Media Alert – Alta Devices: How Can Innovative Solar Technology Improve the Capabilities of High Altitude Pseudo Satellites (HAPS)?

LEIDEN, Netherlands–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#Airshipslt;/agt;–Alta Devices:


High Altitude Pseudo Satellites (HAPS) offer exciting capabilities
and operational flexibility for earth observation,
telecommunications, and navigation. These aircraft are
lightweight, autonomous, and designed to operate for multiple
weeks or even months at altitudes of approximately 20 km. Unmanned
Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), HAPS, and satellites can be enabled by
solar technology, but shouldn’t that technology be designed
specifically for each of these? Innovative HAPS designs need
innovative power technology. To maintain continuous operations,
HAPS require a renewable energy solution that is lightweight,
powerful, robust, and specially tailored for the unique demands of
their environment.

The right solar technology can meet this challenge and can be
applied to a wing or curved surface to provide autonomous power
for extended periods. It is high efficiency, lightweight, thin,
and flexible. This technology will also withstand the stresses of
UV radiation and temperature variations at stratospheric
altitudes. Alta
will discuss the issues faced by HAPS and how the
right solar technology can meet these demands.



Tuesday February 12, 4:40pm – 6:00pm
Arrays for Autonomous HAPS

Aarohi Vijh – Head of Product, Alta Devices
advances in solar technology are enabling HAPS. In this poster
presentation, thin-film gallium-arsenide solar cells designed
specifically to power autonomous systems and manufactured by Alta
Devices, will be discussed. The potential of this technology will
be examined in the context of power-to-weight, durability, and
ease of application. Some of the unique issues faced in the HAPS
environment will also be considered.

Why: Innovative HAPS, UAV, small satellite, and automotive designs need
solar power to match. Lightweight, thin, and flexible
gallium-arsenide solar cells from Alta Devices enable designs that
are not possible with other solar technologies. Alta cells provide a
new level of mechanical and design flexibility for the unmanned
systems industry due to their high power-density combined with the
ability to bend around curved surfaces. Alta Devices is the
world-record holder for single junction solar cell efficiency at
29.1%. The newest generation product from Alta demonstrates a
significant weight reduction from the previous version resulting in
an improved power-to-weight ratio.

About Alta Devices: Alta
is empowering autonomy by delivering the world’s most
efficient, thin and flexible mobile power technology. By converting
light of any kind into electricity, Alta Devices AnyLight™ power
technology extends the energy source of a system, and in many cases,
completely cuts the traditional power cord. The solution can be
completely integrated into the final system, and is ideal for use in
automotive, unmanned systems, satellites, consumer electronics, sensors
or anywhere size, weight, and mobility matter. Alta Devices holds world
records for energy conversion efficiency and is headquartered in
Sunnyvale, CA. For more information, visit
Alta Devices is a Hanergy company.

All trademarks and registered trademarks are those of their
respective companies.


For press information contact:
Abigail Johnson
(650) 395-7078

For customer information contact:
Rich Kapusta, Chief
Marketing Officer
Alta Devices
(408) 585-2050

KKR Completes Acquisition of Ramky Enviro Engineers

KKR Global Impact Makes Second Investment

MUMBAI, India–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Global investment firm KKR and Ramky Enviro Engineers Limited (“REEL” or
the “Company”), a leading provider of environmental services and
solutions in India and overseas, today announced the completion of their
previously announced transaction. Under the terms of the transaction,
KKR has acquired a 60% stake in REEL for approximately US$510 million
via a combination of primary and secondary investments. In addition to
investing in REEL from its KKR Asian Fund III, the investment is part of
KKR’s Global Impact strategy, which is focused on identifying and
investing behind businesses with positive social or environmental impact
that measurably contribute solutions to one or more of the United
Nations Sustainable Development Goals

M. Goutham Reddy, Managing Director & CEO of REEL, said, “India is home
to some of the world’s most pressing waste management needs, and REEL
has an important role to play in providing critical solutions to
communities across the country. KKR’s expertise in environmental issue
management, extensive global and local resources, and aligned vision to
enact positive change makes KKR the ideal partner to help us keep pace
with the environmental challenges facing our society and provide
impactful solutions. We are off to a great start with multiple strong
hires added to the management team and process enhancements work to
better our ESG efforts.”

Rupen Jhaveri, Managing Director at KKR, added, “Supporting promising
companies that offer solutions to global challenges in areas such as the
environment, health and human capital has become an increasingly
important focus for KKR worldwide. REEL is exemplary in being a
comprehensive environmental management company whose work supports the
Swachh Bharat (Clean India) Mission to reduce pollution and improve
critical sanitation infrastructure nationwide. We are confident that,
with our industry experience and resources, REEL will be better
positioned to achieve its social mission over the long term.”

Robert Antablin and Ken Mehlman, Co-Heads of KKR Global Impact, said,
“Responsibly managing waste is a critical global challenge, particularly
in one of the world’s fastest growing nations. We believe REEL will
address this critical need while advancing two of the United Nations
Sustainable Development Goals.”

Over the last decade, KKR has been a leader in driving and protecting
value throughout the firm’s private markets portfolio through thoughtful
Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) management, as well as
measuring and reporting on performance to the public and investors. The
firm also has a history of investing in businesses that promote
sustainable solutions to societal challenges. This experience of
responsible investment combined with a changing landscape of global
challenges led to KKR’s decision to create a dedicated Global Impact
business in 2018. KKR’s Impact strategy and investment in REEL will
build on this experience.


About Ramky Enviro Engineers

Ramky Enviro Engineers Limited (“REEL”) is a leading provider of
comprehensive environmental management services. Through the provision
of its technical and operational expertise, REEL offers cost-effective,
custom solutions to a variety of complex environmental needs across
areas including Industrial, Municipal and Medical Waste Management,
Wastewater and Water Treatment, Environmental Services, Recycling and
Remediation, among others. REEL today operates waste treatment
facilities in more than 60 locations across India, Singapore, the Middle
East, and Africa. The Company handles 3.5 million tons of municipal
waste, 1 million tons of industrial waste, and caters to 20,000
healthcare establishments. Many of REEL’s facilities are ISO 9001-, ISO
14001-, ISO 17025- and OHSAS 18001-certified to ensure excellence in
environmental and waste management. For more information, visit:

About KKR

KKR is a leading global investment firm that manages multiple
alternative asset classes, including private equity, energy,
infrastructure, real estate and credit, with strategic partners that
manage hedge funds. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns
for its fund investors by following a patient and disciplined investment
approach, employing world-class people, and driving growth and value
creation with KKR portfolio companies. KKR invests its own capital
alongside the capital it manages for fund investors and provides
financing solutions and investment opportunities through its capital
markets business. References to KKR’s investments may include the
activities of its sponsored funds. For additional information about KKR
& Co. Inc. (NYSE: KKR), please visit KKR’s website at and
on Twitter @KKR_Co.


KKR Asia
Anita Davis, +852 3602 7335
KKR Americas
Huller / Cara Major, +1 212-750-8300
(For KKR India):
Siddharth Panicker, +91-9820-857-522

General Atlantic Appoints Ashish Saboo to Lead New Office in Jakarta

JAKARTA, Indonesia & NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm, today announced
the opening of a new office in Jakarta, its first in Indonesia, and that
it has appointed Ashish Saboo as Managing Director to lead General
Atlantic’s operations and on-the-ground presence in the country.

General Atlantic made its first investment in Southeast Asia in 1999 and
since then has invested more than $200 million in five companies.
General Atlantic currently has three portfolio companies in the region,
including: PT MAP Boga Adiperkasa (“MBA”), a leading food & beverage
retailer operating five exclusive brands in Indonesia including
Starbucks, Pizza Express, Krispy Kreme, Cold Stone Creamery, and Godiva;
Sea, one of Southeast Asia’s largest Internet and mobile platforms for
entertainment, e-commerce, and digital financial services; and
ZIMMERMANN, a global luxury fashion brand that designs and sells iconic
Ready-To-Wear and Swim & Resort collections through its online platform
and own retail stores, as well as select department stores, boutiques,
and online fashion retailers.

“The opening of our Jakarta office marks an exciting milestone in
General Atlantic’s history as we deepen our presence in Southeast Asia,
a market that has increasingly opened its doors to international
partners. With our core beliefs rooted in the value of growth and the
importance of aligning long-term interests, we see our approach
resonating across the region,” said Bill Ford, Chief Executive Officer
of General Atlantic.

“We have a long track record of investing in emerging markets and we
firmly believe that the most effective way to build partnerships with
the most promising growth companies is through having a presence on the
ground,” said Sandeep Naik, Managing Director and Head of India &
Asia-Pacific at General Atlantic. “Under the leadership of Ashish, we
look forward to meeting the best entrepreneurs that Indonesia has to

Ashish joins General Atlantic from CT CORPORA, a diversified
Indonesian-based holding company that is active in several industries,
including financial services, media, lifestyle, retail, property,
family-entertainment, and aviation, where he led business development
for the firm over last 12 years to make it one of the leading
diversified consumer players in Indonesia. Prior to joining CT CORPORA,
Ashish was an Executive Director at PwC, based in Jakarta, for almost 10
years. Ashish is also a co-founder of Mansionly, a global service
platform for interior and lifestyle solutions.

“Indonesia is a growing incubator for entrepreneurs and I believe that
General Atlantic, as a long-term investor with a deep understanding of
the fundamentals of growth, has an investment philosophy which is
well-aligned to the significant opportunities that exist here,” said
Ashish Saboo, Managing Director at General Atlantic. “I am excited to
have the opportunity to build on General Atlantic’s success in Southeast
Asia to date and work with the next generation of leading growth

Drawing from nearly 40 years of experience investing in over 350 global
growth companies, General Atlantic partners with entrepreneurs and
management teams building high-growth businesses. The firm has $28
billion assets under management as of June 30, 2018 and focuses on
investments across four sectors, including Consumer, Financial Services,
Healthcare, and Technology, with support from the firm’s global team of

About General Atlantic

General Atlantic is a leading global growth equity firm providing
capital and strategic support for growth companies. Established in 1980,
General Atlantic combines a collaborative global approach, sector
specific expertise, a long-term investment horizon and a deep
understanding of growth drivers to partner with great entrepreneurs and
management teams to build exceptional businesses worldwide. General
Atlantic has more than 150 investment professionals based in New York,
Amsterdam, Beijing, Greenwich, Hong Kong, Jakarta, London, Mexico City,
Mumbai, Munich, Palo Alto, São Paulo, Shanghai, and Singapore. For more
information on General Atlantic, please visit the website:


Mary Armstrong / Erin Smith
General Atlantic

Alloys Appointed as National Grandstream Distributor for the Australian Marketplace

MELBOURNE, Australia & BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Grandstream,
connecting the world since 2002 with award-winning SIP unified
communications solutions, and Alloys,
Australia’s specialist distributor with over 30 years experience in
value-added IT distribution, announced today the formation of a
strategic and synergistic partnership. Alloys has been appointed as a
Grandstream distributor with the objective to add significant value to
the Australian market by combining Grandstream’s innovative
communication solutions with Alloys’ non-traditional approach to

Alloys provide multistate warehouses, showrooms, in-house trainings,
plus technical, sales and marketing support for SME resellers. They have
demonstrated the best go-to-market approach for Grandstream’s
award-winning solutions, which serve the small-to-medium business and
enterprise markets. Grandstream’s award-winning solutions have been
recognized throughout the world for their quality, reliability and

“The partnership is a perfect fit for Grandstream as we look for market
growth in Australia,” said Anita Lam, APAC Marketing Specialist for
Grandstream. “Alloys and Grandstream both strive to provide customers
with the highest standards of products and services.

“We see Alloys as an ideal distribution partner to further expand our
presence in Australia through their established reseller channel across
the Automation, Security and IP Telephony markets,” said Ben Miall,
Grandstream’s National Sales Manager of Australia. “Alloys brings
extensive value-added offerings to their reseller channel and prides
themselves on being an innovative and non-traditional distributor.”

“We are excited about this new partnership with Grandstream,” said
Andrew Rubin, Business Manager at Alloys. “We have seen an increased
popularity of IP phones and VoIP systems over the last several years and
we believe that the combination of our distribution model with
Grandstream’s VoIP solutions will bring significant value to this
market. Grandstream and Alloys partnership combines a strong
price-to-quality product range with years of expertise in the industry
to further develop the local market.”

Alloys has showrooms in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane to
demonstrate solutions and a team of specialists to assist with
personalized product presentations for resellers and their customers.
to book a demo.

About Alloys
With over 30 years of experience in value-added
IT distribution, Alloys improves the capabilities and opportunities of
SME technology resellers by providing them a range of non-traditional
services. Alloys offers distribution centres and product demonstration
showrooms in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide. Their
non-traditional approach delivers partners profitable product solutions,
new growth categories and flexible to deliver improved cash flow, the
cornerstone for any business.

For more information, visit
or connect in Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Grandstream
Grandstream Networks, Inc. has been
connecting the world since 2002 with SIP Unified Communications products
and solutions that allow businesses to be more productive than ever
before. Our award-winning solutions serve the small and medium business
and enterprises markets and have been recognized throughout the world
for their quality, reliability and innovation. Grandstream solutions
lower communication costs, increase security protection and enhance
productivity. Their open standard SIP-based products offer broad
interoperability throughout the industry, along with unrivaled features
and flexibility. Visit
for more information or connect with us on Facebook,
and Twitter.


Phil Bowers


IAB Expands Membership to Include Brand Leaders for Their Critical Perspective as the Digital Marketing Landscape Continues to Disrupt and Grow

the national trade association for the digital media and marketing
industries, today announced that it is expanding its membership to
include brand leaders in order for the organization to add critical
perspective and insight as IAB works to drive industry growth. By adding
brand executives to their membership, IAB will now represent the full
spectrum of companies from across the digital media and marketing

“Brand leaders will now join executives from publishers, platforms, data
and technology companies who serve on our Board of Directors,” said
Randall Rothenberg, CEO, IAB. “I am excited to welcome this key group of
innovators who are redefining how brands engage with their customers to
join our efforts to grow the interactive media and marketing industry.
We look forward to working and learning together inside the IAB.”

This decision to include brands follows a year of efforts engaging with
brands culminating in an IAB study on how direct-to-consumer brands are
changing the way that companies connect with consumers. During this
process, it became clear to IAB leadership that brand leaders represent
an important voice which is needed at the table when considering
industry priorities and planning strategically for the future.

As consumers move increasingly towards social driven, omnichannel media
consumption and mobile e-commerce, brands either are now firmly
ensconced in the digital media and marketing ecosystem or need to be. To
reach their customers, marketers must strategically navigate digital
media and social media platforms, e-commerce as well as unlock the full
potential of their consumer data. Successful brands are using strategies
such as bringing programmatic advertising in-house, deploying innovative
marketing technologies, and ensuring that their staffs are trained in
the most up-to-date digital marketing approaches.

Jesse Horwitz, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of the direct-to-consumer contact
lens company Hubble, will be the first brand leader to join the
board—providing insight from a brand’s perspective on what IAB needs to
focus on to improve the digital media and marketing supply chain to
unlock more value for brands.

Brand executives will now hold leadership positions in the IAB’s Mobile
Marketing, Digital Video, and Data Centers of Excellence, helping to
develop technical standards and best practices, drive research and
thought leadership as well as work with peers and industry experts on
critical areas such as programmatic in-sourcing, data quality and
transparency, measurement, video and more.

Expanding IAB’s membership to add brand executives to their existing
cohort of leaders from digital, media, advertising and creative
companies will give IAB full visibility of the entire digital marketing
ecosystem. This new policy represents a major change for the trade
association and reflects the group’s leadership in providing vital
insights and guidance on navigating what it calls “the direct brand
economy.” The organization became an authority on the direct-to-consumer
movement last February at the 2018 IAB Annual Leadership Meeting, when
IAB CEO, Randall Rothenberg introduced the groundbreaking “The
Rise of the 21st Century Brand Economy”
study and the “IAB
list of direct brands worth watching, a milestone that was
followed by a multitude of research projects and initiatives, including
the first-ever IAB
Direct Brand Summit
this past October.

For information about becoming a member, please visit:

About IAB

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) empowers the media and
marketing industries to thrive in the digital economy. Its membership is
comprised of more than 650 leading media and technology companies that
are responsible for selling, delivering, and optimizing digital
advertising or marketing campaigns. The trade group fields critical
research on interactive advertising, while also educating brands,
agencies, and the wider business community on the importance of digital
marketing. In affiliation with the IAB Tech Lab, it develops technical
practices. IAB and the IAB Education Foundation are committed to
professional development and elevating the knowledge, skills, expertise,
and diversity of the workforce across the industry. Through the work of
its public policy office in Washington, D.C., IAB advocates for its
members and promotes the value of the interactive advertising industry
to legislators and policymakers. Founded in 1996, the IAB is
headquartered in New York City and has a San Francisco office.


IAB Media
Laura Goldberg

CORRECTING and REPLACING Ridgemont Equity Partners and Hatch Resources Form Partnership to Invest in Oil and Gas Assets in the Permian Basin

CHARLOTTE, N.C. & AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Headline of release dated January 29, 2019 should read: Ridgemont Equity
Partners and Hatch Resources…(instead of: Ridgemont Equity Parnters
and Hatch Resources…)

The corrected release reads:


Hatch Resources (“Hatch”), a newly formed oil and gas exploration and
production company based in Austin, TX, and Ridgemont Equity Partners, a
middle market buyout and growth equity firm, today announced a
partnership to pursue the acquisition of oil and gas assets in the
Permian Basin. Hatch was formed by a senior team with extensive
sub-surface, land and business development experience in the Permian
Basin. The Hatch management team is led by James Murchison, Chief
Executive Officer; Tripp McCullar, Vice President – Land; Paul Fears,
Vice President – Geology; and Ty Lerche, Director of Finance. The team
has been directly involved in acquiring approximately $4 billion in oil
and gas assets over the past three years. Prior to founding Hatch, the
management team served in various roles at Venado Oil & Gas, Black Oak,
Carrizo Oil & Gas, and Callon Petroleum.

Hatch Resources CEO James Murchison said, “We could not be more excited
about building a long-term partnership with Ridgemont that has a track
record of generating exceptional returns on its oil and gas investments.
Both Hatch and Ridgemont share a deep-rooted focus on making disciplined
investments in the Permian Basin targeting attractive rates of return.”

“We are excited to partner with Hatch. Under Jimmy’s leadership and with
this team’s highly talented professionals, we believe Hatch can deliver
attractive returns,” said Cay Freihofer, Principal of Ridgemont.

“The Permian Basin has been a bright spot in a largely difficult oil and
gas investing environment. We believe the Hatch team possesses the right
skills and experiences to capitalize now on the large opportunity set in
this area,” said John Shimp, Partner of Ridgemont.


Ridgemont Equity Partners is a Charlotte-based middle market buyout and
growth equity investor. Since 1993, the principals of Ridgemont have
invested approximately $4.4 billion. The firm focuses on equity
investments up to $250 million in industries in which it has deep
expertise, including business and industrial services, energy,
healthcare, and technology and telecommunications.


Ridgemont Equity Partners
Kelly Lineberger, 704-944-0935

Trailblazing Newcomers & Long-Standing Brand Powerhouses Unite in Phoenix for 2019 IAB Annual Leadership Meeting

Sir Martin Sorrell, Executive Chairman, S4Capital, Headlines the
Event in a Must-See Fireside Chat with Pete Kim, CEO, MightyHive

commenced its 2019 Annual Leadership Meeting today at the JW Marriott
Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, AZ, with more than 1,500
digital advertising marketing and brand executives. This year, with the
largest-ever slate of speakers for the event, the annual three-days of
debate, discoveries, and decisions will be centered around the theme:
“The Theory of Revolution: Sparking Growth in the Direct Brand Economy,”
helping publishers, brands and their partners learn how to thrive in the
emerging direct brand economy where young direct-to-consumer brands can
compete with the largest global brands on earth.

“When newcomers and historic household names become eye-to-eye
competitors, massive change is afoot for this industry,” said Randall
Rothenberg, CEO, IAB. “It happened first in publishing—that was the
advent of the internet. Now, it’s happening across consumer-facing brand
segments. This is the revolution through which all brands, publishers,
and their partners must learn to survive—and this is what the brightest
minds are working out here at the 2019 IAB Annual Leadership Meeting, on
stage, at intimate breakout sessions, and face-to-face networking
events. This event is a must-attend for the leaders of today and leaders
of tomorrow.”

The biggest names in the business will spearhead these historic
dialogues. Tomorrow, the conference opens with a keynote presentation
from direct brand royalty: ThirdLove Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Heidi Zak
and Dave Spector. Together they will share with the audience the
realities of what it takes to succeed as a direct-to-consumer brand, and
what the shift to direct brands means for the media and advertising
industry. Monday, Brian Lesser, CEO, Xandr, who has a prescient eye for
what sticks, will offer his perspective on the changing dynamics of the
TV advertising business. Tuesday morning, Linda Yaccarino, Chairman,
Advertising Sales and Partnerships, NBCUniversal, and Laura Correnti,
Partner, Giant Spoon and Co-Host of the “Adlandia” podcast, will discuss
the future of disruption in the world of premium advertising. Closing
the conference with a not-to-be-missed session, Sir Martin Sorrell,
Executive Chairman, S4Capital, will engage in a one-on-one discussion
with Pete Kim, CEO, MightyHive about the trends they are seeing, and
choosing to respond to, in their keynote entitled, “A View from the Top
of the (R)evolution.”

In addition, many other luminaries will take the mainstage. These

  • Per Bjorke, Senior Product Manager, Google
  • Jeffrey Cole, Director, Center for the Digital Future, USC Annenberg
    School for Communication and Journalism
  • Seth Dallaire, Vice President of Global Advertising Sales and
    Marketing, Amazon Advertising
  • Kelly Day, President, Viacom Digital Studios
  • Tamer Hassan, CTO and Co-Founder, WhiteOps
  • Jon Kaplan, Global Head of Partnerships, Pinterest
  • Ralph Newhouse, CEO, Chefman
  • JB Osborne, Co-Founder and CEO, Red Antler

The breakout sessions this year are notably numerous and distinctive,
exploring the greatest challenges and opportunities that impact the
day-to-day operation of the digital advertising, marketing and commerce
and their convergence today. Topics span the EU’s General Data
Protection Regulation, mobile marketing, biases in media, data quality
and transparency, and alternative revenue models for publishers.

To share the most important, thought-leading moments of the event, IAB
will be providing video highlights of stage presentations throughout the
event at
For more information or to view event recaps and summaries following the
event, visit

About IAB

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) empowers the media and
marketing industries to thrive in the digital economy. Its membership is
comprised of more than 650 leading media and technology companies that
are responsible for selling, delivering, and optimizing digital
advertising or marketing campaigns. The trade group fields critical
research on interactive advertising, while also educating brands,
agencies, and the wider business community on the importance of digital
marketing. In affiliation with the IAB Tech Lab, it develops technical
standards and best practices. IAB and the IAB Education Foundation are
committed to professional development and elevating the knowledge,
skills, expertise, and diversity of the workforce across the industry.
Through the work of its public policy office in Washington, D.C., IAB
advocates for its members and promotes the value of the interactive
advertising industry to legislators and policymakers. Founded in 1996,
the IAB is headquartered in New York City and has a San Francisco office.


IAB Media
Laura Goldberg

Partner Communications Announces Preparations for Entry into the Financial Services Sector and Publishes a Tender for the Launch of a Nonbank Consumer Credit Card Through One of the Credit Card Companies

ROSH HA’AYIN, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Partner Communications Company Ltd. (“Partner” or “the Company”)
(NASDAQ and TASE: PTNR), a leading Israeli communications operator,
that further to the Company’s reports with respect to the examination of
new potential growth engines, among others, in the fintech and finance
industries and as part of its preparation for entry into the financial
services sector, Partner published today an invitation to receive offers
from credit card companies for the provision of services and the
establishment of a customer club offering a range of financial products
based on nonbank credit card.

In the invitation sent to the credit companies operating in Israel,
Partner seeks to receive offers for the provision of services from one
credit card company, noting that the customer club will be based on an
infrastructure of an international credit card company (Visa or
MasterCard) and/or an international private label (American Express or

This step is the first in a series of steps that the Company is working
on as part of its activity formed under the name Partner Finance.

Mr. Isaac Benbenisti, CEO of Partner noted: “The expansion of Partner’s
activity into the financial sector is a first for a communications
company in Israel. We are starting today a significant journey and just
as we knew how to initiate a change in the multi-channel television
market and in the area of internet services over fiber optic
infrastructure, I am certain that we will be able to expand the
competition in the financial sector and bring real value to customers
and investors.

This operation, as part of the formed operation Partner Finance, will
benefit from the advanced technological capabilities of the Partner
Group, using the development resources and know-how of our Information
Technology division. After an in-depth process that included the
examination of similar models in the world and working with start-up
companies active in the field of fintech, we are now beginning the next
stage of our entry into the finance world.”

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the
meaning of Section 27A of the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended,
Section 21E of the US Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and
the safe harbor provisions of the US Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “estimate”, “believe”, “anticipate”,
“expect”, “intend”, “seek”, “will”, “plan”, “could”, “may”, “project”,
“goal”, “target” and similar expressions often identify forward-looking
statements but are not the only way we identify these statements. We
have based these forward-looking statements on our current knowledge and
our present beliefs and projections regarding possible future events.
These forward-looking statements include the Company’s preparation to
enter the financial services sector for the launch of a nonbank credit
card, receipt of offers for the provision of services and the
establishment of a customer club offering a range of financial products
based on nonbank credit card based on an infrastructure of an
international credit card company and/or an international private label
and the expectation for the expansion of the competition in the
financial sector in addition to the expectation to bring real value to
customers and investors. These forward-looking statements are subject to
risks, uncertainties and assumptions about Partner and its operations,
including the Company’s ability to actualize its intentions and
aspirations in the financial sector in current and future market and
regulatory conditions, subject to possible economic, regulatory, legal
and other developments. In light of these risks, uncertainties,
assumptions and future developments, the forward-looking events
discussed in this press release might not occur, and actual results may
differ materially from the results anticipated. The Company’s invitation
to receive offers does not bind the Company to accept any of the offers
it may receive, in full or in part. The Company may under its sole
consideration accept or decline any of the offers that will be
submitted. The provisions of the tender laws shall in no way apply to
the Company’s invitation to receive offers and to the negotiations that
will be held with any bidder and/or the method of selecting the bidders.
We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information,
future events or otherwise.

About Partner Communications

Partner Communications Company Ltd. is a leading Israeli provider of
telecommunications services (cellular, fixed-line telephony, internet
services and television services). Partner’s ADSs are quoted on the
NASDAQ Global Select Market™ and its shares are traded on the Tel Aviv
Stock Exchange (NASDAQ and TASE: PTNR).

For more information about Partner, see:


Tamir Amar
Chief Financial Officer
Tel: +972-54-781-4951

Liat Glazer Shaft
Head of Investor Relations and Corporate
Tel: +972-54-781-5051

Brendan F. Moore est promu au poste de président de Ryan International, axé sur la croissance mondiale

un fournisseur mondial de services fiscaux et de logiciels, a annoncé
avoir promu son directeur des régions Europe, Amérique latine et
F. Moore
, au poste de président de Ryan International.
Dans ce nouveau rôle, M. Moore sera chargé de développer les alliances
et les partenariats commerciaux internationaux de Ryan, tout en
maintenant la surveillance des clients existants en Australie, au
Canada, en Europe, en Amérique latine et dans la région Asie-Pacifique.

Cette décision coïncide avec les investissements stratégiques de la
Société dans la croissance mondiale effectués au cours du
quatrième trimestre 2018. À la fin de l’année dernière, Ryan a acquis le
leader du domaine des prix de transfert, Economics
and VAT
, une entreprise spécialisée dans la fiscalité et
servant de guichet unique pour tous les services internationaux de
conformité et de recouvrement de la taxe à la valeur ajoutée (TVA).

« La riche expérience de Brendan dans la création de parts de marché
mondiales et dans le développement de solutions commerciales apportant
une valeur tangible à nos clients et à leurs entreprises va jouer un
rôle clé dans le renforcement de la présence de Ryan sur la scène
mondiale », a déclaré
Ginny B. Kissling, présidente mondiale et directrice de l’exploitation
de Ryan

M. Moore a rejoint Ryan en 2009 et a joué un rôle déterminant dans la
croissance des revenus et du marché, en commençant par le développement
des pratiques de Ryan en matière d’impôt foncier canadien et de TVA. Il
continuera d’être basé à Toronto.

À propos de Ryan

Fournisseur primé de services fiscaux et de logiciels dans le monde
entier, Ryan est la plus grande société au monde consacrée exclusivement
à la fiscalité d’entreprise. La Société, dont le siège mondial est basé
à Dallas, au Texas, fournit une suite intégrée de services relatifs à la
fiscalité fédérale, nationale, locale et internationale sur une base
multijuridictionnelle, notamment pour le recouvrement d’impôts, le
conseil, les réclamations, la conformité et les services technologiques.
Ryan s’est vu remettre sept fois le prix International Service
Excellence Award du Customer Service Institute of America (CSIA) pour
son engagement et ses services auprès de sa clientèle d’envergure
internationale. S’appuyant sur un environnement de travail dynamique myRyan,
largement reconnue comme l’entreprise la plus innovante du secteur des
services fiscaux, l’équipe pluridisciplinaire composée de plus de
2 500 professionnels et collaborateurs est au service de plus de
14 000 clients dans plus de 50 pays, notamment des sociétés phares du
classement Global 5000. Pour plus d’information sur Ryan, consultez « Ryan » et « Société » sont des termes se référant au réseau
mondial de la société et peuvent désigner une ou plusieurs sociétés
membres de Ryan International, chacune constituant une entité juridique

Le texte du communiqué issu d’une traduction ne doit d’aucune manière
être considéré comme officiel. La seule version du communiqué qui fasse
foi est celle du communiqué dans sa langue d’origine. La traduction
devra toujours être confrontée au texte source, qui fera jurisprudence.


Patty Sullivan
Directrice des communications

Announcing VanEck Vectors ETFs’ February 2019 Distributions

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–VanEck announced today its distributions per share for its VanEck Vectors®
exchange-traded funds.

The following dates apply to distribution declarations for the funds
listed below:



Record Date

Payable Date

February 11, 2019 February 12, 2019 February 15, 2019
Fund     Ticker    



Amount per

VanEck Vectors High Income Infrastructure MLP ETF YMLI Quarterly $0.2743
VanEck Vectors High Income MLP ETF YMLP Quarterly $0.4419

The final tax treatment of these dividends will be reported to
shareholders on their 1099-DIV form, which is mailed after the close of
each calendar year. The amount of dividends paid by each ETF may vary
from time to time. Past dividend amounts are no guarantee of future
dividend payment amounts.

IRS Circular 230 disclosure: VanEck does not provide
legal, tax or accounting advice. Any statement contained in this
communication concerning U.S. tax matters is not intended or written to
be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of avoiding penalties
imposed on the relevant taxpayer. Shareholders or potential shareholders
of VanEck Vectors ETFs should obtain their own independent tax advice
based on their particular circumstances.

If you have any questions concerning this information or VanEck Vectors
ETFs in general, please call 800.826.2333 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:30
p.m., Monday through Friday.

About VanEck

VanEck has a history of looking beyond the financial markets to identify
trends that are likely to create impactful investment opportunities. We
were one of the first U.S. asset managers to offer investors access to
international markets. This set the tone for the firm’s drive to
identify asset classes and trends – including gold investing in 1968,
emerging markets in 1993, and exchange traded funds in 2006 – that
subsequently shaped the investment management industry.

Today, VanEck offers active and passive strategies with compelling
exposures supported by well-designed investment processes. As of
December 31, 2018, VanEck managed approximately $44.7 billion in assets,
including mutual funds, ETFs, and institutional accounts. The firm’s
capabilities range from core investment opportunities to more
specialized exposures to enhance portfolio diversification. Our actively
managed strategies are fueled by in-depth, bottom-up research and
security selection from portfolio managers with direct experience in the
sectors and regions in which they invest. Investability, liquidity,
diversity, and transparency are key to the experienced decision-making
process around market and index selection underlying VanEck’s passive

Since our founding in 1955, putting our clients’ interests first, in all
market environments, has been at the heart of the firm’s mission.

The principal risks of investing in VanEck Vectors ETFs include sector,
market, economic, political, foreign currency, world event, index
tracking and non-diversification risks, as well as fluctuations in net
asset value and the risks associated with investing in less developed
capital markets. The assets of some Funds may be concentrated in a
particular sector and may be subject to more risk than investments in a
diverse group of sectors. The Funds may loan their securities, which may
subject them to additional credit and counterparty risk. Fixed income
investments are subject to interest rate risk, credit risk, the risk
that the issuer of a bond will fail to pay interest and principal in a
timely manner, or that negative perceptions of the issuer’s ability to
make such payments will cause the price of that bond to decline.
High-yield bonds are subject to greater risk of loss of income and
principal than higher-rated securities. Bonds and bond funds will
decrease in value as interest rates rise. In addition when interest
rates fall income may decline. Please see the prospectus of each Fund
for more complete information regarding each Fund’s specific risks.

To receive a distribution, you must have been a registered shareholder
of the relevant VanEck Vectors ETFs on the record date. Distributions
are paid to shareholders on the payment date. Past distributions are not
indicative of future distributions.

Fund shares are not individually redeemable and will be issued and
redeemed at their NAV only through certain authorized broker-dealers in
large, specified blocks of shares called “creation units” and otherwise
can be bought and sold only through exchange trading. Shares may trade
at a premium or discount to their NAV in the secondary market. You will
incur brokerage expenses when trading Fund shares in the secondary

Investing involves substantial risk and high volatility, including
possible loss of principal. An investor should consider a Fund’s
investment objective, risks, charges and expenses carefully before
investing. To obtain a prospectus and summary prospectus for 
and VanEck
Vectors ETFs
, which contain this and other information, call
800.826.2333 or
Please read the prospectus and summary prospectus for 
and VanEck
Vectors ETFs
carefully before investing.

Van Eck Securities Corporation, Distributor
666 Third Avenue
York, NY 10017


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Mike MacMillan / Chris Sullivan,