Final acquisition analysis for ComeOn!

The Board of Directors of Cherry AB has resolved to approve the final acquisition analysis for ComeOn!. A preliminary acquisition analysis was prepared in connection with the consolidation process in the fourth quarter 2016. In the final acquisition analysis the appreciation in the value of shares, amounting to SEK 510 million, is annulled. This has had no effect on the results for the year, however goodwill and equity were reduced.

In the third quarter of 2017, Cherry AB adjusted the purchase price for the acquisition of ComeOn! following a reassessment of the fair value of the 49 percent share previously held. The adjustment entails the revaluation of the previously held shares by SEK 510 million, reported in the fourth quarter of 2016, being reversed and a corresponding adjustment of goodwill being recognised. The adjustment has had no effect on cash flow nor the results for 2017 but goodwill against equity was reduced. The equity ratio was 36 percent as per 30 June 2017.

The purchase price was paid in two settlements, with an initial part-payment of EUR 80 million being paid in July 2016 and a second part-payment of EUR 209 million being paid in May 2017. In August and September 2016, Come On! was reported as associated company. As of 1 October 2016, Cherry was considered to hold a controlling interest and ComeOn! was consolidated as a subsidiary. In connection with this, the estimated market value of the initially acquired 49-percent holding was revalued by SEK 510 million.

In accordance with IFRS 3, the comparative figures in the income statement and balance sheet for the 2016 full year have been recalculated. The adjusted and thus final acquisition calculation for the acquisition is presented below.

Final acquisition analysis for ComeOn! SEK million
Purchase price
Cash and cash equivalents and equity instruments 2,753
Conditional additional purchase price 43
Estimated purchase price to be paid 2,796
Recognised identifiable acquired assets and liabilities
Intangible assets 543
Property, plant and equipment 6
Current receivables 138
Cash and bank balances 130
Deferred tax -28
Loans 0
Current liabilities -167
Identified net assets 622
Goodwill 2,174

Below are the consolidated income statement and balance sheet, applying the final acquisition analysis.

FINANCIAL KEY RATIOS, Cherry Group Preliminary analysis Final analysis

SEK million

Q4 2016

2016

Q4 2016

2016

Revenues

519

1,102

519

1,102

EBITDA

106

174

106

174

Adjusted EBIT

70

115

70

115

Profit

580

625

70

115

EBITDA-margin, %

20.5

15.8

20.5

15.8

Adjusted EBIT margin, %

13.5

10.4

13.5

10.4

EBIT margin, %

111.8

56.7

13.5

10.4

Earnings per share before dilution, SEK

3.62*

39.30

3.62

6.38

Earnings per share after dilution, SEK

3.57*

38.99

3.57

6.33

Earnings per share before dilution and split, SEK

0.72**

1.28**

Earnings per share after dilution and split, SEK

0.71**

1.27**

Total assets

3,932

3,932

3,422

3,422

Equity

988

988

478

478

Equity/assets ratio, %***

25

25

14

14

* Earnings per share are reported excluding the effects of the SEK 510 million
** Split implemented in June 2017
*** Due to the fact that 100 percent of the acquisition was due but not paid in the 2016 year end report, the reported equity was low. As the acquisition was partly regulated by shares, the equity ratio increased according to plan and amounted to 36 percent on 30 June 2017 (after final adjustment of the acquisition analysis as above)

For further information, please contact: Anders Holmgren, CEO, +46 708 607 534, anders.holmgren@cherry.se Christine Rankin, CFO, +46 76 539 94 92, christine.rankin@cherry.se

This information is information that Cherry AB (publ) is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact persons set out above on 21 September 2017.