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CentralNic Group PLC

14 September 2022

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14 September 2022


CentralNic Group plc

("CentralNic" or "the Company" or "the Group")

Acquisition Announcement

CentralNic Group Plc (AIM: CNIC), the global internet platform that derives recurring revenue from marketplaces for online presence and online marketing service s, is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement to acquire M.A Aporia Ltd. ("Aporia") for an initial consideration of USD 11.2m in cash subject to customary adjustments for net cash and working capital ("Acquisition") from Aporia's founders.

Aporia is a technology company operating in the fields of social media and native advertising. In 2021(1) , Aporia generated revenue of USD 35m, gross profit of USD 3.5m and EBITDA USD 2m. The Acquisition is part of a larger vertical integration strategy, providing the Group's Online Marketing segment with more direct access to high quality traffic to monetise.

The acquisition will be immediately earnings accretive. As Aporia is an exclusive supplier to CentralNic, the transaction will increase CentralNic's gross margin and EBITDA margin but have no immediate impact on revenue. Under the terms of the agreement, the sellers of Aporia may earn up to another USD 7.8m payable over a performance period until and including 2024.

Ben Crawford, CEO of CentralNic, said "Disintermediating the value chain holds enormous potential to create a more efficient ecosystem in CentralNic's Online Marketing business, removing transaction costs and friction losses. This acquisition represents a major step forward in our disintermediation strategy, creating more value for CentralNic, as well as for the users of our customer acquisition and traffic monetization services."

(1) Financial information relating to Aporia is based upon audited annual accounts.

For further information:

 CentralNic Group Plc 
  Ben Crawford, Chief Executive Officer 
  Don Baladasan, Group Managing Director 
  Michael Riedl, Chief Financial Officer     +44 (0) 203 388 0600 
 Zeus Capital Limited (NOMAD and Joint 
  Nick Cowles / Jamie Peel / James Edis 
  (Investment Banking)                      +44 (0) 161 831 1512 
  Dominic King (Corporate Broking)           +44 (0) 203 829 5000 
 Berenberg (Joint Broker) 
  Mark Whitmore, Richard Andrews, Alix 
  Mecklenburg-Solodkoff                     +44 (0)20 3207 7800 
 SEC Newgate (for Media)                    +44 (0) 203 757 6880 
  Bob Huxford / Isabelle Smurfit / Max       centralnic@secnewgate.co.uk 

About CentralNic Group plc

CentralNic (AIM: CNIC) is a London-based AIM-quoted company which drives the growth of the global digital economy by developing and managing software platforms allowing businesses globally to buy subscriptions to domain names for websites and email, monetise their websites, and acquire customers online. Its core growth strategy is identifying and acquiring cash-generative businesses in its industry with annuity revenue streams and exposure to growth markets and migrating them onto the CentralNic software and operating platforms.

CentralNic operates globally with customers in almost every country in the world. It earns recurring revenues from the worldwide sales of internet domain names and other services on an annual subscription basis. For more information please visit: www.centralnicgroup.com

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