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Market Leader London Theatre Direct Launches #LTD20 Campaign and Major New Brand

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LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#alexa–Celebrate 20 years of London Theatre Direct (LTD) with unbeatable promotions for top London shows this summer as part of #LTD20 and meet the latest addition to its family of leading ticketing brands — Tickets.co.uk.

After 20 incredible years in London’s West End, the launch of Tickets.co.uk will enable LTD to expand its inventory to encompass different ticketing sectors within the UK entertainment industry, including Theatre, Music, Experiences, Tours and Attractions, with plans developed for international roll-out in the near future.

Tickets.co.uk is built around London Theatre Direct’s robust API distribution platform offering customers the ability to find the top, most exciting experiences from around the world at the most affordable prices possible. With tens of millions of tickets on sale at any one time, Tickets.co.uk and the LTD family offer the very best availability and choice of tickets with a world-class booking experience.

This new phase for the company is being supported through investment from and partnership with Trafalgar Entertainment, which will foster both growth and diversification. Investors include Barings on behalf of clients and accounts managed by the financial services firm, Sir Howard Panter and Dame Rosemary Squire, Greg Dyke and Sir Richard Branson.

Of the new partnership and investment, Francis Hellyer, LTD CEO, said: “Having built the company from scratch over the last two decades, we are incredibly excited by this opportunity to work with other like-minded entrepreneurs and to cement our position as the front-running technology solution for London theatre tickets. In our 20th year, we are also thrilled to expand our ticketing family with this summer’s launch of Tickets.co.uk, a one-stop ticketing solution built around London Theatre Direct’s robust API, offering a wide selection of tickets to Theatre Shows, Events and Attractions.”

Emmanuel Ciolfi, LTD COO, added: “London Theatre Direct has always invested heavily in exploring creative new approaches to ticketing. This year we won the Ticketing Innovation Award at the Ticketing Business Awards for our London Theatre Direct Amazon Alexa skill. This new investment will allow us to devote ourselves further towards developing new ticketing solutions.”

In response to the announcement, Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire said: “Francis and Emmanuel are game-changers within the industry, and they have created one of the world’s most forward-thinking, technologically advanced and recognisable ticketing companies. We are delighted to be working with them on developing their business and this important new website.”

If you are looking for new and innovative ways to distribute your tickets and to reach new audiences, or if you’re interested in expanding your existing inventory to allow your customers to book the most exciting West End theatre tickets possible, then please don’t hesitate to contact us via e-mail at partnersolutions@londontheatredirect.com.

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Editor’s Notes:

London Theatre Direct

Established in 1999, London Theatre Direct is one of the UK’s leading ticket retailers and distributors. As one of the first companies to sell theatre tickets online in the UK, through to displaying interactive seating plans, connecting to multiple API systems and becoming the first ticket seller in the world to accept bitcoin, London Theatre Direct continues to innovate using new technologies. London Theatre Direct is a fully bonded official ticket retailer for all of London’s major theatres and is a full member of S.T.A.R. (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers).

About Barings

Barings is a $325+ billion global financial services firm dedicated to meeting the evolving investment and capital needs of our clients and customers. Through active asset management and direct origination, we provide innovative solutions and access to differentiated opportunities across public and private capital markets. A subsidiary of MassMutual, Barings maintains a strong global presence with business and investment professionals located across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Learn more at www.Barings.com.

Barings Private Equity/Real Assets

Barings Private Equity/Real Assets targets direct control investments in asset-based businesses in the infrastructure, intangible assets and natural resources sectors. The team focuses on assets with thematically-driven demand, and actively manages those assets to generate both current income and long-term value creation. Follow us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/showcase/barings-alternative-investments.

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Media contacts;

Kelly Smith, Barings

980-417-5648

kelly.smith@barings.com

Melanie Hunt, Barings

+442072141551

melanie.hunt@barings.com

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CORRECTING and REPLACING AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Grupo Nacional Provincial S.A.B.

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MEXICO CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sixth paragraph, last sentence of release should read: As of June 2019, the company continued to post adequate underwriting results, investment yield and net income of MXN 2.4 billion (instead of MXN 2.4 million).

The corrected release reads:

AM BEST AFFIRMS CREDIT RATINGS OF GRUPO NACIONAL PROVINCIAL S.A.B.

AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent), the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “a” and the Mexico National Scale Rating of “aaa.MX” of Grupo Nacional Provincial S.A.B. (GNP) (Mexico City, Mexico). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) remains stable.

The ratings reflect GNP’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, favorable business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.

GNP is the largest domestic insurer within Mexico based on gross written premiums (GWP). The company operates as a composite insurer of life and non-life business; core business segments include life, health and automobile coverage.

Dividend payments, driven by the company’s targets on capital efficiency, have partially restricted AM Best’s view of GNP’s risk-adjusted capitalization in the past. However, in recent years, GNP’s balance sheet strength, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), is very strong, having benefited from additional equity surplus due to changes in statutory accounting at year-end 2016, and positive bottom-line results during 2016-2018.

The additional equity surplus is a consequence of implementing accounting measures based on market value approximations of assets and liabilities. GNP follows conservative practices in terms of its asset-liability management. In addition, the company’s balance sheet strength is reinforced by its good reinsurance program placed with highly rated counterparties, which adequately protects the company’s risk retention. The effectiveness of these practices was demonstrated by the lack of any material impact on the company’s capital position from the September 2017 earthquakes in central Mexico.

During 2018, GNP reported 7.9% growth in GWP, while maintaining profitable business in its core segments. The company’s operating performance remained solid, having benefited from better underwriting performance metrics, and a consistent improvement in the investment income. Policies were aligned to market changes, and the pricing model was improved to gain competitiveness and market share in low risk areas. As of June 2019, the company continued to post adequate underwriting results, investment yield and net income of MXN 2.4 billion.

Positive rating actions could take place if the company is able to maintain its current level of risk-adjusted capitalization while improving its bottom-line results and profitability indicators to levels more in line with highly rated peers. Negative rating actions could take place if the company’s additional equity erodes with a sustained negative operating performance, or if the amount of dividends paid negatively impacts risk-adjusted capitalization to a level that is no longer supportive of the current rating levels.

This press release relates to Credit Ratings that have been published on AM Best’s website. For all rating information relating to the release and pertinent disclosures, including details of the office responsible for issuing each of the individual ratings referenced in this release, please see AM Best’s Recent Rating Activity web page. For additional information regarding the use and limitations of Credit Rating opinions, please view Understanding Best’s Credit Ratings. For information on the proper media use of Best’s Credit Ratings and AM Best press releases, please view Guide for Media – Proper Use of Best’s Credit Ratings and AM Best Rating Action Press Releases.

AM Best is a global credit rating agency, news publisher and data provider specializing in the insurance industry. The company does business in more than 100 countries. Headquartered in Oldwick, NJ, AM Best has offices in cities around the world, including London, Amsterdam, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mexico City. For more information, visit www.ambest.com.

Copyright © 2019 by A.M. Best Rating Services, Inc. and/or its affiliates. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Contacts

Olga Rubo, FRM

Financial Analyst
+52 55 1102 2720, ext. 134

olga.rubo@ambest.com

Christopher Sharkey

Manager, Public Relations
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5159

christopher.sharkey@ambest.com

Alfonso Novelo

Senior Director, Analytics
+52 55 1102 2720, ext. 107

alfonso.novelo@ambest.com

Jim Peavy

Director, Public Relations

+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5644

james.peavy@ambest.com

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EQUITY ALERT: Rosen Law Firm Announces Investigation of Securities Claims Against Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. – LYV

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rosen Law Firm, a global investor rights law firm, announces it is investigating potential securities claims on behalf of shareholders of Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: LYV) resulting from allegations that Live Nation may have issued materially misleading business information to the investing public.

On December 13, 2019, the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) was preparing to take legal action against Live Nation based on allegations that the company sought to “strong-arm” concert venues into using its market-dominant Ticketmaster subsidiary. Such efforts would violate the terms of a settlement agreement that Live Nation and Ticketmaster reached with the government in 2010 as a condition of their merger. Under that agreement, the DOJ allowed the companies to combine, but required them to abide by conditions meant to preserve competition in the music and ticketing industries.

As a result of this news, Live Nation’s share price fell $5.09 or 7.3% to close at 64.34 on December 13, 2019.

Rosen Law Firm is preparing a class action lawsuit to recover losses suffered by Live Nation investors. If you purchased shares of Live Nation please visit the firm’s website at http://www.rosenlegal.com/cases-register-1741.html to join the class action. You may also contact Phillip Kim of Rosen Law Firm toll free at 866-767-3653 or via email at pkim@rosenlegal.com or cases@rosenlegal.com.

Follow us for updates on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-rosen-law-firm or on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rosen_firm or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rosenlawfirm.

Rosen Law Firm represents investors throughout the globe, concentrating its practice in securities class actions and shareholder derivative litigation. Rosen Law Firm was Ranked No. 1 by ISS Securities Class Action Services for number of securities class action settlements in 2017. The firm has been ranked in the top 3 each year since 2013. Rosen Law Firm has secured hundreds of millions of dollars for investors.

Attorney Advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Contacts

Laurence Rosen, Esq.

Phillip Kim, Esq.

The Rosen Law Firm, P.A.

275 Madison Avenue, 40th Floor

New York, NY 10016

Tel: (212) 686-1060

Toll Free: (866) 767-3653

Fax: (212) 202-3827

lrosen@rosenlegal.com
pkim@rosenlegal.com
cases@rosenlegal.com
www.rosenlegal.com

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Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT Announces Dividend for the Fourth Quarter of 2019

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OLD GREENWICH, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT (NYSE:EARN) (the “Company”) today announced that its Board of Trustees has declared a dividend for the fourth quarter of 2019 of $0.28 per share, payable on January 27, 2020, to common shareholders of record as of December 31, 2019.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are not historical in nature and can be identified by words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “will,” “should,” “may,” “expect,” “project,” “believe,” “intend,” “seek,” “plan” and similar expressions or their negative forms, or by references to strategy, plans, or intentions. For example, our results can fluctuate from month to month and quarter to quarter depending on a variety of factors, some of which are beyond our control and/or difficult to predict, including, without limitation, changes in interest rates, changes in default rates and prepayment speeds, and other changes in market and economic conditions. Our actual results may differ from our beliefs, expectations, estimates, and projections and, consequently, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Furthermore, forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including, among other things, those described under Item 1A to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 8, 2019, which can be accessed through the link to our SEC filings under “For Our Shareholders” on our website (www.earnreit.com) or at the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov). Other risks, uncertainties, and factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected may be described from time to time in reports we file with the SEC, including reports on Forms 10-Q, 10-K and 8-K. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

About Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT

Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT is a mortgage real estate investment trust that specializes in acquiring, investing in and managing residential mortgage- and real estate-related assets, with a primary focus on residential mortgage-backed securities for which the principal and interest payments are guaranteed by a U.S. government agency or a U.S. government-sponsored enterprise. Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT is externally managed and advised by Ellington Residential Mortgage Management LLC, an affiliate of Ellington Management Group, L.L.C.

Contacts

Investors:

Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT

Investor Relations

(203) 409-3773

info@earnreit.com
or

Media:

Amanda Klein or Kevin FitzGerald

Gasthalter & Co.

for Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT

(212) 257-4170

Ellington@gasthalter.com

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