SAN DIEGO, April 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Turtle Beach Corporation (NASDAQ: HEAR), the leading gaming headset and audio accessory brand, today announced it has negotiated and executed a series of transactions pursuant to which the Series B Preferred Stock of Turtle Beach subsidiary, VTB Holdings, Inc., with a redemption value of approximately $19.3 million, was retired in exchange for the issuance by the Company of a combination of common stock and pre-funded warrants totaling 1,857,143 shares with a market value of $8.4 million (based on the closing price of the Company's common stock on April 24, 2018).
The transactions also resulted in a significant increase in the public float of the Company's common stock and improved the Company's consolidated balance sheet by removing a $19.3 million liability. In connection with the transactions, the Company also settled ongoing litigation with the prior holder of the Series B Preferred Stock.
"We facilitated a transaction to retire, at a discount in excess of 50%, a nearly $20 million liability, which was growing at 8% per year, in exchange for common stock and pre-funded warrants," said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach. "On top of the recent renegotiation of our term loan, revolver, and subordinated notes, this transaction represents another significant improvement of our balance sheet and is expected to result in a significant reduction in non-cash interest expense going forward."
Summary of Transaction:
- All of the outstanding 8% Series B Preferred Stock of VTB Holdings, Inc., with a redemption value of approximately $19.3 million as of March 31, 2018, was retired;
- The Special Situations Funds and 180 Degree Capital Corp purchased the Series B Preferred Stock from the prior owner and subsequently exchanged such preferred stock for 1,307,143 newly issued shares of Company common stock and pre-funded warrants exercisable for 550,000 shares of Company common stock;
- The Company's total diluted share count increases to approximately 14.2 million shares (taking into account full exercise of the pre-funded warrants), with public float increasing to approximately 8.7 million shares; and
- Litigation against the Company brought by the former Series B Preferred stockholder is settled for an additional $950,000 cash payment and the right to receive a contingent future payment of $1.25 million should the Company complete a change of control transaction meeting specific requirements within three years.
The Series B Preferred Stock was previously reported as a long-term liability of the Company and, as of December 31, 2017, represented approximately 41% of the Company's total long-term debt and preferred stock.
Lake Street Capital Markets served as the Company's exclusive placement agent and financial adviser for the transaction.
About Turtle Beach Corporation
Turtle Beach (www.turtlebeach.com and http://corp.turtlebeach.com) has been revolutionizing console multiplayer gaming since the very beginning with its wide selection of industry leading, award-winning gaming headsets. Whether you're a professional esports athlete, hardcore gamer, casual player or just starting out, Turtle Beach has the gaming headset to help you truly master your skills. Amazing audio quality, crystal-clear communication, lightweight and comfortable designs, innovative and advanced technology, and ease-of-use are just a few features that have made Turtle Beach a fan-favorite brand for gamers the world over. Made for Xbox and PlayStation® consoles as well as for PC and mobile devices, having a Turtle Beach gaming headset in your arsenal gives you the competitive advantage. The Company's shares are traded on the NASDAQ Exchange under the symbol: HEAR.
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