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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.

Roberts & Ryan, Inc.

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

N6 Powered by KRMA

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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COMPLIANT ANNOUNCES BOARD OF ADVISORS FEATURING RENOWNED LEADERS IN ADVERTISING, DIGITAL MARKETING, PRIVACY AND DATA GOVERNANCE

Compliant

Compliant, a data compliance technology company, announced today the formation of its Board of Advisors, which includes notable former and current advertising, digital marketing, privacy leaders and industry executives. The Board will provide strategic counsel on the company’s mission to help all stakeholders in the digital media ecosystem have the tools they need to ensure consumer trust, campaign performance and data compliance as the industry shifts from cookie-based targeting and measurement to new data signals and ad tech solutions. Compliant Indexes show the data flow around media that is bought and sold so that advertisers, agencies and publishers can understand how vulnerable or resilient they are from a data compliance perspective. According to Jamie Barnard, CEO of Compliant, “In this new advertising era, the expectation is that advertisers, agencies, publishers and ad tech providers will exercise greater oversight of the data flow tied to the media they buy or sell when shifting to new ROI-driving identifier solutions. This will be one of the most, if not the most, important digital media standards for the coming decade. Data compliance is a necessary companion in a cookieless world, and an expectation for consumers, regulators, brands and publishers.” He added,”We are overwhelmed by the number of industry experts wanting to help all stakeholders in the digital media supply chain implement data compliance practices as part of their responsible media frameworks. We are proud to have attracted this experienced and talented group of experts, many of whom have led other transformative eras in digital like programmatic, brand safety, and consent, to help us drive our mission forward and serve as strategic advisors to our leadership team.” The Compliant Advisory Board members are: Oleg Bershadsky, former Chief Operating Officer, Integral Ad Science Caroline Campbell, partner, LEO DIX; former Verizon Media SVP Communications John deTar, President, Global Data Bank Martin Gilliard, CEO Arteli; former Chief Information Officer, Barney’s Ryan Jamboretz, former President, Smartly.io Allie Kline, partner, LEO DIX; former Chief Marketing Officer, Verizon Media Jason Lohr, Director, Adobe Beth Mach, former Chief Communications Officer, True Car; former President, Dentsu X Sarah Ripmaster, Senior Vice President, Innovid; former Head of Sales, Technology IBM Stewart Room, Technology & Media Leader, DWF; President, UK National Association of Data Protection Officers, European Data Protection Board expert support pool Andrew Snyder, former Operating Partner at TCG; Senior Vice President, Meredith Tom Triscari, CEO, Lemonade Project The Compliant leadership team has unmatched expertise across privacy, digital governance and compliance technology, including Jamie Barnard (former Unilever), Elliot Bell (former Facebook), and Magid Souhami (former P&G). About Compliant Compliant is pioneering a new standard for data compliance in the digital marketing industry. The founders believe in a new path for digital media – one that is built with a privacy-safe future in mind, while preserving the economics that underpin the free Internet. Data compliance is becoming one of the most important digital media standards for the coming decade. And the tools brands, agencies, publishers and ad tech companies rely on most to navigate these headwinds are the Compliant Indexes which give the industry the tools it needs to go cookieless without risking consumer trust, campaign performance or compliance. For more information and to view Compliant’s Annual Publisher Audits, and recent release on the data compliance risk on over 90% of global digital media, visit www.compliant.global. Contact Details Kite Hill +1 724-787-1565 compliant@kitehillpr.com

February 13, 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 Andrew Reynolds as its newest Managing Director.

Roberts & Ryan, Inc.

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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First-Ever Risk Retention Group for the Cannabis Industry Launches with CLIC RRG

IMA Financial

Cornerstone Risk Solutions, a subsidiary of IMA Financial Group, today announced the launch of CLIC Risk Retention Group Inc. (CLIC RRG), the first and only risk retention group designed specifically for the unique needs of the burgeoning cannabis industry. The member-owned insurance solution is now available to cannabis-related businesses (CRBs) nationwide. “We are very proud to announce the launch of CLIC Risk Retention Group. We are the first and only insurer in the cannabis space that is owned exclusively by its policyholders,” said Chris Payne, founder of CLIC RRG. “This allows us to offer risk management and profit-sharing opportunities that are unavailable anywhere else in the industry.” The product represents a significant step toward comprehensive insurance solutions tailored to the needs of CRBs across the United States. CLIC members gain access to general liability and product liability coverage from anywhere in the nation, which until now has been out of reach in this high-risk, heavily legislated sector. Tris Felix, Managing Director of Cornerstone Risk Solutions, highlighted the product’s significance: “A member-owned insurance solution is a game-changer for CRB owners whose growth has been historically limited by lack of liability coverage. CLIC RRG owners can build — and benefit from — products that meet the industry’s unique needs, leveling the playing field in a competitive and evolving industry.” As the cannabis industry continues to grow, Cornerstone and CLIC RRG are committed to assessing market responses and potentially introducing additional cannabis industry-specific insurance solutions. “Historically, CLIC RRG coverage lines have been profitable for carriers, yet restricted the policyholders,” said IMA Vice President and Cannabis National Practice Leader Michael Hennessey. “By coming together in a risk retention group, cannabis businesses set their own direction and claim their due benefit.” About Cornerstone Risk Solutions and IMA Financial Group Cornerstone Risk Solutions, a subsidiary of IMA Financial Group, specializes in providing innovative insurance and risk management solutions. IMA Financial Group, a North American insurance brokerage firm, is renowned for its commitment to protecting assets and making a difference in the lives of its clients, associates and communities. About CLIC Risk Retention Group Inc. (CLIC RRG) CLIC Risk Retention Group Inc. (CLIC RRG) is a private insurance company owned by and operated solely for the benefit of participants in the legalized cannabis industry. The company serves businesses and individuals involved in the sale, manufacture, cultivation, transportation and testing of legalized cannabis-based products. The company’s operations are controlled by policyholders who are licensees in the cannabis industry. Contact Details CLIC Risk Retention Group Inc. Chris Payne +1 858-260-9000 chris@clicrrg.com IMA Financial Group Sean Hanft +1 203-313-3205 Sean.hanft@imacorp.com Center Reach Communications Alexandra Campbell alexandra@centerreachcommunication.com Company Website https://cornerstonerisksolutions.com/

February 08, 2024 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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