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Peak Year-End 2019 Audited Financial Results Beat Company Forecasts

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Montreal, Quebec–(Newsfile Corp. – May 21, 2020) – Peak Positioning Technologies Inc. (CSE: PKK) (“Peak” or the “Company”) today announced its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2019, highlighted by revenue greater than the $9.3M the Company had initially forecasted for the year. All amounts expressed are in Canadian dollars.

2019 Financial Highlights:

  • Total Revenue of $11.7M

  • Adjusted EBITDA of $1.5M

  • Cash Flow from Operations of ($272,840)

  • Net Loss of $1.8M

Comparative Summary of Key Financial Metrics for 2018 and 2019

2019 2018
Revenue $11,708,653 $1,681,534
Expenses1 $10,173,036 $3,260,765
Adjusted EBITDA2 $1,535,617 ($1,579,231)
Net Income (Loss) ($1,830,361) ($3,608,920)

 

1 Expenses do not include interest, taxes, depreciation (including impairment of intangible assets) loss on extinction of debt, gain on bargain purchase and amortization
2 Adjusted EBITDA equals net income (loss) before finance costs, taxes, depreciation, amortization and impairment of intangible assets, loss on extinction of debt, gain on bargain purchase and amortization

2019 Operating Highlights:

  • Addition of several banks and lending partners to the Cubeler Lending Hub

  • Over 1,100 loans extended by the ASFC subsidiary to Chinese SMEs with no reported loan defaults

  • Almost 500 loans managed by the ASCS subsidiary on behalf of banking partners with no reported loan defaults

  • Expansion of services to cities of Xi’An and Jiangyin

  • Creation of the ASSC subsidiary

  • Several enhancements to the Lending Hub platform, including addition of a supply-chain module and ability to recognize and analyze bank statement data from over 300 banks

  • Analyzing data on almost 20,000 small, medium and micro enterprises through the Lending Hub by end of the year

  • Agreement to acquire the Jinxiaoer loan brokerage platform

Review of 2019

Peak’s ASFC subsidiary first appeared in the second quarter of 2018, marking the beginning of its operations as a financial technology (Fintech) company exclusively. Therefore, 2019 was Peak’s first full year of operation as such. From a financial standpoint, the Company was able to exceed its revenue and EBITDA objectives for the year. From an operational standpoint, the Company picked up where it left off in 2018 and continued to make inroads into the Chinese commercial credit space through its Cubeler Lending Hub platform and the services provided by its subsidiaries. Several financial institutions, including some of China’s largest banks, became members of the Hub in 2019 and extended credit to small and micro enterprises based on the platform’s credit analysis capabilities. The low default rate for credit extended through the platform, coupled with its processing efficiencies and cost-savings, are value-propositions that continue to resonate with and account for its adoption rate among financial institutions.

The success of the Lending Hub led to the expansion of the Company’s services in the cities of Xi’An and Jiangyin in 2019, and to the creation of its new ASSC subsidiary to help meet the specific credit needs of manufacturers and their supply-chain partners. The demand for ASSC’s services dominated the second half of 2019, which saw the subsidiary’s revenue account for a significant portion of the Company’s total 2019 revenue, despite having operated for less than 5 months during the year.

While Peak was focused primarily on the business development initiatives during the first three quarters of 2019, more emphasis was put on research & development and enhancements to the Lending Hub in the final quarter of the year. The Company spent a large portion of the quarter on the development and implementation of features to better meet its clients’ needs and discussed the best ways to integrate the Jinxiaoer loan brokerage platform, which the Company agreed to acquire, into the Lending Hub. With the pending integration of Jinxiaoer and the Lending Hub, Peak wrapped up 2019 poised to have a seamless and all-encompassing offering for virtually all stakeholders in the small and micro businesses credit space, including business owners, loan brokers and lenders.

Outlook for 2020

After spending the past 18 months proving to various participants and stakeholders in the commercial lending industry in China (banks, non-bank lenders, SMEs, loan insurance companies, government entities, service providers, etc.) that its analytics and AI based Lending Hub platform can be used to bring speed, transparency, cost reduction, risk minimization and overall efficiency to the commercial lending process, the Company’s focus in 2020 will be on growth and expansion. Armed with the established demand for its services, Peak sees 2020 as a break-out year, in which its services reach some of the country’s most important commercial markets and cities.

The fact that there are over 100M potential Lending-Hub-member small and micro enterprises in China represents both a tremendous opportunity and a challenge for the Company. The opportunity is obvious, in terms of the number of transactions and the amount of data that those enterprises could account for on the platform. The challenge is in reaching out to those 100M+ small and micro enterprises to let them know about the Lending Hub and why they should be a part of it. This is a major reason why Peak decided to acquire the Jinxiaoer platform, whose relationships with loan brokers catering to the financing needs of small and micro enterprises in cities across China, the Company plans to leverage in order to expand its services.

The positive impact of the Lending Hub concept, where small and micro businesses and lenders are brought together using analytics and AI for the benefit of local economic activity, began to impact manufacturers and their supply-chain partners in the city of Jiangyin in late 2019, which caught the attention of the city’s municipal government officials. Manufacturers and their supply-chain partners, who were either not able to obtain credit in the past to acquire materials or were told that they had maxed out their credit by their banks, were suddenly routinely getting approved for credit by ASSC’s financial partners. It would be in Jiangyin’s best interest, known as the manufacturing capital of Jiangsu province, to support the Company’s initiatives to help its manufacturers and their supply-chain partners get access to credit, particularly in the era of COVID-19, as demand for certain products such as masks and other personal protection equipment pours in from every part of the world. Peak plans to work with those officials on business development initiatives that could be replicated in other cities and further contribute to helping the expansion of its services in those cities.

In summary, the continuous expansion of the Lending Hub, with the addition of more lenders, brokerage companies, broker sales reps, Jinxiaoer Service Centres, and small and micro businesses, all leading to more transactions and more data, including loan repayment data, to make the Hub’s predictive algorithms increasingly more efficient will be a priority for the Company in 2020. Peak will also look to branching out its service offering into at least 20 cities by the end of the year.

As Peak continues to execute its business plan and approaches profitability, the Company plans to take the necessary measures in 2020 to be in position to repatriate a portion of its profits back to Canada as soon as it determines it’s appropriate to do so.

Fiscal 2019 Financial Results Summary

The Company generated $11,708,653 in revenue in its first complete year operating exclusively as a Fintech company (compared to $1,681,534 in fiscal 2018). The significant difference in revenue between fiscal 2018 and fiscal 2019 can be attributed to the fact that some of the Company’s subsidiaries were either not yet created or were only in operation for a part of the year in 2018, while those same subsidiaries were either created or had a full year of operation in 2019.

Expenses (excluding the cost of sales) for fiscal 2019 amounted to $13,539,015, compared to $5,290,454 in 2018.

The net loss for the year was $1,830,361 compared to $3,608,920 in 2018. Full details of the Company’s 2018 financial results can be found in the Audited Consolidated Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, which are available at www.sedar.com.

About Peak Positioning Technologies Inc.:

Peak Positioning Technologies Inc. is the parent company of a group of innovative financial technology (Fintech) subsidiaries operating in China’s commercial lending industry. Peak’s subsidiaries use technology, analytics and artificial intelligence to create an ecosystem of lenders, borrowers and other participants in China’s commercial lending space where lending operations are conducted rapidly, safely, efficiently and with the utmost transparency. For more information: http://www.peakpositioning.com

For more information, please contact:

CHF Capital Markets Peak Positioning Technologies Inc. Twitter: @PeakPositioning
Cathy Hume, CEO Johnson Joseph, President and CEO Facebook: @peakpositioning
416-868-1079 ext.: 251 514-340-7775 ext.: 501 LinkedIn: Peak Positioning
[email protected] [email protected] YouTube: Peak Positioning

 

Forward-Looking Statements / Information:

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Central banks and the FinTech sector unite to change global payments space

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The BIS, along with seven leading central banks and a cohort of private financial firms, has embarked on an ambitious venture known as Project Agorá.

Named after the Greek word for “marketplace,” this initiative stands at the forefront of exploring the potential of tokenisation to significantly enhance the operational efficiency of the monetary system worldwide.

Central to this pioneering project are the Bank of France (on behalf of the Eurosystem), the Bank of Japan, the Bank of Korea, the Bank of Mexico, the Swiss National Bank, the Bank of England, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. These institutions have joined forces under the banner of Project Agorá, in partnership with an extensive assembly of private financial entities convened by the Institute of International Finance (IIF).

At the heart of Project Agorá is the pursuit of integrating tokenised commercial bank deposits with tokenised wholesale central bank money within a unified, public-private programmable financial platform. By harnessing the advanced capabilities of smart contracts and programmability, the project aspires to unlock new transactional possibilities that were previously infeasible or impractical, thereby fostering novel opportunities that could benefit businesses and consumers alike.

The collaborative effort seeks to address and surmount a variety of structural inefficiencies that currently plague cross-border payments. These challenges include disparate legal, regulatory, and technical standards; varying operating hours and time zones; and the heightened complexity associated with conducting financial integrity checks (such as anti-money laundering and customer verification procedures), which are often redundantly executed across multiple stages of a single transaction due to the involvement of several intermediaries.

As a beacon of experimental and exploratory projects, the BIS Innovation Hub is committed to delivering public goods to the global central banking community through initiatives like Project Agorá. In line with this mission, the BIS will soon issue a call for expressions of interest from private financial institutions eager to contribute to this ground-breaking project. The IIF will facilitate the involvement of private sector participants, extending an invitation to regulated financial institutions representing each of the seven aforementioned currencies to partake in this transformative endeavour.

Source: fintech.globa

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TD Bank inks multi-year strategic partnership with Google Cloud

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TD Bank has inked a multi-year deal with Google Cloud as it looks to streamline the development and deployment of new products and services.

The deal will see the Canadian banking group integrate the vendor’s cloud services into a wider portion of its technology solutions portfolio, a move which TD expects will enable it “to respond quickly to changing customer expectations by rolling out new features, updates, or entirely new financial products at an accelerated pace”.

This marks an expansion of the already established relationship between TD Bank and Google Cloud after the group previously adopted the vendor’s Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) for TD Securities Automated Trading (TDSAT), the Chicago-based subsidiary of its investment banking unit, TD Securities.

TDSAT uses GKE for process automation and quantitative modelling across fixed income markets, resulting in the development of a “data-driven research platform” capable of processing large research workloads in trading.

Dan Bosman, SVP and CIO of TD Securities, claims the infrastructure has so far supported TDSAT with “compute-intensive quantitative analysis” while expanding the subsidiary’s “trading volumes and portfolio size”.

TD’s new partnership with Google Cloud will see the group attempt to replicate the same level of success across its entire portfolio.

Source: fintechfutures.com

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MAS launches transformative platform to combat money laundering

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The MAS has unveiled Cosmic, an acronym for Collaborative Sharing of Money Laundering/Terrorism Financing Information and Cases, a new money laundering platform.

According to Business Times, launched on April 1, Cosmic stands out as the first centralised digital platform dedicated to combating money laundering, terrorism financing, and proliferation financing on a worldwide scale. This move follows the enactment of the Financial Services and Markets (Amendment) Act 2023, which, along with its subsidiary legislation, commenced on the same day to provide a solid legal foundation and safeguards for information sharing among financial institutions (FIs).

Cosmic enables participating FIs to exchange customer information when certain “red flags” indicate potential suspicious activities. The platform’s introduction is a testament to MAS’s commitment to ensuring the integrity of the financial sector, mandating participants to establish stringent policies and operational safeguards to maintain the confidentiality of the shared information. This strategic approach allows for the efficient exchange of intelligence on potential criminal activities while protecting legitimate customers.

Significantly, Cosmic was co-developed by MAS and six leading commercial banks in Singapore—OCBC, UOB, DBS, Citibank, HSBC, and Standard Chartered—which will serve as participant FIs during its initial phase. The initiative emphasizes voluntary information sharing focused on addressing key financial crime risks within the commercial banking sector, such as the misuse of legal persons, trade finance, and proliferation financing.

Loo Siew Yee, assistant managing director for policy, payments, and financial crime at MAS, highlighted that Cosmic enhances the existing collaboration between the industry and law enforcement authorities, fortifying Singapore’s reputation as a well-regulated and trusted financial hub. Similarly, Pua Xiao Wei of Citi Singapore and Loretta Yuen of OCBC have expressed their institutions’ support for Cosmic, noting its potential to ramp up anti-money laundering efforts and its significance as a development in the banking sector’s ability to combat financial crimes efficiently. DBS’ Lam Chee Kin also praised Cosmic as a “game changer,” emphasizing the careful balance between combating financial crime and ensuring legitimate customers’ access to financial services.

Source: fintech.global

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