

In this Agreement, words such as "hereunder", "hereto", "hereof" and "herein" and other words commencing with "here" shall, unless the context clearly indicates to the contrary, refer to the whole of this Agreement and not to any particular section or clause thereof.

1.2.2

In this Agreement, save as otherwise provided herein, any reference herein to a section, clause, schedule or paragraph shall be a reference to a section, subsection, clause, sub-clause, paragraph or sub-paragraph (as the case may be) of this Agreement.

1.2.3

In this Agreement, any reference to any provision of any legislation shall include any amendment, modification, re-enactment or extension thereof and shall also include any subordinate legislation made from time to time under such provision, and any reference to any provision of any legislation, unless the context clearly indicates to the contrary, shall be a reference to legislation of Ireland.

1.2.4

In this Agreement, the masculine gender shall include the feminine and neuter and the singular number shall include the plural and vice versa.

1.2.5

In this Agreement, the term "officers" shall be construed to mean corporate officers and executive officers.

1.2.6

In this Agreement, any phrase introduced by the terms "including", "include", "in particular" or any similar expression shall be construed as illustrative and shall not limit the sense of the words preceding those terms.

1.2.7

In this Agreement, any agreement or instrument defined or referred to herein or in any agreement or instrument that is referred to herein means such agreement or instrument as from time to time amended, modified or supplemented, including by waiver or consent, and all attachments thereto and instruments incorporated therein.

1.2.8

In this Agreement, the phrase "all reasonable endeavours" and words of similar import shall not be construed to mean that a Party must take, or procure the taking of, any action that would be unreasonable under the circumstances.

 

1.3

Captions

 
The table of contents and the headings or captions to the clauses in this Agreement are inserted for convenience of reference only and shall not affect the interpretation or construction thereof.
 

1.4

Time

 
References to times are to Irish times unless otherwise specified.
 

2.

       

Rule 2.5 Announcement and Scheme Document

 

2.1

Rule 2.5 Announcement

 

2.1.1 Each Party confirms that its respective board of directors (or a duly authorised committee thereof) has approved the contents and release of the Rule 2.5 Announcement.

2.1.2 Forthwith upon the execution of this Agreement, the Parties shall, in accordance with, and for the purposes of, the Takeover Rules, procure the release of the Rule 2.5 Announcement to a Regulatory Information Service by no earlier than 6:00 p.m., Pacific time and no later than 11:59 p.m., Pacific time, on November 2, 2015, or such later time on that date as may be agreed between the Parties in writing.
2.1.3 The obligations of the Parties under this Agreement, other than the obligations under Clause 2.1.2, shall be conditional on the release of the Rule 2.5 Announcement to a Regulatory Information Service on November 2, 2015 (Pacific time).
2.1.4 King confirms that, as of the date hereof, the King Board unanimously considers that the terms of the Scheme as contemplated by this Agreement are fair to the King Shareholders and that the King Board has unanimously resolved to recommend to the King Shareholders that they vote in favour of the Resolutions. The unanimous recommendation of the King Board that the King Shareholders vote in favour of the Resolutions, and the related opinion of the financial advisors to the King Board, are set out in the Rule 2.5 Announcement and, subject to Clause 5.2, shall be incorporated in the Scheme Document and, to the extent required by the Takeover Rules, in any other document sent to King Shareholders in connection with the Acquisition.
2.1.5 The Conditions are hereby incorporated in, and shall constitute a part of, this Agreement.
2.2 Scheme
2.2.1 King agrees that it shall put the Scheme to the King Shareholders in the manner set out in Clause 3 and, subject to the satisfaction or, in the sole discretion of AB Sub, waiver (where permissible) of the Conditions (with the exception of Conditions 2.3 and 2.4 and any other Conditions that by their nature are to be satisfied on the Sanction Date, but subject to the satisfaction of such Conditions), shall, in the manner set out in Clause 3, petition the High Court to sanction the Scheme so as to facilitate the implementation of the Acquisition.
2.2.2 Each of the AB Parties agrees, subject to Clause 3.6, that it shall participate in the Scheme and agree to be bound by its terms and that it shall, subject to the satisfaction or, in the sole discretion of AB Sub, waiver (where permissible) of the Conditions, effect the Acquisition through the Scheme on the terms set out in this Agreement and the Scheme.
2.2.3 Each of the Parties agrees that it shall fully and promptly perform all of the obligations required of it in respect of the Acquisition on the terms set out in this Agreement and/or the Scheme and each shall, subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, use all reasonable endeavours to (including by causing its controlled Concert Parties to, and using all reasonable endeavours to cause its Representatives and non-controlled Concert Parties to) act in a manner consistent with the terms of this Agreement pertinent to such Party and take such other steps as are reasonably required for the proper implementation of the Scheme and in connection with Completion.
       

3.

Implementation of the Scheme

 

3.1

Responsibilities of King in respect of the Scheme

 
King shall:
 
3.1.1 be responsible for the preparation of the Scheme Document (subject to Clause 3.2.6) and all other documentation necessary to effect the Scheme and to convene the Scheme Meeting and the EGM; and King shall provide AB with drafts of the Scheme Document and afford AB reasonable opportunities to review and make comments on the Scheme Document and such other documents, and shall accommodate such comments to the extent it, acting reasonably, considers them to be appropriate and/or required in order to ensure that the Scheme Document and such other documents are consistent with the Rule 2.5 Announcement; and as promptly as practicable after the date hereof and, subject to the foregoing provisions, King shall cause to be filed with the SEC and the Panel the Scheme Document;
3.1.2 for the purpose of implementing the Scheme, instruct a barrister (of senior counsel standing, the identity of whom shall be agreed with AB, such agreement not to be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed) and provide AB and its advisors with the opportunity to attend any meetings with such barrister to discuss substantive matters pertaining to the Scheme and any issues arising in connection with it, provided that where and to the extent that the barrister is to advise on matters relating to the fiduciary duties of the directors of King or their responsibilities under the Takeover Rules or any King Alternative Proposal, AB and its advisors shall not be entitled to attend any such meeting;
3.1.3 notify AB upon the receipt of any comments from the Panel or the SEC on, or any request from the Panel or the SEC for amendments or supplements to, the Scheme Document and the related forms of proxy to be so filed or furnished;
3.1.4 prior to filing or despatch of any amendment or supplement to the Scheme Document requested by the Panel or the SEC, or responding in writing to any comments of the Panel or the SEC with respect thereto, King shall:
(a) promptly provide AB with a reasonable opportunity to review and comment on such document or response; and
(b) promptly discuss with AB and include in such document or response all comments reasonably and promptly proposed by AB to the extent that such comments are required in order to ensure that such document is consistent with the Rule 2.5 Announcement, to the extent that King, acting reasonably, considers them to be appropriate;
3.1.5 provide AB with drafts of pleadings, affidavits, petitions and other filings prepared by King for submission to the High Court in connection with the Scheme prior to their filing, and afford AB reasonable opportunities to review and make comments on all such documents, and shall accommodate such comments to the extent it, acting reasonably, considers them to be appropriate and/or required in order to ensure that such documents are consistent with the Rule 2.5 Announcement;
3.1.6 as promptly as practicable make all necessary applications to the High Court in connection with the implementation of the Scheme where so resolved by the King Board or required to implement the Scheme and in particular King will promptly after the date of the Rule 2.5 Announcement issue appropriate proceedings requesting the High Court to give directions under Section 450(5) of the Act as to what are the appropriate Scheme Meetings to be held and to order that the Scheme Meeting be convened as promptly as practicable following the publication of the Rule 2.5 Announcement, and use all reasonable endeavours so as to ensure that the hearing of such proceedings occurs as promptly as practicable in order to facilitate the despatch of the Scheme Document as promptly as practicable after such hearing and seek such directions of the High Court as it (or AB) considers necessary or desirable to facilitate the convening of such Scheme Meeting and thereafter comply with such directions;
3.1.7 as promptly as practicable after approval by the King Board of a resolution to convene the Scheme Meeting or, if the High Court is so petitioned, receipt of directions from the High Court directing the convening of the Scheme Meeting, post the Scheme Document to King Shareholders and, for information only, to holders of King Options and King Share Awards;
3.1.8 procure the publication of the requisite advertisements and despatch of the Scheme Document (in a form acceptable to the Panel) and the forms of proxy for the use at the Scheme Meeting and the EGM (the forms of which shall be agreed between the Parties) to King Shareholders on the register of members of King on the record date as agreed with the High Court, as promptly as practicable after the approval of the High Court to despatch the documents being obtained and thereafter shall publish and/or post such other documents and information (the form of which shall be agreed between the Parties) as the High Court and/or the Panel may approve or direct from time to time in connection with the implementation of the Scheme in accordance with applicable Law as promptly as practicable after the approval or (as the case may be) direction of the High Court and/or the Panel to publish or post such documents being obtained;
3.1.9 unless the King Board has effected a King Change of Recommendation pursuant to Clause 5.2, procure that the Scheme Document shall include the Scheme Recommendation;
3.1.10 include in the Scheme Document a notice convening the EGM to be held immediately following the Scheme Meeting to consider and, if thought fit, approve the EGM Resolutions;
3.1.11 keep AB informed on a daily basis from the date falling seven days after the date of dispatch of the Scheme Document to the date of the Scheme Meeting and the EGM of the number of proxy votes received in respect of resolutions to be proposed at the Scheme Meeting and the EGM;
3.1.12 keep AB reasonably informed and, as reasonably requested by AB, consult with AB, as to the performance of the obligations and responsibilities required of King pursuant to this Agreement and/or the Scheme and as to any material developments (other than as to a King Alternative Proposal, the timing and scope of provision of information about which are governed by Clause 5.2) relevant to the proper implementation of the Scheme including the satisfaction of the Conditions;
3.1.13 unless this Agreement has been terminated pursuant to Clause 9, hold the Scheme Meeting and the EGM on the date set out in the Scheme Document, or such later date as may be agreed in writing between the Parties, and in such a manner as shall be approved, if necessary, by the High Court and/or the Panel and propose the Resolutions without any amendments, unless such amendments have been agreed to in writing with AB, such agreement not to be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed unless these amendments would result in the Scheme being inconsistent with the Rule 2.5 Announcement;
3.1.14 afford all such cooperation and assistance as may reasonably be requested of it by AB in respect of the preparation and verification of any document or in connection with any Clearance or confirmation reasonably required for the implementation of the Scheme including the provision to AB of such information and confirmation relating to it, its Subsidiaries and any of its or their respective directors or employees as AB may reasonably request (and shall do so in a timely manner) and assume responsibility only for the information relating to it contained in the Scheme Document or any other document sent to King Shareholders or filed with the High Court or in any announcement;
3.1.15 review and provide comments (if any) in a timely manner on all documentation submitted to it;
3.1.16 following the Scheme Meeting and EGM, provided that the Resolutions are duly passed (including by the requisite majorities required under Section 450 of the Act in the case of the Scheme Meeting) and all other Conditions are satisfied or, in the sole discretion of AB Sub, waived (where permissible) (with the exception of Conditions 2.3 and 2.4 and any other Conditions that by their nature are to be satisfied on the Sanction Date), take all necessary steps on the part of King to prepare and issue, serve and lodge all such court documents as are required to seek the sanction of the High Court to the Scheme as soon as possible thereafter; and
3.1.17 give such undertakings as are required by the High Court as are reasonably necessary for the proper implementation of the Scheme.
 

3.2

Responsibilities of AB in Respect of the Scheme

 
AB and AB Sub shall:
 
3.2.1 instruct counsel to appear on its behalf at the Court Hearing and undertake to the High Court to be bound by the terms of the Scheme insofar as it relates to AB or AB Sub;
3.2.2 if, and to the extent that, it or any of its Concert Parties owns or is interested in King Shares, exercise all rights, and, insofar as lies within its powers, procure that each of its Concert Parties shall exercise all rights, in respect of such King Shares so as to implement, and otherwise support the implementation of, the Scheme, including by voting (and, in respect of interests in King held via Contracts for difference or other derivative instruments, insofar as lies with its powers, procuring that instructions are given to the holder of the underlying King Shares to vote) in favour of the Resolutions or, if required by Law, the High Court, the Takeover Rules or other rules, refraining from voting, at any Scheme Meeting and/or EGM as the case may be;
3.2.3 keep King reasonably informed and, as reasonably requested by King, consult with King, as to the performance of the obligations and responsibilities required of AB and/or AB Sub pursuant to this Agreement and/or the Scheme and as to any material developments relevant to the proper implementation of the Scheme including the satisfaction of the Conditions;
3.2.4 afford (and shall use all reasonable endeavours to procure that its Concert Parties shall afford) all such cooperation and assistance as may reasonably be requested of it by King in respect of the preparation and verification of any document or in connection with any Clearance or confirmation required for the implementation of the Scheme including the provision to King of such information and confirmation relating to it, its Subsidiaries and any of its or their respective directors or employees as King may reasonably request (and shall do so in a timely manner) and assume responsibility only for the information relating to it contained in the Scheme Document or any other document sent to King Shareholders or filed with the High Court or in any announcement;
3.2.5 review and provide comments (if any) in a timely manner on all documentation submitted to it; and
3.2.6 provide King with all such information regarding the AB Group that may reasonably be required for inclusion in the Scheme Document and provide all such other assistance as King may reasonably require in connection with the preparation of the Scheme Document.
 

3.3

Mutual Responsibilities of the Parties

 
3.3.1 If any of the Parties becomes aware of any information that, pursuant to the Takeover Rules, the Act or the Exchange Act should be disclosed in an amendment or supplement to the Scheme Document, or that is required to be included therein in order that the information therein shall not contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements therein not false or misleading at the time and in light of the circumstances under which such statements are made, then the Party becoming so aware shall promptly inform the other Party thereof and the Parties shall cooperate with each other in submitting or filing such amendment or supplement with the Panel, and, if required, the SEC and/or the High Court and, if required, in mailing such amendment or supplement to the King Shareholders and, for information only, if required, to the holders of King Options or King Share Awards.
3.3.2 Each Party shall take, or cause to be taken, such other steps as are reasonably required of it for the proper implementation of the Scheme, including those required of it pursuant to Clause 8 in connection with Completion.
3.3.3 Each Party shall, as promptly as reasonably practicable, notify the other of any matter of which it becomes aware which would reasonably be expected to materially delay or prevent filing of the Scheme Document, the Scheme or the Acquisition as the case may be.
 

3.4

Dealings with the Panel

 
3.4.1 Each of the Parties shall promptly provide such assistance and information as may reasonably be requested by the other Party for the purposes of, or in connection with, any correspondence or discussions with the Panel in connection with the Acquisition and/or the Scheme.
3.4.2 Save in each case where not reasonably practicable owing to time restraints imposed by the Panel or where prohibited by the Panel, each of the Parties shall give the other reasonable prior notice of any proposed meeting or material substantive discussion or correspondence between it or its Representatives with the Panel, or amendment to be proposed to the Scheme in connection therewith, and shall afford the other reasonable opportunities to review and make comments and suggestions with respect to the same and accommodate such comments and suggestions to the extent that such Party, acting reasonably, considers these to be appropriate, and shall keep the other reasonably informed of all such meetings, discussions or correspondence that it or its Representative(s) have with the Panel and not participate in any meeting or discussion with the Panel concerning this Agreement or the Transactions unless it consults with the other Party in advance, and, unless prohibited by the Panel, gives such other Party the opportunity to attend such meetings and provide advance copies of all written submissions it intends to make to the Panel and afford the other reasonable opportunities to review and make comments and suggestions with respect to the same and accommodate such comments and suggestions to the extent that such Party, acting reasonably, considers these to be appropriate, copies of the submissions made and copies (or, where verbal, a verbal or written summary of the substance) of the Panel responses thereto, provided always that any correspondence or other information required to be provided under this Clause 3.4.2 may be redacted:
(a) by AB, to remove references concerning the valuation of the businesses of King;
(b) by AB, in connection to a switch to a Takeover Offer;
(c) as necessary to comply with contractual obligations; and
(d) as necessary to address reasonable privilege or confidentiality concerns.
3.4.3 King undertakes, if so requested by AB, to issue as promptly as practicable its written consent to AB and to the Panel in respect of any application made by AB to the Panel:
(a) seeking confirmation that there is no requirement under the Takeover Rules to disclose AB's financing arrangements for the Acquisition and related transactions (the "AB Financing Information") in the Scheme Document, any supplemental document or other document sent to King Shareholders, the holders of King Options or King Share Awards or, alternatively, seeking a waiver of or derogation from such requirement;
(b) to redact any commercially sensitive or confidential information specific to the AB Financing Information from any documents that AB is required to display pursuant to Rule 26(b)(xi) of the Takeover Rules;
(c) requesting consent or as the case may be a derogation from Rule 16.1 of the Takeover Rules to permit AB to pay fees to lenders in connection with syndication arrangements with respect to its financing arrangements and to provide information to lenders and prospective lenders on such terms as the Panel may permit; and
(d) requesting a derogation from the disclosure requirements of Rule 24.3 of the Takeover Rules and seeking consent to the aggregation of dealings for the purposes of disclosure in the Scheme Document.
3.4.4 AB undertakes, if so requested by King, to issue as promptly as practicable its written consent to King and to the Panel in respect of any application made by King to the Panel:
(a) requesting a derogation from the timing requirement pursuant to Rule 30.2 of the Takeover Rules in connection with the despatch of the Scheme Document to King Shareholders where compliance with such timing requirement will not be possible within the 28 day period after the date of the Rule 2.5 announcement;
(b) requesting consent under Rule 21.1 of the Takeover Rules to permit the issuance of King Shares and implementation of any associated matters (including the grant of equity awards) in connection with the matters contemplated by sub-paragraphs 8.1 to 8.6 of Schedule 1 and/or as set out in Section 6.1.3(d) of Part A of the King Disclosure Letter;
(c) seeking consent in relation to the implementation of the management retention arrangements provided for in the respective AB Executive Service Agreements in connection with the Acquisition pursuant to Rule 16.2 of the Takeover Rules; and
(d) requesting a derogation from the disclosure requirements of Rule 25.3 of the Takeover Rules and seeking consent to the aggregation of dealings for the purposes of disclosure in the Scheme Document.
3.4.5 Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the foregoing provisions of this Clause 3.4, neither King nor AB shall be required to take any action pursuant to such provisions if such action is prohibited by the Panel.
3.4.6 Nothing in this Agreement shall in any way limit the Parties' obligations under the Takeover Rules.
 

3.5

No Scheme Amendment by King

 
Save as required by Law, the High Court and/or the Panel, King shall not, in each case, after despatch of the Scheme Document without the consent of AB:
3.5.1 amend the Scheme;
3.5.2 adjourn or postpone the Scheme Meeting or the EGM (provided, however, that King may, without the consent of AB, adjourn or postpone the Scheme Meeting or the EGM):
(a) in the case of adjournment, if directed by King Shareholders to do so pursuant to Article 67 of the King Memorandum and Articles of Association (other than pursuant to a proposal by King or any of its directors or officers), or
(b) to permit dissemination of information which is material to shareholders voting at the Scheme Meeting or the EGM, but only for so long as the King Board determines in good faith, after having consulted with outside counsel, that such action is reasonably necessary or advisable to give King Shareholders sufficient time to evaluate any such disclosure or information so provided or disseminated; or
(c) if, as of the time for which the Scheme Meeting or the EGM is scheduled (as set forth in the Scheme Document), there are insufficient King Shares represented (either in person or by proxy) (i) to constitute a quorum necessary to conduct the business of the Scheme Meeting or the EGM, but only until a meeting can be held at which there are a sufficient number of King Shares represented to constitute a quorum or (ii) voting for the approval of the Scheme Meeting Resolution or the EGM Resolutions, as applicable, but only until King determines in good faith that a meeting can be held at which there are a sufficient number of votes of holders of King Shares to approve the Scheme Meeting Resolution or the EGM Resolutions, as applicable); or
3.5.3 amend the Resolutions (in each case, in the form set out in the Scheme Document).
 

3.6

Switching to a Takeover Offer

 
3.6.1 At any time prior to the date that is five months after the date hereof, AB may elect (with the Panel's consent) to implement the Acquisition by way of a Takeover Offer (rather than the Scheme), whether or not the Scheme Document has been posted, subject to the terms of this Clause 3.6, and AB shall notify King promptly of any such election (whether or not the implementation thereof is subject to the consent of the Panel) made by it to implement the Acquisition by way of a Takeover Offer (rather than the Scheme).
3.6.2 If AB elects to implement the Acquisition by way of a Takeover Offer, King undertakes to provide AB as promptly as reasonably practicable with all such information about King (including directors and their Concert Parties) as may reasonably be required for inclusion in the Takeover Offer Documents and to provide all such other assistance as may reasonably be required by the Takeover Rules in connection with the preparation by AB or AB Sub of the Takeover Offer Documents, including reasonable access to, and ensuring the provision of reasonable assistance by, its Representatives.
3.6.3 If AB elects to implement the Acquisition by way of a Takeover Offer, King agrees:
(a) that the Takeover Offer Documents shall contain provisions in accordance with the terms and conditions set out in the Rule 2.5 Announcement, the relevant Conditions and such other further terms and conditions as agreed (including any modification thereto) between AB and King; provided, however, that the terms and conditions of the Takeover Offer shall be at least as favourable to the King Shareholders (except for the 80% acceptance condition, which may be waived down to "50% plus one King Share" by mutual agreement of AB and King);
(b) to reasonably co-operate and consult with AB in the preparation by AB or AB Sub of the Takeover Offer Documents or any other document or filing which is required for the purposes of implementing the Acquisition; and
(c) unless the King Board has effected a King Change of Recommendation pursuant to Clause 5.2, to incorporate in the Rule 2.5 Announcement and the Takeover Offer Documents a recommendation to the holders of King Shares from the King Board to accept the Takeover Offer, and such recommendation shall not be withdrawn, adversely modified or qualified except as contemplated by Clause 5.2.
3.6.4 If AB elects to implement the Acquisition by way of the Takeover Offer in accordance with Clause 3.6.1, the Parties mutually agree:
(a) to prepare and file with, or submit to, the SEC and, to the extent necessary, the Panel and the High Court, all documents, amendments and supplements required to be filed therewith or submitted thereto pursuant to the Securities Act or the Exchange Act or otherwise by Law, and to make any applications or initiate any appearances that may be required or desirable to and in front of the High Court for the purpose of discontinuance of High Court proceedings initiated in connection with the Scheme, and each Party shall have reasonable opportunities to review and make comments on all such documents, amendments and supplements and, following accommodation of such comments and approval of such documents, amendments and supplements by the other Party, which shall not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed, file or submit, as the case may be, such documents, amendments and supplements with or to the SEC;
(b) to provide the other Party with any comments received from the SEC on any documents filed by it with or furnished by it to the SEC as promptly as reasonably practicable after receipt thereof; and
(c) to the extent reasonably practicable, to provide the other Party with reasonable prior notice of any proposed oral communication with the SEC and afford the other party reasonable opportunity to participate therein.
3.6.5 If the Takeover Offer is consummated, AB shall, or shall cause AB Sub to, effect as promptly as reasonably practicable a compulsory acquisition of any King Shares under section 457 of the Act not acquired in the Takeover Offer for the same consideration per share.
 

4.

       

Rule 15 Proposals

4.1

The Rule 15 Proposals will be made jointly by AB and King, by letters to be issued no later than five Business Days after the issuance of the Scheme Document, to all (i) EMI Optionholders, (ii) King Linked Optionholders, (iii) Optionholders (other than EMI Optionholders, King Linked Optionholders, King Performance Optionholders, the holder of the King Under-water Option and the King Non-Executive Directors), (iv) King Performance Optionholders, (v) the holder of the King Under-water Option, (vi) RSU Award Holders (other than the King Non-Executive Directors), (vii) Restricted Share Award Holders (other than the King Non-Executive Directors) and (viii) the King Non-Executive Directors.

4.2

The Rule 15 Proposal to EMI Optionholders shall provide as follows:

 

4.2.1 each EMI Option may be exercised with respect to all of the King Shares subject to such EMI Option, including King Shares for which such EMI Option is not yet vested and exercisable in accordance with the vesting provisions of the EMI Option Agreement ("Accelerated EMI Option Shares"). The exercise shall be by means of a Cashless Option Exercise. The EMI Optionholder shall agree, by accepting the Rule 15 Proposal, that if he ceases to be employed by the AB Group after the Effective Time and before the EMI Option would have become fully vested and exercisable, AB shall be entitled to exercise the Clawback Right in respect of the EMI Option Clawback Amount; and

4.2.2 in the event an EMI Optionholder does not accept the Rule 15 Proposal described in Clause 4.2.1, the EMI Option shall lapse at the Effective Time in accordance with the provisions of the EMI Option Agreement.
 

4.3

The Rule 15 Proposal to King Linked Optionholders shall provide as follows:

 
4.3.1 to the extent that a King Linked Option will be vested and exercisable immediately prior to the Effective Time in accordance with its terms and without regard to the Transactions (including the acceleration provided under Clause 4.3.2), the King Linked Optionholder shall submit such option for exercise immediately prior to the Effective Time and conditional on the Scheme becoming effective. Such exercise shall be satisfied to the maximum extent possible by the Release of King Linked Shares in accordance with the provisions of the King Linked Option Agreement and the King Linked Option shall lapse to the extent provided in such agreement (a "Linked Share Release"). By accepting the Rule 15 Proposal, the King Linked Optionholder shall direct that the King Linked Shares so Released be disposed of in the Acquisition. To the extent the exercise of the King Linked Option will not be satisfied by means of a Linked Share Release pursuant to this Clause 4.3.1 or Clause 4.3.2, the King Linked Option shall be subject to the Rule 15 Proposal to Optionholders described in Clause 4.4.1;
4.3.2 to the extent that a King Linked Option is not vested and exercisable immediately prior to the Effective Time in accordance with its terms and without regard to the Transactions (including the acceleration provided for in this Clause 4.3.2), the vesting of such King Linked Option shall accelerate and it shall become exercisable in accordance with the provisions of the King Linked Option Agreement immediately prior to the Effective Time and conditional upon the Scheme becoming effective with respect to the lesser of (i) the number of King Shares that would result in all of the King Linked Shares being Released in a Linked Share Release, and (ii) all of the King Shares subject to the King Linked Option ("Accelerated Linked Options"); provided that if the King Linked Optionholder is a Good Reason Leaver within the meaning of Clause 4.11, the number of Accelerated Linked Options shall be the aggregate number of King Shares for which the King Linked Option would have become exercisable (i) during the Transition Period applicable to such Good Reason Leaver and (ii) on the Good Reason Leaver's date of cessation of employment with the AB Group (including any King Linked Options that would have vested on an accelerated basis as of such date pursuant to the vesting provisions of the King Award Agreement or the Good Reason Leaver's Service Agreement. The King Linked Optionholder shall complete a Linked Share Release in respect of the Accelerated Linked Options and shall direct that the Linked Shares Released pursuant to such exercise be disposed of in the Acquisition. Any King Linked Shares that are not to be Released pursuant to the Linked Share Release shall be transferred to King immediately prior to the Cancellation Record Time for no consideration in accordance with the Articles of Association of King and the King Award Agreement;
further, by accepting the Rule 15 Proposal, the King Linked Optionholder shall agree that the Consideration in respect of the King Linked Shares Released pursuant to this Clause 4.3.2, less the Tax Payment Amount, shall be deposited in an escrow account held jointly by the King Linked Optionholder and AB. A portion of the Consideration so deposited shall automatically be released from the relevant escrow account to the King Linked Optionholder (i) within three Business Days of each date after the Effective Time on which his Accelerated Linked Options would have become exercisable in accordance with the vesting provisions of the King Linked Option Agreement, on a pro-rata basis until depleted and, and (ii) subject to Clause 4.3.3, within five Business Days after the date the King Linked Optionholder's employment with the AB Group ceases, with respect to the portion of the Consideration that is referable to the number of Accelerated Linked Options for which the King Linked Option would have been vested and exercisable on such cessation date, including any Accelerated Linked Options that would have vested on an accelerated basis as of such date pursuant to the vesting provisions of the King Award Agreement, and in each case on the basis that all other conditions for exercise would have been deemed satisfied;
4.3.3 in the case of a King Linked Optionholder who is party to an AB Executive Service Agreement, the entire balance remaining in the escrow account described in Clause 4.3.2 on the date of cessation of the King Linked Optionholder's cessation of employment with AB shall automatically be released to the King Linked Optionholder within five Business Days after such cessation date, unless AB shall have delivered to the King Linked Optionholder a certificate setting out the reasons why the circumstances of such cessation constitute "Cause" as defined in his AB Executive Service Agreement or otherwise do not entitle him to King Award Agreements Accelerated Vesting, as defined in his AB Executive Service Agreement, and the King Linked Optionholder has not notified AB within 10 Business Days after receiving such notification that he does not accept such certificate, in which case such remaining balance shall be paid to AB. To the extent that a King Linked Optionholder has notified AB that he does not accept AB's certificate, the remaining balance shall be held in escrow until a resolution of the dispute over the King Linked Optionholder's right to such balance is reached;
4.3.4 in the event that any payment due to a King Linked Optionholder is not made in accordance with the provisions of Clause 4.3.3, and such default is not cured within 10 Business Days of notice of such default being served by the King Linked Optionholder, such default shall constitute a breach by AB of the terms of the King Linked Optionholder's service agreement with the AB Group (the "Escrow Payment Terms");
4.3.5 to the extent that a King Linked Option is accelerated only in part pursuant to Clause 4.3.2, it shall be subject to the Rule 15 Proposal to Optionholders as set out in Clause 4.4, and on the basis that the Accelerated Linked Options would have been the first to vest and become exercisable after the Effective Time, such that the King Linked Option shall not become vested and exercisable for any additional King Shares until after the date on which all Accelerated Linked Options would have become vested and exercisable in accordance with the vesting provisions of the King Linked Option; and
4.3.6 if a King Linked Optionholder does not accept the Rule 15 Proposal for a Linked Share Release as set out in Clauses 4.3.1 through 4.3.3, inclusive, and the King Linked Option is not subject to the Rule 15 Proposal to Optionholders as set out in Clauses 4.4.1 or 4.4.2, the King Linked Option subject to such proposal shall lapse at the Effective Time and the King Linked Shares that would have been Released in connection with such Linked Share Release shall be transferred to King immediately prior to the Cancellation Record Time for no consideration in accordance with the Articles of Association of King and the King Award Agreement.
 

4.4

The Rule 15 Proposal to Optionholders, other than EMI Optionholders, Performance Optionholders, the holder of the King Under-water Option and King Non-Executive Directors, and subject to the provisions of Clause 4.3 in respect of King Linked Options, shall provide as follows:

 
4.4.1 the holder of each King Option subject to this Clause 4 shall, to the extent a King Option is vested and exercisable as of immediately prior to the Effective Time, be given the opportunity to exercise the King Option in full immediately prior to the Effective Time through a Cashless Option Exercise;
4.4.2 each King Option subject to this Clause 4 that is outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time, whether vested or unvested, save to the extent a Cashless Option Exercise is to be effected in respect of such King Option as set forth in Clause 4.4.1, shall, as of the Effective Time, subject to the consent of the Optionholder to the extent required pursuant to the King Award Agreement, be assumed and converted into an option (an "Assumed Share Option") to acquire the number of AB Shares (rounded down to the nearest whole share) that is equal to the product of (i) the number of King Shares subject to such King Option immediately prior to the Effective Time, and (ii) the quotient obtained by dividing (A) the Consideration by (B) the average closing price per AB Share on the NASDAQ Stock Market ("NASDAQ") for the five trading day period ending on the trading day preceding the Effective Date or, if AB Shares were not available for trading on NASDAQ on the day preceding the Effective Date, on the last day prior to the day preceding the Effective Date that AB Shares were available for trading on NASDAQ (the "Exchange Ratio"). The Assumed Share Option shall have an exercise price per AB Share equal to the quotient (rounded up to the nearest whole cent) obtained by dividing (x) the exercise price per King Share of such King Option in effect immediately prior to the Effective Date by (y) the Exchange Ratio. The remaining term, vesting schedule and all of the other terms of each Assumed Share Option shall otherwise be on the terms of the King Award Agreement for the King Option save, in the case of King Options held by an Optionholder who is party to an AB Executive Service Agreement, to the extent varied by such agreement; and
4.4.3 to the extent a King Option is not subject to a Cashless Option Exercise or to be assumed and converted into an Assumed Share Option, it shall lapse at the Effective Time in accordance with the provisions of the King Award Agreement.
 

4.5

The Rule 15 Proposal to King Performance Optionholders shall provide as follows:

 
4.5.1 each King Performance Option shall, subject to the consent of the Optionholder, be assumed and converted into an option (an "Assumed Performance Option") to acquire the number of AB Shares (rounded down to the nearest whole share) that is equal to the product of (i) the number of King Shares subject to the King Performance Option immediately prior to the Effective Time, and (ii) the Exchange Ratio. The Assumed Performance Option shall have an exercise price per AB Share equal to the quotient (rounded up to the nearest whole cent) obtained by dividing (x) the exercise price per King Share of the King Performance Option in effect immediately prior to the Effective Date by (y) the Exchange Ratio. The terms of each Assumed Performance Option shall be the terms of the King Award Agreement for the King Performance Option save to the extent varied by the King Performance Optionholder's AB Executive Service Agreement; and
4.5.2 if a King Performance Optionholder does not accept the Rule 15 Proposal described in Clause 4.5.1, his King Performance Option shall lapse at the Effective Time in accordance with the provisions of the King Award Agreement.
 

4.6

The Rule 15 Proposal to the holder of the King Under-water Option shall provide as follows:

 
4.6.1 the King Under-water Option shall, subject to the consent of the Optionholder, be assumed and converted into an option (the "Assumed Under-water Option") to acquire the number of AB Shares (rounded down to the nearest whole share) that is equal to the product of (i) the number of King Shares subject to the King Under-water Option immediately prior to the Effective Time, and (ii) the Exchange Ratio. The Assumed Under-water Option shall have an exercise price per AB Share equal to the quotient (rounded up to the nearest whole cent) obtained by dividing (x) the exercise price per King Share of the King Under-water Option in effect immediately prior to the Effective Date by (y) the Exchange Ratio. The terms of the Assumed Under-water Option shall be the terms of the King Award Agreement for the King Under-water Option, save to the extent varied by the Optionholder's AB Executive Service Agreement;
4.6.2 if the holder of the King Under-water Performance Optionholder does not accept the Rule 15 Proposal described in Clause 4.6.1, the King Under-water Option shall lapse at the Effective Time in accordance with the provisions of the King Award Agreement; and
4.6.3 the King Linked Shares that are linked to the King Under-water Option shall be transferred to King immediately prior to the Cancellation Record Time for no consideration in accordance with the Articles of Association of King and the King Award Agreement.
 

4.7

The Rule 15 Proposal to Restricted Share Award Holders, other than the King Non-Executive Directors, shall provide as follows:

 
4.7.1 all unvested King Shares subject to a King Restricted Share Award outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time (or, in the case of a Restricted Share Award Holder who is a Good Reason Leaver within the meaning of Clause 4.11, the lesser, aggregate number of King Shares subject to the King Restricted Share Award that would have become "Vested", within the meaning of the Restricted Share Award Agreement, (i) during the Transition Period applicable to such Good Reason Leaver, and (ii) on the Good Reason Leaver's date of cessation of employment with the AB Group, including any King Shares that would have become so Vested on an accelerated basis as of such date pursuant to the vesting provisions of the King Award Agreement or the Good Reason Leaver's service agreement with King) shall become "Vested", within the meaning of the Restricted Share Award Agreement, immediately prior to and conditional upon the Scheme becoming effective, subject to the condition that the Restricted Share Award Holder shall direct that such King Shares (the "Accelerated Restricted Shares") be disposed of in the Acquisition;
further, by accepting the Rule 15 Proposal, the Restricted Share Award Holder shall agree that the Consideration in respect of the Accelerated Restricted Shares, less the Tax Payment Amount, shall be deposited to an escrow account held jointly by the Restricted Share Award Holder and AB. A portion of the Consideration so deposited shall automatically be released from the relevant escrow account to the Restricted Share Award Holder (i) within three Business Days of each date after the Effective Time on which his Accelerated Restricted Shares would have become vested in accordance with the vesting provisions of the Restricted Share Award Agreement, on a pro-rata basis until depleted, and (ii) subject to Clause 4.7.2, within five Business Days after the date the Restricted Share Award Holder's employment with the AB Group ceases, with respect to the portion of the Consideration paid in respect of the number of Accelerated Restricted Shares that would have been vested on such cessation date, including any Accelerated Restricted Shares that would have vested on an accelerated basis as of such date pursuant to the vesting provisions of the King Award Agreement, and in each case on the basis that all other conditions for vesting would have been deemed satisfied. Any remaining balance remaining in the escrow at a Restricted Share Award Holder's cessation date not paid to such holder in accordance with the immediately preceding sentence shall be paid to AB;
4.7.2 in the case of a Restricted Share Award Holder who is party to an AB Executive Service Agreement, the entire balance remaining in the escrow account described in Clause 4.7.1 on the date of cessation of the Restricted Share Award Holder's cessation of employment with AB shall automatically be released to the King Restricted Share Award Holder within five Business Days after such cessation date, unless (i) AB shall have delivered to the Restricted Share Award Holder a certificate setting out the reasons why the circumstances of such cessation constitute "Cause" as defined in his AB Executive Service Agreement or otherwise do not entitle him to King Award Agreements Accelerated Vesting, as defined in his AB Executive Service Agreement, and (ii) the Restricted Share Award Holder has not notified AB within 10 Business Days after receiving such notification that he does not accept such certificate, in which case such remaining balance shall be paid to AB. To the extent that a Restricted Share Award Holder has notified AB that he does not accept AB's certificate, the remaining balance shall be held in escrow until a resolution of the dispute over the Restricted Share Award Holder's right to such balance is reached;
4.7.3 payment of the funds held in the escrow account described in Clause 4.7.2 shall be subject to the Escrow Payment Terms as described in Clause 4.3.4; and
4.7.4 to the extent that King Shares comprised in a King Restricted Share Award will not vest pursuant to the Rule 15 Proposal described in Clause 4.7.1, they shall be transferred to King immediately prior to the Cancellation Record Time for no consideration in accordance with the Articles of Association of King and the King Award Agreement.
 

4.8

The Rule 15 Proposal to RSU Award Holders, other than the King Non-Executive Directors, shall provide as follows:

 
4.8.1 each King RSU Award that is outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time shall, subject to the consent of the RSU Award Holder, to the extent required pursuant to the RSU Award Agreement, as of the Effective Time be assumed and converted into a restricted stock unit award (an "Assumed RSU Award") with respect to the number of AB Shares (rounded down to the nearest whole share) that is equal to the product of (i) the number of King Shares subject to such King RSU Award and (ii) the Exchange Ratio. The vesting schedule and all of the other terms of each Assumed RSU Award shall otherwise be on the terms of the King Award Agreement for the King RSU Award save, in the case of King RSU Awards held by an RSU Award Holder who is party to an AB Executive Service Agreement, to the extent varied by such agreement; and
4.8.2 each King RSU Award that is not to be so assumed and converted shall lapse at the Effective Time in accordance with the provisions of the King 2014 Plan.
 

4.9

The Rule 15 Proposal to King Non-Executive Directors shall provide as follows:

 
4.9.1 each King RSU Award that is outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time and is held by a King Non-Executive Director shall, in accordance with the terms of the King Award Agreement, accelerate and become fully vested immediately prior to the Effective Time and shall be settled by the issuance of the applicable number of King Shares to the King Non-Executive Director immediately prior to the Effective Time;
4.9.2 each King Option that is outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time and is held by a King Non-Executive Director shall, to the extent not vested and exercisable in full, accelerate and become fully vested and exercisable immediately prior to the Effective Time in accordance with the terms of the King Award Agreement, and the King Non-Executive Director shall be offered the opportunity to (i) exercise the King Option in full immediately prior to the Effective Time through a Cashless Option Exercise or (ii) agree that the King Option shall be assumed and converted into an option (an "Assumed Non-Executive Director Share Option") to acquire the number of AB Shares (rounded down to the nearest whole share) that is equal to the product of (i) the number of King Shares subject to such King Option immediately prior to the Effective Time, and (ii) the Exchange Ratio. The Assumed Non-Executive Director Share Option shall have an exercise price per AB Share equal to the quotient (rounded up to the nearest whole cent) obtained by dividing (x) the exercise price per King Share of the King Option in effect immediately prior to the Effective Date by (y) the Exchange Ratio. The remaining term, vesting schedule and all of the other terms of each Assumed Non-Executive Director Share Option shall otherwise be on the terms of the King Award Agreement for the King Option. If the Non-Executive Director does not accept the Rule 15 Proposal described in this Clause 4.9.2, the King Option shall lapse at the Effective Time in accordance with the provisions of the King Award Agreement; and
4.9.3 each King Restricted Share Award held by a King Non-Executive Director immediately prior to the Effective Time shall become "Vested", within the meaning of the Restricted Share Award Agreement, immediately prior to and conditional upon the Scheme becoming effective, in accordance with the provisions of the King Award Agreement.
 

4.10

AB shall assume the King 2014 Plan and the King Award Agreements in order to effectuate the provisions of Clauses 4.2 through 4.9, inclusive.

 

4.11

Notwithstanding any other provision in this Clause 4, in the event that (i) an individual is entitled under a King Award Agreement to accelerated vesting of a King Option or a King Share Award upon a Change in Control Termination (as such term is defined in the King Award Agreement or the individual's service agreement with King, a "Good Reason Leaver Service Agreement"), (ii) in the reasonable judgment of King, the individual has a reasonable basis to assert that an event or circumstance arising from the Transactions constitutes or will constitute Good Reason for purposes of the definition of a Change in Control Termination in the applicable King Award Agreements or Good Reason Leaver Service Agreement and is identified in a written notice to AB delivered by King contemporaneously with the execution hereof or is identified by King no later than 30 days prior to the Effective Date as having such a reasonable basis and AB concurs with King's assessment, such concurrence not to be unreasonably withheld, (a "Good Reason Leaver"), and (iii) the Good Reason Leaver agrees to remain in employment with the AB Group for a period, to be determined by King, but not in excess of six months after the Effective Date (the "Transition Period"), then, subject to the agreement of the Good Reason Leaver, (i) each unvested King Option (other than an EMI Option or Linked Option) held by the Good Reason Leaver shall accelerate and become fully vested and exercisable immediately prior to the Effective Time with respect to the aggregate number of King Shares subject to such King Option that would have vested and become exercisable (x) during the Transition Period and (y) pursuant to the terms of the King Award Agreement or Good Reason Leaver Service Agreement upon the Good Reason Leaver's Change in Control Termination upon the expiration of the Transition Period (the "Good Reason Accelerated Options") and (ii) each King RSU Award held by the Good Reason Leaver shall accelerate and become fully vested immediately prior to the Effective Time with respect to the aggregate number of King RSUs that would have vested (x) during the Transition Period and (y) pursuant to the terms of the King Award Agreement or the Good Reason Leaver Service Agreement upon the Good Reason Leaver's Change in Control Termination upon the expiration of the Transition Period (the "Good Reason Accelerated RSUs"). To the extent not otherwise vested immediately prior to the Effective Time in accordance with their vesting schedule or accelerated pursuant to this provision, each King Option and King RSU Award held by a Good Reason Leaver shall lapse at the Effective Time. In the event that a Good Reason Leaver voluntarily terminates his or her employment with the AB Group prior to the end of the Transition Period, AB shall be entitled to exercise the Clawback Right with respect to the Good Reason Leaver Clawback Shares.

 

4.12

Prior to the Effective Time, King and AB shall take all necessary or appropriate action to effectuate the provisions of Clauses 4.2 through 4.11, inclusive, including King, the King Board and Compensation Committee of the King Board taking any and all actions and making all determinations necessary or appropriate under the King Award Agreements and the King 2014 Plan and amending the King 2014 Plan and the Pre-IPO Option Agreements, subject to the terms of the King 2014 Plan and the Pre-IPO Option Agreements permitting King to make such amendments, as AB shall reasonably request, to permit and facilitate the assumptions and conversions contemplated by Clauses 4.2 through 4.11, inclusive, and, to the extent permitted by the King 2014 Plan, the Pre-IPO Option Agreements and applicable Law, cause the assumed King Options subject to the Pre-IPO Option Agreements to be treated as Substitute Awards as defined in the King 2014 Plan, as assumed by AB, provided always that (i) no such action shall result in any impairment of the rights of the holder of a King Share Award or King Option in effect immediately prior to the Effective Time and (ii) no such action shall result in less favourable tax treatment for the holder of a King Share Award or King Option.

 

4.13

As soon as practicable after the Effective Time, but in no event later than 10 Business Days thereafter, AB shall prepare and file with the SEC a Form S-8 (or file such other appropriate form) registering the number of AB Shares necessary to fulfill AB's obligations under Clauses 4.2 through 4.11, inclusive, and shall take all other necessary or appropriate action to effectuate the provisions of Clauses 4.2 through 4.11, inclusive.

 

4.14

Withholding Taxes

 
All amounts payable pursuant to this Clause 4 shall be subject to any required withholding in respect of Tax, which shall be paid as soon as practicable following the Effective Time or such other date or dates as expressly provided for in this Agreement or as required by applicable Law.
 

4.15

Amendment of Articles

 
King shall procure that the EGM Resolutions include a special resolution proposing that the Articles of Association of King be amended so that any King Shares allotted following the EGM will either be subject to the terms of the Scheme or acquired by AB Sub for the same consideration per King Share as shall be payable to King Shareholders by AB Sub under the Scheme (depending upon the timing of such allotment); provided, however that nothing in such amendment to the Articles of Association of King shall prohibit the sale (whether on a stock exchange or otherwise) of any King Shares issued on the exercise of King Options or vesting or settlement of King Share Awards, as applicable, following the EGM but prior to the sanction of the Scheme by the High Court, it being always acknowledged that each and every King Share will be bound by the terms of the Scheme.
 

4.16

Change of Control Period Definition

 
For the purposes of implementing the provisions of certain King Award Agreements that contain the term "date of exchange of contracts" in the definition of "Change of Control Period", each of AB and King shall treat the date hereof as such date of exchange of contracts.
 

4.17

Cash Severance Payments to Good Reason Leavers

 
Notwithstanding Clause 4.11, a Good Reason Leaver shall become entitled as of the date of the termination of his employment with AB to payment of any cash amount payable under the terms of any Good Leaver Service Agreement by reason of a Change in Control Termination (as defined in such Good Leaver Service Agreement).
       

5.

King and AB Conduct

 

5.1

Conduct of Business by King

 
5.1.1 At all times from the execution of this Agreement until the earlier of the Effective Time and the date, if any, on which this Agreement is terminated pursuant to Clause 9, except as may be required by Law, or as required or expressly permitted by this Agreement, or with the prior written consent of AB (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed), King shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to, conduct its business in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice in all material respects.
5.1.2 King covenants with AB in the manner set forth in Schedule 1.
 

5.2

Non-Solicitation

 
5.2.1 Subject to any actions which King is required to take so as to comply with the requirements of the Takeover Rules, King agrees that neither it nor any member of the King Group shall, and that it shall cause its and their respective Representatives and it shall use all reasonable endeavours to cause any Concert Party of King not to, directly or indirectly:
(a) solicit, initiate, knowingly facilitate or knowingly encourage any enquiry with respect to, or the making or submission of, any King Alternative Proposal or any proposal which would reasonably be expected to lead to a King Alternative Proposal;
(b) participate in any discussions or negotiations regarding a King Alternative Proposal with, or, save as required by Law, furnish any non-public information regarding King to, any person that has made or, to the Knowledge of King, is considering making a King Alternative Proposal, except to notify such person as to the existence of the provisions of this Clause 5.2;
(c) expressly waive, terminate, amend or modify any provision of any "standstill" or similar obligation of any person with respect to any member of the King Group; provided that King shall not be (i) prohibited from permitting any person to make a King Alternative Proposal privately to the King Board or (ii) required to take, or be prohibited from taking, any action otherwise prohibited or required by this sub-clause (c) if the King Board determines, in good faith (after consultation with its outside legal counsel), that failure to take such action or permit such inaction would be inconsistent with the directors' fiduciary duties under applicable Law.
King shall, and shall cause its Subsidiaries and its and their respective Representatives and shall use all reasonable endeavours to cause its and their Concert Parties to, immediately cease and cause to be terminated all existing discussions or negotiations with any person conducted heretofore with respect to any King Alternative Proposal, or any enquiry or proposal that may reasonably be expected to lead to a King Alternative Proposal, request the prompt return or destruction of all confidential information previously furnished in connection therewith and immediately terminate all physical and electronic data room access previously granted to any such person or its Representatives. King shall be responsible for any act done by one of its Concert Parties which, if done by King, would constitute a breach of the foregoing provisions of this Clause 5.2.1. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if King shall have used all reasonable endeavours to cause a non-controlled Concert Party not to engage in any act which would constitute a breach of this Clause 5.2.1 and such Concert Party nonetheless engages in such an act, such act shall be deemed a breach of this Agreement solely for the purposes of Clause 5.2.2.
5.2.2 Notwithstanding the limitations set forth in Clause 5.2.1, if King receives a written King Alternative Proposal which did not or does not result from a knowing or intentional breach of Clause 5.2.1, King may take any or all of the following actions:
(a) contact the person who makes such King Alternative Proposal to understand the terms and conditions thereof;
(b) furnish non-public information to the third party (and any persons Acting in Concert with such third party and to their respective potential financing sources and Representatives) making such King Alternative Proposal (provided that all such information has previously been provided to AB or is provided to AB substantially concurrently with the time it is provided to such person(s)), if, and only if, prior to so furnishing such information, King receives from the third party an executed confidentiality agreement, or as of the date hereof such third party is party to such a confidentiality agreement, containing terms no less restrictive on such third party than the terms in the AB Confidentiality Agreement are restrictive on AB; provided, however, that if such confidentiality agreement is executed after the date hereof, such confidentiality agreement shall permit King to disclose all information contemplated by Clause 5.2.3 to AB); and
(c) engage in discussions or negotiations with the third party (and such other persons) with respect to such King Alternative Proposal;
provided that King shall not be permitted to take the action set forth in sub-clauses (b) or (c) unless the King Board has determined in good faith (after consultation with King's financial advisors and outside legal counsel) that such King Alternative Proposal is, or would reasonably be expected to lead to, a King Superior Proposal.
5.2.3 King shall promptly (and in any event within 24 hours of receipt, or 48 hours if, within such initial 24-hour period, no Executive Officer is or becomes aware of such receipt) notify AB of the receipt of any King Alternative Proposal and shall indicate the material terms and conditions of such King Alternative Proposal and, to the extent permitted by the terms of any confidentiality agreement with such person existing on the date hereof, the identity of the person making any such King Alternative Proposal, and thereafter shall promptly keep AB reasonably informed of any material change to the terms of any such King Alternative Proposal. Subject to any such existing confidentiality agreement, King shall provide to AB as soon as reasonably practicable after receipt or delivery thereof (and in any event within 24 hours of receipt or delivery) copies of all written correspondence and other written material exchanged between any member of the King Group (or any of their respective Representatives) and the person making a King Alternative Proposal (or such person's Representatives) that describes the material terms or conditions of such King Alternative Proposal, including draft agreements, indications of interest or term sheets submitted by either party in connection therewith. King shall not, and shall cause its Subsidiaries not to, enter into any confidentiality agreement with any person following the date hereof that prohibits King from providing such information to AB.
5.2.4 Except as set forth in Clause 5.2.5, neither the King Board nor any committee thereof shall:
(a) withdraw (or modify in any manner adverse to AB), or propose publicly to withdraw (or modify in any manner adverse to AB), the Scheme Recommendation;
(b) approve, recommend or declare advisable, or propose publicly to approve, recommend or declare advisable, any King Alternative Proposal (any of the foregoing actions in this Clause 5.2.4 being a "King Change of Recommendation") (it being agreed that the provision by King to AB of notice or information in connection with a King Alternative Proposal or King Superior Proposal as required or expressly permitted by this Agreement shall not, in and of itself, constitute a King Change of Recommendation); or
(c) cause or allow any member of the King Group to execute or enter into, any expense reimbursement or break fee payment agreement, letter of intent, memorandum of understanding, agreement in principle, merger agreement, acquisition agreement, transaction agreement, implementation agreement, option agreement, joint venture agreement, alliance agreement, partnership agreement or other agreement constituting or with respect to, or that would reasonably be expected to lead to, any King Alternative Proposal, or requiring, or reasonably expected to cause, King to abandon, terminate, delay or fail to consummate the Acquisition other than as contemplated by Clause 9.1.1(h) and other than a confidentiality agreement referred to in Clause 5.2.2.
5.2.5 Nothing in this Agreement shall prohibit or restrict the King Board from making a King Change of Recommendation if the King Board has given not less than 24 hours' notice to AB of the holding of a meeting of the King Board (or a committee thereof) at which a King Change of Recommendation is to be considered and has concluded, in good faith (after consultation with King's outside legal counsel and financial advisors):
(a) that a King Alternative Proposal constitutes a King Superior Proposal; and
(b) that the failure to make a King Change of Recommendation would be inconsistent with the directors' fiduciary duties under applicable Law.
provided that (x) promptly (and in any event within 24 hours) following the King Board's determination (after consultation with King's outside legal counsel and financial advisors) that a King Alternative Proposal constitutes a King Superior Proposal, King has provided a written notice to AB (a "Superior Proposal Notice") advising AB that King has received a King Alternative Proposal and specifying the material terms of such King Alternative Proposal, the identity of the person making such King Alternative Proposal and such other information with respect thereto required by Clause 5.2.3 and including written notice of the determination of the King Board that such King Alternative Proposal constitutes a King Superior Proposal, (y) King has provided AB with an opportunity, for a period of four Business Days following the time of delivery to AB of the Superior Proposal Notice (as it may be extended pursuant to the last sentence of this Clause 5.2.5, the "Notice Period"), to discuss in good faith the terms and conditions of this Agreement and the Transactions, including an increase in, or modification of, the Consideration, and such other terms and conditions such that such King Alternative Proposal no longer constitutes a King Superior Proposal and (z) following the expiration of such Notice Period, the King Board has determined in good faith (after consultation with King's outside legal counsel and financial advisors) that such King Alternative Proposal continues to constitute a King Superior Proposal taking into account all changes proposed in writing by AB during the Notice Period and has provided to AB a further written notice to such effect (a "Final Recommendation Change Notice"). If, during the Notice Period any material revision is made to the financial terms or other material terms and conditions of the pertinent King Alternative Proposal in writing, King shall, promptly following each such revision, deliver a new Superior Proposal Notice to AB and comply with the requirements of this Clause 5.2.5 with respect to such new Superior Proposal Notice, except that the Notice Period shall be the greater of one Business Day and the amount of time remaining in the initial Notice Period.
5.2.6 Nothing contained in this Agreement shall prohibit or restrict King or the King Board from (a) making any disclosure to the King Shareholders required by Law (after consultation with King's outside legal counsel) provided such disclosure does not constitute a King Change of Recommendation or (b) taking and disclosing to the King Shareholders a position contemplated by Rule 14e-2(a), Rule 14d-9 or Item 1012(a) of Regulation M-A promulgated under the Exchange Act (or any similar communication to shareholders); provided, however, that in no event shall this Clause 5.2.6 affect the obligations of King set forth in Clauses 5.2.1 through 5.2.5, inclusive; provided, further, that any such disclosure pursuant to sub-clause (b) above shall constitute a King Change of Recommendation unless such disclosure (i) expressly states that the Scheme Recommendation has not changed, (ii) expressly states that the King Board rejects the applicable King Alternative Proposal or (iii) is a "stop, look and listen" communication contemplated by Rule 14d-9(f) promulgated under the Exchange Act.

6.

       

Warranties

 

6.1

King Warranties

 
Except (i) as fairly and accurately disclosed in Part A of the King Disclosure Letter, which identifies items of disclosure by reference to a particular Clause or sub-clause of this Agreement, as applicable, or any other part of Part A of the King Disclosure Letter where it is reasonably apparent on its face based on the substance of such disclosure or the context in which such disclosure is made that such disclosure shall be deemed to be disclosed with respect to any other Clause or sub-clause of this Agreement, and (ii) as disclosed in the forms, documents and reports (including exhibits and other information incorporated therein) filed or furnished by King with the SEC since January 1, 2015 and publicly available prior to the date hereof (but excluding any disclosures in any "risk factors" section, any disclosures in any "forward-looking statements" section and any other disclosures included therein to the extent they are predictive or forward-looking in nature), King represents and warrants to AB as of the date hereof as follows:
6.1.1 Each of King and each of its Significant Subsidiaries is a legal entity duly organised, validly existing and, where relevant, in good standing under the Laws of its respective jurisdiction of organisation and has all requisite corporate or similar power and authority to own, lease and operate its properties and assets and to carry on its business as presently conducted and is qualified to do business and is in good standing as a foreign corporation in each jurisdiction where the ownership, leasing or operation of its assets or properties or conduct of its business requires such qualification. King has furnished to the SEC, prior to the date hereof, a complete and accurate copy of the King Memorandum and Articles of Association of King as amended to the date hereof. The King Memorandum and Articles of Association are in full force and effect and King is not in violation of the King Memorandum and Articles of Association in any material respect. Section 6.1.1 of Part A of the King Disclosure Letter contains a correct and complete list of all members of the King Group, which of King's Subsidiaries are Significant Subsidiaries, the ownership interest of King in each such Subsidiary and the ownership interest of any other Person or Persons in each such Subsidiary.
6.1.2 All the issued and outstanding shares of capital stock of, or other equity interests in, each Subsidiary of King have been validly issued and are fully paid and non-assessable and are owned, directly or indirectly, by King free and clear of all Encumbrances, other than Permitted Encumbrances.
6.1.3 Capital
(a) The authorised share capital of King consists of 1,000,000,000 King Shares, 40,000 Euro Deferred Shares of €1 each, and 12,500,000 Preferred Shares of $0.00008 each. At October 28, 2015 (the "Capitalization Date"):
(i) 315,541,571 King Shares were issued and outstanding, which includes King Shares subject to King Restricted Share Awards and King Linked Shares;
(ii) 40,000 Euro Deferred Shares of €1 each in the capital of King were issued and held by the Persons identified in Section 6.1.3(a)(ii) of Part A of the King Disclosure Letter (with the amount of Euro Deferred Shares held by such Person opposite such Person's name);
(iii) no King Shares were held in treasury;
(iv) 31,097,946 King Shares were reserved for issuance pursuant to the King 2014 Plan, of which number (A) 5,625,657 King Shares were subject to outstanding King RSU Awards, and (B) 3,201,147 King Shares were issuable upon the exercise of outstanding King Options granted under the King 2014 Plan;
(v) 20,263,011 King Shares were issuable upon the exercise of outstanding Pre-IPO King Options;
(vi) no King Shares were beneficially owned by any Subsidiary of King; and
(vii) no Preferred Shares were issued and outstanding.
(b) Section 6.1.3(b) of Part A of the King Disclosure Letter sets forth, at the Capitalization Date:
(i) the number of King Shares that were subject to each King Option outstanding under the King 2014 Plan and the exercise price per King Share of each such King Option;
(ii) the number of King RSUs that were subject to King RSU Awards;
(iii) the number of King Shares that were subject to outstanding Pre-IPO King Options and the exercise price per King Share of each such King Option;
(iv) the number of King Shares that were subject to Restricted Share Awards; and
(v) the number of King Linked Shares and the Pre-IPO King Options to which they were linked.
(c) All of the outstanding King Shares are, and all King Shares available for issuance as noted above shall be, when issued in accordance with the respective terms thereof, duly authorised, validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable and free of pre-emptive rights.
(d) Except as set forth in Clauses 6.1.3(a) and 6.1.3(b), as of the Capitalization Date: (i) no shares in the share capital of King or other voting securities of King were issued, reserved for issuance or outstanding, and (ii) there were no outstanding subscriptions, options, warrants, puts, calls, exchangeable or convertible securities or other similar rights, agreements or commitments relating to the issuance of shares of capital to which any member of the King Group is a party obligating any member of the King Group to (A) issue, transfer or sell any shares in the capital or other equity interests of any member of the King Group or securities convertible into or exchangeable for such shares or equity interests (in each case other than to any member of the King Group); (B) grant, extend or enter into any such subscription, option, warrant, put, call, exchangeable or convertible securities or other similar right, agreement or commitment; (C) redeem or otherwise acquire any such shares in its capital or other equity interests; or (D) provide a material amount of funds to, or make any material investment (in the form of a loan, capital contribution or otherwise) in, any Subsidiary that is not wholly owned.
(e) No member of the King Group has outstanding bonds, debentures, notes or other similar obligations, the holders of which have the right to vote (or which are convertible into or exercisable for securities having the right to vote) with the King Shareholders on any matter.
(f) There are no voting trusts or other agreements or understandings to which any member of the King Group is a party with respect to the voting of the shares in the capital or other equity interest of any member of the King Group.
(g) No "fair price," "moratorium," "control share acquisition" or other similar anti-takeover statute or regulation or any anti-takeover provision in the King Memorandum and Articles of Association is, or at Completion will be, applicable to King or the Transactions.
6.1.4 Corporate Authority
(a) King has all requisite corporate power and authority to enter into this Agreement and the Expenses Reimbursement Agreement, subject (in the case of this Agreement) to receipt of the King Shareholder Approval to consummate the Transactions. The execution and delivery of this Agreement and the Expenses Reimbursement Agreement and the consummation of the Transactions have been duly and validly authorised by the King Board and, except for (i) the King Shareholder Approval, (ii) the filing of the required documents and other actions in connection with the Scheme with, and the receipt of the required approval of the Scheme by, the High Court, and (iii) the filing of the Court Order with the Registrar of Companies, no other corporate proceedings on the part of King are necessary to authorise the consummation of the Transactions. On or prior to the date hereof, the King Board has determined that the Transactions are fair to and in the best interests of King and the King Shareholders and has adopted a resolution to make, subject to Clause 5.2 and to the obligations of the King Board under the Takeover Rules, the Scheme Recommendation. This Agreement has been duly and validly executed and delivered by King and, assuming this Agreement constitutes the valid and binding agreement of the AB Parties, constitutes the valid and binding agreement of King, enforceable against King in accordance with its terms.
(b) Other than in connection with or in compliance with (i) the provisions of the Act, (ii) the Takeover Panel Act and the Takeover Rules, (iii) the Securities Act, (iv) the Exchange Act, (v) the HSR Act, (vi) any applicable requirements under the EU Merger Regulation, (vii) any applicable requirements of other Antitrust Laws and (viii) any applicable requirements of NASDAQ or the NYSE, no authorisation, consent or approval of, or filing with, any Relevant Authority is necessary, under applicable Law, for the consummation by King of the Transactions, except for such authorisations, consents, approvals or filings (A) that, if not obtained or made, would not reasonably be expected to materially impede or prevent the consummation of the Acquisition or (B) as may arise as a result of facts or circumstances solely or primarily relating to AB or its Affiliates or Laws or Contracts binding on AB or its Affiliates.
(c) Assuming compliance with the Scheme, Chapter 1 of Part 9 of the Act and any directions or orders of the High Court, none of the execution, delivery or performance of this Agreement or the consummation of the Acquisition will: (i) contravene, conflict with or result in a violation of any of the provisions of the King Memorandum and Articles of Association or other Organisational Documents of any member of the King Group; or (ii) contravene or conflict with in any material respect, or result in a material violation of, any applicable Law or any order, ruling, writ, injunction, judgment, arbitration award or decree to which King, or any of the material assets owned by any member of the King Group, is subject.
6.1.5 Investment Company
No member of the King Group is an "investment company" within the meaning of the US Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.
6.1.6 Legal Compliance
Each member of the King Group and each of their respective businesses and their respective directors and officers (in their capacities as such) are, and during the last 24 months have been, in compliance in all material respects with all applicable Laws and all applicable orders, rulings, decrees, writs, injunctions, judgments or arbitration awards of any court or arbitrator or of any Governmental Body (collectively, "Orders"), including with respect to employment, employment practices, terms and conditions of employment, wages, hours, WARN Act (in the United States) and other comparable applicable non-US Laws, and all applicable Laws and applicable Orders covering discrimination, equal employment opportunity, labour relations, leave of absence, occupational health and safety, wrongful discharge or violation of the personal rights of employees, privacy, data protection, advertising, consumer protection, anti-corruption (e.g. the UK Bribery Act of 2010 and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977), antitrust, fair competition, securities, corporate, disclosure, reporting, Taxes (provided that, as to Taxes, such Laws shall be limited to those governing the filing of Tax Returns, the payment and collection of Taxes and the determinations of amounts in respect of such filings, payments and collections), the Act (including the Companies Acts 1963 to 2005 and all other enactments to be read as one with, or construed or read together as one with such Acts), environmental and intellectual property. Each member of the King Group holds all material Governmental Authorisations required to lawfully operate its business as currently conducted. Assuming compliance with the provisions of this Agreement, none of the execution, delivery or performance of this Agreement or the consummation of the Acquisition will contravene or conflict with in any material respect, or result in a material violation of any of the terms or requirements of, or give any Governmental Body the right to revoke, withdraw, suspend, cancel, terminate or modify, any material Governmental Authorisation that is held by any member of the King Group.
6.1.7 Litigation and Claims
During the prior 24 months, (a) there has been no material investigation or review pending (or, to the Knowledge of King, threatened) by any Governmental Body with respect to any member of the King Group or any of their businesses, and (b) there have been no material Actions pending (or, to the Knowledge of King, threatened) against any member of the King Group or any of their respective businesses.
6.1.8 Liabilities
Except (a) as and to the extent disclosed, reflected or reserved against on the Most Recent Balance Sheet (including any notes thereto), (b) for liabilities incurred in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice since the date of the Most Recent Balance Sheet, (c) as expressly permitted or required by this Agreement or incurred in connection with the preparation and negotiation of this Agreement and/or the Transactions, including King's associated strategic process, but in each case not involving any breach of any Contract, and (d) for liabilities which have been discharged or paid in full in the ordinary course of business, no member of the King Group has any material obligations or material liabilities, whether or not accrued, contingent or otherwise, that would be required by IFRS to be reflected on a consolidated balance sheet of King and its consolidated Subsidiaries (or in the notes thereto).
6.1.9 Contracts
(a) Section 6.1.9(a) of Part A of the King Disclosure Letter contains a list of all Contracts in effect as of the date hereof (as amended or supplemented) to which any member of the King Group is a party, or by which any property or asset of any member of the King Group is bound that (i) provides by its terms for committed payments in excess of $15 million per annum or receipts in excess of $100 million per annum; (ii) is a "material contract" (as such term is defined in Item 601(b)(10) of Regulation S-K of the SEC); (iii) other than with respect to exclusive brand licenses for merchandise, imposes on any member of the King Group any material restriction or prohibition with respect to: (A) competing with any other Person; (B) acquiring any product or other asset or any services from any other Person; (C) developing, selling, supplying, distributing, offering, supporting or servicing any product or any Technology or other asset; (D) performing services for or investing in any other Person; or (E) other than as required by applicable Law, engaging in any business anywhere in the world; (iv) grants a right of first refusal, first offer or similar right with respect to a material asset or material portion of King's business; (v) provides for any joint venture, off-balance sheet partnership or any similar arrangement (including any Contract relating to any transaction or relationship between or among any member of the King Group, on the one hand, and any unconsolidated Affiliate, including any structured finance, special purpose or limited purpose entity or Person, on the other hand, or any "off-balance sheet arrangements" (as defined in Item 303(a) of Regulation S-K)), where the result, purpose or effect of such Contract is to avoid disclosure of any material transaction involving, or material liabilities of, any member of the King Group in King's published financial statements or any King SEC Documents; or (vi) imposes or, to the Knowledge of King, purports on its face to impose any material obligation on AB or any of its Subsidiaries (other than, after Completion, any member of the King Group).
(b) None of the execution, delivery or performance of this Agreement or the consummation of the Acquisition will contravene or conflict with in any material respect, or result in a material violation or breach of, or result in a default under, any Material Contract, or give any Person the right (with or without notice or lapse of time) to: (i) declare a default or exercise any material remedy under any Material Contract; (ii) accelerate the maturity or performance of any Material Contract; or (iii) cancel, terminate or modify in any material respect any Material Contract.
6.1.10 Financial Controls and Statements
(a) King maintains a system of "internal control over financial reporting" (as defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) under the Exchange Act) designed to provide reasonable assurance that: (i) transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in conformity with IFRS; (ii) receipts and expenditures are executed only in accordance with the authorisation of management and the directors of King; and (iii) any unauthorised acquisition, use, or disposition of the King Group's assets that could have a material effect on King's financial statements would be detected or prevented in a timely manner. King maintains, with respect to the King Group, a system of "disclosure controls and procedures" (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Exchange Act) designed to ensure that all material information concerning the King Group is made known on a timely basis to the individuals responsible for the preparation of the King SEC Documents and other required public disclosure documents, and otherwise to ensure that information required to be disclosed by King in the reports that it files or furnishes under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC's rules, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure and to make the required certifications in connection therein.
(b) King has disclosed to King's outside auditors and the audit committee of King (and made copies of such disclosures available to AB): (i) all "significant deficiencies" and "material weaknesses" in the design or operation of internal controls over financial reporting (as defined in Rule 13a-15(f) of the Exchange Act) of which King has Knowledge and that are reasonably likely to adversely affect in any material respect King's ability to record, process, summarize and report financial data; and (ii) any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in King's internal controls over financial reporting. King has not received from its independent accountants any notification of any: (i) "significant deficiency" in the internal controls over financial reporting; (ii) "material weakness" in the internal controls over financial reporting; or (iii) fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the internal controls over financial reporting. For purposes of this Agreement, the terms "significant deficiency" and "material weakness" shall have the meanings assigned to them by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in Auditing Standard No. 5.
(c) The financial statements (including any related notes) contained in the King SEC Documents, other than the financial information furnished as part of King's periodic earnings releases, (i) were prepared in accordance with IFRS applied on a consistent basis throughout the periods covered (except as may be indicated in the notes to such financial statements or, in the case of unaudited statements, as permitted by the SEC, and except that the unaudited financial statements may not contain footnotes and are subject to normal and recurring year-end adjustments that will not, individually or in the aggregate, be material in amount); and (ii) fairly present in all material respects the consolidated financial position of the King Group as of the respective dates thereof and the consolidated results of operations and cash flows of the King Group for the periods covered thereby (subject, with respect to unaudited interim statements, to normal and recurring year-end adjustments that will not, individually or in the aggregate, be material in amount).
6.1.11 Tax Matters
Each of the Tax Returns required to be filed by or on behalf of King and each member of the King Group: (a) has, in the case of any Tax Return for material Taxes, been timely filed (after giving effect to any valid extensions of time in which to make such filing); and (b) is accurate and complete in all material respects. King has made available to AB: (i) accurate and complete copies of all Tax Returns of King and each member of the King Group relating to Taxable periods ended on or after December 31, 2012 that are listed in Section 6.1.11 of Part A of the King Disclosure Letter; and (ii) any audit report issued by a Governmental Body within the last three years relating to any Taxes due from or with respect to King and each member of the King Group. All income