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FirstCash Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Operating Results; Record Pawn Receivables Drive Strong Revenue and Earnings Growth; Company Adds 157 Pawn Stores in 2023; Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

Fourth quarter activity included a total of 17 pawn locations added through a combination of acquisitions and store openings.

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  • Fourth quarter activity included a total of 17 pawn locations added through a combination of acquisitions and store openings.
  • The Company also purchased the underlying real estate at 19 of its existing pawn stores during the fourth quarter.
  • Segment pre-tax operating income in the fourth quarter of 2023 was $98 million, an increase of $15 million, or 18%, compared to the prior-year quarter.
  • The resulting segment pre-tax operating margin increased to 26% for the fourth quarter of 2023, an improvement over the 25% margin for the prior-year quarter.

The 17th Asian Financial Forum concludes successfully

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Thursday, January 25, 2024

HONG KONG, Jan 25, 2024 - (ACN Newswire) - The 17th Asian Financial Forum (AFF), jointly organised by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government and Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), successfully concluded today, attracting over 3,600 financial and business elites from more than 50 countries and regions, including over 70 overseas and Mainland China delegations.

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  • HONG KONG, Jan 25, 2024 - (ACN Newswire) - The 17th Asian Financial Forum (AFF), jointly organised by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government and Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), successfully concluded today, attracting over 3,600 financial and business elites from more than 50 countries and regions, including over 70 overseas and Mainland China delegations.
  • In just two days, the Forum arranged over 700 one-on-one meetings, successfully connecting investors with project owners and exploring opportunities for industry and investment cooperation.
  • Over the two-day physical event, the AFF brought together more than 140 policymakers, international financial and multilateral organisation representatives, financial institutions and corporate leaders from around the world as speakers.
  • These experiences allowed forum guests to feel at home and appreciate the vibrancy and diversity of Hong Kong.

The Grunt Style Foundation Recognized as Outstanding Veteran Service Organization by American Freedom Fund

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Monday, January 22, 2024

SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 22, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The Grunt Style Foundation, a national nonprofit committed to providing life changing resources and experiences for Veterans, Service Members and their families, was recognized as the Outstanding Veteran Service Organization at the 8th Annual AFF Veterans' Awards on Wednesday, December 13, 2023 in Washington, D.C.

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  • SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 22, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The Grunt Style Foundation , a national nonprofit committed to providing life changing resources and experiences for Veterans, Service Members and their families, was recognized as the Outstanding Veteran Service Organization at the 8th Annual AFF Veterans' Awards on Wednesday, December 13, 2023 in Washington, D.C.
  • Founded in 2016, The American Freedom Fund (AFF) empowers Active Duty, Reserve, and Separated Service Members through a mission of athletics, education, and advocacy.
  • Each year, AFF honors three outstanding Veteran-focused organizations for their dedication and support to the Veteran community with an award at their annual "Manhattans, Martinis & Mistletoe Veteran Awards Gala.
  • Learn more about the AFF Patriot Awards here, https://americanfreedomfund.org/patriot-awards/
    "Our Foundation is honored to have received the award for Outstanding Veteran Service Organization by the American Freedom Fund," said Drew Gregory, Director of Development for The Grunt Style Foundation.

Global leaders and Nobel laureate attend AFF 2024

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Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Luanne Lim, Chairperson of the AFF Steering Committee and Chief Executive, Hong Kong, of HSBC, said: "The theme of the upcoming AFF is Multilateral Cooperation for a Shared Tomorrow.

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  • Luanne Lim, Chairperson of the AFF Steering Committee and Chief Executive, Hong Kong, of HSBC, said: "The theme of the upcoming AFF is Multilateral Cooperation for a Shared Tomorrow.
  • AFF aims to bring together influential speakers and thought leaders from across the globe to facilitate exchanges between nations and regions.
  • During the first keynote luncheon on 24 January, he will explore the post-pandemic global economic environment, analyse the latest recovery trends and emphasise the crucial role of global cooperation in sustainable development.
  • In response to ever-changing dynamics in the global economy and investment appetite, this year's AFF will introduce discussion sessions in accordance with market opportunities and industry trends.

Nokia launches new venture partnerships and venture studio to maximize commercial potential of Nokia Bell Labs’ innovations

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Monday, December 11, 2023

Nokia Innovation Framework evolving with new venture studio and venture partnerships to unleash the full commercial potential of Nokia Bell Labs technologies outside of Nokia’s strategic perimeters.

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  • Nokia Innovation Framework evolving with new venture studio and venture partnerships to unleash the full commercial potential of Nokia Bell Labs technologies outside of Nokia’s strategic perimeters.
  • New venture partnership with Celesta Capital will invest in scaling ventures built with deep technologies from Nokia Bell Labs.
  • Murray Hill, New Jersey – Nokia today announced an evolution to its Innovation Framework to unlock the full commercial potential of Nokia Bell Labs’ innovations across industries and expand efforts in external startup creation in the US with new partnerships and a new venture studio located in New Jersey.
  • With the new venture partnerships and venture studio, Nokia Bell Labs harnesses the ability to commercialize its innovations that are further adjacent to Nokia’s strategy, or that can flourish better outside Nokia.

Willis Sustainable Fuels (UK) Limited, Awarded £4.721M Grant in UK’s Advanced Fuels Fund (AFF) Competition

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Friday, November 17, 2023

The Department for Transport (DfT) competition supports the UK advanced fuels sector through grant funding to first-of-a-kind commercial and demonstration-scale projects in the UK at all development stages up to the start of construction.

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  • The Department for Transport (DfT) competition supports the UK advanced fuels sector through grant funding to first-of-a-kind commercial and demonstration-scale projects in the UK at all development stages up to the start of construction.
  • “The aviation industry is at a critical juncture, with a pressing need to transition towards more environmentally friendly energy sources.
  • SAF represents one of the most promising pathways to achieving sizeable reductions in carbon emissions,” said Austin C. Willis, CEO of WLFC.
  • WLFC’s Carbonshift PtL process is designed to produce “drop-in” sustainable aviation fuel utilizing advanced technology for PtL SAF, making it available for immediate use once blended with jet fuel.

Arbor Day Foundation Accelerates AFF’s Afforestation Efforts in Georgia

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Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Today, the American Forest Foundation (AFF), a national conservation organization that works to deliver meaningful conservation impact through the empowerment of family forest owners, announced the receipt of $465,000 in philanthropic funds from the Arbor Day Foundation to further the organization’s Georgia-based afforestation pilot, Field to Forest .

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  • Today, the American Forest Foundation (AFF), a national conservation organization that works to deliver meaningful conservation impact through the empowerment of family forest owners, announced the receipt of $465,000 in philanthropic funds from the Arbor Day Foundation to further the organization’s Georgia-based afforestation pilot, Field to Forest .
  • “Family-owned lands are essential in unlocking nature’s climate mitigating potential,” said Rita Hite, president and CEO of AFF.
  • Field to Forest provides the financial and technical support small landowners need to establish sustainable and productive forest stands.
  • “Forests are some of the world’s most vital natural resources and help shape a region’s climate, community and biodiversity,” said Dan Lambe, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.

Roadrunner Venture Studios Launches with Backing from America's Frontier Fund

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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Dec. 5, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Roadrunner Venture Studios today launched in Albuquerque, New Mexico backed by America's Frontier Fund (AFF) and the New Mexico State Investment Council. Roadrunner works to commercialize American science and technology, especially ideas coming out of New Mexico's world-class national labs and innovation ecosystem. The studio is focused primarily on building companies in critical technology fields including AI, quantum, energy, space, clean tech, and advanced manufacturing.

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  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Dec. 5, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Roadrunner Venture Studios today launched in Albuquerque, New Mexico backed by America's Frontier Fund (AFF) and the New Mexico State Investment Council.
  • Roadrunner works to commercialize American science and technology, especially ideas coming out of New Mexico's world-class national labs and innovation ecosystem.
  • "Roadrunner is pushing outside the box into territories beyond New York and Silicon Valley and into technologies beyond our imaginations."
  • "AFF is proud that Roadrunner Venture Studios was our first investment," said AFF CEO Gilman Louie.

Coated Fabrics Market to Surpass US$ 29.79 Billion by 2030 - Coherent Market Insights

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

BURLINGAME, Calif., Nov. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Coherent Market Insights, Global Coated Fabrics market size was valued at US$ 21.6 Billion in 2022 and is expected to surpass US$ 29.79 Billion by 2030 and is anticipated to witness a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.1% from 2023 to 2030.

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  • BURLINGAME, Calif., Nov. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Coherent Market Insights, Global Coated Fabrics market size was valued at US$ 21.6 Billion in 2022 and is expected to surpass US$ 29.79 Billion by 2030 and is anticipated to witness a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.1% from 2023 to 2030.
  • The global coated fabrics market is experiencing strong growth owing to increasing demand from sectors such as automotive, construction, and industrial application and growing focus on performance and durability.
  • Furthermore, the growing demand for environmentally friendly materials propels the Global Coated Fabrics Market forward.
  • Key players in the global Coated Fabrics market include Saint Gobain S.A, Bayer AG, PPG Industries, Akzonobel N.V., 3M Company, Valspar Corporation, E.I.

Coated Fabrics Market to Surpass US$ 29.79 Billion by 2030 - Coherent Market Insights

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

BURLINGAME, Calif., Nov. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Coherent Market Insights, Global Coated Fabrics market size was valued at US$ 21.6 Billion in 2022 and is expected to surpass US$ 29.79 Billion by 2030 and is anticipated to witness a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.1% from 2023 to 2030.

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  • BURLINGAME, Calif., Nov. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Coherent Market Insights, Global Coated Fabrics market size was valued at US$ 21.6 Billion in 2022 and is expected to surpass US$ 29.79 Billion by 2030 and is anticipated to witness a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.1% from 2023 to 2030.
  • The global coated fabrics market is experiencing strong growth owing to increasing demand from sectors such as automotive, construction, and industrial application and growing focus on performance and durability.
  • Furthermore, the growing demand for environmentally friendly materials propels the Global Coated Fabrics Market forward.
  • Key players in the global Coated Fabrics market include Saint Gobain S.A, Bayer AG, PPG Industries, Akzonobel N.V., 3M Company, Valspar Corporation, E.I.