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Stearns Reaches Agreement With Largest Noteholders on Modified Plan of Reorganization

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Blackstone to Serve as Plan Sponsor

Stearns to Seek Court Approval of Plan at Hearing Scheduled for October 24, 2019

SANTA ANA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Stearns Holdings, LLC (“Stearns” or the “Company”), the parent company of Stearns Lending, LLC, a leading provider of residential mortgage lending services in Wholesale, Retail and Strategic Alliances sectors, today announced that it has reached an agreement with its largest noteholders (the “Noteholders”) under which the Noteholders will support the Company’s modified Plan of Reorganization (the “Plan”). The Noteholders and/or funds that they advise and manage collectively hold almost two-thirds of the face amount of the Company’s notes. With the Noteholders’ support, Blackstone (“Blackstone,” NYSE: BX) will serve as the plan sponsor and will contribute in new capital of $65 million plus additional cash to pay certain claims on the Effective Date to Stearns in return for 100% of the ownership of the reorganized Company. This contribution is in addition to, among other things, debtor-in-possession financing in the amount of up to $30 million that Blackstone has agreed to refinance under the Plan.

The Company’s modified Plan is subject to confirmation by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Bankruptcy Court”). Having received the support of the Noteholders for the modified plan, Stearns has canceled the auction previously scheduled to take place on September 16, 2019. The Company will seek confirmation of the plan at a hearing scheduled for October 24, 2019.

“We are pleased to have obtained the support of our largest noteholders as we take the next step forward in our efforts to reposition Stearns for future growth opportunities and enhanced profitability,” said David Schneider, Chief Executive Officer of Stearns Lending. “We have taken deliberate and proactive actions to reduce costs and refocus on our core businesses and this is an ideal outcome for our Company. As a long-term investor in Stearns, Blackstone knows our business well and their desire to deepen their relationship and ongoing commitment to our business, employees and partners demonstrates their confidence in Stearns’ future prospects. We are grateful for Blackstone’s support, and with their partnership, we are well positioned to emerge from this process stronger than before.”

Mr. Schneider added, “Stearns continues to operate as normal and the Company remains focused on our mission of helping homebuyers find the best loans for their current and future needs. We look forward to completing the process as quickly as possible, and we thank all of our employees for their continued hard work and dedication.”

Additional information is available on the restructuring page of the Company’s website at www.stearnsrestructuring.com. In addition, court filings and other documents related to the court proceedings are available on a separate website administered by the Company’s claims agent, Prime Clerk, at https://cases.primeclerk.com/stearns. Information is also available by calling toll-free at 844-234-1461 or 917-942-6399 for calls originating outside of the U.S. or emailing Stearnsinfo@primeclerk.com.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is serving as legal advisor to Stearns, PJT Partners is serving as its financial advisor and Alvarez & Marsal is serving as its restructuring advisor.

About Stearns Lending, LLC

Stearns Lending, LLC is a leading provider of mortgage lending services in Wholesale, Retail, Strategic Alliances, Non-Delegated Correspondent and Financial Institutions sectors throughout the United States.

Stearns Lending is an equal housing lender and is licensed to conduct business in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, Stearns Lending is an approved HUD (United States Department of Housing and Urban Development) lender; a Single Family Issuer for Ginnie Mae (Government National Mortgage Association); an approved Seller/Servicer for Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association); and an approved Seller/Servicer for Freddie Mac (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation). Stearns Lending is also approved as a VA (United States Department of Veterans Affairs) lender, a USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) lender, and is an approved lending institution with FHA (Federal Housing Administration). Stearns Lending, LLC is located at 4 Hutton Centre Drive, 10th Floor, Santa Ana, CA 92707. Company NMLS# 1854.

About Blackstone

Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment firms. We seek to create positive economic impact and long-term value for our investors, the companies we invest in, and the communities in which we work. We do this by using extraordinary people and flexible capital to help companies solve problems. Our asset management businesses, with $545 billion in assets under management, include investment vehicles focused on private equity, real estate, public debt and equity, non-investment grade credit, real assets and secondary funds, all on a global basis. Further information is available at www.blackstone.com. Follow Blackstone on Twitter @Blackstone.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information and “Safe Harbor” Statement

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the expected timing, completion, financial benefits and other effects of the proposed comprehensive financial restructuring plan and related transactions. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “could” and “should,” and other words of similar meaning. These forward-looking statements express management’s current expectations or forecasts of future events and, by their nature, are subject to risks and uncertainties and there are a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such statements. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this news release, and neither Stearns nor Blackstone undertakes an obligation to release revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or conditions after the date of this news release.

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Stearns Lending, LLC

Steve Smith, Chief Financial Officer

(714) 513-7060

ssmith@stearns.com

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Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

(212) 355-4449

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Chinese Blockchain Market, 2019: Size & Spending Across 11 Sectors, 75+ Application Segments, Type of Blockchain, and Technology, 2016-2025 – ResearchAndMarkets.com

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DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “China Blockchain Business Opportunities and Outlook Databook Series (2016-2025) – Blockchain Market Size / Spending Across 11 Sectors, 75+ Application Segments, Type of Blockchain, and Technology (Applications, Services, Hardware)” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

Blockchain spend in China has increased at 101.7% during 2018 to reach US$ 877.2 million. Over the forecast period (2019-2025), spend on blockchain is expected to record a CAGR of 45.7%, increasing from US$ 1,622.1 million in 2019 to reach US$ 22,594.1 million by 2025.

This business intelligence report aims to analyze market opportunities and risks in blockchain technology and its applications in over 75 areas across 11 industries in China. This is a data centric report, consisting of 185 charts and 150 tables, providing detailed understanding of market dynamics. This report covers country level market size / spending forecast (2016-2025) by blockchain applications, type of blockchain, and technology domain.

Report Scope

China Market Size & Spending by Industry, 2016-2025

  • Banking & Finance
  • Insurance
  • Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals
  • Retail
  • Automotive
  • Defense & Aerospace
  • Construction
  • Public Sector
  • Professional Services
  • Agriculture
  • Energy and Utilities

China Market Size / Spending by Type of Blockchain, 2016-2025 (for each industry)

  • Public
  • Private
  • Hybrid

China Market Size / Spending by Technology Domain, 2016-2025 (for each industry)

  • Application and Platform
  • Service
  • Hardware

China Market Size & Spending by Blockchain Application, 2016-2025

1. Banking & Finance – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • KYC Data and Due Diligence
  • Trade Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Initial Coin Offerings
  • Fraud Detection
  • Cross Border Payments
  • Risk Management and Compliance
  • Loan Management

2. Insurance – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Product Development and Distribution
  • Policy Administration and Operations
  • Claims Processing
  • Pricing / Underwriting
  • Risk Capital and Investment Management
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • Payment and Collections

3. Healthcare & Pharmaceutical – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Drug Traceability
  • Clinical Trials
  • Drug Development
  • Data Management – Monitoring and IOT Devices
  • Health Records & Data Security
  • Claims Billing and Payment
  • Supply Chain Management

4. Retail – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Product Tracing and Counterfeit Goods
  • Billing and Payment
  • Claims and Settlements
  • Virtual Warranty Management
  • Contract Management
  • Supply Chain Management

5. Automotive & Transport – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Automotive Spare Parts and Warranty
  • Identity Management
  • Ride Sharing
  • V2X Communication
  • Auto Financing
  • Billing and Payment
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Automotive Asset Transfer

6. Defense & Aerospace – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Contract Management
  • Manufacturing Process and Part Identification
  • Document Management and Secure Communication
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Secure Platform and Application Development
  • Asset Transfer
  • Cybersecurity

7. Construction – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Asset Transfer
  • Contract Management
  • IOT
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Payment and Settlement

8. Public Sector – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Identity and Access Management
  • Voting Systems
  • Regulatory Compliance and Audit
  • Asset Management and Registration
  • Health Records
  • Processing Tax Payments
  • Government Payments and Citizen Services
  • Other

9. Professional Services – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Identity and Access Management
  • Regulatory Compliance and Audit
  • Payment and Settlement
  • Contract Management
  • Secure Platform and Application Development
  • Document Management and Secure Communication
  • Other

10. Agriculture – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Produce Tracking and Authentication
  • Payment and Settlement
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Contract Management
  • Other

11. Energy and Utilities – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Smart Metering and Billing
  • Contract Management
  • Energy Credits / Certificates
  • Trading and Smart Grids
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Supply Chain Management

Reason to Buy

  • How big is the opportunity for blockchain technology based products and services in China?
  • How much are leading players in China investing in blockchain based initiatives?
  • Which application areas across industries and should be targeted to maximize ROI?

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/kv64d6

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C5 Accelerate Launches its Latest Network Accelerator Program in Washington, D.C.

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WASHINGTON, D.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–C5 Accelerate (C5A), a global business accelerator based in Washington, D.C., is pleased to announce its 5th Network Accelerator in Washington to help early stage growth driven companies gain access to education, mentorship, investors and business development support.

C5 is excited to add space technology to its Accelerator as industry and government seek to leverage this domain to create new solutions at the intersection of cyber and space.

Six innovative companies have been chosen to participate in this cohort:

  • ArQit, a groundbreaking security and blockchain-focused space start-up leveraging laser technology to revolutionize the transfer of secure data;
  • Keyless Technologies, a decentralized biometric authentication and identity management platform;
  • ANOVA Intelligence, a cyber intelligence provider for critical infrastructure and U.S. national security agencies;
  • metaMe, a digital privacy data and anonymity company that enables users to control their own information the way they want;
  • YetiCloud, a b2b IT automation software company focused on solving problems in the cloud; and roves the ongoing IT experience for its customers by reducing
  • Think Cyber Security, a cyber education and security awareness training that enables the company to ensure people, who are the last line of defense, are trained and ready for any cyber threat.

These companies will benefit from C5A’s Network Accelerator Program’s proven track record and ability to bring together global leaders, experts, mentors and venture investors as well as its in depth and focused business development agenda for founders and their top leadership team.

The program will launch on September 30th and end with a “panel and pitch day” on October 18th where cohort members will be given the opportunity to present to C5A’s extensive network as well as hear from leading figures within that network and from the cyber and space industries.

About C5 Accelerate

C5 Accelerate is part of the C5 Enterprise, which includes C5 Capital and C5 Philanthropy. C5 Accelerate has been designing and leading startup acceleration programs since 2016. More than 75 startups from 44 countries have graduated from our world-class acceleration program. Our focus is finding world class leaders and technologies in cybersecurity, space, AI and cloud-based technologies.

The investment team is led by seasoned executives, and their work is enhanced by a unique network of strategic partners who are leaders in commerce, technology, industry, geopolitics, academia and government.

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ejones@hudsonsandler.com
0207 796 4133

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Global HPC and DaaS Market Analysis, 2019-2024 – ResearchAndMarkets.com

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DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “High Performance Computing and Data as a Service Market by Technology, Computing Type, Deployment Model, Use Case, Application, Sector (Consumer, Enterprise, Industrial, Government), Industry Vertical, and Region 2019-2024” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

This research evaluates the HPC market including companies, solutions, use cases, and applications. The analysis includes HPC by organizational size, software and system type, server type, and price band, and industry verticals. It also assesses the market for integration of various artificial intelligence technologies in HPC. It also evaluates the exascale-level HPC market including analysis by component, hardware type, service type, and industry vertical. It also provides HPC market sizing by component, hardware type, service type, and industry vertical from 2019 to 2024.

This research also evaluates the technologies, companies, strategies, and solutions for DaaS. It assesses business opportunities for enterprise use of own data, others data, and combination of both. It analyzes opportunities for enterprise to monetize their own data through various third-party DaaS offerings. It evaluates opportunities for DaaS in major industry verticals as well as the future outlook for emerging data monetization. Forecasts include global and regional projections by Sector, Data Collection, Source, and Structure from 2019 to 2024.

Market Summary & Insights

No longer solely the realm of supercomputers, the high-performance computing market is increasingly provided via cluster computing. By way of example, Hewlett Packard Enterprise provides a computational clustering solution in conjunction with Intel that represents HPC Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). This particular HPC IaaS offering environment provides customized tenant clusters tailored to client and application requirements. Key to this particular solution is the intelligent use of APIs, which enable a high degree of flexibility and what HPE refers to as Dynamic Fabric Configuration.

These type of solutions, provided within a cloud-computing based as a Service model, allow HPC market offerings to be extended via HPC-as-a-Service (HPCaaS) to a much wider range of industry verticals and companies, thereby providing computational services to solve a much broader array of problems. Industry use cases are increasingly emerging that benefit from HPC-level computing, many of which benefit from split processing between localized device/platform and HPCaaS.

HPC currently suffers from an accessibility problem as well as inefficiencies and supercomputer skill gaps. Stated differently, the market for HPCaaS (e.g. access to high-performance computing services) currently suffers from problems related to the utilization, scheduling, and set-up time to run jobs on supercomputers. Some companies are leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to improve HPC scheduling. As supercomputing resources are typically scarce and expensive, scheduling is important to ensure optimal computational workload scheduling. One company, Microsurgeonbot, Inc. (doing business as MSB.ai), which is developing a tool for setting up computing jobs for supercomputers. There is clearly a very long tail opportunity in HPC through Use of AI tools. HPCaaS will reach scale only through greater supercomputer accessibility.

Data produced by HPC is often difficult to use or even useless at times. Data needs to be managed and presented in a manner that is useful as information. Data as a Service (DaaS) represents a service model in which data is transformed into useful information. DaaS is one part of the larger Everything as a Service (XaaS) cloud computing based services model, including the traditional three horizontals of SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service), and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). It intersects with all three and derives value from a number of different horizontals and verticals.

Vendor managed DaaS systems provide necessary scalability and security for sustainable services execution. DaaS is expected to grow significantly in the near future due to a few dominant themes including cloud-based infrastructure/services, enterprise data syndication, and the consumer services trend towards XaaS. In addition to leveraging big data analytics, another approach to transform data into useful information is through the use of AI. One of the important growth areas for the DaaS market is to leverage AI to offer value-added data in a Decisions as a Service model.

Companies Mentioned

  • Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
  • Amazon Web Services Inc.
  • Atos SE
  • Cisco Systems
  • DELL Technologies Inc.
  • Fujitsu Ltd.
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • IBM Corporation
  • Intel Corporation
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • NEC Corporation
  • NVIDIA
  • Rackspace Inc.

Key Topics Covered

High-Performance Computing (HPC) Market by Component, Infrastructure, Services, Price Band, HPC Applications, Deployment Type, and Region 2019-2024

1. Executive Summary

2. Introduction

3. High-Performance Computing Market Analysis and Forecast

4. High-Performance Computing Company Analysis

5. Conclusions and Recommendations

6. Appendix: Future of Computing

Data as a Service (DaaS) Market: Enterprise, Industrial, Public, and Government DaaS 2019-2024

1. Executive Summary

2. Data as a Service Technologies

3. Data as a Service Market

4. Data as a Service Strategies

5. Data as a Service Applications

6. Market Outlook and Future of Data as a Service

7. Data as a Service Market Analysis and Forecasts 2019-2024

8. Regional DaaS Market Analysis and Forecasts 2019-2024

9. Conclusions and Recommendations

10. Appendix

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/2vec7s

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