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SEEEN PLC

04 March 2021

SEEEN plc

("SEEEN" or the "Company")

Year End Trading Update in-line with Expectations,

Directorate Change

and

Issue of Options

SEEEN plc (AIM: SEEEN), the global media and technology video experience platform (" V XP") for improved digital marketing yield and connected audience experiences, is pleased to provide a trading update for the Group's first full year of operations to 31 December 2020 ("2020").

2020 Technology Product Highlights

-- EIS and VCT funding delivered a proprietary video technology platform, employing SEEEN's proprietary momentization algorithms, including 4Q product launches of CreatorSuite, JetStream and Video Experience Microsites to initial B-to-B customers

-- Subsequent Event: 1Q release of CreatorSuite 2.0 with rapid AI-based recognition of Speaker-Based Moments

-- Balance Sheet strong with cash resources to execute on Group's 2021 focus on commercialization

   --    Increasing Capital Markets communication of powerful proprietary technology 

2020 Financial Results Highlights

   --    Results in-line with market expectations for both revenue and adjusted profit before tax 
   --    Multichannel network ("MCN") rebound from 1H Covid-influenced market 

o MCN views increased 48.9% to 18.7bn (2019: 12.6bn)

o Revenues stable at $10.1m (2019: $10.3m); Sequential improvement of 73% in semi-annual revenue (2H $6.4m vs. 1H: $3.7m)

o RPM (revenue per thousand views) of $0.97 (2019: $1.49); Sequential 2H increase of 42% (2H: $1.12 vs. 1H: $0.78)

   --    Adjusted loss before tax of approximately $2.1m 
   --    Cash at year-end of $5.3m 

Personnel / Corporate Development

-- Promotion of Independent Director Akiko Mikumo to Vice Chair to lead strategic opportunities and accelerate execution of the Group's growth plan

   --    Promotion of Adrian Hargrave, Chief Financial Officer, to the Board of the Company 
   --    Recruitment of "Go-to-Market" personnel for product offerings 

-- Issue of options at a significant premium to current market price to certain directors and key staff in exchange for cash compensation

Patrick DeSouza, Chairman, commented: "We navigated Covid well and despite an AI and machine learning team based in different locations in the US, UK and EU, launched our video technology platform and installed features sought by our strategic trial customers. We did all of this efficiently with our balance sheet remaining strong for our 2021 Go-To-Market Plan.

We have already started recruiting professionals to accelerate our next phase of this journey. Our revenue mix will begin to reflect our various technology offerings, while our MCN will remain a good incubator for testing our unique and proprietary micro-moments technology.

We are excited about 2021 and appreciate the hard work of the founders and the management team in staying on track during 2020. We also appreciate our shareholders and their support as we raced to complete our platform for a fast-growing market that is seeking our offerings."

Issue of Options

Certain of the Directors and management of the Company have agreed to reduce or waive their cash compensation to better align their interests with those of shareholders. These individuals will receive options over Shares in the Company ("Options"), exercisable at a premium to both the prevailing price and the September 2019 fundraising price. In particular, each of the non-Executives elected not to receive a cash payment for their 4Q 2020 fees and for the entirety of 2021. The full breakdown of Options issued and the aggregate interests of each relevant director/PDMR is as set out below:

 
                        Current                   Options       Options          Total 
                     no. Shares                    issued        issued    no. Options          Total 
                       held and     Current      pursuant      pursuant       held and         Shares 
                         as (%)     Options    to Tranche    to Tranche         as (%)    and Options 
 Name                of Company        held            1*            2*     of Company           held 
                      5,426,164 
 Patrick DeSouza        (10.9%)           -       600,000             -        600,000      6,026,164 
                                                                                (1.2%) 
                   ------------  ----------  ------------  ------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Akiko Mikumo                 -     152,083       600,000             -        752,083        752,083 
                                                                                (1.5%) 
                   ------------  ----------  ------------  ------------  -------------  ------------- 
 David Anton                  -     152,083       200,000             -        352,083        452,083 
                                                                                (0.7%) 
                   ------------  ----------  ------------  ------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Mike Kelly                   -     152,083       200,000             -        352,083        452,083 
                                                                                (0.7%) 
                   ------------  ----------  ------------  ------------  -------------  ------------- 
                      2,813,309 
 Todd Carter             (5.6%)   1,977,083             -       250,000      2,227,083      5,040,392 
                                                                                (4.5%) 
                   ------------  ----------  ------------  ------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Adrian Hargrave              -     273,749        50,000       250,000        573,749        573,749 
                                                                                (1.1%) 
                   ------------  ----------  ------------  ------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Taro Koki            3,601,436   1,064,583             -       250,000      1,314,583      4,916,019 
                         (7.2%)                                                 (2.6%) 
                   ------------  ----------  ------------  ------------  -------------  ------------- 
 

* Tranche 1 options are issued with an exercise price of 60 pence per ordinary share, vesting one-third on each of the first three anniversaries of grant

** Tranche 2 options are issued with an exercise price of 65 pence per ordinary share, vesting one-third on each of the first three anniversaries of grant and subject to individual performance conditions

In addition to the above, the Board has also issued Options to other employees totalling approximately 800,000 shares, exercisable at a price of 65 pence per ordinary share. This grant of 3,200,000 Options equates to 6.4% of the Company's current issued share capital. The annualised share-based payment charge for the above issue of options is expected to be approximately $160,000.

In the event that the exercise of Options would result in the Concert Party (as defined in the Company's admission document dated 11 September 2019) holding more than 30 per cent. of the Company or increasing their holding between 30 per cent. and 50 per cent., shareholders may be asked to approve a whitewash, as defined under rule 9 of The Takeover Code. In the absence of this, or unless it was agreed that any such exercised shares would be sold immediately, the Company will not allow the issue of shares relating to the exercise of options that would result in the Concert Party exceeding 30 per cent. or increasing their holding between 30 per cent. and 50 per cent.

The FCA notification, made in accordance with the requirements of the EU Market Abuse Regulation is appended below.

Directorate Change

Adrian Hargrave, aged 41, has been Chief Financial Officer of SEEEN plc since its admission to AIM on 30 September 2019. Previously, he has been Corporate Development Director at Water Intelligence plc. Prior to this, he worked as a corporate financier and Qualified Executive with AIM companies for the last 15 years. Adrian has held no partnerships or directorships in the last 5 years. He currently has no shares in the Company and has options over the Company's Shares as set out in the table above.

Save as set above there are no further disclosures required pursuant to Rule 17 or Schedule Two, paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules for Companies.

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014.

 
 SEEEN plc - seeen.com 
 Patrick DeSouza, Chairman             Tel: +1 203 654 5426 
  Todd Carter, CEO 
  Adrian Hargrave, CFO                  Tel: +44 7775 701 838 
 
 Dowgate Capital Ltd (Joint            Tel: +44 7920 599 793 
  Broker) 
 Stephen Norcross 
 
 WH Ireland (Joint Broker and          Tel: 020 7220 1666 
  Nomad) 
 Adrian Hadden / James Sinclair-Ford 
  / Matthew Chan 
 
 
 1.   Details of the PDMR / person closely associated 
 a)   Name                       Patrick DeSouza 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 2.   Reason for the notification 
     ---------------------------------------------------------- 
 a)   Position                   Non-Executive Chairman 
       / status 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 b)   Initial notification       Initial notification 
       / amendment 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 3.   Details of the issuer, emission allowance 
       market participant, auction platform, 
       auctioneer or auction monitor 
     ---------------------------------------------------------- 
 a)   Name                       SEEEN plc 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 b)   LEI                        213800RQVRMW2KRORN22 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 4.   Details of the transaction(s): section 
       to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; 
       (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each 
       date; and (iv) each place where transactions 
       have been conducted 
     ---------------------------------------------------------- 
 a)   Description                Options over Ordinary Shares 
       of the financial 
       instrument, 
       type of instrument         GB00BK6SHS41 
       Identification 
       code 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 b)   Nature of                  Issue of Options over Ordinary 
       the transaction            Shares in lieu of Director's 
                                  Fees 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 c)   Price(s)                   Price 60p 
       and volume(s)              Volume 600,000 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 d)   Aggregated                 N/A (single transaction) 
       information 
 
        *    Aggregated volume 
 
        *    Price 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 e)   Date of the                4 March 2021 
       transaction 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 f)   Place of                   London Stock Exchange, 
       the transaction            AIM Market 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 
 
 1.   Details of the PDMR / person closely associated 
 a)   Name                       Akiko Mikumo 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 2.   Reason for the notification 
     ---------------------------------------------------------- 
 a)   Position                   Vice Chair 
       / status 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 b)   Initial notification       Initial notification 
       / amendment 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 3.   Details of the issuer, emission allowance 
       market participant, auction platform, 
       auctioneer or auction monitor 
     ---------------------------------------------------------- 
 a)   Name                       SEEEN plc 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 b)   LEI                        213800RQVRMW2KRORN22 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 4.   Details of the transaction(s): section 
       to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; 
       (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each 
       date; and (iv) each place where transactions 
       have been conducted 
     ---------------------------------------------------------- 
 a)   Description                Options over Ordinary Shares 
       of the financial 
       instrument, 
       type of instrument         GB00BK6SHS41 
       Identification 
       code 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 b)   Nature of                  Issue of Options over Ordinary 
       the transaction            Shares in lieu of Director's 
                                  Fees 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 c)   Price(s)                   Price 60p 
       and volume(s)              Volume 600,000 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 d)   Aggregated                 N/A (single transaction) 
       information 
 
        *    Aggregated volume 
 
        *    Price 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 e)   Date of the                4 March 2021 
       transaction 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 f)   Place of                   London Stock Exchange, 
       the transaction            AIM Market 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 
 
 1.   Details of the PDMR / person closely associated 
 a)   Name                       David Anton 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 2.   Reason for the notification 
     ---------------------------------------------------------- 
 a)   Position                   Non-Executive Director 
       / status 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 b)   Initial notification       Initial notification 
       / amendment 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 3.   Details of the issuer, emission allowance 
       market participant, auction platform, 
       auctioneer or auction monitor 
     ---------------------------------------------------------- 
 a)   Name                       SEEEN plc 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 b)   LEI                        213800RQVRMW2KRORN22 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 4.   Details of the transaction(s): section 
       to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; 
       (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each 
       date; and (iv) each place where transactions 
       have been conducted 
     ---------------------------------------------------------- 
 a)   Description                Options over Ordinary Shares 
       of the financial 
       instrument, 
       type of instrument         GB00BK6SHS41 
       Identification 
       code 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 b)   Nature of                  Issue of Options over Ordinary 
       the transaction            Shares in lieu of Director's 
                                  Fees 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 c)   Price(s)                   Price 60p 
       and volume(s)              Volume 200,000 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 d)   Aggregated                 N/A (single transaction) 
       information 
 
        *    Aggregated volume 
 
        *    Price 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 e)   Date of the                4 March 2021 
       transaction 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 f)   Place of                   London Stock Exchange, 
       the transaction            AIM Market 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 
 
 1.   Details of the PDMR / person closely associated 
 a)   Name                       Mike Kelly 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 2.   Reason for the notification 
     ---------------------------------------------------------- 
 a)   Position                   Non-Executive Director 
       / status 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 b)   Initial notification       Initial notification 
       / amendment 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 3.   Details of the issuer, emission allowance 
       market participant, auction platform, 
       auctioneer or auction monitor 
     ---------------------------------------------------------- 
 a)   Name                       SEEEN plc 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 b)   LEI                        213800RQVRMW2KRORN22 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 4.   Details of the transaction(s): section 
       to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; 
       (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each 
       date; and (iv) each place where transactions 
       have been conducted 
     ---------------------------------------------------------- 
 a)   Description                Options over Ordinary Shares 
       of the financial 
       instrument, 
       type of instrument         GB00BK6SHS41 
       Identification 
       code 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 b)   Nature of                  Issue of Options over Ordinary 
       the transaction            Shares in lieu of Director's 
                                  Fees 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 c)   Price(s)                   Price 60p 
       and volume(s)              Volume 200,000 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 d)   Aggregated                 N/A (single transaction) 
       information 
 
        *    Aggregated volume 
 
        *    Price 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 e)   Date of the                4 March 2021 
       transaction 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 f)   Place of                   London Stock Exchange, 
       the transaction            AIM Market 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 
 
 1.   Details of the PDMR / person closely associated 
 a)   Name                       Todd Carter 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 2.   Reason for the notification 
     ---------------------------------------------------------- 
 a)   Position                   Chief Executive Officer 
       / status 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 b)   Initial notification       Initial notification 
       / amendment 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 3.   Details of the issuer, emission allowance 
       market participant, auction platform, 
       auctioneer or auction monitor 
     ---------------------------------------------------------- 
 a)   Name                       SEEEN plc 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 b)   LEI                        213800RQVRMW2KRORN22 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 4.   Details of the transaction(s): section 
       to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; 
       (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each 
       date; and (iv) each place where transactions 
       have been conducted 
     ---------------------------------------------------------- 
 a)   Description                Options over Ordinary Shares 
       of the financial 
       instrument, 
       type of instrument         GB00BK6SHS41 
       Identification 
       code 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 b)   Nature of                  Issue of Options over Ordinary 
       the transaction            Shares in lieu of Director's 
                                  Fees 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 c)   Price(s)                   Price 65p 
       and volume(s)              Volume 250,000 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 d)   Aggregated                 N/A (single transaction) 
       information 
 
        *    Aggregated volume 
 
        *    Price 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 e)   Date of the                4 March 2021 
       transaction 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 f)   Place of                   London Stock Exchange, 
       the transaction            AIM Market 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 
 
 1.   Details of the PDMR / person closely associated 
 a)   Name                       Adrian Hargrave 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 2.   Reason for the notification 
     ---------------------------------------------------------- 
 a)   Position                   Chief Financial Officer 
       / status 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 b)   Initial notification       Initial notification 
       / amendment 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 3.   Details of the issuer, emission allowance 
       market participant, auction platform, 
       auctioneer or auction monitor 
     ---------------------------------------------------------- 
 a)   Name                       SEEEN plc 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 b)   LEI                        213800RQVRMW2KRORN22 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 4.   Details of the transaction(s): section 
       to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; 
       (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each 
       date; and (iv) each place where transactions 
       have been conducted 
     ---------------------------------------------------------- 
 a)   Description                Options over Ordinary Shares 
       of the financial 
       instrument, 
       type of instrument         GB00BK6SHS41 
       Identification 
       code 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 b)   Nature of                  Issue of Options over Ordinary 
       the transaction            Shares in lieu of Director's 
                                  Fees 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 c)   Price(s)                   Price 60p 
       and volume(s)              Volume 50,000 
                                  Price 65p 
                                  Volume 250,000 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 d)   Aggregated                 See 4 c) 
       information 
 
        *    Aggregated volume 
 
        *    Price 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 e)   Date of the                4 March 2021 
       transaction 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 f)   Place of                   London Stock Exchange, 
       the transaction            AIM Market 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 
 
 1.   Details of the PDMR / person closely associated 
 a)   Name                       Taro Koki 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 2.   Reason for the notification 
     ---------------------------------------------------------- 
 a)   Position                   Chief Creative Officer 
       / status 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 b)   Initial notification       Initial notification 
       / amendment 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 3.   Details of the issuer, emission allowance 
       market participant, auction platform, 
       auctioneer or auction monitor 
     ---------------------------------------------------------- 
 a)   Name                       SEEEN plc 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 b)   LEI                        213800RQVRMW2KRORN22 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 4.   Details of the transaction(s): section 
       to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; 
       (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each 
       date; and (iv) each place where transactions 
       have been conducted 
     ---------------------------------------------------------- 
 a)   Description                Options over Ordinary Shares 
       of the financial 
       instrument, 
       type of instrument         GB00BK6SHS41 
       Identification 
       code 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 b)   Nature of                  Issue of Options over Ordinary 
       the transaction            Shares in lieu of Director's 
                                  Fees 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 c)   Price(s)                   Price 65p 
       and volume(s)              Volume 250,000 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 d)   Aggregated                 N/A (single transaction) 
       information 
 
        *    Aggregated volume 
 
        *    Price 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 e)   Date of the                4 March 2021 
       transaction 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 f)   Place of                   London Stock Exchange, 
       the transaction            AIM Market 
     -------------------------  ------------------------------- 
 

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