HONG KONG, November 27, 2014 /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 Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited ("Shanda Interactive"), the former controlling shareholder of Shanda Games, of the completion of the sale by Shanda SDG Investment Limited ("Shanda SDG"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Shanda Interactive, of (i) 48,759,187 class B ordinary shares of the Company ("Class B Shares") to Zhongrong Shengda Investment Holdings (Hong Kong) Company Limited ("Zhongrong"), a company formed under the laws of Hong Kong and an affiliate of Ningxia Zhongyincashmere International Group Co., Ltd. ("Ningxia"), and (ii) 48,759,187 Class B Shares to Yili Shengda Investment Holdings (Hong Kong) Company Limited ("Yili"), a company formed under the laws of Hong Kong and an affiliate of the Company’s acting CEO, Mr. Yingfeng Zhang ((i) and (ii) together, the "Sale"). As previously announced, Ningxia also entered into a share purchase agreement with Shanda SDG to purchase 80,577,828 class A ordinary shares of the Company ("Class A Shares"), and the Company has been informed by Ningxia that, pursuant to the share purchase agreement, an affiliate of Ningxia completed such purchase on September 23, 2014. Upon the completion of the Sale, (i) Shanda Interactive no longer beneficially owns any ordinary shares of the Company; (ii) Ningxia and its affiliates collectively own Class A Shares and Class B Shares representing approximately 24.1% of the Company’s issued and outstanding ordinary shares as of October 20, 2014 and approximately 40.1% of the total number of votes represented by the Company’s issued and outstanding ordinary shares as of October 20, 2014; and (iii) Yili owns Class B Shares representing approximately 9.1% of the Company’s issued and outstanding ordinary shares as of October 20, 2014 and approximately 34.5% of the total number of votes represented by the Company’s issued and outstanding ordinary shares as of October 20, 2014.
As previously announced, the board of directors (the "Board") of the Company has received a preliminary non-binding proposal letter dated January 27, 2014 (the "Proposal") from a consortium (the "Consortium") formed pursuant to the consortium agreement dated as of January 27, 2014 (the "Consortium Agreement") among Shanda Interactive and certain other parties, and, among other subsequent changes to the composition of the Consortium, Ningxia joined the Consortium by entering into an adherence agreement on September 1, 2014. According to the Proposal, the Consortium proposes to acquire Shanda Games in a "going private" transaction for US$3.45 per Class A Share or Class B Share, or US$6.90 per American depositary share (each representing two Class A Shares). The Company has been informed by Shanda Interactive that it does not intend to remain a member of the Consortium following the completion of the Sale. In addition, the Company has been informed by each of Mr. Yingfeng Zhang and Ningxia, on his/its own behalf, that he/it intends to continue pursuing the proposed "going private" transaction. The Proposal states that it constitutes only a preliminary indication of interest and is subject to negotiation and execution of definitive agreements relating to the proposed transaction. 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.
In addition, Shanda Games today announced the following changes to the Board and the Compensation Committee and the Corporate Development and Finance Committee of the Board:
- Mr. Tianqiao Chen resigned as a director of the Company and stepped down as the chairman of the Board and the chairman of the Compensation Committee and the Corporate Development and Finance Committee of the Board.
- Mr. Yingfeng Zhang, the acting CEO of the Company, is appointed as the chairman of the Board and the chairman of the Compensation Committee and the Corporate Development and Finance Committee of the Board.
- Mr. Shengming Ma, the chairman of the board of directors of Ningxia, is appointed as a director of the Company.
- Mr. Li Yao, a director of the Company, is appointed as a member of the Compensation Committee and the Corporate Development and Finance Committee of the Board.
Mr. Shengming Ma has served as a supervisor of Ningxia Zhongyin Cashmere Co., Ltd. for consecutive terms since December 2007 and the chairman of the board of supervisors of Ningxia Zhongyin Cashmere Co., Ltd. since September 2014. Mr. Ma has also served as the chairman of the board of directors of Ningxia since December 2007, the chairman of the board of directors of Ningxia Zhongyin Datang Hotel Co., Ltd. since July 2009, and the chairman of the board of directors of Ningxia Zhongyin Cashmere Group New Energy Co., Ltd. since March 2013. Mr. Ma also served as the legal representative of Ningxia Lingwu Zhongyin Cashmere Co., Ltd. from 1996 to December 2007. From 1986 to 1996, Mr. Ma worked for Lingwu Trade Co.
Finally, as previously announced, Mr. Andy Lin has resigned from the special committee of independent directors (the "Special Committee") formed by the Board to evaluate the Proposal due to his affiliation with Orient Finance Holdings (Hong Kong) Limited, another party to the Consortium Agreement. In connection with his resignation from the Special Committee, Mr. Lin also resigned as a member of the Audit Committee of the Board. Prior to his resignation, Mr. Lin was the chairman of the Audit Committee and qualified as an audit committee financial expert under the applicable Securities and Exchange Commission rules and as a financially sophisticated audit committee member under Rule 5605(c)(2)(A) of the NASDAQ Listing Rules (a "Financial Expert"). In connection with Mr. Lin’s resignation, Mr. Heng Wing Chan was appointed as the chairman of the Audit Committee, and the Audit Committee currently consists of two members, Mr. Heng Wing Chan and Mr. Yong Gui. The Board has also authorized the Company to initiate a search for a potential director candidate who will (i) qualify as an "independent director" within the meaning of Rule 5605(a)(2) of the NASDAQ Listing Rules and (ii) qualify as a Financial Expert.
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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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