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Virtual banks and FinTech to shake up banking industry in Hong Kong in 2020, according to KPMG’s outlook

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The launch of virtual banks in Hong Kong in early 2020 is set to disrupt the traditional banking model and blur the lines between different sectors, according to KPMG’s Hong Kong Banking Outlook 2020. At the same time, banks are expected to adopt more technology solutions to manage costs and achieve operational efficiency amidst a rapidly evolving and increasing competitive banking industry landscape.

Paul McSheaffrey, Partner, Head of Banking & Capital Markets, Hong Kong, KPMG China, said, “Reflecting first on 2019, we expect to see muted financial results across Hong Kong’s banking industry this year, with ongoing market uncertainty around the US-China trade tensions and the low interest rate environment being the key drivers. The recent events and business disruption in Hong Kong have also impacted retail investor confidence. Despite a challenging year, we continue to see opportunities for investment and growth for banks in 2020.”

The arrival of virtual banks is expected to have a greater impact in the SME space, with many in Hong Kong currently underserved and hungry for credit. SMEs may be tempted to switch their accounts as they will likely start to see an improvement in their ability to open bank accounts and obtain access to finance through the new virtual banks. In response, many traditional banks will seek to accelerate their IT and systems transformation, invest in new technologies and upgrade their digital platforms to compete.

At the same time, with margins continuing to be squeezed and macroeconomic and geopolitical uncertainty set to carry over into 2020, managing costs will continue to be a key focus for banks in Hong Kong. Leading banks will take greater strides in the year ahead to adopt AI and related digital solutions and collaborate closely with FinTech players to achieve longer-term savings.

The year 2020 may also see an increased focus on customer intimacy in the corporate market. Banks that are able to leverage the data to predict behaviour and create personalised experiences for their customers will give themselves a chance of long-term survival.

Terence Fong, Partner, Financial Services, KPMG China, said, “Innovative mainland Chinese banks will continue to actively invest in developing their big data application and advanced technology capabilities to improve customer experience. Leading banks will also explore and identify the appropriate data governance approach.”

Mainland China continues to open up its financial services sector to foreign investment, and ongoing developments and reforms in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) will continue to create increasing demand for financial services in the region in 2020, presenting a number of business opportunities for banks in Hong Kong.

Fong continued, “China based state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and privately-owned enterprises (POEs) – many with multi-jurisdictional operations – continue to look at expanding overseas, especially into the ASEAN region. With Hong Kong the most internationalised city in the GBA, more SOEs in the region would prefer to set up a regional corporate treasury centre in the city.”

While the industry rapidly evolves, risks also continue to change. Apart from the LIBOR transition and emerging financial and regulatory risks, a greater focus on non-financial risks is expected.

Given the launch of many virtual banks in Hong Kong next year, as well as traditional banks’ embrace of AI and cloud technology, cyber and third-party risk will continue to increasingly come to the fore.

With a climate crisis potentially just around the corner, investors’ increasing demand for integrating Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) into investment decisions will extend into Hong Kong’s banking sector next year. We also expect the cost of capital to increase for corporates – including banks – that do not actively manage ESG matters, in particular climate-related matters. The flow of capital will be directed more towards a low-carbon economy and industries and companies that are setting themselves up for this.

McSheaffrey concluded, “As we look into 2020 and the Future of Banking one thing is certain:  change will be the new constant. The broad themes our experts are predicting are around the changing nature of risks, a more competitive environment and increasing digital transformation all underpinned by a focus on data.  We predict that 2020 will not be a boring year for the Hong Kong banking sector.”

 

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PURA Cannabis Cultivation Spinoff and Dividend Breaking News Update

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Dallas, Texas–(Newsfile Corp. – July 10, 2020) – Puration, Inc. (OTC Pink: PURA) now has the following update to the press release published this morning about the management buyout of a separate public company that will in turn purchase PURA’s cannabis cultivation spinoff in exchange for common stock scheduled to close today. The management buyout has been executed by all parties. The purchase is scheduled to be funded on Monday. The management/owner team plans to make a formal announcement on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 (the formal announcement was previously expected on Monday, but to ensure funding is complete first, the announcement is now scheduled for the next day).

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The common stock issued in exchange for the PURA spinoff is intended to be issued to PURA shareholders in a dividend distribution.

NCM Biotech, a subsidiary of Kali-Extracts (OTC Pink: KALY) will also be acquired and merged with PURA’s cannabis spinoff.

The management team purchasing control of the target public company is expected to confirm the planned acquisitions of PURA’s cannabis cultivation company and KALY’s NCM Biotech in the announcement now scheduled for Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

PURA’s cannabis cultivation operation is thriving. The operation has recently purchased and relocated to a new property from its former leased property. Texas lawmakers have recently implemented hemp friendly farming regulations and in so doing, universities within the State of Texas have initiated hemp farming research programs. PURA’s cannabis cultivation spinoff has initiated a number of joint research applications with Texas universities.

NCM Biotech is focused on medical research and the development of treatments derived from its patented cannabis extraction process. See a recent research report on CBD extracts derived from NCM Biotech’s patented extraction process: Journal of Cannabis Research.

For more information on Puration, visit http://www.purationinc.com

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This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act. The statements reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events that involve risks and uncertainties. Among others, these risks include the expectation that any of the companies mentioned herein will achieve significant sales, the failure to meet schedule or performance requirements of the companies’ contracts, the companies’ liquidity position, the companies’ ability to obtain new contracts, the emergence of competitors with greater financial resources and the impact of competitive pricing. In the light of these uncertainties, the forward-looking events referred to in this release might not occur. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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PURA Ongoing EVERx CBD Sports Water Sales Fuel Expansion

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Dallas, Texas–(Newsfile Corp. – July 10, 2020) – Puration, Inc. (OTC Pink: PURA) management today indicated that its EVERx CBD Sports Water sales remain strong and continue to support the company’s expansion plans to diversify into additional CBD infused consumer product lines.

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After launching an acquisition campaign in January, PURA has acquired four businesses ranging from CBD confections, to CBD pet products, to CBD sun care products and CBD sexual wellness products. PURA is building a brand name strategy to relaunch the acquired products. Management emphasizes that PURA’s success with EVERx CBD Sports Water is the ongoing catalyst making PURA’s diversified expansion possible.

For more information on Puration, visit http://www.purationinc.com

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This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act. The statements reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events that involve risks and uncertainties. Among others, these risks include the expectation that any of the companies mentioned herein will achieve significant sales, the failure to meet schedule or performance requirements of the companies’ contracts, the companies’ liquidity position, the companies’ ability to obtain new contracts, the emergence of competitors with greater financial resources and the impact of competitive pricing. In the light of these uncertainties, the forward-looking events referred to in this release might not occur. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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SLANG Worldwide Announces Election of New Directors

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Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – July 10, 2020) – SLANG Worldwide Inc. (CNSX: SLNG) (“SLANG” or the “Company“), a leading global cannabis consumer packaged goods (CPG) company with a diversified portfolio of popular brands, today announced the election of four new directors who will add considerable expertise in consumer products, marketing, corporate strategy and financial management to its Board.

Joining SLANG’s Board are the following individuals:

  • Chris Donnelly is the founder of four start-up ventures across consumer products, digital marketing, and outdoor advertising. In 2002, Mr. Donnelly helped create the subsidiaries group within Nike. In 2006, Mr. Donnelly joined Oakley as SVP of Global Strategy and Product, where he rebuilt the organizational structure for all 3,000 employees to align the company around its top priorities. Over 9 years, through 450 new retail stores and 4 website launches, he shifted the direct to consumer business from 11% of revenues to 48%. Since 2016, Mr. Donnelly has spent his time advising and investing in consumer businesses.

  • Kelly Ehler is a Chartered Accountant and former auditor with PWC and banker with Bank of Montreal. He has sat on various public company corporate boards and board committees including additional roles as Audit Committee chair. He has led several companies, from start-ups to billion-dollar public companies, as CFO in a variety of industries and countries. His experience covers debt financing, due diligence, acquisitions and dispositions, audits, consolidations, multi jurisdiction entities and multijurisdictional public companies. Mr. Ehler also serves as CFO of SLANG.

  • Matt Fraser is President and COO at CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective (“CANarchy”) where he leads all business operations across the portfolio of craft breweries. Under his leadership, CANarchy has grown to the 8th largest craft brewery in the United States and operates 8 manufacturing locations and 16 brewpubs and taprooms. He initially joined CANarchy as CFO, with responsibility for financial reporting and analysis, forecasting and overall budget management. Mr. Fraser previously spent eight years at Lazard Frères in its Middle Market advisory group.

  • Robert (Bob) Verdun specializes in helping businesses with their go to market/growth strategies and effective ways to maximize shareholder value. He has recently been involved in dozens of M&A transactions, advising company owners on strategies for growth, acquisitions, mergers and capital raises. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Computerized Facility Integration, Mr. Verdun established partnerships with some of the leading companies in its industry and became IBM’s largest global partner for multiple product lines.

“We are very pleased to welcome four new directors with tremendous experience leading and counseling growth companies across a range of sectors. Their insights will be valuable as SLANG continues to execute on its vision of becoming the leading CPG company in the cannabis space,” said SLANG Chairman and CEO Peter Miller. “On behalf of the Company, I would also like to thank Chris McElvany, William Stocks and Olaf van Tulder for their contributions to our Board during the crucial early stages of our growth.”

All seven of the nominees listed in the Management Information Circular dated June 9, 2020 were elected as directors of the Company at its annual and special meeting of shareholders held in a virtual format on July 8, 2020. Re-elected directors include Chris Driessen, Peter Miller and Keith Stein. Messrs. Donnelly, Fraser, Stein and Verdun are all considered independent directors of the Company.

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About SLANG Worldwide Inc.

SLANG Worldwide Inc. is a global leader in the cannabis CPG sector with a diversified portfolio of popular brands distributed across the United States. The Company specializes in acquiring and developing market-proven regional brands as well as launching innovative new brands to seize global market opportunities. SLANG is listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the ticker symbol SLNG. For more information, please visit www.slangww.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains statements that constitute “forward-looking statements.” Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements, or developments in the industry to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the words “expects,” “plans”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “intends”, “estimates”, “projects”, “potential” and similar expressions, or that events or conditions “will”, “would”, “may”, “could” or “should” occur.

Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management of SLANG at this time, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive risks, uncertainties and contingencies that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Applicable risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to regulatory risks, risks related to the COVID-19 global pandemic, changes in laws, resolutions and guidelines, market risks, concentration risks, operating history, competition, the risks associated with international and foreign operations and the other risks identified under the headings “Risk Factors” in SLANG’s final long form prospectus dated January 17, 2019 and “Risks and Uncertainties” in the management discussion and analysis for the year ended December 31, 2019, as filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. SLANG is not under any obligation, and expressly disclaims any intention or obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by applicable law.

The Canadian Securities Exchange has not reviewed, approved or disapproved the content of this news release.

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