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The Future of Automation in UX and Design System Ecosystems with Jiří Třečák (Supernova) at TCE2019 Prague

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We all heard this before, “The Future of UX Design Is Automation “, and it seems that we have reached that point where without automation, there is no real opportunity for growth.

It is believed that by 2029, computers are likely to be more intelligent than humans and this came out from Ray Kurzweil, Director of Engineering at Google.

The recent leap in technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning can now support nonlinear, complex tasks that require logic—and, historically, human involvement as well. All these innovations are transforming everything from the way financial technology, or fintech, startups offer financial advice to self-driving cars—and even smarter recommendations for the shows we stream on Netflix.

As mentioned earlier, automation increasingly plays an integral role in the complex products we create and use, and without any doubt, there are great opportunities for automation to play a role in the future of UX design as well.

Automation is the next big thing to impact the entire industry of UX design—from optimizing the process of providing design feedback to transforming and streamlining the way product teams operate and increasing our ability to create compelling products and you will have the opportunity to hear all about it at the inaugural PICANTE TECH Conference Europe (TCE2019), which will take place in Prague on the 3rd of September at Vienna House Andel’s Prague.

At the conference, Jiří Třečák, CEO of Supernova will explain how automation is UX design works and how it can be a key revenue-driving factor in your startup or SME.

About Jiří Třečák

Before taking on the future of automated software development as the founder and CEO of Supernova, Jiří Třečák put more than 70 mobile development projects under his belt for leading global companies. Most recently, Supernova became the first Czech company to go through the prestigious YCombinator program in the W19 batch. As a self-described need-to-know-everything geek, his passions span startups, open source, leadership, and beyond.

PICANTE Tech Conference Europe is designed to bring both people and knowledge together and provides the excellent ecosystem of networking and learning opportunities without interruptions with emphasis on comfort and communication. After learning from genuine world-class experts and wayseers, meeting achievers shaping the B2B ecosystem, all attendees will get the chance to grab a drink and relax while networking at the evening social gathering.

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UPDATE – ChinaCache Announces Changes to the Composition of the Company’s Board of Directors

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BEIJING, Aug. 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ChinaCache International Holdings Ltd. (“ChinaCache” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq GS: CCIH), a leading total solutions provider of Internet content and application delivery services in China, today announced changes to the composition of the Company’s Board of Directors (“the Board”).

Ms. Jean Xiaohong Kong and Mr. Yunjie Liu resigned from the management team and the Board on August 15, 2019. Mr. Bin Liu (acting CEO) and Mr. Xiaoqiang Wei (Vice President) were elected to the Board on that same date. In addition, the Board has strengthened its composition with the election of Dong Yu on August 11, 2019, to serve as an independent director of the Company’s Board.

Mr. Dong Yu, a CPA, based in Shanghai, serves as Vice President of Finance, APAC Region for Nexans Cable (China) Co., Limited, a regional subsidiary of Nexans S.A. a global player in the cable and optical fiber industry and second largest global manufacturer of cables. Mr. Yu through his deep experience working in the APAC region, joins ChinaCache’s Board with deep leadership experience across commercial, operational and compliance functions.

About ChinaCache International Holdings Ltd.

ChinaCache International Holdings Ltd. is a leading total solutions provider of Internet content and application delivery services in China. Through its distinctive 3-tier Internet ecosystem, ChinaCache also offers Internet data center management, Internet Exchange operations and cloud hosting services.  ChinaCache’s network is interconnected with the incumbent carriers as well as other local Internet & broadband service providers in China.  With two decades of experience in developing customized solutions for China’s complex Internet infrastructure, ChinaCache has helped enterprises, SME clients, government agencies and other organizations enhance the reliability and scalability of their online services and applications.  To learn more about ChinaCache and how it has improved end-user experience, please visit ir.chinacache.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates” and similar statements. ChinaCache may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports filed or furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual reports to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements, including but not limited to the following: the Company’s goals and strategies, expansion plans, the expected growth of the content and application delivery services market, the Company’s expectations regarding keeping and strengthening its relationships with its customers, and the general economic and business conditions in the regions where the Company provides its solutions and services. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and ChinaCache undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

For investor and media inquiries please contact:

Investor Relations Department
ChinaCache International Holdings
Tel: +86 10 6408-5686
Email: ir@chinacache.com

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ChinaCache Announces Changes to the Composition of the Company’s Board of Directors

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BEIJING, Aug. 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ChinaCache International Holdings Ltd. (“ChinaCache” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq GS: CCIH), a leading total solutions provider of Internet content and application delivery services in China, today announced changes to the composition of the Company’s Board of Directors (“the Board”).

Ms. Jean Xiaohong Kong and Mr. Yunjie Liu resigned from the management team and the Board on August 15, 2019. Mr. Bin Liu (acting CEO) and Mr. Xiaoqing Wei (Vice President) were elected to the Board on that same date. In addition, the Board has strengthened its composition with the election of Donny Dong Yu on August 11, 2019, to serve as an independent director of the Company’s Board.

Mr. Donny Yu, a CPA, based in Shanghai, serves as Vice President of Finance, APAC Region for Nexans Cable (China) Co., Limited, a regional subsidiary of Nexans S.A. a global player in the cable and optical fiber industry and second largest global manufacturer of cables. Mr. Yu through his deep experience working in the APAC region, joins ChinaCache’s Board with deep leadership experience across commercial, operational and compliance functions.

About ChinaCache International Holdings Ltd.

ChinaCache International Holdings Ltd. is a leading total solutions provider of Internet content and application delivery services in China. Through its distinctive 3-tier Internet ecosystem, ChinaCache also offers Internet data center management, Internet Exchange operations and cloud hosting services.  ChinaCache’s network is interconnected with the incumbent carriers as well as other local Internet & broadband service providers in China.  With two decades of experience in developing customized solutions for China’s complex Internet infrastructure, ChinaCache has helped enterprises, SME clients, government agencies and other organizations enhance the reliability and scalability of their online services and applications.  To learn more about ChinaCache and how it has improved end-user experience, please visit ir.chinacache.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates” and similar statements. ChinaCache may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports filed or furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual reports to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements, including but not limited to the following: the Company’s goals and strategies, expansion plans, the expected growth of the content and application delivery services market, the Company’s expectations regarding keeping and strengthening its relationships with its customers, and the general economic and business conditions in the regions where the Company provides its solutions and services. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and ChinaCache undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

For investor and media inquiries please contact:

Investor Relations Department
ChinaCache International Holdings
 Tel: +86 10 6408-5686
 Email: ir@chinacache.com

 

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ETC Announces Fiscal 2020 First Quarter Results

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SOUTHAMPTON, Pa., Aug. 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Environmental Tectonics Corporation (OTC Pink: ETCC) (“ETC” or the “Company”) today reported its financial results for the fourteen week period ended May 31, 2019 (the “2020 first quarter”).

Fiscal 2020 First Quarter Results of Operations

Net (Loss) Income Attributable to ETC

Net loss attributable to ETC was $0.5 million, or $0.04 diluted loss per share, in the 2020 first quarter, compared to net income attributable to ETC of $0.6 million during the 2019 first quarter, equating to $0.03 diluted earnings per share. The $1.1 million variance is due to the combined effect of a $1.4 million decrease in gross profit and a $0.1 million increase in other expense, net, offset, in part, by a $0.3 million decrease in operating expenses and a $0.1 million decrease in interest expense.

Net Sales

Net sales in the 2020 first quarter were $10.8 million, an increase of $0.1 million, or 1.2%, compared to 2019 first quarter net sales of $10.7 million. The increase reflects higher International sales of ethylene oxide sterilizers, offset, in part, by a decrease in Domestic sales within our CIS segment.

Gross Profit

Gross profit for the 2020 first quarter was $2.5 million compared to $3.9 million in the 2019 first quarter, a decrease of $1.4 million, or 36.3%. The decrease in gross profit was due to a lower blended gross profit margin as a percentage of net sales, which decreased to 22.9% for the 2020 first quarter compared to 36.4% for the 2019 first quarter. The decrease in gross profit margin as a percentage of net sales was due primarily to the completion and delivery of two (2) significant International ATS contracts during fiscal 2019, which resulted in the Company entering fiscal 2020 with a lower backlog comprised of contracts with comparably lower estimated profit booking rates.

Operating Expenses

Operating expenses, including sales and marketing, general and administrative, and research and development, for the 2020 first quarter were $2.6 million, a decrease of $0.3 million, or 11.4%, compared to $2.9 million for the 2019 first quarter. The decrease in operating expenses was due primarily to the receipt of payments received for research grants, which are recorded as a reduction to research and development costs.

Interest Expense, Net

Interest expense, net for the 2020 first quarter was $0.2 million compared to $0.3 million in the 2019 first quarter, a decrease of $0.1 million due to a lower level of bank borrowing.

Other Expense, Net

Other expense, net for the 2020 first quarter was $0.2 million compared to $0.1 million in the 2019 first quarter, an increase of $0.1 million due to higher letter of credit fees.

Cash Flows from Operating, Investing, and Financing Activities

During the 2020 first quarter, as a result of an increase in accounts receivable and a decrease in contract liabilities and accrued taxes, offset, in part by a decrease in contract assets, the Company used $6.7 million of cash for operating activities compared to $2.1 million during the 2019 first quarter. Under Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), commonly referred to as Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 606, these accounts, other than accrued taxes, represent the timing differences of spending on production activities versus the billing and collecting of customer payments.

Cash used for investing activities primarily relates to funds used for capital expenditures of equipment and software development. The Company’s investing activities used $0.1 million in both the 2020 first quarter and the 2019 first quarter.

The Company’s financing activities provided $5.6 million of cash in the 2020 first quarter from borrowings under the Company’s credit facility compared to $2.6 million during the 2019 first quarter.

About ETC

ETC was incorporated in 1969 in Pennsylvania. For five decades, we have provided our customers with products, services, and support. Innovation, continuous technological improvement and enhancement, and product quality are core values that are critical to our success. We are a significant supplier and innovator in the following areas: (i) software driven products and services used to create and monitor the physiological effects of flight, including high performance jet tactical flight simulation, fixed and rotary wing upset recovery and spatial disorientation, and both suborbital and orbital commercial human spaceflight, collectively, Aircrew Training Systems (“ATS”); (ii) altitude (hypobaric) chambers; (iii) hyperbaric chambers for multiple persons (multiplace chambers); (iv) Advanced Disaster Management Simulators (“ADMS”); (v) steam and gas (ethylene oxide) sterilizers; (vi) environmental testing and simulation systems (“ETSS”); and (vii) hyperbaric (100% oxygen) chambers for one person (monoplace chambers).

We operate in two primary business segments, Aerospace Solutions (“Aerospace”) and Commercial/ Industrial Systems (“CIS”). Aerospace encompasses the design, manufacture, and sale of: (i) ATS products; (ii) altitude (hypobaric) chambers; (iii) hyperbaric chambers for multiple persons (multiplace chambers); and (iv) ADMS, as well as integrated logistics support (“ILS”) for customers who purchase these products or similar products manufactured by other parties. These products and services provide customers with an offering of comprehensive solutions for improved readiness and reduced operational costs. Sales of our Aerospace products are made principally to U.S. and foreign government agencies and to civil aviation organizations. CIS encompasses the design, manufacture, and sale of: (i) steam and gas (ethylene oxide) sterilizers; (ii) ETSS; and (iii) hyperbaric (100% oxygen) chambers for one person (monoplace chambers), as well as parts and service support for customers who purchase these products or similar products manufactured by other parties. Sales of our CIS products are made principally to the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and automotive industries.

ETC-PZL Aerospace Industries Sp. z o.o. (“ETC-PZL”), our 95%-owned subsidiary in Warsaw, Poland, is currently our only operating subsidiary. ETC-PZL manufactures certain simulators and provides software to support products manufactured domestically within our Aerospace segment.

ETC’s unique ability to offer complete systems, designed and produced to high technical standards, sets it apart from its competition. ETC is headquartered in Southampton, PA. For more information about ETC, visit http://www.etcusa.com/.

Forward-looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements, which are based on management’s expectations and are subject to uncertainties and changes in circumstances. Words and expressions reflecting something other than historical fact are intended to identify forward-looking statements, and these statements may include words such as “may”, “will”, “should”, “expect”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “future”, “predict”, “potential”, “intend”, or “continue”, and similar expressions. We base our forward-looking statements on our current expectations and projections about future events or future financial performance. Our forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions about ETC and its subsidiaries that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results implied by these forward-looking statements. We caution you not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

Contact: Mark Prudenti, CFO
Phone: (215) 355-9100 x1531
E-mail: mprudenti@etcusa.com

– Financial Tables Follow –

Table A              
ENVIRONMENTAL TECTONICS CORPORATION
SUMMARY TABLE OF RESULTS
(in thousands, except per share information)
               
  Fourteen
weeks ended
Thirteen
weeks ended
  Variance
  31-May-19   25-May-18   $   %
Net sales $   10,816   $   10,691   $    125   1.2
Cost of goods sold   8,336     6,795     1,541   22.7
Gross profit   2,480     3,896     (1,416)   -36.3
Gross profit margin %   22.9%     36.4%     -13.5%   -37.1%
               
Operating expenses   2,586     2,918     (332)   -11.4
Operating (loss) income   (106)     978     (1,084)    
Operating margin %   -1.0%     9.1%     -10.1%    
               
Interest expense, net   178     250     (72)   -28.8
Other expense, net   150     76     74   97.4
(Loss) income before income taxes   (434)     652     (1,086)    
Pre-tax margin %   -4.0%     6.1%     -10.1%    
               
Income tax provision   20     28     (8)   -28.6
Net (loss) income   (454)     624     (1,078)    
(Income) loss attributable to non-controlling interest   (26)     2     (28)    
Net (loss) income attributable to ETC   (480)     626     (1,106)    
Preferred Stock dividends   (130)     (121)     (9)   7.4
(Loss) income attributable to common and
participating shareholders
$    (610)   $    505   $  (1,115)    
               
Per share information:              
Basic earnings (loss) per common and participating share:              
Distributed earnings per share:              
Common $   $   $    
Preferred $ 0.02   $ 0.02   $   0.0
Undistributed (loss) earnings per share:              
Common $ (0.04)   $ 0.03   $ (0.07)    
Preferred $ (0.04)   $ 0.03   $ (0.07)    
               
Diluted (loss) earnings per share $   (0.04)   $   0.03   $   (0.07)    
               
Total basic weighted average common and participating shares   15,569     15,553        
               
Total diluted weighted average shares   15,584     15,557        


Table B

ENVIRONMENTAL TECTONICS CORPORATION
OTHER SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
(amounts in thousands)
         
  Fourteen
weeks ended
31-May-19
  Thirteen
weeks ended
25-May-18
 
EBITDA * $  39   $    1,215  
         
  As of  
  31-May-19   22-Feb-19  
Working capital $  18,918   $    13,673  
         
Total shareholders’ equity $  11,973   $  12,537  

* In addition to disclosing financial results that are determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”), we also disclose Earnings Before Income Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (“EBITDA”). The presentation of a non-U.S. GAAP financial measure such as EBITDA is intended to enhance the usefulness of financial information by providing a measure that management uses internally to evaluate our expenses and operating performance and factors into several of our financial covenant calculations.

A reader may find this item important in evaluating our performance. Management compensates for the limitations of using non-U.S. GAAP financial measures by using them only to supplement our U.S. GAAP results to provide a more complete understanding of the factors and trends affecting our business.

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