TMX Group Consolidated Trading Statistics - July 2016

TMX Group | August 05, 2016

August 5, 2016 (TORONTO) – TMX Group Limited today announced July 2016 trading statistics for its marketplaces – Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange, TSX Alpha Exchange (Alpha), Montréal Exchange (MX) and NGX. TMX Group's key subsidiaries operate cash and derivative markets and clearinghouses for multiple asset classes including equities, fixed income and energy.

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FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT,INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

Investment Banking Firm Outcome Capital Launches Advisory Practice

Outcome Capital | August 26, 2022

Outcome Capital, a highly specialized life science and healthcare investment banking group, today announced the formal launch of an Advisory Services Practice in response to demand from client companies and their Boards for earlier access to Outcome’s broad scientific, clinical, financial and strategy capabilities. The firm’s advisory services will include bespoke tax and accounting solutions provided by Michaele Esdale, PhD, CPA, who joined the firm earlier this year. “We are excited to offer our Advisory Practice as a complement to our investment banking services, and Michaele’s deep accounting background deepens the breadth of our services to enable full-scope analysis. Her additional services will provide our clients with end-to-end, strategy creation to financial service offerings that clients will benefit from significantly,” - Arnold Freedman To meet Outcome’s deep commitment to the life science sector, the firm has already assisted numerous innovative companies, family offices and venture firms seeking “pre-transaction” guidance and support in anticipation of future exit events and capital requirements. The company will now formally offer life science and healthcare management, Boards and investors with access to the firm’s strategic and financial expertise through the new Advisory Services Practice. Services provided will include proprietary data and analytics platforms, modeling and valuation frameworks, portfolio management expertise, financial statement analysis, earnings optimization, exit planning and scenario analysis, along with a myriad of corporate development services. In addition to Dr. Esdale, these services will be provided by Outcome’s legacy strategy and finance groups, led by Co-Founders and Managing Directors Oded Ben-Joseph, PhD, MBA and Arnold Freedman, along with senior management: Ellen Baron, PhD; Paul Mieyal, PhD, CFA; Karl Hess; Craig Steger; Michael Casasanta, PhD; Thomas Busby and Nicholas Frame, PhD. Dr. Ben-Joseph commented, Technologies can all too easily drift from what the market is truly seeking, and a strong corporate development function reduces extraneous costs and increases the likelihood of transacting. Curiously, however, one of the last positions filled for many life science companies is related to corporate development, which is an instrumental role in our industry. Since Outcome’s inception, we have found management teams at a disadvantage when initiating transaction work too late and we often represent clients who have conveyed their regret in not engaging sooner after seeing the benefits we can offer. Therefore, although our team has already been undertaking this strategic work routinely, we are looking forward to formally offering services to address these corporate development needs. Dr. Esdale is a CPA with over twenty years of experience spanning accounting and taxation in a variety of senior public and private roles. Prior to Outcome Capital, Dr. Esdale spent nearly two decades in academia, authoring over 30 publications in both academic and professional journals. Concurrent to her time in academia, Dr. Esdale was a national tax instructor for PwC and KPMG, where she taught a wide variety of topics including mergers and acquisitions, corporate tax and the ins and outs of net operating losses. Dr. Esdale’s operational expertise includes CFO and COO positions for a technology company that provided clinical trial data-sharing software to multinational pharmaceutical companies. She is a 2019 Boston Business Journal 40 Under 40 Honoree. Dr. Esdale commented, I am looking forward to the opportunity to assist growth-stage companies with business optimization strategies. The financial advisory services we provide assist in maximizing current profitability and instituting best practices, while also serving to implement necessary infrastructure for future growth and exit strategies. About Outcome Capital Outcome Capital is a highly specialized life science and healthcare advisory and investment banking firm, providing innovative companies with a value-added, market-aligned approach to mergers & acquisitions, partnering and corporate finance. The firm leverages its proven ‘strategy-led execution’ approach to value enhancement by assisting management teams and their boards in navigating both financial and corporate markets and implementing the best path for success. The firm’s strength stems from its multi-disciplinary, industry experts who draw from their broad relationships and a wide range of scientific, operational, strategic and transactional expertise across the value chain. Comprised of former CEOs, business development executives, venture capitalists, PhD/MD-level scientists and clinicians, and experienced commercialization experts, our team is driven to propel innovation from bench to bedside.

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KKR Completes Acquisition of Barracuda from Thoma Bravo

Barracuda Networks, KKR and Thoma Bravo | August 18, 2022

KKR, a leading global investment firm, and Barracuda Networks, Inc. (“Barracuda” or the “Company”) a leading provider of cloud-first security solutions, today announced that KKR’s investment funds have completed an acquisition of Barracuda from Thoma Bravo, a leading software investment firm. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Barracuda is a cloud-first provider of cybersecurity solutions for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). More than 200,000 customers worldwide count on Barracuda to protect their email, networks, applications, and data. “We’re ready to deliver on our next phase of growth with KKR and remain dedicated to investing in our team and product portfolio to provide innovative cybersecurity solutions for our customers and partners, We‘re grateful to Thoma Bravo for their valuable strategic and operational support over the last four years.” -Hatem Naguib, CEO of Barracuda We are excited to complete this transaction and begin working with the Barracuda team to support their continued growth and delivery of next generation cloud-first cybersecurity solutions that protect SMEs from an evolving landscape of threats, said John Park, a Partner at KKR. Barracuda has been a tremendous partner over the last four years and has experienced strong product, customer and revenue growth, We have enjoyed working closely with Hatem and his team through multiple acquisitions and operational improvements, and we are confident that the company is well-positioned for continued success,said Chip Virnig, a Partner at Thoma Bravo. J.P. Morgan served as exclusive financial advisor to Thoma Bravo and Barracuda. Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal counsel to Thoma Bravo and Barracuda. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP served as legal counsel to KKR. Guggenheim Securities, DBO Partners and Barclays served as financial advisors to KKR. About Barracuda Networks At Barracuda we strive to make the world a safer place. We believe every business deserves access to cloud-first, enterprise-grade security solutions that are easy to buy, deploy, and use. We protect email, networks, data, and applications with innovative solutions that grow and adapt with our customers' journey. More than 200,000 organizations worldwide trust Barracuda to protect them – in ways they may not even know they are at risk — so they can focus on taking their business to the next level. About KKR KKR is a leading global investment firm that offers alternative asset management as well as capital markets and insurance solutions. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and supporting growth in its portfolio companies and communities. KKR sponsors investment funds that invest in private equity, credit and real assets and has strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR’s insurance subsidiaries offer retirement, life and reinsurance products under the management of Global Atlantic Financial Group. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds and insurance subsidiaries. About Thoma Bravo Thoma Bravo is one of the largest private equity firms in the world, with more than $114 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2022. The firm invests in growth-oriented, innovative companies operating in the software and technology sectors. Leveraging the firm’s deep sector expertise and proven strategic and operational capabilities, Thoma Bravo collaborates with its portfolio companies to implement operating best practices, drive growth initiatives and make accretive acquisitions intended to accelerate revenue and earnings. Over the past 20 years, the firm has acquired or invested in more than 380 companies representing over $190 billion in enterprise value. The firm has offices in Chicago, Miami and San Francisco.

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Highline and Argyle Partner to Increase Consumer Access to Credit, Reduce Risk for Lenders Through Payroll-Linked Lending

Argyle and Highline | August 30, 2022

To meet the needs of U.S. consumers who are normally shut out of affordable credit products, payments fintech Highline Technologies and employment data platform Argyle have partnered to bring payroll-linked lending and billpay capabilities to lenders nationwide. With payroll-linked lending, consumer loans are automatically repaid through preset distributions directly from the borrower’s paycheck. This benefits consumers by providing them access to lower cost credit through more reputable, non-predatory lenders; and also benefits lenders as payroll-linked lending enables them to decrease missed payments by up to 2/3rds and reduce default rates by more than half. “Our partnership with Highline empowers workers, consumers and lenders with over 160 granular data points, while moving us closer to universal financial access for the underbanked, those with thin credit or no credit history, and those that the financial system has traditionally left out; gig workers, shift workers and creators, Argyle’s data coupled with Highline’s commitment to financial wellness is meaningfully expanding access to financial services and reducing risk for consumers and lenders alike.” -Shmulik Fishman, CEO of Argyle Argyle’s real-time, borrower-permissioned service is fully integrated into Highline’s platform, which enables lenders to implement any number of decisioning, origination and repayment use cases. Lenders can embed these capabilities within their own digital experience. An applicant’s income and employment data, including employment tenure and income, can be used for decisioning. Consumers then opt-in to repay loans through allocations from payroll and Highline manages the flow of funds to pay off the loans. True financial inclusion begins with the recognition that there is a shortage of non-predatory options available for many Americans who need access to relatively small dollar loans, The team at Argyle recognizes this as well and, like Highline, is committed to helping more consumers gain access to credit in a way that also makes sense for lenders and fits their business objectives,said Geoff Brown, CEO of Highline. About Argyle Argyle is building the leading user-consent-based platform for employment data, helping people avoid situations where their personal information is sold or used without their consent or knowledge. With Argyle, any business can process income and work verifications, gain real-time transparency into earnings, as well as view and update worker profile details. By removing the barriers between a worker, the companies they make money from, and the business they buy services and products from, Argyle has reimagined how employment data can be leveraged to benefit both institutions and individuals. About Highline Highline is a new payments platform that automates bill payments directly from payroll. It provides lenders with a simple, direct approach to credit decisioning and payment automation that can be supported at scale. Lenders can decrease missed payments by up to 2/3rds, reduce default rates by more than half, expand customers’ credit options, and better support financial wellness. Built by subject matter experts, data scientists and technologists, Highline’s solution unleashes the power of payment automation to help lenders and financial institutions expand the pool of potential borrowers.

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Touchstone Investments Launches Its Fourth Distinctively Active Managed ETF

Touchstone Investments | August 29, 2022

Touchstone Investments, known for its Distinctively Active® mutual funds, announced the launch of its fourth actively managed exchange traded fund (ETF), the Touchstone Ultra Short Income ETF. The ETFs mark the natural expansion of Touchstone's Distinctively Active investment philosophy through an ETF structure, providing shareholders with more investment options. Each of the four ETFs has a corresponding Touchstone mutual fund that shares a similar core investment strategy. The four that have launched over the last few weeks are: Touchstone Strategic Income Opportunities ETF: The expanded opportunity set of this multi-sector bond strategy provides the flexibility to invest effectively in a variety of different markets and is focused on providing a high and consistent level of income and total return. Touchstone US Large Cap Focused ETF: This Fund seeks capital appreciation by investing in U.S.-listed equity securities that have a market capitalization at the time of purchase above $5 billion and focuses on investing in companies with reasonable valuations combined with distinctive barriers to entry in their respective markets. Touchstone Dividend Select ETF: This Fund seeks a high level of current income and capital appreciation by investing primarily in a portfolio of dividend-paying, large-capitalization equities which have the potential to support reliable, growing dividends along with reasonable valuations. Touchstone Ultra Short Income ETF: This Fund seeks maximum total return consistent with the preservation of capital by primarily investing in a diversified portfolio of investment grade fixed income securities; its portfolio is managed to maintain an effective duration of one year or less under normal market conditions. Touchstone's ETFs have the potential to provide excess returns and complement most investment portfolios; seek to reduce unintended risks and offer the flexibility to capture upside potential and limit downside risk relative to an index; and provide the potential for a more tax-efficient, cost competitive and transparent way to access Touchstone investment strategies with no investment minimum. Distinctively Active management has long been the hallmark of Touchstone's investment philosophy, so extending its Distinctively Active approach into ETFs is a natural expansion of Touchstone's core competencies. Touchstone's commitment to being Distinctively Active means executing a fully integrated and rigorous process for identifying and collaborating with best-in-class asset managers to sub-advise the firm's funds. The four new Touchstone ETFs are sub-advised by Fort Washington Investment Advisors, a long-time sub-advisor of the Touchstone Funds. About Touchstone Investments Touchstone's commitment to being Distinctively Active has purposeful intent. Recognizing that not all fund companies are created equal, we actively apply an integrated and rigorous approach for identifying and partnering with highly-skilled asset managers who act in a sub-advisory capacity. Their expertise, disciplined investment processes and employment of active management provide the differentiation required for robust portfolio construction. Touchstone offers a full breadth of investment options across styles and asset classes, including U.S. equity, international equity, income and multi-asset funds. The Touchstone Funds are advised by Touchstone Advisors, Inc., a registered investment adviser, and are distributed nationally through intermediaries including broker-dealers, registered investment advisers, institutions and others by Touchstone Securities, Inc., a registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/SIPC. Touchstone, Touchstone Funds and Touchstone Investments are federal service mark registrations and applications owned by IFS Financial Services, Inc. Touchstone Securities, Inc., Touchstone Advisors, Inc., and IFS Financial Services, Inc., are members of Western & Southern Financial Group. About Fort Washington Investment Advisors Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc. (Fort Washington) is a diversified asset management firm offering a wide range of investment solutions to a diverse set of clients and valued partners, including insurance companies, endowments, foundations, religious orders, not-for-profits, public employee retirement systems, Taft-Hartley entities, corporations operating in numerous industries, as well as individuals and families. The firm applies well-defined investment values across the diverse lineup of strategies that we offer covering asset classes and solutions within both public and private equity, cash and short duration fixed income, investment grade fixed income, asset-liability management, leveraged credit, multi-sector fixed income, private placements, private debt, midstream energy, securitized credit, and others. About Western & Southern Financial Group Founded in Cincinnati in 1888 as The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, Western & Southern Financial Group, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, is the parent company of a group of diversified financial services businesses. Its assets owned ($66 billion) and managed ($35 billion) totaled $101 billion as of June 30, 2022. Western & Southern is one of the strongest life insurance groups in the world. Its seven life insurance subsidiaries (The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, Western-Southern Life Assurance Company, Columbus Life Insurance Company, Gerber Life Insurance Company, Integrity Life Insurance Company, The Lafayette Life Insurance Company, and National Integrity Life Insurance Company) maintain very strong financial ratings. Other member companies include Eagle Realty Group, LLC; Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc.; IFS Financial Services, Inc.; Touchstone Advisors, Inc.; Touchstone Securities, Inc.; W&S Brokerage Services, Inc.; and W&S Financial Group Distributors, Inc. Western & Southern is the title sponsor of seven major community events every year, including the Western & Southern Open, a premier event in the U.S. Open Series played each August by the world's top-ranked professional male and female tennis players.

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