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ANIMOCA BRANDS CORPORATION LIMITED (AB1)

Delisted from ASX 09/03/2020

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Automic Registry Services Level 5 126 Phillip Street Sydney NSW 2000
Tel : +61 (2) 8072 1400 or 1300 288 664 (within Australia)
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Company details

Address: C/- Boardroom Pty Limited Level 12, 225 George Street Sydney NSW 2000
Tel:  1300 737 760 Fax: +61 2 9279 0664

Date first listed: 30/04/2007
Company Secretary: Julian Rockett, John Madden
Sector: Software & Services Industry Group: XIJ
Activities: Mineral Exploration

delisted from the commencement of trading on Monday, 9 March 2020, pursuant to Listing rule 17.12.

09/03/2020

we understand that for more than a year the company has breached numerous ASX listing rules despite intensive efforts by ASX to highlight the company's obligations - the company lacks the resources, systems and controls to be a listed entity

09/03/2020

The company intends to complete the acquisitions of Quidd Inc. and nWay Inc. as part of a number of matters to be ratified at an upcoming meeting of shareholders, to take place within the second quarter of 2020.

05/03/2020

The company lodges an Appendix 4E - Preliminary Final Accounts and Commentary.

28/02/2020

ASX has granted a further extension to the company to respond to the letter issued to the company by ASX on 18 December 2019, detailing what ASX believes to be breaches of the listing rules. The company sought an extension from ASX due to disruptions to its day-to-day operations caused by the COVID-19 outbreak of a novel coronavirus. Unless Animoca Brands can make a good case in its response to the Letter, ASX now proposes to remove the company from the official list pursuant to listing rule 17.12 with effect on and from the commencement of trading on Friday, 6 March 2020. During the current COVID-19 emergency, the company, headquartered in Hong Kon, has experienced a slowdown in day-to-day operations caused primarily by increased safety precautions adopted by the company and by the government of the Hong Kong SAR. To date there have been no cases of novel coronavirus infection among Animoca Brands employees. The company does not currently have employees based in Mainland China, where the outbreak is most severe.

20/02/2020

The company lodges its Appendix 4C and Activities Report.

31/01/2020

ASX has issued to the Company a letter detailing what ASX believes to be breaches of the listing rules. The letter places a particular emphasis on elements of the company's business that ASX has recently indicated it does not consider to be appropriate for a listed company, in particular, "substantial involvement in cryptocurrency related activities" and "substantial use of SAFEs issued by subsidiaries". Animoca Brands intends to address the issues raised in the ASX letter and provide a written response as soon as practicable.

24/12/2019

Animoca Brands to acquire nWay, Inc. for US$7.69 million (approx. A$11.4 million) of which US$1.94 million (approx. A$2.9 million) is in cash and US$5.75 million (approx. A$8.5 million) in shares. Share consideration will be based on a price per share of the higher of A$0.18 or the 30-day VWAP as of the effective date. Cash consideration includes US$250,000 (approx. A$369,000) to the Sellers and a US$1.69 million (approx. A$2.5 million) cash investment into nWay for operating purposes. nWay is a game developer and publisher of high-quality AAA games on console, PC, and mobile platforms. nWay revenue (unaudited) in the first 8 months of 2019 was US$6.98 million (approx. A$10.2 million) with EBITDA loss of US$1.3m (approx. A$1.88m). nWay has a global license granted by Lionsgate and Hasbro to make use of the Power Rangers brand, including in POWER RANGERS: Legacy Wars, nWay's awardwinning mobile game with over 50 million downloads. nWayPlay platform (in development) will provide developers with complete backend and fully managed live-ops services to quickly develop and operate competitive multiplayer cross-platform games (currently available to alpha partners). nWay developers and executives have worked at major technology companies including Google, Tencent, Sony, Electronic Arts, Nintendo, LucasArts, Blizzard, Kabam, Nexon, and NCSoft; the current management will continue to operate nWay. Acquisition adds nWay's portfolio of games, experienced team, a powerful suite of technologies, and a platform to enter the rapidly growing competitive multiplayer gaming space. To fund the Acquisition and other opportunities, Animoca Brands has entered into unsecured 12-month loan agreements for a total of A$2.5 million, with attached 12-month options, from sophisticated investors connected to the company.

16/12/2019

The company issues a response to ASX Query Letter.

20/11/2019

The company is acquiring US$420,000 (approx. A$610,000) worth of shares of Sky Mavis in a cash and scrip deal (consisting of US$125,000 in cash and US$295,000 in AB1 shares issued at A$0.18 per share). Animoca Brands leads Hashed, Pangea Blockchain Fund, ConsenSys, and 500 Startups in an investment round totalling US$1.465m (approx. A$2.13m) into Sky Mavis, the maker of the highly rated blockchain game Axie Infinity. The company has signed an advisory agreement with Sky Mavis to receive advisory and consultation services in the areas of scarcity models and non-fungible tokens. The company has signed a memorandum of understanding to explore further collaboration with Sky Mavis. Axie Infinity is among the highest-grossing blockchain games, with sales of over US$1.1m (approximately A$1.6m), and partners that include Samsung, Klaytn (Kakao), MakerDAO, and Loom Network.

07/11/2019

The company lodges its Appendix 4C - Quarterly.

31/10/2019

The company's securities will remain in suspension pending the release of price-sensitive announcements and the completion of the ASX's ongoing inquiries in relation to the company's half-year report for the period ended 30 June 2019.

14/10/2019

The Addams Family Mystery Mansion, the official mobile game based on the highly anticipated animated movie The Addams Family, has launched globally on the App Store and Google Play.

10/10/2019

The company has completed the acquisition of 100% of the equity of Stryking Entertainment GmbH.

30/09/2019

Three-year global licensing rights secured from Dorna Sports to develop and publish a blockchain Manager Game and Collectibles based on MotoGP. MotoGP is the oldest motorsports championship in the world and watched by over 400m viewers worldwide. Consolidates the Company's lead in the space of blockchain for major sports brands, particularly motorsports (following deal with Formula 1). Capital raise of A$1m closed at a premium at a price per share of A$0.20 from sophisticated investors, including Moses Tang. Co-founder and chairman Yat Siu to participate in the raise, subject to shareholder approval. Manager Game to be launched by start of MotoGP's 2020 racing season.

26/09/2019

The company's securities will remain in suspension pending the release of a price sensitive announcement in relation to a proposed capital raising and licensing agreement. The company's securities will be reinstated to official quotation once the announcement is released to the market.

03/09/2019

The company lodges its Appendix 4D and Half Yearly Report.

02/09/2019

The company's securities will be suspended from Official Quotation in accordance with Listing Rule 17.5 from the commencement of trading today, 2 September 2019, following its failure to lodge the relevant periodic report by the due date.

02/09/2019

The suspension of trading in the securities of Animoca Brands Corporation Limited will be lifted immediately, following the release by AB1 of an announcement regarding a proposed acquisition and capital raising.

08/08/2019

Animoca Brands to acquire 100% of Quidd, Inc., a digital goods company that owns and operates the leading global marketplace for buying and selling digital collectibles. The transaction significantly increases Animoca Brands' economic potential in the digital collectibles sector through digital licensing arrangements with premier content owners. Shares-only deal with US$5m payable upfront and up to US$3m in earn-out payments based on achieving a yearly net profit of US$1.25m, US$1.5m and US$2m, respectively, over 3 years. Animoca Brands completed a strategic capital raise of A$8m (includes director participation) at A$0.20 per share (16.0% premium to 30-day VWAP) to strategic investors, Australian institutional investors, and existing shareholders. Funds will provide working capital for the acquisition and the advancement of various business opportunities including the expansion and localisation of Quidd into large collectibles markets in Asia and EuropeFunds will provide working capital for the acquisition and the advancement of various business opportunities including the expansion and localisation of Quidd into large collectibles markets in Asia and Europe. The company aims to boost the user base and revenue of Quidd by expanding to new markets, as well as drive growth through opportunities unlocked by the new additions to IP portfolio.

08/08/2019

The securities of Animoca Brands Corporation Limited will be suspended from quotation immediately under Listing Rule 17.2, at the request of AB1, pending consideration by ASX of the terms of a proposed acquisition and capital raising.

07/08/2019

The suspension of trading in the securities of Animoca Brands Corporation Limited will be lifted immediately, following the receipt from AB1 of a copy of the Orders from the Supreme Court of Western Australia issued on 14 June 2019 granting relief pursuant to Section 1322(4) of the Corporations Act 2001 in respect of shares issued by AB1 without disclosure during the period after their issue on 7 September 2018 to 3 June 2019 (inclusive).

17/06/2019

Android version of Crazy Defense Heroes successfully launched on Google Play. Early Access phase of the game on Google Play generated significant interest, resulting in ~400,000 pre-registrations in the last month. Total downloads since launch on iOS in January 2018 are approximately 1.4 million, making the number of pre-registrations on Google Play highly encouraging. Franchise has been highly successful to date on iOS. The company is leveraging key influencers on social media to market the Google Play version of Crazy Defense Heroes. Combined, these influencers reach over 45 million people on social media such as YouTube, Facebook, and TikTok. The company expects that the launch on Google Play will increase network effect for all versions of both Crazy Kings and Crazy Defense Heroes globally. Distribution agreements, marquee branding partnerships and re-skin initiatives to bolster successful metrics and provide additional revenue opportunities are being progressed.

17/06/2019

The company has obtained orders from the court declaring that any offer for sale or sale of relevant shares from their respective issue dates until the prospectus was lodged were not invalid by reason of the failure to issue a valid cleansing notice or prosepctus, and any consequent failure by shareholders to provide disclosure in relation to the offers and sales of shares.

14/06/2019

The company's application to the Supreme Court of Western Australia for orders validating any trading of shares issued without disclosure on 7 September 2018, 16 November 2018, 13 December 2018, 25 January 2019 and 16 April 2019 prior to the prospectus being lodged with the ASIC was partially heard this morning. The court has adjourned the matter until 3:00 pm on 14 June 2019. The company's shares will remain suspended until after the hearing.

13/06/2019

The company has appointed John Madden as financial advisor to the company. As financial advisor to Animoca Brands, Mr Madden will focus on enhancing the company's accounting policies and procedures, corporate governance processes, and other functions to bolster the Company's procedures for ASX reporting.

13/06/2019

The company releases a notice of meeting. The meeting will be held at 10.00 am (Hong Kong time) on 16 July 2019 at Unit 417- 421 Level 4 Cyberport 1 100 Cyberport Road Hong Kong SAR.

11/06/2019

On 6 June 2019, the company filed an application with the Supreme Court of Western Australia seeking declaratory relief and ancillary orders relating to prior trading in the relevant shares so that any trading prior to lodgement o the prospectus will be validated and wlil not attract any civil liability for persons on-selling relevant shares. The application will be before the Court on 13 June 2019, at 10:30 am (WST).

07/06/2019

The company issues a prospectus for an offer of 100 shares at an issue price of $0.15 each to remove trading restrictions on shares issued on or before the Closing Date.

04/06/2019

iCandy, Animoca Brands (AB1) and 9Games (a unit of Alibaba digital media and entertainment business group) partner on the expansion of iCandy's mobile game "˜Groove Planet' into Mainland China. 9Games to localise and market the game for both Android and iOS. iCandy and Animoca Brands will license the game and provide relevant technical support. 9Games and iCandy will share the revenue generated by Groove Planet in China, with Animoca Brands entitled to a proportion of the revenue collected by iCandy. iCandy and Animoca Brands to benefit from access to Chinese market, through 9Games' strong regional presence and established distribution channels.

23/05/2019

Animoca Brands receives approx A$3.6 million (US$2.5m) in cash and cryptocurrency via the issue, by its wholly owned subsidiary TSB Gaming Ltd., of SAFE convertible securities and SAND utility tokens to fund development of the upcoming blockchain version of The Sandbox. The investment was led by Hashed, the largest crypto assets fund and accelerator in South Korea, with operations based in San Francisco and Seoul. Partnership with Klaytn to distribute The Sandbox through its Klaytn ecosystem. Klaytn is the blockchain platform and subsidiary of leading Korean mobile technology company Kakao, the dominant messaging app in South Korea with over 50 million monthly active users and ~US$9.2bn market cap. The Sandbox is currently a highly successful mobile game franchise. Once the blockchain version is launched, it will become one of the first decentralised, community driven game platforms, providing users with true ownership of their creations as non-fungible tokens. The Company expects The Sandbox's decentralised marketplace to launch Q3 2019.

23/05/2019

The company has become aware that certain shares issued in April 2019 were, inadvertently, not accompanied by the issue of a cleansing document to permit immediate trading of these shares. It is taking steps to rectify this oversight. The company is preparing an application to the Federal Court to seek relief and orders pursuant to the Corporations Act to validate any prior trading in the relevant shares. The Company is also preparing a cleansing prospectus to cleanse the relevant shares so that subsequent trading is not subject to secondary trading restrictions under the Corporations Act. ASX advised the company that its securities will remain suspended until the above matters are completed.

23/05/2019

ASIC has granted the company approval to extend the time within which the company must hold its 2019 AGM. This extension has been granted to 16 July 2019 to permit additional resolutions relating to recent investments to be considered at the AGM, thus eliminating the inconvenience and additional cost of holding an additional shareholder meeting.

22/05/2019

The company will recommence Appendix 4C reporting and will lodge its next Appendix 4C by Wednesday, 31 July 2019.

16/05/2019

The securities of Animoca Brands Corporation Limited will be suspended from quotation immediately under Listing Rule 17.2, at the request of AB1, pending consideration by ASX of the terms of a capital raise by one of AB1's subsidiaries

14/05/2019

The suspension of trading in the securities of Animoca Brands Corporation Limited will be lifted immediately, following the release by AB1 of an announcement regarding its capital raising and acquisition.

04/04/2019

Animoca Brands has entered into a binding term sheet to acquire 100% of Stryking Entertainment for an upfront consideration of €1m (~A$1.58m) payable in shares. Animoca Brands has completed a heavily oversubscribed strategic capital raise of A$4.6m at a 4.2% premium to the 30-day VWAP from international blockchain investors, Australian institutional investors, and existing shareholders. Key international blockchain investors included Stellar Partners, Blocore, and Plutus VC. Animoca Brands received considerable support from top tier fund managers and institutions including Perennial Value Management, SG Hiscock, and existing shareholders Sun Hung Kai, Katherine Yip-Ribeiro and Moses Tsang.

04/04/2019

Animoca Brands becomes Lucid Sight's exclusive partner to promote, market, and distribute Lucid Sight games in Asia. The company is developing blockchain licencing relationships with prominent sports franchises. Animoca Brands will seek to implement the assets from Lucid Sight's games into NFTs for blockchain titles being developed by the Company. The Company participated in a US$6m round of funding into Lucid Sight, along with Salem Partners, The Galaxy EOS VC Fund, Digital Currency Group, Breakaway Growth, and Frontier Venture Capital. Animoca Brands will receive a share of net revenues generated by the Games in Asia, as well as a share of net revenues generated by the Games outside of Asia in connection with distribution, publishing deals, and other agreements.

03/04/2019

The securities of Animoca Brands Corporation Limited will be suspended from quotation immediately under Listing Rule 17.2, at the request of AB1, pending the release of an announcement regarding a proposed capital raising and acquisition.

03/04/2019

The suspension of trading in the securities of Animoca Brands Corporation Limited will be lifted immediately, following the release by the Company of an announcement regarding strategic investments in the Company.

15/08/2018

Animoca Brands receives strategic investments totalling A$1.5 million from Sun Hung Kai and Lympo. The placement was conducted at A$0.07 per share, which represents a 10% premium to the 30-day volume-weighted average price. Sun Hung Kai invests A$1 million. Lympo invests A$0.5 million. Lympo will act as lead investor in an upcoming funding round for OliveX (HK) Limited. Animoca Brands and Sun Hung Kai will develop opportunities in blockchain and artificial intelligence. The company will also leverage Sun Hung Kai's expertise in corporate development.

15/08/2018

The company has now received additional offers from other strategic parties, which the Company is pursuing. The Company is awaiting documentation to be finalised between all parties. The Company therefore requests the continuation of the voluntary suspension to assist the Company in managing its continuous disclosure obligations in relation to the material development. The voluntary suspension is expected to remain in place until the earlier of the commencement of normal trading on Wednesday 15 August 2018, or when an announcement is released to the market.

13/08/2018

The securities of Animoca Brands Corporation Limited will be suspended from quotation immediately under Listing Rule 17.2, at the request of the Company, pending the release of an announcement regarding a proposed investment in the Company by a strategic partner.

10/08/2018

The suspension of trading in the securities of Animoca Brands Corporation Limited will be lifted from the commencement of trading on Thursday, 12 July 2018, following the release by the Company of an announcement regarding a capital raising.

12/07/2018

Animoca Brands raises $4.5m via a heavily oversubscribed placement to strategic investors including directors Yat Siu and Holly Liu; and strategic advisor Wilhelm Taht and strategic blockchain partners. The new capital will be used to advance blockchain focussed initiatives, content development, marketing, AI related investment and potential acquisitions. In conjunction with the placement Animoca Brands has also entered a collaboration agreement with leading multinational consumer electronics company HTC Corporation.

12/07/2018

The Company advises that the proposed capital raise, outlined in its request for a trading halt has been substantially completed.Further and in another development during the trading halt period, the Company also secured a strategic agreement with a leading consumer electronics company. The terms of the agreement are material in nature and pursuant to a product launch, which is scheduled for 4:00pm AEST, 11 July 2018 at a prominent Hong Kong technology conference.

11/07/2018

The securities of Animoca Brands Corporation Limited will be suspended from quotation immediately under Listing Rule 17.2, at the request of the Company, pending the release of an announcement regarding a proposed capital raising.

11/07/2018

The suspension of trading in the securities of Animoca Brands Corporation Limited will be lifted immediately following lodgement of the Company's announcement titled, "Investment in Fuel Powered and Capital Raising".

25/01/2018

The company has entered into a binding term sheet to acquire 60% of Fuel Powered, Inc. from Lions Games Limited and also completed a heavily oversubscribed $3.25m placement to new sophisticated and professional investors. Animoca will acquire 60% of Fuel Powered from Lion Games Limited for an upfront cash consideration of $752,263. The Acquisition gives Animoca Brands a controlling stake in Fuel Powered, with the remaining 40% held by the founding management team of Fuel Powered.

25/01/2018

The securities of Animoca Brands Corporation Limited will be suspended from quotation immediately, at the request of the Company, pending release of an announcement in relation to a proposed acquisition and capital raising.

24/01/2018

The suspension of trading in the securities of Animoca Brands Corporation Limited will be lifted immediately following the release of an announcement regarding a A$3.1 million investment by Ourpalm, China's leading listed mobile game developer.

06/07/2015

Ourpalm will invest A$3.1 million in cash in consideration for 14,785,714 fully paid ordinary shares representing 11.11% of the Company's expanded share capital. The purchase price will be $0.21 per share, representing a premium of 23.5% over the closing price on 24 June 2015.

06/07/2015

The company provides the results of its Annual General Meeting.

30/06/2015

The company releases its AGM presentation.

30/06/2015

The securities of Animoca Brands Corporation Limited (the "Company") will be suspended from quotation from the commencement of trading on Monday, 29 June 2015 at the request of the Company, pending the release of an announcement. Security Code: AB1

26/06/2015

name changed from Black Fire Minerals Ltd

21/01/2015

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    Purchases Sales

    DATEDIRECTORNATURENUMBERPRICEAMOUNT
    30/09/2016Yat Siu130,000$0.175$22,750
    30/09/2016David Kim750,000$0.171$128,552
    23/09/2016Robert Yung146,000$0.158$23,110
    22/09/2016David Brickler108,000$0.170$18,360
    22/09/2015Martin GreenOn market40,000$0.180$7,200

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    Directors & Executives (current)

    NAMETITLEDATE OF APPT
    Yat SiuNon Exec Chairman24/12/2014
    Robert YungCEO24/12/2014
    Lobson ChanCOO01/08/2014
    John MaddenCFO, Company Secretary05/03/2020
    Christopher WhitemanNon Exec Director25/06/2018
    Holly LiuNon Exec Director26/06/2018
    David BricklerDirector
    Raymond ShuaiExecutive20/12/2019

    Date of first appointment, title may have changed.

    Directors & Executives (former)

    NAMETITLEDATE OF APPOINTMENTDATE OF RESIGNATION
    David KimNon Exec Chairman24/12/201427/09/2018
    Nigel FinchNon Exec Director28/12/201630/06/2018
    Steven HuNon Exec Director18/08/201506/06/2017
    Martin GreenNon Exec Director17/12/201228/12/2016
    Richard KuoNon Exec Director24/12/201428/12/2016
    Michael BillingNon Exec Chairman17/12/201224/12/2014
    Matthew SheldrickNon Exec Director17/12/201224/12/2014
    Sonu CheemaCompany Secretary09/05/201323/05/2014
    Anthony BaillieuChairman06/12/201017/12/2012
    Simon RigbyManaging Director09/09/200917/12/2012
    Michael ChesterNon Exec Director09/09/200917/12/2012
    Michael CliffordNon Exec Director19/07/201017/12/2012
    David SteinepreisNon Exec Chairman09/09/2009
    Gary SteinepreisCompany Secretary08/09/2009

    Date of first appointment, title may have changed.