Tencent Invites First Global to Participate in Chinese New Year Event

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TORONTOMarch 6, 2018 /CNW/ – First Global Data Limited (the “Corporation” or “First Global”) is pleased to announce that it was invited by Tencent USA, a subsidiary of Tencent Holdings (collectively “Tencent“) to take part in a marketing event at Quicken Loans Arena on February 27, 2018 during a basketball game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets in celebration of Chinese New Year.

First Global worked with Tencent to host a number of executives from North American retail and a variety of other strategic organizations. The event was well attended and enjoyed by all.

As set out in the Corporation’s press releases of February 1, 2018, the Corporation has entered into a strategic relationship with Tencent whereby the two companies will work closely together to expand merchant acquiring, processing and settlement services in the USA. The service is designed to enable existing WeChat users traveling from China to make payments from their WeChat mobile wallet at retailers and merchants located in the USA.

“We are very pleased to have been invited by Tencent to participate in the celebration of Chinese New Year at the Cleveland Cavaliers Brooklyn Nets game on February 27. In addition to enjoying the game and festivities, we were happy to have hosted a number of key executives representing a variety of strategic business sectors”, commented Andre Itwaru, First Global’s Chairman and CEO.

About Tencent (www.tencent.com)

Founded in November, 1998, Tencent is a leading provider of Internet value added services in China. Since its establishment, Tencent has maintained steady growth under its user-oriented operating strategies. On June 16, 2004Tencent Holdings Limited (SEHK 700) went public on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. It is Tencent’s mission to enhance the quality of human life through Internet services. Presently, Tencent provides social platforms and digital content services under the “Connection” Strategy. Tencent’s leading Internet platforms in China – QQ (QQ Instant Messenger), Weixin/WeChat, QQ.com, QQ Games, Qzone, and Tenpay – have brought together China’s largest Internet community, to meet the various needs of Internet users including communication, information, entertainment, financial services and others.

About First Global Data Ltd. (www.firstglobaldata.com)

First Global is an international financial services technology (“FINTECH”) company. The Company’s two main lines of business are mobile payments and cross border payments. First Global’s proprietary leading edge technology enables the convergence of compliant domestic and cross border payments, shopping, Peer to Peer (“P2P”), Business to Consumer (“B2C”), and Business to Business (“B2B”) payments. First Global enables its strategic partners and clients around the world with our leading edge financial services technology platform.

Caution:
Neither TSX Venture Exchange Inc. (“TSXV”) nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities offered in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

Forward Looking Information:
This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Although First Global believes in light of the experience of its officers and directors, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors that have been considered appropriate, that the expectations reflected in this forward-looking information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them because First Global can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. The statements in this press release are made as of the date of this release. First Global undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third-parties in respect of First Global, its securities, or financial or operating results (as applicable). First Global disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.

SOURCE First Global Data Limited

For further information: Andre Itwaru, Chairman and CEO, First Global Data Limited, email: ir@firstglobaldata.com

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First Global Data to Provide Mobile Payments for Chinese Vacationers to USA

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TORONTOJan. 16, 2018 /CNW/ – First Global Data (“First Global” or the “Company”) is very pleased to announce that it has entered into a Definitive Agreement with China Smartpay to deliver cross border payment solutions for Chinese vacation travelers and students studying overseas. On September 26, 2017 the Company announced that it had entered into a binding MOU with China Smartpay.

First Global’s implementation team has also recently returned from Shanghai and is working closely with China Smart Pay to implement the solution.

The service will allow WeChat users in China to travel to the United States, shop at a US retail location, and purchase goods using the funds on their WeChat mobile wallet. There are close to 1 billion users on the WeChat mobile platform globally and as noted in the September 26, 2017 press release, in 2015 “Chinese shoppers bought almost half of the world’s luxury goods”…”The outbound Chinese tourist numbers reached 120 million in 2015″…and “Chinese consumers spent 1.2 trillion yuan ($183 billion)“. According to Fung Global Retail and Tech (https://www.fungglobalretailtech.com/research/global-chinese-shoppers-carry-spending-momentum-2016/). By 2020, they estimate that “186 million Chinese tourists will travel overseas”…and that “their total overseas spending will reach US$349 billion per year.”

First Global, through its money transmitter licenses will ensure that each transaction complies with US regulatory guidelines. In addition, First Global will be responsible for retrieving the consumer funds from their mobile wallets and settling all transactions with the US based merchants. Merchants will pay First Global a percentage of the gross dollar value of the goods purchased, which is the existing model used for purchases made with credit cards today. First Global will share revenues with China Smartpay.

“The US is one of the most frequented countries for Chinese vacationers. The benefit for US retailers can be significant as this provides them with access to a relatively new and very large base of shoppers. In addition, retailers will benefit from accepting payments from the leading edge mobile payment service implemented by First Global. Deploying services in the USA is intended to be phase 1 and we will keep our shareholders updated as the project evolves. From my perspective, this initiative fits our Company like a glove. It leverages our cross-border capability, access to very large consumer base, our licenses, and is within our mobile centric payments and transactional revenue focus”, said Andre Itwaru, Chairman and CEO of First Global Data Limited.

About China Smartpay (www.chinasmartpay.com/en)

China Smartpay is China’s leading payment solutions company. The China Smartpay Group Holdings (8325.HK) is a Hong Kong-listed company which is engaged in smart payment and internet finance. The company owns the nationwide prepaid card license and internet payment license, and possesses leading smart POS technology and systems. By cooperating with capable and well-known strategic partners, China Smartpay is able to take a leading position in the payment industry. China Smartpay’s payment business will be based on prepaid cards, and expand into internet payment, mobile payment, and P2P, etc. in order to serve customers of various types, and establish a vast real-name account network. In the long term, such account networks will become the platform for integrated and personalized financial services.

About First Global Data Ltd. (www.firstglobaldata.com)

First Global is an international financial services technology (“FINTECH”) company. The Company’s two main lines of business are mobile payments and cross border payments. First Global’s proprietary leading edge technology enables the convergence of compliant domestic and cross border payments, shopping, Peer to Peer (“P2P”), Business to Consumer (“B2C”), and Business to Business (“B2B”) payments. First Global enables its strategic partners and clients around the world with our leading edge financial services technology platform.

Caution:
Neither TSX Venture Exchange Inc. (“TSXV”) nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities offered in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

Forward Looking Information:
This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Although First Global believes in light of the experience of its officers and directors, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors that have been considered appropriate, that the expectations reflected in this forward-looking information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them because First Global can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. The statements in this press release are made as of the date of this release. First Global undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third-parties in respect of First Global, its securities, or financial or operating results (as applicable). First Global disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.

SOURCE First Global Data Limited

For further information: Andre Itwaru, Chairman and CEO, First Global Data Limited, email: ir@firstglobaldata.com

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Bank of Canada Raises Interest Rates 25 Points and Admits Economy More Sensitive than Before

The Bank of Canada today increased its target for the overnight rate to 1 1/4 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 1/2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 per cent. Recent data have been strong, inflation is close to target, and the economy is operating roughly at capacity. However, uncertainty surrounding the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is clouding the economic outlook.

The global economy continues to strengthen, with growth expected to average 3 1/2 per cent over the projection horizon. Growth in advanced economies is projected to be stronger than in the Bank’s October Monetary Policy Report(MPR). In particular, there are signs of increasing momentum in the US economy, which will be boosted further by recent tax changes. Global commodity prices are higher, although the benefits to Canada are being diluted by wider spreads between benchmark world and Canadian oil prices.

In Canada, real GDP growth is expected to slow to 2.2 per cent in 2018 and 1.6 per cent in 2019, following an estimated 3.0 per cent in 2017. Growth is expected to remain above potential through the first quarter of 2018 and then slow to a rate close to potential for the rest of the projection horizon.

Consumption and residential investment have been stronger than anticipated, reflecting strong employment growth. Business investment has been increasing at a solid pace, and investment intentions remain positive. Exports have been weaker than expected although, apart from cross-border shifts in automotive production, there have been positive signs in most other categories.

Looking forward, consumption and residential investment are expected to contribute less to growth, given higher interest rates and new mortgage guidelines, while business investment and exports are expected to contribute more. The Bank’s outlook takes into account a small benefit to Canada’s economy from stronger US demand arising from recent tax changes. However, as uncertainty about the future of NAFTA is weighing increasingly on the outlook, the Bank has incorporated into its projection additional negative judgement on business investment and trade.

The Bank continues to monitor the extent to which strong demand is boosting potential, creating room for more non-inflationary expansion. In this respect, capital investment, firm creation, labour force participation, and hours worked are all showing promising signs. Recent data show that labour market slack is being absorbed more quickly than anticipated. Wages have picked up but are rising by less than would be typical in the absence of labour market slack.

In this context, inflation is close to 2 per cent and core measures of inflation have edged up, consistent with diminishing slack in the economy. The Bank expects CPI inflation to fluctuate in the months ahead as various temporary factors (including gasoline and electricity prices) unwind. Looking through these temporary factors, inflation is expected to remain close to 2 per cent over the projection horizon.

While the economic outlook is expected to warrant higher interest rates over time, some continued monetary policy accommodation will likely be needed to keep the economy operating close to potential and inflation on target. Governing Council will remain cautious in considering future policy adjustments, guided by incoming data in assessing the economy’s sensitivity to interest rates, the evolution of economic capacity, and the dynamics of both wage growth and inflation.

Information note

The next scheduled date for announcing the overnight rate target is March 7, 2018. The next full update of the Bank’s outlook for the economy and inflation, including risks to the projection, will be published in the MPR on April 18, 2018.

First Global Announces Q3 2017 Financial Results

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TORONTONov. 30, 2017 /CNW/ – First Global Data (“First Global” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has released its Q3, 2017 financial statements.

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Please note that financial statements are prepared in US dollars, while the Company’s stock price and market cap as presented on the TSX Venture Exchange are reflected in Canadian dollars.

Revenues:
The Company continued to realize and increase in revenues. The three month ending September 30, 2017 revenues were $4,504,979 as compared to the three-month ending September 30, 2016 of $1,112,116.

Net Income:
Net income for Q3 showed a loss of $35,053 as compared to Q3, 2016 net income loss of 4,363. Among other things, the company continues to focus on increasing licenses in the USA which adds additional costs.

Profitability and Capital Position:
As at September 30, 2017, the Company maintained an overall positive net income and the capital position of the Company continues to be strong.

“We are generally pleased with our financial results for Q3, 2017. The Company is focused on implementing business deals that have been announced and we believe that as they are deployed they will have a material positive impact to our transactional revenues,” said Andre Itwaru, Chairman and CEO of First Global.

About First Global: (www.firstglobaldata.com)

First Global is an international financial services technology (“FINTECH”) company. The Company’s two main lines of business are mobile payments and cross border payments. First Global’s proprietary leading edge technology enables the convergence of compliant domestic and cross border payments, shopping, Peer to Peer (“P2P”), Business to Consumer (“B2C”), and Business to Business (“B2B”) payments. First Global enables its strategic partners and clients around the world with our leading edge financial services technology platform.

Caution:
Neither TSX Venture Exchange Inc. (“TSXV”) nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities offered in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

Forward Looking Information:
This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Although First Global believes in light of the experience of its officers and directors, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors that have been considered appropriate, that the expectations reflected in this forward-looking information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them because First Global can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. The statements in this press release are made as of the date of this release. First Global undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third-parties in respect of First Global, its securities, or financial or operating results (as applicable). First Global disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.

SOURCE First Global Data Limited

For further information: Andre Itwaru, Chairman and CEO, First Global Data Limited, email: ir@firstglobaldata.com

Lacey Joins First Global Data Board of Directors to Mark Next Phase of Growth

First Global Announces Corporate Changes to Directors and Officers

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TORONTONov. 27, 2017 /CNW/ – First Global Data (“First Global” or the “Company”) would like to announce the following corporate changes.

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CFO Appointment
The Company would like to announce that its previous CFO, Nayeem Alli has agreed to take on the appointment as CFO for an interim period until the end of April 2018. The Company’s CFO position was made available in October 2017 when Mr. Alli decided to step down for personal health reasons. Mr. Alli will continue to be supported by the existing finance team and the Company will be actively sourcing a full time qualified candidate.

Director Changes:
The Company would like to announce that Nayeem Alli has resigned as a Director and that it has appointed Mr. Peter Lacey to its Board of Directors. Mr. Lacey is the founder and Chairman of Cervus Equipment Corporation (TSX:CERV) a Canadian public company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. Annual sales exceeded $1.1 billion for Cervus in 2016. Mr. Lacey received his ICD.D designation from the Rotman School of Business and the Institute of Corporate Directors and serves as Chair of the Audit Committee for another public company. Mr. Lacey also serves as Director of multiple TSX listed companies and other private companies.

“The CFO position at First Global is an important role. We are happy that Nayeem has agreed to take on the role on a temporary interim basis. This will allow us the time necessary to source a qualified candidate who is able to meet the obligations of the job on a full-time basis as we move to the next stage of our evolution. We are very pleased that Mr. Lacey has accepted our offer to join our Board of Directors. Peter has tremendous experience and will add a level of discipline, professionalism and expertise that the company needs in our Audit and Corporate Governance committees, and to the company overall. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Peter over the past few months and am very confident that he will contribute in a significant way as we embark on the next phase of our evolution”, said Andre Itwaru, Chairman and CEO of the Company.

About First Global

First Global is an international financial services technology (“FINTECH”) company. The Company’s two main lines of business are mobile payments and cross border payments. First Global’s proprietary leading edge technology enables the convergence of compliant domestic and cross border payments, shopping, Peer to Peer (“P2P”), Business to Consumer (“B2C”), and Business to Business (“B2B”) payments. First Global enables its strategic partners and clients around the world with our leading edge financial services technology platform.

Caution:
Neither TSX Venture Exchange Inc. (“TSXV”) nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities offered in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

Forward Looking Information:
This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Although First Global believes in light of the experience of its officers and directors, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors that have been considered appropriate, that the expectations reflected in this forward-looking information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them because First Global can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. The statements in this press release are made as of the date of this release. First Global undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third-parties in respect of First Global, its securities, or financial or operating results (as applicable). First Global disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.

SOURCE First Global Data Limited

TheBankerWhoSavedHisSoul Adds First Global Data to Coverage

TheBankerWhoSavedHisSoul.com has added an up and coming Canadian FINTECH company First Global Data to companies covered on the website. First Global Data, publicly traded as V.FGD on the TMX in Canada and as FGBDF:US on the greys in the U.S.A., provides services to Financial Institutions and corporations in Different countries.

The company caught our attention as a result of its first to market products, aggressive expansion and signing of agreements with major players in countries, such as China, India, Africa, and Canada. Its partnerships include the likes of LianLian, a subsidiary of market leading WeChat in China.

About First Global Data Ltd. (www.firstglobaldata.com)

First Global is an international financial services technology (“FINTECH”) company. The Company’s two main lines of business are mobile payments and cross border payments. First Global’s proprietary leading edge technology enables the convergence of compliant domestic and cross border payments, shopping, Peer to Peer (“P2P”), Business to Consumer (“B2C”), and Business to Business (“B2B”) payments. First Global enables its strategic partners and clients around the world with our leading edge financial services technology platform.

Home Capital Selling Non-Core Businesses

For Immediate Release
TORONTO – October 16, 2017 – Home Capital Group Inc. (“Home Capital” or “the Company”)

(TSX: HCG) today announced it has entered into an agreement with a third party to sell the Company’s payment processing and prepaid card business including its Payment Services Interactive Gateway (PSiGate) subsidiaries. The Company previously announced it had determined to exit these businesses with its Q2 2017 financial results.
“This sale reflects our commitment to focus on our core lending and deposits business to drive future long-term growth,” said Yousry Bissada, President and Chief Executive Officer, Home Capital.

The Company expects approximately $20 million in annual salary and other operating cost savings, as well as a corresponding reduction in fee and other income of approximately $18 million, from exiting these businesses. The resulting impact to net income on a full year basis is insignificant. The Company does not expect any significant costs to complete the sale transaction. Additionally, as part of the agreement, Home has agreed to enter into a transition services agreement and will continue to provide services for certain clients for up to a year, at which time Home Capital will have completely exited this business line. This sale is expected to close in 2017, subject to receipt of necessary third party approvals and customary closing conditions. Raymond James acted as financial advisor to Home Capital in connection with this transaction.

Caution Regarding Forward-looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Please refer to Home Capital’s 2016 Annual Report, available on Home Capital’s website at www.homecapital.com, and on the Canadian Securities Administrators’ website at www.sedar.com, for Home Capital’s Caution Regarding Forwardlooking Statements.

About Home Capital Group Inc.
Home Capital Group Inc. is a public company, traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (HCG), operating through its principal subsidiary, Home Trust Company. Home Trust is a federally regulated trust company offering residential and non-residential mortgage lending, securitization of insured residential mortgage products, consumer lending and credit card services. In addition, Home Trust offers deposits via brokers and financial planners, and through its direct to consumer deposit brand, Oaken Financial. Home Trust also conducts business through its wholly owned subsidiary, Home Bank. Licensed to conduct business across Canada, Home Trust has offices in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Manitoba.

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Laura Lepore
Assistant Vice President, Investor Relations
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First Global Data Granted Two Additional Transmitter Licenses in the U.S.A.

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TORONTO, Oct. 10, 2017 /CNW/ – First Global Data (“First Global” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has secured two additional Money Transmitter licenses in the USA.

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The Company’s wholly owned US subsidiary, First Global Money Inc., has been granted two new Money Transmitter licenses by the States of South Dakota and New Hampshire. First Global now has Money Transmitter licenses in 31 US States.

“We are very happy to have obtained these two money transmitter licenses and are proud to now have 31 in total. Obtaining licenses is not an easy task. Regulations are becoming stricter and this is very good news for First Global. We value our licenses and take the responsibilities that come with having them very seriously. We continue our focus on US wide licensing as the more State licenses First Global has, the larger the market opportunity for our services such as Happy Transfer launched on the WeChat social messaging platform with our China based partner LianLian; for the Company’s First Global Money international remittances services which delivers into Latin America, India, the Philippines and other very large markets; for domestic USA peer to peer and mobile payment services; and for additional cross border payment services the Company intends to provide to consumers across the USA”, said Andre Itwaru, Chairman and CEO of First Global Data Limited.

About First Global Data Ltd. (www.firstglobaldata.com)

First Global is an international financial services technology (“FINTECH”) company. The Company’s two main lines of business are mobile payments and cross border payments. First Global’s proprietary leading edge technology enables the convergence of compliant domestic and cross border payments, shopping, Peer to Peer (“P2P”), Business to Consumer (“B2C”), and Business to Business (“B2B”) payments. First Global enables its strategic partners and clients around the world with our leading edge financial services technology platform.

Caution:

Neither TSX Venture Exchange Inc. (“TSXV”) nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities offered in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

Forward Looking Information:

This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Although First Global believes in light of the experience of its officers and directors, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors that have been considered appropriate, that the expectations reflected in this forward-looking information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them because First Global can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. The statements in this press release are made as of the date of this release. First Global undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third-parties in respect of First Global, its securities, or financial or operating results (as applicable). First Global disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.

SOURCE First Global Data Limited

For further information: Andre Itwaru, Chairman and CEO, First Global Data Limited, email: ir@firstglobaldata.com; Renmark Financial Communications Inc., Steve Hosein: shosein@renmarkfinancial.com, Tel: (416) 644-2020 or (514) 939-3989, www.renmarkfinancial.com

Home Capital Group’s New Executive Vice President

HOME CAPITAL ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP CHANGES
For Immediate Release

TORONTO – October 3, 2017 – Home Capital Group Inc. (“Home Capital” or “the Company”) (TSX: HCG) announced today that Edward Karthaus will be joining Home Capital as Executive Vice President, Residential Lending Sales on October 10th. The Company also announced Pino Decina, Executive Vice President, Residential Lending, and Chris Whyte, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, have departed from their roles at the organization.

The Company does not intend to fill the Chief Operating Officer position. Home Capital, in keeping with its focus on improving its technology and being a leader in that aspect of the mortgage industry, is creating a Chief Information Officer role and has commenced a search for the right candidate.

Mr. Karthaus, who brings extensive financial services and technology experience to this role, will have responsibility for developing and executing on Home Capital’s residential lending sales strategy. “Ed Karthaus has more than 33 years of experience in the technology, financial services and telecommunications industries, and we are excited that he has decided to join Home Capital’s leadership team to help drive our growth as one of Canada’s leading alternative mortgage providers.” said Yousry Bissada, President and Chief Executive Officer of Home Capital.

“Pino Decina and Chris Whyte have been important members of the senior leadership team, and have made significant contributions during their tenure at Home. I wish them continued success in their future endeavours,” said Mr. Bissada.

Mr. Karthaus added: “I couldn’t be more excited to get back into the Canadian Mortgage Industry. Home Capital has been an established industry leader for more than 30 years, and has carved out a strong identity in the alternative lending space. I look forward to being part of its growth as it continues to make the dream of home ownership a reality for all deserving Canadians.”

Edward Karthaus Biography
Ed Karthaus has more than 33 years of experience in the technology, financial services and telecommunications industries. He was previously Executive Vice President, Broker Services at D+H and Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Client Services at Filogix LP. During his time with D+H and Filogix LP, Ed was a frequent speaker at mortgage industry events across the country, and was inducted into the Independent Mortgage Brokers Association of Ontario (IMBA) Hall of Fame, now called Canadian Mortgage Brokers Association (Ontario). He has served on the Board of Directors of the Independent Mortgage Brokers Association of Ontario (IMBA) and the Research, Innovation and Commercialization Centre (RIC Centre). In addition, Ed has held senior executive leadership roles at Prophix Software Inc., NCR Canada Ltd. and Yappn Corp. Ed began his career with Xerox Canada and Oracle Canada.

Caution Regarding Forward-looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Please refer to Home Capital’s 2016 Annual Report, available on Home Capital’s website at www.homecapital.com, and on the Canadian Securities Administrators’ website at www.sedar.com, for Home Capital’s Caution Regarding Forward-looking Statements

About Home Capital Group Inc.
Home Capital Group Inc. is a public company, traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (HCG), operating through its principal subsidiary, Home Trust Company. Home Trust is a federally regulated trust company offering residential and non-residential mortgage lending, securitization of insured residential mortgage products, consumer lending and credit card services. In addition, Home Trust offers deposits via brokers and financial planners, and through its direct to consumer deposit brand, Oaken Financial. Home Trust also conducts business through its wholly owned subsidiary, Home Bank. Licensed to conduct business across Canada, Home Trust has offices in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Manitoba.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Laura Lepore
Assistant Vice President, Investor Relations (416) 933-5652
laura.lepore@hometrust.ca

First Global Data Appoints Vicki Ringelberg as New CFO

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Frankfurt Stock Exchange: 1G5

TORONTOOct. 2, 2017 /CNW/ – First Global Data Limited (“First Global” or the “Company”) announces the resignation of Nayeem Alli and the appointment of Vicki Ringelberg, as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company.

First Global Data Limited (CNW Group/First Global Data Limited)

Nayeem Alli is a founder and has been a key contributor toward the vision and success of the Company. The decision to resign was a deeply personal one for him. The Company is working with Mr. Alli toward establishing a consulting relationship as he becomes ready. The Board of Directors, management and shareholders of First Global thank Mr. Alli for his dedication and contributions as Chief Financial Officer and sincerely wish him the best. Mr. Alli continues as a director of the Company.

Vicki Ringelberg is a high caliber executive with a track record of success. Ms. Ringelberg is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Governance and Administration Committee and previous Chair of the Audit Committee and Investment Committee of the OPSEU Pension Trust (OPTrust). Prior to that, Ms. Ringelberg spent over 20 years working in various senior financial capacities including Chief Financial Officer of Portland Investment Counsel and the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of AIC Limited (“AIC”). During her tenure at AIC, Ms. Ringelberg was also a member of various boards. Ms. Ringelberg has broad experience in the financial services industry including managing large scale initiatives, implementing complex accounting systems, evaluating business opportunities and executing the acquisitions and sales of various businesses. Ms. Ringelberg is a CPA and also holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto.

“We respect Nayeem’s decision to step down as our CFO. He has been a leader since the Company’s inception and instrumental in the Company achieving the levels of success it currently has,” said Andre Itwaru, the Company’s Chairman and CEO. “We are very pleased that Vicki has agreed to join First Global. She brings an incredible level of experience, financial acumen and discipline to the Company, and I look forward to working closely with her as we take the Company to the next levels of its evolution.”

The appointment of Vicki Ringelberg as Chief Financial Officer is subject to acceptance by the TSX Venture Exchange.

About First Global Data Ltd. (www.firstglobaldata.com)

First Global is an international financial services technology (“FINTECH”) company. The Company’s two main lines of business are mobile payments and cross border payments. First Global’s proprietary leading edge technology enables the convergence of compliant domestic and cross border payments, shopping, Peer to Peer (“P2P”), Business to Consumer (“B2C”), and Business to Business (“B2B”) payments. First Global enables its strategic partners and clients around the world with our leading edge financial services technology platform.

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The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities offered in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

Forward Looking Information:
This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Although First Global believes in light of the experience of its officers and directors, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors that have been considered appropriate, that the expectations reflected in this forward-looking information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them because First Global can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. The statements in this press release are made as of the date of this release. First Global undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third-parties in respect of First Global, its securities, or financial or operating results (as applicable). First Global disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.

SOURCE First Global Data Limited

For further information: Andre Itwaru, Chairman and CEO, First Global Data Limited