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Bloomsbury Publishing IR head credits Sarah J. Maas novel in part for stronger financial performance

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Bloomsbury Publishing Head of Investor Relations Tamsin Garrity joined Proactive's Stephen Gunnion with details of a trading update the publishing firm had to release after it became evident its full-year revenue and profit would be well ahead of analysts' expectations. Garrity credited the strong performance in part to the success of author Sarah J. Maas's latest novel "House of Flame and Shadow," coupled with growing popularity of her previous works. Initially forecasted to generate revenue of £291.4 million and a profit of £37.2 million, the updated figures now stand at £331 million in revenue and £47.5 million in profit, reflecting an improved margin from 12.8% to 14.3%. This surge in profitability is attributed to the strong sales of backlist (previously published) titles, which incur lower costs than new releases, thereby enhancing operational efficiency. While the company's cash balance forecast remains unchanged for 2024, Garrity said stronger cashflows into the next financial year may be used for reinvestment in the business, dividends, and acquisitions. Contact Details Proactive UK Ltd +44 20 7989 0813 uk@proactiveinvestors.com

February 20, 2024 04:42 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Roberts & Ryan Inc., America's first Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO) broker-dealer, is pleased to welcome Andrew Reynolds as Senior Director of Equity Trading.

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Andrew Reynolds joins Roberts & Ryan as Senior Director of Equity Trading and has more than 30 years of experience in equity trading, capital markets, portfolio management, options & derivatives, sales & business development, investor relations, and corporate compliance. Prior to joining Roberts & Ryan, Mr. Reynolds was Head of Equity Trading and a Registered Principal at Tullett Prebon and KCCI Ltd. Before that, he was Head Trader and Floor Broker at Tradition North America and R.J. Murphy & Associates. Prior to that, he was Head Trader at Preferred Technology. Mr. Reynolds began his career as an Options Clerk at Pershing, LLC. “Andrew brings extensive experience in equity trading and represents Roberts & Ryan’s commitment to providing best in class service and execution,” said James McDevitt, Roberts & Ryan’s Senior Director of Equity Sales and Trading, Capital Markets. “He will be a tremendous advocate for our social mission of supporting veterans and their families. I’m very excited to have him join our team.” Mr. Reynolds is a member of the Securities Traders Association (STA), the Securities Traders Association of New York (STANY), Philadelphia Traders (ITAP), and the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI). He holds SIE and FINRA Series 7, 24, 25, 55, 57 & 63 licenses. Mr. Reynolds served as a Technical Warfare Specialist, Team Leader, and Group Leader in the 25 th Infantry Division of the United States Army and is a graduate of Archbishop Ryan in Philadelphia. About Roberts and Ryan, Inc. Roberts & Ryan, Inc. is a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned (SDVO) broker-dealer with execution capabilities in the capital markets, equities, and fixed-income trading. The firm was founded in 1987 by a United States Marine Corps Vietnam combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient. With over $1.8 million in committed donations, Roberts & Ryan is active in donating to charitable foundations that make significant positive impacts in the lives of Veterans and their families, focusing primarily on general wellness, mental health, and career transition. To learn more about Roberts & Ryan, please visit www.roberts-ryan.com. Contact Details Michael C. Del Priore +1 646-859-4061 mdelpriore@roberts-ryan.com Company Website https://www.roberts-ryan.com

February 19, 2024 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Proactive Group Holdings Joins Forces with Sevva AI in UK Government-Backed AI Sustainability Initiative

Proactive Group Holdings

Proactive Group Holdings Inc. (“Proactive”), the AI-powered digital stakeholder engagement firm, is pleased to announce its participation in an artificial intelligence pilot consortium backed by the UK government. This initiative, led by Sevva AI, a leading provider of generative AI automation for enterprise, is focused on the acceleration of trustworthy AI tools aimed at meeting critical sustainability goals and improving green revenue targets. Launched earlier this month and expected to extend into 2025, the collaboration will see the introduction of AI tools as early as April. The innovative technology promises to provide corporations and investors with sophisticated AI tools to manage the complex landscape of ESG investing mandates. The selection of Proactive as a project member follows Sevva AI's receipt of a £500,000 grant from Innovate UK, the UK Government Innovation agency that backs projects that enhance economic growth and productivity. The grant will partially fund the development of Generative AI tools aimed at sustainability assessment, with Sevva AI providing the other half of the required project funding. Emanuela Vartolomei, Sevva founder and Chief Executive, said: “Proactive was chosen for this project for being an early adopter of AI, demonstrating a keen interest in leveraging technology to enhance its sustainability footprint. If you have ambition to go beyond your peer group, you need a boost from AI.” Ian Mclelland, Chief Executive of Proactive, added: “We are delighted to be part of this ground-breaking project. It aligns perfectly with our internal efforts and the launch of our NewsifAI™ platform, our suite of writing and editing tools which has streamlined our news production process. We look forward to working alongside the Sevva team.” On February 5, Proactive unveiled the integration of artificial intelligence within its operations, marking a significant increase in content production capabilities for its financial news platform, Proactive Investors. This strategic advancement is centered around the development and deployment of bespoke generative pre-trained transformers (GPTs) within its proprietary NewsifAI™ editorial platform. About Proactive At Proactive, our mission is to provide best-in-class AI-powered digital solutions to companies across the globe seeking to improve engagement with their stakeholders. Our products deliver media support, corporate websites, engagement analytics, and shareholder tools for publicly listed issuers. Our purpose is to help companies improve their communication and engagement with their shareholders, stakeholders, and the broader investment community. Proactive provides solutions to almost 2,000 companies in Australia, Canada, UK, and the USA. For more information, click here. About Sevva AI www.sevva.ai is a leading provider of NLP and generative AI automation for tier-1 financial institutions and corporations. Sevva provides enterprise-grade automation of key workflows including research, investment and lending processes, sustainability and corporate reporting, regulatory alignment and investor relations. Sevva AI brings to organizations the unique opportunity to explore, test, and integrate AI Agents, Co-Pilots, and Chatbots into their workflows with ease. Contact Details Craig Ribton, Corporate Development Director +44 20 7989 0813 investors@proactiveinvestors.com Company Website https://www.proactive.inc

February 15, 2024 10:12 AM Eastern Standard Time

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N6 Powered by KRMA Announces Acquisition of West of Fairfax

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N6 Powered by KRMA (N6KRMA), an AI-powered digital marketing and communications agency, today announced its acquisition of boutique digital marketing agency West of Fairfax. Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, West of Fairfax specializes in bespoke approaches to digital marketing reinforced by over a decade of experience partnering with global clients, including Selena Gomez, Bliss, Cincoro, COOLA, Dee Ocleppo, and more. The company provides a boutique, tailored experience for its clientele that achieves goals by establishing strong brand identities through collaborative partnership. Through the acquisition, West of Fairfax will continue to offer its thoughtful strategy and innovative storytelling approach while elevating the company to new heights. Founded six years ago by Courtney Lopez, Ryan Good, and Ray Lee, West of Fairfax began with its deep roots in social media. Today, the company is led by founder, Chief Executive Officer Courtney Lopez, and her all-female-powered team. West of Fairfax offers content creation, platform management, platform strategy, influencer programming, paid advertising, customized analytics & reporting, and more. With the added strategic support and merged resources of the N6KRMA team, Lopez aims to provide expert and expanded client services while creating unprecedented growth opportunities for the world-class West of Fairfax team. "We are thrilled to take this next step with N6 Powered by KRMA," says Courtney Lopez, Founder of West of Fairfax. "I always knew that we’d need a strategic partner to take the next step as an agency, and after many conversations and much consideration, the perfect fit came to us through N6KRMA; a partner that shares the same vision and standard of excellence for both clients and team members. This collaboration opens doors to many new and exciting possibilities with our expanded resources and a much wider offering of services. It also allows for a new level of care and possibility for the incredible women on our team, of whom I am very proud. The future feels very bright.” The acquisition reflects N6 Powered by KRMA’s commitment to creating a fully integrated offering for clients that combines public relations expertise, technology, cutting-edge digital marketing, and creative strategies. Launched in August 2023, N6KRMA was formed by merging leading AI-enabled marketing technology company KRMA with world-class public relations and marketing firms N6A and Studios. N6 Powered by KRMA brings together the best minds, clients, and capabilities to redefine marketing and public relations as many move into an increasingly data-centric marketplace. Morgan Harris, CEO of North Sixth Group, the parent company of N6 Powered by KRMA, shares Lopez’s excitement for the future: "I am truly excited by our partnership with West of Fairfax. This collaboration marks a significant milestone for N6KRMA, and together, we are poised to shape the future of our industry and deliver unparalleled services to our clients." To learn more about N6 Powered by KRMA and West of Fairfax, please visit N6KRMA.com and Westof.co. About West of Fairfax West of Fairfax promotes a personal, individualized experience that achieves your goals while establishing a strong brand identity and positive brand association. Thoughtful strategy and innovative storytelling are reinforced by more than a decade of experience partnering with global clients. About N6 Powered by KRMA At N6 Powered by KRMA, the ultimate marketing powerhouse comes to life through the seamless integration of public relations, AI, and an exceptional creative team. With unmatched expertise and proprietary AI technology, N6 Powered by KRMA empowers leading global brands to achieve remarkable marketing outcomes. By harmonizing the analytical brilliance of AI with the artistry of public relations and creative campaigns, N6 Powered by KRMA offers solutions that ensure clients thrive in the ever-evolving data-oriented marketing landscape. N6 Powered by KRMA was formed by merging leading AI-enabled marketing technology company KRMA with world-class public relations and marketing firms N6A and Studios. N6 Powered by KRMA is wholly owned and operated by North Sixth Group, a family office operating company with interests in media, marketing, technology, and sports and entertainment businesses. Contact Details N6 Powered by KRMA Jacky Agudelo jacky.agudelo@n6krma.com

February 15, 2024 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Bloomsbury Publishing new IR head hails the success of Sarah J. Maas franchise

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Bloomsbury Publishing's new head of investor relations Tamsin Garrity discusses the significant success of Sarah J. Maas's latest novel, "‘House of Flame and Shadow," which achieved global number-one status on Amazon upon its release. In an interview with Proactive's Stephen Gunnion, Garrity noted that this marks Maas's 16th book published by Bloomsbury, with six more titles under contract. Garrity highlighted the remarkable 79% year-on-year sales growth attributed to Maas's works, which also bolstered sales of her backlist titles. The popularity of the fantasy and sci-fi genre, as reported by Nielsen BookScan, has grown by 54% in the last five years in the UK, a trend that Bloomsbury is capitalizing on by representing other renowned authors within this genre, including Samantha Shannon, Susanna Clarke, Alan Moore, and Cixin Liu, whose "Three-Body Problem" series is anticipated to be a major Netflix release. Garrity also shared insights into her background and the reasons why Bloomsbury presents a unique investment opportunity. She emphasized Bloomsbury's diversified strategy, balancing academic and consumer publishing, which appeals to portfolio managers. The company's international revenue, digital and audio diversification, and successful acquisition strategy were highlighted as key factors in its growth and attractiveness to investors. Bloomsbury's ability to generate cash allows for reinvestment in its portfolio and acquisitions, contributing to the company's confident and ambitious outlook. With a 127% earnings growth over the last five years, Bloomsbury is positioned for continued success in the publishing industry. Contact Details Proactive UK Ltd +44 20 7989 0813 uk@proactiveinvestors.com

February 13, 2024 09:03 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Roberts & Ryan Inc., America's first Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO) broker-dealer, is pleased to welcome Andrew Reynolds as its newest Managing Director.

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Andrew Reynolds joins Roberts & Ryan as Managing Director and has more than 30 years of experience in equity trading, capital markets, portfolio management, options & derivatives, sales & business development, investor relations, and corporate compliance. Prior to joining Roberts & Ryan, Mr. Reynolds was Head of Equity Trading and a Registered Principal at Tullett Prebon and KCCI Ltd. Before that, he was Head Trader and Floor Broker at Tradition North America and R.J. Murphy & Associates. Prior to that, he was Head Trader at Preferred Technology. Mr. Reynolds began his career as an Options Clerk at Pershing, LLC. “Andrew brings extensive experience in equity trading and represents Roberts & Ryan’s commitment to providing best in class service and execution,” said James McDevitt, Roberts & Ryan’s Senior Director of Equity Sales and Trading, Capital Markets. “He will be a tremendous advocate for our social mission of supporting veterans and their families. I’m very excited to have him join our team.” Mr. Reynolds is a member of the Securities Traders Association (STA), the Securities Traders Association of New York (STANY), Philadelphia Traders (ITAP), and the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI). He holds SIE and FINRA Series 7, 24, 25, 55, 57 & 63 licenses. Mr. Reynolds served as a Technical Warfare Specialist, Team Leader, and Group Leader in the 25 th Infantry Division of the United States Army and is a graduate of Archbishop Ryan in Philadelphia. About Roberts and Ryan, Inc. Roberts & Ryan, Inc. is a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned (SDVO) broker-dealer with execution capabilities in the capital markets, equities, and fixed-income trading. The firm was founded in 1987 by a United States Marine Corps Vietnam combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient. With over $1.8 million in committed donations, Roberts & Ryan is active in donating to charitable foundations that make significant positive impacts in the lives of Veterans and their families, focusing primarily on general wellness, mental health, and career transition. To learn more about Roberts & Ryan, please visit www.roberts-ryan.com. Contact Details Michael C. Del Priore +1 646-859-4061 mdelpriore@roberts-ryan.com Company Website https://www.roberts-ryan.com

February 12, 2024 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Crypto Analysis Platform yPredict Completes All 8 Rounds of Presale Successfully, Expands Team to Accelerate Growth

Spark Metro PR

yPredict, an AI-powered crypto analysis platform, today announced it has completed all its presale rounds to develop its platform further. The additional capital will support yPredict's continued growth as it evolves into a fully-fledged asset analysis platform. "We are thrilled to complete this last presale round, which demonstrates strong investor confidence in our vision," said Raj Sharma, CEO of yPredict. "These funds will enable us to accelerate the development of our AI-driven platform as we scale our capabilities to empower crypto & stocks investors with actionable, data-backed insights." With the presale complete, yPredict is expanding its team by hiring for several key roles, including Product Manager, Digital Marketing Specialist, Technical Stock Chart Analysis Content Writer, and Crypto Content Writer. These hires will be instrumental as yPredict cements itself as an industry-leading crypto analysis solution. yPredict leverages advanced AI and machine learning to analyze financial market data and identify profitable trading and investment opportunities. The platform delivers personalized, easy-to-understand analytics to help traders of all skill levels make smarter investment decisions. "We are at the forefront of leveraging AI to democratize access to sophisticated crypto market analysis. Our technology enables anyone, not just seasoned professionals, to trade with confidence," continued Raj Sharma. "With our strong funding base and expanded team, we are poised to take yPredict to new heights in 2024 and beyond." For more information on yPredict and its AI-powered crypto investing platform, visit ypredict.ai. About yPredict yPredict provides AI-powered crypto market analysis platform designed to uncover predictive insights and enable high-probability trading. Built by a team of AI and finance experts, yPredict helps crypto investors of all experience levels make smarter trading decisions through advanced analytics and machine learning. The company is based in Wilmington, DE. Contact Details yPredict Ankit Singh +1 302-597-6768 team@ypredict.ai Company Website https://ypredict.ai/

February 11, 2024 05:25 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Goodway Group Selects FreeWheel As First Video-Only Ad Partner

Goodway Group

Today, Goodway Group, a leading, data-driven and technology-enabled digital media and marketing services firm, announced its first, video-only partnership for premium video ad inventory with FreeWheel, a global technology platform for the television advertising industry. The two companies are teaming up to help further scale and open up access to premium, connected television ad inventory for marketers. They are doing so to help tackle some of today’s most pressing industry challenges: access to premium, brand-safe ad inventory, a need for greater transparency into the ad buying process, as well as greater media efficiencies. This partnership aims to address several of those challenges by offering publishers working with Goodway Group many key benefits: First, they can tap into FreeWheel’s direct connection – and access – to a large array of premium video ad inventory. Secondly, publishers will now have greater transparency into the ad buying process, as FreeWheel has one of the industry’s most direct, efficient and simplest paths to premium video ad inventory. Lastly, per the partnership, Goodway Group has first access to test out new betas and innovations, so that its clients can stay differentiated and nimble in today’s complex ad marketplace. “As the TV advertising ecosystem continues to fragment and evolve, we sought a partner with a steady commitment to infusing simplicity, transparency and innovation and FreeWheel clearly stood out,” said Andrea Kwiatek, Director, Partnerships, Goodway Group. “FreeWheel has consistently driven greater innovation and better business results for their clients, and this is fueled by a deep understanding of the challenges that the industry faces today. We look forward to working together with them to help raise the bar for TV advertising for our clients and across the ecosystem.” The partnership comes at a time when, as more video investments shift toward programmatic activation, marketers want even greater transparency on advertising ROI. This partnership aims to address that demand by providing a more enhanced way to streamline marketers’ workflow, thereby allowing greater insight into where and how media dollars are being spent. The savings that are derived from that improved workflow, in turn, are invested back into the TV ad marketplace, allowing marketers to drive even more ad results. “At FreeWheel, we are challenging ourselves, our clients, and the broader marketplace to treat professionally produced commercial break ad inventory different from standard banner ads. This means we need to find innovative ways to make the TV ad buying process simpler and more direct, predictable and effective to buy programmatically,” said Jon Mansell, VP, Head of U.S. Programmatic Demand, FreeWheel. “These are the same guiding principles that are powering our partnership with Goodway and our goal is to help better improve the industry, on all of these pillars, by teaming up with them.” About Goodway Group Goodway Group is a leading data-driven and technology-enabled digital media and marketing services firm with teams in the U.S. and the U.K. Our diverse team of digital strategists, media practitioners, technologists and data scientists have won the most prestigious awards for innovative marketing technology, impactful work and inclusive remote-first places to work including being honored as a multiyear Ad Age Best Places to Work, AdExchanger’s Best Use of Technology by an Agency Award and three MarTech Breakthrough Awards. The firm deploys deep expertise across both consumer and B2B marketing, including brand-performance advertising, retail media and commerce, and advanced analytics using proprietary digital programmatic technologies, data, analytics methodologies, and consultation. Goodway Group is an independent and remote-first media and marketing services firm with a 90+ year history. Find Goodway Group online at Goodwaygroup.com. About FreeWheel FreeWheel empowers all segments of The New TV Ecosystem. We are structured to provide the full breadth of solutions the advertising industry needs to achieve their goals. We provide the technology, data enablement and convergent marketplaces required to ensure buyers and sellers can transact across all screens, across all data types, and all sales channels, in order to ensure the ultimate goal – results for marketers. With offices in New York, Chicago, London, Paris, Beijing, and across the globe, FreeWheel, A Comcast Company, stands to advocate for the entire industry through the FreeWheel Council for Premium Video. For more information, please visit https://www.freewheel.com/, and follow us on X and LinkedIn. Contact Details Alexandra Morrison +1 214-604-9658 alexandra@kitehillpr.com FreeWheel FreeWheel elaine_wong@comcast.com Company Website https://www.goodwaygroup.com/

February 08, 2024 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Roberts & Ryan Inc., America's first Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO) broker-dealer, is pleased to welcome Mark DeVito as its Senior Director of Equity Trading.

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Mr. DeVito joins Roberts & Ryan as a seasoned business veteran, whose 35-year career has included leadership roles in investment banking, corporate finance, capital market transactions, alternative investments, and corporate boards. Prior to joining Roberts & Ryan, Mr. DeVito was Managing Director of the Global Investment Banking Group at Bank of America Securities, where he developed key client relationships and originated investment banking transactions. Before Bank of America Securities, Mr. DeVito was Managing Partner at JCS Partners LLC. Prior to that, he was Managing Director of Global Energy and Power Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch. Additionally, while at Merrill Lynch, he was the Global Head of their Alternative Investments Group and Managing Director of their Debt Capital Markets Group. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of Investment Banking and Capital Markets at Lehman Brothers and Assistant Vice President at Shearson Lehman Hutton. Mr. DeVito served as a member of the Board of Directors of Nextremity Solutions, the Board of Trustees of Rumson Country Day School and the Executive Board of Family and Children’s Services. When asked to share his thoughts on Roberts & Ryan's latest appointment, Chief Executive Officer Ed D'Alessandro remarked, “I am very excited to welcome Mark to our team. His extensive experience and distinguished investment banking career will be a tremendous asset to Roberts & Ryan. Mark is committed to our social mission of supporting Veterans and their families, and his investment banking experience will be instrumental in helping us grow. We are truly fortunate to have someone of Mark’s caliber join our team to help us get to the next level.” Mr. DeVito is a graduate of Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business, where he received an MBA in Finance, and a graduate of Seton Hall University, where he received a BA in Finance. About Roberts and Ryan, Inc. Roberts & Ryan, Inc. is a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned (SDVO) broker-dealer with execution capabilities in the capital markets, equities, and fixed-income trading. The firm was founded in 1987 by a United States Marine Corps Vietnam combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient. With over $1.8 million in committed donations, Roberts & Ryan is active in donating to charitable foundations that make significant positive impacts in the lives of Veterans and their families, primarily focusing on general wellness, mental health, and career transition. To learn more about Roberts & Ryan, please visit www.roberts-ryan.com. Contact Details Michael C. Del Priore +1 646-859-4061 mdelpriore@roberts-ryan.com Company Website https://www.roberts-ryan.com

February 08, 2024 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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