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VNET Announces Certain Updates Regarding the Refinancing of the Founder’s Personal Loan

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BEIJING, July 8, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — VNET Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: VNET) (“VNET” or the “Company”), a leading carrier- and cloud-neutral internet data center services provider in China, today announced the refinancing of the margin loan facility provided by Bold Ally (Cayman) Limited (the “Bold Ally Loan”) to Mr. Josh Sheng Chen (“Mr. Chen”), Founder, Co-Chairperson and interim Chief Executive Officer of VNET. The Bold Ally Loan was procured by Mr. Chen in or around August 2021 to finance his purchase of 17,140,898 Class A ordinary shares from another significant shareholder at the time, and was secured by the ordinary shares beneficially owned by Mr. Chen in the Company.

With reference to the Amendment No. 8 to the Schedule 13D filing dated July 8, 2024 filed by Mr. Chen (the “Schedule 13D Amendment”), Mr. Chen and various entities wholly owned by him (the “Corporate Obligors”) have settled all of their obligations under the Bold Ally Loan. The settlement was funded using proceeds generated from the issuance of a promissory note (the “Note”) to Shining Rich Holdings Limited and the existing cash reserves of Mr. Chen.  

As a result of the settlement of the Bold Ally Loan, the collateral for the Bold Ally Loan has been released in full pursuant to a deed of undertaking as disclosed in the Schedule 13D Amendment, and Mr. Chen has restored his beneficial ownership interest in 33,628,926 Class A ordinary shares of the Company, the ownership of which was previously transferred to Bold Ally (Cayman) Limited.

The Note is secured by 68,373,133 Class A ordinary shares and 27,757,992 Class B ordinary shares beneficially owned by Mr. Chen and the Corporate Obligors, representing in the aggregate approximately 6.00% of the issued and outstanding share capital and 18.41% of the total voting power in the Company as of the date of the Schedule 13D Amendment.

Mr. Chen and the Corporate Obligors have also made various undertakings with respect to the shares of the Company. These undertakings include procuring the Company not to issue or grant, in any financial year, equity securities (including rights to acquire shares) representing 5% or more of the total issued and outstanding capital of the Company (on a fully-diluted basis) to any person, including Mr. Chen and the Corporate Obligors themselves, subject to exceptions. Details of such undertakings are set forth in the Schedule 13D Amendment.

Considering the voting power owned by Mr. Chen, his veto rights over certain corporate actions through his beneficial ownership of 60,000 class C ordinary shares and his executive powers as co-Chairperson and interim Chief Executive Officer of the Company, Mr. Chen holds significant power to direct or influence the management and policies of the Company as a controlling person.

About VNET

VNET Group, Inc. is a leading carrier- and cloud-neutral internet data center services provider in China. VNET provides hosting and related services, including IDC services, cloud services, and business VPN services to improve the reliability, security, and speed of its customers’ internet infrastructure. Customers may locate their servers and equipment in VNET’s data centers and connect to China’s internet backbone. VNET operates in more than 30 cities throughout China, servicing a diversified and loyal base of over 7,500 hosting and related enterprise customers that span numerous industries ranging from internet companies to government entities and blue-chip enterprises to small- to mid-sized enterprises.

Safe Harbor Statement 

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “target,” “believes,” “estimates” and similar statements. Among other things, quotations from management in this announcement as well as VNET’s strategic and operational plans contain forward-looking statements. VNET may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports filed with, or furnished to, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual reports to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about beliefs and expectations on the future performance of VNET, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: VNET’s goals and strategies; VNET’s liquidity conditions; VNET’s expansion plans; the expected growth of the data center services market; expectations regarding demand for, and market acceptance of, VNET’s services; VNET’s expectations regarding keeping and strengthening its relationships with customers; VNET’s plans to invest in research and development to enhance its solution and service offerings; and general economic and business conditions in the regions where VNET provides solutions and services. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in VNET’s reports filed with, or furnished to, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and VNET undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

Investor Relations Contact:

Xinyuan Liu
Tel: +86 10 8456 2121
Email: ir@vnet.com 

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MESCIUS inc. Recognized in 2024 ComponentSource Awards

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PITTSBURGH, July 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — MESCIUS inc, a global provider of award-winning enterprise software development tools, is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as the 2024 number two publisher and top five publisher by ComponentSource, the world’s largest marketplace for software components and development tools. ComponentSource also recognized MESCIUS for its many top-selling products on its annual listing.

Discover what MESCIUS products received top awards in the 2024 ComponentSource Awards.

As the component and tools market continues to expand with more mature technologies, MESCIUS inc. is pleased to offer high-performing and robust components that allow developers to “write once, deploy anywhere” across mobile, web, desktop, server, and multiple OS platforms.

ActiveReports. NET Professional received a #5 Product Award and a Top 5 Product Award. Spread. NET and ComponentOne Studio Enterprise were each honored with Top 10 Product Awards. ActiveReports .NET Standard and ComponentOne Studio WinForms received a Top 25 Product Award, while SpreadJS and Wijmo earned Top 50 Product Awards. ComponentOne Studio ActiveX, ComponentOne Studio WPF, and ActiveReportsJS secured a Top 100 Product Award. In addition to the various product awards, MESCIUS inc received a #2 Publisher Award and a Top 5 Publisher Award.

Publisher and product rankings are calculated based on ComponentSource’s actual sales orders placed by customers globally during 2023.

View the 2024 Publisher Awards List.View the 2024 Product Awards List.

“As with previous years, these awards are derived from the orders we’ve received from our global customer base,” said Sam Patterson, ComponentSource CEO. “They offer an authentic snapshot of the global market for commercial software components and development tools in 2023. We believe our awards provide precise, real-world insights into how our customers are utilizing these components and development tools in their most recent projects.”

“The rebranding from GrapeCity Developer Solutions to MESCIUS Inc. in 2023 marked a significant milestone, introducing not only a new name but also a revitalized approach to our product suite,” stated Joseph Lininger, Director of Marketing at MESCIUS (formerly GrapeCity). “We are delighted to continue our longstanding partnership with ComponentSource, which has been instrumental in distributing our .NET and JavaScript grids, UI components, reporting tools, spreadsheet and document APIs, and mobile controls. This collaboration ensures that our global developer community remains well-equipped with superior products and services they have come to expect from us.”

About ComponentSource ComponentSource is the world’s largest marketplace for reusable software components for all platforms. The respected barometer for the component industry, ComponentSource pioneered the open market for reusable software components in 1995 and continues to drive the market through its award-winning e-business model and groundbreaking work to establish the first widely accepted reusable component standard. A global e-business with customers in over 180 countries, ComponentSource is headquartered in Atlanta, GA United States and has offices in Reading, England, Dublin, Ireland and Tokyo, Japan. For more information, please visit http://www.componentsource.com.

About MESCIUS MESCIUS inc. is one of the world’s largest providers of developer components. The company retains 400 employees and hundreds of thousands of customers worldwide. MESCIUS inc. is committed to providing enterprises around the world with state-of-the-art developer tools and components, software services, and solutions. For more information, visit https://developer.mescius.com.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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tKash Celebrates 1st Anniversary with Major Milestones and Exciting Promotions

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Achieving 100,000 Registrations, International Reach, and Celebratory Promotions Highlight tKash’s Remarkable First Year

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, July 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — tKash, a pioneering financial services app, is celebrating its first anniversary with notable achievements and exciting promotions. Launched with a vision to simplify financial transactions, tKash has reached impressive milestones, including 100,000 registrations and up to 10,000 daily active users.

Since its inception, tKash has been dedicated to providing seamless and secure financial services. The app has enabled users to transfer up to RM 1 million across borders, offering peace of mind with its reliable and efficient service. In addition to money transfers, tKash provides convenient currency exchange services for up to 10 countries’ currencies, including Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, the Philippines, Pakistan, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, and Myanmar.

One of the standout features of tKash is its Live FC (foreign currency) Rates, which allows users to track currency fluctuations in real time, ensuring they make informed decisions when exchanging currencies.

The company’s growth and success have not gone unnoticed. tKash proudly featured its video on the iconic New York Times Square billboard and displayed billboards in Kuala Lumpur, enhancing its brand visibility on an international scale. Influencers from countries such as Thailand have shared positive reviews on social media, further boosting tKash’s presence on social media.

To celebrate its first anniversary, tKash is running a special promotion where users who refer their friends have the chance to share in a RM100,000 prize pool, making it even more rewarding to engage with the app. The company continues to innovate, with regular updates to its app, which are available for download on both the PlayStore and AppStore. In January 2024, tKash launched its official website, providing users another platform to access its services.

In just one year, tKash has proven to be a game-changer in the financial services industry, making everyday transactions smoother and more accessible. With its tech-savvy team and commitment to customer satisfaction, tKash is poised for continued growth and success.

tKash is a leading financial services app committed to making financial transactions easier and more accessible. With secure money transfers, real-time currency exchange rates, and a user-friendly interface, tKash transforms how people manage their finances. For more information, visit tKash.co.

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Saronic Raises $175 Million in Series B Funding, Valuing Company at $1 Billion

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Funding will accelerate Saronic’s growth and further scale production of its autonomous surface vessels for the U.S. Navy and its allies

AUSTIN, Texas, July 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Saronic, a defense technology leader that designs and manufactures autonomous surface vessels (ASVs), today announced a $175 million Series B raise placing the company’s valuation at $1 billion. The funding round was led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), with participation from both new and existing investors, including 8VC, Caffeinated Capital, Elad Gil, and NightDragon, among others.

Saronic is redefining maritime superiority for the U.S. Navy and its allies by delivering the most effective and advanced ASVs at the speed and scale needed to meet the rapidly growing needs of the Joint Force. Saronic’s ASVs are designed to serve as a force multiplier for the existing Fleet, working alongside manned systems to allow naval forces to go farther and do more with less risk to life and mission. 

“We are creating an entirely new capability for the maritime domain, one that delivers naval power without the costs and delays of a shipyard,” said Saronic CEO Dino Mavrookas. “As the future of naval warfare will rely on manned and unmanned teaming, we must build solutions that easily integrate into the existing fleet and can be produced at scale to meet any emerging threat. We are grateful to our investment partners who believe so strongly in Saronic’s ability to meet that need.”

Saronic’s investor group is composed of firms committed to ensuring that the U.S. military maintains its decisive advantage in the face of an increasingly complex and competitive global threat landscape through the integration of advanced technology and innovative capabilities that truly meet the needs of the warfighter. 

“Our nation’s future depends on us continuing to build and deploy the best, most innovative technology” said Katherine Boyle, General Partner at a16z. “Saronic is developing the solutions we need to protect the warfighter and stay ahead of our adversaries, and we are proud to support their continued growth.”

This new investment will accelerate Saronic’s growth both domestically and internationally. At home, it will allow further expansion of Saronic’s in-house manufacturing capabilities and enable increased production of all its ASV models. Additionally, it will advance the research and development of new autonomous capabilities for naval and maritime forces, including increased technology and payload integration with government and commercial partners. Internationally, this investment will support Saronic’s expansion to more fully serve U.S. allies and partners in key markets.

“To deter China and other adversaries, the United States and our allies must bring intelligent, autonomous new capabilities to naval warfare,” said Alex Moore, Partner at 8VC. “Saronic delivers these capabilities on a relevant scale and timeline, and has enlisted the top engineers and operators in the industry.”

Saronic’s family of ASVs includes Spyglass (6′), Cutlass (14′) and Corsair, its largest model, which is currently in development and testing. Each vessel features integrated autonomous capabilities to meet a customer’s specific requirements and can carry diverse payloads in communication- and GPS-denied environments. Through the vertical integration of hardware and software as well as the use of a Modular Open Systems Architecture (MOSA), Saronic’s ASVs deliver greater interoperability at a price point that makes them attritable. Having a cost-effective capability that can be deployed without putting human operators in harm’s way increases the survivability of the fleet and enables commanders to engage in situations where the risk is too high to deploy a traditional manned system.

For more information about Saronic, please visit: https://www.saronic.com.  

Media Contact: Press@saronic.com 

 

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