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News Article | February 27, 2017
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Guillaume Pepy Président du directoire de SNCF et président directeur général de SNCF Mobilités : «Nous poursuivons notre développement en allant chercher la croissance où elle se trouve. Grâce à une forte réactivité sur le plan commercial et à une maîtrise exemplaire de nos charges, nous affichons un résultat positif. La transformation de l’entreprise se poursuit au service de nos clients pour en faire un Groupe de référence des solutions de mobilités et de logistique en France et dans le monde. » Patrick Jeantet Président délégué du directoire de SNCF et président directeur général de SNCF Réseau : « Nous accélérons la rénovation du réseau quotidien et mettons en œuvre des solutions industrielles performantes. L’automatisation et le numérique vont devenir les fers de lance de notre secteur au bénéfice de nos clients entreprises ferroviaires. Nous détenons toutes les clés pour devenir, et c’est notre ambition, le gestionnaire d’infrastructure de référence mondiale.» Le groupe SNCF affiche 32,3 Mds€ de chiffre d’affaires en 2016 dont un tiers à l’international. En progression de +2,8 % (-1,5% à périmètre et change constants), notamment grâce à des choix de développement qui permettent d’aller chercher la croissance où elle se trouve (Geodis America). En dépit d’un contexte économique et d’un environnement conjoncturel difficiles en 2016 qui auront pesé au total pour près de 700 M€ sur le chiffre d’affaires (attentats, inondations, grèves, crise de l’acier et des céréales), SNCF enregistre des succès tangibles dans tous les métiers: Avec 200 M€ investis, 2016 marque un tournant pour le digital. Côté industriel, les technologies digitales améliorent le pilotage des infrastructures, des trains et des gares (télédiagnostic, supervision et maintenance préventive…). Côté client, le digital se traduit par le déploiement du WiFi gratuit en gare et la progression des ventes en ligne. Voyages-sncf.com affiche une hausse des transactions en ligne de +4,8% avec 9,2 millions de clients actifs. Le digital facilite le porte à porte. L’application ID Pass, application pivot du Groupe dans la proposition de solutions de mobilité porte à porte connaît une forte croissance. Et Keolis intègre LeCab, deuxième acteur du VTC en Île-de-France. À Lyon, Keolis inaugure la première desserte de transport public par véhicule 100% électrique autonome sans conducteur : NAVLY. Enfin, Gares & Connexions poursuit le déploiement des pôles d’échanges multimodaux (trains, bus, métro, tramway, taxi, vélo etc.). Avec 5,2 Mds€ d’investissements engagés sur le réseau ferroviaire, priorité aux investissements au service de la sécurité et de la performance de l’infrastructure utilisée par les transports du quotidien. Accélération en 2016 de tous les programmes d’actions sécurité et poursuite de la mobilisation pour la maintenance et la rénovation (dont un programme de renouvellement atteignant un niveau record de 2,8 Mds€): SNCF Réseau poursuit sa politique de performance industrielle : digitalisation et modernisation de la maintenance, massification et optimisation du temps des travaux, nouveaux équipements et développement de partenariats industriels. De grands projets de développement se sont achevés: Avec ses 16,4 Mds€ d’euros d’achats (hors péages, partenariats public-privé Réseau et sous-traitance Geodis), le groupe SNCF génère 164 000 emplois indirects en France. Cela représente 31 000 fournisseurs dont plus de 20 000 PME ou TPE (25% du montant d’achats). Son impact économique sur les territoires est essentiel, c’est pourquoi le Groupe déploie une politique RSE (Responsabilité Sociétale et Environnementale) très active. SNCF Réseau noue des partenariats industriels de longue durée avec ses fournisseurs pour accélérer l’industrialisation de ses travaux. Ce développement, dans un contexte de croissance toujours faible en France et en Europe accentué par des événements exceptionnels (tourisme morose suite aux attentats, fortes inondations et grèves au printemps), est possible grâce au sérieux budgétaire et à la discipline financière de l’ensemble du Groupe. Le Groupe atteint 4,1 Mds€ de marge opérationnelle en 2016, soit 12,8% du chiffre d’affaires, en baisse par rapport à 2015 principalement du fait de la baisse de rentabilité des activités ferroviaires voyageurs. Ce niveau a été atteint, en dépit du contexte difficile, grâce à la poursuite du plan de performance transverse, du plan industriel de SNCF Réseau et du plan industriel et commercial de SNCF Mobilités qui ont permis d’obtenir des gains de productivité à hauteur de 825 M€ au total sur l’année 2016, dépassant les objectifs (750 M€ pour 2016). Notamment, une optimisation du montant des achats liés à la rénovation du réseau, la réduction des coûts de production, une politique commerciale très réactive, l’adaptation de l’offre et la lutte contre la fraude côté transporteurs et la baisse des frais de structure du Groupe. Le Groupe a poursuivi sans relâche ses efforts sur les deux priorités que sont la sécurité et la satisfaction clients. Sur la première, les efforts ont porté leurs fruits : les Évènements de Sécurité Remarquables (ESR) ont baissé de 21 % en 2016, soit la plus forte baisse depuis 15 ans. Sur la seconde, la satisfaction des clients est globalement élevée et dépasse plus de 80% pour les activités ferroviaires. En 2016, SNCF Réseau est devenu le premier gestionnaire d’infrastructures ferroviaires au monde et la première entreprise de transport en Europe à émettre une obligation Green Bond de 900 M€ (affectés à des projets de modernisation durable). Par ailleurs, SNCF Réseau a lancé un nouveau programme de financement obligataire en US Dollar, via une émission publique inaugurale de 1 MD USD, majoritairement placée en Amérique du Nord, Asie et Moyen-Orient. Au total, 4,7 Mds€ ont été levés par SNCF Réseau en 2016. SNCF Mobilités a également réussi avec succès une émission obligataire de 1 Md€ en tout début d’année 2017 dans des conditions financières remarquables. Ces deux opérations démontrent à la fois l’excellente gestion du financement des 2 opérateurs SNCF et la qualité de leur signature unanimement reconnue sur le marché des investisseurs. La prévision de croissance pour 2017 est marquée du sceau de la prudence en raison notamment des incertitudes sur l’évolution du tourisme et un moindre dynamisme du commerce international (croissance la plus lente des échanges internationaux depuis 2009). Par ailleurs, il reste en 2017 des trafics à redresser : le fret ferroviaire en France, certaines activités ferroviaires touchées par une concurrence de plus en plus agressive. Dans cet environnement incertain, le groupe SNCF poursuit ses objectifs ambitieux et amplifie ses efforts de réduction de coûts et d’amélioration de la productivité. Les métiers continueront d’évoluer pour répondre aux exigences des clients avec toujours en filigrane la sécurité, la sûreté, la qualité de service et l’information : personnalisation de la relation client, développement du « porte à porte » pour les voyageurs et du «end to end» pour les chargeurs. À propos du groupe SNCF SNCF est l’un des premiers groupes mondiaux de transport de voyageurs et de logistique de marchandises avec 32,3 milliards d’euros de chiffre d’affaires en 2016, dont un tiers à l’international. Avec son socle ferroviaire français et riche de son expertise d’architecte de services de transport, le Groupe emploie 260 000 salariés dans 120 pays. Son objectif est d’être la référence de la mobilité et de la logistique en France et dans le monde. SNCF couvre 6 métiers : SNCF Réseau (gestion et exploitation du réseau ferroviaire français), SNCF Voyageurs (transport en Île-de-France, transport public régional et interrégional, transport grande vitesse en France et en Europe), SNCF Gares & Connexions (gestion et développement des gares), SNCF Logistics (transport et logistique de marchandises au niveau mondial), Keolis (mass-transit et transports publics en Europe et dans le monde) et SNCF Immobilier (gestion et valorisation des actifs immobiliers et fonciers). www.sncf.com À propos de SNCF Réseau Au sein de SNCF, groupe public ferroviaire, l’un des premiers groupes mondiaux de mobilité et de logistique, SNCF Réseau gère, maintient, développe et commercialise les services offerts par le Réseau Ferré National. Il est le garant de la sécurité et de la performance de plus de 30 000 km de lignes, dont 2 100 de Lignes à Grande Vitesse. Il est le garant de l’accès au réseau et aux infrastructures de services pour ses 38 clients dans des conditions transparentes et non discriminatoires : 26 entreprises ferroviaires circulent sur le réseau et 12 autres entreprises, appelées candidats autorisés (opérateurs de transport combiné, ports, etc.), commandent des sillons qu’elles confient ensuite à l’entreprise ferroviaire de leur choix. Deuxième investisseur public français, comptant 55 000 collaborateurs pour un chiffre d’affaires de 6,4 milliards d’euros en 2016 (dont 3,5 milliards d’euros facturés à SNCF Mobilités pour péages). www.sncf-reseau.fr/en/investing-for-the-rail-network-of-the-future À propos de SNCF Mobilités Au sein du groupe SNCF, l’un des premiers acteurs mondiaux de mobilité et de logistique, SNCF Mobilités, l’opérateur de transport réalise 30,5 milliards d’euros de chiffre d’affaires en 2016, dont un tiers à l’international. Présent dans 120 pays avec 194 000 collaborateurs, son objectif est d’être la référence d’excellence mondiale des services de mobilités et de logistique. SNCF Mobilités s'appuie sur 4 branches d’activité : SNCF Voyageurs (transport en Île-de-France, transport public régional et interrégional, transport grande vitesse en France et en Europe), SNCF Gares & Connexions (gestion et développement des gares), SNCF Logistics (transport et logistique de marchandises au niveau mondial) et Keolis (mass-transit et transports publics en Europe et dans le monde). www.sncf.com


NEW YORK and MELBOURNE, Australia, Feb. 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mesoblast Limited (Nasdaq:MESO) (ASX:MSB) today announced 39-week data from its Phase 2 trial in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) resistant to anti-Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) agents.  The results showed that a single intravenous infusion of the Company's proprietary allogeneic cell therapy product candidate, MPC-300-IV, was well tolerated and demonstrated a durable improvement in clinical symptoms, physical function, and disease activity relative to placebo over this period of follow-up. Mesoblast Chief Executive Silviu Itescu commented: “The nine-month outcomes generated from this study are highly encouraging. The early and durable effects seen from a single infusion of 2 million MPC/kg support the potential of our allogeneic cell therapy to be positioned as an early treatment option for patients resistant to anti-TNF agents.” Major advances in the treatment of RA using biologic agents have resulted in a $19 billion global market in 2016, the majority of which is due to use of anti-TNF agents. The RA population resistant to anti-TNF agents, which constitutes about one-third of patients treated with anti-TNF agents, is the fastest growing branded market segment within the global RA biologics market, and is set to grow further as multiple anti-TNF biosimilars become available. Mesoblast’s Phase 2 trial recruited a total of 48 patients with active RA who were on a stable regimen of methotrexate and had an inadequate prior clinical response to at least one anti-TNF agent. Of the 48 patients, 30 (63%) had previously received 1-2 biologic agents. Patients were randomized to a single intravenous infusion of 1 million MPCs/kg (1M/kg, n=16), 2 million MPCs/kg (2M/kg, n=16) or placebo (n=16). The study was comprised of a 12 week primary study period, and a total study duration of 52 weeks. The primary objective of the study was to evaluate safety and tolerability of a single intravenous MPC infusion in these biologic refractory RA patients through a 12 week primary endpoint.  Additional objectives were to evaluate clinical efficacy at the 12 week endpoint and to assess the durability of effects and safety profile through the full 52 week study. Pre-specified efficacy endpoints included the following: American College of Rheumatology (ACR) composite clinical response, which is an endpoint used in RA clinical trials to measure improvement in signs and symptoms of the disease in terms of 20%, 50% or 70% improvement from baseline; ACR-N which measures the mean or median magnitude of benefit using an ACR composite for a typical patient; the health assessment questionnaire-disability index (HAQ-DI), a standardized measure of functional status; and the DAS28 composite measurement of disease activity; no adjustment for multiplicity was performed as these efficacy endpoints were exploratory and the trial was not powered for efficacy. Additionally, continuous variables ACR-N, HAQ-DI and DAS-28 were evaluated in a pre-specified manner since the use of endpoints sensitive to change provide better discriminatory power for dose-response assessment, in line with the FDA Guidance For Industry Rheumatoid Arthritis: Developing Drug Products For Treatment, May 2013. Analyses were performed for the whole study population and for the pre-specified exploratory subgroups based on whether the subjects had previously received 1-2 biologic agents or more than 2 biologic agents. Key results over nine months are shown in detail in the tables below, and were: Summary of Key Efficacy Responses at Three and Nine Months for All Subjects: * p<0.05 with p-values vs. placebo from Fisher’s exact test for frequencies, from ANCOVA model using treatment as factor and baseline value as covariate  for mean change, from one-way ANOVA on ranks for median ACR-N, and from t-test on log-transformed geometric mean for ACR-N AUC. # week 12 results have been updated following access to additional patient visit data. Summary of Key Efficacy Responses at Three and Nine Months for Subgroup with Prior Use of 1-2 Biologics: *p<0.05 with p-values vs. placebo from Fisher’s exact test for frequencies, from ANCOVA model using treatment as factor and baseline value as covariate  for mean change, from one-way ANOVA on ranks for median ACR-N, and from t-test on log-transformed geometric mean for ACR-N AUC. #week 12 results have been updated following access to additional patient visit data. About Rheumatoid Arthritis RA is a chronic autoimmune disease of unknown etiology, affecting approximately one percent of the global population. The disease is attributed to chronic inflammation affecting the synovial membrane of multiple joints, which eventually leads to cartilage and bone destruction. The health-related quality of life in patients with RA is significantly impaired by pain, fatigue, and decline in musculoskeletal function. RA is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality. Standard criteria established by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) are used to assess the effectiveness of RA treatments. The ACR20/50/70 response is a composite measure based on achieving 20%/50%/70% improvement in tender joint counts (TJC) or swollen joint counts (SJC) plus improvement in three of the following: The patient and physician global assessments and pain assessment are measured using a visual analogue scale on a scale of 0-100.  The ACR-N provides a single number that characterizes the percentage of improvement or deterioration from baseline that a patient has experienced in analogy to ACR20, ACR50, and ACR70 responses.  The ACR-N is defined operationally as the lowest of 3 values (the percent change in the SJC, the percent change in the TJC, and the median of the other 5 measures in the ACR core data set).  The ACR-N can be used to measure improvement at specific time points in a landmark analysis and expressed as the mean or median ACR-N achieved, or to compare the area under the curve (AUC) by patient over time. This approach may substantially increase the power to detect small differences between treatment arms. The HAQ-DI assesses physical function in performing a variety of activities of daily living and yields a score ranging from 0-3 (lower is better). A reduction in the HAQ-DI score of -0.22 is the minimal clinically important difference. The DAS28 is another validated RA disease activity index based on a 28 joint count. The derived DAS28 scores are comprised of tender joint count; swollen joint count; acute phase reactant (hsCRP or ESR) and the subject’s global assessment of disease but do not include measures of pain or physical function. High disease activity is defined as DAS28 score >5.1; moderate disease activity is defined as DAS28 scores between 5.1-3.2; low disease activity and remission are defined as DAS28 scores of <3.2 and <2.6, respectively. In line with the FDA Guidance For Industry Rheumatoid Arthritis: Developing Drug Products For Treatment, May 2013, for dose-ranging studies the use of endpoints sensitive to change provide better discriminatory power for dose-response assessment. A clinical endpoint such as the ACR20 response criteria may not be optimal for this purpose, because it is a dichotomous endpoint, and using the proportion of responders in a small group of patients could be unreliable.  Continuous variables such as DAS28, HAQ-DI, and ACR-N may be more sensitive to change and provide a more suitable alternative to ACR responder index. For continuous variables where changes from baseline are reported, the Least Squares of the Mean (ANCOVA) is utilized in order to adjust for baseline differences between groups. About Mesoblast's Product Candidate MPC-300-IV and Potential Mechanisms of Action Mesoblast’s Tier 1 product candidate, MPC-300-IV, comprises 1-2 million immunoselected and culture-expanded STRO-1 positive cells/kilogram which are intravenously delivered. These cells express receptors for various pro-inflammatory cytokines, including TNF-alpha, interleukin-6, or interleukin-17, and are triggered by these cytokines to release potent immunomodulatory factors. Mesenchymal lineage precursors and stem cells have been shown to be capable of targeting mechanistic pathways that are central to the process of progressive RA in humans, including by inhibiting the joint synovial fibroblast pro-inflammatory factor NF-kappaB that is implicated in synovial proliferation, inflammation, and joint destruction, and by polarizing pro-inflammatory monocytes and T cells to anti-inflammatory states. Notably, STRO-1 positive MPCs have been shown to be at least 10-fold more potent inhibitors of T-cell activation and proliferation than conventional plastic-adherent mesenchymal lineage cells.1 As reported on February 13, 2016, in the current version of Stem Cell Research & Therapy, published results in a sheep model of early RA showed that Mesoblast’s MPCs administered intravenously significantly ameliorated inflammatory arthritis, providing important mechanistic and translational support for the improved clinical outcomes seen in this ongoing Phase 2 trial in patients resistant to anti-TNF agents.2 About Mesoblast Mesoblast Limited (Nasdaq:MESO) (ASX:MSB) is a global leader in developing innovative cell-based medicines. The Company has leveraged its proprietary technology platform, which is based on specialized cells known as mesenchymal lineage adult stem cells, to establish a broad portfolio of late-stage product candidates. Mesoblast’s allogeneic, ‘off-the-shelf’ cell product candidates target advanced stages of diseases with high, unmet medical needs including cardiovascular diseases, immune-mediated and inflammatory disorders, orthopedic disorders, and oncologic/hematologic conditions. 1  Nasef et al. Int. Jnl. Lab. Hem. (2009)  31, 9. 2  NCT01851070. Additional information available at: https://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT01851070 Conference Call and Webcast Details Mesoblast will hold a conference call beginning at 9:00 am Australian Eastern Summer Time on Thursday February 16, 2017 / 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday February 15, 2017. The live webcast can be accessed via: http://webcasting.boardroom.media/broadcast/589d209414b64de6232ccb86 To access the call, please dial: Forward-Looking Statements This press release includes forward-looking statements that relate to future events or our future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. We make such forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and actual results may differ from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements, and the differences may be material and adverse. You should read this press release together with our risk factors, in our most recently filed reports with the SEC or on our website. Uncertainties and risks that may cause Mesoblast's actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those which may be expressed or implied by such statements, and accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. We do not undertake any obligations to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.


MEXICO CITY, Feb. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe, S.A.B. Of C.V. (BMV:HOTEL) ("HOTEL" or "the Company"), one of the leading companies in the hotel industry in Mexico is pleased to invite you to participate in its Fourth Quarter 2016 Conference Call that will be held on: The management team will host the call and discuss HOTEL's Fourth Quarter financial results & 2017 guidance, followed by a question and answer session. The quarterly results will be released on February 22 after markets close. To participate in the conference call please dial Toll Free US: (800) 863 3908 International: +1 (334) 323 7224 Mexico: 01 800-847 7666 Passcode: HOTEL000 (46835 000) About Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe is one of the leading companies in the Mexican hotel industry, with Mexican DNA, and is focused on acquiring, converting, developing and operating its own hotels and third party-owned hotels.  The Company is well-known for the strategic location and quality of its assets, for its operating efficiency resulting from its unique hotel management model, characterized by the multifunctional efficiency of its employees and a strict expense control. The Company owns the Krystal® brand, which has considerable recognition in the Mexican market. HOTEL is committed to continue offering an excellent place to work and providing excellent services to its guests, respecting the environment and striving to generate high profitability for its investors. The Company has over 2600 employees in Mexico, is part of the ranking Super Empresas Expansión 2015 and its shares are listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV:HOTEL). Furthermore, it has been awarded as a Socially Responsible Company (“ESR” or “Empresa Socialmente Responsible”). For additional information, please visit www.gsf-hotels.com.


News Article | March 1, 2017
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TalkIQ, which helps businesses better understand and take action on voice conversations with customers, today announces its Real-Time intelligence and guidance platform. Businesses can now act immediately on insights and recommendations generated through TalkIQ while a customer call is in process. The new feature will help drive efficiency and consistency across customer interactions, while also providing teams with confidence that an intelligent and instant recommendation engine is there to help guide them on every call when needed. Additionally, the TalkIQ team has partnered with SalesLoft, a leader in modern sales engagement, to provide all customers with intelligent call summaries, pipeline health insights, and a robust coaching platform, in three clicks. Across industries, nearly 70 percent of customer interaction takes place on the phone -- analytics tools for email, chat, social, and other digital channels provide an incomplete customer picture. TalkIQ instantly unlocks customer voice data to drive efficiency in sales and support, capture and share customer feedback easily throughout the organization, and track key trends over time, such as price inquiries, common objections, feature requests, and competitor mentions. Breakthrough Real-Time Technology TalkIQ delivers the right insight at the right time to sales, marketing, account management, and support teams. From the moment they start, businesses have access to intelligent and accurate call summaries of every conversation they have with customers -- coupled with a robust coaching platform to drive process accountability. TalkIQ’s Real-Time capability not only provides insights within calls instantly, but recommends next steps (what to do, for example: if competitors are mentioned, a price inquiry is made, or objections are raised). Call-level insights are also aggregated at a summary level -- providing businesses a complete view of each customer’s engagement with them. In many cases, the need for the right insights at the right time means while a call is in progress. TalkIQ now delivers a new Real-Time capability, providing immediate guidance to team members in the moment. For example, upon the mention of a competitor, TalkIQ presents key differentiation points instantly. “We’re excited to bring this powerful Real-Time capability to customers as part of our premium offering,” said Bill Hoppin, EVP Sales, Marketing, and Alliances for TalkIQ. “Now teams can act during the call, adapting their strategy and tactics in the moment to achieve success. We believe this is a game-changer.” SalesLoft Partnership: Three-Click Activation to Unlock Post-Call Customer Voice Insights SalesLoft makes it easy for the modern sales professional to use technology to set qualified appointments for salespeople. Customers now have access to TalkIQ’s core features which include intelligent post-call summaries, pipeline health insights, and a robust coaching platform, giving SalesLoft customers a sharper edge and promising higher close rates. “This partnership is a clear, measurable extension on the value of our platform,” said Sean Kester, VP Product Marketing at SalesLoft. “TalkIQ’s proprietary technology does an incredibly heavy lift – speech recognition, natural language processing, machine learning – to deliver clear value to our customers in a way that’s easy to act on for benefit.” With TalkIQ’s post-call analytics, summaries can be presented in whatever way is most effective to clearly communicate the voice of the customer: organized by lead, opportunity, and account. The summaries help develop effective guidance for agents to improve outcomes, among other benefits. Activation for SalesLoft customers is as easy as three clicks with their SalesLoft credentials. About TalkIQ TalkIQ helps businesses understand and take action on the most important insights from every voice conversation with their customers, throughout the customer journey. To do this, we’ve built proprietary enterprise speech recognition (ESR) and natural language processing (NLP) capabilities. TalkIQ enables client facing teams to, for the first time, take a scientific approach to understanding and acting on key moments with customers, including recognizing purchase intent, handling objections, responding to competitors, pricing, building rapport, closing, implementation, troubleshooting, renewal, and more. We’ve built TalkIQ to thrive in high volume sales and support environments, and it’s ready to drive efficiency throughout teams, reduce ramp and training time, drive more deals, and quantify the voice of the customer. http://www.talkiq.com About SalesLoft SalesLoft has created the Modern Sales Engagement Platform, allowing you to reach prospects faster and more effectively. SalesLoft helps your modern sales organization set and execute on a cadence of phone, email, and social communications so you can convert more target accounts into customer accounts. http://www.salesloft.com


Qualified to AEC-Q200, the new Automotive Grade Accu-P Series SMD capacitors deliver the industry's tightest capacitive tolerances, in addition to exceptionally repeatable performance, extremely high stability, & remarkably low ESR & high Q at high frequencies FOUNTAIN INN, SC--(Marketwired - February 09, 2017) - AVX Corporation ( : AVX), a leading manufacturer and supplier of passive components and interconnect solutions, has released a new series of SMD thin film chip capacitors especially designed to meet demanding performance specifications in automotive signal and power applications. Qualified to AEC-Q200, AVX's new Automotive Grade Accu-P® Series capacitors deliver the tightest tolerances of any capacitor available on today's market (down to ±0.01pF), in addition to exceptionally repeatable performance, remarkably low ESR and high Q at high frequencies (including VHF, UHF, and RF bands), and extremely high stability with respect to temperature, time, frequency, and voltage variation when compared to ceramic capacitor technologies. Based on well-established thin film technology and materials, the new Automotive Grade Accu-P Series capacitors are also subjected to a litany of test and quality control procedures in accordance with ISO 9001, CECC, IECQ, and USA MIL -- including on-line process control procedures, accelerated life, dampness, and heat testing, and final quality inspections for capacitance, proof voltage, IR and breakdown voltage distribution, temperature coefficient, solderability, and dimensional, mechanical, and temperature stability -- which makes them ideal for use in automotive signal and power applications that require extremely high accuracy, such as: in-vehicle and vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems, vehicle location and alarm systems, GPS, in-cabin wireless LANs, and mobile communications including navigation, traffic information, and connected security systems. "Designed to exhibit ideal performance characteristics in high frequency signal and power applications, Accu-P Series capacitors virtually eliminate the variances in dielectric quality, electrode conductivity, and physical size that are inherent to ceramic capacitor technologies," said Larry Eisenberger, principal technical marketing engineer, AVX. "Named for the extreme accuracy they deliver in even demanding applications, Automotive Grade Accu-P Series SMD thin film chip capacitors feature high-purity electrodes for very low and repeatable ESR; high-purity, low-K dielectric for a high breakdown field, high IR, and low losses to frequencies above 40GHz; and very tight dimensional control for uniform unit-to-unit inductance." Automotive Grade Accu-P Series capacitors are currently available in three standard case sizes (0402, 0603, and 0805), six rated voltages (10V, 16V, 25V, 50V, 100V, and 200V), and two dielectric temperature coefficients (0±30ppm/°C and 0±60ppm/°C) with capacitance values spanning 0.05pF to 68pF, and capacitive tolerances from ±0.01pF to ±5%. Rated for use in operating temperatures spanning -55°C to +125°C, the ruggedly constructed series also offers four termination compositions, including RoHS compliant and lead-free compatible options, and nickel/solder-coated terminations that provide excellent solderability and leach resistance. Designed for soldering onto flexible or alumina circuit boards, Automotive Grade Accu-P Series capacitors can withstand the time and temperature profiles used in both wave and reflow soldering methods. Shipped on 7" or 13" reels, the components should be handled with plastic-tipped tweezers, vacuum pick-ups, or other pick-and-place machinery. Lead-time for the series is currently 10 weeks. For more information about AVX's new Automotive Grade Accu-P Series SMD thin film chip capacitors for automotive signal and power applications, please visit http://www.avx.com/products/rfmicrowave/capacitors/automotive-grade-accu-p/ to access the product datasheet, catalog, part number information, and design tools. For all other inquiries, please visit www.avx.com, call 864-967-2150, or write to One AVX Boulevard, Fountain Inn, S.C. 29644. AVX Corporation is a leading international manufacturer and supplier of electronic passive components and interconnect solutions with 20 manufacturing and warehouse facilities in 11 countries around the world. AVX offers a broad range of devices including capacitors, resistors, filters, timing and circuit protection devices, and connectors. The company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange ( : AVX). A member of the Kyocera Group since 1990, AVX is also the only company authorized to supply Kyocera's electronic devices to the Americas and Europe. Established in 1959 and based in Kyoto, Japan, Kyocera Corporation is a leading international supplier of connectors, capacitors, ceramic resonators, surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters and duplexers, and crystal oscillators and timing devices.


RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--General Micro Systems, Inc. (GMS) today announced the S1U-MD, a 1U rackmount, multi-domain server and managed Ethernet switch/router based on the Intel® Xeon® D server CPU. S1U-MD boasts 12x the performance of traditional blade-servers, but in one-twelfth the size of traditional systems. Isolating Red and Black domains to ensure security or designing for redundancy is normally accomplished with one full-depth box for each Red and Black domain: 1) two physically separate servers; 2) two separate Ethernet multi-port switches; and 3) two separate routers. Putting this capability into a single, 1U high and 17-inch deep (Short Rack) server blade is another GMS engineering phenomenon in small form factor rugged systems. S1U-MD takes one-twelfth the rack space of a competing multi-domain solution. The S1U-MD has six network functions in one, making it ideal for the Navy’s evolution of secure Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) and Base Level Information Infrastructure (BLII) networks worldwide. S1U-MD targets all rugged rackmount installations, from ships and ground vehicles, to mobile command posts, mission command centers, first responders and airborne C4ISR platforms. The 1U high, Short Rack box does it all. General Micro Systems is trusted at sea, in the air and on land and has been supplying Smart Displays and VME boards to the U.S. Navy for shipboard use for more than three decades, and has applied its extensive knowledge of Naval requirements to the design of the S1U-MD. “We took our successfully deployed and proven SB2002-SW 'Blackhawk' multi-domain server from the U.S. Army’s WIN-T battlefield network program and optimized it for rugged, rack-mount applications for the Navy,” said GMS CEO Benjamin Sharfi. “You won’t find a MILS-ready dual 1U server with 28 Ethernet ports anywhere on the planet. No one else could accomplish all this functionality—and ruggedness—in 1U-Short, but we did it.” S1U-MD Technical Specifications Each S1U-MD has up to a 16-core Intel® Xeon® D CPU per server domain and can be powered via 110/220 VAC or 28VDC (“dirty power” per MIL-STD-1275). Each domain’s CPU can support 32 virtual machines (VMs), or 64 VMs per 1U-Short space. There is up to 64GB of DDR-4 at 2133MTS with ECC RAM per CPU domain, and four removable drives per domain with RAID support (plus another for OS boot): total disk storage is 80 TB per domain, or an incredible total 160 TB in the slim 1U-Short rack. Besides the Red/Black separation, a zeroize function (panic-initiated) is available to securely erase all non-volatile storage in each domain—a non-trivial feature designed to avoid a repeat of the Hainan Island incident. For each domain, network connectivity includes an integrated managed Layer 2/3 Ethernet switch with up to twelve 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports and two 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports (Fiber or Copper) per domain. Four of the 1 Gigabit ports include Power-over-Ethernet (POE+), supplying up to 25.5W (total) to directly power remote nodes such as sensors and to simplify wiring. The switch handles local routing and virtual LANs and accelerates packet processing to maximize wire speed; the 10 Gigabit ports support inter/intra-rack datacom or WAN reachback. There are two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports and HDMI for a user interface. Additionally, the Intel® Xeon® D CPU allows a full-featured Cisco® IOS® router to be run in one or more VMs in each domain. Cisco’s Embedded Services Router (ESR) series is intended for embedded applications; additionally, Cisco’s 1000V™ Series Cloud Services Router (CSR) running on an S1U-MD VM creates a locally hosted, infrastructure-agnostic “single tenant router” capability, uniquely supported on S1U-MD’s multi-domain hardware. Routing is available on all 1 Gigabit and 10 Gigabit ports for each of S1U-MD’s domains. Like all GMS products, S1U-MD can accommodate additional I/O such as MIL-STD-1553, CANbus, Serial Ports and custom features. The architecture is U.S. Army VICTORY conformant. Application Examples As cyber-security threats grow, the Department of Defense and service branches are hardening worldwide networks. One way to significantly enhance security is by separating secure from insecure networks through Red/Black isolation and Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS). In fact, the Navy’s PEO Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) identifies boundary isolation as a key upgrade for both NMCI and BLII networks. Running SIPRNet (secure) and NIPRNet (insecure) networks in the same 1U space is a perfect example of efficient isolation. Red/Black separation is needed in ground-, shipboard- and airborne-based installations. S1U-MDSW’s low weight and small size make it deployable on many ground, air and shipboard platforms. S1U-MD is also ideal for enterprise/cloud data centers or server rooms where the 12:1 size/weight/power reduction is a smart upgrade by combining the server/switch/router into one domain, and combining two domains into only 1U shelf. Two S1U-MD boxes can be mounted back-to-back in a 1U shelf. S1U-MD multi-domain servers with switches are also ideal for field-deployed, shipboard, airborne reconnaissance, first responder command post vehicles, oil/gas exploration or fault-tolerant/redundant industrial controllers. Come See General Micro Systems and S1U2001-MDSW at AFCEA West, San Diego, Booth #741 General Micro Systems Is Trusted and Deployed: On the Sea, in the Air and on Land About General Micro Systems: General Micro Systems (GMS) is the industry expert in highest-density, modular, compute-intensive, and rugged small form-factor embedded computing systems, servers, and switches. These powerful systems are ideal for demanding C4ISR defense, aerospace, medical, industrial, and energy exploration applications. GMS is an IEC, AS9100, and MIL-SPEC supplier with infrastructure and operations for long-life, spec-controlled, and configuration-managed programs. Designed from the ground up to provide the highest performance and functionality in the harshest environments on the planet, the company’s highly customizable products include GMS Rugged DNA™ with patented RuggedCool™ cooling technology. GMS is also the leader in deployable high-end Intel® processors and a proud Intel partner since 1986. For more information, visit www.gms4sbc.com General Micro Systems and the General Micro Systems logo are trademarks of General Micro Systems, Inc. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. ©2016 General Micro Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


News Article | February 16, 2017
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MEXICO CITY, Feb. 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe, S.A.B. Of C.V. (BMV:HOTEL) ("HOTEL" or "the Company"), one of the leading companies in the hotel industry in Mexico, announces the acquisition and expansion of two hotels that will be rebranded into Krystal Grand® 5 star hotels, with a total of 933 rooms under the All-Inclusive model. The transaction is expected to close in the following days once the contractual conditions have been met. The Krystal Grand® brand will grow from 2 to 4 hotels, and the Company will grow 16% in number of operated rooms. The hotels are located in Los Cabos and Nuevo Vallarta, two of the most important resorts destinations in Mexico, which are recognized internationally as top tourist destinations with significant connectivity to the main North American and European markets. The total value of the assets is US$119.8 million, approximately half of which will be financed with debt. HOTEL will contribute US$29.8 million which represents 50% of the equity and will consolidate both hotels’ operations. The other 50% of the equity will remain with the group of private Mexican investors who currently own the hotels. The Krystal Grand® Los Cabos will be a 454 room all-inclusive resort as of March 1st 2017; currently it has 267 rooms and will be operated by the Company under a different brand until the before mentioned date. Additionally the hotel will have 6 restaurants and bars, a ball room and break out rooms for 1,000 people, all under compliance with Krystal Grand® standards. Los Cabos is one of the most important resort destinations on the Pacific Coast in Mexico with hotel occupancy of 70% in 2016(1). Los Cabos International airport received 4.2 million passengers in 2016, a 25% increase compared to 2015, of which over 70% were international passengers (2). The Krystal Grand® Nuevo Vallarta will be a 479 room all-inclusive resort as of November 1st 2017; currently it has 230 rooms and will be operated by the Company under a different brand until the before mentioned date. Additionally the hotel will have 6 restaurants and bars, a ball room and break out rooms for 1,000 people, all under compliance with Krystal Grand® standards. Nuevo Vallarta is one of the top destinations of the pacific coast of Mexico with hotel occupancy of 70% in 2016(1). Puerto Vallarta International airport received 4.1 million passengers in 2016, a 16% increase compared to 2015, of which over 65% were international passengers (2). With these projects, HOTEL will reach 23 operating hotels and 6,493 rooms, of which 3,410 hotel rooms will be in the resort segment, representing 53% of the Company’s portfolio. This investment is in line with the Company’s expansion strategy, which aims towards growth in the main international resort and urban destinations in Mexico in the 4 star and 5 star categories, through hotels in key locations under our proprietary Krystal® brands. The Company will continue seeking and analyzing investment opportunities in hotels and properties as well as third-party hotel management contracts in the ordinary course of business. Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe is one of the leading companies in the Mexican hotel industry, with Mexican DNA, and is focused on acquiring, converting, developing and operating its own hotels and third party-owned hotels. The Company is well-known for the strategic location and quality of its assets, for its operating efficiency resulting from its unique hotel management model, characterized by the multifunctional efficiency of its employees and a strict expense control. The Company owns the Krystal® brand, which has considerable recognition in the Mexican market. HOTEL is committed to continue offering an excellent place to work and providing excellent services to its guests, respecting the environment and striving to generate high profitability for its investors. The Company has over 2,600 employees in Mexico, is part of the ranking Super Empresas Expansión 2015 and its shares are listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV:HOTEL). Furthermore, it has been awarded as a Socially Responsible Company (“ESR” or “Empresa Socialmente Responsible”). For additional information, please visit www.gsf-hotels.com The information provided in this report contains certain forward-looking statements and information related to Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe, S.A.B. de C.V. and its subsidiaries (jointly “Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe”, “HOTEL”, or the “Company”) which are based in the understanding of its managers, as well as in assumptions and information currently available for the Company. Such statements reflect the current view of Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe in regard to future events subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Several features may cause that the results, performance or current achievements of the Company may differ materially with respect to future results, performance or attainments of Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe that may be included, expressly or implied within such statements in regard to the future, including among others, alterations in the economic general conditions and/or politics, governmental and commercial changes globally or within the countries in which the Company has any business interests, changes in the interests rates and inflation, exchange rates volatility, changes in the demand and regulations of the products marketed by the Company, changes in the price of raw materials and other goods, changes in the business strategies and several other features. If one or more of this of risks or uncertainties are materialized, or if the assumptions used result to be incorrect, the real results may materially differ from those described herein as anticipated, believed, expected or envisioned. Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.


News Article | March 2, 2017
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Eurotech, a leading provider of embedded systems, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) platforms and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, announces the BoltMAR 20-28, a rugged router featuring the Cisco 5921 Embedded Services Router (ESR).


News Article | February 17, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

MEXICO CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Volaris* (NYSE:VLRS and BMV:VOLAR), the ultra-low-cost airline serving Mexico, the United States and Central America, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2016. The following financial information, unless otherwise indicated, is presented in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Volaris´ CEO Enrique Beltranena commented: “ Considering the circumstances, 2016 was a great year for Volaris, reaching the milestones set forth for our airline in terms of network geographic diversification, profitability and the continued strengthening our financial position. We have built a resilient ULCC business model, well positioned to continue developing our region’s air travel market.” Traffic Volume Growth Supported by Solid Demand Environment, Despite Exchange Rate and Fuel Price Pressures In the fourth quarter 2016, Volaris continued to experience pressure in US-dollar denominated costs, such as aircraft and engine rent expenses, international airport costs, and maintenance expenses due to the depreciation of the Mexican peso. The CASM for the fourth quarter was Ps.133.5 cents, a 16.3% increase compared to the fourth quarter 2015, mainly driven by FX and fuel price pressures. During the fourth quarter, the Company incorporated six additional aircraft comprised of two A320s and four A321s. As of December 31, 2016, Volaris fleet was composed of 69 aircraft (15 A319s, 44 A320s and 10 A321s), with an average age of 4.2 years. At the end of the fourth quarter 2016 Volaris’ fleet had an average of 178 seats, 61% of which were in sharklet-equipped aircraft. The net increase in cash and cash equivalents was equal to Ps.78 million and Ps.1,914 million during the fourth quarter and full year, respectively. As of December 31, 2016, Volaris’ unrestricted cash and cash equivalents balance was Ps.7,071 million. Volaris had negative net debt (or a positive net cash position) of Ps.5,077 million and total equity of Ps.10,794 million. Volaris remains active in its fuel risk management program. Volaris utilized call options to hedge 53% of its fourth quarter 2016 fuel consumption, at an average strike price of US $1.99 per gallon, which combined with the 47% unhedged consumption, resulted in a blended average economic fuel cost of US$1.7 per gallon. Investors are urged to carefully read the Company's periodic reports filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission, for additional information regarding the Company. *Controladora Vuela Compañía de Aviación, S.A.B. de C.V. (“Volaris” or the “Company”) (NYSE:VLRS and BMV:VOLAR), is an ultra-low-cost carrier, with point-to-point operations, serving Mexico, the United States and Central America. Volaris offers low base fares to build its market, providing quality service and extensive customer choice. Since beginning operations in March 2006, Volaris has increased its routes from five to more than 163 and its fleet from four to 69 aircraft. Volaris offers more than 331 daily flight segments on routes that connect 40 cities in Mexico and 27 cities in the United States and Central America with the youngest fleet in Mexico. Volaris targets passengers who are visiting friends and relatives, cost-conscious business people and leisure travelers in Mexico and to select destinations in the United States and Central America. Volaris has received the ESR Award for Social Corporate Responsibility for seven consecutive years. For more information, please visit: www.volaris.com Statements in this release contain various forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which represent the Company's expectations or beliefs concerning future events. When used in this release, the words "expects," "estimates," "plans," "anticipates," "indicates," "believes," "forecast," "guidance," "outlook," "may," "will," "should," "seeks," "targets" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Similarly, statements that describe the Company's objectives, plans or goals, or actions the Company may take in the future, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the Company's intentions and expectations regarding the delivery schedule of aircraft on order, announced new service routes and customer savings programs. All forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to the Company on the date of this release. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations, including the competitive environment in the airline industry; the Company's ability to keep costs low; changes in fuel costs; the impact of worldwide economic conditions on customer travel behavior; the Company's ability to generate non-ticket revenues; and government regulation. Additional information concerning these and other factors is contained in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The Company is providing a reconciliation of GAAP financial information to non-GAAP financial information as it believes that non-GAAP financial measures provide management and investors the ability to measure the performance of the Company on a consistent basis. These non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as an analytical tool.


News Article | March 1, 2017
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MEXICO CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Volaris (NYSE: VLRS) and (BMV: VOLAR), the ultra low-cost Mexican airline that operates in Mexico, the United States and Central America celebrates 2016 as a year of business achievements and important milestones. With the inauguration of new routes to Chicago, IL, Portland, OR, San Francisco, CA, Dallas, TX, Houston, TX and New York, NY - Volaris continues its growth into key U.S. markets. “2016 was a very important business and financial year with exceptional growth for Volaris. We increased our passenger traffic by 21.9% year over year in the Fourth Quarter of 2016. This increased our load factor by 3.5%. Our revenues for the year totaled $1.14 billion USD. This solid business performance is a testament to our business model of being a low-cost airline, offering convenient travel times to friends, families and leisure travelers and to key destinations,” said Enrique Beltranena, CEO of Volaris. With more than 68 destinations in Mexico, the United States, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico, Volaris by all accounts is recognized as Mexico’s #1 ultra low-cost airline. Volaris has been in business for just over 10 years and has experienced exceptional growth by disrupting the traditional airline industry in Mexico and significantly achieving new demand and growth. Volaris now offers a faster, more efficient and safer travel option to many markets as compared to ground transportation – i.e. by bus. Volaris continues to focus on the travel needs of its customers and their travel experience. "Our customers are vitally important to the success of Volaris,” said Holger Blankenstein, Chief Commercial Officer of Volaris. “We understand that our passengers care most about low fares. At Volaris, we have a razor sharp focus on offering low fares with a good customer experience and direct flights between cities in the U.S. and Mexico. With this winning strategy we achieved important milestones in 2016 – such as our 10th anniversary celebration and the flight of our 65th million passenger – this includes considerable company growth and expansion. We are also recognized as one of the safest airlines with the newest fleet of aircraft in the industry. We work hard every day to deliver low fares and connect friends and families between both countries.” For more information on Volaris’ financials please view the Investor Relations Press Release for 2016 Results: http://bit.ly/2lrr1M8 Controladora Vuela Compañía de Aviación, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE: VLRS and BMV: VOLAR) is an ultra-low cost airline providing point to point services and operating between Mexico, US, and Central America. The ultra-low cost highly efficient business model offered by Volaris provides low base fares to develop its market, coupled with outstanding levels of quality services and a wide array of products. Since beginning their operations in March 2006, Volaris has increased its routes from an initial 5 to a current 166 and its fleet from 4 to 69 aircraft. Volaris currently operates over 300 daily flight segments on routes connecting 40 cities in Mexico and 28 cities internationally. Volaris targets passengers visiting friends and family, price sensitive business travelers, and leisure travelers in Mexico and to select destinations. Proudly Mexican, Volaris is regarded as one of the new leading companies in the country. Among other recognitions, Volaris has received the prestigious ESR Award for Social Corporate Responsibility for seven consecutive years. For more information, please visit: www.volaris.com

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