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China Renaissance commences Share Repurchase Plan

Zoltán Tűndik

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The plan is intended to optimize the Company’s capital structure, enhance earnings per share and overall shareholder return

The Company’s Chairman and CEO and other management and investor interests have purchased additional shares on the open market

China Renaissance Group (“China Renaissance” or the “Company”) has begun implementing its recently announced share repurchase plan that authorizes up to HK$400,000,000 in funds for the repurchase, subject to applicable rules and regulations. Separately, Fan Bao, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and CR Partners, the Company’s controlling shareholder which represents certain management interests, have purchased an additional 575,000 shares combined on the open market during the first three days of trading since commencement of the repurchase plan.

The Company’s share repurchases commenced on 26 October shortly after the board (“Board”) of directors announced its intention to exercise its power to repurchase shares of the Company (“Repurchase Mandate”) on the open market from the date of the announcement to the conclusion of the Company’s next annual general meeting, at which point the mandate will expire.

Also, one of China Renaissance’s early investors has acquired additional shares on the open market.

In a statement filed with The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, the Company said: “The Share Repurchase Plan reflects the confidence of the Board and the management team in the long-term strategy and growth of the Company. Moreover, the Company believes that actively managing the capital structure and implementing the Share Repurchase Plan will optimize the Company’s capital structure, enhance earnings per share and overall shareholder return. The Board considers that the Share Repurchase Plan is in the best interest of the Company and its Shareholders as a whole.”

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OKEx Launches Thai Baht (THB) and British Pound (GBP) OTC Trading

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OKEx, the Malta-based world-leading digital asset exchange, announced to launch two new currencies – Thai Baht (THB) and British Pound (GBP) on its over-the-counter (OTC) trading platform (also referred to as fiat-to-cryptocurrency platform). Users in Thailand and the United Kingdom can now complete KYC verification to be eligible to trade on the OTC trading platform.

OKEx OTC trading allows users to place orders with self-selected exchange rate and payment methods to buy or sell Virtual Financial Assets with fiat currencies, which benefits them by offering a low-volatility market and zero transaction fee. Instead of the listing of the new currencies, Thai Baht (THB) and British Pound (GBP), OKEx OTC trading platform has already been facilitating global digital assets trading with the Vietnamese Dong (VND) and Chinese Renminbi (CNY) fiat-to-cryptocurrency markets, and more currencies are expected to come in at a later time this year. The Thai Baht (THB) and British Pound (GBP) OTC trading markets currently support BTC, USDT, ETH, and LTC.

“Our mission is simple at OKEx. We aim to offer flexibility and convenience to our traders. Thailand and the UK own the fastest growing crypto communities in the world. We see great potential in these two markets and want to support the needs there. Because of the increasing trading volume and number of traders in these two countries, we decided to launch the new THB and GBP trading services on our OTC trading platform. Wherever the market potential locates, we will expand to there. In 2019, you can expect more currencies will be supported on OKEx,” said Andy Cheung, OKEx’s Head of Operations.

OKEx OTC Network Launch Events and Promotions

To celebrate the launch, OKEx has come up with new incentives to encourage new sign-up for merchants and customers in Thailand and the UK. From January 23 to 27, newly registered customers can earn up to 50 USDT for making a minimum deposit of 100 USDT (or equivalent) and complete their first OTC transaction on OKEx, while the top 70 merchants with the most transaction volume will be rewarded 30 USDT (1 time per day).

In addition, the OKEx OTC Network Launch events will be hosted in Bangkok, Thailand on February 13, 2019 and London, UK in March respectively.

For more details, please refer to OKEx Twitter.

Risk Warning: Trading digital assets involves significant risk and can result in the loss of invested capital. Users should ensure that they fully understand the risk involved and take into consideration their level of experience, investment objectives and seek independent financial advice if necessary.

 

 

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Licensed Crypto Exchange Covesting Introduces Fiat Gateway

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Covesting, a licensed European-based digital currency exchange and professional trading platform offering secure and technologically advanced infrastructure for investors and traders worldwide, has introduced the first stage of their fiat gateway and cryptocurrency converter. EUR deposits via wire transfer are now available.

Additional options for fiat deposits/withdrawals as well as the buying and selling of cryptocurrencies will be released in stages over the coming weeks.

Covesting’s Founder and CEO, Dmitrij Pruglo, spoke about the company’s latest update, saying:

“The launch of a fiat gatewayis yet another step towards our ultimate goal of being the most complete, secure and transparent cryptocurrency platform in the industry. Allowing retail and institutional clients to legally exchange fiat into crypto automatically gives Covesting an edge and puts us among very few exchanges who offer such a solution. There are hundreds or maybe even thousands of crypto-crypto exchanges out there, but few who offer a legally compliant bridge between crypto and the traditional world of finance. We will continue to monitor the market and adapt to the new reality while offering the most demanded tools for our users.”

 

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EQT Credit is the Largest Lender in a Second Lien Financing to Support Jacobs Holding’s Acquisition of Cognita

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EQT Credit, through its Mid-Market Credit investment strategy, is pleased to announce that it is the largest lender in a EUR 255 million second lien term loan financing solution to support Jacobs Holding AG’s (“Jacobs”) investment in Cognita (the “Company”).

Launched in 2004, Cognita is a leading global provider of private premium K-12 education services, currently comprising 72 schools in eight countries across Asia, Europe and Latin America. The Company employs 7,000 teaching and support staff, educating over 40,000 students across a diverse range of international, national and bilingual curricula.

Paul Johnson, Partner at EQT Partners’ Credit team, Investment Advisor to EQT Credit, commented:

“Cognita is strongly positioned as one of the largest K-12 platforms globally, with a diversified portfolio of high-quality schools that is well invested to support continued growth and has an outstanding management team with a strong performance track record. EQT Credit looks forward to supporting the Company in its future development.”

Nakul Sarin, Director at EQT Partners’ Credit team, Investment Advisor to EQT Mid-Market Credit, added: “EQT is proud to partner with Jacobs and Cognita for the third Mid-Market Credit investment in the education sector. We would like to thank EQT’s Industrial Advisors who, as senior executives in the European and Asian private school sectors, provided key support and insight to the EQT Credit deal team throughout the due diligence process.”

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