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Clariant continues its transformation to a higher-value specialty portfolioSimplifying the Group’s organization post divestments to focus on its core Business AreasRightsizing regional organizations and service units to avoid remnant cost Muttenz, November 25, 2020– Clariant, a focused, sustainable and innovative specialty chemical company, today announced its plans to adapt and refocus its organization post divestments. With the divestments of Healthcare Packaging in October 2019 and Masterbatches in July 2020 as well as the anticipated divestment of Pigments, Clariant is transforming itself towards a higher-value specialty portfolio focusing on its core Business Areas: Care Chemicals, Catalysis and Natural Resources. The Group plans to rightsize regional organizations and service units in order to avoid remnant cost, thereby reducing complexity and increasing agility post the expiration of transitory service agreements following the closing of the divestitures. The rightsizing program foresees a reduction of approx. 1,000 positions in service and regional structures. Approximately one third of the reductions will be included in the divestment transfers. After a careful review of the scope of all measures under consideration, Clariant has decided to make a provision in the magnitude of CHF 70 million in discontinued operations in the fourth quarter of 2020 for the rightsizing program. The timeline for these measures shall extend over a maximum of two years and will include departures attributable to natural fluctuation. With the rightsizing program Clariant will preserve itself from remnant cost from the recent and impending divestments. The previously announced efficiency program is in full implementation to reduce approx. 600 positions and realize CHF 50 million cost base savings in the continuing business till the end of 2021. “As we progress towards completing the next of the non-core business disposals, we must utilize this opportunity to further strengthen Clariant’s core for a successful future. By avoiding remnant cost and consequently reducing complexity, putting an even stronger focus on innovation, sustainability and operational excellence, we put our company’s high value specialty businesses in a position to operate in an even more focused and agile manner. This will help us deliver above-market growth, higher profitability and stronger cash generation,” said Hariolf Kottmann, Executive Chairman ad interim of Clariant. In addition to the efficiency and rightsizing measures, Clariant continues to emphasize organic and inorganic growth to drive its portfolio upgrade. Clariant's transformational change offers unique opportunities for higher value creation in 2021 and beyond. Corporate Media Relations Investor Relations Jochen Dubiel Phone +41 61 469 63 firstname.lastname@example.org Maria Ivek Phone +41 61 469 63 email@example.com Claudia Kamensky Phone +41 61 469 63 firstname.lastname@example.org Alexander Kamb Phone +41 61 469 63 email@example.com Thijs Bouwens Phone +41 61 469 63 firstname.lastname@example.org Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram. This media release contains certain statements that are neither reported financial results nor other historical information. This document also includes forward-looking statements. Because these forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual future results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the statements. 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Clariant does not undertake any obligation to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of these materials. www.clariant.com Clariant is a focused, sustainable and innovative specialty chemical company based in Muttenz, near Basel/Switzerland. On 31 December 2019, the company employed a total workforce of 17 223. In the financial year 2019, Clariant recorded sales of CHF 4.399 billion for its continuing businesses. The company reports in three business areas: Care Chemicals, Catalysis and Natural Resources. Clariant’s corporate strategy is based on five pillars: focus on innovation and R&D, add value with sustainability, reposition portfolio, intensify growth, and increase profitability. Attachments Clariant Media Release Strengthen the Core 20201125 EN Clariant Media Release Strengthen the Core 20201125 DE
NEXT GAMES CORPORATION, COMPANY RELEASE, 25 NOVEMBER 2020 AT 8.00 a.m EET Next Games Corporation has announced today its mid-term financial targets. Next Games vision is to join forces with license holders to build top-grossing games and become the most sought after partner for IP owners, as well as to develop shareholder value and ensure financial stability and profitable growth in the long term. The company is now announcing its financial targets for the mid term. The financial targets and the strategy behind it will be presented to investors in the Next Games Capital Markets Day event held today, November 25, 2020. Materials will be available online after the event. Next Games’ mid-term financial targets RevenueYearly revenues to reach EUR 250MEBITDA %> 23%EBIT %> 18% To achieve strong growth, Next Games will need to scale marketing investments, which will lower its annual result in the short term, as compared to financial targets. As operational efficiency (R&D, Publishing and Admin) improves with scalability and the cost of the relative share of growth efforts reduces in the future, the company aims for its EBITDA to exceed 23% of revenue. Next Games targets strong revenue growth, initially organically and in the future also with the support of selected acquisitions. Next Games believes that building up a solid infrastructure, multiple strategic partnerships and expanding publishing capabilities will help the company to reach its mid-term financial targets, also enabling inorganic growth through M&A. Development of personnel competence and new recruitment are key to Next Games growth. However, with the development of scalable services, reusability and efficient publishing operation, Next Games believe that a potential increase in personnel will be moderate. The Board of Directors of Next Games has not adopted a dividend policy. There is no change in this policy. The financial targets defined above are intended to illustrate the ambition set by the company and its Board of Directors. They do not, however, replace the company's financial guidance on an annual basis. Shorter term financial performance may deviate from the targets. Next Games in the global games market The mobile games market is bigger than movies and music combined, estimated at USD 200 billion by 2023Annual growth in the mobile games market is expected to be 9.3% (y-o-y)IP based games have a strong hold on top grossing listsNext Games is a top 3 publisher in the Geolocation AR genre, and a top 6 publisher in the turn-based RPG genre, now looking to grow in to a top publisher for the RPG-Puzzle genre (Sensortower, Oct 2020 - USA)Next Games is an independent developer and publisher, with a strong track record of working with major entertainment studios, like Netflix and AMC Networks Main themes of Next Games Strategy Strengthening strategic partnerships: in the future we look to expanding and adding new license partnersActive brand portfolio management: continuing to foster The Walking Dead Franchise, and adding new brands like Blade Runner and Stranger Things, in addition to other new brandsImproving efficiency through unified infrastructure: benefits of scale to be expected in the coming yearsPlayers first in game development: best in understanding our audience and creating titles true to the IP Impact of the world economic situation The uncertainty of the global pandemic has not had an adverse effect on the global gaming industryNext Games remains in a good position to continue its growth plans without being disrupted by restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic Additional information: Annina Salvén CFO +358 (0) 40 588 3167 email@example.com Certified Adviser: Danske Bank A/S, Finland branch, tel. +358 10 546 7938 About Next Games Next Games (Helsinki Nasdaq First North: NXTGMS) is the first publicly listed mobile game developer and publisher in Finland, specializing in games based on entertainment franchises, such as movies, TV series or books. The developers of the critically acclaimed The Walking Dead games redefines the way franchise entertainment transforms into highly engaging service-based mobile games. Currently Next Games is working on multiple new games based on popular entertainment franchises including, Blade Runner Rogue, for the popular Blade Runner franchise and a mobile game based on Netflix’s Stranger Things. For more information head to www.nextgames.com.
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NEXT GAMES CORPORATION, COMPANY RELEASE, 25 NOVEMBER 2020 AT 8.00 a.m EET Next Games has appointed from within the organization Matias Ärje, Joonas Laakso and Yiannis Alexopoulos as new members to its Management Team.Teemu Huuhtanen (CEO), Annina Salvén (CFO) and Saara Bergström (CMO) will continue in the management team in their respective roles. The new members of the Management Team: Matias Ärje, born 1976, student of technology, has been appointed as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and a member of the Management Team. Prior to his appointment, Ärje acted as Director of Technology. Joonas Laakso, born 1978, BA (Arts, Media, Design Management), has been appointed as Chief People and Culture Officer (CPCO) and a member of the Management Team. Laakso has worked in various positions at Next Games since 2015, prior to his appointment he acted as Director of Development. Yiannis Alexopoulos, born 1983, MBA, LL.B., has been appointed as Chief Growth Officer (CGO) and a member of the Management Team. Alexopoulos has acted as Marketing Director since he joined Next Games in 2018. Kalle Hiitola, previously CTO at Next Games, will focus on R&D and game development and assumes a new role as Head of New Games. He will continue in the management team. Joonas Viitala, Chief Operating Officer will leave Next Games and pursue new opportunities outside the organization. His last day will be 7th of December. “I am truly happy that we have these amazing talents inside the company who will step up to these positions and bring new ideas and views to the Management Team. Furthermore, Kalle has done an amazing job and will, no doubt, continue to do so in his new role. The new members of the Management Team have all been in key roles in the development of Next Games and our profitability turnaround, and the changes support our strategic goals. I would also like to thank Joonas Viitala for his work and wish him all the best with his new adventures,” says Teemu Huuhtanen, CEO of Next Games. The above changes will be effective immediately. All the members of the Management Team report to the CEO. Composition of Next Games’ Management Team as of November, 2020: Teemu Huuhtanen, Chief Executive Officer Annina Salvén, Chief Finance Officer Saara Bergström, Chief Marketing Officer Matias Ärje, Chief Technology Officer Joonas Laakso, Chief People and Culture Officer Yiannis Alexopoulos, Chief Growth Officer Kalle Hiitola, Head of New Games Additional information:Annina SalvénCFO+358 (0) 40 588 firstname.lastname@example.org Certified Adviser: Danske Bank A/S, Finland branch, tel. +358 10 546 7938 About Next GamesNext Games (Helsinki Nasdaq First North: NXTGMS) is the first publicly listed mobile game developer and publisher in Finland, specializing in games based on entertainment franchises, such as movies, TV series or books. The developers of the critically acclaimed The Walking Dead games redefines the way franchise entertainment transforms into highly engaging service-based mobile games. Currently Next Games is working on multiple new games based on popular entertainment franchises including, Blade Runner Rogue, for the popular Blade Runner franchise and a mobile game based on Netflix’s Stranger Things. For more information head to www.nextgames.com
Pratteln, Switzerland, November 25, 2020 – Santhera Pharmaceuticals (SIX: SANN) announces that it has issued 937,928 treasury shares. The number of shares recorded in the commercial register has been increased to 18,983,321 shares. On November 24, 2020, 937,928 shares were issued out of the existing authorized capital as treasury shares. Santhera expects to use these shares for purposes of its financing arrangements. The new shares will be listed as per November 25, 2020. About Santhera Santhera Pharmaceuticals (SIX: SANN) is a Swiss specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative medicines for rare neuromuscular and pulmonary diseases with high unmet medical need. Santhera has an exclusive license for all indications worldwide to vamorolone, a first-in-class dissociative steroid with novel mode of action, currently investigated in a pivotal study in patients with DMD as an alternative to standard corticosteroids. The clinical stage pipeline also includes lonodelestat (POL6014) to treat cystic fibrosis (CF) and other neutrophilic pulmonary diseases, as well as an exploratory gene therapy approach targeting congenital muscular dystrophies. Santhera out-licensed ex-North American rights to its first approved product, Raxone® (idebenone), for the treatment of Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) to Chiesi Group. For further information, please visit www.santhera.com. Raxone® is a trademark of Santhera Pharmaceuticals. For further information please contact: email@example.com orEva Kalias, Head External CommunicationsPhone: +41 79 875 27 firstname.lastname@example.org Disclaimer / Forward-looking statements This communication does not constitute an offer or invitation to subscribe for or purchase any securities of Santhera Pharmaceuticals Holding AG. This publication may contain certain forward-looking statements concerning the Company and its business. Such statements involve certain risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause the actual results, financial condition, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such statements. Readers should therefore not place undue reliance on these statements, particularly not in connection with any contract or investment decision. The Company disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements. # # # Attachment 2020 11 25_CapIncreaseFinancings_e_final
NEXT GAMES CORPORATION, COMPANY RELEASE, 25 NOVEMBER 2020 AT 8.00 a.m EET Next Games Corporation updates its outlook for 2020. The company will remain EBITDA positive for the full year 2020, and expects revenues to be between EUR 26–28 million. The company had previously removed its full year 2020 revenue guidance and had not given guidance on profitability at the company level. Updated Business Outlook 2020 The Company expects revenues from already published games (The Walking Dead titles) to continue on a flat or declining trend. Next Games estimates its revenue for 2020 to be EUR 26–28 million. The company is expected to be EBITDA positive. Publishing Profitability measured by EBITDA will improve significantly and be above 20% of revenues (11%; EUR 3.8 million in 2019)R&D expenditure in both infrastructure and development will remain at 17–19% of revenues (19% in 2019)Administration costs will remain in the range EUR 3.0–3.5 million (EUR 3.0 million 2019) Stranger Things is available in the AppStore and Google Play Store, as of December for the first selected markets. Previous Business Outlook 2020 (given on August 28, 2020) The Company expects revenues from already published games (The Walking Dead titles) to continue on a flat or declining trend. With recent profitability improvements, the company believes its publishing operations EBITDA from already published games (The Walking Dead titles) to improve clearly in 2020 compared to 2019 when it was EUR 3.8 million. We also expect to start scaling 1–2 games during 2020. Basis for Change in Outlook 2020 Achieved cost savings have remained, Walking Dead games continue performing as expected, and the guidance for publishing profitability has been strengthened. The release of Stranger Things into first markets in the App Store and Google Play Store is slated for December. Predicting the speed of scaling (e.g revenue growth) is not accurate enough at this time and the company will remain conservative in their revenue estimates for 2020. Additional information:Annina SalvénCFO+358 (0) 40 588 email@example.com Certified Adviser: Danske Bank A/S, Finland branch, tel. +358 10 546 7938 About Next Games Next Games (Helsinki Nasdaq First North: NXTGMS) is the first publicly listed mobile game developer and publisher in Finland, specializing in games based on entertainment franchises, such as movies, TV series or books. The developers of the critically acclaimed The Walking Dead games redefines the way franchise entertainment transforms into highly engaging service-based mobile games. Currently Next Games is working on multiple new games based on popular entertainment franchises including, Blade Runner Rogue, for the popular Blade Runner franchise and a mobile game based on Netflix’s Stranger Things. For more information head to www.nextgames.com
Sponda Ltd Press release 25 November 2020 at 8:00 a.m. Sponda recognised amongst the best companies in the global GRESB Real Estate Assessment Sponda, Finland’s leading commercial real estate asset management company, has been recognised in the 2020 global GRESB Real Estate Assessment for its sustainability practices for the eighth year running. This year, Sponda was ranked first in the Nordic countries and third in Europe in its peer group, Diversified – Office/Retail, in the Standing Investments Benchmark and second in the Development Benchmark. Sponda received a five-star assessment, which recognises entities placed in the top 20% of the benchmark and was awarded a Green Star for its Corporate Responsibility work. GRESB assesses the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) efforts undertaken by companies in the property sector to promote sustainable development. The assessment, first introduced in 2009, includes all components of corporate responsibility with companies evaluated comprehensively in the areas of company-level responsibility management, environmental performance of properties, stakeholder engagement, risk management and the sustainability of property development. Pirkko Airaksinen, Sustainability Manager, Sponda said: “At Sponda, we are constantly working hard to promote sustainable development across our business and this recognition reflects our achievements. Systematic sustainability has significant positive impacts on the environment and enhances stakeholder value, creating more affordable rental costs, higher quality work conditions, easily accessible sustainability data and strong brand recognition. We look forward to building on our track record and will be working alongside our main shareholder Blackstone to continue reducing our carbon footprint.” The number of participants in the GRESB assessment has increased annually, with a total of more than 1,200 companies and funds from 64 different countries participating this year. Sponda Ltd Further information:Anita Riikonen, Marketing and Brand Manager, tel. +358 40 833 3804, firstname.lastname@example.org Sponda is Finland's leading real estate asset management company, specialising in owning, managing, developing, and letting commercial properties in the largest cities across the country. With a focus on customer-oriented solutions and high-quality properties, Sponda is actively developing the sector's best practices, sustainably enhancing the cityscape and the environment, and supporting its customers. www.sponda.fi