NextPlay's NextFintech Division Receives Commitment for $15 Million Strategic Investment; Pre-Money Valuation for NextFintech Set at $150 Million
Sunrise, FL - (NewMediaWire) - October 20, 2022 - NextPlay Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXTP), a digital native ecosystem for finance, digital advertisers, and video gamers, announced today that it has entered into a binding commitment for a $15 million strategic investment into its NextFintech Division from an institutional investor. This investment commitment consists of the purchase of shares of common stock in NextFintech at a pre-money valuation of $150 million for NextFintech, warrants to purchase shares in NextPlay beneficially owned by NextBank and an option to convert said NextFintech shares into up to an 18.8% equity interest in NextBank.
NextPlay’s NextFintech Division is comprised of NextBank International, an online bank operating in Puerto Rico and serving primarily international clients; NextShield, digital insurance and re-insurance operations expected to launch in 2023; and Longroot, a digital asset portal operating in Thailand.
"In spite of the challenging market conditions, we see immediate growth and profitability potential in our NextFintech division, which has been configured to serve overseas markets," stated Nithinan Boonyawattanapisut, NextPlay’s principal executive officer. "Over the next 6 months, we will focus our resources on achieving group profitability via the NextFintech division. Concurrently, our HotPlay division is working on partnership deals and preparing for commercial launch of our in-game advertising platform from which is expected to start generating revenue next year. This potential financing, combined with our recent news of an up to $200,000,000 revolving credit facility at our NextBank, are remarkable achievements in these poor capital market conditions, and I laud the NextFintech division management team. We look forward to very near-term expansion in NextBank from a B2B model, serving corporations and family offices to a B2C model, by mid next year, which will allow us to take another significant leap in terms of growth at scale.”
Further commenting on the strategic and timely funding commitment, Todd Bonner, chairman of the board of directors of NextPlay and head of the company’s NextFintech division stated: “The world of Fintech is undergoing massive change and enterprises need to adapt to remain competitive. We are seeing tremendous interest from companies, family offices and high-networth individuals seeking a fundamental shift from legacy banking and financial management to a more integrated, online, and digital approach including new-generation asset design and management, relevant on-demand insurance protection, and rapidly deployed, tailored loan availability. Partners on the lending and distribution side are reaching out to NextFintech. This is an exciting time in our NextPlay and NextFintech evolution and in this turmoil, we see great opportunity.”
Further details regarding the commitment for a strategic investment into NextPlay’s NextFintech can be found in the accompanying Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 20, 2022, available at www.sec.gov and in the Investors section of the company’s website.
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About NextPlay Technologies
NextPlay Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXTP) is a technology solutions company offering games, in-game advertising, digital banking, and crypto-banking services to consumers and corporations within a growing worldwide digital ecosystem. NextPlay’s engaging products and services utilize innovative AdTech, Artificial Intelligence and Fintech solutions to leverage the strengths and channels of its existing and acquired technologies. For more information about NextPlay Technologies, visit www.nextplaytechnologies.com and follow us on Twitter@NextPlayTech and LinkedIn.
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