Stocks - Wall Street Opens Higher but Apple, GM Temper Virus Hopes

Investing.com | April 27, 2020

U.S. stock markets opened higher on Monday, as negative news surrounding Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and General Motors (NYSE:GM) tempered hopes fanned by the partial easing of lockdown measures in New York and Europe.
By 10:10 AM ET (1410 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 173 points or 0.7% at 23,948 points. The S&P 500 was up 0.9% and the Nasdaq Composite was up 1.2%.
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock lagged the market, rising only 0.1%, after it was reported by the Wall Street Journal to be planning a delay of around one month in bringing this year's flagship iPhone models to market. The WSJ said supply chain disruption and the likelihood of subdued customer demand in the near term were responsible.
Elsewhere, General Motors (NYSE:GM) stock fell 0.7% after the company suspended its buyback program and quarterly dividend in an effort to preserve liquidity. GM, which like other carmakers is suffering from a steep decline in sales with many dealerships across the country closed, also said it had extended a $3.6 billion revolving credit facility.

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SGH to Acquire Stratus Technologies

SGH | June 30, 2022

SMART Global Holdings, Inc. (“SGH” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: SGH) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with affiliates of Siris Capital Group, LLC, to acquire Stratus Technologies (“Stratus”), a global leader in simplified, protected, and autonomous computing solutions in the data center and at the Edge. Under the terms of the agreement, SGH will pay $225 million in cash at closing and an earn-out payment of up to $50 million, based on the gross profit performance of the Stratus business during the first full 12 fiscal months of Stratus following the closing. Consistent with the Company’s existing lines of business, Stratus delivers differentiated technology solutions to specialty end markets. In particular, the addition of Stratus’ high-availability, fault-tolerant computing platforms, software, and services will expand the Company’s Intelligent Platform Solutions (“IPS”) business to better serve Stratus and IPS customers worldwide. This transaction builds upon our successful track record of M&A at SGH, The high-availability and fault-tolerant capabilities of Stratus will expand our IPS offerings in Edge, Core, and Cloud, and will enable us to more comprehensively address our combined customers’ needs. We look forward to welcoming the Stratus team to SGH.” Mark Adams, CEO of SGH. About Stratus For leaders digitally transforming their operations to drive predictable, peak performance with minimal risk, Stratus ensures the continuous availability of business-critical applications by delivering zero-touch Edge Computing platforms that are simple to deploy and maintain, protected from interruptions and threats, and autonomous. For 40 years, we have provided reliable and redundant zero-touch computing, enabling global Fortune 500 companies and small-to-medium sized businesses to securely and remotely turn data into actionable intelligence at the Edge, Cloud and Data Center – driving uptime and efficiency. About SGH At SGH, our companies are united by a drive to raise the bar, execute with discipline and focus on what’s next for the technologies that support and advance the world. Across computing, memory, and LED lighting solutions, we build long-term strategic partnerships with our customers. Backed by a proven leadership team, we operate with excellence around the globe while unlocking new avenues of growth for our business and industry. About Siris Siris is a leading private equity firm that invests primarily in mature technology and telecommunications companies with mission-critical products and services, facing industry changes or other significant transitions. Siris' development of proprietary research to identify opportunities and its extensive collaboration with its Executive Partners and Advisors are integral to its approach. Siris' Executive Partners and Advisors are experienced senior operating executives that actively participate in key aspects of the transaction lifecycle to help identify opportunities and drive strategic and operational value. Siris is based in New York, Silicon Valley and West Palm Beach, and has raised nearly $6 billion in cumulative capital commitments.

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Centime launches comprehensive cash flow control solution for small and mid-sized businesses

Centime | April 12, 2022

Boston-based fintech partners with First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO) to develop SaaS solution to manage key aspects of cash flow control lifecycle: forecasting, managing receivables and payables, and obtaining credit BOSTON, April 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Centime, a Boston-based fintech, launched Cash Flow Control: a first-of-a-kind solution purpose built to help small and mid-sized businesses control and manage cash flow. Effective immediately, Centime Cash Flow Control is available to all U.S.-based businesses using the financial General Ledger applications of Intuit QuickBooks and Oracle NetSuite. The solution consists of several interconnected modules that work together to support the cash control lifecycle of a business Automated rolling 13-week cash flow forecasting uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to predict cash inflows and outflows Accounts receivable management provides increased visibility into payment delays, facilitates on-time payments through automated reminder campaigns, and drives online payments through an integrated merchant account Accounts payable management helps determine who, when and how to pay with the goal of maximizing working capital Integrated credit solutions facilitate the bridging of cash flow gaps and short-term working capital needed to support growth KPI monitoring provides the metrics and insights required to ensure robust cash flow performance Centime Cash Flow Control gives business leaders a clear picture of how each element of cash flow control affects the other in a real-time, rolling basis and taps into AI and machine learning to blend businesses' historical data with industry trends to deliver visibility, predictions, management and control. Businesses have opportunities to grow in good times and bad, And in both good times and bad, cash makes or breaks businesses. For most businesses, cash flow management is poorly understood, overly complicated and inconsistently managed. Centime Cash Flow Control is a simple, easy to use solution that allows businesses to manage one of their most critical resources." Centime founder and CEO BC Krishna. Covid exposed the risks posed to businesses by poor cash management — or simply an uncertain environment. As businesses across America continue to struggle with labor shortages, supply chain disruptions, inflation and uncertainty in the world, they must take ownership of their cash. While the government's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) helped businesses bridge gaps at the height of the pandemic, and banks stepped in to further accommodate their clients' unforeseen stressors, moving forward requires that business leaders gain control over all aspects of their cash. Centime was founded just before the global Covid pandemic struck in 2020, creating unexpected disruptions while also opening doors to creative solutions. In the intervening two years, an extended team of 150 engineers, designers, product managers, finance professionals, payments experts and bankers from Centime and its strategic partner FNBO have worked closely to develop this unique, simple, yet comprehensive cash flow control solution. A beta testing initiative, Centime's Early Access Program (EAP), provided valuable client feedback that has and continues to influence the features and functionality of Cash Flow Control — ensuring it truly provides transformative, actionable insights for businesses. That's the hope for a person like me, an average, small to mid-sized business owner and executive officer, Getting to a point in time when projecting my cash flow is simple, accurate, and meaningful to help me get a pulse on my businesses has been a revelation. Todd Murphy, CEO at Universal Information Services and a Centime EAP client. Carrie Zoucha, FNBO's VP, commercial payments, who knows Murphy's business as a member of the team that serves his banking needs, spoke to Centime's product development collaboration with the bank. "From the very beginning, our partnership with Centime has been a relationship built on mutual trust, collaboration and innovation. At FNBO, we take pride in being customer-led and providing guidance to help businesses grow. Our partnership with Centime has allowed us to take a common problem that so many businesses face, and help build a solution to help them thrive. It's been exciting to see Centime come to life, and particularly invigorating to hear about its impact from our customers." About Centime Centime, Inc. is a Boston-based fintech led by a veteran team of banking, payments, design and fintech professionals. We are bound by a shared desire to help small to mid-sized businesses thrive through strategic cash flow management. About FNBO First National Bank of Omaha is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National of Nebraska and its affiliates have more than $26 billion in assets and nearly 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming.

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FinLync Secures $16M to Support Global Expansion

FinLync | May 10, 2021

FinLync, a privately held, global fintech company transforming corporate finance and treasury offices through its world-class products, today announced that it has closed on a $16M equity funding round. Point72 Ventures led the financing and included investments from Nyca Partners, former CFO of Palantir and Founding Partner of Friends & Family Capital Colin Anderson, and Plaid Founder William Hockey. FinLync brings speed, simplicity and greater transparency and control to finance and treasury professionals globally. Through its world-class products, they provide them the infrastructure to unlock more value from their day-to-day operations. This latest funding will support the company’s continued growth, including investment in its technology and expanding the firm’s global reach and executive leadership team. By leveraging bank APIs and embedding the technology within the client’s ERP, FinLync enables corporate finance and treasury departments to have greater control and visibility over their data than legacy treasury management systems provide, while benefiting from financial institution-grade security. Equipped with FinLync’s applications, treasurers and finance professionals are now able to experience real-time payment processing, machine learning-assisted forecasting and reconciliation, all on a user intuitive platform. Leading companies, including Citrix, have chosen FinLync’s technology to integrate their bank and ERP data in real time, resulting in richer insights and more actionable data to their corporate treasury functions. FinLync’s global bank partners include J.P. Morgan and Standard Chartered, among other leading banks. “The corporate treasury function has evolved into an increasingly strategic role. FinLync is accelerating that change with its unique solution for CFOs and treasurers around the world, and think they have an opportunity to transform this area of financial services,” said Tripp Shriner, Partner at Point72 Ventures. “We are confident in the experience and industry knowledge FinLync’s executive team brings to the table and believe in their vision. We believe FinLync is uniquely positioned to make a significant impact on this area of open banking and corporate treasury and we are encouraged by the clients and partners it has secured. We look forward to supporting the business as it continues to expand globally.” While the wave of digital transformation has modernized many areas of financial services and accelerated the use of APIs, corporate treasuries have been largely left behind, still relying on static, disparate and legacy technology. In response, FinLync has created a modern solution that delivers the critical information treasury departments need to maximize cash and make better, faster decisions. Bringing the ease and sleek design of consumer banking technology to corporate treasury, FinLync provides today’s treasurers with real-time data in a simple, customizable dashboard. With FinLync, users have a single, integrated view into all of the information they need—with a reduced risk of breaches and fraud. This innovation makes the ERP the single source of truth for an entire enterprise. “FinLync’s innovative model addresses the pain points treasurers have to deal with on a daily basis,” said Hans Morris, Managing Partner at Nyca Partners. “Phillip and Peter have built a strong team with backgrounds in corporate treasury, payments and technology to create and deliver an elegant solution that will save companies money.” “We are at a critical point of growth for our firm. We’ve secured an extensive list of global bank partners and this investment will help us continue our goal of bringing open banking into corporate treasury,” said Phillip Klein, co-founder and CEO of FinLync. “With the right tools, treasurers and their teams are change leaders within their organizations. These individuals need access to real-time treasury data to manage their complex finance needs. With FinLync, corporate finance departments can become forward-thinkers and optimize cash, make better and faster decisions, all while saving time and resources. We believe that our solution is going to transform the treasury function of every global company and we are excited to have secured this growth investment to support our vision.” About FinLync FinLync is a privately held, global fintech company transforming the insights and functionality of corporate finance and treasury offices through its world-class products. FinLync’s ERP native apps and API connectivity empowers treasurers to optimize cash, make better, faster decisions, save time and reduce the resources needed to manage complex finance needs. FinLync’s largest clients include Fortune 500 and Fortune 2000 companies. The firm has employees from 18 different countries and offices in Singapore, Los Angeles, New York, and Paris. About Point72 Point72 Ventures is a global venture capital strategy led by a diverse set of domain experts with the capital and mandate to lead rounds through all stages of a company's growth, from idea to IPO. The team invests in founders with bold ideas who use the latest technologies to drive transformational change across industries. Point72 Ventures offers entrepreneurs access to expertise and insights, executive and technical talent, and hands-on support. With offices in the U.S. and Europe, Point72 Ventures is an affiliate of Point72, the global asset manager founded by Steven A. Cohen.

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BearingPoint and SIX Launch a Collaboration for Payments and Request-To-Pay

BearingPoint | December 18, 2021

Management and technology consultancy BearingPoint and the Swiss financial market infrastructure operator SIX are partnering to develop a fully integrated invoice-to-payment service. The service will digitalize the entire value-added chain from the issue of the invoice to its payment: invoice issuers will send invoices directly and securely to their customers’ online and mobile banking applications. Customers can verify all the information online and then approve payment of an invoice at the click of a button. This service will also support the SEPA Request-To-Pay (SRTP) functions. The platform is based on the eBill processing infrastructure of SIX, as this is already well established in Switzerland and will be rolled out in Europe with BearingPoint’s industry experience. The goal is to offer banks in Europe a model that has been tested in Switzerland and that enables the receipt of invoices and the release of payments directly through those banks’ electronic banking platforms. A key advantage is the ease of integration into the banks’ environments, thereby enabling fast and cost-effective implementations. The timing for the rollout of the solution depends on the participation of banks and invoice issuers in the respective countries. BearingPoint and SIX are currently planning for the first applications in the European market by 2023. “With eBill, SIX has established a successful solution for digital invoices in the Swiss market. It is used by around 100 financial institutions and already reaches more than half of Swiss households. In our next step, we want to implement this innovative solution across Europe in partnership with BearingPoint,” emphasizes Marco Menotti, Head of Banking Services and Member of the Executive Board of SIX. “The role of the bank account in payment processing is undergoing a fundamental change. Banks need to address how they will position accounts with their customers in the future. Our joint solution offers banks a way to link accounts with additional services that are related to invoice receipts and payments, and creates an overall win-win-win situation for banks, consumers and businesses,” adds Thomas Steiner, Global Leader Banking & Capital Markets at BearingPoint, explaining the motivation for the initiative. With our innovative solution, we can help invoice issuers achieve significant cost savings when processing transfers. It also massively improves the user experience for debtors, as they receive invoices and initiate payments in a single step and within the familiar digital environment of their own bank. For banks, this will result in a strengthening of their customer relationships and – through the reductions in paper invoices – also contribute to environmental protection” Stefan Schütt, head of the RTP initiative at BearingPoint. About SIX SIX operates and develops infrastructure services for the Swiss and Spanish stock exchanges and for securities services, banking services and financial information with the aim of improving efficiency, quality and innovative capacity across the entire value chain of the Swiss and Spanish financial centers. The company is owned by its users (121 banks). With a workforce of around 3,500 employees (full-time equivalents) and a presence in 20 countries, it generated operating income of CHF 1.38 billion and Group net profit of CHF 439.6 million in 2020. About BearingPoint BearingPoint is an independent management and technology consultancy with European roots and a global reach. The company operates in three business units: The first unit covers the advisory business with a clear focus on selected business areas. The second unit provides IP-driven digital assets and managed services beyond SaaS. The third unit is designed to explore innovative business models with clients and partners by driving the financing and development of start-ups and leveraging ecosystems. BearingPoint’s clients include many of the world’s leading companies and organizations. The firm has a global consulting network with more than 10,000 people and supports clients in over 70 countries, engaging with them to achieve measurable and sustainable success.

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Gold-Rated Dodge & Cox Income stands out for its relatively patient and, at times, contrarian approach to investing. The managers, who average 21 years of experience, start with an investment horizon of three to five years. They run a fairly compact, mostly cash-bond portfolio. The team tends to favorite corporates, noting that the yield advantage offered by the securities is an important contributor to total returns over time.

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