Pilatus Bank advises a fintech strategy can be as much of a challenge as an opportunity for the majority of banks

We are living in a constantly evolving digital landscape says Pilatus Bank. Fintech startups and challenger banks are continuously launching innovative and advanced digital products on the market. Consumers experience instant gratification with immediate access to the latest technologies via their always-on mobile phones, Wi-Fi-connected cars, and IoT home appliances. It’s natural for them to request, if not demand, from their banks to hold themselves to the same benchmarks and standards required to stay current with other progressive industries. Modern businesses must operate according to standards focused on continuous improvement and technology-driven evolution. On the other hand, banks are facing a higher cost basis to address increased levels of risk management, governance and regulatory compliance requirements. Luis Felipe Rivera, Chief Operating Officer of Pilatus Bank, believes that banks must adapt new strategies as well as technologies to stay relevant in the marketplace.

Full ArticleFri Nov 24, 2017 9:22am EST

Being Admired Feels GREAT!

Vancouver, Nov. 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In being named one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures for 2017, O2E Brands has earned one of the country’s most prestigious human resources industry honors for the second time since 2014.

Full ArticleFri Nov 24, 2017 8:00am EST

Eurocastle Investment Limited: Eurocastle Announces Follow on Investment in FINO NPL Portfolio and Investment Grade Ratings Assigned to FINO 1 Securitisation S.r.l.

Guernsey, 24 November 2017 - Eurocastle Investment Limited (Euronext Amsterdam: ECT) ("Eurocastle" or the "Company") today announces that the Company, together with other affiliates of Fortress Investment Group LLC, has agreed to acquire additional interests in the junior notes of both securitisations that collectively own the FINO non-performing loan portfolio from UniCredit S.p.A.. The transaction entails an anticipated investment for Eurocastle of approximately €8 million and is expected to close by the end of January 2018.

Full ArticleFri Nov 24, 2017 3:19am EST

Smart Mining Market: Digital Revolution to Transform the Mining Sector - FMI

Valley Cottage, NY, Nov. 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A detailed market research report recently released by Future Market Insights presents a thorough overview of the global market for smart mining. The report, titled “Smart Mining Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment, 2015-2020,” states that the market will register an impressive CAGR of 14.5% between 2015 and 2020 and rise to an incremental opportunity of US$13 bn by 2020.

Full ArticleFri Nov 24, 2017 2:17am EST

Mkango Resources Ltd.: Exercise of Warrants

LONDON and CALGARY, Alberta, Nov. 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mkango Resources Ltd. (AIM:MKA) (TSX-V:MKA) (the "Company" or "Mkango") announces that following the exercise of warrants over 3,862,856 common shares without par value in the share capital of the Company (“New Shares”), it has received an aggregate cash consideration of £241,995 and is today issuing the equivalent number of New Shares. The warrants being exercised comprise 3,445,000 warrants at 6.6 pence each and 417,856 warrants at 3.5 pence each.

Full ArticleFri Nov 24, 2017 2:00am EST

Global Counter Terror & Public Safety Technology Market Pegged to be Worth US$ 192 Bn by 2022

ALBANY, New York, Nov. 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As traditional ways of developing law enforcement technologies become inadequate for dealing with the current strategic realities, several companies within and beyond the defence sector are partnering with governments to bolster public safety. New technologies to counter global terrorism are being developed actively across several parts of the world.

Full ArticleFri Nov 24, 2017 1:56am EST

Feed Phytogenic Market to reach US$ 2,500 Mn revenues by 2026 - FMI

Valley Cottage, NY, Nov. 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Phytogenics improve the aroma and taste of feed, which in turn increase feed intake and accelerate digestion activity in livestock. Adoption of feed phytogenics has led toward improvement in livestock development and growth. Growing demand for animal products including eggs, dairy, & meat has pressurized the livestock farmers in improving productivity of livestock. However, rise in cost of feed has added to the dilemma of productivity optimization for farmers, while demanding for minimal expenses.

Full ArticleFri Nov 24, 2017 1:46am EST

Global Smart Agriculture/Farming Market Analysis 2014-2017 & Forecasts to 2025 - Key Players are CropMetrics, Drone Deploy, DeLaval International, DICKEY-John and Farmers Edge

Dublin, Nov. 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Smart Agriculture/Farming Market Analysis By Type (Precision Farming, Livestock Monitoring, Smart Greenhouse, Others), By Offering, By Application, And Segment Forecasts, 2014 - 2025" report has been added to Research and Markets' offering. The global smart agriculture/farming market is anticipated to reach USD 18.21 billion by 2025Factors such as consistent growth in population, low availability of cultivable land, government incentives, and demand for fresh and high-quality food are expected to drive the smart greenhouse market. According to World Health Organization (WHO) and Population Council, 80% of the global population resides in urban cities. The prevailing scarcity of land in urban cities has urged growers to adopt new solutions for developing fresh produces. For instance, the vertical farming technique enables consumers to grow crops indoor in layers, in a multi-story building, stacked on racks, or in a warehouse.The growing population is expected to result in an increased food demand by 2050. Farmers are likely to witness immense pressure in increasing crop production either by making more land available to grow crops or adopting newer techniques, such as smart agriculture and vertical farming. Traditional farming techniques witness several barriers such as climate change, high labor cost. These disadvantages can be overcome with the use of technologies such as LED indoor farming, which creates a nature-like condition to help farmers meet the swelling food demand. Additionally, the changing preference of consumers toward healthier and fresh foods is expected to drive market growth over the forecast period.Agri M2M offers significant opportunities to mobile operators owing to its potential to generate additional revenue through value-added services. For instance, bundling M2M services with a voice or data offering for rural enterprise customers is likely to enhance the application of M2M.Agri VAS has been developed to overcome the information gap faced by farmers in emerging markets such as China and India. Additionally, it also helps in connecting the cultivators with other key players in the agriculture supply chain. Agriculture Value Added Services (VAS) have increased over the past few years owing to their rising awareness among VAS providers, mobile operators, and farmers. A few types of M2M connectivity include cellular M2M, satellite & fixed network, power line, and short range connections such as Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and ZigBee.Further key findings from the report suggest:

Full ArticleThu Nov 23, 2017 9:23am EST

Streetwise Reports Examines Promising 'Hot' Alzheimer's Market for Biotech with 'Novel' Drug Candidate 

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- André Uddin, an analyst with Mackie Research Capital Corp., summarized the quarterly financial results and anticipated catalysts for this Alzheimer's drug developer.

Full ArticleThu Nov 23, 2017 8:45am EST

Lidding Films Market: Product Innovation and Inorganic Growth Route to Translate into Business Advantage for Players

ALBANY, New York, Nov. 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As per one of the latest research reports by Transparency Market Research (TMR), the vendor landscape in the global lidding films market is highly fragmented and competitive on account of presence of a large number of market players. The top ten companies are estimated to hold only 26.6% of market share in 2017. While players that operate globally clearly lead the market, they are wary about threats posed by local vendors. This is because small companies despite a small scale set up offer products at lower prices, which is giving competition to bigger players to establish themselves in regional markets. “In this scenario, the global players are focusing on core business plastic packaging and are discontinuing various non-core operations,” said a lead TMR analyst. For instance, in November 2014 Bemis Company Inc. discontinued its global Pressure Sensitive Materials Business. Also, leading players are striving to expand their market presence with innovation and inorganic growth to tap growth opportunities in regional markets.

Full ArticleThu Nov 23, 2017 7:54am EST