HONG KONG — CoinEx, a global and professional cryptocurrency exchange service provider, announced today the launch of a $50 million Ecosystem Development Fund to back visionary companies whose products and services will facilitate the development of CoinEx’s ecosystem.
In addition to financial support, CoinEx will also provide professional advice about product design, technology development, brand building and promotion at the project’s early stage. CoinEx hopes that in this way, it can foster innovations and promote the stable development of the blockchain industry.
“Before any investment, our team will conduct a thorough and multi-dimensional assessment of the project to ensure its quality and potential,” said Haipo Yang, Founder and CEO of CoinEx. “Recently we have been focusing mainly on finding promising DeFi projects.”
Since the establishment of the Ecosystem Development Fund, the CoinEx team has conducted in-depth researches and analysis on dozens of DeFi projects worldwide. Finally, OneSwap successfully got the first investment from the Fund.
OneSwap is a fully decentralized exchange protocol on smart contract, with permission- free token listing and automated market making (AMM). Its official website has already been launched.
Users are able to establish liquidity pools without permission, and make markets through automated algorithms. It also supports liquidity mining and trade-driven mining simultaneously, providing both platform tokens and transaction fees as revenues.
In addition, in order to meet the diverse transaction needs of users, the traditional order book is also available on OneSwap. Users will not be forced to accept platform-set price transactions but place limit orders by themselves. This enables more flexibility to the trading.
OneSwap refines and upgrades the advantages of major platforms in the DeFi ecosystem such UniSwap, Curve, Balancer, and Kyber Network, and combines the product design based on users’ trading habits to create more powerful platform.
“CoinEx has always been optimistic about the future of decentralized exchanges, and OneSwap’s innovative concept as a decentralized protocol has surprised me. This is also the main reason why CoinEx’s Ecosystem Development Fund chose to invest in this project. We have made this first step, and there will be more room for the cooperation between CoinEx and OneSwap in the future,” said Haipo.
As a global and professional cryptocurrency exchange service provider, CoinEx was founded in December 2017 with Bitmain-led investment and has obtained a legal license in Estonia. It is a subsidiary brand of the ViaBTC Group, which owns the fifth largest BTC mining pool and is also the largest BCH mining pool in the world.
CoinEx supports spot, perpetual contract, and other derivatives trading. Its service reaches global users in nearly 100 countries/regions with various languages available, such as Chinese, English, Korean and Russian.
CoinEx PR Department
ByteDance in talks with India's Reliance for investment in TikTok: TechCrunch – The Guardian
(Reuters) – China’s ByteDance is in early talks with Reliance Industries Ltd for an investment in its video-based app TikTok’s business in India, TechCrunch reported https://techcrunch.com/2020/08/12/bytedance-in-talks-with-indias-reliance-for-investment-in-tiktok on Thursday, citing sources.
The two companies began conversations late last month and have not reached a deal yet, according to the report.
Reliance, ByteDance and TikTok did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.
The Indian government in June banned 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok and WeChat, for threatening its “sovereignty and integrity” after border tensions with China.
Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled bans on U.S. transactions with the China-based owners of messaging app WeChat and TikTok, escalating tensions between the two countries.
Microsoft Corp has been in talks to acquire the U.S. operations of the video-sharing app.
Social media platform Twitter Inc has also expressed interest in having a deal with TikTok, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters late last week.
(Reporting by Sabahatjahan Contractor in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni)
Inovalis Real Estate Investment Trust Announces Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2020 – Canada NewsWire
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TORONTO, Aug. 12, 2020 /CNW/ – Inovalis Real Estate Investment Trust (the “REIT”) (TSX: INO.UN) today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2020.
Inovalis REIT is in a stable and advantageous position following the COVID-19 crisis of Q2, 2020. Stéphane Amine, President of the REIT, commented ” Our strong operating platform together with a $58 million cash position at quarter end leaves management well-placed to focus on opportunistic growth in the latter half of 2020. Tenants of the REIT in both France and Germany are paying their rent in a timely way despite the onset of disruptions to business caused by the pandemic crisis since the end of Q1.”
Net Rental Income
For the portfolio of properties wholly owned by the REIT (“IP Portfolio”), net rental income for Q2 2020, adjusted for IFRIC 21, was CAD$6.68 million (EUR4.38 million), an increase over the CAD$5.86 million (EUR3.90 million) adjusted net rental income for the same period in 2019. The gain of CAD$0.82 million (EUR0.48 million) in adjusted net rental income is mainly due to the income contribution following the acquisition of the Trio property and acquisition of the Arcueil property, partially offset by the sale of Vanves and the departure of the main tenant in Courbevoie.
In Q2 2020, for the portfolio that includes the REIT’s proportionate share in joint ventures (“Total Portfolio”), net rental income of CAD$8.96 million (EUR5.88 million) adjusted for IFRIC 21 remained stable compared to the same period in the previous year (+CAD$0.06 million).
COVID-19 Related Business Update
Although the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 crisis is difficult to predict, the REIT remains in good financial standing and is currently well-positioned to withstand the economic impact of the pandemic. The REIT is thus reporting near-normal quarterly rent collection for Q2 2020 and will focus on providing support to tenants throughout the coming months as their employees re-enter the workplace. The REIT will continue to assess market conditions and adapt its strategy to address the economic, social and health care impact of the pandemic.
The REIT is confident in the strength of its portfolio, as indicated by its solid Q2 2020 results. However, the REIT’s second quarter results cannot be considered in isolation when formulating an outlook for the remainder of 2020. It is possible that downward pressure on rental revenue may occur in the short-term as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and consequent economic disruption
Rent collection for the French assets is recorded on a quarterly basis and 92% of rent has been received for Q2 2020. This is generally in line with the speed and percentage of pre-COVID-19 rent collection levels with a few minor exceptions. As at July 31, 2020 the REIT has already received 77% of the Q3 rents on its French portfolio. Management expects to collect nearly 90% of the Q3 2020 rents in France by the end of September, the remaining 10% having been deferred after negotiation with tenants to Q4 2020. For the REIT’s German properties, where rents are collected on a monthly basis, 99% of rent was received in Q2 2020. Following quarter-end, 97% of July rent and 98% of August rent has been collected for German assets to date.
Management is actively monitoring rent payment deferral requests to maintain consistent rent collection while supporting tenants’ needs.
About 3,000 sq.ft of incremental space was leased during Q2. Efforts continue to lease unoccupied space (154,770 sq.ft) in the portfolio. Management will selectively complete capex improvements on vacant areas to attract tenants and maximize rent.
Funds from Operations (“FFO”), Adjusted Funds from Operations (“AFFO”)
In Q2 2020, the REIT reported Funds from Operations (“FFO”) and Adjusted Funds from Operations (“AFFO)” were $0.16 and $0.15 per unit respectively. Performance was affected by the decision to pause the 2020 investment strategy due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of June 30th, the REIT has CAD$58 million of cash on its balance sheet, of which CAD$12.2 million is the excess profit accrued from the disposition of the Vanves asset in 2019 at a higher price than the fair market recorded until Q2 2019. Management estimates that the opportunity cost of reserving CAD$55 million in cash, previously allocated for investment in 2020, has negative quarterly effect the FFO in the range of CAD$0.03 to $0.04 per unit. The CAD$55 million has been held in Euros since December 2019 and has shown an unrealized foreign exchange gain of CAD$1.8 million (which represents an equivalent of approximately $2.6 per unit of FFO) over the six months of 2020, a gain that we have chosen to exclude from the FFO determination given the volatility of the Canadian dollar against the Euro, despite the REALPAC guidance on this particular matter.
The weighted average interest rate across the portfolio is 2.06% and the debt ratio is 40.3% (34.9% net of cash), comfortably within the REITs mandated threshold of 60%. The interest-only bullet loan against the Duisburg property, held in joint venture, has been successfully extended for another 3 years at an interest rate of 1.44%, and we are now working on an additional capex line for this asset with the same lender.
This refinancing proves the REIT’s ability to fund operations and acquisitions on a less costly basis than traditional financing in Canada, taking advantage of historically low interest rates in Europe.
In France, banks and financial lessors have been encouraged by the French Government’s measures to ease the debt service conditions of their clients from the start of the pandemic and this has positively benefited the REIT, which has obtained deferrals on Sabliere, Courbevoie, Metropolitain and Delizy properties representing a CAD$1.6 million (EUR1.05 million) positive impact on the Q2 available cash. Deferral on the Arcueil lease liability is still under discussion while the quarterly payment of CAD$1.3 million (EUR0.86 million) due on April 1, 2020 has been suspended.
For the total year 2020, the positive impact on cash of senior debt deferrals represents CAD$4.3 million, including Arcueil pending agreement.
Rueil acquisition loan
The delivery of the Rueil property development project is well under way and our budgetary assumptions related to the valuation of the REIT’s profit participation component in the Rueil development loan have been confirmed. The property development is now in its final three months of completion and, subsequent to the quarter, on July 30, 2020, EUR12.4 million out of the initial EUR17.2 million loan has been returned to the REIT by the borrowing entity. Management forecasts that the 2020 fund inflows should be in line as per the initial loan plan. An additional gain of CAD$0.15 million in fair value was recognized in relation to the profit participation component of the loan for Q2 2020 in addition to the CAD$9.6 million accrued since the inception of the loan in December 2016.
Subsequent to the quarter, an agreement has been reached between management of the REIT and its JV co-owner of the Bad Homburg asset for the REIT to acquire full ownership of the asset by end of Q3 2020, for a total purchase price of EUR5,873 (CAD$8,957). The asset has been jointly held since 2015.
Subsequent to the quarter, the REIT and its JV partner have taken steps to sell the Stuttgart asset which has been jointly held by the parties since 2017. A top-tier international broker has been engaged for the sale and a marketing plan is underway. The disposition of this asset will contribute to the REIT’s positioning for future opportunistic investments and further simplify its asset ownership structure.
Normal Course Issuer Bid
On April 20, 2020, the TSX approved the REIT’s Normal Course Issuer Bid (NCIB) which was undertaken in response to the extreme volatility that affected the trading price of the REIT in Q2. Management believes that the purchase by the REIT of a portion of its outstanding Units may be an appropriate use of available resources and in the best interests of the REIT and its unitholders. Between April 22 and June 30, 2020, the REIT bought back 510,500 Units at Unit prices ranging between $6.41 and $8.00 for a total $3.9 million buyback of Units. On June 29, 2020, the REIT entered into an automatic purchase plan with a broker to repurchase a daily limit of 20,890 units at a maximum price of $8.00 per unit, for the period of June 30 to August 14, 2020.
Dividend Reinvestment Plan Suspension
Until further notice, in response to the market disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the REIT has suspended its DRIP effective May 15, 2020 to unitholders of record as at April 30, 2020.
ABOUT INOVALIS REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST
Inovalis Real Estate Investment Trust is an unincorporated, open-ended real estate investment trust established pursuant to a declaration of trust under the laws of the Province of Ontario. The REIT has been created for the purpose of acquiring and owning office properties primarily located in France and Germany but also opportunistically in other European countries where assets meet the REIT’s investment criteria.
1 Net rental Income adjusted for IFRIC 21 is non-IFRS information. (Refer to the “Non-IFRS financial measures” section for further details.)
SOURCE Inovalis Real Estate Investment Trust
For further information: David Giraud, Chief Executive Officer, Inovalis Real Estate Investment Trust, Tel: +33 1 5643 3323, [email protected]; Khalil Hankach, Chief Financial Officer, Inovalis Real Estate Investment Trust, Tel:+33 1 5643 3313, [email protected]
Goldman Sachs: The next big investment opportunity – Yahoo Canada Finance
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="It may be time to hit pause on the red-hot big cap tech trade of 2020 fueled by names such as Zoom (ZM) and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and take a ride on some less exciting industrial and utilities stocks.” data-reactid=”16″>It may be time to hit pause on the red-hot big cap tech trade of 2020 fueled by names such as Zoom (ZM) and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and take a ride on some less exciting industrial and utilities stocks.
Well, perhaps movers of dirt and sellers of electricity are more exciting investments than one thinks if listening to the new pitch from strategists at Goldman Sachs. The investment bank lifted its outlook on the industrials and utilities sector on Wednesday, citing a host of reasons to get long in a space that had fallen out of favor amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“Industrials should benefit from improving global economic growth and potential infrastructure spending while Utilities’ dividend yield relative to the level of interest rates is near a 25-year high,” writes Goldman’s Arjun Menon. Goldman is looking for 5.6% global GDP growth in 2021, which would be vastly improved from the 5% plunge expected this year.” data-reactid=”18″>“Industrials should benefit from improving global economic growth and potential infrastructure spending while Utilities’ dividend yield relative to the level of interest rates is near a 25-year high,” writes Goldman’s Arjun Menon. Goldman is looking for 5.6% global GDP growth in 2021, which would be vastly improved from the 5% plunge expected this year.
Menon adds, “Improving global economic growth and low interest rates should also be tailwinds to select cyclical and defensive pockets within the equity market. Within cyclicals, stocks that are most positively correlated with global economic growth should see their businesses normalize faster than companies that are more tied to the domestic economy. Among defensives, low interest rates mean total cash return yields will likely be a key determinant of performance through the remainder of this year.”
Goldman retained its overweight recommendation on information technology, citing attractive fundamentals. It continues to hold bearish views on health care, real estate, energy and materials.
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Only until recently have more cyclical areas of the market begun to catch bids. So if anything, Goldman’s upgrade lends validity to a move in markets that hasn’t gotten a ton of attention. Prior to Wednesday’s session, the Dow Jones Transportation Average had risen for 10 straight sessions. The index has quietly outperformed the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite this past month (see chart above), according to Yahoo Finance Premium data.” data-reactid=”32″>Only until recently have more cyclical areas of the market begun to catch bids. So if anything, Goldman’s upgrade lends validity to a move in markets that hasn’t gotten a ton of attention. Prior to Wednesday’s session, the Dow Jones Transportation Average had risen for 10 straight sessions. The index has quietly outperformed the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite this past month (see chart above), according to Yahoo Finance Premium data.
Not everyone on Wall Street is sold just yet on Goldman’s call.
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“We want to see if it’s more sustainable. If you look at historical cycles, once the economy truly starts to recover it is all about getting cyclical — or the stocks that got beaten down the most during the decline. They tend to rally. Normally we would have seen it by now. Because it’s such a unique recession, we haven’t seen it yet. So eventually, yes, it will be the big trade probably over the next 12 to 18 months,” Ned Davis Research chief U.S. strategist Ed Clissold told Yahoo Finance’s The First Trade.” data-reactid=”34″>“We want to see if it’s more sustainable. If you look at historical cycles, once the economy truly starts to recover it is all about getting cyclical — or the stocks that got beaten down the most during the decline. They tend to rally. Normally we would have seen it by now. Because it’s such a unique recession, we haven’t seen it yet. So eventually, yes, it will be the big trade probably over the next 12 to 18 months,” Ned Davis Research chief U.S. strategist Ed Clissold told Yahoo Finance’s The First Trade.
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Brian Sozzi is an editor-at-large and co-anchor of The First Trade at Yahoo Finance. Follow Sozzi on Twitter @BrianSozzi and on LinkedIn.” data-reactid=”35″>Brian Sozzi is an editor-at-large and co-anchor of The First Trade at Yahoo Finance. Follow Sozzi on Twitter @BrianSozzi and on LinkedIn.
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