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Net1 to sell KSNET for $237 million

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jan. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: UEPS, JSE: NT1) (“Net1” or the “Company”) today announced that it has agreed to sell 100% of KSNET, Inc. (“KSNET”), a leading Republic of Korea (“South Korea”) payment processor, to Stonebridge Capital and Payletter for approximately $237 million. The transaction, which is not subject to a financing condition, is expected to close in March 2020.

“KSNET is a profitable and cash generative business, but operates autonomously and in a more developed economy with limited overlap with the group’s other activities. We also believe that the intrinsic value of KSNET was not appropriately reflected in Net1’s overall valuation. Therefore our Board commenced a strategic review of our various businesses and investments late last year, and ultimately decided to sell KSNET in order to focus more on our core strategy, boost liquidity and to maximize shareholder returns. We believe Stonebridge Capital and Payletter are the right strategic partners for KSNET, as they are committed to building further scale in the South Korean payments market,” said Herman Kotzé, CEO of Net1. “This transaction marks a significant milestone in our strategic plan, and allows management to further focus on its core strategy of providing fintech solutions for the underbanked in South Africa, Africa, Europe and other emerging economies as well as our new blockchain related products,” he concluded.

The Company will provide further details on its second quarter fiscal 2020 earnings call on February 7, 2020.

FT Partners acted as exclusive financial advisor to Net1 and Yulchon LLC served as legal counsel.

About Net1 (www.net1.com)

Net1 is a leading provider of transaction processing services, financial inclusion products and services and secure payment technology. Net1 operates market-leading payment processors in South Africa and the Republic of Korea. Net1 offers debit, credit and prepaid processing and issuing services for all major payment networks. In South Africa, Net1 provides innovative low-cost financial inclusion products, including banking, lending and insurance and through DNI is a leading distributor of mobile subscriber starter packs for Cell C, a South African mobile network operator. Net1 leverages its strategic equity investments in Finbond and Bank Frick (both regulated banks), and Cell C to introduce products to new customers and geographies. Net1 has a primary listing on NASDAQ (NasdaqGS: UEPS) and a secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE: NT1). Visit www.net1.com for additional information about Net1.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included in this press release regarding strategy, future operations, future financial position, future revenues, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives of management are forward-looking statements. The Company may not actually achieve the plans, intentions or expectations disclosed in its forward-looking statements. Actual results or events could differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations disclosed in the forward-looking statements that the Company makes. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to: the Company failing to close the sale transaction, as well as other factors, many of which are beyond the Company’s control; and other important factors included in the Company’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2019, as such Risk Factors may be updated from time to time in subsequent reports. The Company does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Investor Relations Contact:
Dhruv Chopra
Group Vice President, Investor Relations
Phone: +1 917-767-6722
Email: dchopra@net1.com

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Peter Stewart Named Executive Vice President of North America for Ingenico Group

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Ingenico Group (Euronext: FR0000125346 – ING), the global leader in seamless payments, today announced that Peter Stewart has been named the executive vice president of North America. Peter reports to Matthieu Destot, executive vice president, B&A business unit and is a member of the company’s B&A Management Committee. Peter brings over 25 years of experience working with technology companies, including the last four years at Ingenico Group. His experience spans across different disciplines, including strategy, sales contract management, manufacturing, supply chain and human resources, among other areas.

“Peter brings a wealth of global leadership experience working with technology companies, both in fintech and the larger industry, that Ingenico benefits from greatly. I, along with the Executive Committee, am excited as he begins this new role leading the region,” Destot said. “His technology background and track record, coupled with his understanding of how Ingenico helps elevate the customer experience, will drive success as we continue to expand our presence in the region.”

Peter previously held the role of chief financial officer of the B&A business unit for Ingenico and formerly served as chief financial officer for the North America Region for nearly two years. Before that, he spent eight years at ADVA Optical Networking, most recently as vice president of finance, corporate development, treasury & risk management. Other previous companies include Lydian Data Services and ADP, among others.

“I am honored and humbled to be appointed the next leader of the North America Region, and I’m very excited by the opportunity that we have in front of us,” Stewart said. “We will continue to build upon our position of thought leadership, our market strength and, most importantly, our ability to execute our strategy across both our Retail and B&A business unit activities.”

 

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Global Blockchain Market Outlook and Forecasts 2020-2025 – Overview of Service Type, Applications, Solutions and Industry Verticals

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Dublin, Feb. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “Blockchain Technology Market by Service Type, Applications, Solutions, Industry Verticals 2020 – 2025” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.
This report evaluates the technology, leading companies and solutions in the evolving blockchain ecosystem. The report evaluates current and anticipated use cases for blockchain and assesses the market potential globally, regionally, and segmented by deployment type and industry vertical for the period 2020 to 2025.Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) represents a key service offering for many market segments as a mean of solution introduction and scalability via a cloud services model. BaaS service providers will include different types of services such as customize blockchain applications for cloud services, specific industries, custom consulting, and integration with existing systems.
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21, Inc.Abra, Inc.AccentureAlphaphoint CorporationAmazonBaiduBitfury GroupBlockchain Global LimitedBlockCypher, Inc.BloqBTL Group (Blockchain Tech Ltd.)Chain, Inc.Circle Internet Financial LimitedCoinbaseCoinfirm Ltd.ConsenSys Systems (ConsenSys)CreditsDell TechnologiesDeloitte Touche TohmatsuDigital Asset HoldingsDigitalx Ltd. (Digital Cc Ltd.)DMG Blockchain SolutionsEarthportFactom Inc.Fidelity InvestmentsGlobal Arena Holding, Inc. (GAHC)HoloHPHyperLedgerIBM CorporationIntelygenzIOTALibra Services, Inc.Linux FoundationMicrosoft CorporationMonaxNASDAQOverstockR3RippleShoCardTecentFor more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/ypsgh7About ResearchAndMarkets.com
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UP Fintech Underwrites 12 Chinese ADR IPOs in 2019

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More than 30 Chinese companies listed on U.S. exchanges in 2019 and 12 of them had Tiger Brokers (NZ) Limited (“TBNZ”), a wholly owned subsidiary of UP Fintech Holding Limited (NASDAQ: TIGR) (together with TBNZ and other affiliates, “UP Fintech”), act as one of the underwriters for their offerings.

In 2015, UP Fintech introduced its proprietary trading platform, Tiger Trade, which provides global Chinese investors with seamless access to U.S. equities and other global securities. In the past few years, UP Fintech’s focus on innovation and superior user experience has enabled it to grow rapidly; according to iResearch, the firm has become the largest online broker for global Chinese to invest in U.S. equities.

UP Fintech is also expanding its institutional business, particularly investment banking and equity underwriting in the TMT space through its wholly owned subsidiary, TBNZ. Since 2017, UP Fintech has participated in many high profile Chinese Tech IPOs, including those of Chinese search engine Sogou Inc. (SOGO), ecommerce giant Pinduoduo (PDD), video streaming platform iQIYI (IQ), and online education company Youdao (DAO).

UP Fintech’s growing investment banking business has given the firm the opportunity to closely cooperate with a diverse range of corporate clients, giving it a better understanding of the challenges faced by Chinese companies that have held a U.S. IPO. UP Fintech is expanding its existing portfolio of corporate services to meet the needs of its growing client base.

“Chinese companies from different industries face a variety of difficulties through the IPO process in the U.S. On one hand, many Wall Street institutions are unfamiliar with relatively lesser-known Chinese companies, which may result in less allocation of resources to these companies. On the other hand, Chinese companies may not possess the requisite expertise to efficiently manage a new issue in the U.S. market. This is where our unique business model and market understanding distinguish our firm: we are ourselves a young technology company, so compared to traditional banks, we are naturally more connected to these emerging companies and understand their needs better. In addition we may leverage our growing customer base of institutional and retail investors to provide a huge demand for the new issuance,” said Mr. Wu Tianhua, CEO of UP Fintech.

Expanding its portfolio of corporate services is a key strategy of UP Fintech’s development, so the firm has acquired new licenses to support its expansion. In October 2019, UP Fintech’s wholly-owned subsidiary, US Tiger Securities, Inc., received approval for conducting new businesses, including underwriting, private placements, mergers and acquisitions, mutual fund retailing, as well as selling group participant services from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”). Within two months of receiving these licenses, UP Fintech and its subsidiaries had participated in seven more Chinese ADR IPOs in the U.S.

With a staff that draws from its rich range of experiences in investment banking and financial services, UP Fintech is able to assist potential issuers on every step of their IPO planning. UP Fintech’s Corporate Services team advises issuers on capital structure, equity story, and the ECM/Sales team is able to connect issuers with over 200 institutional investors to build demand for the IPO.

In order to develop a comprehensive suite of corporate services for client firms, UP Fintech also provides ESOP management services to corporate clients, enabling them and their employees to conveniently manage their equity incentive schemes. After the IPO, UP Fintech assists issuers’ ESOP participants open brokerage accounts on its platform, which creates a new channel for client acquisition. Furthermore, after a successful listing, UP Fintech may offer other financial services to corporate clients to support secondary offerings or investor relations efforts.

In 2019, UP Fintech and its subsidiaries participated in 18 U.S. IPOs, and UP Fintech served as an underwriter in 12 of these IPOs. According to Bloomberg and SEC Edgar Data, UP Fintech and its subsidiaries led U.S. IPO underwriting of Chinese companies by deal count among brokerages in 2019.

In conclusion, UP Fintech’s growing corporate services are key to its strategy to create a comprehensive financial services platform that fulfills the needs of client companies at every step of their development and that also provides individual investors unparalleled access to global securities markets. Expect more news from UP Fintech as it helps a generation of Chinese companies go global.

 

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