LOS ANGELES, CA – (NewMediaWire) – April 28, 2023 – LiveOne (Nasdaq: LVO), an award-winning, creator-first music, entertainment, and technology platform, and Roth CH Acquisition V Co. (Nasdaq: ROCL; ROCLU; ROCLW), a special purpose acquisition company, announced today that they have entered into a letter of intent to merge LiveOne’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Slacker, Inc., with Roth CH Acquisition V Co. at a pre money valuation of $160 million, subject to completion of diligence and definitive documentation.
After the contemplated merger, LiveOne is expected to own the substantial majority of post-merger company and it is expected that Slacker will continue its existing business relationship with LiveOne and LiveOne’s PodcastOne in the creation and distribution of award-winning content. The parties currently anticipate being in a position to close the proposed merger in the fourth calendar quarter of 2023, subject to various conditions and approvals and completion of diligence and definitive documentation.
Roth CH Acquisition V Co. is led by executives and affiliates of Roth Capital Partners and Craig-Hallum Capital Group, two leading small-cap growth investment banks. Subsequent to the closing of the proposed merger, Byron Roth, Co-Chairman and Co-CEO of Roth CH Acquisition V Co., currently plans to remain a member of the post-merger company’s board of directors.
Robert Ellin, Chairman and CEO of LiveOne and CEO of Slacker, commented, “We believe this combination will represent an exciting opportunity for Slacker to scale more rapidly its fast-growing music subscription service both geographically and through additional B-to-B white label agreements, particularly with automotive OEMs.”
Byron Roth stated, “We are enthused to enter into this agreement with Slacker and look forward to working with LiveOne to complete this merger. We believe the size and growth of the streaming music business makes this a compelling deal for our shareholders.”
The LOI is non-binding and the contemplated merger is subject to execution of definitive documentation, regulatory approval, approval of Roth CH Acquisition V Co.’s shareholders to extend the time for the company to consummate a business combination, approval of Roth CH Acquisition V Co.’s shareholders of the proposed merger with Slacker, and a minimum cash proceeds to be raised and/or retained by Roth CH Acquisition V Co. in connection with the closing of the proposed merger. There can be no assurance that LiveOne’s and Roth CH Acquisition V Co.’s efforts will result in the consummation of the proposed merger.
About LiveOne, Inc.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, LiveOne, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVO) (the “Company”) is an award-winning, creator-first, music, entertainment and technology platform focused on delivering premium experiences and content worldwide through memberships and live and virtual events. The Company’s wholly-owned subsidiaries include Slacker Radio, a membership music streaming service, and PodcastOne, which generates more than 2.3 billion downloads per year, 350+ hours distributed weekly, and 14M+ monthly unique listeners. Nearly all new Tesla EVs sold in the U.S. come with a paid membership to LiveOne’s Slacker Radio (that now includes PodcastOne) which is paid by Tesla. As of April 11, 2023, the Company has accrued a paid and free ad-supported membership base of more than 3 million*. The Company was awarded Best Live Moment by Digiday for its “Social Gloves” PPV Event, and has been a finalist for 8 more awards, including Best Live Event, Best Virtual Event, Best Overall Social Media Excellence, and Best Original Programming from Cynopsis and Digiday. As of February 9, 2023, the Company has streamed over 2,900 artists, has a library of 30 million songs, 600 curated radio stations, over 300 podcasts/vodcasts, hundreds of pay-per-views, personalized merchandise, released music-related NFTs, and created a valuable connection between fans, brands, and bands. The Company’s other wholly-owned subsidiaries include PPVOne, Gramophone Media, Palm Beach Records, Custom Personalization Solutions, and LiveXLive, and the Company’s other majority-owned subsidiaries are Drumify and Splitmind. LiveOne is available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, and through OTT, STIRR, and XUMO. For more information, visit liveone.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and Twitter at @liveone.
About Roth CH Acquisition V Co.
Roth CH Acquisition V Co. (Nasdaq: ROCL; ROCLU; ROCLW), is a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) that was formed by Roth Capital Partners and Craig-Hallum Capital Group for the purpose of acquiring or merging with another company. The company went public in December 2021, raising $115 million in its initial public offering (IPO).
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Additional Information and Where to Find It
In connection with the transaction described herein, ROCL is expected to file relevant materials with the SEC, including a Registration Statement on Form S-4 and a proxy statement. The proxy statement and a proxy card will be mailed to ROCL’s shareholders as of a record date to be established for voting at the shareholders’ meeting relating to the proposed transactions. Shareholders will also be able to obtain a copy of the Registration Statement on Form S-4 and proxy statement without charge from ROCL. The Registration Statement on Form S-4 and proxy statement, once available, may also be obtained without charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or by writing to ROCL at 888 San Clemente Drive, Suite 400, Newport Beach, CA 92660.
INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF ROCL ARE URGED TO READ THESE MATERIALS (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE TRANSACTIONS THAT ROCL WILL FILE WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ROCL, SLACKER AND THE TRANSACTION.
Participants in the Solicitation
ROCL, LiveOne and their respective directors and executive officers may be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies with respect to the Proposed Business Combination described herein under the rules of the SEC. Information about such persons and a description of their interests will be contained in the Registration Statement when it is filed with the SEC. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.
No Offer or Solicitation
This communication does not constitute a proxy statement or solicitation of a proxy, consent, vote or authorization with respect to any securities or in respect of the Proposed Business Combination and shall not constitute an offer to sell or exchange, or a solicitation of an offer to buy or exchange any securities, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of any such securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or an exemption therefrom.
* Included in the total number of paid members for the reported periods are certain members which are the subject of a contractual dispute. LiveOne is currently not recognizing revenue related to these members.
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