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Fundamental Income Rings NYSE Closing Bell for NETLease Corporate Real Estate ETF (NYSE: NETL)

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Fundamental Income, the sponsor of the Fundamental Income Net Lease Real Estate Index (NETLXT), which powers the NETLease Corporate Real Estate ETF (NYSE: NETL) (the Fund), rang the Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange to commemorate NETL surpassing $40 million in assets under management as of January 22, 2020.

Launched in partnership with Exchange Traded Concepts on March 22, 2019, NETL remains the first and only ETF to offer investors pure-play exposure to Net Lease Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), one of the fastest-growing sectors within the REIT space. Net Lease REITs provide sustainable cash flows and identifiable growth by leasing their properties through long-term contractual leases on a net lease basis.

NETL is designed to offer investors pure access to the rapidly growing public, U.S. net lease real estate sector, which as defined by NETL, currently includes 23 publicly traded net lease REITs totaling over $124 billion in cumulative market cap. NETL provides exposure to over 23,500 properties, over 2,000 tenants and over 40 different classifications of industries.

These Net Lease REITs focus solely on single-tenant, free-standing properties, and exclude mall and shopping center REITs, multi-tenant office REITs, multi-family REITs, and residential REITs, amongst others.

NETL is a passive, rules based ETF that tracks the Fundamental Income Net Lease Real Estate Index (NETLXT), calculated by NASDAQ. From March 22, 2019 through December 31, 2019, NETL returned 12.36%.

Performance data represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. An investor’s return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than the original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than performance data quoted. Performance data current to the most recent month-end can be obtained by calling 800-617-0004. The gross expense ratio for NETL is 0.60%.

For more information on Fundamental Income, please visit www.fundamentalincome.com.

About Fundamental Income

Founded in 2018 and headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Fundamental Income was created to identify and create investment strategies rooted in solid, understandable fundamentals focused on generating sustainable income with predictable growth. The Fundamental Income Net Lease Real Estate Index (NETLXT), calculated by NASDAQ, was constructed on December 21, 2018 to define and track the publicly traded Net Lease REIT sector. The firms principals are proven leaders and innovators within the Net Lease REIT community and have extensive experience in Net Lease Real Estate, capital markets and credit opportunities with over $13 billion of transaction experience.

Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing. For a prospectus or summary prospectus with this and other information about the NETLease ETF please call 1-405-778-8377 or visit the website at www.Netleaseetf.com. Read the prospectus or summary prospectus carefully before investing.

Investments involves risk. Principal loss is possible. The fund may trade at a premium or discount to NAV. Shares of any ETF are bought and sold at market price (not NAV) and are not individually redeemed from the Fund. Brokerage commissions will reduce returns. The Index, and consequently the Fund, is expected to concentrate its investments in real estate companies. As a result, the value of the Fund’s shares may rise and fall more than the value of shares of a fund that invests in securities of companies in a broader range of industries.

Investments in real estate companies and REITs involve unique risks, including limited financial resources, they may trade less frequently and in limited volume, and they may be more volatile than other securities. In addition, securities in the real estate sector are subject to certain risks associated with direct ownership of real estate and the risk that the value of their underlying real estate may go down. Companies in the Net Lease Real Estate sector may be affected by unique factors related to leasing properties to single tenants including dependence on the financial performance of its’ tenants and lease terms related to rent escalations based on economic measurements. The fund may invest in foreign securities which involves political, economic and currency risks, differences in accounting methods and greater volatility. Investments in small and mid-sized companies have historically been subject to greater investment risk than large company stocks.

Definitions: A Triple Net lease is a form of real-estate lease agreement where the tenant or lessee is responsible for the ongoing expenses of the property, including real estate taxes, building insurance, and maintenance, in addition to paying the rent and utilities. Cash Flow is the net amount of cash and cash-equivalents being transferred into and out of a business. The Fundamental Income Net Lease Real Estate Index is a selection of qualifying equity REITs that own properties leased to single tenants under long-term, net lease agreements which specify that the tenant is responsible for paying rent and most, if not all, property expenses. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

The NETLease Corporate Real Estate ETF is distributed by Quasar Distributors, LLC.

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China’s largest pet-focused platform Boqii launches IPO in the US

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SHENZHEN, China, Sept. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — China’s largest pet-focused platform Boqii Holding Limited (BQ.US) launched an initial public offering (IPO) in the US on September 23, 2020. With the IPO, Boqii plans to offer 7 million American depositary shares (ADSs) (each representing 0.75 of the company’s Class A ordinary share) for USD $10$12 each.

Boqii will become the first US-listed company in the Chinese pet industry. According to data from US-based business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, Boqii is the largest pet-focused platform in China in terms of revenue and number of customers, the largest pet-focused online community in the country in terms of registered users, and the largest pet-focused online retailer in the country in terms of gross merchandise value (GMV).

Boqii has been favored by a number of renowned investors worldwide thanks to its deep penetration in the pet industry. In particular, Goldman Sachs and CMB International have invested in Boqii prior to its public listing in the domestic market. Notably, Goldman Sachs participated in Boqii’s A, B and C rounds of financing. These investments demonstrate the investors’ strong confidence in the long-term growth of the pet-focused platform.

1. Consistent Spending and Resilient Performance During Economic Downturns

As China has gone through comprehensive consumption upgrading in recent years, the consumption demand of pet owners has gradually grown to a higher level from one that focused merely on pet good. Pet owners are willing to trade up to high-quality pet goods to enhance the well-being of their pets. High-speed consumption growth is occurring in upper-income brackets, among the younger generation. With pet owners’ increasing spending on pet, China’s pet market is likely to continue to develop in foreseeable future.

According to the Frost & Sullivan data, the Chinese pet market increased from RMB 70.7 billion (approx. US$10.3 billion) in 2014 to RMB 204.9 billion (approx. US$29.9 billion) in 2019. The market is expected to further grow to RMB 449.5 billion (approx. US$65.6 billion) by 2024 based on an annual compound growth rate estimated at 17.0%.

According to Boqii’s F-1, the pet-ownership penetration rate (percentage of pet-owning households out of all households) in China was 22.8% during 2019, compared to 68.9% in the United States, 45.0% in the United Kingdom and 26.8% in Japan. The rate in China is expected to reach 29.9% by 2024.

2. Leading pet-focused platform in China riding on market tailwind  

Boqii was established in Shanghai in 2008 as a community designed to provide a vertically integrated social platform for pet owners and lovers where they could share their experiences with their pets and learn how to better raise and care for them.

In 2014, Boqii launched its mobile app, Boqii Pet, the largest pet-focused online community in China in terms of registered users in 2019 and average MAUs according to Frost & Sullivan, which covers all major aspects of pets’ life and offers pet products, services and content.

Currently, Boqii has 23 million registered users, including 3.5 million monthly active users. Boqii community has partnered with more than 860 key opinion leaders (KOLs) and boasted 334 million user interactions per month on average for the three months from April to June 2020.

In 2008, Boqii established an e-commerce platform, Boqii Mall. Boqii is redefining e-commerce for pet parents by providing an accessible, personalized and enjoyable shopping experience based on a deep understanding of our users and customers and their pets by leveraging extensive user interactions and transactional behaviors we have observed over the years. As of June 30, 2020, the company had built partnerships with over 570 brands while the number of available Stock Keeping Units (SKUs) has climbed to over 17,000.

In addition, Boqii launched its own brand Yoken (with around 1,300 SKUs) in 2015 and its premium brand Mocare in 2018 with compelling quality and prices. As of June 30, 2020, the company was offering customers access to 2,130 SKUs sold under its private brands, accounting for 11.9% of the total SKUs.

In 2015, Boqii expanded its offline sales channels and develop business with physical pet stores, and introduced our proprietary SaaS solutions which help offline pet stores digitalize, streamline and optimize supply chain management and in-store operations. By investing in PetDog, China’s largest the largest pet store franchise and the largest training center for pet service professionals, Qingdao Shuangan Bio-technology Co., Ltd, a a leading pet food manufacturer in China, as well as several companies that are mainly engaged in the R&D and manufacturing of pharmaceuticals. Boqii has built a pet-focused platform covering the entire industry chain, including pharma R&D and manufacturing, animal breeding, private label, pet store franchise and  training center for pet service professional.

Boqii has cooperated with over 15,000 physical pet stores and pet hospitals over 250 cities in China as of June 30, 2020, and helps brand partners significantly expand their reach in a cost-effective and coordinated manner, bringing a comprehensive catalog to pet parents across China.

Boqii disrupts the traditional pet retail and services in China by fostering an ecosystem that connects and empowers various participants along the entire pet value chain, including brands, manufacturers, physical pet stores and pet hospitals. Boqii empowers them with valuable data insights into user demands, effective content-driven marketing, comprehensive inventory management and supply chain capabilities, and reliable nationwide logistics network.

3. Disruptive Business Model Empowering the Entire Pet Value Chain

Boqii has posted steady growth in both income and GMV. The company’s total net revenue reached RMB 804 million (approx. US$117.3 million) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019 and 770 million yuan (approx. US$109 million) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020. In the first quarter of the fiscal year 2021 (from April to June 2020), net revenue was RMB 238 million (approx. US$33.7 million), an increase of 26.2% compared with RMB 189 million(approx. US$27.6 million) in the same period of the prior fiscal year. In the Q1 of the fiscal year 2021, GMV also increased 56% year on year to RMB 554 million (approx. US$80.8 million).

For the fiscal year 2020, Boqii’s EBITDA stood at RMB -113 million (approx. –US$16 million), with a margin of 14.7%, an improvement compared to that recorded for fiscal year 2019. During the Q1 of fiscal 2021 (from April to June 2020), the company’s EBITDA was -35.43 million yuan (approx. –US$5.1 million) with the margin reduced to 14.9% from 18.6% for the same period of the prior fiscal year, reflecting the company’s continuous efforts in strategic investments. The continued improvement in the EBITDA margin demonstrates the success of the business model of the pet-focused platform.

Looking forward, Boqii plans to continue investing in growing content, improving user experiences, and enriching a pet-focused ecosystem. Optimizing product mix and continuing to introduce more brands to onmi channels to strengthen and diversify product offerings catering to customers’ demands and drive profitability. Boqii will continue to attract more users to subscribe for membership program and deepen their engagement. Furthermore, they will also continue to identify and pursue M&A and strategic transactions along the pet industry value chain, with a goal to diversify product and service offerings, enhance ecosystem, and drive long-term development of the entire pet industry in China.

With the IPO, Boqii is the largest company propelling the revolution for the pet industry to deliver compelling value propositions to their users and customers, their pets, small and medium pet businesses, and business partners.

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Fosun RZ Capital Identifies IoT as the Major Key to an “Intelligent World”

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BEIJING, Sept. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The IoT is the third technological revolution after computers and the Internet, connecting all surroundings in a shared environment to accomplish anthropomorphic perception and exchange of information. Cisco predicts that 50 billion IoT devices will be put into use by 2020, signaling the arrival of a fully intelligent era. By investing in RoboSense, a LiDAR solution provider with a foothold in IoT, and Yunding, an intelligent home platform using IoT technologies, Fosun RZ Capital helps industries become more digitalized faster pace to create a more accurate IoT.

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"The Chinese IoT market is expected to witness significant growth with the CAGR of approximately 22.7% during the forecast period", according to the China IoT Market 2019-2025.(1) China made the "development of the Internet of Vehicles" a priority in 2017. Such action boosted the continuous innovation and improvement of AI and intelligent technology projects, one of which is auto-driving cars. LiDAR nowadays has become an indispensable sensor on most RoboTaxis, a leading product of auto-driving cars. RoboSense, invested by Fosun RZ Capital, seized the opportunity of the fast development of LiDAR, provides its LiDAR solutions for autonomous driving to many of the world’s leading enterprises. On September 17, RoboSense worked with Alibaba, a global leader in information system technology, and helped its DAMO Academy launch its first driverless terminal product, "Xiaomanlv,"(2)(3) creating a new wave in the logistics robot market. In addition to facilitating large-scale commercial use for last-mile delivery and commercial scenarios, RoboSense will seize every opportunity to upgrade its technologies so that robots and AI can be put into more practical use.

Nowadays, the IoT has long become an essential indicator of a country’s innovation capacity and industrial competitiveness. The explosive development of AI, 5G, IoT, along with the falling costs of core component accelerated the penetration of IoT. From keys to fingerprints, the changing forms of door lock signify the arrival of "intelligent life." Yunding has been carrying out technology innovation to offer the industry the most comprehensive intelligent lock detection solution. With the demand for rental apartments soaring, smart door locks have also become a necessity. Experiments prove that the "little black box," which is said to be able to unlock many electronic locks, cannot break Yunding’s locks, even with a high level of electromagnetic pulse attack for 3 seconds, proving Loock locks are convenient and safe. As for apartment operation, intelligent technologies can reduce people’s pressure on management while lowering operating costs. So far, Yunding has supplied products to more than 500 apartments, including over 80% of the top 100 apartment brands. Yunding also owns a 60% share in the intelligent lock market. Recently, Yunding has joined hands with industry leaders, including Xiaomi Security, Alibaba Cloud, Goodix, Silicon Labs, and Future Technology, to build an intelligent lock security laboratory to achieve information exchange among different brands. And to better serve the 8.5 million Yunding users. (4)

Fosun RZ Capital is vigorously exploring the IoT to create an innovative ecology for the technology industry. Research has shown that, by 2020, the digital world will capture 44 trillion gigabytes of data from the surroundings. In this contemporary digital world, innovative technologies provide data support and numerous interconnected devices for the IoT, changing people’s lifestyles in all aspects. Fosun RZ Capital will continue to focus on technology investments to boost IoT development and collaborate with brilliant companies worldwide to empower and share growth.

Reference:

(1) "Chinese IoT Market Outlook Report 2019-2025 – ResearchAndMarkets.com." Yahoo! News, Yahoo!, 25 May 2020, news.yahoo.com/chinese-iot-market-outlook-report-130700402.html.  

(2)  Daily, National Business. [email protected] Launched Its First Robot Which Is Fittingly Named ‘Little Donkey’ as It Is Aimed for Logistic Purpose.The Robot Is Backed by AI and Autonomous Driving Technologies from Alibaba’s DAMO Academy, and Will Be First Adopted in Alibaba’s Cainiao Delivery Network. Pic.twitter.com/yHhw4D0GL4. Twitter, Twitter, 17 Sept. 2020, twitter.com/NBDPress/status/1306471868627517440.

(3) Tech, SCMP. "Alibaba Launches Logistics Robot for Last-Mile Deliveries to Lower Costs and as Pandemic Pushes Automation Https://T.co/itv4tchrOM." Twitter, Twitter, 17 Sept. 2020, twitter.com/SCMPTech/status/1306567843920719873. 

(4) "Yunding Technologies." Yunding, yunding.cn/. 

 

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Association of Independent Mortgage Experts Partners with United Wholesale Mortgage and Home Point Financial to Introduce Small Business Grant Program for Minority and Woman Owned Independent Mortgage Brokerages

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The Association of Independent Mortgage Experts (AIME) announces Spark, a grant program designed to provide opportunities for entrepreneurs in the wholesale mortgage industry. Spark will launch with initial funding of $2 million and feature two separate business grant programs “ one for minorities and one for women with the specific goal to expand diversity, equity, and inclusion in the wholesale mortgage channel.

Spark will award grant amounts up to $50,000 to be used towards businesses expenses associated with opening a brokerage. The recipients will receive access to AIME resources and trainings along with mentorship from fellow broker owners in the AIME community to develop as successful business owners in the mortgage industry. The grant program will open applications on December 1, 2020, and collect eligible applications through January 31, 2021. Applicants will be required to fill out the eligibility questionnaire to identify details including the years of experience they have in the mortgage industry, geographic location of their future brokerage, and a business plan outlining their business goals.

AIME was founded with the core mission to grow the broker channel. This grant will be one of the cornerstones of that commitment to ultimately serve populations that are underrepresented in the mortgage industry and provide borrowers with more local, dedicated mortgage experts, said Katie Sweeney, Executive Vice President of Strategy at AIME. Spark is a part of AIMEs dedication to growing and educating mortgage professionals throughout their careers while providing borrowers with more local, dedicated mortgage experts.

Initial funding for the Spark grant programs will come from United Wholesale Mortgage and Home Points community foundation, which both committed $1 million each to expand opportunities for independent mortgage brokers and are dedicated to diversity and inclusion in the wholesale mortgage industry.

UWM is committed to the growth of the wholesale broker channel and providing the support brokers need to build their businesses said Mat Ishbia, President and CEO of United Wholesale Mortgage. Through Spark, AIME is giving a diverse group of professionals the motivation to make the leap to become an entrepreneur to make homeownership a reality for consumers in their local community.

Home Point Financial is proud to have Spark be the first recipient of $1 million dollars from our newly formed philanthropic community foundation. said Phil Shoemaker, President of Originations at Home Point Financial. We are passionate about expanding opportunities for people from all walks of life interested in participating in the mortgage industry, and confident in AIMEs ability to grow and diversify the broker channel through unique initiatives like Spark.

According to U.S. Census data, homeownership grew 3.8% from the previous year, which is unprecedented growth compared to previous years with flat or negative increases. Through more diverse representation in the channel, brokers are positioned to provide borrowers the best options for their home purchases.

About Association of Independent Mortgage Experts

The Association of Independent Mortgage Experts (AIME) is a non-profit, national trade membership association created exclusively for independent mortgage brokers. With over 40,000 members, AIME is committed to fostering an inclusive environment to support and protect independent mortgage brokers across the country to grow the wholesale mortgage channel. AIMEs vision is to contribute to the overall growth of broker market share to above 25% in 2020 and beyond.

For additional information regarding the benefits associated with an AIME membership visit www.AIMEGroup.com.

Kara Lester

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