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News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: phys.org

For evolutionary biologists, islands are often intriguing, geographically isolated pockets with unique populations that can be ripe for exploration. Now, in a new study appearing in the advanced online edition of Molecular Biology and Evolution an international team led by geneticist Anna Olivieri from the University of Pavia tackles a highly interesting question: what were the origins of the Sardinian population in the context of European prehistory and ancient human migrations? The authors analyzed 3,491 modern, whole mitochondrial DNA genomes from Sardinia (which are only passed down maternally). These were compared with 21 samples of ancient mitogenomes from the island, a large panel of non-Sardinian mitogenomes —-and even Ötzi (the nickname of Europe's oldest natural mummy, the 3,300 BCE-year old "Tyrolean Iceman") —-to better understand their origins. Their findings show Sardinia as an outlier in the general European genetic landscape. Almost 80 percent of modern Sardinian mitogenomes belong to branches that cannot be found anywhere else outside the island. Thus, they were defined as Sardinian-Specific Haplogroups (SSHs) that most likely arose in the island after its initial occupation. Almost all SSHs coalesce in the post-Nuragic, Nuragic and Neolithic-Copper Age periods. However, some rare SSHs display age estimates older than 7,800 years ago, the postulated archeologically-based starting time of the Neolithic in Sardinia. "Our analyses raise the possibility that several SSHs may have already been present on the island prior to the Neolithic," said prof. Francesco Cucca, from the Institute of Genetic and Biomedical Research (IRGB), at the CNR in Cagliari (Sardinia). The most plausible candidates would include haplogroups K1a2d and U5b1i1, which together comprise almost 3 percent of modern Sardinians, and possibly others. Such a scenario would not only support archaeological evidence of a Mesolithic occupation of Sardinia, but could also suggest a dual ancestral origin of its first inhabitants. K1a2d is of Late Paleolithic Near Eastern ancestry, whereas U5b1i1 harbours deep ancestral roots in Paleolithic Western Europe. This work provides evidence that contemporary Sardinians harbour a unique genetic heritage, as a result of their distinct history and relative isolation from the demographic upheavals of continental Europe. Anna Olivieri stresses: "It now seems plausible that human mobility, inter-communication and gene flow around the Mediterranean from Late Glacial times onwards may well have left signatures that survive to this day. Some of these signals are still retained in modern Sardinians." "Although in the past the stress has often been on the spread of the Neolithic, genetic studies too are beginning to emphasize the complexity and mosaic nature of human ancestry in the Mediterranean, and indeed in Europe more widely," concludes prof. Antonio Torroni, from the University of Pavia. "Future work on ancient DNA should be able to test directly to what extent this more complex model is supported by genetic evidence, and whether our predictions of Mesolithic ancestry in contemporary Sardinians can be sustained." Explore further: Hair from mummy's clothes provides insights into red deer lineage More information: Anna Olivieri,† et al, Mitogenome Diversity in Sardinians: a Genetic Window onto an Island's Past, Molecular Biology and Evolution (2017). DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msx082


News Article | February 28, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

Exelerence Holdings Inc., une société d'investissement axée sur l'industrie de l'infrastructure Internet en plein essor, est heureuse d'annoncer la nomination de M. Pierre Blouin à son conseil d'administration. Exelerence possède et exploite METRO OPTIC, un fournisseur de réseaux de fibre optique à haute vitesse et I.C.E CENTRES DE DONNÉES, un fournisseur neutre et indépendant de centres de données « réseaux-centrés » situés au Canada. M. Blouin a œuvré pendant 30 ans dans l'industrie nord-américaine des télécommunications et de la technologie et a récemment pris sa retraite à titre de chef de la direction de Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. et de MTS Allstream. Auparavant, il a occupé divers postes de cadre supérieur au sein du groupe de sociétés de BCE, dont Président et Chef de la direction de Bell Mobilité Inc., Chef de la direction de BCE Emergis Inc. et Président du groupe Marchés consommateurs de Bell Canada. M. Blouin est également toujours actif comme directeur d'entreprise et siège actuellement au conseil d'administration de Fortis Inc., de la Banque Nationale du Canada et de la Fondation de l'Institut de Cardiologie de Montréal. « Nous sommes ravis et honorés que M. Blouin ait accepté de se joindre à notre conseil d'administration, » a déclaré Michael Bucheit, chef de la direction de Exelerence Holdings Inc. « Sa vaste expérience en leadership dans l'industrie des télécommunications en évolution rapide nous fournira des conseils stratégiques précieux et nous aidera dans l'accélération de notre croissance axée sur les clients dans les réseaux à hautes vitesses et les centres de données "réseaux-centrés." » « Je suis heureux de me joindre au conseil d'administration d'une entreprise aussi dynamique qui possède des réseaux solides et uniques et une forte expertise en centres de données. Sa main-d'œuvre qualifiée et dévouée est bien positionnée pour répondre aux demandes des clients dans un marché en pleine expansion l’infonuagique. Je suis impatient de travailler avec la direction et les membres du conseil d'administration pour soutenir la croissance rapide de l'entreprise, » dit Pierre Blouin. À propos de Metro Optic (http://www.metrooptic.com/fr) : METRO OPTIC est une entreprise indépendante et neutre de solutions de fibre à haute vitesse. Depuis sa création, Metro Optic offre des services de télécommunication et des solutions aux moyennes et aux grandes entreprises, aux transporteurs de télécommunications, aux opérateurs d’infonuagique, ainsi qu’aux opérateurs de centres de données. Son centre de données neutre situé au 875 Saint-Antoine offre la plus grande concentration d’interconnexion de Montréal. À propos d’ I.C.E Centres de Données (http://www.icedatacenters.com/fr): I.C.E CENTRES DE DONNÉES (L’Interconnexion & la Colocation pour l’Enterprise) exploite plusieurs centres de données et centres d'interconnexion au Canada. Il s'agit notamment de sites d'interconnexion de premier plan au centre-ville de Montréal ainsi qu’à Markham (Toronto). I.C.E Centres de Données allie une solide expertise des centres de données aux entreprises mondiales et aux opérateurs d’infonuagique aux États-Unis et au Canada avec un vaste savoir-faire dans le domaine de l'exploitation de réseaux de fibre optique à haute vitesse.


TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 16, 2017) - Dividend 15 Split Corp. II ("Dividend 15 II") declares its regular monthly distribution of $0.10000 for each Class A share and $0.04375 for each Preferred share. Distributions are payable March 10, 2017 to shareholders on record as at February 28, 2017. Since inception Class A shareholders have received a total of $11.20 per share and Preferred shareholders have received a total of $5.40 per share inclusive of this distribution, for a combined total of $16.60. Dividend 15 II invests in a high quality portfolio of leading Canadian dividend-yielding stocks as follows: Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank, National Bank of Canada, CI Financial Corp., BCE Inc., Manulife Financial, Enbridge, Sun Life Financial, TELUS Corporation, Thomson Reuters Corporation, TransAlta Corporation, TransCanada Corporation.


News Article | February 16, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 16, 2017) - Dividend 15 Split Corp. declares its 155th consecutive monthly distribution of $0.10000 for each Class A share ($1.20 annually) and $0.04375 for each Preferred share ($0.525 annually). Distributions are payable March 10, 2017 to shareholders on record as at February 28, 2017. Since inception Class A shareholders have received a total of $19.00 per share and Preferred shareholders have received a total of $6.80 per share inclusive of this distribution, for a combined total of $25.80. Dividend 15 invests in a high quality portfolio of leading Canadian dividend-yielding stocks as follows: Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank, National Bank of Canada, CI Financial Corp., BCE Inc., Manulife Financial, Enbridge, Sun Life Financial, TELUS Corporation, Thomson Reuters Corporation, TransAlta Corporation, TransCanada Corporation.


News Article | February 17, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

In Q4, our sales performance improved, producing an increased order backlog for the beginning of 2017. We saw continued growth in our focus areas, e.g. Self Service Analytics, Business Intelligence as a Managed Service and select Industries. However, our business also continued to decrease in select traditional areas such as new implementations of structured data warehouses. Our revenue and operating profit decreased, driven by transformation in Finland and Baltics segment portfolios. In Q4, we also established capabilities in growing market areas. BIGDATAPUMP (www.bigdatapump.com) acquisition will serve as the basis for a cross-Nordic cloud analytics growth unit for Affecto. Weave (www.weave.fi) represents a similar action. Weave was launched in Q4 by spinning off a service design and custom development team into a separate unit. At the same time, we completed the sale of our Estonian subsidiary, addressing particular challenges within the Estonian customer market. Our full year 2016 order intake was at the same level as in 2015, with the order intake of Sweden increasing significantly while being offset by those of Norway and the Baltics. Our full year 2016 revenue and operating profit declined compared to 2015 This is a result attributable to the Baltics, Finland and to incremental evolution-spending in all our offices. By contrast, Sweden and Denmark had a strong year, growing both revenue and operating profit. During 2016, we moved significantly forward with our business portfolio, people, capabilities and co-operation. We grew a new business platform out of, among other areas, self-service analytics and analytics-as-a-service to offset the decrease in demand in select traditional areas. 200 new Affectones joined our teams to be part of the Affecto family of talent. At the same time, we boosted skill-building and collaboration within our network. We are now locally industry-organized and stronger in technology skills. During the year we also signed essential new Analytics as a Service contracts which further contribute to our recurring revenue base which is now estimated to be approximately 45% of our revenue. We will organize a Capital Markets Day on the 29th of September, 2017. Affecto expects its FY’17 revenue to be at the same level or above the previous year, and its FY’17 operating profit to be at the same level or below the previous year. The Company is going through a transformation period. In 2016, Affecto divested its Estonian business and acquired a Finnish cloud analytics company BIGDATAPUMP. The divested Estonian business had a revenue of EUR 4.5 million and EUR 0.4 million operating profit in 2016 in addition to the EUR 0.3 million gain from the divestment. BIGDATAPUMP will be its own reportable segment in 2017 and the earn out element of the acquisition will be treated as an IFRS3 cost that will affect the Company’s operating profit. The Company will arrange a briefing for analysts and media 17 February 2017 at 15:00 at the Company’s Espoo premises, Keilaranta 17 C, FI-02150 Espoo. This release is based on audited figures. In 10-12/2016, Affecto’s order intake increased by 8% and was 46.1 MEUR (42.6 MEUR). Order intake increased significantly in Sweden and Baltics and increased in Denmark. The order intake decreased slightly for Norway and decreased in Finland. In 1-12/2016, Affecto’s order intake was at the same level as in the prior year and was 117.3 MEUR (117.1 MEUR). Order intake increased significantly in Sweden and slightly increased in Denmark. The order intake in Finland remained on the same level as last year. Order intake decreased slightly in Baltic and decreased in Norway. The order backlog increased significantly by 9% and was 55.0 MEUR (50.7 MEUR) at the end of the reporting period. Order backlog increased significantly in Sweden and Baltic and increased in Norway. Order backlog decreased in Finland and decreased significantly in Denmark. In 10-12/2016, Affecto’s revenue decreased by 1% to 31.1 MEUR (31.3 MEUR). Revenue increased significantly in Sweden and Denmark and increased in Norway. Revenue decreased significantly in Baltic and Finland. In 1-12/2016, Affecto’s revenue decreased by 3% to 112.5 MEUR (116.0 MEUR). Revenue increased significantly in Denmark and increased in Norway and Sweden. Revenue decreased in Finland and decreased significantly in Baltic. In 10-12/2016, Affecto's operating profit decreased to 9.1% and was 2.8 MEUR (3.2 MEUR). The profitability increased in Denmark and increased slightly in Sweden. Norway remained on the same level as last year while Finland profitability decreased and Baltic profitability decreased significantly. Net profit for the period was 2.4 MEUR while it was 2.6 MEUR last year. Affecto also completed the sale of its Estonian subsidiary in Q4 for 1.8 MEUR, with a positive impact to Cash Flow of 1.0 MEUR. The sale positively affected the operating profit by 0.3 MEUR in the Other segment In 1-12/2016, Affecto's operating profit decreased to 5.9% and was 6.7 MEUR (7.5 MEUR). The profitability increased significantly in Denmark and increased in Sweden. The profitability decreased slightly in Finland and Norway and decreased significantly in Baltic. Net profit for the period was 4.7 MEUR while it was 5.9 MEUR last year. The Company had two non-recurring items that impacted the profitability negatively by approximately 1.9 MEUR in total during FY2015: A restructuring provision of approximately 0.9 MEUR was booked in Finland and a non-recurring item of 1.0 MEUR related to the fraud incident impacted the Other segment. Finally, profitability was also impacted by first phase evolution activities carried out during 2016. These activities have represented essential incremental investments into Affecto’s people, building improved collaboration in our PowerGrid, and building capabilities for competitiveness in the transforming market place. Taxes corresponding to the profit have been entered as tax expense. The group's business is managed through five reportable segments: Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Baltic. In 10-12/2016, the Finnish market displayed continued demand for services in the area of Traditional IT & Analytics market, especially in the areas of managed services and custom software development. Affecto also observed a positive development of demand for Business Technology & Analytics. Affecto continued transitioning towards Business Technology & Analytics market, renewing its portfolio. In 10-12/2016, order intake decreased from last year. The total order backlog decreased from last year. Revenue decreased significantly by 6% to 13.4 MEUR (14.3 MEUR). Operational segment result was 1.4 MEUR (1.9 MEUR) or 11 % (13 %) of revenue. Order intake performance was driven by the Company’s transitioning into larger and more complex deals which drives the performance of individual quarters more than before as well as by customers postponing major deals into 2017. On the other hand, existing long-term customers contributed a number of significant deals. The Q4 ’16 y-o-y order intake performance was also impacted by the signing of the Yle Areena contract and the stock clearance of nautical charts in Q4 ’15. In 10-12/2016, revenue and operating profit performance was impacted by decline in the traditional areas of the business which was partially offset by increases across new business areas. Affecto estimates a 30% y-o-y run rate growth within the growing areas of the portfolio and a 35% y-o-y run rate reduction within the declining areas. Professional Services revenue also slightly increased. The stock clearance of nautical charts in 2015 equally impacted revenue and profitability as order intake. The Company also continued ramping up a significant new Managed Service for a Nordic telecom operator with a temporary lower profitability related to first phases of the service period, continued until the end of December. Compared with the prior year, profitability was also impacted by a reversal of restructuring costs in 2015. Finland progressed in renewing its portfolio through transitioning into new demand areas and continued its decided investments into its people and capabilities to drive improvements in business performance. This was further contributed by steering the leadership practices, driving the new, more customer industry focused go-to-market model for improved sales and by a liquid and transparent internal job market for improved consultant utilization. The launch of Weave and the acquisition of BIGDATAPUMP are also seen as contributing to growth going forward. In 10-12/2016, revenue of Karttakeskus geographical information system (“GIS”) business, reported as part of Finland, decreased by 18% to 2.8 MEUR (3.5 MEUR). Karttakeskus lost large contracts in 2015 which continued to negatively affect the revenue.  Affecto expects the effect of the lost deals to have ceased at the end of 2016. Business development actions for strengthening the Company’s capabilities in digital content and services to complement the traditional cartographic offerings were continued. In 1-12/2016, the Finnish market displayed a continued demand for solutions with respect to the Traditional IT & Analytics market, especially in the areas of managed services and custom software development. Development and piloting demand in the Business Technology & Analytics market progressed positively. In 1-12/2016, order intake remained on the same level as last year. Revenue decreased to 48.1 MEUR (49.5 MEUR). Operational segment result was 2.6 MEUR (3.5 MEUR) or 5% (7%) of revenue. In 1-12/2016, the decline in order intake of Karttakeskus geographical information system (“GIS”) business was offset by an increase in order intake in the area of Business Technology and Analytics market which resulted the order intake to be on the same level as the year before. The decline in order backlog is mainly attributable to an essential multi-year contract secured in 2015 for the geographical information systems business, delivered during years 2016-2018. Revenue decrease was mainly driven by two large lost contracts during 2015 in the geographical information system business area. During the year, the Company also experienced a decrease in the traditional areas of the business which was partially offset by increases across new business areas.  Professional Services revenue remained on the same level as previous year. Operational segment result was impacted especially in Q1-3 by Finland transitioning with larger contracts and into new demand areas and recruitment and onboarding of new technology-business hybrid roles. In 1-12/2016, revenue of Karttakeskus geographical information system (“GIS”) business, reported as part of Finland, decreased by 14% to 10.5 MEUR (12.2 MEUR). In 10-12/2016, Affecto continued to experience a shift in demand towards Managed Services and modernization of Information Management platforms within the Traditional IT & Analytics market, and a continuous interest in Self-Service Analytics from the Business Technology & Analytics market. Noticeable in the quarter was an increase of interest in solutions for handling big data and analytics. In 10-12/2016, order intake decreased slightly and order backlog increased compared to last year’s level. Revenue increased to 5.7 MEUR (5.5 MEUR). Operational segment result was 0.3 MEUR (0.3 MEUR) or 5% (5%) of revenue. The reduced order intake was caused mainly by customers postponing purchasing decisions on software within the quarter, and some key customers committing to shorter contract periods for professional services work than before. Important new managed services deal was won at Norwegian Telecommunications company Telenor, building a stable base of multi-year managed service. Longer term managed services contracts at important customers and an increase in recurring software contracts ensured a positive order backlog development despite a slight decline in order intake.  Increased revenue from recurring software contracts was the main driver for revenue growth in the quarter. Profitability was low as consultant utilization continued to be challenged by the transformation of the Company’s delivery capabilities to meet changing market requirements and more complex delivery models. Affecto continued to build its capabilities to sell and deliver solutions within Managed Services, Customer and Product Master Data Management (MDM) as well as big data and unstructured information. The go to market model was changed at the end of the period to strengthen focus on developing the customer segments Business to Consumer (B2C), Financial Services and Public to Citizen. In 1-12/2016, the Norwegian economy was marked by uncertainty. In the Traditional IT & Analytics market, Affecto continued to experience a shift in demand towards improving the performance of existing solutions, combined with a willingness to explore managed services and nearshoring opportunities. In the Business Technology & Analytics market, buyers continued to be interested in Self-Service Analytics in order to increase their organizations’ broader use of data and analytics. Managed services and digitalization initiatives continued to increase potential deal sizes. In 1-12/2016, the order intake decreased. Revenue increased by 4% to 21.8 MEUR (21.1 MEUR). Operational segment result decreased slightly to 1.3 MEUR (1.5 MEUR) or 6% (7%) of revenue. Year-over-year order intake comparison is influenced negatively by large multi-year managed services deal won in Q2 2015. Order backlog is up due to increasing recurring software revenue, new and existing managed services contracts. Revenue increased based on a shift from traditional license sales to recurring models, particularly connected to Self-Service Analytics and other modern software solutions. Profitability was low as consultant utilization continued to be challenged by the transformation of the Company’s delivery capabilities to meet changing market requirements and more complex delivery models through the year. In 10-12/2016, activity level continued to be high in both the Traditional IT & Analytics market, as well as the developing Business Technology & Analytics market. Activity level on existing managed services customers increased to an all-time high level. In the Business Technology & Analytics market the interest in Digital Workplace solutions and Self-Service Analytics continued to develop favorably. In 10-12/2016, order intake and order backlog increased significantly. Revenue increased significantly by 16% and was 5.6 MEUR (4.8 MEUR). Operational segment result was 0.7 MEUR (0.5 MEUR) or 13% (11%) of revenue. Order intake increased due to strong development of customer engagements within Financial Services segment and Digital Workplace solutions within the Business Technology & Analytics market. Also year-end license sales helped increase order intake, while order backlog was also helped by longer term managed services contracts. Revenue growth was driven by all-time high revenue from managed services customers, and a general high utilization of consultants including increased usage of near-shoring. Software sales increased with extensions of traditional solutions at existing customers as well as introducing Self-Service Analytics to new customers. High consultant utilization and growing software revenue ensured good profitability. The Company strengthened its efforts to recruit consultants to meet market demand, and managed to increase the number of consultants. Use of near-shoring of resources from the rest of the Affecto network grew during the quarter. The close co-operation between the offices in Malmö, Copenhagen and Århus is ongoing with positive results as the Company now has more scalable operation in the region, and the possibility to deliver a broader set of competencies to local customers. Charlotte Darth was appointed as the Managing Director of Affecto Sweden and a member of the Affecto Leadership Team, starting 9 January 2017. In 1-12/2016, the activity in the Swedish economy was high, and the demand for Affecto’s skills and solutions within both the Traditional IT and Analytics and Business Technology and Analytics market likewise. The high demand led to strong competition for talent, but the Company was able to attract new talent and grow its number of local consultants during the year, in addition to increasing usage of near-shoring and resources from the rest of Affecto’s network. In 1-12/2016, order intake increased significantly. Revenue increased by 5% and was 19.1 MEUR (18.2 MEUR). Operational segment result increased to 1.7 MEUR (0.7 MEUR) or 9% (4%) of revenue. Order intake increased significantly due to new and existing managed services contracts being won and extended. Also, important new contracts were signed expanding the Company’s customer base for Digital Workplace solutions, adding new healthcare customers, and new contracts opening Self-Service Analytics and big data opportunities. The Company’s Malmö office have been working in close cooperation with the Company’s offices in Copenhagen and Århus to open up new customers within both Financial Sector and Industrial, bringing in new capabilities in areas such as anti-money laundering and Internet of Things.  Revenue increased from high utilization of consultants, while software sales were down as the Company is transforming to meet the changing software market demand in Sweden. The growing revenue from high consultant utilization throughout the year ensured a positive development of profitability. In 10-12/2016, while the Company continued to focus on customers in the Financial Services and Industrial & Energy sectors, new contracts were won also within Public Sector through self-service analytics. Within the area of Business Technology & Analytics market, self-service concepts were extended into the CFO Services concept through new solutions for cloud based performance management and planning. In 10-12/2016, order intake increased and order backlog decreased significantly from last year. Revenue increased significantly by 17% and was 3.7 MEUR (3.2 MEUR). Operational segment result increased to 0.6 MEUR (0.3 MEUR) or 16% (10%) of revenue. Order intake increased while order backlog decreased as growing sales of software, including self-service analytics, increased order intake but not order backlog. Several new contracts were won as pilots in emerging areas where the initial contract value is relatively low with limited effect on order backlog. Revenue increased significantly due to high consultant utilization and growing software sales. Focus on customers within Financial Services and Industrial segments have increased the Company’s ability to meet Industry specific demands and grow at key customers. Working with innovation and co-creation of new opportunities at new and existing customers are adding to the growth. High utilization of resources combined with software sales ensured improved profitability. Account management practices continues to drive growth at Financial Services accounts, while Affecto’s Innolab concept (http://www.affecto.com/innolab/) have created a good pipeline and the first pilot cases for Internet of Things related big data and analytics cases within the Industrial segment. The Company has strengthened its focus and account management practices towards the Financial Services and Industrial customer segments. This has increased the ability to understand and target customer segment specific demands, and bringing in advanced analytics and big data. Continued close cooperation with the Company’s office in Malmö have boosted capabilities to meet customer demands in the region, and contributed to the positive development. In 1-12/2016, the Company’s industry oriented focus and improved account management practices has created positive development within the selected Industries where key customers have grown and the Company’s capabilities have been better tailored to meet the changing demands and growth opportunities within both the Traditional IT and Analytics and the Business Technology and Analytics markets. In 1-12/2016, order intake increased slightly and order backlog decreased significantly. Revenue increased significantly by 15% and was 13.0 MEUR (11.3 MEUR). Operational segment result increased significantly to 1.3 MEUR (0.4 MEUR) or 10% (3%) of revenue. Order intake increased slightly from a combination of increased orders from key customers, growth in software orders and orders of smaller pilots within emerging areas. Self-Service Analytics contributed to the positive development of software orders. The high activity level at key customers contributed to growing revenue from professional services and growth in software revenue, also ensuring improved profitability. In 10-12/2016, in the Lithuanian market, the Company saw continued interest by energy companies to invest into the area of Traditional IT & Analytics while the public sector continued to invest modestly into new IT solutions. In Estonia the public sector investments have been modest causing increased price competition. The Company sold its Estonian subsidiary in December to the subsidiary’s acting members of staff. Across the segment, the private sector was mainly interested in investing into Traditional IT & Analytics, renewal projects and solutions while the impact for Affecto is minor in 2016. The Company also saw that the decisiveness within insurance customers for systems upgrades remained low. On the other hand, the Company saw growing interest for renewal of insurance core systems. The demand for nearshore is increasing as Nordic companies are increasingly investing into managed services. In 10-12/2016, the Baltic (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland and South Africa) order intake increased significantly and order backlog has increased significantly from last year’s level. Revenue decreased significantly by 8% and was 4.3 MEUR (4.7 MEUR). Operational segment result was 0.1 MEUR (0.7 MEUR) or 3% (15%) of revenue. Order intake performance improved significantly as compared to the previous quarters and compared with Q4 2015. Consequently, also order backlog is on the highest level of the year and almost on the same level as year before. The Company signed a multi-year agreement for implementation of Enterprise Asset Management solution for Lithuanian gas transmission system operator AB AmberGrid. The value of the agreement is approximately 1.1 MEUR. The Company signed an agreement with Codan Norway for implementing a core insurance system. The value of the agreement is approximately 2.2 MEUR. The revenue decline was due to modest investments into IT solutions and services by the public sector customers in Estonia and Lithuania during the previous quarters and insurance customers postponing their investments into systems upgrades. The same drivers impacted profitability. The Company continued to focus on local business development in Baltic, on nearshoring boost for all Affecto countries and on strong co-operation with its partners within the insurance sector. In 1-12/2016, the Company invested into meeting new demand areas such as asset management solutions in Lithuania, as the Lithuanian public sector continued to invested modestly into new IT solutions. In Estonia the public sector investments have been modest causing increased price competition. Across the segment, the private sector was mainly interested in investing into Traditional IT & Analytics, renewal projects and solutions while the impact for Affecto was minor in 2016. The Company also saw that the decisiveness within insurance customers for systems upgrades remained low. On the other hand, the Company saw towards the end of the year a growing interest for renewal of insurance core systems. The demand for nearshoring is increasing as Nordic companies are increasingly investing into managed services. In 1-12/2016, the Baltic order intake decreased slightly. Revenue decreased significantly by 18% and was 16.6 MEUR (20.1 MEUR). Operational segment result was 1.2 MEUR (3.9 MEUR) or 7% (20%) of revenue. Order intake was on a lower level during the first nine months of the year compared with the previous year. In the last quarter the order intake was significantly better than the during the previous quarters resulting into an order backlog that is almost on the same level as the year before. The Company signed during the year two multi-year agreements for implementation of Enterprise Asset Management solution (Ab LitGrid and AB AmberGrid) and one major agreement for implementation of insurance core system (Codan Norway). The revenue decline was due to modest investments into IT solutions and services by the public sector customers in Estonia and Lithuania during the previous quarters and insurance customers postponing their investments into systems upgrades. The revenue development y-o-y was also unfavorably impacted by the successful completion of key insurance sector projects in 2015. The same drivers impacted profitability. The Company continued to focus on local business development in Baltic, especially towards telecommunications, retail and industrial customers, on nearshoring boost for all Affecto countries, and on strong co-operation with its partners within the insurance sector. Affecto has traditionally operated with a holding company model that consists of independent and heterogeneous business segments. As the Company’s market has shifted, Affecto has responded by defining its Strategic Direction and Choices in February 2015 and in May 2016, as part of its Capital Markets Day (“CMD”). The Company’s presented direction forms an evolution glide path happening in three phases. In the second half of 2016 the first phase of evolution was finalized. Within this phase the Company’s focus was: customer value creation and evolving Affecto’s core capabilities, activating collaboration and leadership, introducing and executing B2C & Industrial growth initiatives and updating Affecto’s brand. In 10-12/2016, the most significant evolution activities across Affecto’s offices were the following: The above reported Q4 activities are in addition to the activities which have been reported as part of the Company’s Half Year and Q3 ‘16 Interim Reports. During Q2 and Q3 key focus has been on investments to the Company’s people and leadership, boosting collaboration and capabilities within the Affecto PowerGrid and continuing to win new contracts within the focus areas of the Company, e.g. in Self Service Analytics and Business Intelligence as a Managed Service. During Q1 2017 Affecto will launch the second phase of its evolution. Within this phase Affecto will: Boost cooperation in its PowerGrid and unite its purposes together with its people and customers, continue to develop its approach and leadership towards the transforming market, step up and scale its growth initiatives with customers, and Begin the implementation of new IT platforms to integrate its operating model. With the Industry growth topics, Affecto sees a growing market to connect physical world with the digital world in real-time, enabling data driven business models for the customer companies. The Company aligned most of its offices by selected focus industries and focus clients resulting larger deal sizes in focus expertise areas. With industry growth programs (B2C and Industrial) The Company worked with customers such as Empower Group’s Industry division, City of Tampere Electricity Utility (TKS), Grundfos, Expert ASA and Nokian Tyres with Vianor and Futurice.  The total revenue from the industry growth programs in 2016 has been relatively low because of the piloting approach, still growing towards the end of the year. In October Affecto launched Weave BCE, its independent and agile business unit to capture the fast growing market of service design and modern software development. During the first quarter of its existence Weave managed to establish its independent, yet Affecto connected business and increased its headcount by 20%. In December Affecto formed a joint cloud analytics business by acquiring BIGDATAPUMP to seize the fast growing Microsoft Cloud Analytics market and ecosystem across the Nordics. During the year Affecto formed cross-office expertise teams resulting in many key wins in areas like Managed Services and Self-Service Analytics. Through the continuous focus with growth programs and its evolution Affecto has been able to balance the accelerated revenue decline of more traditional expertise areas. At the end of the reporting period Affecto's balance sheet totaled 117.5 MEUR (12/2015: 118.3 MEUR). Equity ratio was 59.6% (12/2015: 58.5%) and net gearing was -6.7% (12/2015: -6.2%). The financial loans were 16.5 MEUR (12/2015: 18.5 MEUR) at the end of reporting period. The Company's cash and liquid assets were 20.8 MEUR (12/2015: 22.4 MEUR). The interest-bearing net debt was -4.3 MEUR (12/2015: -3.9 MEUR). On 17 June 2016, Affecto announced that it has entered into a new 18.5 MEUR term loan agreement. The new loan replaced the previous loan of 18.5 MEUR that expired in the end of June 2016. Affecto will repay the loan in semi-annual instalments of 2.0 MEUR starting in December 2016. In 10-12/2016, the cash flow from operating activities was 7.5 MEUR (9.7 MEUR) and cash flow from investing activities was 0.5 MEUR (-0.1 MEUR). Investments in tangible and intangible assets were -0.6 MEUR (-0.1 MEUR). The weakened cash flow from operating activities was driven by a negative change in working capital in Norway. In 1-12/2016, the cash flow from operating activities was 3.6 MEUR (9.3 MEUR) and cash flow from investing activities was 0.0 MEUR (-0.6 MEUR). Investments in tangible and intangible assets were -1.0 MEUR (-0.6 MEUR). The weakened cash flow from operating activities was driven by the negative change in working capital in Norway and Sweden and lower profitability for the period. On 8 December 2016, the Company announced that it has agreed to sell its subsidiary business in Estonia (Affecto Estonia OÜ) to the subsidiary’s acting members of staff. The transaction was a mutually beneficial decision and is in line with Affecto’ s strategic direction. The selling price was 1.8 MEUR. The transaction positively affected cash flow by 1.0 MEUR and operating profit by 0.3 MEUR in 2016. The Company announced on 21 December 2016 that it has finalized the transaction. Affecto continues to partner with the entity in Estonia which enables joint local delivery solutions to continue for Affecto’s international customers. On 20 December 2016, the Company announced that it has agreed to purchase BIGDATAPUMP, a privately held cloud analytics company based in Finland. The purchase price consists of a 3.5 MEUR cash payment upon closing of the transaction and an earn-out element worth a maximum of 3.0 MEUR. The earn-out element is also paid in cash, subject to the achievement of defined financial targets in 3 years, at the latest in 5 years. This overall purchase price is on a net debt free basis. The transaction will result in the establishment of a joint business with a suite of cloud data analytics offerings with managed service capabilities, including nearshore delivery, as well as service design capabilities. The business will drive a plan of expansion across Finland & Scandinavia in 2017. This acquisition represents the joining of Affecto’s existing Northern European office network with BIGDATAPUMP’s growing international business footprint. BIGDATAPUMP will retain its brand and focus, while its personnel, customers, and partners will belong to newly formed BIGDATAPUMP under the Affecto Group. Revenue of BIGDATAPUMP was 1.8 MEUR in 2015 and 3.4 MEUR in 2016. BIGDATAPUMP will be its own reportable segment on a going forward basis. The number of employees was 930 (985) persons at the end of the reporting period. 428 (398) employees were based in Finland, 92 (102) in Norway, 108 (106) in Sweden, 70 (64) in Denmark and 232 (315) in the Baltic countries. The average number of employees during the period was 987 (1010). The decrease in employees in Affecto and the Baltic segment between 2016 and 2015 was due to the sale of its subsidiary business in Estonia in December 2016. The comparable numbers that take into account the sale of the Estonian subsidiary was 930 (910) for the Affecto level and 232 (240) for the Baltic segment. Affecto’s corporate governance practices comply with Finnish laws and regulations, Affecto’s Articles of Association, the rules of NASDAQ Helsinki and the Finnish Corporate Governance Code issued by the Securities Market Association of Finland in 2015. The code is publicly available at http://cgfinland.fi/en/. Affecto has published its corporate governance statement for 2015 in the Financial Statements 2015 and on the Company website www.affecto.com. Annual General Meeting of Affecto Plc (“AGM”) was held on 8 April 2016. The AGM adopted the financial statements and discharged the members of the Board of Directors and the CEO from liability for the financial year 2015. The meeting approved the Board of Directors’ proposal to pay a dividend of EUR 0.16 per share and the dividend was paid on 19 April 2016. Aaro Cantell, Magdalena Persson, Jukka Ruuska, Olof Sand, Tuija Soanjärvi and Lars Wahlström were re-elected to the Board. The Board of Directors elected from among its members Aaro Cantell as its Chairman and Olof Sand as Vice-Chairman and the following members to the Committees: The AGM approved all proposals made by the Board as described in the invitation published on 11 March 2016. The resolutions of the AGM were published as a stock exchange release on 8 April 2016 and can be found on the Company’s website www.affecto.com. Additionally, the AGM established the Shareholders’ Nomination Board that consists of the representatives of the three largest shareholders of Affecto at 31 October 2016 and the Chairman of the Board of Directors if he is not appointed as a representative of a shareholder. On 16 November 2016, the Company announced that Cantell Oy, Säästöpankki Kotimaa Fund and Ilmarinen have appointed Aaro Cantell, Chairman of Affecto's Board of Directors, Petteri Vaarnanen, Head of Asset Management in SP-Rahastoyhtiö and Mikko Mursula, CIO of Ilmarinen, as members of the Nomination Board. Lombard International Assurance S.A. did not use its right to appoint a member. The Company has one share series and all shares have similar rights. At the end of the review period Affecto Plc's share capital consisted of 22 450 745 shares and the Company owned 821 974 treasury shares, approximately 3.7% of the total amount of the shares. Additional information with respect to the shares, shareholding and trading can be found on the Company’s website www.affecto.com. The markets where Affecto operates are going through change. Historically, Affecto has concentrated on the traditional IT market solutions for a broad customer space and mainly on moderate deal sizes and shapes. Affecto’s demand is growing within larger and more complex deal sizes and shapes as well as within the emerging business technology & analytics market. There is a risk as well as an opportunity with respect to the speed of which Affecto is able to develop and build capability in the new emerging areas in proportion to the traditional areas. Affecto’s success depends also on good customer relationships. Affecto has a diverse customer base. In 2016, the largest customer generated approximately 3% and the 10 largest customers together approximately 20% of Affecto’s revenue. Although none of the customers is critically large for the whole group, there are large customers in various countries that are significant for local business in the relevant country. On the other hand, the diverse customer base may decrease the effectiveness of the sales & delivery efforts and overall agility of the Company. Affecto also needs to be seen as an interesting employer in order to recruit and retain skilled employees. It is important for Affecto to be seen as an employer our employees can be proud of. High people churn may create inefficiencies in the business and temporarily decrease the utilization rate. Affecto executed its first acquisition since 2007 at the end of 2016. The Company recognizes the risk with regards to its ability to complete an effective post-merger integration to achieve the anticipated benefits while maintaining the continuity of the growth track of the acquired company. The changes in the general economic conditions and the operating environment of customers have direct impact on Affecto’s markets. Recently, the US elections and the Brexit have increased global uncertainty. If the macroeconomic environment remains weak, some countries may introduce new regulations. The uncertain economic outlook may affect Affecto’s customers negatively. Slower IT investment decision making and uncertainty on new investments with respect to new business technology solutions may have negative impact on Affecto, especially in the public sector. Affecto’s order backlog has traditionally been only a few months long. Slower decision making of the customers decreases the predictability of the business and may decrease the utilization rate. Specifically, the insurance sector has been impacted by slower than expected investments, mainly due to product cycle related issues, which may continue to have an effect on the Company in Baltic.  While the Company sees revitalizing demand for traditional IT system investments in Lithuania especially in energy sector, the Lithuanian public sector investments into IT remains modest which may have an effect on the Company’s business. Affecto sells third party software licenses and maintenance as part of its solutions. Typically, the license sales have the highest impact on the last month of each quarter and especially in the fourth quarter. This increases the fluctuation in revenue between quarters and increases the difficulty of accurately forecasting the quarters. Additionally, the increase of cloud services and other similar market trends may affect the license revenue negatively. Affecto had license revenue of approximately 7 MEUR in 2016. The Company recognizes that the risks of frauds and cyber security threats have increased. The Company aims to mitigate the increased risks with internal controls, IT-security, training, awareness and security minded culture. The Company recognizes the disintegration of its IT systems and process. Given the number of separate systems, there is low group wide transparency and risk of suboptimal management of the respective businesses. Approximately 36% of Affecto’s revenue is generated in Sweden and Norway, thus the development of the currencies of these countries (SEK and NOK) may have an impact on Affecto’s profitability. The main part of the companies’ income and costs are within the same currency, which decreases the risks. In addition, the Company also has business in South Africa and therefore the development of the South African Rand (ZAR) may also affect the business environment in South Africa and thus the Company’s business. Affecto’s balance sheet includes a material amount of goodwill. Goodwill has been allocated to cash generating units. Cash generating units, to which goodwill has been allocated, are tested for impairment both annually and whenever there is an indication that the unit may be impaired. Potential impairment losses may have material effect on the reported profit and value of assets. On 27 January 2017, the Company announced the proposals of the Shareholder’s Nomination Board. It was proposed that Aaro Cantell, Magdalena Persson, Olof Sand and Tuija Soanjärvi shall be re-elected and Mikko Kuitunen and Timo Vaajoensuu shall be elected as new members to the Board. Jukka Ruuska and Lars Wahlström have announced that they are no longer available for re-election. The monthly remuneration of the Chairman of the Board was proposed to be increased from EUR 3,500 to EUR 4,000 and the monthly remuneration of the Chairman of the Audit Committee was proposed to be increased to EUR 2,750 from EUR 2,000. The monthly remuneration of the Deputy Chairman and the other Board members was proposed to remain unchanged at EUR 2,750 and EUR 2,000, respectively. In addition, a fee of EUR 300 was proposed to be paid for participation in each committee meeting and participation in person in Board meetings that are outside the country of residence of the relevant Board member. The Shareholders’ Nomination Board proposed that 40 % of the Board remuneration is paid in Affecto’s shares. On 2 February 2017, the Company completed its acquisition of BIGDATAPUMP. BIGDATAPUMP will be its own reportable segment on a going forward basis. The purchase price consists of a 3.5 MEUR cash payment upon closing of the transaction and an earn-out element worth a maximum of 3.0 MEUR. The earn-out element is also paid in cash, subject to the achievement of defined financial targets in 3 years, at the latest 5 years. The overall purchase price is on a net debt free basis. The purchase price allocation has not yet been prepared. The preliminary purchase price allocation will be prepared during the first quarter of 2017. Distributable funds of the group parent company on 31 December 2016 are 58,676,860.61 euros, of which the distributable profit is 15,163,635.13 euros. Board of Directors proposes that from the financial year 2016 a dividend of 0.16 euros per share will be paid, a total of 3,460,603.16 euros with the outstanding number of shares at the end of the financial period, and the rest is carried forward to the retained earnings account. No material changes have taken place in respect of the Company’s financial position after the balance sheet date. The liquidity of the Company is good and in the opinion of the Board of Directors the proposed distribution of profit does not risk the liquidity of the Company. Interim Report January-March 2017: 11 May 2017 Half-yearly Report January-June 2017: 22 August 2017 Interim Report January-September 2017: 7 November 2017 The Financial Statements and the Corporate Governance Statement will be published during the week starting on 13 March 2017. The Annual General Meeting is scheduled to be held 7 April 2017. Affecto expects its FY’17 revenue to be at the same level or above the previous year, and its FY’17 operating profit to be at the same level or below the previous year. The Company is going through a transformation period. In 2016, Affecto divested its Estonian business and acquired a Finnish cloud analytics company BIGDATAPUMP. The divested Estonian business had a revenue of EUR 4.5 million and EUR 0.4 million operating profit in 2016 in addition to the EUR 0.3 million gain from the divestment. BIGDATAPUMP will be its own reportable segment in 2017 and the earn out element of the acquisition will be treated as an IFRS3 cost that will affect the Company’s operating profit. 1. Consolidated income statement, consolidated comprehensive income statement, balance sheet, cash flow statement and statement of changes in equity 2. Notes 3. Key figures 1. Consolidated income statement, consolidated comprehensive income statement, balance sheet, cash flow statement and statement of changes in equity CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY This financial statement bulletin has been prepared in accordance with the IFRS recognition and measurement principles and in accordance with IAS 34, Interim Financial reporting. The financial statement bulletin should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2015. In material respects, the same accounting policies have been applied as in the 2015 annual consolidated financial statements.  The amendments to and interpretations of IFRS standards that entered into force on 1 January 2016 had no material impact on this financial statement bulletin. Affecto's reporting segments are based on geographical locations and are Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Baltic. 2.3. Changes in intangible and tangible assets Affecto Plc owns 821 974 treasury shares, which correspond to 3.7% of the total amount of the shares. The amount of registered shares is 22 450 745 shares. On 17 June 2016, the Company announced that it has entered into a new 18.5 MEUR term loan agreement. The new loan replaced the previous loan of 18.5 MEUR that expired in the end of June 2016. Affecto will repay the loan in semi-annual instalments of 2.0 MEUR starting in December 2016. Affecto's loan facility agreement includes financial covenants, breach of which might lead to an increase in cost of debt or cancellation of the facility agreement. The covenants are based on total net debt to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and total net debt to total equity. The covenants will be measured quarterly, and these terms and conditions of covenants were met at the end of the reporting period. The Company renewed its long term financing in 2016. As a part of the termination of the previous loan agreement, Affecto was able to release the guarantees given in relation to the previous loan. Other securities given on Affecto’s behalf: Other guarantees are mostly securities issued for customer projects. These guarantees include both bank guarantees secured by parent company of the group and guarantees issued by the parent company and subsidiaries. Key management compensation and remunerations to the board of directors: Affecto has revised the terminology used in its financial reporting. Prior to Q1-2016 release, the Company used the term ‘net sales’. In this report and going forward, the term ‘net sales’ is replaced with ‘revenue’, however, the meaning of the two terms is identical.


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In Q4, our sales performance improved, producing an increased order backlog for the beginning of 2017. We saw continued growth in our focus areas, e.g. Self Service Analytics, Business Intelligence as a Managed Service and select Industries. However, our business also continued to decrease in select traditional areas such as new implementations of structured data warehouses. Our revenue and operating profit decreased, driven by transformation in Finland and Baltics segment portfolios. In Q4, we also established capabilities in growing market areas. BIGDATAPUMP (www.bigdatapump.com) acquisition will serve as the basis for a cross-Nordic cloud analytics growth unit for Affecto. Weave (www.weave.fi) represents a similar action. Weave was launched in Q4 by spinning off a service design and custom development team into a separate unit. At the same time, we completed the sale of our Estonian subsidiary, addressing particular challenges within the Estonian customer market. Our full year 2016 order intake was at the same level as in 2015, with the order intake of Sweden increasing significantly while being offset by those of Norway and the Baltics. Our full year 2016 revenue and operating profit declined compared to 2015 This is a result attributable to the Baltics, Finland and to incremental evolution-spending in all our offices. By contrast, Sweden and Denmark had a strong year, growing both revenue and operating profit. During 2016, we moved significantly forward with our business portfolio, people, capabilities and co-operation. We grew a new business platform out of, among other areas, self-service analytics and analytics-as-a-service to offset the decrease in demand in select traditional areas. 200 new Affectones joined our teams to be part of the Affecto family of talent. At the same time, we boosted skill-building and collaboration within our network. We are now locally industry-organized and stronger in technology skills. During the year we also signed essential new Analytics as a Service contracts which further contribute to our recurring revenue base which is now estimated to be approximately 45% of our revenue. We will organize a Capital Markets Day on the 29th of September, 2017. Affecto expects its FY’17 revenue to be at the same level or above the previous year, and its FY’17 operating profit to be at the same level or below the previous year. The Company is going through a transformation period. In 2016, Affecto divested its Estonian business and acquired a Finnish cloud analytics company BIGDATAPUMP. The divested Estonian business had a revenue of EUR 4.5 million and EUR 0.4 million operating profit in 2016 in addition to the EUR 0.3 million gain from the divestment. BIGDATAPUMP will be its own reportable segment in 2017 and the earn out element of the acquisition will be treated as an IFRS3 cost that will affect the Company’s operating profit. The Company will arrange a briefing for analysts and media 17 February 2017 at 15:00 at the Company’s Espoo premises, Keilaranta 17 C, FI-02150 Espoo. This release is based on audited figures. In 10-12/2016, Affecto’s order intake increased by 8% and was 46.1 MEUR (42.6 MEUR). Order intake increased significantly in Sweden and Baltics and increased in Denmark. The order intake decreased slightly for Norway and decreased in Finland. In 1-12/2016, Affecto’s order intake was at the same level as in the prior year and was 117.3 MEUR (117.1 MEUR). Order intake increased significantly in Sweden and slightly increased in Denmark. The order intake in Finland remained on the same level as last year. Order intake decreased slightly in Baltic and decreased in Norway. The order backlog increased significantly by 9% and was 55.0 MEUR (50.7 MEUR) at the end of the reporting period. Order backlog increased significantly in Sweden and Baltic and increased in Norway. Order backlog decreased in Finland and decreased significantly in Denmark. In 10-12/2016, Affecto’s revenue decreased by 1% to 31.1 MEUR (31.3 MEUR). Revenue increased significantly in Sweden and Denmark and increased in Norway. Revenue decreased significantly in Baltic and Finland. In 1-12/2016, Affecto’s revenue decreased by 3% to 112.5 MEUR (116.0 MEUR). Revenue increased significantly in Denmark and increased in Norway and Sweden. Revenue decreased in Finland and decreased significantly in Baltic. In 10-12/2016, Affecto's operating profit decreased to 9.1% and was 2.8 MEUR (3.2 MEUR). The profitability increased in Denmark and increased slightly in Sweden. Norway remained on the same level as last year while Finland profitability decreased and Baltic profitability decreased significantly. Net profit for the period was 2.4 MEUR while it was 2.6 MEUR last year. Affecto also completed the sale of its Estonian subsidiary in Q4 for 1.8 MEUR, with a positive impact to Cash Flow of 1.0 MEUR. The sale positively affected the operating profit by 0.3 MEUR in the Other segment In 1-12/2016, Affecto's operating profit decreased to 5.9% and was 6.7 MEUR (7.5 MEUR). The profitability increased significantly in Denmark and increased in Sweden. The profitability decreased slightly in Finland and Norway and decreased significantly in Baltic. Net profit for the period was 4.7 MEUR while it was 5.9 MEUR last year. The Company had two non-recurring items that impacted the profitability negatively by approximately 1.9 MEUR in total during FY2015: A restructuring provision of approximately 0.9 MEUR was booked in Finland and a non-recurring item of 1.0 MEUR related to the fraud incident impacted the Other segment. Finally, profitability was also impacted by first phase evolution activities carried out during 2016. These activities have represented essential incremental investments into Affecto’s people, building improved collaboration in our PowerGrid, and building capabilities for competitiveness in the transforming market place. Taxes corresponding to the profit have been entered as tax expense. The group's business is managed through five reportable segments: Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Baltic. In 10-12/2016, the Finnish market displayed continued demand for services in the area of Traditional IT & Analytics market, especially in the areas of managed services and custom software development. Affecto also observed a positive development of demand for Business Technology & Analytics. Affecto continued transitioning towards Business Technology & Analytics market, renewing its portfolio. In 10-12/2016, order intake decreased from last year. The total order backlog decreased from last year. Revenue decreased significantly by 6% to 13.4 MEUR (14.3 MEUR). Operational segment result was 1.4 MEUR (1.9 MEUR) or 11 % (13 %) of revenue. Order intake performance was driven by the Company’s transitioning into larger and more complex deals which drives the performance of individual quarters more than before as well as by customers postponing major deals into 2017. On the other hand, existing long-term customers contributed a number of significant deals. The Q4 ’16 y-o-y order intake performance was also impacted by the signing of the Yle Areena contract and the stock clearance of nautical charts in Q4 ’15. In 10-12/2016, revenue and operating profit performance was impacted by decline in the traditional areas of the business which was partially offset by increases across new business areas. Affecto estimates a 30% y-o-y run rate growth within the growing areas of the portfolio and a 35% y-o-y run rate reduction within the declining areas. Professional Services revenue also slightly increased. The stock clearance of nautical charts in 2015 equally impacted revenue and profitability as order intake. The Company also continued ramping up a significant new Managed Service for a Nordic telecom operator with a temporary lower profitability related to first phases of the service period, continued until the end of December. Compared with the prior year, profitability was also impacted by a reversal of restructuring costs in 2015. Finland progressed in renewing its portfolio through transitioning into new demand areas and continued its decided investments into its people and capabilities to drive improvements in business performance. This was further contributed by steering the leadership practices, driving the new, more customer industry focused go-to-market model for improved sales and by a liquid and transparent internal job market for improved consultant utilization. The launch of Weave and the acquisition of BIGDATAPUMP are also seen as contributing to growth going forward. In 10-12/2016, revenue of Karttakeskus geographical information system (“GIS”) business, reported as part of Finland, decreased by 18% to 2.8 MEUR (3.5 MEUR). Karttakeskus lost large contracts in 2015 which continued to negatively affect the revenue.  Affecto expects the effect of the lost deals to have ceased at the end of 2016. Business development actions for strengthening the Company’s capabilities in digital content and services to complement the traditional cartographic offerings were continued. In 1-12/2016, the Finnish market displayed a continued demand for solutions with respect to the Traditional IT & Analytics market, especially in the areas of managed services and custom software development. Development and piloting demand in the Business Technology & Analytics market progressed positively. In 1-12/2016, order intake remained on the same level as last year. Revenue decreased to 48.1 MEUR (49.5 MEUR). Operational segment result was 2.6 MEUR (3.5 MEUR) or 5% (7%) of revenue. In 1-12/2016, the decline in order intake of Karttakeskus geographical information system (“GIS”) business was offset by an increase in order intake in the area of Business Technology and Analytics market which resulted the order intake to be on the same level as the year before. The decline in order backlog is mainly attributable to an essential multi-year contract secured in 2015 for the geographical information systems business, delivered during years 2016-2018. Revenue decrease was mainly driven by two large lost contracts during 2015 in the geographical information system business area. During the year, the Company also experienced a decrease in the traditional areas of the business which was partially offset by increases across new business areas.  Professional Services revenue remained on the same level as previous year. Operational segment result was impacted especially in Q1-3 by Finland transitioning with larger contracts and into new demand areas and recruitment and onboarding of new technology-business hybrid roles. In 1-12/2016, revenue of Karttakeskus geographical information system (“GIS”) business, reported as part of Finland, decreased by 14% to 10.5 MEUR (12.2 MEUR). In 10-12/2016, Affecto continued to experience a shift in demand towards Managed Services and modernization of Information Management platforms within the Traditional IT & Analytics market, and a continuous interest in Self-Service Analytics from the Business Technology & Analytics market. Noticeable in the quarter was an increase of interest in solutions for handling big data and analytics. In 10-12/2016, order intake decreased slightly and order backlog increased compared to last year’s level. Revenue increased to 5.7 MEUR (5.5 MEUR). Operational segment result was 0.3 MEUR (0.3 MEUR) or 5% (5%) of revenue. The reduced order intake was caused mainly by customers postponing purchasing decisions on software within the quarter, and some key customers committing to shorter contract periods for professional services work than before. Important new managed services deal was won at Norwegian Telecommunications company Telenor, building a stable base of multi-year managed service. Longer term managed services contracts at important customers and an increase in recurring software contracts ensured a positive order backlog development despite a slight decline in order intake.  Increased revenue from recurring software contracts was the main driver for revenue growth in the quarter. Profitability was low as consultant utilization continued to be challenged by the transformation of the Company’s delivery capabilities to meet changing market requirements and more complex delivery models. Affecto continued to build its capabilities to sell and deliver solutions within Managed Services, Customer and Product Master Data Management (MDM) as well as big data and unstructured information. The go to market model was changed at the end of the period to strengthen focus on developing the customer segments Business to Consumer (B2C), Financial Services and Public to Citizen. In 1-12/2016, the Norwegian economy was marked by uncertainty. In the Traditional IT & Analytics market, Affecto continued to experience a shift in demand towards improving the performance of existing solutions, combined with a willingness to explore managed services and nearshoring opportunities. In the Business Technology & Analytics market, buyers continued to be interested in Self-Service Analytics in order to increase their organizations’ broader use of data and analytics. Managed services and digitalization initiatives continued to increase potential deal sizes. In 1-12/2016, the order intake decreased. Revenue increased by 4% to 21.8 MEUR (21.1 MEUR). Operational segment result decreased slightly to 1.3 MEUR (1.5 MEUR) or 6% (7%) of revenue. Year-over-year order intake comparison is influenced negatively by large multi-year managed services deal won in Q2 2015. Order backlog is up due to increasing recurring software revenue, new and existing managed services contracts. Revenue increased based on a shift from traditional license sales to recurring models, particularly connected to Self-Service Analytics and other modern software solutions. Profitability was low as consultant utilization continued to be challenged by the transformation of the Company’s delivery capabilities to meet changing market requirements and more complex delivery models through the year. In 10-12/2016, activity level continued to be high in both the Traditional IT & Analytics market, as well as the developing Business Technology & Analytics market. Activity level on existing managed services customers increased to an all-time high level. In the Business Technology & Analytics market the interest in Digital Workplace solutions and Self-Service Analytics continued to develop favorably. In 10-12/2016, order intake and order backlog increased significantly. Revenue increased significantly by 16% and was 5.6 MEUR (4.8 MEUR). Operational segment result was 0.7 MEUR (0.5 MEUR) or 13% (11%) of revenue. Order intake increased due to strong development of customer engagements within Financial Services segment and Digital Workplace solutions within the Business Technology & Analytics market. Also year-end license sales helped increase order intake, while order backlog was also helped by longer term managed services contracts. Revenue growth was driven by all-time high revenue from managed services customers, and a general high utilization of consultants including increased usage of near-shoring. Software sales increased with extensions of traditional solutions at existing customers as well as introducing Self-Service Analytics to new customers. High consultant utilization and growing software revenue ensured good profitability. The Company strengthened its efforts to recruit consultants to meet market demand, and managed to increase the number of consultants. Use of near-shoring of resources from the rest of the Affecto network grew during the quarter. The close co-operation between the offices in Malmö, Copenhagen and Århus is ongoing with positive results as the Company now has more scalable operation in the region, and the possibility to deliver a broader set of competencies to local customers. Charlotte Darth was appointed as the Managing Director of Affecto Sweden and a member of the Affecto Leadership Team, starting 9 January 2017. In 1-12/2016, the activity in the Swedish economy was high, and the demand for Affecto’s skills and solutions within both the Traditional IT and Analytics and Business Technology and Analytics market likewise. The high demand led to strong competition for talent, but the Company was able to attract new talent and grow its number of local consultants during the year, in addition to increasing usage of near-shoring and resources from the rest of Affecto’s network. In 1-12/2016, order intake increased significantly. Revenue increased by 5% and was 19.1 MEUR (18.2 MEUR). Operational segment result increased to 1.7 MEUR (0.7 MEUR) or 9% (4%) of revenue. Order intake increased significantly due to new and existing managed services contracts being won and extended. Also, important new contracts were signed expanding the Company’s customer base for Digital Workplace solutions, adding new healthcare customers, and new contracts opening Self-Service Analytics and big data opportunities. The Company’s Malmö office have been working in close cooperation with the Company’s offices in Copenhagen and Århus to open up new customers within both Financial Sector and Industrial, bringing in new capabilities in areas such as anti-money laundering and Internet of Things.  Revenue increased from high utilization of consultants, while software sales were down as the Company is transforming to meet the changing software market demand in Sweden. The growing revenue from high consultant utilization throughout the year ensured a positive development of profitability. In 10-12/2016, while the Company continued to focus on customers in the Financial Services and Industrial & Energy sectors, new contracts were won also within Public Sector through self-service analytics. Within the area of Business Technology & Analytics market, self-service concepts were extended into the CFO Services concept through new solutions for cloud based performance management and planning. In 10-12/2016, order intake increased and order backlog decreased significantly from last year. Revenue increased significantly by 17% and was 3.7 MEUR (3.2 MEUR). Operational segment result increased to 0.6 MEUR (0.3 MEUR) or 16% (10%) of revenue. Order intake increased while order backlog decreased as growing sales of software, including self-service analytics, increased order intake but not order backlog. Several new contracts were won as pilots in emerging areas where the initial contract value is relatively low with limited effect on order backlog. Revenue increased significantly due to high consultant utilization and growing software sales. Focus on customers within Financial Services and Industrial segments have increased the Company’s ability to meet Industry specific demands and grow at key customers. Working with innovation and co-creation of new opportunities at new and existing customers are adding to the growth. High utilization of resources combined with software sales ensured improved profitability. Account management practices continues to drive growth at Financial Services accounts, while Affecto’s Innolab concept (http://www.affecto.com/innolab/) have created a good pipeline and the first pilot cases for Internet of Things related big data and analytics cases within the Industrial segment. The Company has strengthened its focus and account management practices towards the Financial Services and Industrial customer segments. This has increased the ability to understand and target customer segment specific demands, and bringing in advanced analytics and big data. Continued close cooperation with the Company’s office in Malmö have boosted capabilities to meet customer demands in the region, and contributed to the positive development. In 1-12/2016, the Company’s industry oriented focus and improved account management practices has created positive development within the selected Industries where key customers have grown and the Company’s capabilities have been better tailored to meet the changing demands and growth opportunities within both the Traditional IT and Analytics and the Business Technology and Analytics markets. In 1-12/2016, order intake increased slightly and order backlog decreased significantly. Revenue increased significantly by 15% and was 13.0 MEUR (11.3 MEUR). Operational segment result increased significantly to 1.3 MEUR (0.4 MEUR) or 10% (3%) of revenue. Order intake increased slightly from a combination of increased orders from key customers, growth in software orders and orders of smaller pilots within emerging areas. Self-Service Analytics contributed to the positive development of software orders. The high activity level at key customers contributed to growing revenue from professional services and growth in software revenue, also ensuring improved profitability. In 10-12/2016, in the Lithuanian market, the Company saw continued interest by energy companies to invest into the area of Traditional IT & Analytics while the public sector continued to invest modestly into new IT solutions. In Estonia the public sector investments have been modest causing increased price competition. The Company sold its Estonian subsidiary in December to the subsidiary’s acting members of staff. Across the segment, the private sector was mainly interested in investing into Traditional IT & Analytics, renewal projects and solutions while the impact for Affecto is minor in 2016. The Company also saw that the decisiveness within insurance customers for systems upgrades remained low. On the other hand, the Company saw growing interest for renewal of insurance core systems. The demand for nearshore is increasing as Nordic companies are increasingly investing into managed services. In 10-12/2016, the Baltic (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland and South Africa) order intake increased significantly and order backlog has increased significantly from last year’s level. Revenue decreased significantly by 8% and was 4.3 MEUR (4.7 MEUR). Operational segment result was 0.1 MEUR (0.7 MEUR) or 3% (15%) of revenue. Order intake performance improved significantly as compared to the previous quarters and compared with Q4 2015. Consequently, also order backlog is on the highest level of the year and almost on the same level as year before. The Company signed a multi-year agreement for implementation of Enterprise Asset Management solution for Lithuanian gas transmission system operator AB AmberGrid. The value of the agreement is approximately 1.1 MEUR. The Company signed an agreement with Codan Norway for implementing a core insurance system. The value of the agreement is approximately 2.2 MEUR. The revenue decline was due to modest investments into IT solutions and services by the public sector customers in Estonia and Lithuania during the previous quarters and insurance customers postponing their investments into systems upgrades. The same drivers impacted profitability. The Company continued to focus on local business development in Baltic, on nearshoring boost for all Affecto countries and on strong co-operation with its partners within the insurance sector. In 1-12/2016, the Company invested into meeting new demand areas such as asset management solutions in Lithuania, as the Lithuanian public sector continued to invested modestly into new IT solutions. In Estonia the public sector investments have been modest causing increased price competition. Across the segment, the private sector was mainly interested in investing into Traditional IT & Analytics, renewal projects and solutions while the impact for Affecto was minor in 2016. The Company also saw that the decisiveness within insurance customers for systems upgrades remained low. On the other hand, the Company saw towards the end of the year a growing interest for renewal of insurance core systems. The demand for nearshoring is increasing as Nordic companies are increasingly investing into managed services. In 1-12/2016, the Baltic order intake decreased slightly. Revenue decreased significantly by 18% and was 16.6 MEUR (20.1 MEUR). Operational segment result was 1.2 MEUR (3.9 MEUR) or 7% (20%) of revenue. Order intake was on a lower level during the first nine months of the year compared with the previous year. In the last quarter the order intake was significantly better than the during the previous quarters resulting into an order backlog that is almost on the same level as the year before. The Company signed during the year two multi-year agreements for implementation of Enterprise Asset Management solution (Ab LitGrid and AB AmberGrid) and one major agreement for implementation of insurance core system (Codan Norway). The revenue decline was due to modest investments into IT solutions and services by the public sector customers in Estonia and Lithuania during the previous quarters and insurance customers postponing their investments into systems upgrades. The revenue development y-o-y was also unfavorably impacted by the successful completion of key insurance sector projects in 2015. The same drivers impacted profitability. The Company continued to focus on local business development in Baltic, especially towards telecommunications, retail and industrial customers, on nearshoring boost for all Affecto countries, and on strong co-operation with its partners within the insurance sector. Affecto has traditionally operated with a holding company model that consists of independent and heterogeneous business segments. As the Company’s market has shifted, Affecto has responded by defining its Strategic Direction and Choices in February 2015 and in May 2016, as part of its Capital Markets Day (“CMD”). The Company’s presented direction forms an evolution glide path happening in three phases. In the second half of 2016 the first phase of evolution was finalized. Within this phase the Company’s focus was: customer value creation and evolving Affecto’s core capabilities, activating collaboration and leadership, introducing and executing B2C & Industrial growth initiatives and updating Affecto’s brand. In 10-12/2016, the most significant evolution activities across Affecto’s offices were the following: The above reported Q4 activities are in addition to the activities which have been reported as part of the Company’s Half Year and Q3 ‘16 Interim Reports. During Q2 and Q3 key focus has been on investments to the Company’s people and leadership, boosting collaboration and capabilities within the Affecto PowerGrid and continuing to win new contracts within the focus areas of the Company, e.g. in Self Service Analytics and Business Intelligence as a Managed Service. During Q1 2017 Affecto will launch the second phase of its evolution. Within this phase Affecto will: Boost cooperation in its PowerGrid and unite its purposes together with its people and customers, continue to develop its approach and leadership towards the transforming market, step up and scale its growth initiatives with customers, and Begin the implementation of new IT platforms to integrate its operating model. With the Industry growth topics, Affecto sees a growing market to connect physical world with the digital world in real-time, enabling data driven business models for the customer companies. The Company aligned most of its offices by selected focus industries and focus clients resulting larger deal sizes in focus expertise areas. With industry growth programs (B2C and Industrial) The Company worked with customers such as Empower Group’s Industry division, City of Tampere Electricity Utility (TKS), Grundfos, Expert ASA and Nokian Tyres with Vianor and Futurice.  The total revenue from the industry growth programs in 2016 has been relatively low because of the piloting approach, still growing towards the end of the year. In October Affecto launched Weave BCE, its independent and agile business unit to capture the fast growing market of service design and modern software development. During the first quarter of its existence Weave managed to establish its independent, yet Affecto connected business and increased its headcount by 20%. In December Affecto formed a joint cloud analytics business by acquiring BIGDATAPUMP to seize the fast growing Microsoft Cloud Analytics market and ecosystem across the Nordics. During the year Affecto formed cross-office expertise teams resulting in many key wins in areas like Managed Services and Self-Service Analytics. Through the continuous focus with growth programs and its evolution Affecto has been able to balance the accelerated revenue decline of more traditional expertise areas. At the end of the reporting period Affecto's balance sheet totaled 117.5 MEUR (12/2015: 118.3 MEUR). Equity ratio was 59.6% (12/2015: 58.5%) and net gearing was -6.7% (12/2015: -6.2%). The financial loans were 16.5 MEUR (12/2015: 18.5 MEUR) at the end of reporting period. The Company's cash and liquid assets were 20.8 MEUR (12/2015: 22.4 MEUR). The interest-bearing net debt was -4.3 MEUR (12/2015: -3.9 MEUR). On 17 June 2016, Affecto announced that it has entered into a new 18.5 MEUR term loan agreement. The new loan replaced the previous loan of 18.5 MEUR that expired in the end of June 2016. Affecto will repay the loan in semi-annual instalments of 2.0 MEUR starting in December 2016. In 10-12/2016, the cash flow from operating activities was 7.5 MEUR (9.7 MEUR) and cash flow from investing activities was 0.5 MEUR (-0.1 MEUR). Investments in tangible and intangible assets were -0.6 MEUR (-0.1 MEUR). The weakened cash flow from operating activities was driven by a negative change in working capital in Norway. In 1-12/2016, the cash flow from operating activities was 3.6 MEUR (9.3 MEUR) and cash flow from investing activities was 0.0 MEUR (-0.6 MEUR). Investments in tangible and intangible assets were -1.0 MEUR (-0.6 MEUR). The weakened cash flow from operating activities was driven by the negative change in working capital in Norway and Sweden and lower profitability for the period. On 8 December 2016, the Company announced that it has agreed to sell its subsidiary business in Estonia (Affecto Estonia OÜ) to the subsidiary’s acting members of staff. The transaction was a mutually beneficial decision and is in line with Affecto’ s strategic direction. The selling price was 1.8 MEUR. The transaction positively affected cash flow by 1.0 MEUR and operating profit by 0.3 MEUR in 2016. The Company announced on 21 December 2016 that it has finalized the transaction. Affecto continues to partner with the entity in Estonia which enables joint local delivery solutions to continue for Affecto’s international customers. On 20 December 2016, the Company announced that it has agreed to purchase BIGDATAPUMP, a privately held cloud analytics company based in Finland. The purchase price consists of a 3.5 MEUR cash payment upon closing of the transaction and an earn-out element worth a maximum of 3.0 MEUR. The earn-out element is also paid in cash, subject to the achievement of defined financial targets in 3 years, at the latest in 5 years. This overall purchase price is on a net debt free basis. The transaction will result in the establishment of a joint business with a suite of cloud data analytics offerings with managed service capabilities, including nearshore delivery, as well as service design capabilities. The business will drive a plan of expansion across Finland & Scandinavia in 2017. This acquisition represents the joining of Affecto’s existing Northern European office network with BIGDATAPUMP’s growing international business footprint. BIGDATAPUMP will retain its brand and focus, while its personnel, customers, and partners will belong to newly formed BIGDATAPUMP under the Affecto Group. Revenue of BIGDATAPUMP was 1.8 MEUR in 2015 and 3.4 MEUR in 2016. BIGDATAPUMP will be its own reportable segment on a going forward basis. The number of employees was 930 (985) persons at the end of the reporting period. 428 (398) employees were based in Finland, 92 (102) in Norway, 108 (106) in Sweden, 70 (64) in Denmark and 232 (315) in the Baltic countries. The average number of employees during the period was 987 (1010). The decrease in employees in Affecto and the Baltic segment between 2016 and 2015 was due to the sale of its subsidiary business in Estonia in December 2016. The comparable numbers that take into account the sale of the Estonian subsidiary was 930 (910) for the Affecto level and 232 (240) for the Baltic segment. Affecto’s corporate governance practices comply with Finnish laws and regulations, Affecto’s Articles of Association, the rules of NASDAQ Helsinki and the Finnish Corporate Governance Code issued by the Securities Market Association of Finland in 2015. The code is publicly available at http://cgfinland.fi/en/. Affecto has published its corporate governance statement for 2015 in the Financial Statements 2015 and on the Company website www.affecto.com. Annual General Meeting of Affecto Plc (“AGM”) was held on 8 April 2016. The AGM adopted the financial statements and discharged the members of the Board of Directors and the CEO from liability for the financial year 2015. The meeting approved the Board of Directors’ proposal to pay a dividend of EUR 0.16 per share and the dividend was paid on 19 April 2016. Aaro Cantell, Magdalena Persson, Jukka Ruuska, Olof Sand, Tuija Soanjärvi and Lars Wahlström were re-elected to the Board. The Board of Directors elected from among its members Aaro Cantell as its Chairman and Olof Sand as Vice-Chairman and the following members to the Committees: The AGM approved all proposals made by the Board as described in the invitation published on 11 March 2016. The resolutions of the AGM were published as a stock exchange release on 8 April 2016 and can be found on the Company’s website www.affecto.com. Additionally, the AGM established the Shareholders’ Nomination Board that consists of the representatives of the three largest shareholders of Affecto at 31 October 2016 and the Chairman of the Board of Directors if he is not appointed as a representative of a shareholder. On 16 November 2016, the Company announced that Cantell Oy, Säästöpankki Kotimaa Fund and Ilmarinen have appointed Aaro Cantell, Chairman of Affecto's Board of Directors, Petteri Vaarnanen, Head of Asset Management in SP-Rahastoyhtiö and Mikko Mursula, CIO of Ilmarinen, as members of the Nomination Board. Lombard International Assurance S.A. did not use its right to appoint a member. The Company has one share series and all shares have similar rights. At the end of the review period Affecto Plc's share capital consisted of 22 450 745 shares and the Company owned 821 974 treasury shares, approximately 3.7% of the total amount of the shares. Additional information with respect to the shares, shareholding and trading can be found on the Company’s website www.affecto.com. The markets where Affecto operates are going through change. Historically, Affecto has concentrated on the traditional IT market solutions for a broad customer space and mainly on moderate deal sizes and shapes. Affecto’s demand is growing within larger and more complex deal sizes and shapes as well as within the emerging business technology & analytics market. There is a risk as well as an opportunity with respect to the speed of which Affecto is able to develop and build capability in the new emerging areas in proportion to the traditional areas. Affecto’s success depends also on good customer relationships. Affecto has a diverse customer base. In 2016, the largest customer generated approximately 3% and the 10 largest customers together approximately 20% of Affecto’s revenue. Although none of the customers is critically large for the whole group, there are large customers in various countries that are significant for local business in the relevant country. On the other hand, the diverse customer base may decrease the effectiveness of the sales & delivery efforts and overall agility of the Company. Affecto also needs to be seen as an interesting employer in order to recruit and retain skilled employees. It is important for Affecto to be seen as an employer our employees can be proud of. High people churn may create inefficiencies in the business and temporarily decrease the utilization rate. Affecto executed its first acquisition since 2007 at the end of 2016. The Company recognizes the risk with regards to its ability to complete an effective post-merger integration to achieve the anticipated benefits while maintaining the continuity of the growth track of the acquired company. The changes in the general economic conditions and the operating environment of customers have direct impact on Affecto’s markets. Recently, the US elections and the Brexit have increased global uncertainty. If the macroeconomic environment remains weak, some countries may introduce new regulations. The uncertain economic outlook may affect Affecto’s customers negatively. Slower IT investment decision making and uncertainty on new investments with respect to new business technology solutions may have negative impact on Affecto, especially in the public sector. Affecto’s order backlog has traditionally been only a few months long. Slower decision making of the customers decreases the predictability of the business and may decrease the utilization rate. Specifically, the insurance sector has been impacted by slower than expected investments, mainly due to product cycle related issues, which may continue to have an effect on the Company in Baltic.  While the Company sees revitalizing demand for traditional IT system investments in Lithuania especially in energy sector, the Lithuanian public sector investments into IT remains modest which may have an effect on the Company’s business. Affecto sells third party software licenses and maintenance as part of its solutions. Typically, the license sales have the highest impact on the last month of each quarter and especially in the fourth quarter. This increases the fluctuation in revenue between quarters and increases the difficulty of accurately forecasting the quarters. Additionally, the increase of cloud services and other similar market trends may affect the license revenue negatively. Affecto had license revenue of approximately 7 MEUR in 2016. The Company recognizes that the risks of frauds and cyber security threats have increased. The Company aims to mitigate the increased risks with internal controls, IT-security, training, awareness and security minded culture. The Company recognizes the disintegration of its IT systems and process. Given the number of separate systems, there is low group wide transparency and risk of suboptimal management of the respective businesses. Approximately 36% of Affecto’s revenue is generated in Sweden and Norway, thus the development of the currencies of these countries (SEK and NOK) may have an impact on Affecto’s profitability. The main part of the companies’ income and costs are within the same currency, which decreases the risks. In addition, the Company also has business in South Africa and therefore the development of the South African Rand (ZAR) may also affect the business environment in South Africa and thus the Company’s business. Affecto’s balance sheet includes a material amount of goodwill. Goodwill has been allocated to cash generating units. Cash generating units, to which goodwill has been allocated, are tested for impairment both annually and whenever there is an indication that the unit may be impaired. Potential impairment losses may have material effect on the reported profit and value of assets. On 27 January 2017, the Company announced the proposals of the Shareholder’s Nomination Board. It was proposed that Aaro Cantell, Magdalena Persson, Olof Sand and Tuija Soanjärvi shall be re-elected and Mikko Kuitunen and Timo Vaajoensuu shall be elected as new members to the Board. Jukka Ruuska and Lars Wahlström have announced that they are no longer available for re-election. The monthly remuneration of the Chairman of the Board was proposed to be increased from EUR 3,500 to EUR 4,000 and the monthly remuneration of the Chairman of the Audit Committee was proposed to be increased to EUR 2,750 from EUR 2,000. The monthly remuneration of the Deputy Chairman and the other Board members was proposed to remain unchanged at EUR 2,750 and EUR 2,000, respectively. In addition, a fee of EUR 300 was proposed to be paid for participation in each committee meeting and participation in person in Board meetings that are outside the country of residence of the relevant Board member. The Shareholders’ Nomination Board proposed that 40 % of the Board remuneration is paid in Affecto’s shares. On 2 February 2017, the Company completed its acquisition of BIGDATAPUMP. BIGDATAPUMP will be its own reportable segment on a going forward basis. The purchase price consists of a 3.5 MEUR cash payment upon closing of the transaction and an earn-out element worth a maximum of 3.0 MEUR. The earn-out element is also paid in cash, subject to the achievement of defined financial targets in 3 years, at the latest 5 years. The overall purchase price is on a net debt free basis. The purchase price allocation has not yet been prepared. The preliminary purchase price allocation will be prepared during the first quarter of 2017. Distributable funds of the group parent company on 31 December 2016 are 58,676,860.61 euros, of which the distributable profit is 15,163,635.13 euros. Board of Directors proposes that from the financial year 2016 a dividend of 0.16 euros per share will be paid, a total of 3,460,603.16 euros with the outstanding number of shares at the end of the financial period, and the rest is carried forward to the retained earnings account. No material changes have taken place in respect of the Company’s financial position after the balance sheet date. The liquidity of the Company is good and in the opinion of the Board of Directors the proposed distribution of profit does not risk the liquidity of the Company. Interim Report January-March 2017: 11 May 2017 Half-yearly Report January-June 2017: 22 August 2017 Interim Report January-September 2017: 7 November 2017 The Financial Statements and the Corporate Governance Statement will be published during the week starting on 13 March 2017. The Annual General Meeting is scheduled to be held 7 April 2017. Affecto expects its FY’17 revenue to be at the same level or above the previous year, and its FY’17 operating profit to be at the same level or below the previous year. The Company is going through a transformation period. In 2016, Affecto divested its Estonian business and acquired a Finnish cloud analytics company BIGDATAPUMP. The divested Estonian business had a revenue of EUR 4.5 million and EUR 0.4 million operating profit in 2016 in addition to the EUR 0.3 million gain from the divestment. BIGDATAPUMP will be its own reportable segment in 2017 and the earn out element of the acquisition will be treated as an IFRS3 cost that will affect the Company’s operating profit. 1. Consolidated income statement, consolidated comprehensive income statement, balance sheet, cash flow statement and statement of changes in equity 2. Notes 3. Key figures 1. Consolidated income statement, consolidated comprehensive income statement, balance sheet, cash flow statement and statement of changes in equity CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY This financial statement bulletin has been prepared in accordance with the IFRS recognition and measurement principles and in accordance with IAS 34, Interim Financial reporting. The financial statement bulletin should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2015. In material respects, the same accounting policies have been applied as in the 2015 annual consolidated financial statements.  The amendments to and interpretations of IFRS standards that entered into force on 1 January 2016 had no material impact on this financial statement bulletin. Affecto's reporting segments are based on geographical locations and are Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Baltic. 2.3. Changes in intangible and tangible assets Affecto Plc owns 821 974 treasury shares, which correspond to 3.7% of the total amount of the shares. The amount of registered shares is 22 450 745 shares. On 17 June 2016, the Company announced that it has entered into a new 18.5 MEUR term loan agreement. The new loan replaced the previous loan of 18.5 MEUR that expired in the end of June 2016. Affecto will repay the loan in semi-annual instalments of 2.0 MEUR starting in December 2016. Affecto's loan facility agreement includes financial covenants, breach of which might lead to an increase in cost of debt or cancellation of the facility agreement. The covenants are based on total net debt to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and total net debt to total equity. The covenants will be measured quarterly, and these terms and conditions of covenants were met at the end of the reporting period. The Company renewed its long term financing in 2016. As a part of the termination of the previous loan agreement, Affecto was able to release the guarantees given in relation to the previous loan. Other securities given on Affecto’s behalf: Other guarantees are mostly securities issued for customer projects. These guarantees include both bank guarantees secured by parent company of the group and guarantees issued by the parent company and subsidiaries. Key management compensation and remunerations to the board of directors: Affecto has revised the terminology used in its financial reporting. Prior to Q1-2016 release, the Company used the term ‘net sales’. In this report and going forward, the term ‘net sales’ is replaced with ‘revenue’, however, the meaning of the two terms is identical.


News Article | February 28, 2017
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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 28, 2017) - Eurasian Minerals Inc. (the "Company" or "EMX") (TSX VENTURE:EMX) (NYSE MKT:EMX) is pleased to announce the execution of an Option Agreement (the "Agreement"), through its wholly owned subsidiary Bronco Creek Exploration, Inc. ("BCE"), for the Copper Springs porphyry copper project (the "Project") with Anglo American Exploration (USA), Inc. ("Anglo American"). The Project is located approximately 120 kilometers east of Phoenix, Arizona within the Globe-Miami Mining District and represents one of three porphyry copper projects acquired in the district through EMX's generative efforts. The Copper Springs Project covers the majority of a newly recognized, southern porphyry copper trend. Please see attached map and www.eurasianminerals.com for more information. Commercial Terms. (Note: all dollar amounts in USD) Pursuant to the Agreement, Anglo American can earn a 100% interest in the Project by (a) reimbursing BCE's 2016 holding and permitting costs and making annual option payments, together totaling $447,000, and (b) completing $5,000,000 in exploration expenditures before the fifth anniversary of the Agreement. Upon exercise of the option, Anglo American will pay EMX an additional $110,000 and EMX will retain a 2% NSR royalty on the Project. The royalty is not capped or purchasable, except over two parcels of Arizona State Land where Anglo American can buy a 0.5% NSR royalty from EMX for $2,000,000. After exercise of the option, annual advance minimum payments ("AM Payments") of $100,000 are due, commencing on the first anniversary of the exercise of the option. The AM Payments will increase to $200,000 upon completion of a Scoping Study or Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA"). Anglo American may make a one-time payment of $3,500,000 to extinguish the obligation to make any post-Scoping Study AM payments. All AM Payments cease upon commencement of production from the Project. In addition, Anglo American will make milestone payments consisting of: Anglo American will manage and operate the Project. Project Overview. The Copper Springs Project is located in the southern part of the Globe-Miami Mining District and is comprised of 262 unpatented federal mining claims and two State of Arizona Exploration Permits totaling ~6,182 acres. Porphyry copper deposits within the district have been structurally dismembered and rotated by younger, post-mineral faulting. EMX geologists identified the Project's porphyry copper potential from their regional generative work, and acquired the Project through staking and obtaining state exploration leases. New geologic interpretations led to the recognition that the west side of the district is characterized by deep, porphyry root zone-styles of alteration and mineralization (Madera-Copper Springs/Lonesome Pine prospects) while the east side is characterized by shallow, porphyry-related vein and replacement mineralization (Old Dominion Mine & Copper Hills). Between the two zones lie highly prospective, but largely untested down-dropped blocks covered by younger basin fill. These targets represent a previously unrecognized porphyry trend, within the EMX land position. To date, EMX has completed geologic mapping, structural reinterpretation, and a gravity survey to aid in drill targeting and has begun permitting for an initial drill program. Previous partner funded work included two drill holes which ended in conglomeratic basin fill. The deepest hole included intervals containing native copper, ended at 670 meters, and was subsequently cased to 512 meters for possible future re-entry. EMX and Anglo American are in the process of finalizing exploration plans. The Copper Springs Agreement is another example of EMX executing the prospect and royalty generation business model to advance its portfolio with quality partners. EMX is enthusiastic to work with Anglo American at Copper Springs and now has three of its six projects in the Globe-Miami and Superior Districts partnered and advancing with major mining companies (see EMX news releases dated May 4, 2015 and October 19, 2016). Note: The nearby and adjacent mines and deposits in the region provide a geologic context for EMX's Project, but this is not necessarily indicative that the Project hosts mineralization with similar grades or tonnages. Mr. Michael P. Sheehan, CPG, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and employee of the Company, has reviewed, verified and approved disclosure of the technical information contained in this news release. About EMX. Eurasian Minerals leverages asset ownership and exploration insight into partnerships that advance our mineral properties, with EMX retaining royalty interests. EMX complements its generative business with strategic investment and third party royalty acquisition. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. This news release may contain "forward looking statements" that reflect the Company's current expectations and projections about its future results. These forward-looking statements may include statements regarding perceived merit of properties, exploration results and budgets, mineral reserves and resource estimates, work programs, capital expenditures, timelines, strategic plans, market prices for precious and base metal, or other statements that are not statements of fact. When used in this news release, words such as "estimate," "intend," "expect," "anticipate," "will", "believe", "potential" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, which, by their very nature, are not guarantees of the Company's future operational or financial performance, and are subject to risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause Eurasian's actual results, performance, prospects or opportunities to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and factors may include, but are not limited to: unavailability of financing, failure to identify commercially viable mineral reserves, fluctuations in the market valuation for commodities, difficulties in obtaining required approvals for the development of a mineral project, increased regulatory compliance costs, expectations of project funding by joint venture partners and other factors. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release or as of the date otherwise specifically indicated herein. Due to risks and uncertainties, including the risks and uncertainties identified in this news release, and other risk factors and forward-looking statements listed in the Company's MD&A for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2016 (the "MD&A"), and the most recently filed Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2015, actual events may differ materially from current expectations. More information about the Company, including the MD&A, the 20-F and financial statements of the Company, is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the SEC's EDGAR website at www.sec.gov. To view the map associated with this release, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/1087144map.pdf


News Article | February 15, 2017
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TELUS devrait ajouter environ un quart des abonnés aux services sans fils postpayés de MTS au réseau TELUS VANCOUVER, COLOMBIE-BRITANNIQUE--(Marketwired - 15 fév. 2017) - (TSX:T)(NYSE:TU) - Suite à l'annonce de l'obtention des autorisations réglementaires pour l'acquisition de MTS par BCE, TELUS et Bell passent à l'offensive dans le cadre de leur accord consistant à assigner près d'un quart des abonnés aux services sans fil postpayés de MTS à TELUS et à faire assumer par TELUS l'exploitation de 13 points de vente pour environ 300 millions de dollars, sous réserve des conditions de clôture habituelles et des ajustements finaux. Même si la clôture de la transaction est prévue pour le 1er avril 2017 ou aux alentours de cette date, les abonnés seront activement transférés de façon conviviale sur plusieurs mois. À la suite d'un accord de partage de réseau plus large conclu entre TELUS et Bell, les clients des deux sociétés profiteront d'une couverture fiable et de haute qualité dans les toutes les régions rurales du Manitoba. Par ailleurs, TELUS investira dans la technologie et l'infrastructure mobile dans la grande région de Winnipeg et de Brandon afin améliorer encore davantage la fiabilité, la vitesse, la fonctionnalité et la portée de son réseau 4G LTE déjà parmi les premiers au monde. TELUS (TSX:T)(NYSE:TU) est la société de télécommunication nationale connaissant la croissance la plus rapide au Canada, grâce à des produits d'exploitation annuels de 12,8 milliards de dollars et à plus de 12,7 millions de connexions clients, dont 8,6 millions d'abonnés des services sans fil, 1,7 million d'abonnés des services Internet haute vitesse, 1,4 million de lignes d'accès au réseau résidentiel et plus de 1 million d'abonnés des services TELUS TV. TELUS offre une gamme complète de produits et de services de communication, notamment des services mobiles, des services de transmission de données et de la voix, des services IP, des services de télévision, de vidéo et de divertissement en plus d'être le fournisseur informatique du domaine des soins de santé le plus important au Canada. Fidèles à leur philosophie communautaire « Nous donnons où nous vivons », TELUS et les membres de son équipe, actuels et retraités, ont versé plus de 482 millions de dollars à des organismes caritatifs et sans but lucratif, et offert plus d'un million de journées de de bénévolat au service des communautés locales depuis 2000. Créés en 2005 par Darren Entwistle, président et chef de la direction de TELUS, les douze comités d'investissement communautaire de TELUS au Canada et ses cinq comités à l'étranger dirigent les actions de soutien aux organismes de bienfaisance locaux. Ils ont remis au-delà de 60 millions de dollars en appui à 5 595 projets locaux contribuant à enrichir la vie de plus de 2 millions d'enfants et de jeunes chaque année. TELUS a eu l'insigne honneur d'être désignée l'entreprise philanthropique la plus remarquable au monde en 2010 par l'Association of Fundraising Professionals, devenant ainsi la première entreprise canadienne à recevoir cette prestigieuse marque de reconnaissance internationale. Le présent communiqué de presse contient des énoncés concernant des événements futurs et des projets d'avenir chez TELUS (la « Société ») de nature prospective. Par leur nature même, ces énoncés prospectifs exigent de la Société qu'elle génère des hypothèses et formule des prévisions, et sont assujettis à des risques et à des incertitudes. Il existe un risque important que les énoncés prospectifs se révèlent inexacts. Les énoncés prospectifs contenus dans le présent communiqué de presse font état des prévisions de la Société à la date du présent communiqué et, de ce fait, pourraient subir des modifications après cette date. Les lecteurs sont priés de ne pas se fier indûment à ces énoncés prospectifs, car il existe un certain nombre de facteurs qui pourraient faire en sorte que les résultats réels soient sensiblement différents des prévisions et hypothèses exprimées dans les énoncés prospectifs. Par conséquent, le présent communiqué de presse est assujetti à la limitation de responsabilité et est donné sous réserve des hypothèses, des qualifications et des facteurs de risque mentionnés dans l'analyse par la direction des activités opérationnelles de 2016, ainsi que dans les autres documents d'information publiés par TELUS et les documents déposés auprès des commissions des valeurs mobilières du Canada (sur SEDAR à sedar.com) et des États-Unis (sur EDGAR à sec.gov). Sauf exigence légale, TELUS décline toute intention ou obligation de mettre à jour ou de réviser les énoncés prospectifs.


News Article | February 16, 2017
Site: www.gizmag.com

As if we didn't have enough to worry about, one doomsday scenario making the rounds is that the Earth's magnetic field will one day reverse and cause mass extinctions of the sort not seen since the dinosaurs bit the dust. But a team of researchers from Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the University of California San Diego have reached a different conclusion. By studying ancient pottery handles, the scientists have determined that the Earth's magnetic field isn't in imminent danger of reversing, but has fluctuated over the millennia with the field spiking in the 8th century BCE. One of the Earth's peculiar qualities is its powerful magnetic field. This not only allows people to use compasses for navigation, but it also protects the planet from a number of threats from outer space. Thanks to the field, deadly cosmic rays are trapped in the Van Allen belts high above the Earth, where they do no harm to Earthlings and produce the auroras. In addition, the field deflects the solar winds, which have stripped away the atmospheres of other planets, such as Mars and Mercury. The problem is that, even after centuries of study, very little is known for certain about the dynamics of the magnetic field and how it's generated beyond that it has something to do with the movements of Earth's molten iron core acts like an immense dynamo. One property of the field is that it's not constant. Not only do compasses point to magnetic north rather than true north, but the pole shifts by about 300 mi (483 km) per century and the intensity of the field varies over time. Also, every 200,000 to 300,000 years the poles flip 180 degrees as north becomes south and south becomes north. The latter is particularly worrying in some circles with speculation that not only could the magnetic field flip at any time, but with catastrophic results. The fear is that the field is weakening and will vanish entirely during the reversal, resulting in the radiation trapped in the Van Allen Belts raining down on the Earth and the solar winds tearing away the upper layers of the atmosphere. The result is feared to be mass extinctions on a scale never seen in human history. Scientists, including those at NASA, say that the evidence from the geological and fossil records don't support the magnetic apocalypse scenarios. The field has reversed many times since the days of the dinosaurs, but none of these correspond to mass die offs. The space agency says that the main effect of a reversal would be a boom market for compass makers. Normally, the field of palaeomagnetism, or the study of the history of the magnetic field, relies on geological samples, including cores taken in the vicinity of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. We don't think of rocks like basalt and granite as being magnetic, but these and other minerals contain iron oxide compounds that act like tiny magnets and align themselves with the magnetic lines of force when they form. This is because magnetic substances lose their magnetic properties when they heat above a certain temperature called the Curie point. When the molten magma flows out of the underwater volcanoes of the Mid-Atlantic ridge as Europe and North America move away from one another, it cools into solid rock. As it does so, it is influenced by the magnetic field and this lays down a series of bands showing the timeline of the magnetic field's direction and intensity like sequences on a gigantic reel of magnetic tape. In the ancient world, ceramics were as common as plastics are today. They were used extensively for storage and it was a regular practice to stamp pottery and other ceramics with maker's marks, content symbols, and the year of the current monarch's reign. Think of it as an Iron Age bar code and you get the idea. In addition, firing clay in a kiln resets the magnetic field of the pottery the same as melting rock does, so ceramics can give an accurate record of the magnetic field's intensity and when it was measured all in one package. For the study, the researchers looked at 67 ancient Judean storage jar handles, which bore royal stamps from the 8th to the 2nd century BCE or from the Iron Age through the Hellenic period. By studying the stamps and their typology, they could be dated with accuracy and precision. These handles were taken to the Paleomagnetic Laboratory of Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), University of California San Diego, where they were examined using paleomagnetic ovens and a superconducting magnetometer, which measured the magnetic fields of the handles with great accuracy. They were then heated in an oven until their fields were erased, before being subjected to a field of known intensity and remeasured. By comparing the two measurements mathematically, the scientists were able to precisely calculate the field at the time of firing. After comparing the field measurements, the team found that rather than being stable or showing a predictable downward progression leading to a reversal, the Earth's magnetic field has been fluctuating for centuries, with a peak in the 8th century BCE called the "Iron Age Spike" that was the strongest in 100,000 years. Evidence of this spike was first observed by the team in 2009, but they say that the current study both corroborates this and places it in context. The upshot is that the Earth isn't facing a sudden reversal.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.eurekalert.org

Sardinia sits at a crossroads in the Mediterranean Sea, the second largest island next to Sicily. Surrounded by sparkling turquoise waters, this Mediterranean jewel lies northwest of the toe of the Italian peninsula boot, about 350 kilometers due west of Rome. For evolutionary biologists, islands are often intriguing, geographically isolated pockets with unique populations that can be ripe for exploration. Now, in a new study appearing in the advanced online edition of Molecular Biology and Evolution an international team led by geneticist Anna Olivieri from the University of Pavia tackles a highly interesting question: what were the origins of the Sardinian population in the context of European prehistory and ancient human migrations? The authors analyzed 3,491 modern, whole mitochondrial DNA genomes from Sardinia (which are only passed down maternally). These were compared with 21 samples of ancient mitogenomes from the island, a large panel of non-Sardinian mitogenomes ---and even Ötzi (the nickname of Europe's oldest natural mummy, the 3,300 BCE-year old "Tyrolean Iceman") ---to better understand their origins. Their findings show Sardinia as an outlier in the general European genetic landscape. Almost 80 percent of modern Sardinian mitogenomes belong to branches that cannot be found anywhere else outside the island. Thus, they were defined as Sardinian-Specific Haplogroups (SSHs) that most likely arose in the island after its initial occupation. Almost all SSHs coalesce in the post-Nuragic, Nuragic and Neolithic-Copper Age periods. However, some rare SSHs display age estimates older than 7,800 years ago, the postulated archeologically-based starting time of the Neolithic in Sardinia. "Our analyses raise the possibility that several SSHs may have already been present on the island prior to the Neolithic," said prof. Francesco Cucca, from the Institute of Genetic and Biomedical Research (IRGB), at the CNR in Cagliari (Sardinia). The most plausible candidates would include haplogroups K1a2d and U5b1i1, which together comprise almost 3 percent of modern Sardinians, and possibly others. Such a scenario would not only support archaeological evidence of a Mesolithic occupation of Sardinia, but could also suggest a dual ancestral origin of its first inhabitants. K1a2d is of Late Paleolithic Near Eastern ancestry, whereas U5b1i1 harbours deep ancestral roots in Paleolithic Western Europe. This work provides evidence that contemporary Sardinians harbour a unique genetic heritage, as a result of their distinct history and relative isolation from the demographic upheavals of continental Europe. Anna Olivieri stresses: "It now seems plausible that human mobility, inter-communication and gene flow around the Mediterranean from Late Glacial times onwards may well have left signatures that survive to this day. Some of these signals are still retained in modern Sardinians." "Although in the past the stress has often been on the spread of the Neolithic, genetic studies too are beginning to emphasize the complexity and mosaic nature of human ancestry in the Mediterranean, and indeed in Europe more widely," concludes prof. Antonio Torroni, from the University of Pavia. "Future work on ancient DNA should be able to test directly to what extent this more complex model is supported by genetic evidence, and whether our predictions of Mesolithic ancestry in contemporary Sardinians can be sustained."

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