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iClick Interactive Asia Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: ICLK) is “One to Watch”

  • Largest independent, industry-leading marketing technology company in China
  • Digital advertising solutions reach 98% of China’s internet users
  • Secured more than $30 million in credit facility with HSBC’s GBA+ Technology Fund
  • Financing from Marine Central Ltd., backed by majority shareholder of Forbes Media LLC, will be a catalyst for further high-potential opportunity and synergies
  • Strong balance sheet and working capital management supercharging the growth of marketing solutions
  • Proprietary, award-winning marketing technology transforms data into insight, action and performance
  • Over the first three quarters of 2019, iClick set record high in revenue ($142.7 million) and gross profit ($39.5 million)
  • Core Marketing Solutions has reached economics of scale with the proved positive adjusted EBITDA and will become an organic growth driver and profitability contributor going forward
  • Newly launched Enterprise Solutions business segment quickly accumulated revenues of $6.8 million
  • Enterprise Solutions business segment expected to become the top-line and bottom-line growth driver in the future
  • Focused on its evolution into an enterprise and marketing cloud platform, providing full consumer-cycle solutions to the brands
  • Ten locations worldwide with 450+ employees

iClick Interactive Asia Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: ICLK) is an independent online marketing and enterprise data solutions provider connecting worldwide marketers with audiences in China. Built on cutting-edge technologies, iClick’s proprietary platform possesses omni-channel marketing capabilities and fulfills various marketing objectives in a data-driven and automated manner, helping international and domestic marketers reach their target audiences. Headquartered in Hong Kong, iClick operates in 10 locations worldwide, including Asia and Europe.

iClick aims to become a fully integrated Enterprise and Marketing Cloud Platform in China, providing clients a full consumer-cycle solution. This is facilitated by two pillars’ growth strategy through two business segments: Marketing Solutions and Enterprise Solutions.

Marketing Solutions

Using data and AI-driven technology to help brands efficiently identify, target and acquire the right customers

As the leading programmatic marketing platform in China, iClick’s proprietary platform collects a wealth of data from multiple sources to precisely reach the right audience at the right moment, on the right channel and right device. Cross-screen search solutions capture critical micro-moments when users proactively search for what they need. This multi-dimensional approach to marketing allows iClick to effectively understand internet users and exponentially widen target audiences for its brand clients. Multiple monetization models available in the Marketing Solutions segment allow iClick to serve its clients in several ways, such as audience targeting.

Data-driven marketing is indispensable to marketers targeting specific audiences in China. More than 825 million internet users in China are anonymously profiled on iClick’s platform, which boasts cross-channel and cross-screen capabilities.

Enterprise Solutions

Enabling brands to efficiently manage their consumers through online and offline data integration and analysis, increase the repurchase rate, and enhance consumers’ loyalty

iClick’s Enterprise Solutions segment addresses enterprise needs in China, particularly focusing on “smart retail,” an expanding and innovating market involving the combination of online and offline consumers’ behavioral information. Enterprise Solutions support detailed profiling of customers, which facilitates data-driven business strategies, enhances business processes at various levels, and increases operational and marketing efficiency.

Enterprise Solutions leverages iClick’s proprietary platform that incorporates Artificial Intelligence (AI) to learn, build and store knowledge, enabling accurate predictions about consumer behavior that ultimately provide marketing solutions derived from the large amount of available data.

Through a strategic partnership with Tencent, iClick’s Enterprise Solutions presents strong recurring revenue streams with tremendous opportunities to upsell multi-national corporations (MNCs). Tencent’s proprietary API connection enables brands to build 360-degree consumer profiles based on the collection and integration of purchased behavioral information from online and offline touchpoints, including WeChat Mini Programs, WeChat Payment, WeChat Work and more.

As iClick continues to provide integrated marketing and smart retail solutions targeting Chinese consumers, the company believes Enterprise Solutions has strong long-term growth potential and will become a major gross margin contributor in the future.

Partnerships

In 2019, iClick established various agreements and partnerships with a number of leading southeast and northeast Asian companies for regional diversification and in 2020 is focused on continuing to develop additional partnerships and new business models globally. Many of the world’s top companies are leveraging iClick’s proprietary data platform to precisely identify and reach out to core target audience groups in China.

The company’s partnerships include:

  • A tri-partnership with BTG WELINK, an online retail services arm of Beijing Tourism Group (“BTG”), and Tencent Holdings Ltd., China’s leading provider of internet value added services. As part of this partnership, iClick applies its upgraded solutions to build a private DSP (Demand Side Platform) system for BTG. Using Tencent’s big data advertising platform, iClick can assist BTG to develop precision marketing campaigns.
  • An Advertising Agency Authorization Certificate from Baidu Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU), under which iClick is designated the authorized agency for native advertising of Baidu’s news feed ads. Native advertising is a consumer-friendly, non-disruptive advertising format that has gained rapid popularity among advertisers in recent years. Native advertising and creative marketing content have become a more effective marketing method among the Chinese young consumers. In 2019, the native advertising sector was estimated to have an around 53.5% share of the online advertising revenue, according to Statista.
  • A joint-venture partnership with VGI Global Media Plc (VGI.BKK), Thailand’s No. 1 online to offline (O2O) solutions provider across advertising, payment and logistics platforms, which enables brands in Southeast Asia to capture the multi-billion-dollar Chinese consumer market through a range of technology-driven marketing solutions.

Case Study: Armani Hotel Dubai

Dubai has been gearing up to welcome the growing wave of Chinese visitors. Chinese nationals are eligible for a 30-day visa-on-arrival into the UAE, which gives Chinese travelers tremendous convenience. In light of this, Armani Hotel Dubai set the objective to increase its sales in this market.

The challenge: What Aarmani Hotel Dubai lacked in executing this goal was insightful understanding of Chinese travelers in particular the demographics that were likely to be attracted to the hotel. Challenged by the huge differences in the business practice, unique culture and language barrier in running digital campaigns in China, Armani Hotel Dubai turned to iClick’s know-how and expertise to guide its campaign to success and meet its sales goal.

The solution:iClick tailored an optimal solution for the hotel to increase brand awareness and booking rate from China – which is the key market for the hotel – and successfully assisted Armani Hotel Dubai in reaching its target Chinese audiences by using China’s most popular mobile and internet sites, including WeChat and Weibo, to improve reach and booking potential.

The results: Due to iClick’s unrivaled technological and execution strengths, Armani Hotel Dubai’s ads were delivered in an omnichannel manner, raising brand awareness and garnering interest between Chinese consumers. Subsequently, Armani Hotel Dubai saw a surge in conversion rate.

During the campaign, the Armani Hotel Dubai brand was connected with 87% of Chinese mobile users.

Award-winning Provider

iClick, a Deloitte Technology Fast50, has received multiple industry awards from the international marketing community. The company is committed to helping clients access digital China with its omni-channel, data-driven marketing solutions that deliver uniquely sharpened marketing capabilities and outstanding advertising results.

Most recently, iClick subsidiary OptAim (Beijing) Information Technology Co., Ltd was recognized by Tencent Ads as a 2019 Gold Service Provider. Tencent Ads also named OptAim the winner of three major annual awards for the second half of 2019: “Outstanding Contribution of the Year,” “Best Technology & Data Application Award,” and “Best Branding Awards.”

In November 2019, company co-founder and CEO Sammy Hsieh was chosen as the winner of the “EY Entrepreneur of The Year China 2019 Award in Technology Category,” an award recognizing his entrepreneurial acumen, innovative spirit and strong leadership. As one of the world’s most prestigious business accolades, the “EY Entrepreneur of The Year” awards program honors those who accomplish success by combining ability with opportunity, and inspire others with great vision, leadership and outstanding achievement.

iClick won the Annual Influential Platform Award and the Innovation Golden Award in Marketing at the Creative Award 2019, as well as the Best Tourism Marketing Agency. The company was also the recipient of the “Best Brand and Performance Marketing Award” at the Performance Marketing Ecosystem Summit 2018 hosted by the Advertising & Marketing Service, a division of Tencent Holdings Limited.

The company in 2018 was also recognized as “Platinum Service Partner of Tencent Social Ads” at the Tencent Key Accounts Mid-Year Summit held in Beijing. The mobile division of iClick, Optaim, received the same award beginning in 2016. Optaim was also the “Best DSP Partner” and “Key Account Data Partner” of Tencent, making it the only player in China with such unique and deep level of cooperation with Tencent Social Ads.

Leadership

Sammy Wing Hong Hsieh, chairman of the board and co-founder, was CEO from 2009 to 2019. Prior to co-founding iClick, Hsieh held senior positions in several prominent technology companies. He was general manager for Asia Pacific at Efficient Frontier (now an Adobe company), a leading digital performance marketing company, and was director of Search Marketing at Yahoo Hong Kong from 2000-2008. Hsieh received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Jian Tang, director, CEO and co-founder, has 20 years of experience in digital advertising and is well-known in China for his expertise in advertising technologies and big data. In 2012, he founded OptAim, which was acquired by iClick in 2015, and has served key research, engineering and management roles at Yahoo’s global research and development center. Tang received his doctorate in computer engineering from Tsinghua University and was named by Campaign Asia as one of the leaders in its Digital A-List in 2016.

Terence Chi Wai Li, chief financial officer, has 15 years of experience in financial management, investment and business operations. He has served in management roles and advisory capacities at several start-ups, in addition to financial management and fundraising roles. He previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, specializing in M&A due diligence and cross border tax and deal structuring projects. Li received an MBA from Oxford University’s Said Business School. He is a Fellow Member of ACCA, a Member of HKICPA, and a Chartered Financial Analyst.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.i-Click.com

NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to ICLK are available in the company’s newsroom at http://ibn.fm/ICLK

SinglePoint Inc. (SING) Soars to New Heights as Revenue up 190%, Company Anticipates Increased Commercial Client Solar Installations

  • SinglePoint Inc. recently posted $3.3 million revenue in preliminary annual results, showing a 190% increase from the previous year
  • Sales projected to reach triple-digit growth as SING establishes financial partnerships for commercial clients
  • Solar installations for Q3 2019 up 45% from previous year, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association

SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING) continues to ride the rising waves of the solar industry, posting more than $3.3 million in revenue in the company’s preliminary unaudited annual results—showing a 190% increase from 2018 to 2019. With $2 million of that revenue directly derived from its subsidiary Direct Solar of America, the diversified holdings company anticipates significant and sustained growth for 2020 and beyond, during what many industry analysts, investors and fans are now calling ‘the decade of solar’ (http://ibn.fm/C6TUX).

Growth for SinglePoint’s residential-solar segment is expected to continue from the addition of incremental revenue through market expansion, in addition to cultivating and closing revenue opportunities in established markets. “The sky is the limit,” SING CEO and founder Greg Lambrecht stated during a recent MoneyTV interview.

At the time of its acquisition by SinglePoint, Direct Solar was almost solely focused on growing its scalable residential-solar brokerage model on a national level. Much has changed under SING’s direction. With an eye on expansion, the company currently engages in awareness campaigns with schools and commercial businesses promoting the benefits of using solar energy. While many of these projects are currently in the review stage, once executed they could bring the company significant incremental revenue and profitability that is purely accretive to existing projections for the residential solar division.

“There is a huge need for commercial solar in buildings and schools,” explained Lambrecht. “We’ve been working on this, and the problem was not that these types of entities didn’t want solar. It was hard to find bank financing.”

Lambrecht believes that entry into the commercial solar space will open Singlepoint up to unprecedented growth, and in an effort to assist potential commercial clients, the company has sourced several institutions willing to fund commercial solar projects.

“This is going to take SinglePoint to a whole new level, and what I mean by that is that the average solar residential project is about $30,000,” said Lambrecht. “The average commercial solar project that we’re looking at – and we have probably about $30 million in the sales pipeline – can range anywhere from $1 million to $5 million dollars… Even if we get five or ten of these commercial solar projects this year, you’re talking huge revenues.”

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, solar installations had their best-ever quarter in Q3 2019, with a 25% increase from Q2 of the same year and a 45% increase from the same quarter in 2018 (http://ibn.fm/5qD0d). The investing world seems to echo these sentiments, with Invesco Solar ETF up 51% as the best-performing ETF of 2019 (http://ibn.fm/5PyyB), along with major players like Goldman Sachs and Warren Buffet making huge bets on the future of the industry.

“It’s never been a better time to be a shareholder of SinglePoint,” Lambrecht concluded. “We have growing business units in thriving sectors. We have recently become a fully reporting public company and are committed to continuing to enhance shareholder liquidity by uplisting to the appropriate exchange that allows investors to confidently invest in the company due to its trading volume.”

In addition to solar energy, SinglePoint’s portfolio includes marketing applications and hemp products. SING researches opportunities and acquires brands and companies it can expand through capital injections, sales and marketing expertise, and expert corporate leadership.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.SinglePoint.com

NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to SING are available in the company’s newsroom at http://ibn.fm/SING

Exro Technologies Inc. (CSE: XRO) (OTCQB: EXROF) Announces Incentive Stock Options, Focuses on Transition to Clean Energy

  • Stock options allow select individuals to purchase shares pursuant to company’s stock-option plan
  • Exro has developed, commercialized electric power module that integrates into existing motor systems resulting in better performance
  • Possibilities for use of Exro’s unique technology, efficiency optimization algorithms are widespread

Exro Technologies Inc. (CSE: XRO) (OTCQB: EXROF), an innovative pioneer in the energy sector, announced that it has granted incentive stock options to specific directors, officers, employees and consultants (http://ibn.fm/XPiQJ).

The announced stock options allow select individuals to purchase an aggregate of 735,000 shares in the capital of Exro at a price of $0.375 per share, pursuant to the terms of its stock-option plan. All options are subject to vesting provisions, and any shares issued upon exercise of an option will be subject to a hold period of four months and one day from the date of grant.

The stock options were announced after Exro closed the second and final tranche of its oversubscribed, non-brokered private placement financing in February. The company raised more than $4 million through the issuance of 12,284,545 common shares (http://ibn.fm/LeH6A).

Recognized for its innovation, Exro has developed and commercialized an electric power module (EPM) that integrates into existing motor systems resulting in better performance. Exro’s patented technology optimizes a motor performance by automatically sensing and adapting operating parameters to an optimized state and creating measurable efficiency gains, reduced mechanical components and increased system availability.

Exro’s proprietary, patented software controls electric motor coils through individual coil switching. This introduction of intelligence into energy conversion at the individual-coil level produces expanded speed/torque capability as well as improved machine efficiency, reliability, safety and maintenance. Exro’s advanced-control algorithms create smart, real-time, optimized power management.

The possibilities for use of Exro’s unique technology and efficiency optimization algorithms are widespread. The company is evaluating potential use in optimizing performance of electric vehicles, locomotive traction applications, industrial motors and UAVs, as well as industrial motors and energy capture from wind and tides.

Currently, electric motors are the single biggest consumer of electricity – accounting for an estimated two-thirds of industrial power consumption and approximately 45% of global power consumption, according to an analysis by the International Energy Agency. With Exro’s technology, industries have new options available as they evaluate how to improve energy consumption.

Exro currently holds 15 patents, with 8 patents pending and additional patents under development. The company focuses on facilitating the transition to clean energy by providing manufacturers with the products and services necessary to increase the efficiency and reliability of power systems, including electric motors, generators and batteries.

Exro’s patented technology enhances energy systems by dynamically sensing and adapting variable inputs and optimally matching them to desired outputs, creating measurable performance gains and extended lifespan. The company continues to expand its IP portfolio to support its goal of becoming a globally recognized leader in leveraging advanced control algorithms to improve the performance, efficiency and longevity of electric motors and generators.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.Exro.com

NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to EXROF are available in the company’s newsroom at http://ibn.fm/EXROF

SinglePoint Inc. (SING) Set Out to Be Part of Future of Energy in America

  • SinglePoint CEO says company set out to harness robust solar-energy growth through acquisition of Direct Solar America
  • SING expects to break even in 2019; see significant increase in revenue, profitability in 2020
  • Solar energy sector is one of fastest-growing; fueled by strong demand and push for carbon-print reduction

In an interview with MoneyTV’s Donald Baillargeon, SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING) CEO Greg Lambrecht discussed how the company is poised to harness renewable energy growth in 2020 and beyond.

A diversified holding company, SING specializes in acquisitions of small to mid-sized companies, helping those companies become multinational brands while providing investors with the opportunity to make investments across a wide range of assets and industries. As SinglePoint continues to capture opportunities through an ambitious expansion strategy across a broad range of high-potential companies, the company has entered the lucrative renewable energy sector by acquiring Direct Solar America, a national solar-energy brokerage.

The renewable energy sector – and solar in particular – is continuing to demonstrate a bullish outlook backed by the increasing appetite of both residential and commercial consumers for solar-power alternatives to cut their energy costs. The International Energy Agency found that solar, hydropower and wind projects are rolling out at the fastest pace in four years (http://ibn.fm/hJgjP). The agency is also predicting that renewable electricity is expected to grow by 1,200GW in the next five years – the equivalent of the total electricity capacity of the United States.

“Momentum is building for solar; we are excited,” Lambrecht stated in the interview. “We were at the right spot at the right time. We are getting our financials done for our year-end audit, and I can’t really talk about it until it’s audited, but I can estimate that we are looking at $3–$3.5 million, which is way up from last year,” he continued, alluding to the high growth potential of the renewable energy business.

The Solar Energy Industries Association is predicting that the industry will become the dominant source of new electricity generation, calling the next decade the Solar+ decade as collaborations such as Solar + Storage, Solar + Grid Modernization, Solar + Diversity, Solar + Trade, and Solar + Finance will shape the future of energy in America (http://ibn.fm/vqtYs).

SinglePoint is seeing this predication come true. The company recently announced a deal with a major real-estate agency, My Home Group, one of the fastest-growing real-estate companies in the country with 2,300 agents. “Also, I have connections to other large real-estate agencies in the country, and once we get this off the ground, we’re going to bring on other real-estate agents to help sell solar,” he said.

As an emerging growth sector in 2019, solar energy has started to attract investors seeking robust returns usually reserved for early entrants. Combining clean-energy awareness with falling market prices, solar is becoming more desirable and affordable, with many homeowners and business owners choosing to go green to offset energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint. California is making this decision even easier with its building code that went into effect on January 1, 2020, requiring solar on all new homes and ensuring a robust demand for solar products well into the future. SING represents a compelling investment as the company is well-positioned to harness these immense opportunities that reward investors with considerable growth potential.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.SinglePoint.com

NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to SING are available in the company’s newsroom at http://ibn.fm/SING

Predictive Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ: POAI) Enters into Securities Purchase Agreement to Raise $3.5 Million

  • POAI announces securities purchase agreement with accredited investors to purchase shares of common stock
  • Company to use net proceeds from purchase agreement for general corporate purposes
  • Agreement expected to raise $3.5 million through issuance of up to 1,650,165 shares of common stock or common stock equivalents

Predictive Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ: POAI), a leader in the cancer precision-medicine field, entered into a securities purchase agreement with certain accredited investors to purchase shares of common stock; the company plans to use the net proceeds from the purchase agreement for general corporate purposes.

POAI, a company that focuses on providing predictive models of tumor drug response to improve clinical outcomes for patients, provided details of the securities purchase agreement in a March 16 announcement (http://ibn.fm/9l1rL).

The company explained that “it has entered into a securities purchase agreement with certain accredited investors to raise $3.5 million through the issuance of up to 1,650,165 shares of common stock (or common stock equivalents) and accompanying warrants to purchase an aggregate of up to 3,300,330 shares of common stock at $2.121 per share of common stock and accompanying warrants.

“The warrants will be exercisable immediately at an exercise price of $1.88 per share, with one-half of the warrants to expire two years after the date of issuance, and one-half to expire five and one-half years after the date of issuance,” the statement continued. “The closing of the private placement is subject to the satisfaction of certain customary closing conditions set forth in the securities purchase agreement.”

The release noted that the offer and sale of the securities are being made in a transaction not involving a public offering and have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 or applicable state securities laws. As a result, the securities may not be reoffered or resold in the United States except pursuant to an effective registration statement or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and such applicable state securities laws.

Under an agreement with the investors, however, POAI will be required to file an initial registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission covering the resale of the shares of common stock to be issued to the investors no later than 30 days after the closing of the agreement.

POAI is bringing precision medicine, or tailored medical treatment using the individual characteristics of each patient, to the treatment of cancer. Through the company’s Helomics division, the company leverages its unique, clinically validated patient derived (PDx) smart tumor profiling platform to provide oncologists with a road map to help individualize therapy. In addition, the company is leveraging artificial intelligence and its proprietary database of over 150,000 cancer cases tumors to build AI-driven models of tumor drug repose to improve outcomes for the patients of today and tomorrow.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.Predictive-Oncology.com

NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to POAI are available in the company’s newsroom at http://ibn.fm/POAI

Exro Technologies Inc. (CSE: XRO) (OTCQB: EXROF) Taking Aim at Billion-Dollar EV Market with Exclusive System Designed to Improve Electric Motors

  • CEO to appear on TV spot discussing exclusive Exro technology
  • Exro’s technology improves speed, torque, efficiency, performance of electric motors
  • After decade of research and development, Exro is entering commercialization phase

Exro Technologies Inc. (CSE: XRO) (OTCQB: EXROF) and its proprietary technology designed to improve the performance of electric motors used around the world is the topic of a profile spotlight on BTV-Business Television, aired first on the BNN Bloomberg network (http://ibn.fm/eDzYA).

Initially seen Saturday, March 7, in Canada, the broadcast will also be shown in the United States on March 15. The segment is part of BTV series ‘Using Innovation to Drive Success’. Exro CEO Sue Ozdemir headlines the five-minute overview (http://ibn.fm/qd6BP) of Exro’s exclusive technology – which dramatically improves the speed, torque and energy efficiency of electric motors.

With the electric vehicle market forecast to reach more than $500 billion by 2025, Exro is focusing on that potentially lucrative space. Exro’s technology improves the performance and efficiency of electric motors by separating individual coils, thereby enabling coil switching according to power needs.

“Our objective is to tell investors, manufacturers and the public around the world about our remarkable technology, which is now being commercialized,” Ozdemir stated in the segment. “We want to share this made-in-Canada technology with sectors where electric motors are essential – automotive, wind energy, recreational and last-mile vehicles, agriculture, public transportation and many others. Exro unlocks the full potential of electric motors to make them faster, stronger and greener.”

Exro has dedicated the last decade to creating an intelligent energy-management system. The system converts energy in different ways to improve the performance, efficiency and longevity of batteries, electric motors and generators.

“It’s a principle of electric motors called ‘coil switching’ that’s the basis of our technology,” added Ozdemir. “It’s very widely known in the industry, and we’ve just done what everybody else has been trying to do. It is totally scalable, up in size or down in size. So we can go down to a skateboard, and we can go up to a bus.”

Exro technology uses the idea of managing energy as it converts at the individual level to lithium ion batteries. By managing the charge and discharge of energy at the individual cell level of a lithium ion battery, Exro works to improve battery performance and efficiencies, resulting in longer battery usage. After almost a decade of research and development of this proprietary technology, Exro is entering its commercialization phase, led by Ozdemir, who was appointed CEO in September 2019 after serving as CEO of GE’s Small Industrial Motors Division.

Exro Technologies facilitates the transition to clean energy by providing products and services to manufacturers to increase the efficiency and reliability of power systems, including electric motors, generators and batteries. Exro’s patented technology enhances energy systems by dynamically sensing and adapting variable inputs and optimally matching them to desired outputs, creating measurable performance gains and extended lifespan. The widespread applications of the technology apply to optimizing the performance of electric vehicles, UAVs, and ship drives, as well as pumps, industrial motors, and energy capture from wind and tides.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.Exro.com

NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to EXROF are available in the company’s newsroom at http://ibn.fm/EXROF

InsuraGuest Technologies Inc. (TSX.V: ISGI) Seeks to Cement Position with Comprehensive Hospitality Liability Coverages

  • InsuraGuest’s Hospitality Liability coverages protect a wide range of issues, from theft and damage of personal property to accidental medical expenses and accidental death and dismemberment
  • Vacation rental revenue stood at $57,669 billion in 2019 with market growth rate of 6.9%
  • InsuraGuest’s API integrates with 71 different property management systems

These are tough times for the travel and hospitality industry, with a dramatic drop in number of tourists and service interruptions worldwide as a result of the ongoing pandemic. As only companies with strong prospects and unique product offerings are likely to survive this crisis, InsuraGuest Technologies Inc. (TSX.V: ISGI) is intent on augmenting its market prospects in 2020 and beyond by providing a proprietary insurtech software platform that delivers specialized hospitality liability coverages to hotel and vacation rentals.

The specialized policy was designed to serve as the first line of defense for the property which responds to claims from guests and their room occupants, was specifically created to fill the gap that traditional traveler’s insurance misses, as this type of insurance does not cover a number of things that can happen inside hotels or other travel properties, putting at risk both the traveler and the property owner.

The company’s Hospitality Liability Policy inserts a layer of protection for the property which covers a wide range of issues, including in-room damage and lost and stolen goods and provides coverage for accidental, medical, death or dismemberment, making InsuraGuest Technologies a valuable partner to hospital and vacation rental entities, as it can help them minimize damaging publicity about adverse events by offering a comprehensive insurance solution.

InsuraGuest’s Hospitality Liability coverages are purchased by hotels and vacation rental properties which respond to claims from the guests and their room occupants, at the time of check-in to check-out. The property pays for the policy on a per-guest basis.

The company’s insurtech platform can integrate with 71 different property management systems, giving it access to more millions of rooms worldwide and to significant growth opportunities in larger markets. Europe’s hospitality stay market is more than double the market size in the United States, indicating room for significant potential in serving hotel and vacation rental guests with the company’s insurance product.

To further expand its reach across the U.S. and worldwide, InsuraGuest has launched its Agent/Broker program which will focus on expanding its product offering through Agents and Brokers who currently write hospitality business (http://ibn.fm/yyGxP).

Because InsuraGuest extends beyond hotels to the vacation rental industry, the growth potential in companies like Airbnb and VRBO is encouraging for the company’s shareholders and investors. With over $57 billion in rental revenue in 2019 and a growth rate of 6.9% (http://ibn.fm/POSmd), the vacation rental industry continues to expand as more and more people each year take advantage of the variety of benefits vacations rentals offer.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.InsuraGuest.com

NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to ISGI are available in the company’s newsroom at http://ibn.fm/ISGI

The Movie Studio Inc. (MVES) is “One to Watch”

  • VOD poised to replace traditional cable pay TV formats.
  • Major Hollywood studio “streaming wars” have created an environment in which small film production companies like The Movie Studio can emerge as major brands.
  • Company’s unique model includes creating films and distributing them on major SVOD platforms without the expense of using recognizable movie stars, thus increasing production quality and reducing capital expenditures.
  • The Movie Studio has successfully monetized film assets on the Amazon, tubi tv, Comcast and Showtime platforms.

The Movie Studio Inc. (OTC: MVES) is a vertically integrated motion picture production company focused on acquiring, developing, producing and distributing independent motion picture content for worldwide consumption via subscription and advertiser video on demand (SVOD/AVOD), over the top (OTT) platforms, foreign sales and various media devices. The company is currently engaged in establishing its own OTT VOD platform to integrate both its own and aggregated feature film projects, television programming and other media intellectual properties. The Movie Studio is disrupting traditional media content delivery systems with its digital business model of motion picture distribution, and the company intends to create a direct server access platform of its content with geo-fractured territories for worldwide distribution.

The company has launched The Movie Studio App on Google Play and the App Store, enabling users to both view the company’s content and potentially become part of it. The app is in the completion stage, and The Movie Studio is conducting its final beta test of the app’s unique “audition submission” function, leveraging the company’s “Watch Our Movies, Be in Our Movies!” content platform and “Everyone’s a Star” campaign, which will be marketed via social media. Using the app, subscribers can upload a thumbnail photo of themselves along with a selfie video audition submission that showcases them reading character dialog. Audition submissions will then be reviewed by producers for possible participation of the auditionee in upcoming feature films.

The audition submission function provides the subscriber the ability to disrupt traditional motion picture casting and management, enabling access to participation in The Movie Studio’s independent motion picture and media content. At the same time, for the company this significantly reduces capital expenditures associated with those traditional media mechanisms. The Movie Studio’s unique business model capitalizes on the global demand for film content through the production and distribution of its own films while also providing opportunities for direct viewer involvement in its content.

The company operates using a growth-by-acquisition strategy that includes:

  • Purchasing legacy film libraries.
  • Upgrading acquired films to 4K resolution and remonetizing with “new” film content on popular VOD streaming platforms across the internet.
  • Strategic partnerships and media content alignment with other OTT platforms and cross-collateralization of leverageable media assets for worldwide distribution.
  • Producing micro-budget motion picture content with substantial production value utilizing new 4K technology and the company’s extensive legacy resources and unique production process, thereby significantly reducing capital expenditures while allowing for the potential of significant return on investment (ROI) with one successful production.
  • Controlling its revenue streams through server-driven geo-fracturing global territories and its own OTT platform.

Currently, The Movie Studio is producing three upcoming feature films: “Cause and Effect,” “The Last Warhead” and “PEGASUS” — all with completed electronic press kits and pitch decks and fully produced motion picture-quality trailers ready for talent, distribution and financial integration.

The company has been successful in producing, casting and distributing its films on major SVOD platforms without recognizable stars, which reduces capital expenditures. However, The Movie Studio intends to integrate recognizable stars into the productions at value propositions either pre- or post-completion of the intellectual property.

Through successful beta testing, The Movie Studio has monetized film assets on the Amazon, tubi tv, Comcast and Showtime platforms.

The company’s proposed server-based model will provide licensing payment from global territories without third-party distribution fees, which have traditionally been as high as 35%.

Founded in 1961 and formerly known as Destination Television, Inc., the company changed its name to The Movie Studio, Inc. in November 2012. The Movie Studio is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Cord-Cutting Creates Opportunity for VOD Players

Consumers are no longer content waiting for their favorite programming to come on the air – they expect instant streaming access where and how they want it. This has led to increased “cord cutting,” with consumers severing ties with their traditional pay TV providers in favor of digital streaming services.

With the advent of smart TVs with app integration, consumers can now watch what they want to watch when they want to watch it, fracturing traditional cable bundling mechanisms.

With pay TV usage steadily declining – satellite and cable TV businesses in the United States lost approximately 6 million customers in 2019 alone – streaming platforms are poised to potentially replace traditional pay TV distribution models altogether. Approximately 12,000 U.S. consumers are cutting the cord every day.

As this shift in media delivery continues and as digital devices become more sophisticated and bandwidth increases, VOD platforms have the potential to scale significantly. The Hollywood “streaming wars” of recent years have created an environment in which smaller competitors, like The Movie Studio, are able to emerge as major brands.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.TheMovieStudio.com

NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to MVES are available in the company’s newsroom at http://ibn.fm/MVES

Bolt Metals Corp. (CSE: BOLT) (OTCQB: PCRCF) (XFRA: NXFE) Targeting Ambitious 2020 Milestones on Indonesia Project

  • Bolt Metals controls ownership of the 5,000-hectare Cyclops Nickel-Cobalt Project in Indonesia
  • Company employs “minerals to market” strategy entailing successful bench scale scoping and drilling tests
  • Strong results from large-scale 2019 exploration program identifying significant nickel horizons
  • Robust, near-surface mineralization at project site

Mineral exploration company Bolt Metals Corp. (CSE: BOLT) (OTCQB: PCRCF) (XFRA: NXFE) works consistently toward carrying out its corporate strategy in 2020 as it continues to set ambitious milestones to create significant long-term shareholder value and become a leading international player in the electric vehicle battery metal sector. This includes preparations to commission and operate a pilot plant in Canada, which will contain an integrated circuit to produce high-purity nickel and cobalt strip solutions to develop battery-grade nickel and cobalt.

“2019 was a pivotal year for us, and we’re pleased to carry this momentum into 2020. Obtaining approval from Indonesia’s Ombudsman is an important step toward our goal of securing strategic partnerships and participating in Asia’s growing battery metals supply chain,” Ranjeet Sundher, CEO of Bolt Metals, stated in a news release (http://ibn.fm/dvEOe).

The company carried out large-scale exploration and development program at its flagship 5,000-hectare, Cyclops Nickel-Cobalt project, located in Papua Province, Indonesia last year. Drilling identified significant horizons of nickel mineralization, and bench-scale scoping tests yielded positive results for processing of this nickel material.

The flagship project, which has an environmental and mining permit issued, enjoys national, provincial, and local support. The project license is fully compliant with mining registration processes and will be transferred into a foreign investment license, where it will be administered by the central government.

Indonesia is the largest nickel producer on earth with a mandate to become a global superpower in the international EV and battery metals supply chain. Global demand for renewable power is fueling a massive shift from traditional energy supply chain economics to nickel-reliant lithium-ion batteries, the world’s most widely used power source for portable applications such as electric vehicles and other high-tech applications.

The usage of nickel in electric vehicle batteries has increased dramatically over the years due to its exceptional performance, longevity, and safety. The sharp increase in demand has forced Asian nations, particularly China as a leading EV manufacturer, to secure large supplies of the metal. Indonesia accounts for 25% of global nickel supply, making it a jurisdiction of choice for large nickel consumers, as well as nickel miners and processors.

To advance its focus on the EV supply chain, Bolt Minerals recently signed a non-binding cooperative agreement with Chinese tungsten and cobalt producer Hunan Jinxin1. The agreement has two major components: Hunan Jinxin having purchasing rights over nickel sulphate and cobalt sulphate from the Cyclops Nickel-Cobalt Project or other Bolt Metals’ projects, and the possibility of purchasing equity in Bolt Metals or investing directly in the Cyclops Project.

With offices in Vancouver, Shanghai and Jakarta, and a team of international capital markets experts, Bolt Metals’ mandate is to acquire and develop production-grade battery metals opportunities throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and to become a key participant in China’s rapidly expanding electric vehicle supply chain. The company employs a vertically integrated “minerals-to-market” strategy to leverage these assets to their fullest.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.BoltMetals.com

NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to PCRCF are available in the company’s newsroom at http://ibn.fm/PCRCF

1 The agreement with does not imply that the Company has made a decision to proceed to production without first establishing mineral reserves. The Company has not made the decision to proceed to production and clarifies that any such statement if made in the future would be made in compliance with Companion Policy 43-101CP, 4.2(6) – Production Decision, which requires details of the significant risks associated with such a decision.

Sharing Services Global Corporation (SHRG) Expands Functional Beverage Line with Nootropic ElevaciTEA™

  • ElevaciTEA addition to Elevacity nootropic line is vanilla-flavored chai ‘Happy Tea’ which offers potential weight management benefits
  • Newest product’s two-day pre-sale overshadows prior launches
  • Nootroopics may improve cognitive function, also offering potential health benefits like weight management, mood enhancement

As the energy drink craze is beginning to die down amid health concerns for the industry’s overly sugary and ultra-caffeinated reputation, consumers are searching for a healthier beverage to give their brains a boost. Enter nootropic beverages: the newest “smart drink” to hit the shelves has been met with an enthusiastic consumer response (http://ibn.fm/9bcYk). Sharing Services Global Corporation’s (OTCQB: SHRG) two-day pre-sale for its ElevaciTEA(TM) – a first-of-its-kind nootropic addition to the company’s functional beverage line – has illustrated consumers’ desire for the new category of functional beverages. The vanilla-flavored chai ‘Happy Tea’ offers potential health benefits such as weight management, cognitive function and mood enhancement.

“We continue to expand our functional beverage offerings and are pleased to report that the two day pre-sale of ElevaciTEA eclipsed any prior product launches,” Thatch noted in a news release (http://ibn.fm/k9lOV). “We will provide additional figures and performance in the near future.”

Offered on a “limited edition” basis from Sharing Services’ subsidiary Elevacity LLC, the nootropic addition targets increasing consumer demand for functional beverages with potential health benefits.

The launch of SHRG’s proprietary line of health and wellness products in 2017, through its Elepreneurs LLC and Elevacity Global LLC subsidiaries, was a milestone. The line consists of three categories – anti-aging skin care, functional beverages and natural supplements – and is consistent with the company’s emphasis on promoting health and happiness to both its growing team of Elepreneurs and their customers. The products are made with all-natural ingredients. Designed to trigger four hormones shown to promote happiness and well-being, referred to as D.O.S.E., the products promise to help consumers “elevate” their lives (http://ibn.fm/Eod1x). Since the initial launch of the proprietary line, SHRG has reported cumulative sales of $169 million.

SHRG is a Plano, Texas-based diversified holdings company that owns, operates or controls a variety of companies engaged in direct selling through independent sales contractors as the sales force. Its divisions include Elevacity Global LLC, and Elepreneurs LLC. The company has announced global expansion plans.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.SHRGInc.com

NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to SHRG are available in the company’s newsroom at http://ibn.fm/SHRG

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