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CIFI’s Corporate Family Rating (CFR) Upgraded to ‘Ba2’ and Senior Unsecured Debt Rating on Its Existing Notes Upgraded to ‘Ba3’ by Moody’s Outlook Stable

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HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 26 November 2020 – CIFI Holdings (Group) Co. Ltd. (“CIFI” or the “Group”, HKEx stock code: 884), a leading real estate developer and investor in first-, second- and robust third-tier cities in China, is pleased that Moody’s Investors Service (“Moody’s”) has upgraded the corporate family rating (CFR) of CIFI Holdings (Group) Co. Ltd. to Ba2 from Ba3 and upgraded the senior unsecured debt rating on its existing notes to Ba3 from B1. The outlook is stable. This reflects CIFI’s business development, management efficiency, and credit quality improvement in recent years have been recognized by Moody’s.

 

Moody’s rating report expected that CIFI’s credit metrics will improve over the next 12 to 18 months, supported by strong revenue growth and controlled debt growth. Moody’s believed that with CIFI’s more geographically diversified operations and continued strong access to funding, will enable the Group to deliver solid business growth over the next 12 to 18 months.

 

The report stated that CIFI contracted sales grew 12% to RMB174.4 billion in the first ten months of 2020, despite the negative impact on sales from coronavirus outbreak, especially in the first half of the year. This reflects the Group’s ability to execute its property development strategy, which is focused on catering to the housing demand from upgraders in key tier-1 and tier-2 cities in China.

 

Moody’s expected that CIFI’s sizable salable resources, strong sales execution and solid housing demand in the Group’s core markets will enable the Group to further grow its contracted sales to RMB220billion to RMB240 billion over the next 12 to 18 months. The Group’s EBIT/interest will also improve to 3.1x to 3.6x from 2.5x over the same period, driven by higher earnings and declining interest costs.

 

Furthermore, as CIFI continues to demonstrate prudent financial management with a balanced debt maturity profile and solid balance sheet liquidity, Moody’s believed that CIFI’s debt will improve to 65%-75% over the next 12 to 18 months, from 46% for the 12 months ended June 2020, driven robust revenue recognition on the back of the company’s strong contracted sales over the past two to three years, as well as its disciplined approach to pursuing growth and controlling debt increase.

 

Mr. Lin Zhong, Chairman of CIFI, said “We welcome the upgrade of our corporate family rating and senior unsecured debt rating by Moody’s. The move is the capital market’s recognition of CIFI’s achievements. CIFI raised funds prudently in the offshore capital markets in 2020. The newly issued long-term US dollar debts exceeded 5-year maturity, effectively extending the average debt maturity and lowering the average financing costs. It fully reflects the recognition of credit quality of CIFI by the investors.

 

“Moreover, under the new three red lines’ rules, the debt control by real estate companies will benefit the long-term and healthy development of the industry. Looking ahead, as a leading real estate developer, CIFI will continue to implement prudent financial policies to improve our credit quality and generate encouraging return to our shareholders”, Mr. Lin said.

About CIFI (Group):

Headquartered in Shanghai, CIFI is one of China’s top real estate developers. CIFI principally focuses on developing high-quality properties in first-, second- and select third-tier cities in China. CIFI develops various types of properties, including residential buildings, offices and commercial complexes.

 

To learn more about the Company, please visit CIFI’s website at: http://www.cifi.com.cn

 

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Healthpeak Properties Announces Results of Cash Tender Offers for Any and All of its $1.45 Billion of Notes

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DENVER, Jan. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Healthpeak Properties, Inc. (NYSE: PEAK) (the “Offeror”) today announced the results of its previously announced offers (the “Offers”) to purchase for cash any and all of its outstanding $300 million aggregate principal amount of 4.250% Senior Notes due 2023 (the “2023 Notes”), $350 million aggregate principal amount of 4.200% Senior Notes due 2024 (the “4.200% 2024 Notes”) and $800 million aggregate principal amount of 3.875% Senior Notes due 2024 (the “3.875% 2024 Notes,” and together with the 2023 Notes and the 4.200% 2024 Notes, the “Securities”) from each registered holder of the Securities (the “Holders”), which expired as of 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on January 27, 2021 (the “Expiration Time”). The Offers were made pursuant to an Offer to Purchase, dated January 21, 2021 (the “Offer to Purchase”), and the related notice of guaranteed delivery for the Offers (together with the Offer to Purchase, the “Offer Documents”), which set forth the terms and conditions of the Offers.

As of the Expiration Time, according to information provided by Global Bondholder Services Corporation, the information agent and the tender agent for the Offers, a total of $111,936,000 aggregate principal amount of the 2023 Notes, $200,848,000 aggregate principal amount of the 4.200% 2024 Notes and $469,124,000 aggregate principal amount of the 3.875% 2024 Notes had been validly tendered and not validly withdrawn in the Offers, not including $1,205,000 aggregate principal amount of the 2023 Notes, $1,702,000 aggregate principal amount of the 4.200% 2024 Notes and $659,000 aggregate principal amount of the 3.875% 2024 Notes that have been validly tendered pursuant to the guaranteed delivery procedures described in the Offer Documents, which remain subject to the holders' performance of the delivery requirements under such procedures. The Offeror will accept for purchase all of the Securities that were validly tendered and not validly withdrawn and will pay the applicable Purchase Price (as defined below), plus accrued and unpaid interest from the most recent interest payment date to, but excluding, the Settlement Date (as defined below).

In accordance with the terms of the Offers, the Offeror will pay the applicable purchase price (the “Purchase Price”) for the Securities on January 28, 2021 (the “Settlement Date”). The Purchase Price to be paid for the 2023 Notes is $1,097.39, for the 4.200% 2024 Notes is $1,106.85 and for the 3.875% 2024 Notes is $1,112.20 for each $1000 principal amount of the respective Securities, in each case, plus accrued and unpaid interest on such Securities, if any, from the most recent interest payment date to, but excluding, the Settlement Date. With respect to Securities accepted for purchase that were tendered and are subsequently delivered in accordance with the guaranteed delivery procedures described in the Offer Documents, such tendering Holders will receive payment of the Purchase Price for such accepted Securities on February 1, 2021, plus accrued and unpaid interest thereon, if any, from the most recent interest payment date to, but excluding, the Settlement Date.

The Offeror expects to use the net cash proceeds from closed senior housing dispositions to pay the Purchase Price, plus accrued interest to, but excluding, the Settlement Date, for all Securities that the Offeror purchases pursuant to the Offers.

The Offeror expects to redeem any Securities that remain outstanding after the consummation of the Offers in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in the applicable Indenture governing such Securities. However, the Offeror is not obligated to, and may choose not to, exercise its right to redeem any Securities.

The Offeror has retained Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and Credit Agricole Securities (USA) Inc. to act as the dealer managers for the Offers. Requests for documents may be directed to Global Bondholder Services Corporation free of charge, by calling toll-free at (866) 470-4500 (bankers and brokers can call collect at (212) 430-3774).  Questions regarding the Offers may be directed to Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC toll free at (800) 820-1653 or collect at (212) 325-6340 or Credit Agricole Securities (USA) Inc. toll free at (866) 807-6030 or collect at (212) 261-7802.

Copies of the Offer Documents and the other relevant notices and documents are available at Global Bondholder Services Corporation's website at http://www.gbsc-usa.com/healthpeak/.

This press release is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to purchase nor the solicitation of an offer to sell any Securities, or a notice of redemption under any of the Indentures governing the Securities.  The Offers are being made only pursuant to the Offer Documents.  The Offers are not being made to holders of Securities in any jurisdiction in which the making or acceptance thereof would not be in compliance with the securities, blue sky or other laws of such jurisdiction.  None of the Offeror, the Dealer Managers, the Information Agent, the Tender Agent, the Trustee or any of their respective affiliates makes any recommendation in connection with the Offers.  Please refer to the Offer to Purchase for a description of terms, conditions, disclaimers and other information applicable to the Offers.

About Healthpeak                                                                 

Healthpeak Properties, Inc. is a fully integrated real estate investment trust (REIT) and S&P 500 company. Healthpeak owns and develops high-quality real estate in the three private-pay healthcare asset classes of Life Science, Senior Housing and Medical Office, designed to provide stability through the inevitable industry cycles.  At Healthpeak, we pair our deep understanding of the healthcare real estate market with a strong vision for long-term growth.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws and regulations. These forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “project,” “anticipate,” “position,” and other similar terms and phrases, including references to assumptions and forecasts of future results.  Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results to differ materially from those anticipated at the time the forward-looking statements are made. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, Healthpeak's ability to complete the Offers and reduce its outstanding debt within expected time-frames or at all, and other risks and uncertainties described in the Offer to Purchase and in its Securities and Exchange Commission filings.  Although Healthpeak believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, Healthpeak can give no assurance that the expectations will be attained or that any deviation will not be material.  All information in this release is as of the date of this release, and Healthpeak undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in its expectations, except as required by law.

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Galileo Financial Technologies Continues Strong Momentum With Record 2020

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SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Galileo Financial Technologies, the API standard for card issuing and digital banking and a subsidiary of Social Finance, Inc. (SoFi), announced today it signed a record number of new deals during 2020, strengthened existing partner and client relationships, and is working with numerous new partners as they prepare to launch their programs over the coming months of 2021.

Galileo signed a total of 41 new enterprise partners in 2020, up from a record-setting 31 new partners in 2019. Galileo continues to be the first choice for industry-leading players, including Dave.com, a neobank on a mission to create financial opportunity that advances America's collective potential, by helping its customers budget, avoid overdraft fees, find work and build credit; MoneyLion's RoarMoney, a demand deposit account that meets consumers' financial needs as they evolve, from faster access to their funds to safe and secure contactless payment options; Robinhood's cash management feature; Albert, with a $100 million Series C raise this week, which is building a new financial service to democratize how people manage, save and invest their money using automated features, while providing personalized advice from a team of human financial experts; and TomoCredit, the inclusive credit card for the next generation of consumers lacking credit history.

A testament to the continued premium service Galileo provides, the company also renewed 99% of revenue for agreements rolled over during 2020.

In 2020, Galileo expanded into Latin America, opening an office in Mexico City and certifying Mastercard's local Mexican domestic switch. Galileo has agreements with seven LatAm-based companies, including many of Mexico's leading neobanks, and is currently powering two groundbreaking fintechs as they advance financial inclusion across Latin America, including fintech innovator Klar, a 100% digital, transparent, free and secure alternative to traditional debit and credit services in Mexico, and Ualá whose successful entry into Mexico was powered by Galileo. In Mexico, the Argentina-based fintech juggernaut offers a mobile app, linked to a digital account, and an international debit card with no issue, renewal or maintenance costs.

2020 also marked the launch of Galileo Instant, a fast, low-cost way for early-stage companies, such as fintech startups, gig-economy, e-commerce and marketplace companies, to enable digital payments. Galileo Instant also provides a solution for businesses that want to expand opportunities by embedding payments into their business model. More than 1,500 businesses have registered through the Instant Dashboard, including Purple, a mobile banking app for people with disabilities, and Neggster, a youth-focused banking app. Both have recently moved into full production.

About Galileo

Galileo, the API standard for card issuing, virtual card solutions and digital banking, is a global payments processing platform that powers world-leading fintechs, challenger banks, neobanks, financial services and investment firms by removing the complexity from payments. Galileo makes it fast and easy for many types and sizes of businesses to innovate and deliver amazing financial services user experiences to their customers through the Galileo Pro and Galileo Instant Solutions. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Galileo has offices in Mexico City, New York City and San Francisco. Galileo-ft.com.

 

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Thrive Completes Recapitalization with Court Square Capital to Accelerate Growth

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FOXBORO, Mass., Jan. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Thrive, a leading provider of technology managed services, is pleased to announce that it has finalized a majority recapitalization with Court Square Capital Partners to reinforce its prominent market position. In addition to Court Square, Thrive's existing financial sponsor, M/C Partners is continuing to participate alongside a substantial ownership stake by the company's senior management team.

With their new partners, Thrive will accelerate its formidable investments in its Next Generation Technology including ServiceNow, Automation and AI.  In addition, the Company intends to expand its customer success, sales and marketing teams, technical talent, Cybersecurity, and other product offerings, in addition to continued geographic expansion, both organically and via acquisition.   

“Thrive is proud to have built a company whose business model has been validated by a sophisticated technology services investor with a strong track record like Court Square.” said Rob Stephenson, Thrive CEO. “Our goal has always been to be viewed as a leader in the managed services space and this partnership will greatly benefit our existing customers, as well as provide an opportunity to expand our Cloud, Cybersecurity and ServiceNow-Powered Next Generation Managed Services Platform to new clientele.”

“Court Square is excited about the opportunity to partner with Thrive's management team to continue to grow their managed services practice.” said Jeff Vogel, Managing Partner at Court Square. 

“We've been actively pursuing an investment in this space for a long time and believe Thrive's NextGen Platform provides a differentiated competitive edge in the marketplace,” added Matt Dennett, Principal at Court Square.

“M/C remains a strong advocate of Thrive, its management team, business model and continued trajectory of success.” said Gillis Cashman, Managing Partner at M/C Partners. “We're thrilled for the opportunity to carry on as investors and partner with Court Square Capital Partners in this next phase of growth.”

Drake Star Partners served as financial advisor and Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP and the BRL Law Group served as legal counsel to the Company on this transaction.  Raymond James and 7Mile Advisors served as financial advisors and Dechert LLP served as legal counsel to Court Square Capital.  Alliance Bernstein provided financing for the transaction.

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About Thrive

Thrive is a leading provider of NextGen managed services designed to drive business outcomes through application enablement and optimization. The company's Thrive5 Methodology utilizes a unique combination of its Application Performance Platform and strategic services to ensure each business application takes advantage of technology that enables peak performance, scale, and the highest level of security. For more information, visit thrivenextgen.com

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About Court Square

Court Square is a middle market private equity firm with one of the most experienced investment teams in the industry. Since 1979, the team has completed over 235 investments, including several landmark transactions, and has developed numerous businesses into leaders in their respective markets. Court Square invests in companies that have compelling growth potential within the business services, general industrial, healthcare, and technology and telecommunications sectors. The firm has $7.0 billion of assets under management and is based in New York, N.Y. For more information on Court Square, please visit www.courtsquare.com.

ABOUT M/C PARTNERS

M/C Partners is a private equity firm focused on small and mid-size businesses in the communications and technology services sectors. For more than three decades M/C Partners has invested $2.2 billion of capital in over 130 companies, leveraging its deep industry expertise to understand long-term secular trends and identify growth opportunities. The firm is currently investing its eighth fund, partnering with promising companies and empowering strong leaders to accelerate growth, optimize operations, and build long-term value. For more information, visit www.mcpartners.com.

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