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NMTC Coalition Applauds Tax Credit Permanence in FY2025 Budget Proposal

New Markets Tax Credit Coalition

On March 11, 2024, the Biden Administration released its FY2025 budget proposal. The budget includes a permanent extension of the New Markets Tax Credit at $5 billion a year in the annual allocation authority with an inflation adjustment in the out years. In 2019, Congress increased the annual allocation of NMTC credits to $5 billion, and in 2020, Congress enacted a five-year extension of the NMTC, the largest in the program’s history. The program, however, is set to expire in 2025 unless extended or made permanent. “The New Markets Tax Credit has been and remains absolutely vital for many of America’s urban neighborhoods and rural communities and provides billions of dollars for high-impact, community revitalization projects,” said Bob Rapoza, spokesperson for the NMTC Coalition. “Over the years, the credit has been instrumental in financing plant and equipment for small manufacturing businesses and patient, flexible capital to other small businesses, hospitals, healthcare centers, homeless shelters and other transformative projects that improve communities, and create jobs and economic opportunity. We applaud the President’s leadership and commitment to this important program, as well as the bipartisan support of leaders in both chambers.” All NMTC projects are in low-income communities, and the vast majority of NMTC investments are located in communities where the magnitude of economic distress far exceeds the statutory requirements for qualified investments. NMTC allocation applicants face stiff competition. In 2023, applicants requested more than $14 billion in awards, nearly three times the amount available. The application rewards community development entity applicants who propose investments in areas of severe distress. While all NMTC projects must be located in qualified low-income communities, and according to NMTC Coalition survey data and CDFI Fund transaction data, roughly 75 to 85 percent are located severely distressed census tracts with extremely high poverty and unemployment rates. During this Congress, both the Senate and House introduced bills (S. 234 and H.R. 2539) with bipartisan support to make the NMTC extension permanent. Throughout its 20-year history, the NMTC has delivered more than $125 billion to rural and urban communities outside the economic mainstream, which has led to financing to more than 8,000 businesses and projects and over one million jobs. “Establishing the NMTC as a permanent part of the tax code, as proposed by the President in his budget request, will provide certainty and further promote getting patient, flexible capital to low-income and marginalized communities, creating jobs, increasing economic opportunity, and improving lives at a time when the economic frailty of our underserved communities has never been more apparent,” said Rapoza. Established in 2000 in the Community Renewal Tax Relief Act (P.L.106-554), the New Markets Tax Credit is a bipartisan effort to stimulate investment and economic growth in low-income urban neighborhoods and rural communities. For examples of how the NMTC is making an impact in each state, see the NMTC Coalition’s website, where you can find more than 2,500 NMTC success stories organized by state and congressional district. About New Markets Tax Credit Program The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) was enacted in 2000 to stimulate private investment and economic growth in low-income urban neighborhoods and rural communities that lack access to the patient capital needed to support and grow businesses, create jobs, and sustain healthy local economies. Since its inception, the NMTC has generated more than one million jobs. Today, due to the NMTC, more than $125 billion is hard at work in underserved communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit www.NMTCCoalition.org. Contact Details Greg Wilson +1 571-239-7474 gregwilsonpr@gmail.com Company Website https://nmtccoalition.org/

March 20, 2024 09:38 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Spring Bird Makes its Expo Debut at the 2024 Texas Transit Association State Conference, Expo, and Roadeo

Spring Bird

Spring Bird, a name synonymous with excellence and innovation in the transportation industry, is thrilled to announce its first-ever expo attendance at the Texas Transit Association (TTA) State Conference, Expo, and Roadeo from March 15-20, 2024, in San Antonio, Texas. This landmark event marks Spring Bird's grand entrance into the expo scene, showcasing their comprehensive range of services, including maintenance, retrofitting, leasing, and sales of transit-style buses. Spring Bird, under the visionary leadership of Elliott Carson, continues the legacy of the Carson family in the bus industry, bringing over 75 years of combined experience and dedication to quality, safety, and customer satisfaction. The company specializes in offering top-tier transit buses from renowned manufacturers like New Flyer, and Gillig, emphasizing the latest safety features and technological advancements. Spring Bird’s cutting-edge rehabilitation services will be the heart of its expo showcase. Attendees will learn about the company’s capabilities in performing minor repairs, major overhauls, and retrofitting buses with the latest low-emission engines and GPS tracking systems. Spring Bird is committed to providing customized solutions that meet clients’ unique needs, whether they want to purchase new buses or service their existing fleets. Elliott Carson, representing the fourth generation of the Carson family in the bus industry, expressed his enthusiasm about participating in the TTA State Conference, Expo, and Roadeo: "We are excited to debut at this wonderful event and look forward to connecting with transit agencies and other entities from Texas and across the United States. Our attendance at the TTA Expo is a testament to Spring Bird's commitment to excellence and innovation in providing high-quality, affordable transportation solutions." Texas is also the home of Spring Bird, located in Austin, TX. The Texas Transit Association, organized in 1986, brings together metropolitan, small urban, and rural transit agencies, along with private and public entities from across the country, making it the perfect platform for Spring Bird to introduce its services to a wider audience. Visit Spring Bird at the 2024 TTA State Conference, Expo, and Roadeo to explore how they can support your transit needs with their high-quality buses and comprehensive rehabilitation services. About Spring Bird: Spring Bird is a premier provider of transportation solutions specializing in the sale, leasing, and service of heavy-duty transit buses and motor coaches. Drawing from the rich Carson family legacy in the transportation industry, Spring Bird offers an inventory of high-quality buses from leading manufacturers and provides customized rehabilitation services, including minor repairs, major overhauls, and technological retrofitting. Dedicated to safety, innovation, and customer satisfaction, Spring Bird addresses the unique needs of cities, transit agencies, and private operators, ensuring reliable and efficient transportation solutions. Contact Details Spring Bird Media Contact press@springbirdbus.com Company Website https://springbirdbus.com

March 18, 2024 03:00 PM Central Daylight Time

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CDFI Coalition Marks 30th Anniversary of CDFI Fund

CDFI Coalition

Members of the CDFI Coalition gathered in Washington, DC, this week to mark the 30 th anniversary of the CDFI Fund with a keynote address by Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), panel discussions and the release of a report highlighting the three decades of successes celebrated by the CDFI movement. Coalition members, legislators and Administrations officials held panel discussions on New CDFI Certification Requirements, Cybersecurity and AI, Financing CDFIs and Community Development, Opportunities in Climate Financing, and Challenges and Opportunities for new CEOs of Color. The report is based on data from the Coalition’s survey of its members. Highlights of the report and the 30 th Anniversary of the CDFI Fund include: Seventy CDFIs responded to the survey, making $22.5 billion in loan originations and $185 million in EQ2 and equity investments. This financing created or sustained more than 500,000 jobs and 105,000 units of affordable housing, over 150,000 community facilities and 437,000 business. The CDFI industry has grown significantly since its infancy in 1994. 1,462 CDFIs have been certified to work in low-wealth communities nationwide as of January 2024. These CDFIs have assets totaling more than $200 billion and outstanding portfolios of more than $150 billion. Certified CDFIs include 573 loan funds, 516 credit unions, 161 depository institution holding companies, 197 banks or thrifts, and 15 venture capital funds in rural and urban areas in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. In FY 23, CDFI Fund Financial Assistance recipients financed more than 126,000 businesses, provided funding for more than 76,000 affordable homes, and originated more than $57 billion in loans and investments. Thirty years ago, only a handful of CDFIs had been funded with philanthropy and other support, and their success provided the roadmap for the 1994 legislation and the impetus for the CDFI fund. One of the more unexpected successes of the CDFI movement and the CDFI fund are the offshoots that they have supported and enabled. Significant new programs were built on the CDFI infrastructure and commitment created in 1994 by the Riegle Act. “The CDFI 30 th Anniversary Report contains numerous success stories from CDFIs around the nation about how the credit, the products and the technical assistance they have made available have been transformative in their communities,” said CDFI Coalition spokesperson Bob Rapoza. For example: CDFI Program Financial Assistance (FA) Awards – The CDFI Fund makes FA awards to both large and small certified CDFIs. CDFIs use FA awards for lending capital, loan loss or capital reserves, operations, or development services. Award recipients must match their FA award dollar-for-dollar with non-federal funds. The Native American CDFI Assistance Program, launched in 2001 to encourage investing in Native Communities by supporting the creation and expansion of Native CDFIs -- which in turn help to create jobs, establish, or improve affordable housing, and provide appropriate financial services and counseling to community residents. The number of Native CDFIs has increased from 14 in 2001 to 66 in 2024. The New Markets Tax Credit Program, authorized in 2000 to stimulate private investment in low-income communities. The CDFI Fund has made 1,563 allocation awards totaling $76 billion to date. New Markets tax Credit investments have created more than one million jobs that cost the federal government less than $20,000 per job. The CDFI Bond Guarantee Program, authorized in 2010 to empower the Treasury Department to guarantee notes or bonds issued at no cost to the federal government to support CDFI lending and investment activity. Since 2013, the CDFI Fund has guaranteed nearly $2.5 billion in bond authority through the program. The Capital Magnet Fund, administered by the CDFI Fund, provides grants on a competitive basis to CDFIs and other non-profit organizations to finance affordable housing and related economic development efforts for low-income families and communities. The Capital Magnet Fund has generated $20 additional investment for every $1 of award funding and created more than 63,000 affordable homes. The report also highlights the power of CDFIs, their investors and stakeholders in responding to our nation’s racial equity challenges as well as the Great Recession and the COVID 19 Pandemic. For example: CDFIs served as economic shock absorbers, providing flexible and patient capital, rigorous risk management, and commitment to the projects in their communities and the sustainability of their borrowers. When traditional lenders pull back from economically distressed communities, policymakers look to CDFIs to fill the void. Recognizing the power of CDFIs, during the height of the pandemic, Congress made an investment in 2020 through appropriations for three temporary programs to support CDFIs, totaling $12 billion, including $1.25 billion for what became the Rapid Response Program, $1.75 billion for increased investment in low-income communities of color, and $9 billion for an emergency capital investment program for CDFI’s certified depositories and MDIs. CDFIs used those new resources to provide a wide variety of financial services to support the recovery of underserved markets under siege from COVID-19. In addition to stabilizing businesses, CDFIs financed initiatives to expand access to healthy food, health centers and hospitals, affordable housing, shelters, treatment centers, and other businesses and community facilities on the front lines of the pandemic. Private sector corporations and foundations have also recognized the efficacy and power of CDFIs. For example, between 2020 and 2022, in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd and the ongoing pandemic, the eight largest US banks made $9.2 billion in commitments to CDFIs. This commitment and the increased federal support allowed CDFIs to expand their efforts and launch new initiatives in communities of color. “As we look forward to the next 30 years, we know that CDFIs are going to continue to be a major force for bringing access to credit to low-income communities and individuals across the nation. They will be pivotal in our collective efforts to eliminate racial wealth gaps and increase opportunities for people and communities of color,” Rapoza added. CDFIs continue to innovate, to solve problems, to finance opportunities and to make sure that lending capital and technical assistance is available to all communities in our nation. In doing so, they acknowledge there is a newer and burning challenge – how CDFIs can support reducing the carbon in our atmosphere and ensure that low-income communities and communities of color can access the same opportunities, tools and resources that will help mitigate the impact of climate change on our communities and economy. “The confidence of Congress and the Administration in providing such a key role to CDFIs under the Green House Gas Reduction Fund is a wonderful testament to the positive impact and reach of CDFIs in our most underserved communities,” said Rapoza. “We know that CDFIs will bring their innovative cultures, their commitment to serving low-income communities and communities of color, and their experience leveraging federal and philanthropic resources with private capital to make such a difference in America’s communities.” DOWNLOAD THE CDFI FUND 30 TH ANNIVERSARY REPORT About the CDFI Coalition Community development financial institutions (CDFIs) are lenders with a mission to provide fair, responsible financing to rural, urban, Native and other communities that mainstream finance doesn’t traditionally reach. The CDFI Coalition, formed in 1992, is the unified national voice of community development financial institutions. Our mission is to encourage fair access to financial resources for America’s underserved people and communities. Through its member organizations, the Coalition represents CDFIs working in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This national network of CDFIs includes community development loan funds, community development banks, community development credit unions, microenterprise lenders, community development corporations and community development venture capital funds. The CDFI Coalition coordinates industry wide initiatives to increase the availability of capital, credit and financial services to low-income communities across the nation. For more information, visit www.CDFI.org Contact Details Greg Wilson +1 571-239-7474 gregwilsonpr@gmail.com

March 14, 2024 11:06 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Atrato Capital highlights strong performance and growth opportunities for Supermarket Income REIT

Supermarket Income REIT PLC

Atrato Capital managing director, Robert Abraham and finance director Michael Perkins visit the Proactive studio to discuss the interim results of Supermarket Income REIT PLC (LSE:SUPR, OTC:SUPIF), emphasising the sector's strong performance. Abraham said key tenants, Tesco and Sainsbury's, have reported robust sales growth and market share, particularly in omni-channel stores, which have seen the most significant sales increases. The investment market presents an attractive pipeline of accretive assets for SUPR, with current leverage allowing capacity for targeting these opportunities, he added. Perkins noted that SUPR reported a 15% increase in net rental income for the six months ending December 2023, driven by acquisitions and rent review income, maintaining stable adjusted earnings of 2.9 pence. Despite operating at lower leverage, the company is on track to meet its full-year dividend target of 6.06 pence. Since SUPR's IPO in 2017, Abraham said the grocery sector has seen a 35% sales growth, reaching a market size of £250 billion, with this increase largely attributable to like-for-like sales growth in omni-channel spaces, indicating a maturation phase for discounters. The grocery sector's strength has enhanced the property market, with store turnovers growing ahead of rents, demonstrating the affordability of rents for key tenants. The investment market has witnessed record volumes of £2.1 billion, highlighting the attractiveness of supermarkets as an investment. With a robust balance sheet, low leverage (LTV of 33%), and significant headroom across banking covenants, Perkins said is well-positioned to pursue earnings-accretive acquisitions. Contact Details Proactive UK Ltd +44 20 7989 0813 uk@proactiveinvestors.com

March 14, 2024 08:16 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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How AI Could Revolutionize the $25 Billion Property Management Industry

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As artificial intelligence (AI) quickly transforms entire sectors, one $25 billion industry is lagging behind. In a world where you can do almost everything with the tap of a button on your phone —order food, call an Uber, make dinner reservations, preheat your oven and even buy a car—the property management industry is stuck in the past and still relying heavily on paper-based transactions, cheque payments, manual amenity bookings, home walk-throughs with clipboard checklists and more. The lack of innovation is not only inefficient, it can be very costly. It also doesn’t fit in with shifting industry dynamics. More and more people are opting to rent instead of buy property and a record number of rental homes and communities are being built across the nation to meet rising demand., Clearly, the need for a streamlined approach that connects the industry from construction to leasing to property management is essential. AI can tap into data on properties, communities, tenants, and markets to tailor tools for property management-specific tasks, like screening tenants, maintenance calendars, collecting rent payments, managing common areas and writing listings. The implementation of AI can also lead to new ways for property managers and developers to make money. According to McKinsey Global Institute, AI could create $110 billion to $180 billion in value for the industry. It could also help companies gain 10% or more in net operating income through more efficient operating models, tenant retention, stronger customer experience, smarter asset selection, and new revenue streams. The problem is, it’s not just about plugging in a technology solution and expecting miracles. Property management companies are quickly learning that applying AI effectively requires a careful approach. It's about aligning the technology closely with business goals to truly unlock its value. As AI development progresses, more tools are being developed that cater to the property management market. That’s where Tribe Property Technologies (TSXV:TRBE) (OTCQB:TRPTF) comes into play. Unlike other companies that offer piecemeal solutions, Tribe Property Technologies offers a full suite of tech-elevated property management solutions that cover everything from pre-construction to post-occupancy. One of these innovative solutions is an AI-powered reporting tool that provides property managers with enhanced reporting and benchmarking capabilities. Tribe simply needs to enter a building’s address and its historical maintenance documents, and its AI will generate a comprehensive report on the building’s past and present issues, insurance information, repair and maintenance expenses, and other details that can empower the condo boards, strata councils and community managers to better understand the operational and financial health of their building. The managers can then optimize forward-looking planning and work to reduce their property’s operational costs. Tribe Makes it Easy to Build, Manage, and Live in Residential Communities Tribe Property Technologies (TSXV:TRBE) (OTCQB:TRPTF) is offering one of the most comprehensive and innovative solutions to an industry in desperate need of change. Tribe offers a range of services and tools tailored to different stakeholders, including Stratas & HomeOwners Associations, (or HOAs), building developers, owners, landlords, and property managers. These tools include council voting tools, AI-powered building health reports, easy payment systems, and more, all aimed at improving efficiency and enhancing the overall living experience. This all-encompassing approach not only cuts customer acquisition costs and improves retention but also enables seamless integration of value-added products and services within the platform. By offering end-to-end solutions for all community living stakeholders, Tribe Property Technologies has established multiple revenue streams. With a focus on market penetration, Tribe has achieved rapid revenue growth and a leading market position, ranking #45 in Canada on the Deloitte Technology Fast 50™ after achieving 361% revenue growth between 2019 and 2022. Backed by an experienced, multi-disciplinary management team, Tribe has a proven aggressive M&A strategy, with plans to expand in the Canadian and US markets. In December, Tribe Property Technologies completed the acquisition of Meritus Group Management, a property management company specializing in tech-driven solutions for condominium and multi-family residential communities. The acquisition expands Tribe’s footprint in Ontario, adding over 5,000 additional homes under its management, and boosts its bottom line. Tribe now manages over 45,000 homes across Canada, with expansion plans into the United States. But that’s just one of the deals in the company’s robust pipeline. Tribe Property has completed 12 acquisitions to date to improve profitability, with efforts focused on workflow optimizations, back-end service consolidation and other cost reduction initiatives. The company plans to continue its M&A growth strategy, focusing on targets that expand its technology and introduce Tribe to new geographical markets. Tribe 's focus on profitability has led to a 34% year-over-year improvement in Adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter of 2023. The company remains dedicated to delivering value to its shareholders and is committed to achieving significant milestones that will solidify its financial stability and maximize shareholder value. Tribe Property Technologies (TSXV:TRBE) (OTCQB:TRPTF) is well-positioned to disrupt the property management industry with its innovative approach, experienced team, and aggressive growth strategy. For further information on Tribe Property 's innovative solutions and projects, please visit https://tribetech.com/ Disclosure: 1) The author of the Article, or members of the author’s immediate household or family, do not own any securities of the companies outlined in this Article. The author determined which companies would be included in this article based on research and understanding of the sector. 2) The Article was issued on behalf of and sponsored by, Tribe Property Technologies Market Jar Media Inc. was paid $1,500 for the production and publishing of this article by Tribe Property Technologies’s Digital Marketing Agency of Record (Native Ads Inc.). 3) Statements and opinions expressed are the opinions of the author and not Market Jar Media Inc., its directors or officers. The author is wholly responsible for the validity of the statements. The author was not paid by Market Jar Media Inc. for this Article. 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These forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements relating to: (a) revenue generating potential with respect to Tribe Property Technologies’s industry; (b) market opportunity; (c) Tribe Property Technologies’s business plans and strategies; (d) services that Tribe Property Technologies intends to offer; (e) Tribe Property Technologies’s milestone projections and targets; (f) Tribe Property Technologies’s expectations regarding receipt of approval for regulatory applications; (g) Tribe Property Technologies’s intentions to expand into other jurisdictions including the timeline expectations relating to those expansion plans; and (h) Tribe Property Technologies’s expectations with regarding its ability to deliver shareholder value. Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance and are based upon a number of estimates and assumptions of management in light of management’s experience and perception of trends, current conditions and expected developments, as well as other factors that management believes to be relevant and reasonable in the circumstances, as of the date of this document including, without limitation, assumptions about: (a) the ability to raise any necessary additional capital on reasonable terms to execute Tribe Property Technologies’s business plan; (b) that general business and economic conditions will not change in a material adverse manner; (c) Tribe Property Technologies’s ability to procure equipment and operating supplies in sufficient quantities and on a timely basis; (d) the accuracy of budgeted costs and expenditures; (e) Tribe Property Technologies’s ability to attract and retain skilled personnel; (f) political and regulatory stability; (g) the receipt of governmental, regulatory and third-party approvals, licenses and permits on favorable terms; (h) changes in applicable legislation; (i) stability in financial and capital markets; and (j) expectations regarding the level of disruption to as a result of CV-19. 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Such risks include, without limitation: (a) Tribe Property Technologies’s operations could be adversely affected by possible future government legislation, policies and controls or by changes in applicable laws and regulations; (b) public health crises such as CV-19 may adversely impact Tribe Property Technologies’s business; (c) the volatility of global capital markets; (d) political instability and changes to the regulations governing Tribe Property Technologies’s business operations (e) Tribe Property Technologies may be unable to implement its growth strategy; and (f) increased competition.Except as required by law, Tribe Property Technologies undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future event or otherwise, after the date on which the statements are made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. 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March 08, 2024 08:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

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BRKZ Secures $8m in Series A Funding to Revolutionize the Building Materials Sector in MENA

BRKZ

Total value of the various infrastructure, transport, and building projects across the MENA region is approximately $2.5T. Helping to connect construction businesses with suppliers of building materials, a pioneering B2B construction tech startup BRKZ that specializes in materials procurement for construction projects is today announcing a $8 million investment to empower contractors to reach their full potential. The funding round was co-led by 9900 and BECO Capital, with participation from Aramco’s Wa’ed Ventures, Knollwood Investment Advisory, RZM Investment and MISY Ventures. With this series A funding round, BRKZ has now raised $13.55m in total. BRKZ’s seed round ($5.55m) was led by Better Tomorrow Ventures, with participation from Class 5 Global, Knollwood Investment Advisory, Plus VC, and several other strategic Saudi angel investors. BRKZ was launched in 2022 and founded by Ibrahim Manna, a three-time logistics founder and former Careem executive, to address critical challenges in the construction industry such as fragmented supply chains, operational inefficiencies, and lack of access to finances. The company aims to leverage technology to ensure equitable access to the best market prices for all contractors and is on a mission to build a tech-enabled ecosystem to revolutionize the MENA construction industry. For buyers of building materials, BRKZ offers access to the best prices across a wide pool of suppliers and materials along with multiple delivery and payment options. And importantly, a quick and easy Request for Quotes via WhatsApp or website. Suppliers engage with BRKZ to benefit from access to a wide customer base. The simplified portal for suppliers enables them to customize prices by size, location, and delivery options. To date, BRKZ has facilitated over $170m quotations across nearly 1200 products from more than 350 suppliers. Ibrahim Manna, Founder of BRKZ, commented: “The investment underscores BRKZ's commitment to digitizing buying and selling building materials, promoting transparency, and fostering efficient contractor financing. It comes at a pivotal moment for BRKZ, enabling us to grow further within the $100billion construction market here in KSA. We're set to drive significant change, through tech, across every single touchpoint relevant to how building materials are sourced and supplied in a sector crucial to our economic landscape.” With this new funding, BRKZ is set to deepen its proprietary capabilities, getting closer to being a one-stop-shop for the construction industry, and expand its footprint across Saudi Arabia and beyond. Thus, contributing to the growth and efficiency of the construction sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the MENA region. Dany Farha from BECO Capital said: “The MENA construction market is full of substantial opportunities both for investors and contractors. BRKZ is well placed and capitalized to be the catalyst to boost development. The investment aligns with Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030, attracting foreign investors and founders to a flourishing construction sector. BRKZ's strategic initiatives are aligned perfectly with our investment philosophy at BECO Capital. We're excited to be part of their journey.” Chris Corbishley, Managing Partner at 9900 added: “At 9900, we focus on ‘big problems’, identifying extraordinary founders solving for externalities across a range of sectors, globally. Nowhere is this more evident than in the construction sector - an industry marred by inefficiencies resulting in an estimated $1.6 trillion in annual losses to economic actors, as well as 5.7 billion metric tonnes of CO2 each year, which accounts for ~26% of global emissions. With their best-in-class procurement platform delivered through the power of technology, we’re excited to be backing Ibrahim and the BRKZ team towards driving positive change for this important economic sector within the MENA region” About BRKZ BRKZ is a B2B construction tech startup revolutionizing the buying and selling of building materials, through a managed marketplace. With a focus on digitization and transparency, BRKZ is committed to providing the best prices and financing solutions to contractors and suppliers in KSA and MENA. BRKZ is backed by leading VCs including 9900, BECO, BetterTomorrow Ventures, Waed, Knollwood Investment Advisory, Class 5 Global, RZM and Plus VC. Reflecting strong confidence in its mission to innovate the construction materials market. For more information please visit: https://brkz.com/en About 9900 9900 Capital is a multi-stage fund based in London, with offices in New York and a growing presence in MENA. Founded in 2023, it is managed by former investors at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the London-based investment firm Hedosophia. Alluding to the firm’s numerical name, which comes from the average number of working days in a lifetime, 9900's mission is to back extraordinary founders tackling 'big problems' across a range of sectors, globally. About BECO Capital Founded in 2012, BECO Capital is one of the first early-stage VC firms to have been founded in the UAE with a focus on MENA. Today, we are one of the largest non-governmental venture firms with c.$450m in assets under management. We’ve had the privilege of partnering early on with the regions’ biggest success stories which has resulted in all our funds being consistently ranked in the top 10% globally in terms of performance. We back early-stage tech entrepreneurs across a wide range of sectors who are tackling massive white spaces, building robust technology, and driving the evolution of the ecosystem in the MENA region and beyond. We support our startups with their overall strategy, fundraising and business development efforts, and provide mentorship and ongoing data analytics and insights. We've invested in 40+ startups and are building a global platform to continuously invest in cutting edge tech. For more information please visit: https://becocapital.com/ Contact Details BRKZ Bilal Mahmood +44 7714 007257 b.mahmood@stockwoodstrategy.com Company Website https://brkz.com/en

March 06, 2024 06:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Roberts & Ryan Inc. Joins NYSE and Welcomes the Mark J. Muller Equities Team to Strengthen Its Equity Trading Operations.

Roberts & Ryan, Inc.

Roberts & Ryan Inc., a Veteran Owned broker-dealer, is delighted to announce it has been approved for membership by the New York Stock Exchange and began operating today on the iconic NYSE trading floor. In conjunction with this milestone, the firm proudly introduces the esteemed Mark J. Muller Equities trading team to its floor operation. Comprising seasoned professionals including Mark Muller and Robert Moran, the team brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Roberts & Ryan Inc. The addition of the Mark J. Muller Equities trading team to the firm's already robust equity trading platform serves to fortify Roberts & Ryan's capabilities, reinforcing the company's commitment to anticipating and addressing client needs and concerns. Membership at the NYSE will empower the firm to harness broader liquidity pools, achieve parity in situational trading, and access real-time insights from point-of-sale access. These synergies, combined with Roberts & Ryan's existing institutional trading operation, will enhance the company's ability to serve equity clients effectively. Additionally, Roberts & Ryan will be well-positioned to assist clients during key price discovery events on the NYSE Floor, such as IPOs and secondary offerings. Founded on the core value of prioritizing competence, Roberts & Ryan Inc. places client satisfaction at the forefront of its operations. As a Veteran-Owned firm with the requisite certifications to fulfill all DEI mandates and set-asides, the company is dedicated to its social mission. A portion of all commission dollars earned is donated to foundations supporting Veterans and other deserving charities. Since 2018, this initiative has generated over $1.8 million in charitable contributions, benefiting more than 800 Veterans and their families. The combination of competency, diversity, and charity has enabled Roberts & Ryan Inc. to make a meaningful impact in the community. When asked to share his thoughts, Mark Muller, Managing Director of Roberts & Ryan's NYSE Floor Operations, remarked, "The Muller team is excited to be part of the Roberts & Ryan family, a firm that not only provides great service to its clients, but also supports our nation's Veterans and disadvantaged young adults. With our shared vision and commitment to excellence, we will continue to provide value-added executions from the floor of the NYSE." "With these strategic developments, Roberts & Ryan Inc. is poised to deliver enhanced services and value to our clients while upholding our commitment to excellence, integrity, and social responsibility," said Edward D'Alessandro, Chief Executive Officer of Roberts & Ryan, Inc. About Roberts and Ryan, Inc. Roberts & Ryan, Inc. is a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned (SDVO) broker-dealer with execution capabilities in the capital markets, equities, and fixed-income trading. The firm was founded in 1987 by a United States Marine Corps Vietnam combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient. With over $1.8 million in committed donations, Roberts & Ryan is active in donating to charitable foundations that make significant positive impacts in the lives of Veterans and their families, focusing primarily on general wellness, mental health, and career transition. To learn more about Roberts & Ryan, please visit www.roberts-ryan.com. Contact Details Roberts & Ryan, Inc. Sadie Millard, Chief Administrative Officer +1 646-542-0012 smillard@roberts-ryan.com Company Website https://www.roberts-ryan.com

March 04, 2024 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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XLRE: An Entrance to Real Estate Investment

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Since the announcement in 2015 of the Real Estate Sector ETF (XLRE), the sector has continued to evolve. This ETF is now more focused on REITs in the Industrial, Data Center and Telecommunications industries. XLRE is a unique investment platform that offers investors an easy and cost-effective way to access the overall Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) market. XLRE is a robust portfolio comprised of 31 REITs. Over 60% of the fund is held in the top ten holdings. List of Top Holdings*: ProLogis (12.56%) American Tower A (9.03%) Equinix Inc (8.45%) Welltower (5.27%) Simon Property A (5.00%) Crown Castle (4.81%) Public Storage (4.60%) Realty Income (4.49%) Digital Realty Trust (4.26%) Costar Group (3.53%) Designed with the goal of providing a diversified yet focused investment opportunity, the fund combines dividend yield with the potential for capital gains. With a low expense ratio of just 0.09%**, XLRE provides an affordable entry point into the various segments of the real estate market. Moreover, the transparency of XLRE sets it apart from other ETFs. Investors are privy to daily disclosure of portfolio holdings and weightings, which provides them with a clear understanding of their investments. For Your Consideration As with all investment vehicles, it's important for investors to be aware that ETFs are subject to certain risks, including loss of principal, sector risk, and non-diversification risk. Therefore, investors are encouraged to carefully consider investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses before investing. The S&P 500 Index, an unmanaged index of 500 common stocks widely considered representative of the U.S. stock market, serves as a benchmark for XLRE. This allows investors to align their investments with the broader market trends. DISCLAIMER: This is a work of research and should not be taken as investment or financial advice. Therefore, Select Sector SPDRs or the publisher is not liable for any decision made based on the publication. About the Company: Select Sector SPDR ETFs offer flexibility and customization opportunities. Many investors have similar outlooks, but no two are exactly alike. Select Sector SPDR ETFs let investors select the sectors that best meet their investment goals. *Holdings, Weightings & Assets as of 2/22/24 subject to change **Ordinary brokerage fees apply DISCLOSURES The S&P 500 Index is an unmanaged index of 500 common stocks that is generally considered representative of the U.S. stock market. The index is heavily weighted toward stocks with large market capitalizations and represents approximately two-thirds of the total market value of all domestic common stocks. The S&P 500 Index figures do not reflect any fees, expenses or taxes. An investor should consider investment objectives, risks, fees and expenses before investing. One may not invest directly in an index. Transparent ETFs provide daily disclosure of portfolio holdings and weightings All ETFs are subject to risk, including loss of principal. Sector ETF products are also subject to sector risk and nondiversification risk, which generally will result in greater price fluctuations than the overall market. Diversification does not eliminate risk. An investor should consider investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing. To obtain a prospectus, which contains this and other information, call 1-866-SECTOR-ETF (732-8673) or visit www.sectorspdrs.com. Read the prospectus carefully before investing. ALPS Portfolio Solutions Distributor, Inc., a registered broker-dealer, is distributor for the Select Sector SPDR Trust. Media Contact: Company: Select Sector SPDRs Contact: Dan Dolan* Address: 1290 Broadway, Suite 1000, Denver, CO 80203 Country: United States Email: dan.dolan@sectorspdrs.com Website: https://www.sectorspdrs.com/ *Dan Dolan is a Registered Representative of ALPS Portfolio Solutions Distributor, Inc. ALPS Portfolio Solutions Distributor, Inc., a registered broker-dealer, is the distributor for the Select Sector SPDR Trust. SEL007312 EXP 4/30/24 Contact Details Dan Dolan +1 203-935-8103 dan.dolan@sectorspdrs.com Company Website https://www.sectorspdrs.com/

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