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Philips issues inaugural Green Innovation Bond

May 15, 2019

Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced the successful pricing of its issuance of EUR 750 million 0.500% Green Innovation Bonds due 2026. This inaugural Green Innovation Bond was created by Philips in collaboration with Rabobank as Sustainability Structuring Advisor. The transaction was further supported by the Joint Lead Managers ABN AMRO, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, ING, Mizuho Securities, MUFG, Rabobank and UBS Investment Bank.

As part of Philips’ commitment to make the world healthier and more sustainable through innovation, the company has a comprehensive sustainability strategy that includes its products, solutions and business models, energy consumption, supply chains and financial instruments.

In 2017, Philips was one of the first companies to develop a Revolving Credit Facility with an interest rate linked to its sustainability performance. As a next step, together with Rabobank, the company has now developed the Philips Green & Sustainability Innovation Bond Framework, under which it can issue Green and/or Sustainability Innovation Bonds as a means to finance its sustainability activities. Today’s issuance is the first bond issued under this framework.

“Philips is a pioneer in advancing sustainability in all areas of its business, and issuing this inaugural Green Innovation Bond is a good example of that,” said Abhijit Bhattacharya, CFO of Royal Philips. “The proceeds of this bond will be used as an alternative means to finance our expenditures on green innovation, the transition to the circular economy, and becoming carbon neutral, for which we have set clear targets.”

“Philips and Rabobank are both at the forefront in sustainability and innovation of their respective industries,” said Wiebe Draijer, CEO of Rabobank. “This transaction is another testament of how corporate and financial leaders are moving ahead in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and leaving a better world for generations to come.”

The net proceeds will be allocated to a portfolio of eligible green innovations, which belong to the following categories: (i) expenditures regarding Green Innovation in R&D; (ii) expenditures regarding the implementation of circular products and solutions; and/or (iii) expenditures under the Group’s ‘Sustainable Operations Programs’, as further described in the Framework, available on https://www.philips.com/a-w/about/investor/debt-info.html. In the last two years, Philips spent around EUR 230 million annually on Green Innovation [1].

The issue price for the notes due 2026 is 99.494% with a coupon of 0.500%, resulting in a yield of 0.574%.

Settlement and issue of the Notes is scheduled for 22 May 2019. Application has been made for the Notes to be listed on the Official List of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and to trading on the regulated market of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. Application has also been made for the Notes to be displayed on the Luxembourg Green Exchange.

Philips is committed to a strong investment grade credit rating. Currently, the company has a BBB+ rating (with stable outlook) by Standard & Poor’s, a Baa1 rating (with stable outlook) by Moody’s and an A- rating (with stable outlook) by Fitch.

[1] Green Innovation is the Research & Development spend related to the development of new generations of Green Products and Solutions and Green Technologies. As disclosed in Philips’ Annual Reports, the company spent EUR 233 million and EUR 228 million on Green Innovation in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

For further information, please contact:

Ben Zwirs
Philips Group Press Office
Tel.: +31 6 1521 3446
E-mail: ben.zwirs@philips.com

Ksenija Gonciarenko
Philips Investor Relations
Tel.: +31 20 5977055
E-mail: ksenija.gonciarenko@philips.com


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LeddarTech เข้าร่วมในเดือนพฤษภาคม 2019 ที่งานแสดง JSAE 2019 ในประเทศญี่ปุ่นและเพื่อนำเสนอผลงานในงานเทคโนโลยียานยนต์ CVCA International VC ในประเทศแคนาดา

เมืองคิวเบค วันที่, May 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LeddarTech® ผู้นำด้านอุตสาหกรรมที่มีความอเนกประสงค์และปรับขนาดได้auto and mobility LiDAR platform มีความยินดีที่จะประกาศว่าจะเข้าร่วมเป็นคณะกรรมการที่ CVCA International: งาน VC & Automotive Technology ในโตรอนโต ประเทศแคนาดา วันที่ 21 พฤษภาคม นอกจากนี้ จะเข้าร่วมที่งานแสดง JSAE 2019 ในประเทศญี่ปุ่นตั้งแต่วันที่ 22 พฤษภาคมจนถึงวันที่ 24 พฤษภาคมอีกด้วย

วันที่ 21 พฤษภาคม 2019:  CVCA International: งาน VC & Automotive Technology ในโตรอนโต ประเทศแคนาดา

Frantz Saintellemy ผู้อำนวยการบริษัทและประธานฝ่ายปฏิบัติการที่ LeddarTech จะเข้าร่วมเป็นคณะอภิปรายเกี่ยวกับความเข้มแข็งด้านเทคโนโลยีด้านยานยนต์ของประเทศแคนาดา ค่านิยมของแพลตฟอร์มเทคโนโลยี และการลงทุนในส่วนของเทคโนโลยีของอุตสาหกรรมยานยนต์ของประเทศแคนาดาที่จัดขึ้นโดย CVCA ในความร่วมมือกับ OMERS Ventures และ สมาคมผู้ผลิตชิ้นส่วนยานยนต์ (APMA) คณะอภิปรายและกิจกรรมเครือข่ายนำประเทศแคนาดาและนักลงทุนของ International VC ที่เข้าร่วมกับบริษัทด้านเทคโนโลยีต่างๆ, OEM และผู้จัดจำหน่ายผลิตภัณฑ์ยานยนต์ขั้นที่ 1 ร่วมแบ่งปันข้อมูลเชิงลึกเกี่ยวกับเทคโนโลยีซอฟต์แวร์และรูปแบบธุรกิจที่ออกแบบด้านยานยนต์และการขนส่งแบบใหม่ทั่วโลก

“เทคโนโลยีกำลังค่อยๆ พัฒนาอย่างรวดเร็วภายในอุตสาหกรรมยานยนต์ เทคโนโลยี LiDAR เป็นองค์ประกอบที่สำคัญที่ทำให้ขับเคลื่อนได้ด้วยตนเองในด้านยานยนต์และการใช้งานการเคลื่อนที่ได้ง่ายทั่วโลก” Frantz Saintellemy ของ LeddarTech กล่าว “ผมหวังว่าจะแบ่งปันข้อมูลเชิงลึกเกี่ยวกับการระบุด้านเทคโนโลยียานยนต์ของประเทศแคนาดา ด้วยการมุ่งมั่นเกี่ยวกับเทคโนโลยีแพล็ตฟอร์มของ LiDAR โดยเฉพาะ ผมยังจะให้ความคิดที่เกี่ยวกับการท้าทายการระดมทุนและโอกาสของผู้เข้าร่วมของ VC ของ CVCA และงานเทคโนโลยียานยนต์”

วันที่ 22-24 พฤษภาคม 2019: งานแสดง JSAE 2019

LeddarTech จะเข้าร่วมในภาครัฐของ Ontario Pavilion ที่นิทรรศการวิศวกรรมยานยนต์ JSAE 2019 ในกรุงโยโกฮาม่าตั้งวันที่ 22 ถึง 24 พฤษภาคม โปรดเยี่ยมชมที่บูท #415 เพื่อพูดคุยกับผู้เชี่ยวชาญของ LiDAR ของเราและค้นพบโซลูชั่น ADAS และ AD ของเราสำหรับยานยนต์และการใช้งานการเคลื่อนที่ได้ง่าย ทั้งนี้ Nagase ผู้จัดจำหน่ายที่ได้รับอนุญาตของ LeddarTech จะนำเสนอพอร์ตโฟลิโอของผลิตภัณฑ์ที่บูท #190 อีกด้วย

เกี่ยวกับ LeddarTech
LeddarTech เป็นผู้นำด้านอุตสาหกรรมในการมอบแพลตฟอร์ม LiDAR ที่มีความอเนกประสงค์และปรับขนาดได้ซึ่งพัฒนาจาก LeddarEngine ที่เป็นเอกลักษณ์ โดยประกอบด้วยชุด SoC คุณภาพเกรดยานยนต์ ซึ่งได้รับการรับรองด้านความปลอดภัยในการทำงาน ซึ่งจะทำงานควบคู่กับซอฟต์แวร์การประมวลผลสัญญาณ LeddarSP บริษัทมีหน้าที่ดูแลจัดการเกี่ยวกับนวัตกรรมต่างๆ ที่อยู่ในแอปพลิเคชั่นการสำรวจระยะไกลเคลื่อนที่ที่ทันสมัย, เทคโนโลยีที่ได้รับการจดสิทธิบัตรที่ช่วยเพิ่มประสิทธิภาพของ ADAS และการขับแบบไร้คนขับสำหรับรถยนต์ รถบรรทุก รถประจำทาง ยานพาหนะสำหรับบริการจัดส่ง โรโบแท็กซี่ ยานพาหนะขนส่งสาธารณะ และอื่นๆ สามารถดูข้อมูลเพิ่มเติมเกี่ยวกับ LeddarTech ได้ที่ www.LeddarTech.com และบน LinkedInTwitterFacebook และ YouTube.

โลโก้ LeddarTech, Leddar, LeddarEngine, LeddarSP และ LeddarTech เป็นเครื่องหมายการค้าหรือเครื่องหมายการค้าจดทะเบียนของ LeddarTech Inc. แบรนด์ ชื่อผลิตภัณฑ์และเครื่องหมายต่างๆ ทั้งหมด เป็นหรืออาจเป็นเครื่องหมายการค้าที่ใช้เพื่อระบุถึงผลิตภัณฑ์และบริการต่างๆ ของเจ้าของที่เกี่ยวข้อง

ติดต่อ: Daniel Aitken รองประธานฝ่ายการตลาดและการสื่อสารของ LeddarTech
โทร: +1-418-653-9000 ต่อ 232 Daniel.Aitken@Leddartech.com

Espire Infolabs and WSO2 Announce Global Partnership to Provide Agile Integration Solutions

Through the partnership with WSO2, Espire Infolabs will deliver global technology services based on the open source WSO2 Integration Agile Platform

Gurugram, India and Mountain View, CA, USA, May 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Espire Infolabs, a global technology services company, and WSO2, the world’s leading open source integration vendor, today announced a global partnership to help businesses become agile, connected and efficient. The partnership with WSO2 is in line with Espire’s commitment to create a competitive edge for enterprises that are pursuing digital transformation by ensuring agility with a cross-enterprise approach.

The combination of the WSO2 Integration Agile Platform and Espire’s Customer Engagement Hub (CEH) framework brings together applications, systems, data sources, and devices to help digitally driven organizations deliver meaningful customer experiences. Espire has been deploying highly robust, stable and scalable integration solutions, on-premises and in the cloud. Its approach involves rapidly integrating front and back office systems, powered by agile and DevOps practices to deliver complex data integration initiatives, business process management, and application integration initiatives.

The partnership follows the recognition of WSO2 by Forrester Research, Inc. as a Leader in The Forrester WaveTM: API Management Solutions, Q4 2018 report1 published on October 29, 2018. In its evaluation of WSO2 API Manager, the report [1] states, “As the only fully open source solution in our Forrester Wave analysis, WSO2 provides good breadth across all evaluation criteria. Particular strengths include formal life-cycle management and non-REST APIs, both of which facilitate mature and disciplined enterprise API strategies.”

Speaking about the partnership, Gagan Oberoi, the CEO and MD of Espire Infolabs said, “We are excited about this partnership with WSO2 and look forward to working together to change the dynamics of the customer’s digital transformation journey by making it more intuitive, intelligent and delightful.” Gagan adds, “Our joint offering with WSO2 is yet another milestone in the integration space and allows us to respond to the fundamental market needs. Organizations are under pressure to deliver exceptional digital experiences for their customers, employees, and partners. Our partnership with WSO2 is built upon its well-established agile platform and is tailored to drive meaningful content in a personalized, contextual and agile manner with seamless integration of legacy systems within enterprises.”

“As a widely recognized expert in delivering state-of-the-art integration solutions, Espire Infolabs will be a valued partner in growing the community around our WSO2 Integration Agile Platform across the globe,” said WSO2 COO Shevan Goonetilleke. “Through this partnership, we will strengthen our joint efforts in providing organizations the technologies, services, and processes to realize their digital transformation goals by becoming integration agile.”

About Espire Infolabs

Espire Infolabs is a global technology services company empowering businesses to drive growth with their content services including digital content management, customer communication management, and content collaboration combined with integration, cloud, enterprise solutions, analytics, and robotic process automation. It is an ISO 27001:2013, ISO 9001:2015, ISO 20000-1:2011 and ISO 22301 certified company. Espire Infolabs has offices in the UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Development Centers in India (Gurgaon, Delhi, and Mumbai). For more information, please visit www.espire.com.

About WSO2

WSO2 is the world’s #1 open source integration vendor, helping digital-driven organizations become integration agile. Customers choose us for our broad, integrated platform approach to open source and agile transformation methodology. The company’s hybrid platform for developing, reusing, running and managing integrations prevents lock-in through open source software that runs on-premises or in the cloud. Today, hundreds of leading brands and thousands of global projects execute 6 trillion transactions annually using WSO2 integration technologies. Visit https://wso2.com to learn more.

[1] Forrester Research, Inc. “The Forrester Wave™: API Management Solutions, Q4 2018,” by Randy Heffner with Christopher Mines, Allison Vizgaitis, and Diane Lynch, October 29, 2018.

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LeddarTech to Participate in May 2019 at the JSAE 2019 Exhibition in Japan and to Present at the CVCA International VC & Automotive Technology Event in Canada

QUEBEC CITY, May 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LeddarTech®, an industry leader providing the most versatile and scalable auto and mobility LiDAR platform, is pleased to announce that it will join a panel at the CVCA International: VC & Automotive Technology Event in Toronto Canada on May 21st. In addition, it will participate at the JSAE 2019 Exhibition in Japan from May 22nd until May 24th.

May 21, 2019:  CVCA International: VC & Automotive Technology Event, Toronto Canada

Frantz Saintellemy, President and COO at LeddarTech, will join a panel discussion on the strength of Canada’s auto technology sector, the value of platform technology, and investment into the technology sector of Canada’s automotive industry hosted by the CVCA, in collaboration with OMERS Ventures and the Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association (APMA). The panel discussion and networking event bring together Canadian and International VC investors, emerging technology companies, OEMs, and Tier-1 automotive suppliers to share insights on new software technologies and business models that are re-shaping the automotive & transportation sectors globally.

“Technology is evolving at a rapid pace within the automotive industry. LiDAR technology is an essential component toward enabling autonomous driving in automotive and mobility applications globally,” stated LeddarTech’s Frantz Saintellemy. “I look forward to sharing my insights on the state of Canada’s automotive technology sector, with a particular focus on LiDAR platform technology. I will also provide my thoughts regarding fundraising challenges and opportunities in the sector to the attendees of CVCA’s VC & Automotive Technology Event.”

May 22-24, 2019: JSAE 2019 Exhibition

LeddarTech will participate in the Government of Ontario Pavilion at the JSAE Automotive Engineering Exposition 2019 in Yokohama from May 22nd until May 24th. Visit booth #415 to speak with our LiDAR specialists and discover our ADAS and AD solutions for automotive and mobility applications. LeddarTech’s authorized distributor Nagase will also be representing the product portfolio at booth #190.

About LeddarTech
LeddarTech is an industry leader providing the most versatile, scalable auto and mobility LiDAR platform based on the unique LeddarEngine, which consists of a suite of automotive-grade, functional safety certified SoCs working in tandem with LeddarSP signal processing software. The company is responsible for several innovations in cutting-edge mobility remote-sensing applications, its patented technologies enhancing ADAS and autonomous driving capabilities for automobiles, trucks, buses, delivery vehicles, robotaxis, shuttles, and more. Additional information about LeddarTech is accessible at www.leddartech.com, and on LinkedInTwitterFacebook, and YouTube.

LeddarTech, Leddar, LeddarEngine, LeddarSP, and LeddarTech logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of LeddarTech Inc. All other brands, product names, and marks are or may be trademarks or registered trademarks used to identify products or services of their respective owners.

Contact: Daniel Aitken, Vice-President of Marketing and Communications, LeddarTech Inc.
Tel.: +1-418-653-9000 ext. 232 Daniel.Aitken@Leddartech.com

Nasdaq Launches Global Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Reporting Guide for Companies

NEW YORK, May 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) today announced the launch of its new global environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting guide to support public and private companies. The 2019 ESG Reporting Guide includes the latest third-party reporting methodologies widely adopted by the industry, and aims to help companies navigate the evolving standards on ESG data disclosure, regardless of geography or market capitalization.

“ESG data points have become essential tools, not only for investors seeking performance indicators, but also for companies trying to increase operational efficiency, decrease resource dependency, and attract a new generation of empowered workers,” said Nelson Griggs, President of the Nasdaq Stock Exchange. “Our global ESG Reporting Guide is intended to serve as a resource for today’s corporate leaders to create a world in which all market participants are able to share in economic opportunities.”

The global version of the ESG Reporting Guide is based on three key developments:

“Our expanded ESG Reporting Guide integrates the latest reporting standards and long-term-focused methodologies and aims to further encourage companies in addressing critical ESG matters, such as capital markets and investor strategy, talent acquisition and retention, and supply chain oversight and responsibility,” said Evan Harvey, Global Head of Sustainability, Nasdaq. “Our team remains fully committed to taking a leading role in facilitating ESG practices, disclosures, and dialogue between investors and companies.”

Introduced by Nasdaq in March 2017, the ESG Reporting Guide was originally developed to support Nasdaq’s Nordic and Baltic companies in their search for a more meaningful and sustainable connection with investors. ESG reporting is encouraged but not a formal listing requirement on Nasdaq’s exchanges, and use of the Nasdaq ESG Reporting Guide is a completely voluntary initiative. It is not intended to compete with, supersede, or supplement any existing ESG reporting framework – but rather acts as an informal reference guide for companies looking to leverage ESG reporting as a way to improve operations, enhance strategy, broaden risk oversight, or engage with new investors.

To learn more about Nasdaq’s corporate responsibility and sustainability commitments, visit: https://business.nasdaq.com/discover/corporate-responsibility-and-sustainability/index.html.

About Nasdaq:

Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) is a leading global provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today’s global capital markets. As the creator of the world’s first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 100 marketplaces in 50 countries. Nasdaq is home to over 4,000 total listings with a market value of approximately $14 trillion. To learn more, visit business.nasdaq.com.

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