UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549


 
FORM 6-K
 
REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16
UNDER THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
For the month of October 2020
Commission File Number: 001-38975



Wanda Sports Group Company Limited
(Name of Registrant)



9/F, Tower B, Wanda Plaza
93 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District
100022, Beijing
People's Republic of China
+86-10-8558-8813
(Address of principal executive office)
 

 
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EXHIBIT INDEX
 
Exhibit No.
 
Description
99.1





SIGNATURE
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.


  Wanda Sports Group Company Limited  
       
Date: October 6, 2020
By:
/s/ Honghui Liao  
    Name: Honghui Liao  
    Title: Chief Financial Officer  
       





EXHIBIT 99.1


Wanda Sports Group Company Limited Announces
Formation of Independent Board Committee

BEIJING, October 6, 2020 (PRNEWSWIRE) – Wanda Sports Group Company Limited (the “Company,” and together with its consolidated entities, “Wanda Sports Group”) (NASDAQ: WSG), a leading global sports events, media and marketing platform, today announced that its Board of Directors (the “Board”) has formed an independent committee (the “Independent Board Committee”) to consider the non-binding proposal (the “Proposal”) that the Board received from Wanda Sports & Media (Hong Kong) Holding Co. Limited on September 30, 2020, to acquire all of the outstanding Class A ordinary shares of the Company, including American depositary shares representing Class A ordinary shares, in a going private transaction on the terms and conditions set out in the Proposal (the “Proposed Transaction”). The Independent Board Committee consists of the Company’s independent directors, Mr. Edwin Fung and Mr. Kenneth Howard Jarrett.

The Board and the Independent Board Committee caution the Company’s shareholders and others considering trading the Company's securities that the Board just received the Proposal and no decisions have been made with respect to the Company's response to the Proposal. There can be no assurance that any definitive offer will be made or that any transaction will be launched or consummated. The Company does not undertake any obligation to provide any updates with respect to any transaction, except as required under applicable law.

About Wanda Sports Group

Wanda Sports Group is a leading global sports events, media and marketing platform with a mission to unite people in sports and enable athletes and fans to live their passions and dreams. Through its businesses, Infront and Wanda Sports China, Wanda Sports Group has significant intellectual property rights, long-term relationships and broad execution capabilities, enabling it to deliver inspiring sports event experiences, creating access to engaging content and building inclusive communities. Wanda Sports Group offers a comprehensive array of events, marketing and media services through its three primary segments: Spectator Sports, Digital, Production, Sports Solutions (DPSS) and Mass Participation. Wanda Sport Group's full-service platform creates value for its partners and clients as well as other stakeholders in the sports ecosystem, from rights owners, to brands and advertisers, and to fans and athletes.

Headquartered in China, Wanda Sports Group has more than 49 offices in 17 countries with over 1,100 employees around the world.  For more information, please visit http://investor.wsg.cn/investor-relations.


Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include but are not limited to, management quotes and the Company's financial outlook. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as ”will,” “estimate,” “project,” “predict,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “potential,” “plan,” “goal” and similar statements. The Company may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (”SEC”), in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements and, consequently, could be affected by the uncertain and unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on the Company's business and operations and the related impact on its liquidity needs. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about: the impact of the spread of COVID-19 and related mitigation efforts on the Company’s business, operations and operating results; the Company’s goals and strategies, including following the completion of the sale of the IRONMAN Group; the expected growth in the Company’s industry; the Company's expectations regarding its ability to attract rights-in partners and monetize their rights through rights-out arrangements; changes in consumer behavior and consumer and corporate spending, including as a result of the COVID-19 crisis; the Company’s ability to reach acceptable levels of engagement with its athletes following the COVID-19 crisis; the Company's future business development, results of operations and financial condition; competition in the Company’s industry; general economic and business conditions, including as a result of the COVID-19 crisis; the outcome of discussions with rights owners and lenders to mitigate the impact of the effects of COVID-19 on Wanda Sports Group; and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing as well as risks, uncertainties, and other factors described in “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in the Company’s annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2019, which is available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Additional information will be made available in other filings that the Company makes from time to time with the SEC.

In addition, any forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on assumptions that the Company’s believes to be reasonable as of this date. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect new information or the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law.


For investor inquiries, please contact:
Wanda Sports Group
Edith Kwan
Tel:  +86 (10) 8558 7456
E-mail:  ir@wsg.cn

For media inquiries, please contact:
Christensen
Mainland China
Jin Lu    +86 139 1022 3664   jinlu@christensenir.com

Hong Kong
Rene Vanguestaine    +852 6686 1376   rvanguestaine@christensenir.com

US
Tip Fleming    +1 917 412 3333   tfleming@christensenir.com