HONG KONG, March 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Shanda Games Limited (NASDAQ: GAME) ( "Shanda Games" or the "Company"), a leading online game developer, operator and publisher in China, has been informed by Ningxia Yilida Capital Investment Limited Partnership ("Ningxia Yilida"), a limited partnership organized under the laws of the People's Republic of China and an affiliate of the Company's acting CEO, Mr. Yingfeng Zhang, and Ningxia Zhongyincashmere International Group Co., Ltd. ("Ningxia"), a company formed under the laws of the People's Republic of China, that (i) Ningxia Yilida, (ii) Ningxia, (iii) Orient Hongtai (Hong Kong) Limited, a company incorporated and existing under the laws of Hong Kong and an affiliate of Orient Securities Company Limited ("Orient Securities"), (iv) Orient Hongzhi (Hong Kong) Limited, a company incorporated and existing under the laws of Hong Kong and an affiliate of Orient Securities, and (v) Hao Ding International Limited, a company established under the laws of the British Virgin Islands and an affiliate of Haitong Securities Co., Ltd. ("Haitong"), entered into a consortium agreement on March 16, 2015, pursuant to which they agreed to form a consortium to acquire the Company in a "going private" transaction (the "Proposed Transaction").
As previously announced, the board of directors (the "Board") of the Company received a preliminary non-binding proposal letter (the "SNDA Proposal") dated January 27, 2014 from a consortium (the "SNDA Consortium") then consisting of Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited ("Shanda Interactive"), the then-controlling shareholder of the Company, and certain other parties. According to the SNDA Proposal, the SNDA Consortium proposed to acquire the Company in a "going private" transaction for US$3.45 per Class A ordinary share ("Class A Share") or Class B ordinary share ("Class B Share") of the Company, or US$6.90 per American depositary share, each representing two Class A Shares. Subsequently, (i) the Board formed a special committee (the "Special Committee") of independent directors which is authorized to consider the SNDA Proposal and other alternative proposals or competing offers and make recommendations to the Board, (ii) affiliates of Orient Securities and Haitong signed adherence agreements and joined the SNDA Consortium, and (iii) Shanda Interactive sold all ordinary shares of the Company held by it to various parties, including Mr. Yingfeng Zhang, Ningxia, Orient Securities, Haitong and/or their respective affiliates, and informed the Company that it did not intend to remain a member of the SNDA Consortium. As of December 31, 2014, (i) Ningxia and its affiliates collectively owned Class A Shares and Class B Shares representing approximately 24.0% of the Company's issued and outstanding ordinary shares and approximately 40.1% of the total number of votes represented by the Company's issued and outstanding ordinary shares; (ii) Mr. Yingfeng Zhang and his affiliates collectively owned Class B Shares representing approximately 9.1% of the Company's issued and outstanding ordinary shares and approximately 34.4% of the total number of votes represented by the Company's issued and outstanding ordinary shares; (iii) Orient Securities and its affiliates collectively owned Class A Shares representing approximately 23.0% of the Company's issued and outstanding ordinary shares and approximately 8.7% of the total number of votes represented by the Company's issued and outstanding ordinary shares; and (iv) Haitong and its affiliates collectively owned Class A Shares representing approximately 20.0% of the Company's issued and outstanding ordinary shares and approximately 7.6% of the total number of votes represented by the Company's issued and outstanding ordinary shares.
The Special Committee has not set a definitive timetable for the completion of its evaluation of the Proposed Transaction or any other alternative transaction (if any) and does not currently intend to announce developments unless and until an agreement has been reached. The Company cautions its shareholders and others considering trading its securities that there can be no assurance that any definitive agreement will be executed relating to the Proposed Transaction, or that the Proposed Transaction or any other transaction will be approved or consummated.
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About Shanda Games
Shanda Games Limited (NASDAQ: GAME) is a leading online game developer, operator and publisher in China. Shanda Games offers a diversified game portfolio, which includes some of the most popular massively multiplayer online (MMO) games and mobile games in China and in overseas markets, targeting a large and diverse community of users. Shanda Games manages and operates online games that are developed in-house, co-developed with world-leading game developers, acquired through investments or licensed from third parties. For more information about Shanda Games, please visit http://www.ShandaGames.com.
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