Ninepoint Energy Opportunities Trust Confirms Intention to Merge With Ninepoint Energy Fund

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TORONTO, Aug. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ninepoint Partners LP (“Ninepoint”), on behalf of Ninepoint Energy Opportunities Trust (the “Fund”) (TSX: NRGY.UN), announced today, as described in the Fund’s initial public offering prospectus dated December 6, 2016 (the “Prospectus”), its intention to merge the Fund into Ninepoint Energy Fund (the “Continuing Fund”), on or about October 17, 2018.

The Fund is a closed-end investment fund managed by Ninepoint. The Continuing Fund is an open-end mutual fund also managed by Ninepoint. Both funds have similar investment objectives and strategies. Each fund was established to provide investors with the opportunity to access an actively managed portfolio comprised primarily of equity and equity-related securities of companies that are involved directly or indirectly in the exploration, development, production and distribution of oil, gas, coal, or uranium and other related activities in the energy and resource sector. Both funds aim to provide long-term capital growth.

The merger will be a “qualifying exchange” as defined in section 132.2 of the Income Tax Act (Canada) and will be effected on a tax-deferred basis to the Fund and unitholders of the Fund.

The merger will be effected without a vote of unitholders of the Fund as described in the Prospectus. Additional details of the merger are set out in a notice that has been sent to unitholders of the Fund and will also be available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com

Unitholders of the Fund who do not wish to participate in the merger will have the opportunity to redeem their Fund units (“Units”) prior to the effective date of the merger. Prior to the merger, Units may be surrendered for redemption during the period from the first business day in September, 2018 until 4:00 p.m. (Toronto time) on September 21, 2018 (the “Special Redemption Notice Period”). Units properly surrendered for redemption during the Special Redemption Notice Period will be redeemed on September 27, 2018 (the “Pre-Merger Redemption Date”) and the unitholder will receive payment on or before October 12, 2018. Redeeming unitholders will receive a redemption price per Unit equal to the net asset value (“NAV”) per Unit, on the Pre-Merger Redemption Date, less any costs and expenses incurred by the Fund in order to fund such redemption, including brokerage costs, if any.

Ninepoint will apply to de-list the Units from the Toronto Stock Exchange prior to the merger date of on or about October 17, 2018.

About Ninepoint Partners LP

Based in Toronto, Ninepoint Partners LP is one of Canada’s leading alternative investment management firms overseeing approximately $3 billion in assets under management. Committed to helping investors explore innovative investment solutions that have the potential to enhance returns and manage portfolio risk, Ninepoint offers a diverse set of alternative strategies including North American Equity, Global Equity, Real Assets & Alternative Income.

Ninepoint is an operating company that has been created to assume portfolio management of the Canadian diversified assets of Sprott Asset Management LP, including actively managed hedge and mutual funds.

For more information on Ninepoint Partners LP, please visit www.ninepoint.com or inquiries regarding the Fund or the Continuing Fund, please contact us at (416) 943-6707 or (866) 299-9906 or invest@ninepoint.com.

Certain statements in this press release may be viewed as forward-looking statements. Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, intentions, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as “expects”, “is expected”, “anticipates”, “plans”, “estimates” or “intends” (or negative or grammatical variations thereof), or stating that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking statements. Statements which may constitute forward-looking statements relate to the proposed timing of the merger and expected completion thereof. Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements including as a result of changes in the general economic and political environment, changes in applicable legislation, and the performance of each fund. There are no assurances the funds can fulfill such forward-looking statements and the funds and Ninepoint do not undertake any obligation to update such statements. Such forward-looking statements are only predictions; actual events or results may differ materially as a result of risks facing one or more of the funds, some of which are beyond the control of the funds and Ninepoint.

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Fortress Blockchain Corp. Announces Closing of Qualifying Transaction

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Fortress Blockchain Corp. (formerly Focused Capital II Corp.)(the “Company”) is pleased to announce the closing of its Qualifying Transaction, as defined under the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange (“TSXV”) pursuant to the business combination agreement between the Company and Fortress Blockchain Capital Corp. (“Fortress”) dated March 21, 2018, as amended (the “Transaction”). 

The Transaction involved the acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Fortress by way of a three-cornered amalgamation. As part of the Transaction, Fortress amalgamated with 1171054 B.C. Ltd. to form “Fortress Blockchain Capital Holdings Corp.”, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company.

Continuation, Consolidation and Name Change

As a result of the Transaction, the Company also (a) completed the continuation of its corporate existence from the province of Ontario to the province of British Columbia; (b) consolidated its outstanding shares on the basis of 1 post-consolidation share for every 3.25077 pre-consolidation shares; and (c) changed its name to “Fortress Blockchain Corp.”

In connection with the Transaction, the Company issued (on a post-consolidation basis):

  1. an aggregate of 69,277,981 common shares issuable in exchange for the outstanding Fortress Shares;
  2. an aggregate of 18,200,000 replacement warrants issuable in exchange for the outstanding Fortress warrants, each exercisable into one common share at a price of $0.50 with expiry dates ranging from January 4, 2019 to January 8, 2023;
  3. an aggregate of 1,050,000 replacement broker options issuable in exchange for the outstanding Fortress broker options, each exercisable into one common share at a price of $0.50 with expiry an expiry date of January 9, 2020; and
  4. an aggregate of 2,102,500 replacement options issuable in exchange for the outstanding Fortress options until February 20, 2028, each exercisable into one common share at the following exercise prices: (a) 1,550,000 Replacement options at an exercise price of $0.60 per common share; and (b) 552,500 replacement options at an exercise price of $0.50 per common share.

Following completion of the Transaction and consolidation, the Company has issued and outstanding an aggregate of 71,177,984 post-consolidation common shares. 

It is anticipated that the common shares of the Company will begin trading on or about August 21, 2018 on the TSXV under the trading symbol “FORT”. 

Changes in Board and Management

Upon completion of the Transaction, Robert Leckie, Mark Goodman and Carmelo Marrelli resigned their positions as directors and officers of the Company.

Aydin Kilic, Roy Sebag (Chairman), Joshua Crumb, Kent Wakeford and David Jaques have been appointed as directors of the Company.

Aydin Kilic has also been appointed the President and CEO of the Company; David Pais has been appointed the CFO and Corporate Secretary and Michael Ages has been appointed Chief Technical Officer.

Grant of Options

A total of 233,000 stock options have been granted to certain advisory board members and consultants of the Company pursuant to the Company’s stock option plan. The options are exercisable for a period of ten years at a price of $0.60 per share.

About Fortress Blockchain Corp.

Fortress Blockchain Corp. is a technology-oriented blockchain mining company committed to operating in low cost North American green-energy regions. Fortress’s resources are currently dedicated to achieving peak operational efficiency in industrial scale Bitcoin mining, to ultimately deliver an industry leading competitive advantage in performance. Fortress has strategically acquired a state-of-the-art mining facility in Washington state which has been in continuous operation since 2014, which serves as an R&D facility to optimize and build out the next generation of highly scalable blockchain mining infrastructure.

For further information, please contact:

Fortress Blockchain Corp.
Attention: Investor Relations
Email: info@fortressblockchain.io
Phone: 905-510-7636

Neither the TSXV nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

Forward Looking Statements:

The information in this press release includes certain information and statements about management’s view of future events, expectations, plans and prospects that constitute forward looking statements, including statements with respect to the anticipated date of listing of the Company’s shares on the TSXV. These statements are based upon assumptions that are subject to significant risks and uncertainties, including assumptions that all conditions to the listing of the Company’s shares on the TSXV will be satisfied and all requisite approvals will be received in a timely manner. Although the Company considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on currently available information, the same may prove to be incorrect, and the forward looking statements in this press release are subject to numerous risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause future results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward looking statements. Such risk factors may include, among others, the risk that required approvals and the satisfaction of material conditions to listing are not satisfied or waived in a timely manner or at all, risks related to the digital currency market such as a decline in digital currency prices, risks relating to electricity and other operating costs in the jurisdictions in which Fortress operates and Fortress’s ability to successfully mine digital currency. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in forward looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that the expectations of any forward looking statements will prove to be correct. Except as required by law, the Company disclaims any intention and assume no obligation to update or revise any forward looking statements to reflect actual results, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions, changes in factors affecting such forward looking statements or otherwise.

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ATA Announces Entry into Definitive Agreement to Acquire Beijing Biztour, a Leading China-based Service Provider of B2B International Education Tours

BEIJING, China, Aug. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ATA Inc. (“ATA” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq:ATAI), a company focused on providing students with quality educational experiences and services in China and abroad, today announced that the Company has entered into a definitive agreement for the acquisition of Beijing Biztour International Travel Service Co., Ltd. (“Beijing Biztour”), a provider of international educational study tour and travel services for students in China who are interested in overseas study tours primarily in the U.S., United Kingdom, and Australia.

As previously announced in a press release on March 26, 2018, the Company had entered into a framework agreement for strategic investment in Beijing Biztour, which included a six-month exclusive negotiation period with Beijing Biztour during which ATA would conduct due diligence and determine whether it would work toward a definitive acquisition agreement with Beijing Biztour to acquire 100% of the company’s shares.

ATA to Acquire Beijing Biztour for RMB50.0 Million
Under the terms of the definitive acquisition agreement, ATA will acquire 100% of the shares of Beijing Biztour for a total purchase price of RMB50.0 million, consisting of an RMB37.43 million payment, 50% payable in cash and 50% payable in newly issued shares of ATA, and issuance of RMB12.57 million worth of incentive stock compensation for staff of Beijing Biztour over a three-year period. Share consideration is calculated based on a pre-dilution valuation of US$150 million for ATA. Management of Beijing Biztour is expected to stay on and work with ATA management on growing the business.

The Company will file a Form 6-K containing the definitive acquisition agreement and additional information, which investors may access on the SEC Filings page on ATA’s website or on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission website at www.sec.gov.

Beijing Biztour – A Leading Provider of B2B Educational Tour Services in China
Beijing Biztour specializes in providing comprehensive affordable, high-end solutions for study tour products, which include overseas learning and tour service provisions. Through its B2B distribution network, Beijing Biztour serves more than 7,000 students each year and is one of the largest educational tour service providers in China. Beijing Biztour has an extensive global network of overseas partners including 1,100 host families, 300 part-time team members in the U.S. alone, and close relationships with many well-regarded school districts and top universities including Harvard, Columbia, Stanford and MIT. Beijing Biztour also partners with over 200 education camps focused on a variety of subjects and over 300 globally recognized companies. Serving students from all over China, Beijing Biztour has more than 300 study tour products in over 15 categories, including language, sport, art, math, robotics, technology, leadership, and outdoor activities, in more than 30 international study tour destinations.

Mr. Jack Huang, ATA’s President, stated, “We are pleased to have this opportunity to continue partnering with the Beijing Biztour team and look forward to working closely with management on growing the business and pursuing prospects for expansion and diversification by leveraging ATA’s expertise in learning technologies and industry relationships, as well as the synergies between our operational capabilities, resources and competencies. As one of China’s largest international study tour service providers, Beijing Biztour possesses an extensive network of education and service partners in the U.S. and abroad. The company is well positioned to take advantage of the growing demand for study tours in China by leveraging its experience and knowledge in curating unique and enriching experiences for the Chinese students. We are excited about the growth opportunities afforded by this acquisition and are looking forward to this next stage of ATA’s evolution.”

ATA Outlines Expansion Strategy for 2018 and Beyond
Led by its experienced leadership team, ATA believes that it can leverage its expertise in competency-focused assessment/education service capabilities and industry relationships to scale the growth of well-established education enterprises such as Beijing Biztour to expand its presence in China and beyond, transforming the Company into a leading international education service provider.

The initial goal would be to increase outreach to support a growing population of students that want to expand their learning beyond the classroom, through educational travel experiences. Driven by increased demand for more diverse international education opportunities by urban families in China, the international educational travel market is particularly attractive as a growing number of China-based students seek short- and long-term international education opportunities. China remains the world’s no. 1 source of international students and sends the largest number of students overseas for study. According to the Ministry of Education, 544,500 Chinese students pursued study abroad opportunities in 2016, more than triple the 179,800 students who sought overseas education in 2008.

About ATA Inc.
ATA is focused on providing quality educational experiences and services for students throughout China and abroad. ATA aims to offer online, on-campus, and other education programs through a network of global education partners. For more information, please visit ATA’s website at www.atai.net.cn.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements
This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terms such as “believe,” “could,” “expect,” “future,” “look forward to,” “plan,” “should,” “will,” and similar terms. Examples of forward-looking statements in this press release include statements about ATA’s plan and efforts to transform itself into a leading international education service provider; ATA’s anticipated acquisition of Beijing Biztour and subsequent business activities; the anticipated benefits to ATA’s expansion efforts into the international education market; and the ability of ATA and Beijing Biztour to cooperate effectively and to introduce offerings and build partnerships. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, are based on current expectations, assumptions, estimates, and projections by both ATA and Beijing Biztour, and are subject to governmental approvals and other conditions. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law. The Company cannot assure you that its expectations and assumptions will turn out to be correct, and investors are cautioned that actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results.

For more information on our company, please contact the following individuals: 
   
At the Company
ATA Inc.
Amy Tung, Chief Financial Officer
+86 10 6518 1122 x5518
amytung@atai.net.cn
Investor Relations
The Equity Group Inc.
Carolyne Y. Sohn, Senior Associate
415-568-2255
csohn@equityny.com
   
  Katherine Yao, Senior Associate
+86 10 6587 6435
kyao@equityny.com
   
  Adam Prior, Senior Vice President
212-836-9606
aprior@equityny.com   

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eZLO Announces Acquisition of MiOS to Accelerate Time to Market in Smart Home Sector

CLIFTON, N.J., Aug. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — eZLO, a global innovator and developer of smart home automation solutions, today announced the acquisition of the California-based company MiOS, a leading smart home services platform provider (PaaS) with an established history in the rapidly expanding IoT market.

The transaction further positions eZLO to offer increased accessibility in the smart home automation market with cost-effective and easily adaptable solutions that greatly accelerate time to market for OEMs and B2Bs across a range of verticals.

“The high cost of software development is a deterrent for many looking to incorporate smart technologies into their products,” said Chief Executive Officer of eZLO, Mark Samuel. “We are excited about the impact that eZLO and MiOS together can have on the market. By combining MiOS’ technology with our innovative four-pillar software platform, we’ll be able to expand the smart home ecosystem beyond its traditional definition and create a unique, turnkey solution for companies looking to quickly scale to market with new smart home capabilities for their products and services.” 

MiOS and its Vera branded consumer line of products will continue to operate under existing brands as part of the eZLO Innovation family, and eZLO plans to invest further in the products and platforms currently under development. Additionally, MiOS brings to eZLO an impressive sales channel with a global customer base ranging from innovative start-ups to Fortune 500 companies; support and sales contacts for these existing MiOS customers will remain the same.

“We are excited to become a part of eZLO as we believe this combination will further enable us to accelerate our innovation pipeline to drive the smart automation market landscape into the future,” said Lew Brown, MiOS chief executive officer. “MiOS has a long-standing and respected reputation in the B2B environment and we look forward to applying our assets to the innovative efforts we’ve seen from eZLO and their ecosystem.”

For more information on eZLO’s four-pillar platform, visit www.ezlo.com; for more information on the MiOS service platform and products, visit www.mios.com.

About eZLO
eZLO is a global innovator of home automation solutions, engineering world-class home automation technology and solutions. Building on its proven team of leaders in IoT and security software development, eZLO provides high quality, innovative software engineering that raises the bar in the home automation market. eZLO’s global headquarters is in Clifton, New Jersey, with international offices in the Philippines and Ukraine. For more information, visit www.ezlo.com.

eZLO and the eZLO brand are trademarks of eZLO Inc. or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Keep up to date with the latest eZLO News on Twitter @eZLOinnovations.

About MiOS
Founded in 2008, MiOS is a trusted global Intelligent Home Platform as a Service (PaaS) company. MiOS is a leader in the exploding IoT market, focused on developing and distributing advanced smart home control and monitoring solutions spanning across many sectors including self-monitored and professionally monitored security, energy management, rental property management, aging in place and more.

Now in its eighth-generation user interface, the MiOS platform enables customers to remotely control, monitor and automate their households and businesses. The platform is universal, designed to work with devices from hundreds of manufacturers. With MiOS, customers never need to worry about compatibility—the platform can bridge them all: Z-Wave, ZigBee, Insteon, Bluetooth, EnOcean, and Dect ULE. For more information, please visit: http://www.mios.com/

Media and Analyst Contact:
Montner Tech PR, Nicole Bush
nbush@montner.com, 203-226-9290

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First Midwest Receives Federal Reserve Approval for Acquisition of Northern States Financial Corporation

CHICAGO, Aug. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. (“First Midwest”) (NASDAQ NGS: FMBI), the parent company of First Midwest Bank, today announced it has received approval from the Federal Reserve to acquire Northern States Financial Corporation and its wholly owned subsidiary, NorStates Bank.

“We are pleased to have received Federal Reserve approval for our proposed acquisition of NorStates Bank, which we publicly announced on June 7, 2018,” said Michael L. Scudder, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Midwest.  “With this approval, we remain on track for an expected closing in the fourth quarter of 2018.  We look forward to welcoming NorStates’ customers and colleagues to First Midwest and to continuing the expansion of our northern Chicagoland footprint.”

As of June 30, 2018, Northern States had approximately $530 million of total assets, $450 million of total deposits and $310 million of total loans.

The transaction remains subject to approval by Northern States’ stockholders, regulatory approval by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

About First Midwest

First Midwest is a relationship-focused financial institution and one of the largest independent publicly-traded bank holding companies based on assets headquartered in Chicago and the Midwest, with approximately $15 billion of assets and $11 billion of trust assets under management.  First Midwest’s principal subsidiary, First Midwest Bank, and other affiliates provide a full range of commercial, treasury management, equipment leasing, retail, wealth management, trust and private banking products and services through locations in metropolitan Chicago, northwest Indiana, central and western Illinois, and eastern Iowa.  First Midwest’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol FMBI, and its website is www.firstmidwest.com.

About NorStates Bank

NorStates Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northern States Financial Corporation (“Northern States”) and maintains its principal executive offices in Waukegan, Illinois.  NorStates Bank is a client-focused bank committed to providing quality financial services with a personal touch through a complete line of loan, deposit and cash management services.  It provides these financial services through eight banking locations in Lake County, Illinois.  NorStates Bank’s website is www.norstatesbank.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release, as well as any oral statements made by or on behalf of First Midwest, may contain certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements include those relating to First Midwest’s proposed acquisition of Northern States, including the costs and benefits associated therewith and the timing thereof.  In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “may,” “might,” “will,” “would,” “should,” “could,” “expect,” “plan,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “outlook,” “predict,” “project,” “probable,” “potential,” “possible,” “target,” “continue,” “look forward,” or “assume” and words of similar import.  Forward-looking statements are not historical facts or guarantees of future performance or outcomes, but instead express only management’s beliefs regarding future results or events, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of management’s control.  It is possible that actual results and events may differ, possibly materially, from the anticipated results or events indicated in these forward-looking statements.  First Midwest cautions you not to place undue reliance on these statements.  Forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this release, and First Midwest undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect new information or events or conditions after the date hereof.

Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including, but not limited to: expected synergies, cost savings and other financial or other benefits of the proposed transaction between First Midwest and Northern States might not be realized within the expected timeframes or might be less than projected, the requisite stockholder and regulatory approvals for the proposed transaction might not be obtained or might not be obtained in a timely manner, credit and interest rate risks associated with First Midwest’s and Northern States’ respective businesses, customer borrowing, repayment, investment and deposit practices, and general economic conditions, either nationally or in the market areas in which First Midwest and Northern States operate or anticipate doing business, may be less favorable than expected, new regulatory or legal requirements or obligations, and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions identified under the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in First Midwest’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, as well as subsequent filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).  However, these risks and uncertainties are not exhaustive.  Other sections of such reports describe additional factors that could adversely impact First Midwest’s business, financial performance and pending or consummated acquisition transactions, including the proposed acquisition of Northern States.

Additional Information

The information contained herein does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval.  In connection with the proposed merger of First Midwest and Northern States, First Midwest has filed a registration statement on Form S‑4 (file no. 333-226506) with the SEC.  The registration statement includes a proxy statement of Northern States, which also constitutes a prospectus of First Midwest, that will be sent to Northern States’ stockholders.  Investors and stockholders are advised to read the registration statement and proxy statement/prospectus because it contains important information about First Midwest, Northern States and the proposed transaction.  This document and other documents relating to the transaction filed by First Midwest can be obtained free of charge from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.  These documents also can be obtained free of charge by accessing First Midwest’s website at www.firstmidwest.com under the tab “Investor Relations” and then under “SEC Filings.”  Alternatively, these documents can be obtained free of charge from First Midwest upon written request to First Midwest Bancorp, Inc., Attn: Corporate Secretary, 8750 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 1300, Chicago, Illinois 60631 or by calling (708) 831-7563, or from Northern States upon written request to Northern States Financial Corporation, Attn: Scott Yelvington, President and Chief Executive Officer, 1601 North Lewis Avenue, Waukegan, Illinois 60085 or by calling (847) 775-8200.

Participants in this Transaction

First Midwest, Northern States and certain of their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed under the rules of the SEC to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Northern States’ stockholders in connection with the proposed transaction.  Certain information regarding the interests of these participants and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, is included in the proxy statement/prospectus regarding the proposed transaction.  Additional information about First Midwest and its directors and certain of its officers may be found in First Midwest’s definitive proxy statement relating to its 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders filed with the SEC on April 11, 2018 and First Midwest’s annual report on Form 10‑K for the year ended December 31, 2017 filed with the SEC on February 28, 2018.  The definitive proxy statement and annual report can be obtained free of charge from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

Contact Information

Investors:
Patrick S. Barrett
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
708.831.7231
pat.barrett@firstmidwest.com

Media:
James V. Stadler
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
708.831.7402
jim.stadler@firstmidwest.com

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Comodo CA Acquires Website Disaster Recovery Leader CodeGuard

ROSELAND, N.J., Aug. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Comodo CA, a worldwide leader in digital web security solutions, announced today the acquisition of CodeGuard, Inc., a global leader in website maintenance, backup and disaster recovery. CodeGuard allows business owners to reverse damage caused by intentional cyber attacks or unintentional impacts of development issues, content management errors and server crashes.  While CodeGuard will continue to operate independently, the acquisition combines Comodo CA’s long-standing heritage and expertise in SSL certificates with CodeGuard’s fast, reliable backup and recovery services.

“The impact of website disasters can be devastating for a company. Reputational damage is enormous; customers and investors have little tolerance for unmitigated website issues. Repair costs and time to repair are major business issues that CodeGuard addresses,” said Bill Holtz, CEO, Comodo CA.  “By adding CodeGuard’s solutions to our existing product portfolio, we are able to further protect business owners and their customers.  This acquisition is also further proof of our continued accelerated growth and differentiation in the market.”

“For business owners, a website is a crucial part of the health and well-being of their company. Our solutions give companies peace of mind that should something go wrong, they are protected at every level,” said David Moeller, CEO, CodeGuard.  “By partnering with Comodo CA we are now uniquely positioned to deliver a more robust, comprehensive option for our combined customer base and look forward to seizing the rapidly growing demand for secure website products and services.”

CodeGuard allows companies to reverse damage caused to a website through a 1-click restore option. Utilizing sophisticated version control software, CodeGuard provides incremental agent-less backups, and empowers marketers and technologists alike to oversee their network of websites – with any mix of CMSs: WordPress, Joomla, Drupal – all in one place. Advanced features provide automated vulnerability patching & malware removal along with white-labelling and customization for agencies, managed service providers, and enterprises.

Comodo CA will keep the CodeGuard brand intact and operating independently out of its current Atlanta location, however, it will move quickly to integrate all current CodeGuard services and solutions into Comodo CA’s offerings for customers and partners.  Additionally, existing Comodo CA partners can seamlessly integrate CodeGuard solutions through advanced APIs that are now available.

Acquisition Bolsters Company Momentum
Comodo CA was acquired by private equity firm Francisco Partners from Comodo Group in October 2017. Since the spin-out, the company continues to see increased global demand for its innovative security solutions as evidenced by 25 percent year-over-year growth through the first half of 2018, as well as 40 percent revenue growth from its enterprise division and a 27 percent increase in global partner revenue during the same time period.  In addition to revenue growth, key company milestones during the first half of 2018 include expanded IoT solutions, 19 new strategic partnerships, new headquarters and global expansion in Canada.

About CodeGuard
CodeGuard is the leading cloud-based website backup and maintenance solution on the market. Top web-hosting companies like BlueHost, HostGator, Liquid Web, Web.com/Network Solutions, and 1&1 partner with CodeGuard to keep their clients’ websites safe and secure. CodeGuard’s patented recovery solution is available through its partners and to individual customers and scales with growing business needs. For more information, visit codeguard.com and follow @CodeGuard on Twitter.

About Comodo CA
A trusted partner by enterprises globally for more than two decades, Comodo CA provides digital identity solutions for businesses of all sizes – protecting their employees, customers, intellectual property and overall brand – from online threats.  As the largest commercial certificate authority with over 100 million SSL certificates issued worldwide, Comodo CA has the experience and performance to meet the growing need of securing transactions and helping create online trust. For more information, visit ComodoCA.com

Contacts:
Loren Guertin/Jenna Buraczenski
Matter Communications
lguertin@matternow.com
401-351-9504
Jburaczenski@matternow.com
401-351-9509

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Pacton Enters into Definitive Agreement on the Drummond East Pty Ltd granted exploration licenses

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pacton Gold Inc. (TSXV: PAC) (the “Company” or “Pacton”) is pleased to announce that further to the binding letter of intent (“LOI”) signed earlier this year (see news release dated May 22, 2018) the Company has finalized and entered into a Share Sale Agreement (“Agreement”) to acquire 100% of the shares in Drummond East Pty Ltd (“Drummond East”) from Impact Minerals Limited (ASX: IPT) (“Impact”) which holds seven granted tenement licenses in the Pilbara, comprising of a total of 1,126 km2 (“Property”).

Agreement Terms

Under the terms of the Agreement, the Company will purchase 100% ownership of Drummond East by paying Impact CAD$325,000 and issuing to Impact 2,125,000 common shares of Pacton. Impact will be entitled to receive a discovery bonus of CAD$500,000 if Pacton publishes measured, indicated, or inferred gold resources of over 250,000 ounces on the Property.

Pacton and Impact will enter into a Minerals Royalty Deed whereby Impact will receive to a 2% net smelter royalty in respect of the Property. Pacton shall, retain an exclusive and unlimited right to purchase 50% of the net smelter royalty back from Impact for CAD$500,000.

The Agreement is subject to TSX Venture Exchange acceptance. 

About Pacton Gold

Pacton Gold (PAC: TSXV; PACXF: US) is a well-financed Canadian junior with key strategic partners focused on the exploration and development of conglomerate-hosted gold properties located in the district-scale Pilbara gold rush in Western Australia.  The Company recently raised approximately $5.5 million, currently controls the third largest conglomerate-hosted gold property portfolio totaling in excess of 2,500 km2 and continues to aggressively review additional accretive acquisitions.

On Behalf of the Board of Pacton Gold Inc.

Alec Pismiris
Interim President & CEO

For more information, please contact 1-(855)-584-0258 or info@pactongold.com.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange, the Toronto Stock Exchange nor their Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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Pacific Ventures Group Signs Letter of Intent With Food Distribution Company to Expand SnoBar Distribution

Agreement Made with Long Established East Coast Food Distribution Company with Annual Revenues of Approximately $37 Million

LOS ANGELES, CA, Aug. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pacific Ventures Group, Inc. (OTC: PACV), a food and beverage holding company specializing in the distribution of consumer food, beverage and alcohol-related products (the “Company”), announced today that it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to acquire a food distribution company located on the East coast of the United States.

Pacific Ventures Group is a food, beverage and alcohol distribution business which, through its affiliates, owns all of the rights and holds the appropriate licenses to sell its alcohol infused frozen ice and cream based adult consumables under the trade name “SnöBar.” 

“We believe that this acquisition will dramatically expand the distribution and accelerate the sales of SnöBar,” said Shannon Masjedi, CEO of Pacific Ventures Group, Inc. “Acquiring this East coast food distribution company is a strategic and logical complement to Pacific Ventures Group’s food, beverage and alcohol distribution business.”

The objective of the acquisition is to prepare the Company’s sales and distribution of SnöBar ice pops for rapid growth in the east coast of the United States. The SnöBar line of products have the unique feature of having alcohol evenly distributed through its ice cream and ices bars, dramatically adding to its taste and further establishing the Company’s leadership position in this product category.

Pacific Ventures is beginning the due diligence process on the acquisition, and closing is subject to completion of satisfactory due diligence.

About Pacific Ventures Group: 

Pacific Ventures Group is focused on expansion within the consumer products, food, beverage and alcohol-related industries. For more information on PACV, please visit www.pacvgroup.com.  (You need to be at least 21 years of age (legal age to consume alcohol) to visit the section of the web site dedicated to SnöBar.)

Forward-Looking Statement:
This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, which include but are not limited to, the inability of the company to obtain financing sufficient to maintain its operations and execute its acquisition strategy; the inherent uncertainties associated with smaller reporting companies; and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Press Contact:
Investor Relations
info@pacvgroup.com
(310) 800-4556

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Williams Scotsman Completes ModSpace Acquisition

BALTIMORE, Aug. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WillScot Corporation (Nasdaq: WSC) (“Williams Scotsman”), the leading specialty rental services provider of innovative modular space and portable storage solutions across North America, today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Modular Space Holdings, Inc. (“ModSpace”) for a total purchase price of approximately $1.2 billion.

With the addition of ModSpace, Williams Scotsman now manages over 160,000 modular space and portable storage units serving an even broader customer base from over 120 locations across the United States, Canada and Mexico. The acquisition also expands the breadth and depth of its Ready to Work solutions to existing and incremental customers and markets.

Brad Soultz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Williams Scotsman, commented, “We are pleased to confirm the completion of this transformational acquisition and would like to thank our collective customers, employees, and stakeholders for their support. The combination of these two complementary companies creates the undisputed leader of specialty rental services in North America.”

Soultz continued, “We are excited to welcome the talented and experienced ModSpace employees to our fast growing company. Together we become an even stronger company and partner for our customers. In sum, we believe the value created through the inherent synergies, coupled with the multi-year revenue opportunity associated with the expansion of our Ready to Work solutions, will benefit our shareholders for years to come.” 

The company financed the acquisition through a combination of net proceeds from the company’s recent equity and debt offerings and borrowings under its revolving credit facility. Effective upon closing, the company amended and upsized its revolving credit facility to $1.425 billion with an accordion feature allowing up to $1.8 billion of capacity.

About WillScot Corporation

Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, WillScot Corporation is the public holding company for the Williams Scotsman family of companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico. WillScot Corporation trades on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the ticker symbol “WSC.” WillScot is a specialty rental services market leader providing innovative modular space and portable storage solutions across North America. WillScot is the modular space supplier of choice for the construction, education, health care, government, retail, commercial, transportation, security and energy sectors. With over half a century of innovative history, organic growth and strategic acquisitions, its branch network includes over 120 locations and its fleet comprises over 160,000 modular space and portable storage units.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

Additional information about the transaction can be found on the Williams Scotsman investor relations website at https://investors.willscot.com.

Contact Information

Investor Inquiries:

Mark Barbalato

investors@willscot.com

Media Inquiries:

Scott Junk

scott.junk@willscot.com

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ALLEGIANT Closes $4.95 Million Private Placement; Goldcorp Acquires 9.74% of ALLEGIANT

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DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Allegiant Gold Ltd. (“ALLEGIANT”) (AUAU: TSX-V) (AUXXF: OTCQX) is pleased to announce that it has closed the second and final tranche of the non-brokered private placement first announced on July 5th, 2018 (also see news releases of July 10th and July 16th).  The tranche consisted of gross proceeds of CAD$2,178,336.65 through the issuance of 6,223,819 common shares at CAD$0.35 per share.  The principal investor in the tranche was Goldcorp Inc. (G: TSX) whom acquired 5,923,819 common shares ($2,073,336.65), resulting in an ownership interest of 9.74% in ALLEGIANT.

Goldcorp’s investment is an endorsement of our team, our projects, and of our objective of making a significant new gold discovery,” said Robert Giustra, Chairman & CEO of ALLEGIANT.  “With funding in place, we’re about to kick-off an aggressive exploration program that will see six gold projects drilled over the next 10-12 months.”

The non-brokered private placement consisted of 14,130,001 common shares of ALLEGIANT at a price of CAD$0.35 per common share for gross proceeds of CAD$4,945,500.35 (the “Offering”).  All shares issued in connection with the Offering will be subject to a four month hold period.  Fort Capital Partners acted as financial advisor with respect to the strategic investment by Goldcorp and as a capital markets advisor.  ALLEGIANT will pay fees, finders’ fees and other fees, totaling CAD$270,675 in connection with the Offering.  

The proceeds will be used to carry-out high-impact “discovery” exploration drill programs on six of ALLEGIANT’S high-priority exploration projects, located principally in the mining-friendly jurisdiction of Nevada. 

All of the drill targets have been identified and delineated by Andy Wallace, who is credited with multiple gold mine discoveries in Nevada.  A drill rig is scheduled to arrive at ALLEGIANT’s Red Hills gold project in Nevada on August 20th for an eight-hole RC (reverse circulation) drill program, totaling up to 2,200 metres.  After Red Hills and over the next 10 to 12 months, ALLEGIANT plans to also drill the following five projects: Hughes Canyon, Monitor Hills, North Brown, Silverdome and Adularia Hill (a new target located approximately 12.5 kilometres south of the Original Zone gold deposit at the Eastside gold project).

ABOUT ALLEGIANT
ALLEGIANT owns 100% of 14 highly-prospective drill-ready gold projects in the United States, 11 of which are located in the mining-friendly jurisdiction of Nevada.  Six of the projects will be drilled over the next 10 to 12 months and all offer excellent discovery opportunity.  ALLEGIANT’s flagship Eastside project hosts a large and expanding gold resource, is district scale, and is located in an area of excellent infrastructure.  Preliminary metallurgical testing indicates that both oxide and sulphide gold mineralization at Eastside is amenable to heap leaching.

QUALIFIED PERSON
Andy Wallace VP and Director of Allegiant Gold (U.S.) Ltd., is a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG) with the American Institute of Professional Geologists and is a Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Mr. Wallace has reviewed and approved the technical content of this press release.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD,

Robert F. Giustra
Chairman & CEO

For more information contact:

Investor Relations
(604) 634-0970 or
1-888-818-1364
ir@allegiantgold.com

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Certain statements and information contained in this press release constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable U.S. securities laws and “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws, which are referred to collectively as “forward-looking statements”. The United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a “safe harbor” for certain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements and information regarding possible events, conditions or results of operations that are based upon assumptions about future economic conditions and courses of action. All statements and information other than statements of historical fact may be forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “seek”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “budget”, “plan”, “estimate”, “continue”, “forecast”, “intend”, “believe”, “predict”, “potential”, “target”, “may”, “could”, “would”, “might”, “will” and similar words or phrases (including negative variations) suggesting future outcomes or statements regarding an outlook. Forward-looking statements in this and other press releases include but are not limited to statements and information regarding: Allegiant Gold Ltd.’s (“Allegiant”) objective of making a significant new gold discovery; Allegiant’s drilling and exploration plans for its properties, including anticipated costs and timing thereof; Allegiant’s plans for growth through exploration activities, acquisitions or otherwise; and expectations regarding future maintenance and capital expenditures, and working capital requirements.  Such forward-looking statements are based on a number of material factors and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results, performance or achievements, or industry results, to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking information. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Some of the known risks and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements are described in the sections entitled “Risk Factors” in Allegiant’s Listing Application, dated January 24, 2018, as filed with the TSX Venture Exchange and available on SEDAR under Allegiant’s profile at www.sedar.com.  Actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Allegiant undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements included in this press release if these beliefs, estimates and opinions or other circumstances should change, except as otherwise required by applicable law.

 

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Mercer International Inc. Expands Solid Wood and Extractives Operations

NEW YORK, Aug. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mercer International Inc. (Nasdaq: MERC) (the “Company“) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the Santanol Group, which owns and leases approximately 2,500 hectares of existing Indian sandalwood plantations and a processing and extraction plant in North West Australia. 

The proposed acquisition will expand the Company’s operations to include plantation harvesting and the production of solid wood chemical extractives.  

Indian sandalwood is a highly prized species and its harvested wood is sold for religious and decorative uses in Asia.  In addition, oil is extracted from the wood and processed and sold by Santanol for several uses, including fragrances and cosmetics. 

The proposed acquisition is subject to customary conditions, including, among others, receipt of requisite regulatory approval, and is expected to complete in or about the end of the third quarter of 2018.

Mercer International Inc. is a global forest products company with operations in Germany and Canada with consolidated annual production capacity of 1.5 million tonnes of NBSK pulp and 550 million board feet of lumber. To obtain further information on the company, please visit its web site at http://www.mercerint.com.

The preceding includes forward looking statements, including statements regarding the expected completion of the proposed acquisition, our ability to integrate the Santanol Group with our existing business and realize upon potential synergies and capital upgrade opportunities. Words such as “expects”, “anticipates”, “projects”, “intends”, “designed”, “will”, “believes”, “estimates”, “may”, “could” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Actual results and outcomes may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in these forward-looking statements. Such statements are qualified in their entirety by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations. Among those factors which could cause actual results to differ materially are the following: uncertainties as to the timing of completion of the proposed transaction, our ability to obtain required consents and approvals in connection with the transaction, we may not realize all or any of the expected synergies, the plantations may not be integrated successfully with our business or such integration may be more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected, capital upgrades may not receive expected results, the highly cyclical nature of our business, raw material costs, our level of indebtedness, competition, foreign exchange and interest rate fluctuations, our use of derivatives, expenditures for capital projects, environmental regulation and compliance, disruptions to our production, market conditions and other risk factors listed from time to time in our SEC reports.

APPROVED BY:

Jimmy S.H. Lee
Executive Chairman
(604) 684-1099

David M. Gandossi
Chief Executive Officer
(604) 684-1099

 

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Triton Pacific and Prospect Capital Announce Agreement to Merge Triton Pacific Investment Corporation and Pathway Capital Opportunity Fund

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif., Aug. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Triton Pacific Investment Corporation, Inc. (“TPIC”) and Pathway Capital Opportunity Fund, Inc. (“PWAY”) today announced that the companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement to create TP Flexible Income Fund, Inc. (the “Fund”). The Boards of Directors of both TPIC and PWAY have approved the transaction.  The transaction is subject to approval by TPIC and PWAY shareholders and other customary closing conditions. TPIC and PWAY expect to close the transaction in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Under the terms of the agreement, PWAY shareholders will receive a number of TPIC shares with a net asset value equal to the net asset value of the PWAY shares they hold, as determined shortly before closing.  The Fund will be a non-traded registered fund, structured as a business development company, and will be externally managed by Prospect Flexible Income Management, LLC (jointly owned by Prospect Capital Management L.P. and Triton Pacific).

The proposed merger is expected to provide a range of near-term and long-term benefits focused on driving shareholder returns through improved scale, an ability to leverage fixed costs, access to financing, and enhanced portfolio diversification.

The Fund’s investments are expected to consist primarily of syndicated senior secured first lien loans, syndicated senior secured second lien loans, and to a lesser extent, subordinated debt, and up to 30% of its investments is expected to consist of other securities, including private equity (both common and preferred), dividend-paying equity, royalties, and the equity and junior debt tranches of pools of broadly syndicated loans known as collateralized loan obligations, or “CLOs”.

Triton Pacific Securities, LLC, founded in 2005 and registered in all 52 states and territories, will continue to act as the dealer manager for the registered offering of the Fund’s common shares upon consummation of the transaction.

Prospect Capital Management L.P. (“PCM”) is an SEC-registered investment adviser that, along with its predecessors and affiliates, has a 30-year history of investing in and managing high-yielding debt and equity investments using both private partnerships and publicly traded closed-end structures. PCM and its affiliates employ a team of approximately 100 professionals who focus on credit-oriented investments yielding attractive current income. PCM has $6.2 billion of assets under management as of March 31, 2018.

Triton Pacific Investment Corporation is a publicly registered non-traded business development company focused on both private equity and debt related investments. Triton Pacific Capital Partners, founded in 2001, is a Private Equity firm which has sponsored 50+ Private Equity partnerships totaling $1 billion in assets and offerings. Triton Pacific Capital Partners offers a unique investment approach for retail investors by providing access to income-producing Private Equity to both accredited and non-accredited investors.

Triton Pacific Securities, LLC
Brian Buehler
President & CEO
+1-949-429-8500

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Atlas Engineered Products Enters Into Definitive Agreement to Acquire Tandelle-Pacer and Announces Non-Brokered Private Placement Financing for Up to $5 Million

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

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ATLAS ENGINEERED PRODUCTS LTD. (“Atlas” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: AEP), a leading supplier of trusses, engineered wood products and building components, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase all of the issued and outstanding shares of Tandelle Specialty Inc. and Pacer Building Components Inc. (Tandelle-Pacer) of Ilderton, Ontario.

Tandelle-Pacer’s revenues for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2017 were approximately $14.4 million with adjusted EBITDA of $1.9 million. To acquire Tandelle-Pacer, Atlas has agreed to pay $8.6 million on closing, based on Tandelle-Pacer having a targeted net working capital of $2,280,938 on closing.  Subject to adjustments based on Tandelle-Pacer’s actual net working capital at closing, the purchase price is expected to consist of $500,000 in Atlas common shares, and $8.1 million in cash. Closing of the acquisition, which is expected to occur on or before October 31, 2018, is subject to standard closing conditions, including the satisfactory completion of Atlas’ due diligence investigations and remains subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.   

On closing, Tandelle-Pacer’s CEO and President Dave Howard will be invited to join the Board of Directors of Atlas.

Mr. Guy Champagne, President of Atlas stated, “The Tandelle-Pacer acquisition is expected to be a key transaction for Atlas that gives us a huge strategic advantage in a market in which we are already invested. We will be acquiring an established truss, engineered beam and wall and floor panel business with room to expand operations with ease, a very experienced management team to look after our other sites in Ontario, a large solid and growing customer base in the Greater Toronto area, and entry into the Detroit, Buffalo and Rochester markets.”

Non-Brokered Private Placement Financing

Atlas is also pleased to announce a private placement financing to raise up to $5 million (the “Offering”).  The Offering will be non-brokered and consist of up to 12,500,000 shares at a price of $0.40 per share.

The net proceeds of the Offering will be used for acquisition purposes, general working capital and partially applied to the acquisition of Tandelle-Pacer.

Closing of the Offering is subject to receipt of all necessary approvals, including the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange and definitive subscriptions. All shares issued under the private placement will be subject to a four-month hold period from the closing date, in accordance with applicable Canadian securities laws.

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell, or solicitation of an offer to buy, nor will there be any sale of any of the securities offered in any jurisdiction where such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful, including the United States of America.  The securities being offered as part of the Offering have not been, and will not be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”), or any state securities laws, and accordingly may not be offered or sold in the United States except in compliance with the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and any applicable state securities laws, or pursuant to available exemptions therefrom.

Please follow the attached link to view Guy Champagne’s interview with Proactive Investors:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFrqcxPliSg&feature=youtu.be

About Tandelle-Pacer

Established in 1998, Tandelle-Pacer is an industry leader in engineered wood components. Tandelle-Pacer specializes in the design and pre-fabrication of engineered floor joists, floor panels, wall panels and roof trusses. Tandelle-Pacer operates from an 80,000 square foot manufacturing facility on 24 acres of land located in the village of Ilderton, just north of London, Ontario.

About Atlas Engineered Products Ltd.

Atlas Engineered Products Ltd. is a leading supplier of trusses and engineered wood products. Atlas was formed over 18 years ago and operates manufacturing and distribution facilities in British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta to meet the needs of residential and commercial builders. Atlas has expert design and engineering teams, multiple-shift state-of-the-art truss manufacturing operations, and large inventories of engineered beam and flooring components. Atlas aims to grow its base of business across Canada by pursuing an aggressive acquisition and consolidation and product diversification strategy. Atlas will bring its construction industry partners across Canada unparalleled excellence in service, product, and support and is committed to supplying them with the full array of components and assemblies they might require for their projects – from design to lockup.

For further information please contact:
Atlas Engineered Products Ltd.
Guy Champagne, President
Phone: 1-250-754-1400
Email: info@atlasep.ca
2005 Boxwood Rd.
Nanaimo, BC V9S 5X9
www.atlasengineeredproducts.com

For investor relations please contact:
Rob Gamley
Phone: 1-604-689-7422
Email: rob@contactfinancial.com
Contact Financial Corp.
810 – 609 Granville St.
Vancouver, BC V7Y 1G5

Readers are cautioned that the financial results of Tandelle-Pacer for the year ended October 31, 2017 were prepared by management, and have not been audited or reviewed by an independent auditor. 

EBITDA and adjusted EBITA are measures not recognized under IFRS. However, Atlas’ management believes that most shareholders, creditors, other stakeholders and investment analysts prefer to have these measures included as reported measures of operating performance, a proxy for cash flow, and to facilitate valuation analysis. EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest income, interest expense, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as net income less total interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization and non-cash charges for share based compensation.  Management believes EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are useful measures that facilitate period to-period operating comparisons

EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA do not have standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.  Readers are cautioned that EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are not alternatives to measures determined in accordance with IFRS and should not, on their own, be construed as indicators of performance, cash flow or profitability.

Forward Looking Information

Information set forth in this news release contains forward-looking statements. These statements reflect management’s current estimates, beliefs, intentions and expectations; they are not guarantees of future performance. The Company cautions that all forward looking statements are inherently uncertain and that actual performance may be affected by a number of material factors, many of which are beyond the Company’s control.  Such factors include, among other things: risks and uncertainties relating to the Company including those to be described in the Filing Statement filed by the Company on www.sedar.com.  Accordingly, actual and future events, conditions and results may differ materially from the estimates, beliefs, intentions and expectations expressed or implied in the forward looking information. Except as required under applicable securities legislation, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking information. Closing of the acquisition of Tandelle-Pacer and the Offering remains subject to a number of conditions, including, but not limited to, TSX Venture Exchange acceptance.

NEITHER THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE NOR ITS REGULATION SERVICES PROVIDER (AS THAT TERM IS DEFINED IN THE POLICIES OF THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE) HAS PASSED UPON THE MERITS OF THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION OR THE OFFERING AND HAS NEITHER APPROVED NOR DISAPPROVED OF THE CONTENTS OF THIS NEWS RELEASE NOR ACCEPTS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OR ACCURACY OF THIS RELEASE.

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CaliPharms And Beverage Master Distributor Sign LOI

CaliPharms To Acquire Assets and Distribution Contracts of One Elite Sports

TEMECULA, CA, Aug. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CaliPharms, Inc. (OTCPink: KGET), a Development Stage Company operating in the California Medicinal Cannabis Industry, publicly trading under the OTC Markets symbol “KGET” has executed an LOI with a Beverage Master Distributor.

CaliPharms CEO Eric Watson stated, “This new relationship with One Elite Sports has opened doors for CaliPharms into beverage manufacturing and distribution networks. The knowledge and expertise that One Elite Sports will provide CaliPharms will help us create a great CBD beverage product and just as importantly provide CaliPharms a distribution channel to sell it to consumers.” Watson further stated, “We are excited to get our brand on a quality product and out to consumers.”

Management has concluded extensive research on the CBD beverage market and determined it is an excellent market for CaliPharms to enter at this time in the USA. CaliPharms has entered discussions to acquire the master distributorship with the intention of developing its own CBD Beverage line and using the distribution channels to place future products. 

California CBD products will not be derived from industrial hemp be the recent California regulations. 

Click link below to see an article for more info about the new regulation-

https://www.cannalawblog.com/hemp-derived-cbd-not-allowed-in-food-or-pretty-much-anything-else-in-california/

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural compound found in cannabis and is known for its medicinal benefits. It is the compound of cannabis minus the THC or illusionary compound. CBD is now legal in most states of the USA, Canada and 22 countries in Europe with increasing pressures on Governments to completely legalize its use.

In the US CBD market is estimated to grow to $2.1B by 2020* (Investing News, 2017), whilst the International market for cannabis is projected to hit $31.4 billion by 2021 (Zhang, M 2017)

The benefits of CBD are being recognized by more international governments and more countries are continuing to legalize its use. Greece is one of 22 new countries to lift restrictions on cannabis use.

Recent articles on the growth and value of CBD companies are provided for reference;

About CaliPharms, Inc. 

CaliPharms Inc., trading under the symbol (KGET) which trades under its former name Kleangas Energy Technologies, Inc. is a development stage business. The Company currently is focused within the THC and CBD Beverage Industry.

Safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by phrases such as CaliPharms or KGET or its management “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “foresees,” “forecasts,” “estimates” or other words or phrases of similar import. Similarly, statements herein that describe the Company’s business strategy, outlook, objectives, plans, intentions or goals also are forward-looking statements. All such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements. Investment into a microcap company is a high risk investment and it should only be considered if you are able to afford a total loss of the investment. Laws and Regulations of Marijuana are currently in direct contradiction between California and Federal Law and these factors should be a part of your consideration when making an investment into KGET.

Company Contact:  CaliPharms, Inc. (KGET)
www.CaliPharmsInc.com
Facebook.com/CaliPharms
Twitter.com/CaliPharms
Telephone 1-949-800-6645
Email: info@CaliPharmsInc.com  

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Columbus Gold and IAMGOLD Enter into an Agreement on the Maripa Gold Project in French Guiana

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Columbus Gold Corp. (CGT: TSX) (CGTFF: OTCQX) (“Columbus”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with IAMGOLD Corporation (IMG: TSX) to acquire up to a 70% interest in the Maripa gold project, located in French Guiana, France.

With mine permitting well underway at the Montagne d’Or gold deposit, the timing was right for this deal on Maripa,” said Robert Giustra, Chairman of Columbus Gold. “This low-cost, high-potential acquisition solidifies Columbus Gold’s position as the leading gold exploration and development company in French Guiana.”

Maripa is located in eastern French Guiana, 50 kilometres south of the capital city of Cayenne, and is comprised of up to five contiguous exploration permits (PER) that cover an area of approximately 120 square kilometres. Gold has been mined in the area for over a century; the past producing Changement mine, located within the Maripa project area, recorded gold production of some 40,000 ounces of gold from 1985 to 1996. Past drilling by previous operators between 2002 and 2006 returned the following near-surface drill intercepts:

  • 36 metres of 4.3 g/t gold
  • 10.5 metres of 12.4 g/t gold
  • 34.5 metres of 1.8 g/t gold
  • 25.5 meters of 2.5 g/t gold
  • 21.5 meters of 2.2 g/t gold

Additional drill results can be found in the table below.

Maripa has the potential to host a significant gold deposit, and unlike many other gold projects in the Guiana Shield, it is located in an area of excellent access with national highway RN2 running through most of the project.

A Maripa project Location Map can be found at the following link:

www.columbusgold.com/i/nr/2018-08-14-map-location.pdf

A Maripa project Claim Map can be found at the following link:

www.columbusgold.com/i/nr/2018-08-14-map-claim.pdf

THE MARIPA PROJECT*

Maripa is situated along the southern border of a regional deformation zone known as the Northern Guiana Trough (NTG), which can be traced across northern French Guiana into neighboring Suriname. The NTG is recognized as a highly favorable geological setting for gold mineralization; IAMGOLD’s Rosebel mine (13.1 Moz gold) in Suriname is located on the NTG. The geological setting of Maripa is similar to Rosebel, highlighted by a faulted contact between volcanic assemblages of the Paramaca Formation and younger pull-apart basin sediments of the Upper Detrital Unit (UDU, or the Orapu Formation). The presence of thick sections of UDU sediments in the Maripa area attest to an extensional structural regime favorable to hydrothermal activity and associated gold mineralization.

Past Exploration Work at Maripa

Maripa has been subject to several phases of exploration, beginning with the Bureau Minier Guyanais (BMG), from 1958-59, and ending with IAMGOLD, from 2000 to 2006. Exploration consisted of ground and airborne geophysical surveying, soil and auger grid sampling, geological mapping and rock sampling, trenching, and core drilling. To date, a total of 134 shallow core holes have been drilled (average core length 67 metres), totaling 9,000 metres. Past exploration was successful in delineating several wide zones/shears of gold mineralization along the Paramaca-UDU contact, in the Paramaca volcanics to south of the contact, and within granitic stocks that intrude the Paramaca volcanics. Gold mineralization is associated with quartz and quartz-pyrite veining.

Most of the drilling was conducted by IAMGOLD (106 of the 134 holes) and was focused on five large gold geochemical anomalies, the Changement, Filon Dron, Maripa Sud‑Est, Rhyodacite and Filon Scieur targets. Although first pass drilling of these targets was limited to shallow depths within the oxidized saprolite layer, all five targets returned drill intersections of economic interest with demonstrated potential for expansion and mineral resource delineation. Additionally, several large gold geochemical anomalies remain untested.

Past exploration work conducted at Maripa provides Columbus with an excellent base of geological, geochemical and geophysical data to advance Maripa to the drill definition stage in 2019. 

Table: Maripa Exploration Highlights

PER Area
(km2)
Exploration Highlights
CHANGEMENT 20.6 Changement mine

  • 40,000 oz gold produced (1985-96)

  • 63 ddh (4,478 m)

  • 2 shear zones traced up to 1.5-km strike and up to 10-12 m wide with average grade of 3.9 g/t Au

ORAPU 6.7   • Up to 0.89 ppm gold in soil at the NW border of the PER

  • No drilling

MARIPA 24.5 Filon Dron target

   Trench results

    4.7 g/t Au over 6 m

  • 10 ddh (878 m)

   Best drilling results

    2.5 g/t Au over 25.5 m

    4.3 g/t Au over 36 m

  • 2 km west of Filon Dron quartz boulders over granite intrusive returned with values of 1.0 to 10.6 g/t Au

CRIQUE VÉOUX
(Pending PER)
47.5   • 41 ddh (2,457 m) on Filon Scieur and Rhyodacite targets

Filon Scieur target

  • Best drilling results

   1.4 g/t Au over 10.5 m

   1.8 g/t Au over 34.5 m

Ryodacite target

  • Best drilling results

   3.6 g/t Au over 6 m

   4.7 g/t Au over 4.5 m

MARIPA SUD-EST
(Pending PER)
19.8 Maripa Sud-Est target

  • 
1.5 km long gold-soil anomaly

  • Best trench results

   2.6 g/t Au over 14 m

   1.2 g/t Au over 26 m
 
  •
 20 ddh (1,200m)

  • Best drilling results

    1.5 g/t Au over 16.5 m

    0.9 g/t Au over 25.5 m

    12.4 g/t Au over 10.5 m

    2.1 g/t Au over 12.6 m

    2.2 g/t Au over 21.5 m

    1.3 g/t Au over 8.2 m

SUMMARY OF PRINCIPAL AGREEMENT TERMS

Two-stage option to earn up to a 70% interest in the Maripa Project:

  •  Initial option (the “First Option”) to acquire a 50% interest by incurring US$5M in expenditures within 5 years of the effective date of the Agreement, with Columbus acting as Operator:
   
  • Firm spending commitment of US$200,000 by December 31, 2018;
  • US$1.5M firm cumulative spending commitment by 2nd anniversary of the Effective Date;
  • US$2.75M cumulative spending by 3rd anniversary of the Effective Date;
  • US$4M cumulative spending by 4th anniversary of the Effective Date;
  • US$5M cumulative spending and the completion of an internal scoping study by the 5th anniversary of the Effective Date.
  •  Election to acquire an additional 20% interest:
   
  • Following exercise of the First Option, the parties may form a 50/50 joint-venture (JV), or if IAMGOLD elects not to participate in the 50/50 JV, then Columbus may provide notice to IAMGOLD that it will aim to earn an additional 20% interest by completing a Preliminary Feasibility Study (PFS) in an additional 3 years;
  • A 70:30 JV will be formed upon completion of a PFS by Columbus.
  • 
If any party’s interest in a JV falls below 10% it will convert to a 2% NSR, of which 1% can be purchased by the other party for US$3M.
* The source of the Maripa technical information was obtained from IAMGOLD’s filing documents.

Qualified Person
Rock Lefrançois, President & Chief Operating Officer for Columbus Gold and Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed the technical content of this news release.

About Columbus Gold
Columbus is a leading gold exploration and development company operating in French Guiana, France. Columbus holds a major interest in the world-class Montagne d’Or gold deposit in French Guiana. A Feasibility Study for Montagne d’Or was completed in May 2017, and the permitting process is currently underway.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD,

Robert F. Giustra
Chairman

For more information contact:
Investor Relations
(604) 634-0970 or
1-888-818-1364
info@columbusgold.com

Certain statements and information contained in this press release constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable U.S. securities laws and “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws, which are referred to collectively as “forward-looking statements”. The United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a “safe harbor” for certain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements and information regarding possible events, conditions or results of operations that are based upon assumptions about future economic conditions and courses of action. All statements and information other than statements of historical fact may be forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “seek”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “budget”, “plan”, “estimate”, “continue”, “forecast”, “intend”, “believe”, “predict”, “potential”, “target”, “may”, “could”, “would”, “might”, “will” and similar words or phrases (including negative variations) suggesting future outcomes or statements regarding an outlook. Forward-looking statements in this and other press releases include but are not limited to statements and information regarding: the potential for Maripa to host a significant gold deposit; advancing Maripa to the drill definition stage in 2019 or at all; the exercise of the First Option or the entering into a joint venture with IAMGOLD; the election for Columbus to earn an additional 20% interest in Maripa; the construction and development plans for the Montagne d’Or gold mine, including anticipated costs and timing thereof; the satisfaction of additional requirements to the construction of the Montagne d’Or gold mine, including but not limited to, the completion of a public consultation process; and the submission and processing of mine permit applications. Such forward-looking statements are based on a number of material factors and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results, performance or achievements, or industry results, to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking information. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Some of the known risks and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements are described in the sections entitled “Risk Factors” in the Annual Information Form of Columbus Gold Corp., available on SEDAR under Columbus’ profile at www.sedar.com. Actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Columbus undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements included in this press release if these beliefs, estimates and opinions or other circumstances should change, except as otherwise required by applicable law.

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Report: Developing Opportunities within H&R Block, NutriSystem, AGCO, ManpowerGroup, Atmos Energy, and Hi-Crush Partners LP — Future Expectations, Projections Moving into 2018

NEW YORK, Aug. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In new independent research reports released early this morning, Fundamental Markets released its latest key findings for all current investors, traders, and shareholders of H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB), NutriSystem Inc (NASDAQ:NTRI), AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), ManpowerGroup (NYSE:MAN), Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE:ATO), and Hi-Crush Partners LP (NYSE:HCLP), including updated fundamental summaries, consolidated fiscal reporting, and fully-qualified certified analyst research.

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The new research reports from Fundamental Markets, available for free download at the links above, examine H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB), NutriSystem Inc (NASDAQ:NTRI), AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), ManpowerGroup (NYSE:MAN), Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE:ATO), and Hi-Crush Partners LP (NYSE:HCLP) on a fundamental level and outlines the overall demand for their products and services in addition to an in-depth review of the business strategy, management discussion, and overall direction going forward. Several excerpts from the recently released reports are available to today’s readers below.

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H&R BLOCK, INC. (HRB) REPORT OVERVIEW

H&R Block’s Recent Financial Performance

For the three months ended April 30th, 2018 vs April 30th, 2017, H&R Block reported revenue of $2,392.85MM vs $2,327.92MM (up 2.79%) and basic earnings per share $5.48 vs $3.66 (up 49.73%). For the twelve months ended April 30th, 2018 vs April 30th, 2017, H&R Block reported revenue of $3,159.93MM vs $3,036.31MM (up 4.07%) and basic earnings per share $2.93 vs $1.92 (up 52.60%). H&R Block is expected to report earnings on September 4th, 2018. The report will be for the fiscal period ending July 31st, 2018. The reported EPS for the same quarter last year was -$0.62. The estimated EPS forecast for the next fiscal year is $2.09 and is expected to report on June 11th, 2019.

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NUTRISYSTEM INC (NTRI) REPORT OVERVIEW

NutriSystem’s Recent Financial Performance

For the three months ended June 30th, 2018 vs June 30th, 2017, NutriSystem reported revenue of $191.31MM vs $194.89MM (down 1.84%) and basic earnings per share $0.88 vs $0.82 (up 7.32%). For the twelve months ended December 31st, 2017 vs December 31st, 2016, NutriSystem reported revenue of $696.96MM vs $545.45MM (up 27.78%) and basic earnings per share $1.93 vs $1.20 (up 60.83%). NutriSystem is expected to report earnings on October 24th, 2018. The report will be for the fiscal period ending September 30th, 2018. The reported EPS for the same quarter last year was $0.49. The estimated EPS forecast for the next fiscal year is $2.46 and is expected to report on February 25th, 2019.

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AGCO CORPORATION (AGCO) REPORT OVERVIEW

AGCO’s Recent Financial Performance

For the three months ended June 30th, 2018 vs June 30th, 2017, AGCO reported revenue of $2,537.60MM vs $2,165.20MM (up 17.20%) and basic earnings per share $1.15 vs $1.15 (unchanged). For the twelve months ended December 31st, 2017 vs December 31st, 2016, AGCO reported revenue of $8,306.50MM vs $7,410.50MM (up 12.09%) and basic earnings per share $2.34 vs $1.97 (up 18.78%). AGCO is expected to report earnings on October 30th, 2018. The report will be for the fiscal period ending September 30th, 2018. The reported EPS for the same quarter last year was $0.79. The estimated EPS forecast for the next fiscal year is $4.69 and is expected to report on February 5th, 2019.

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MANPOWERGROUP (MAN) REPORT OVERVIEW

ManpowerGroup’s Recent Financial Performance

For the three months ended June 30th, 2018 vs June 30th, 2017, ManpowerGroup reported revenue of $5,656.90MM vs $5,174.80MM (up 9.32%) and basic earnings per share $2.18 vs $1.74 (up 25.29%). For the twelve months ended December 31st, 2017 vs December 31st, 2016, ManpowerGroup reported revenue of $21,034.30MM vs $19,654.10MM (up 7.02%) and basic earnings per share $8.13 vs $6.33 (up 28.44%). ManpowerGroup is expected to report earnings on October 19th, 2018. The report will be for the fiscal period ending September 30th, 2018. The reported EPS for the same quarter last year was $2.04. The estimated EPS forecast for the next fiscal year is $8.75 and is expected to report on February 1st, 2019.

To read the full ManpowerGroup (MAN) report, download it here: http://Fundamental-Markets.com/register/?so=MAN

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ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION (ATO) REPORT OVERVIEW

Atmos Energy’s Recent Financial Performance

For the three months ended June 30th, 2018 vs June 30th, 2017, Atmos Energy reported revenue of $562.25MM vs $526.50MM (up 6.79%) and basic earnings per share $0.64 vs $0.67 (down 4.48%). For the twelve months ended September 30th, 2017 vs September 30th, 2016, Atmos Energy reported revenue of $2,759.74MM vs $2,454.65MM (up 12.43%) and basic earnings per share $3.73 vs $3.38 (up 10.36%). Atmos Energy is expected to report earnings on November 12th, 2018. The report will be for the fiscal period ending September 30th, 2018. The estimated EPS forecast for the next fiscal year is $4.27 and is expected to report on November 12th, 2018.

To read the full Atmos Energy Corporation (ATO) report, download it here: http://Fundamental-Markets.com/register/?so=ATO

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HI-CRUSH PARTNERS LP (HCLP) REPORT OVERVIEW

Hi-Crush Partners LP’s Recent Financial Performance

For the three months ended June 30th, 2018 vs June 30th, 2017, Hi-Crush Partners LP reported revenue of $248.52MM vs $135.22MM (up 83.79%) and basic earnings per share $0.68 vs $0.18 (up 277.78%). For the twelve months ended December 31st, 2017 vs December 31st, 2016, Hi-Crush Partners LP reported revenue of $602.62MM vs $204.43MM (up 194.78%) and basic earnings per share $0.97 vs -$1.64. Hi-Crush Partners LP is expected to report earnings on October 30th, 2018. The report will be for the fiscal period ending September 30th, 2018. The reported EPS for the same quarter last year was $0.32. The estimated EPS forecast for the next fiscal year is $2.62 and is expected to report on February 18th, 2019.

To read the full Hi-Crush Partners LP (HCLP) report, download it here: http://Fundamental-Markets.com/register/?so=HCLP

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Parkland Fuel Corporation’s Acquisition of Rhinehart Oil Co., Inc. Expected to Double its U.S. Operations

CALGARY, Alberta, Aug. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Parkland Fuel Corporation (“Parkland”, “We”, “Our” or “Us”) (TSX:PKI) Canada’s largest and one of North America’s fastest growing independent marketers of fuel and petroleum products and a leading convenience store operator, is pleased to announce that Parkland through its U.S. based subsidiaries (collectively, “Parkland USA”), has entered into an agreement to acquire all of the issued and outstanding equity interests of Rhinehart Oil Co., Inc. and its affiliates (collectively, “Rhinehart”), a retail, commercial and lubricants business with operations in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico, (the “Acquisition”).

Rhinehart is headquartered in American Fork, Utah and transports, distributes and markets a full range of fuels, lubricants and chemical products in addition to providing equipment and one-stop shop servicing to its customers in the region.  Rhinehart operates and supplies four cardlock facilities, nine retail sites and markets and distributes fuels, lubricants and specialties through ten distribution facilities.  Rhinehart distributes approximately 72 million gallons of fuel and lubricants per year.

“The Rhinehart Acquisition represents a significant expansion for Parkland,” said Bob Espey, President and Chief Executive Officer of Parkland.  “Rhinehart has an excellent business and asset base that will serve as a platform for growth in Utah, Colorado and neighboring states.  We are excited to welcome Dave and John Jardine from the Rhinehart leadership team and the rest of the Rhinehart employees to the Parkland team.”

“Rhinehart is a prominent fuel distributor and a well scaled and respected ExxonMobil lubricants distributor,” said Doug Haugh, President of Parkland USA.  “The addition of Rhinehart to the Parkland USA team provides us with the talented staff and scalable infrastructure we need to establish our Regional Operations Center (“ROC”) for the Rocky Mountain tributary.  This ROC will be the operating platform that drives organic growth and enables further acquisitions across the region that can leverage substantial existing capacity within their current rail hubs, bulk storage terminals, and warehouses.”

The Acquisition is expected to close on or about August 27, 2018 and is expected to be funded with cash flows and capacity under Parkland’s existing credit facility. The Acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions.

About Parkland Fuel Corporation

Parkland is Canada’s largest and one of North America’s fastest growing independent suppliers and marketers of fuel and petroleum products and a leading convenience store operator. Parkland services customers through three channels: Retail, Commercial and Wholesale. Parkland optimizes its fuel supply across these three channels by operating the Parkland Burnaby Refinery, and leveraging a growing portfolio of supply relationships and storage infrastructure. Parkland provides trusted and locally relevant fuel brands and convenience store offerings, including its On the Run/Marché Express banners, in the communities it serves.

Parkland creates value for shareholders by focusing on its proven strategy of growing organically, realizing a supply advantage and acquiring prudently and integrating successfully. At the core of our strategy are our people, as well as our values of safety, integrity, community and respect, which are embraced across our organization.

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These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. No assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release. Parkland does not undertake any obligations to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements except as required by securities law. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of numerous risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to: failure to complete the Acquisition; failure to satisfy the conditions to closing of the Acquisition; failure to achieve the anticipated benefits of the Acquisition; general economic, market and business conditions; competitive action by other companies; changes and developments in environmental and other regulations; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Parkland. See also the risks and uncertainties described in “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” included in Parkland’s Annual Information Form dated March 9, 2018 and in “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” in the Q2 2018 MD&A, each as filed on SEDAR and available on the Parkland website at www.parkland.ca.

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Safe Bulkers, Inc. Announces the Acquisition of a Capesize Class Dry-bulk Vessel

MONACO, Aug. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Safe Bulkers, Inc. (the Company) (NYSE: SB), an international provider of marine dry-bulk transportation services, announced today that it has acquired a 181,000 dwt, Japanese, 2009-built, dry-bulk, Capesize class vessel at an attractive price. The acquisition was financed from cash on hand. Following a dry docking the vessel is expected to be employed in the time charter market. As of August 13, 2018, the weighted time charter average of the Baltic Exchange Cape Index (BCI AVG5TC) was $26,059 per day.  

Dr. Loukas Barmparis, President of the Company commented: “While we remain focused on the optimization of our capital structure by buying back later this month a Kamsarmax class vessel under sale and lease back agreement, our Board has decided to invest opportunistically in a second-hand Capesize class vessel, the second acquisition since December 2017, which we believe will be accretive to our revenues and further expand our fleet and our operations in the Capesize market.”
  
About Safe Bulkers, Inc.
The Company is an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, transporting bulk cargoes, particularly coal, grain and iron ore, along worldwide shipping routes for some of the world’s largest users of marine drybulk transportation services. The Company’s common stock, series C preferred stock and series D preferred stock are listed on the NYSE, and trade under the symbols “SB”, “SB.PR.C” and “SB.PR.D” respectively.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1933, as amended, and in the Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934, as amended) concerning future events, the Company’s growth strategy and measures to implement such strategy, including expected vessel acquisitions and entering into further time charters. Words such as “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “hopes,” “estimates” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct. These statements involve known and unknown risks and are based upon a number of assumptions and estimates which are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, changes in the demand for drybulk vessels, competitive factors in the market in which the Company operates, risks associated with operations outside the United States and other factors listed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company expressly disclaims any obligations or undertaking to release any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the Company’s expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.

For further information please contact:

Company Contact:
Dr. Loukas Barmparis
President
Safe Bulkers, Inc.
Tel.: +30 2 111 888 400
+357 25 887 200
E-Mail: directors@safebulkers.com

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AssetMark Acquires Global Financial Private Capital

CONCORD, Calif., Aug. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AssetMark, Inc., a leading provider of innovative investment and consulting solutions, announced today that it has agreed to acquire Global Financial Private Capital, an established, relationship-based organization providing institutional-level wealth management capabilities to its elite independent advisors and their clients. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the year.

“AssetMark is dedicated to building deep relationships and making a difference in the lives of both advisors and their clients, and this transaction allows us to help even more valued advisors realize their dreams of running great businesses and helping investors achieve their goals,” said Charles Goldman, President and CEO of AssetMark. “Our firms share the same core values and we have an incredible alignment of focus that will benefit the advisor community.”

“This transaction will accelerate our ability to deliver the comprehensive and compelling capabilities that our advisors require and deserve as elite independent advisors,” said Global Financial CEO Michael Bell. “The Global Financial team is looking forward to working closely with AssetMark to integrate our platforms and providing our advisors with a market-leading foundation that is proven to help independent advisors grow and prosper.”

Upon completion of the purchase, Global Financial advisors will have access to AssetMark’s innovative approach to investing and a broad range of well-known investment solutions and custom high-net-worth solutions. They will also benefit from AssetMark’s compelling technology to easily scale their businesses and show insight and value to their clients with robust planning and analytic tools.

With over 20 years of experience, AssetMark has a long history of helping advisors succeed, and offers dedicated thought leadership and practice management tools and resources to help them realize untapped opportunities and equip them for success. Through AssetMark’s Premier Consultant Program, advisors receive one-on-one practice management support, specialized services and invitations to exclusive meetings and events. Plus, AssetMark’s service teams are segmented to provide advisors with the highest levels of service and support in the industry, including expert hands-on guidance, operational support, and overall efficiency.

RBC Capital Markets served as exclusive financial advisor to Global Financial Private Capital in this transaction.

About AssetMark, Inc.
AssetMark, Inc., an investment adviser registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, is a leading independent provider of innovative investment and consulting solutions serving financial advisors. The firm provides investment, relationship and practice management solutions designed to make a difference in the lives of advisors and their clients. AssetMark, Inc., including its Savos and Aris divisions, has more than $46 billion in assets on its platform (as of 7/31/18) and a history of innovation spanning over 20 years. For more information, visit assetmark.com or follow AssetMark on Twitter or LinkedIn.

About Global Financial Private Capital
Global Financial Private Capital is an independent Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) that provides comprehensive, flexible solutions to help advisors build a custom advisory practice. Global Financial empowers advisors with strategic investment solutions, practice management guidance, business consulting services and state-of-the-art technology. Global Financial Private Capital was founded in 1991, and has more than $5.7 billion in combined assets under management (AUM) on its platforms as of 12/31/17.

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Andrew Jarrell, Group Gordon
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(212) 784 5721

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Ascot Enters Into Agreements to Acquire the Silver Coin Property in Northwestern British Columbia

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ascot Resources Ltd (TSX.V: AOT; OTCQX: AOTVF) (“Ascot” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into definitive agreements with Jayden Resources Inc. (“Jayden”) and Mountain Boy Minerals Ltd. (“Mountain Boy”) to acquire a 100% interest in the Silver Coin property (the “Property”) in northwestern British Columbia (the “Transaction”).

Highlights of the Silver Coin Property

  • Approximately 244,000 AuEq1 ounces of high- grade resources with significant exploration upside that adjoins the Ascot Property boundary
  • Located immediately adjacent to Ascot’s Big Missouri project with access to the Big Missouri haul road
  • Identical ore type/mineralization as Ascot’s current resources
  • Extensive pre-existing underground infrastructure with side hill portal
  • Approximately 5 kilometers from Ascot’s mill facility with expected low transportation costs
  • Silver Coin ore was previously processed at the Premier mill             

Derek White, President and CEO of Ascot commented, “Material from the Silver Coin property was successfully mined and processed in the early 1990s at the Premier mill. The project’s proximity to Ascot’s infrastructure and the identical metallurgical characteristics create key synergies with Ascot’s existing resources. We are excited about the exploration potential at the Silver Coin property and the potential to rapidly add to our resource base on our path forward. We are very pleased that we were able to reach a mutually beneficial agreement with Jayden and Mountain Boy and look forward to creating value for all stakeholders by consolidating the high-grade resources in the southern part of the prolific Golden Triangle.”

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Summary of Transaction terms

Pursuant to the share purchase agreement with Jayden (the “Jayden SPA”), Ascot will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Jayden’s subsidiary, Jayden Resources (Canada) Inc. (“Jayden Canada”), in exchange for 14,987,497 Ascot common shares (“Ascot Shares”).  In addition, Ascot will issue up to 1,715,684 additional Ascot Shares for the settlement of options and warrants exercised before the closing date with the net cash proceeds of the warrants accruing to Ascot. Jayden Canada owns an 80% joint venture interest in the Property pursuant to a joint venture agreement with Mountain Boy (the “JV Agreement”). Concurrent with the entering into the Jayden SPA, Ascot has entered into a purchase agreement with Mountain Boy (“Mountain Boy Purchase Agreement”) to acquire the remaining 20% joint venture interest in the Property in exchange for 3,746,874 Ascot Shares. In addition, Ascot will issue up to 428,921 additional Ascot shares to Mountain Boy for the settlement of Jayden options and warrants which may be exercised before closing. Pursuant to the Mountain Boy Purchase Agreement, Mountain Boy has also agreed to waive its right of first refusal under the JV Agreement.  The Mountain Boy Purchase Agreement provides that Ascot’s acquisition of the 20% interest in the Property from Mountain Boy is conditional on the acquisition of the 80% interest in the Property from Jayden.

The Jayden SPA contains standard representations, warranties and covenants for a transaction of this nature. The Jayden SPA also includes standard non-solicitation provisions of Jayden in favour of Ascot and requires Jayden to pay Ascot a break fee of $450,000 in the event of the acceptance by Jayden of a superior offer or a change in recommendation by the Jayden board of directors in respect of the Transaction.  Completion of the Transaction is subject to a number of conditions, including receipt of shareholder approval by the Jayden shareholders and receipt of approval by the TSX Venture Exchange. Certain shareholders of Jayden and all of the officers and directors of Jayden (collectively, the “Locked-up Shareholders”) have entered into voting support agreements with Ascot, whereby they have agreed to vote their Jayden common shares in favour of the Transaction and to restrict trading of Ascot Shares distributed by Jayden to its shareholders pursuant to the Transaction for a period of 6 months following closing of the Transaction. The Locked-up Shareholders own or have control or direction of over approximately 31.4% of the current issued and outstanding shares of Jayden. The Jayden shareholder meeting is expected to occur in early October, 2018 and the Transaction is expected to close shortly thereafter.

The Silver Coin Property

The Silver Coin Project is an advanced-stage, gold-silver property located 25 kilometers north of Stewart, B.C., 800 metres from Ascot’s Big Missouri project and 5 kilometers away from the Premier mill. Mineralization is characterized as epithermal gold-silver deposit with base metal sulfide-bearing breccias and veins similar to those mined at the Premier Mine. The total mineral resource estimate for the high-grade core of Silver Coin already consists of 702,000 tonnes grading 4.46 g/t Au in the indicated category and 967,000 tonnes grading 4.39 g/t Au in the inferred category in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 standards by Mining Plus Canada dated August 23, 2013. The resource estimate was stated at a cut-off grade of 2 g/t Au. In 1991, Westmin Resources mined the Facecut-35 zone and extracted 102,539 tonnes of material grading 8.9g/t Au and 55.5g/t Ag for an equivalent grade of 9.28g/t AuEq. The gold recovery for this material was 92.9% and the silver recovery was 45.7%2. The project has room for expansion of the mineralized zones and significant exploration potential for additional zones.

For further information on the Silver Coin Property, please visit www.jaydenresources.com

The Company is also pleased to announce that an investor conference call with President and CEO, Derek White will be held on Monday, August 13, 2018 at 1:15 pm Pacific time and 4:15 pm Eastern time. Mr. White will discuss today’s announcement and next steps for the Company going forward. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

To participate, please dial: Canada/USA toll-free 1-800-319-4610 or International toll +1-604-638-5340 and request join to the “Ascot Resources Conference Call”. Participants please dial in 5 to 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

John Kiernan, P. Eng. is the Company’s Qualified Person (QP) as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical contents of this news release.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF
ASCOT RESOURCES LTD.

“Derek C. White”, President and CEO

For further information contact:
Kristina Howe
VP, Investor Relations
778-725-1060 / khowe@ascotgold.com

About Ascot Resources Ltd.
Ascot Resources is a gold and silver focused exploration company with a portfolio of advanced and grassroots projects in the Golden Triangle region of British Columbia. The company’s flagship Premier Project is a near-term high-grade advanced exploration project with large upside potential. Ascot is poised to be the next Golden Triangle producer with an experienced and successful exploration, development and operating team, coupled with a highly regarded major shareholder.

For further information, please visit www.ascotgold.com

The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. 

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of any of the securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful, including any of the securities in the United States of America. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “1933 Act”) or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for account or benefit of, U.S. Persons (as defined in Regulation S under the 1933 Act) unless registered under the 1933 Act and applicable state securities laws, or an exemption from such registration requirements is available.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information
All statements, trend analysis and other information contained in this press release relative to markets about anticipated future events or results constitute forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as “seek”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “plan”, “estimate”, “expect” and “intend” and statements that an event or result “may”, “will”, “should”, “could” or “might” occur or be achieved and other similar expressions. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein, including, without limitation, statements regarding: the anticipated completion of the Transaction, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to business and economic risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results of operations to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Ascot’s expectations include fluctuations in commodity prices and currency exchange rates; uncertainties relating to interpretation of drill results and the geology, continuity and grade of mineral deposits; the need for cooperation of government agencies and native groups in the exploration and development of properties and the issuance of required permits; the need to obtain additional financing to develop properties and uncertainty as to the availability and terms of future financing; the possibility of delay in exploration or development programs and uncertainty of meeting anticipated program milestones; uncertainty as to timely availability of permits and other governmental approvals; and the timing and receipt of Jayden shareholder and regulatory, including TSX Venture Exchange, approvals for the Transaction. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and opinions of management at the date the statements are made. Ascot does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements except as required by applicable securities laws.  Investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

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1 Gold equivalence was calculated using a ratio of 65:1 Ag:Au and Ag recovery of 45.2%.

22013 Mining Plus Jayden Resources Inc. NI 43-101 Report, pg. 28

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