NEW YORK, July 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Blackstone (NYSE:BX) announced today that private equity funds managed by Blackstone ("Blackstone") have agreed to acquire Vungle, a leading performance marketing platform for in-app video advertisements on mobile devices.
Vungle is trusted by publishers of more than 60,000 mobile apps worldwide, including top brands such as Rovio, Zynga, Pandora, Microsoft, and Scopely, among others. The company serves more than 4 billion video views per month over a billion unique devices, and is consistently ranked #1 for cross-platform user retention by industry mobile performance indexes. Vungle is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in London, Berlin, Beijing, Tokyo, Singapore and Seoul.
Sachin Bavishi, Principal at Blackstone, said, "As a best-in-class performance marketing platform, Vungle represents a key growth engine for the mobile app ecosystem. Our investment will help deliver on the company’s tremendous growth potential and we look forward to partnering with management to extend Vungle’s strength across mobile gaming and other performance brands."
Martin Brand, Senior Managing Director at Blackstone, added, "Blackstone is excited to invest in a leader focused on the intersection of the rapidly expanding mobile gaming and mobile advertising spaces. We look forward to contributing Blackstone’s resources to accelerate Vungle’s growth trajectory in the years ahead."
Rick Tallman, CEO of Vungle, said: "We are extremely excited about our new partnership with Blackstone. Blackstone’s acquisition will further accelerate Vungle’s mission to be the trusted guide for growth and engagement, transforming how users discover and experience mobile apps. We would like to thank Crosslink Capital and Thomvest Ventures for their support in building Vungle into a market leader. As we look ahead at the significant opportunity in the in-app mobile advertising market, with Blackstone’s support, we will aggressively expand our global platform through organic and inorganic growth."
In connection with the transaction, Vungle has also reached a settlement agreement with founder Zain Jaffer and is pleased to have this matter resolved. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The transaction is expected to close later this year, subject to customary closing conditions. Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is serving as financial advisor to Vungle and Guggenheim Securities, LLC is serving as financial advisor to Blackstone on the transaction. DLA Piper LLP (US) is serving as legal advisor to Vungle and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is serving as legal advisor to Blackstone.
About Blackstone Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment firms. We seek to create positive economic impact and long-term value for our investors, the companies in which we invest, and the communities in which we work. We do this by using extraordinary people and flexible capital to help companies solve problems. Our businesses, with $512 billion in assets under management, include investment vehicles focused on private equity, real estate, public debt and equity, non-investment grade credit, real assets and secondary funds, all on a global basis. Further information is available at www.blackstone.com. Follow Blackstone on twitter @Blackstone.
About Vungle Vungle is the trusted guide for growth and engagement, transforming how people discover and experience apps. Mobile application developers partner with Vungle to monetize their apps through innovative in-app ad experiences that are inspired by insight and crafted with creativity. Advertisers depend on Vungle to reach, acquire, and retain high-value users worldwide. Vungle develops tools that include data-led buying and UX recommendations, ad format innovation, creative automation, and more. Vungle’s data-optimized ads run on over 1 billion unique devices to drive engagement and increase returns for publishers and advertisers ranging from indie studios to powerhouse brands, including Rovio, Zynga, Pandora, Microsoft, and Scopely. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices around the world in London, Berlin, Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore. For more information, visit www.vungle.com or follow the company on Twitter @Vungle
RIDGEFIELD PARK, New Jersey, July 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Biopipe Global Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lifequest World Corp. (OTC: "LQWC") has entered into a 50-50 joint venture with BioTech Innovations of Bangladesh. Bangladesh represents a huge opportunity for our patented onsite 100% sludge free, silent and odor free sewage wastewater treatment system. According to the 2017 United Nations World Water Development Report, Bangladesh treats only 17 percent of its wastewater.
Mr. Md. Manzur Morshed, President, CEO of BioTech Innovations said, "1.16 million cubic meters per day of sewage in capital Dhaka alone is dumped into the rivers, according to Bangladesh Institute of Planners. This alone represents a massive opportunity. With a Biopipe plant running for nearly 2 years at the Justice Complex, we have successfully demonstrated the unique capability of the system. 100m3/day of sewage and grey water goes in and 100m3/day of reusable water comes out. We are about to install another plant at Bangladesh Government Secretary’s complex with 108m3/day capacity and have a robust pipeline of government and commercial projects". We are absolutely excited about our partnership and the Biopipe system speaks for itself."
Enes Kutluca, the CEO of Biopipe said, "We have an opportunity to engineer a paradigm shift in the way sewage wastewater is treated in Bangladesh and emerging countries in general. The social and environmental impact matters to us and with Biotech Innovation we will certainly accomplish that in Bangladesh."
Biopipe, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lifequest is the 1st patented and world’s only sludge free decentralized (onsite) wastewater treatment system. Biopipe is 100% sludge free, odor free, silent, easy to assemble and install, scalable, low cost, ecological and virtually maintenance free (if 1000 liters of sewage wastewater goes in, 1000 liters of clean water is discharged). The treated water is clean enough to exceed EU Standards for discharge and reuse. The entire treatment takes place within a series of pipes and the only output is clean water that is reused for irrigation and cleaning.
BioTech Innovations based in Dhaka, Bangladesh is engaged in introducing cost effective disruptive technologies/products through foreign partnerships to solve multiple socio-environmental issues that involve water, energy, air, and sewage in Bangladesh. As Bangladesh aims to become a middle-income country by 2021, the Government is determined to improve the environmental indicators. BioTech Innovations believes the most effective way to help Bangladesh achieve its environmental goals is by partnering and introducing disruptive technologies through its vast global network established across three continents.
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BEIJING, URUMQI, China and HANGZHOU, China, July 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — China Lending Corporation ("China Lending" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: CLDC), a non-bank financial corporation servicing micro, small and medium sized enterprises in China, today announced that it has entered into a five-year strategic partnership agreement with Rui Xin Insurance Technology (Ningbo) Co., Ltd ("Rui Xin"), a financial technology company providing comprehensive insurance solutions. Through the partnership, each party expects to jointly grow their businesses and help each other to expand their customer base by leveraging each other’s unique and complementary strength as well as resource in financial technology, the consumer finance market and the insurance industry.
China Lending will work with Rui Xin to develop its own consumer financial platform. In collaboration with Rui Xin and its partners, the Company expects to provide value-added consumer financial services to insurance consumers of Rui Xin and its partners. Benefiting from the anticipated size of the business and the good credit record of insurance consumers, China Lending will improve its asset quality and maintain sustainable business growth through the partnership. In addition, China Lending and Rui Xin will also explore collaboration opportunities in areas such as insurance consumer acquisition, development of insurance products, expansion of insurance business, and customization of consumer financial solutions.
Moreover, China Lending will benefit from Rui Xin and its partners’ advanced technological capabilities in big data and artificial intelligence to improve its risk management and enhance its customer experience.
Through this partnership, Rui Xin will be able to explore new business opportunities and increase its competency to eventually expand its customer base in the insurance industry by benefiting from China Lending’s financial service expertise, bank credit facility resource, and client base in certain regional markets.
Ms. Jingping Li, co-founder and chief executive officer of China Lending, commented, "Our entering into the partnership conforms with our long-term goal of providing individuals and enterprises in China with our quality financial service products. We will continue to improve our operating efficiencies, diversify our product offerings, and strengthen our collaborations with partners in different segments. Through our partnership with Rui Xin, we will develop a customer base for consumer financial services and serve customers with long-term financing needs. We will also benefit from assisting Rui Xin and its partners with the expansion of insurance business. Rui Xin and its partners’ capabilities and experience in applying advanced financial technologies will enhance our risk management capability and help us to achieve innovations of financial products to better satisfy diversified customer demands."
"We are excited to collaborate with China Lending. We believe the partnership will create synergies for both parties in technological and commercial areas. Going forward, we will continue to promote the integration of our resources, explore potential business opportunities, and expand our customer bases to boost the business growth of both parties," said Mr. Yanliang Zhuang, vice president of Rui Xin.
About China Lending Corporation
Founded in 2009, China Lending is a non-bank financial corporation and provides comprehensive financial services to micro, small and medium sized enterprises, and individuals. China Lending has headquarters in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Autonomous Region, and Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province. For more information, please visit: www.chinalending.com.
About Rui Xin Insurance Technology (Ningbo) Co., Ltd
Rui Xin is a financial technology company specializing in providing application solutions for insurance service institutions and customers in the insurance industry. Rui Xin is mainly engaged in insurance product R&D and design, management and operation of insurance customer data, provision of integrated solutions for insurance and healthcare, as well as the development and operation of an online insurance transaction service platform. Rui Xin’s subsidiaries and strategic partners have offices in more than 90 areas throughout China and more than 3,000 registered insurance service personnel.
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SHANGHAI, July 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — ReneSola Ltd ("ReneSola" or the "Company") (www.renesolapower.com) (NYSE: SOL), a leading solar project developer, today announced that it had entered into an agreement to sell two project companies – including ten rooftop DG projects located in Zhejiang Province – to Shanghai Hongzuo New Energy Company. The ten rooftop projects have an aggregate capacity of 12.3MW.
Shanghai Hongzuo is a subsidiary of Far East Horizon Company Ltd., a leading financial services institution in China specializing in the investment and operation of new energy industry. The project companies being sold by ReneSola are Ningbo Qixu New Energy Company, Ltd. and Taizhou Dehong New Energy Technology Company, Ltd.
Ms. Shelley Xu, Chief Executive Officer of ReneSola, commented, "This agreement once again demonstrates our ability to develop and monetize projects across the different geographies we serve. As we evolve ReneSola into an asset-light solar project developer, we continue to expect to gradually monetize our China DG assets, further strengthening our balance sheet, reducing leverage, and improving cash flow. In addition to the China domestic market, we continue to pursue opportunities around the world. We believe our development strategy can further capitalize on key trends in solar energy development, such as rooftop DG and community solar."
About Far East Horizon Ltd. Listed on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (stock code 03360.HK), Far East Horizon Co. Ltd. is a financial services provider. The Company specializes in providing financing solutions through equipment-based financial leasing. Far East focuses on multiple industries, including healthcare, education, infrastructure construction, shipping, printing and machinery industries. Far East Horizon is headquartered in Hong Kong, with business operation centers in Shanghai and Tianjin, and offices in other major cities, including Beijing, Shenyang, Jinan, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu, Chongqing, Changsha, Shenzhen, Xi’an, Harbin, Xiamen, Kunming, Hefei, Nanning and Urumuqi.
Founded in 2005, and listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 2008, ReneSola (NYSE: SOL) is an international leading brand of solar project developer. Leveraging its global presence and solid experience in the industry, ReneSola is well positioned to develop green energy projects with attractive return around the world. For more information, please visit www.renesolapower.com.
STOCKHOLM, July 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Mycronic AB (publ) has received an order for a mask writer from the Prexision series for display applications from an existing customer in Asia. The order consists of a Prexision-10 mask writer, limited to production of up to generation 8 photomask size. The system can later be upgraded to a full scale Prexision-10 production system. The order for the limited Prexision-10 system is valued between USD 30-35 million and delivery is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2020.
Mycronic’s Business Area Pattern Generators provides mask writers for manufacturing photomasks in several fields of application. These consist of display manufacturing (TV, smartphones and tablets) and applications in the multi-purpose market, a broad segment which includes such applications as electronic packaging, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and touchscreen functions.
"With this size-limited Prexision-10 system the customer will be able to produce photomasks for generation 8 and later upgrade to generation 10 photomask size. This is an attractive way for the customer to add production capacity at a later point in time, when required" says Charlott Samuelsson, Sr VP Pattern Generators at Mycronic.
For further information, please contact: Charlott Samuelsson Sr VP Business Area Pattern Generators Tel: +46-709-844-282 [email protected]
Sven Chetkovich Acting Director IR & Corporate Communications Tel: +46-70-558-39-19 [email protected]
The information in this press release was published on July 15, 2019, at 12:00 p.m.
Mycronic AB is a Swedish high-tech company engaged in the development, manufacture and marketing of production equipment with high precision and flexibility requirements for the electronics industry. Mycronic headquarters are located in Täby, north of Stockholm and the Group has subsidiaries in China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States. Mycronic AB (publ) is listed on NASDAQ Stockholm. www.mycronic.com
LONDON, July 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (the "Company," or "JinkoSolar") (NYSE: JKS), one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world, today announced that it was recognized for augmenting solar PV efficiency in a cost-effective manner with the Frost & Sullivan 2019 Global Solar PV Technology Leadership Award.
After extensive analysis of the global solar PV market, Frost & Sullivan recognized JinkoSolar for its leadership in developing and leveraging solar technologies that offer significant customer value.
"JinkoSolar’s unwavering focus on technology and innovation has propelled it to the top of the global market," said Mr. Gautham Gnanajothi, Global Research Director of Frost & Sullivan. "It launched the solar industry’s first 158.75 big wafer which is embedded into its flagship Cheetah series that are up to 410 watt. Today, Cheetah modules are broadly being applied to utility, commercial and residential segments all across the world. JinkoSolar’s technologies have helped facilitate the transition for developers and investors from a focus on price towards performance. The size of the 158.75 big wafer has now become the new industry benchmark and is setting the standards for the future. This award is in recognition of JinkoSolar’s capabilities to develop and commercialize advanced technologies that serve as a cornerstone for establishing industry standards."
"JinkoSolar clearly understands the high-standards global customers require thanks to its expansive global presence. JinkoSolar is poised to lead the industry into the next-generation of solar PV technology. Its Cheetah product portfolio, commitment to sustained innovation, and track record of successful commercialization of new technologies present a strong case to establish it as a vendor of choice in the post-subsidy era."
"We are extremely honored to have been recognized with this prestigious award by Frost & Sullivan," commented Mr. Kangping Chen, CEO of JinkoSolar. "Leveraging the extensive experience we have acquired through our global operations, we have developed significant competitive advantages and the ability to rapidly commercialize new products. We are ideally positioned for the post-subsidy era where investors and developers are shifting their focus towards high-performance technologies that make every dollar invested count rather than relying on subsidies."
About Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, collaborates with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that could make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, Frost & Sullivan has been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector, and the investment community.
About JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.
JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) is one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world. JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base in China, the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Chile, South Africa, India, Mexico, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, and other countries and regions. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 10.5 GW for silicon wafers, 7.0 GW for solar cells, and 11.0 GW for solar modules, as of March 31, 2019.
JinkoSolar has over 13,500 employees across its 7 productions facilities globally, 15 oversea subsidiaries in Japan, Korea, Singapore, India, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Australia and United Arab Emirates, and global sales teams in China, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Spain, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Ukraine, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama and Argentina.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends, "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. Among other things, the quotations from management in this press release and the Company’s operations and business outlook, contain forward-looking statements. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in JinkoSolar’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F. Except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
PARIS, July 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — thierry Ehrmann, Artprice’s founder/CEO, highlights the art market’s excellent performance in H1 2019: "A collector who, at the start of this year, invested in the 100 most successful artists of the last five years (2014-2018), would already be looking at a value accretion of almost a sixth in the value of his/her portfolio."
The turnover slowdown recorded in H1 2019 by major auction houses, including Sotheby’s (-9%) and Christie’s (-28%), reflects a less dynamic high-end market than in previous years. However, prices have shown no signs of fatigue and the contraction in the volume of sales is a reminder that the art market is directly dependent on the number of works in circulation.
In a financial context of sustained negative or near-zero refinancing rates, some collectors are probably preferring to hold certain artworks and not cash in on investments that remain highly competitive. Moreover, the persistence of extremely high transaction costs, both in galleries and in auction rooms, is discouraging short holding periods (under five years), and tempting some collectors to consider private transactions as an alternative.
On 2 June last, a large drawing by Wu Guanzhong entitled Lion grove garden (1988) fetched $20.8 million at China Guardian. It was previously acquired for $17.8 million on 3 June 2011 at Poly Beijing. Adding 17% over the last eight years, the drawing generated, in financial terms, an average annual return of +1.9%. However, another Guanzhong resale suggests that the bulk of the value accretion on his works has occurred in the last 6 months: an important Guanzhong work entitled Two Swallows was purchased for $7.1 million on 3 June 2011 (at the same sale as Lion grove garden) and fetched $7.8 million in December 2018, an increase of just +9.8%.
Paul Cézanne and George Condo
Investments in Modern artists carry the least risk and demand for their work is continuing to grow steadily offering attractive returns over the long term. Claude Monet and Paul Signac have both signed new auction records this year. Similarly, 2019 is already proving to be a superb year (the best since 2000) for Paul Cézanne. His painting Bouilloire et fruits (c. 1888-90), acquired for $29.5 million in 1999, fetched $59.3 million on 13 May 2019 at Christie’s New York, generating an average annual ROI of 3.6% over 20 years.
The relegation of Pieter Brueghel II for reasons relating to market liquidity has exacerbated the rarity of Old Masters in the index. Numerically, the composition of the index is dominated by Modern artists, numbering 49, followed by Post-War artists (29), Contemporary artists (12), 19th century artists (8) and lastly… Old Masters (only 2).
Artprice is the global leader in art price and art index databanks. It has over 30 million indices and auction results covering more than 700,000 artists. Artprice Images® gives unlimited access to the largest Art Market resource in the world: a library of 126 million images or prints of artworks from the year 1700 to the present day, along with comments by Artprice’s art historians.
Artprice permanently enriches its databanks with information from 6,300 auctioneers and it publishes a constant flow of art market trends for the world’s principal news agencies and approximately 7,200 international press publications.
For its 4,500,000 members, Artprice gives access to the world’s leading Standardised Marketplace for buying and selling art. Artprice is preparing its blockchain for the Art Market. It is BPI-labelled (scientific national French label) Artprice’s Global Art Market Annual Report for 2018 published last March 2019: https://www.artprice.com/artprice-reports/the-art-market-in-2018
Artprice is associated with Artron Group the Chinese leader in the Art Market, its solid institutional partner.
About the Artron Group:
Partners since 2009, in 2018, Artron and Artprice signed a historic agreement to create a "New Silk Road for Art". This initiative is perfectly coherent with China’s "One Belt, One Road" (OBOR) or "Belt and Road Initiative" (BRI) launched in 2013 and known in Europe as the "New Silk Road".
"Artron Art Group (Artron), a comprehensive cultural industrial group founded in 1993 by Wan jie, is committed to inheriting, enhancing and spreading art value. Based on abundant art data, Artron provides art industry and art fans with professional service and experience of quality products by integrated application of IT, advanced digital science and innovative crafts and materials.
Having produced more than 60,000 books and auction catalogues, Artron is the world’s largest art book printer with a total print volume of 300 million a year. It has more than 3 million professional members in the arts sector and an average of 15 million daily visits, making it the world’s leading art website."