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Hospitality Brand Selina Acquires Remote Year Brand and Doubles Down on Remote Work and Subscription Model

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Hospitality Brand Selina Acquires Remote Year Brand and Doubles Down on Remote Work and Subscription Model

Selina, the global hospitality platform, has today announced its acquisition in an all-stock transaction of the Remote Year’s brand and customer base. Remote Year empowers professionals to embrace the remote work movement by taking their careers outside of the traditional office.

Selina and Remote Year represent two of the leading brands in the travel and remote work categories and this acquisition strengthens both brands’ prospects for growth and expansion in a post-pandemic world. Remote Year will continue to exist as its own brand and will utilize Selina’s catalogue of best-in-class properties, spanning 19 countries and 3 continents, to improve its customer experience. Selina will leverage Remote Year’s community of driven professionals and remote workers as it focuses on longer-term stays and its remote work offering. As a collective, Selina and Remote Year will work together to tailor products that fit the needs of this expanding market.

The acquisition is one of a number of moves Selina is making to double down on its stay, play and “work from anywhere” model, including the recent launch of Selina’s subscription-based travel packages. This newly developed subscription offering is geared to the all-time high demand for remote work, with approximately 40% of employees expected to utilize a remote working model in the future. Allowing people to travel the world at the cost of their rent, or in some cases, even less, the program builds not only on Selina’s adoption of the remote work culture but also the societal WFH shift as a result of the pandemic.

The model has launched with three different passes – the Nomad Passport for those who want to purchase multiple stays ahead of their travels, Selina CoLive for the remote worker who wants to live/work at a Selina property for an extended period of time, and the B2B Remote Work Pass for the frequent remote worker who wants to stay at a Selina property for a fixed period of time per month, and is paid for by their employer, allowing companies to bring this level of flexibility to their teams. Each subscription package enables travelers to move freely amongst Selina properties, either regionally or globally, inclusive of accommodations, coworking spaces, daily wellness activities, weekly laundry and discounts for food and beverage, with prices starting at just $180 per month in some locations.

“At Selina, we have always supported flexible remote work models and believe they result in an increase in productivity and a reduction in turnover for businesses. With the acquisition of the Remote Year brand, and the launch of our subscription-based packages, it’s clear that our business model is one designed for this new age of working, and is well-positioned to support not only long-standing digital nomads but also a new generation of remote workers that are being offered more flexible work environments by companies looking to attract and retain talent”, said Selina Co-Founder and CEO Rafael Museri.

“We could not be more thrilled to join the Selina family. We have previously partnered with Selina in multiple markets over the last few years, and look forward to utilizing their global team and infrastructure to power our best programs yet. As travel resumes and more professionals work remotely, we are planning for a surge in demand for our transformational 4 and 12-month work and travel programs”, said Remote Year Co-Founder and CEO, Sam Pessin.

“As we look to a new era of travel and hospitality, we plan to continue expanding our product to offer unique experiences at the intersection of culture, work and travel, that ultimately make it easier than ever for a new generation of worldly travelers to pursue their most fulfilling lives”, said Museri.

ABOUT SELINA

Selina is one of the world’s fastest-growing hospitality brands, blending beautifully-designed accommodation with coworking, recreation, wellness, and local experiences. Custom-built for today’s nomadic traveler, Selina provides guests with a global infrastructure to seamlessly travel and work abroad. Founded in Latin America in 2015, each Selina property is designed in partnership with local artists, creators, and tastemakers, breathing new life into existing buildings in interesting locations around the world — from urban cities to remote beaches and jungles. Selina currently operates 76 locations throughout Latin America, USA, and Europe.

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Aviat Networks Acquires 4RF, a Leading Provider of Industrial Wireless Access Solutions for Critical Infrastructure

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AUSTIN, Texas, July 2, 2024 — Aviat Networks, Inc. (“Aviat”) (Nasdaq: AVNW), the leading expert in wireless transport and access solutions, today announced the acquisition of 4RF Limited (“4RF”), a leading provider of industrial wireless access solutions, including narrowband point-to-point/multi-point radios and Private LTE and 5G routers.

Designed specifically for critical infrastructure networks including utilities, oil and gas, mining, public safety and military, 4RF’s family of narrowband radios and LTE and 5G routers offer industry leading reliability and performance. Common applications include Private LTE/5G, smart grid, distribution automation, metering and renewables, as well as general supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and telemetry applications.

Spending on critical infrastructure networks is increasing worldwide driven by growing demand for security, automation, and fixed and mobile data communications such as video. Additionally, the increasing availability of spectrum for private networks in various countries around the world is a catalyst for growth.

This acquisition opens new segments for Aviat: a $200M 1 narrowband connectivity segment and the Cellular (LTE/5G) Router market which is $1.4B 2 market today growing to $2.5B by 2027.

With a proven and established presence in over 300 critical infrastructure customers in 160 countries worldwide, 4RF’s portfolio augments Aviat’s established offering of wireless access and transport solutions for private networks. Approximately 90% of 4RF and Aviat Networks utility customers are distinct, creating the possibility for future cross-selling opportunities.

“Operators of mission critical networks around the world rely on Aviat Networks for ultra-reliable and high-performance wireless solutions,” said Pete Smith, President and CEO of Aviat Networks. “Our acquisition of 4RF will further strengthen and expand our product offering for the global industrial wireless access markets including Private LTE/5G.”

Aviat expects the transaction to be immediately accretive to Aviat’s gross margin and to be accretive to adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP EPS in the first year. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

About Aviat Networks
Aviat Networks, Inc. is the leading expert in wireless transport and access solutions and works to provide dependable products, services and support to its customers. With more than one million systems sold into 170 countries worldwide, communications service providers and private network operators including state/local government, utility, federal government and defense organizations trust Aviat with their critical applications. Coupled with a long history of microwave innovations, Aviat provides a comprehensive suite of localized professional and support services enabling customers to drastically simplify both their networks and their lives. For more than 70 years, the experts at Aviat have delivered high performance products, simplified operations, and the best overall customer experience.

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Synechron to acquire Adelaide-headquartered companies Chamonix IT and Exposé to grow its digital transformation, engineering, AI, and data and analytics capabilities in Australia

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This acquisition extends Synechron’s reach across the country, establishing a presence in key hubs and unlocking new industries and clients.

Synechron, a global leader in digital transformation consulting for the financial and technology sectors, is proud to announce that it has executed a definitive agreement for the acquisition of Chamonix IT Management Consulting Pty Ltd and Exposé Data Pty Ltd. Both companies are headquartered in Adelaide, Australia, with additional operations in Melbourne and Brisbane and share a common goal of delivering digital transformation, artificial intelligence, and analytics expertise to clients across several key industries including government, healthcare, utilities, energy, and education. The definitive agreement with respect to the acquisition was signed on Tuesday, 25 June, 2024, and is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB).

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Chamonix IT, established in 2010, is the leading provider of digital transformation services to organizations in South Australia. With a skilled team of approximately 150 professionals, Chamonix IT has been pivotal in delivering cutting-edge solutions that address complex challenges and drive significant outcomes for enterprise-level and public sector clients. Chamonix IT’s founders established Exposé as a new company in 2016 to bring the same level of expertise, this time focused specifically on data science and engineering, data modelling and visualization, and artificial intelligence. Among the fastest-growing IT organizations in Australia, Exposé currently has a team of approximately 50 people across the country.

The two organizations will join Synechron’s core digital transformation consulting business alongside recently acquired iGreenData, which expanded Synechron’s data and blockchain expertise in the financial services sector. With these additions, Synechron has effectively doubled its presence in the country, achieving coverage across major sectors. This strategic positioning allows the company to capitalize on the growing information technology (IT) investment in Australia encompassing SaaS, IT services, and analytics, while simultaneously enhancing its ability to offer support and solutions across Asia, the Americas, and Europe.

Faisal Husain, Synechron Co-founder and CEO, commented, “We look forward to welcoming Chamonix IT and Exposé into the Synechron family when the acquisition is completed. They will enrich our presence in Australia, bringing fresh expertise and capabilities that complement our ongoing commitment in the region. This move will enhance our service offerings and drive significant value, strengthening our strategy of continuous innovation and client-focused solutions.”

Scott Grigg, CEO of Chamonix IT, said, “Joining forces with Synechron is a significant milestone for us. Our shared dedication to excellence and innovation means we’re exceptionally positioned to offer transformative digital solutions that are second to none.”

Kelly Drewett, CEO of Exposé, added, “Becoming part of the Synechron family represents a massive opportunity. It accelerates our ability to innovate and empowers our employees to take on even more complex challenges on behalf of our clients.”

Technology Holdings acted as the financial advisor to Chamonix IT and Exposé on the transaction.

About Synechron:

At Synechron, we believe in the power of digital to transform businesses for the better. Our global consulting firm combines creativity and innovative technology to deliver industry-leading digital solutions. Synechron’s progressive technologies and optimization strategies span end-to-end Artificial Intelligence, Consulting, Digital, Cloud & DevOps, Data, and Software Engineering, servicing an array of noteworthy financial services and technology firms. Through research and development initiatives in our FinLabs we develop solutions for modernization, from Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain to Data Science models, Digital Underwriting, mobile-first applications and more. Over the last 20+ years, our company has been honored with multiple employer awards, recognizing our commitment to our talented teams. With top clients to boast about, Synechron has a global workforce of 14,000+, and has 55 offices in 20 countries within key global markets. For more information on the company, please visit our website or LinkedIn community.

About Chamonix IT:

Chamonix IT empowers businesses to excel through transformative IT services. Serving both enterprise and government organizations, Chamonix IT delivers tailored solutions that ensure long-term success. Chamonix IT’s expertise spans Advisory, Cloud & Infrastructure, Application Innovation, Security, and Managed Services, enabling businesses to remain competitive and innovative in an ever-evolving landscape. By embracing an adaptable and flexible approach, Chamonix IT helps organizations navigate the complexities of digital transformation to propel their business forward.

About Exposé:

Exposé is a leading data analytics and AI consulting firm delivering data-driven insights and business-focused outcomes to private and public sector clients across Australia. Exposé’s approach is designed to give its clients the quickest and most cost-effective path to tackle data and AI opportunities through best practice. Clients benefit from Exposé’s significant experience, research and development, and innovation, which is at the core of what we do and the values we uphold. Founded in 2016, Exposé is now the largest data analytics and AI business in South Australia and one of only a few female-led technology businesses in the region.

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Fifty 1 Labs, Inc Announces Acquisition of Drago Knives, LLC

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Company adds another patent to its portfolio with acquisition

MELBOURNE, Fla., June 18, 2024Fifty 1 Labs, Inc. (OTCPK: CAFI), a leading company in the sports supplement, sports equipment, and health and wellness industries, is thrilled to announce the acquisition of Drago Knives, LLC, a Florida-based company specializing in innovative throwing knives. Founded by Dragan Zivotic, a former member of the Serbian Army and an expert in knife throwing, Drago Knives plans to make significant contributions to the sports and outdoor equipment sector with its patent-pending design for throwing knives.

The acquisition of Drago Knives, LLC, marks a significant milestone for Fifty 1 Labs as it expands its portfolio into the growing market of throwing knives, an ancient practice with a rich history that dates back to prehistoric times. Historically, throwing knives have been used across various cultures for hunting, combat, and sport, evolving over centuries into a popular activity for enthusiasts and professional competitors alike.

Drago Knives, LLC, will distinguish itself in this market with a unique patent-pending design that enhances the throwing knife experience. This design allows users to correctly place their fingers and hand on the knife, enabling quick proficiency in knife throwing—a skill that combines art, sport, and precision. This innovation not only honors the traditional aspects of knife throwing but also brings a modern twist that appeals to beginners and experienced throwers.

“We are excited to welcome Drago Knives into the Fifty 1 Labs family. This acquisition aligns with our commitment to providing high-quality, innovative products to our customers,” said Robert Clark, CEO of Fifty 1 Labs, Inc. “Dragan Zivotic’s expertise and passion for knife throwing have led to the creation of a product that we believe will set a new standard in the industry.”

Throwing knives are currently sold in select sports equipment stores, online retailers, and specialty shops across the United States and are gaining popularity among a wide range of consumers, from outdoor enthusiasts to professional athletes. The growing interest in throwing knives as a sport and hobby is evident in the increasing number of competitions and clubs dedicated to knife throwing, indicating a bright future for this segment.

Fifty 1 Labs, Inc is committed to leveraging its resources and network to further enhance the Drago Knives brand, expand its distribution channels, and introduce the sport of knife throwing to a broader audience.

About Fifty 1 Labs, Inc (CAFI)

Fifty 1 Labs, Inc. (Ticker symbol: CAFI), a publicly traded entity presently in the process of a name and symbol transition to become Fifty 1 Labs, Inc. from Consumer Automotive Finance, Inc. This transformation accompanies the company’s ownership of three distinct subsidiaries entrenched within the domains of sports supplementation, fitness apparatus, and the realm of holistic well-being. These subsidiaries encompass 51, LLC, a distinguished brand specializing in sports supplementation; The Quickness, the proud bearer of a patent for pioneering athletic training equipment, meticulously crafted to amplify linebacker development; and Astound NMN, a beacon of excellence within the anti-aging sector, heralding the era of DNA reparation through its premium supplements. Guided by an unwavering commitment, Fifty 1 Labs, Inc. remains at the forefront of ingenuity, consistently presenting avant-garde solutions infused with state-of-the-art technology, poised to empower individuals in their pursuit of fitness and holistic health aspirations. Furthermore, Fifty 1 Labs, Inc. remains actively engrossed in the pursuit of strategic acquisitions, aimed at fortifying its portfolio by incorporating profit-generating enterprises into its fold.

About Drago Knives, LLC

Founded by Dragan Zivotic, Drago Knives, LLC, is based in Florida and specializes in the design and manufacture of high-quality throwing knives. With a patent-pending design, Drago Knives aims to make knife throwing accessible and enjoyable for everyone, from beginners to seasoned throwers.

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