Surviving Financial Turmoil: ThinkStrategy’s Journey Through Crisis and Courts

NEW YORK, 20-May-2024 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — ThinkStrategy Capital Management, a leading hedge fund management firm, today announced a significant triumph in its long-standing legal dispute with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). All charges against the firm and its founder, Chetan Kapur, have been dropped, affirming the firm’s financial integrity and commitment to its investors.

Over the past decade, ThinkStrategy has consistently delivered robust financial returns, even during periods of economic turbulence such as the Great Recession. The firm’s strategic management practices and diligent risk assessment have been pivotal in achieving superior performance and low relative volatility for its investors.

“Today’s vindication marks a significant milestone for ThinkStrategy,” said Chetan Kapur, founder and chief investment officer. “It reaffirms our dedication to upholding the highest standards of financial management and transparency.”

The allegations brought forth by the SEC questioned the firm’s operational and financial conduct. However, thorough investigations and legal proceedings have demonstrated that these claims were unfounded and did not reflect the firm’s strong compliance culture or its effective investment strategies.

Despite the challenges posed by the SEC’s prolonged scrutiny, ThinkStrategy remained committed to protecting investor assets and maintaining transparent communication with all stakeholders. The resolution of this legal matter allows the firm to direct its full focus back to its core mission of managing and growing investor capital.

ThinkStrategy’s resilience and proactive management have allowed it to maintain financial stability and continue delivering excellent service to its investors throughout this challenging period. The firm appreciates the unwavering support of its investors and partners, who played a crucial role in navigating through these times.

SOURCE: EPR Network

Digi Communications N.V. reports a solid Q1 2024 with revenues up 12% YoY

BUCHAREST, Romania, 15-May-2024 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — Digi Communications N.V. (“Digi” or the “Company”), one of the leading European telecommunications companies, listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange, informs the shareholders and investors that the Q1 2024 Financial Results are available on the Company’s website: https://www.digi-communications.ro/en/investor-relations/shares/financial-results-shares/quarterly-reports-shares  

The Company reports consolidated revenues in the first quarter of 2024 (including revenues and other income) of EUR 446.7 million, a 12% increase versus Q1 2023. The adjusted EBITDA for Q1 2024 amounted to EUR 163.1 million (+21.9% YoY), and adjusted EBITDA excluding the IFRS 16 impact was EUR 139.9 million (+23.4% YoY). This performance aligns with the management’s projections for 2024, underpinned by solid growth in strategic markets.

  • Digi Communications consolidated revenues and other income increased 12% year-on-year in Q1 2024, reaching EUR 446.7 million.
  • An adjusted EBITDA (excluding IFRS 16 impacts) of EUR 139.9 million, marking a 23.4% rise due to an expanding customer base across Romania, Spain, and Italy.
  • A significant rise in revenue-generating units (RGUs) across all three markets, approaching the historic milestone of 25 million RGUs – a 14.3% increase year-over-year (YoY) – spanning mobile, fixed internet, Pay TV, and fixed telephony services.

Serghei Bulgac, CEO of Digi Communications, stated: “Following a year of remarkable expansion in 2023, we are thrilled to report a robust first quarter of 2024. Our key markets, Romania and Spain, have maintained strong performance and allowed us to reach a historical milestone of 25 million clients served, across all three markets of activity. This important growth from the first three months of the year was driven by our mobile segment in Spain, which grew by 23.6%, reaching 5 million customers. In parallel, Spain’s broadband segment experienced accelerated growth of 56.7%, now serving 1.5 million users. Romanian mobile users exceeded 6 million with an increase of 16.3% year on year. These figures indicate another year of anticipated growth, aligning with our expectations and capability to meet evolving consumer needs in a competitive landscape. We are committed to continue to deliver superior quality at affordable prices across vibrant European markets, including established regions and new markets in Belgium and Portugal, where we are gearing up for the service launch.”

In Q1 2024, Digi Communications continued its growth trajectory across all service portfolios, registering a 14.3% YoY increase, approaching 25 million RGUs across Romania, Spain, and Italy. The company’s diverse offerings include mobile and fixed-line telephony, broadband data services, and Pay TV. In Romania, Digi operates a state-of-the-art fibre optic network for fixed and mobile telecommunication, broadband and entertainment solutions. In Spain, Digi provides mobile, broadband, and fixed-line services, and in Italy, the Group offers exclusively mobile services.

The mobile division delivers the most revenue-generating user agreements (RGUs) within the Group, accounting for 46.4% of the overall RGUs in the three markets. Maintaining its momentum from past quarters, in Q1 2024, the mobile segment saw the RGUs climb to 11.5 million, a 19.5% YoY increase, covering mobile telephony clients across Romania, Spain, and Italy.

In Romania, the mobile service segment reached 6 million RGUs in Q1 2024, an evolution of 16.3% compared to Q1 2023. Fixed internet services registered an increase of 7.8% YoY in Q1 2024, up to 4.7 million RGUs, while the Pay-TV services (cable and satellite) segment increased by 3.8% compared to Q1 2023, up to 5.7 million RGUs. Adding the fixed-line telephony, the total number of RGUs in the Romanian market amounted to 17.3 million customers as of the end of Q1 2024, a 8.5% YoY increase.

Spanish operations continued to grow well into Q1 2024, with the number of users of fixed services, internet, and mobile telephony increasing by 31.5% compared to Q1 2023 to 7 million RGUs. Mobile users increased by 23.6% to 5 million RGUs, while broadband users increased by 56.7% to 1.5 million.

In Italy, mobile users increased by 18.2% YoY, reaching 435K RGUs as of the end of Q1 2024.

Looking ahead, Digi’s strategic initiatives in Portugal and Belgium are paving the way for future expansions. Digi’s local subsidiaries are preparing to launch commercial services in these two markets in 2024.

In April 2024, Digi Spain announced the sale of its FTTH network across 12 provinces to Sota Investments Spain OpCo, S.L.U., managed by a consortium including Macquarie Capital, abrdn, and Arjun Infrastructure Partners. Valued at up to 750 million euros, this sale will enhance Digi Spain’s liquidity and enable further investment in network expansion. The transaction, reaching approximately 4.25 million homes with plans to expand to 6 million homes within three years, awaits FDI clearance and merger control approval.

About Digi Communications N.V.

We are an European leader in geographically-focused telecommunication solutions, based on the number of revenue generating units (“RGUs”) and a leading provider of telecommunication services in Romania and Spain, with a presence also in Italy, Portugal and Belgium.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Digi Communications N.V.: Companies from Digi Group close facilities agreements with Citibank Europe Plc. and Banco Santander S.A.

BUCHAREST, Romania, 14-May-2024 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — Digi Communications N.V. (“Digi” or the “Company”), one of the leading European telecommunications companies, listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange, would like to inform its investors and the market that RCS & RDS S.A. (the Company’s subsidiary in Romania – “RCS & RDS”), as borrower, together with the Company and Digi Spain Telecom S.L.U. as original guarantors and Citibank Europe Plc., as original lender, have finalised on 14 May 2024 the signing of two export credit facilities agreements in a total amount of EUR 117,158,657.37, to be used with the purpose of financing the purchase of good and services for developing the Romanian and Portuguese telecommunications networks of the Company’s subsidiaries.

Additionally, Digi Spain Telecom SLU (the Company’s subsidiary in Spain – “Digi Spain”), as borrower and Banco Santander S.A., as lender, have concluded on 13 May 2024 an uncommitted bridge facility agreement in amount of EUR 50,000,000 to be used with the purpose of financing working capital.

About Digi Communications N.V.

We are an European leader in geographically-focused telecommunication solutions, based on the number of revenue generating units (“RGUs”) and a leading provider of telecommunication services in Romania and Spain, with a presence also in Italy, Portugal and Belgium.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Digi Communications N.V. to host its general shareholders meeting on June 25, 2024

BUCHAREST, Romania, 13-May-2024 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — Digi Communications N.V. (“Digi” or the “Company”), one of the leading European telecommunications companies, listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange, would like to inform the market and its investors that today, 13 May 2024, the Board of Directors of the Company convenes the general shareholders meeting (the “GSM”) of the Company (Digi Communications N.V.), to be held on Tuesday, 25 June 2024 at 2.00 p.m. CET, at the offices of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (Amsterdam office), Strawinskylaan 10, 1077 XZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The main topics for the GSM are the following:

  • discussion and approval items on the 2023 Annual Report (including the annual report, the statutory financial statements – consolidated and stand-alone – and the auditor report);
  • approval of distribution of a gross dividend of 1,25 RON per share; ex-date – 3 July 2024, the record date for the dividend – 4 July 2024, and the payment date starting with 22 July 2024;
  • release from liability of the members of the Board of Directors;
  • remuneration report for the year 2023 (advisory, non-binding vote);
  • approval of the revised Remuneration Policy of the Board of Directors (voting item);
  • appointment of the statutory auditor for the for the financial year ending December 31, 2024;
  • designation of the Board of Directors as the competent body to repurchase own Class B Shares;
  • appointment of Board members;
  • approval of granting stock options to executive directors.

We kindly invite the market to visit the Company’s website at http://www.digi-communications.ro/en/general-share-holders (for English readers) and at http://www.digi-communications.ro/ro/aga (for Romanian readers) to review the documentation package for the GSM.

The above-mentioned sections from the Company’s website also contain the English and Romanian complete versions of the 2023 Annual Report, the 2023 Consolidated and Stand-alone Statutory Financial Statements of the Company, as well as the Independent Auditor’s Report.

The document named ‘Agenda and explanatory notes’ contains detailed descriptions regarding the items for the GSM.

Any shareholder interested in attending or voting at the GSM needs to follow the procedures set out in the articles of association of the Company (available at http://www.digi-communications.ro/en/corporate-governance) and on the ‘Convocation Notice’ available at http://www.digi-communications.ro/en/general-share-holders).

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF DIGI COMMUNICATIONS N.V. (THE COMPANY) TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2024, AT 2:00 PM CET AT THE OFFICES OF FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER LLP (AMSTERDAM OFFICE), STRAWINSKYLAAN 10, 1077 XZ AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

AGENDA

  1. Opening
  2. Annual Report 2023
  3. Board report 2023 (discussion item);
  4. Dividend Policy (discussion item);
  5. Adoption of the 2023 Annual Accounts (voting item);
  6. Distribution of dividend (voting item);
  7. Release from liability of the members of Board of Directors (voting item);
  8. Implementation of the Remuneration Policy and the Remuneration Report for the year 2023
  9. The Remuneration Report for the year 2023 (advisory, non-binding vote);
  10. Approval of the revised Remuneration Policy of the Board of Directors (voting item);
  11. Appointment of Statutory Auditor

Proposal to appoint KPMG N.V. as the statutory auditor of the Company for the financial year 2024 (voting item);

  1. Corporate governance structure and statement of compliance with the Dutch Corporate Governance Code (DCGC)

The Dutch Corporate Governance Code was updated in December 2022. In connection with its revision, applicable as of the reporting year 2023, the Dutch Corporate Governance Code Monitoring Committee recommends to discuss the Company’s compliance with the revised Code 2022 with its general meeting at the AGM in 2024 (discussion item).

  1. Designation of the Board of Directors as the competent body to repurchase own class B Shares

Designation of the Board of Directors as the competent body to repurchase class B shares (voting item);

  1. Appointment of the members of the Board of Directors
  2. Re-appointment of Mr. Serghei Bulgac as Executive Director of the Board of Directors (voting item);
  3. Re-appointment of Mr. Valentin Popoviciu as Executive Director of the Board of Directors (voting item);
  4. Re-appointment of Mr. Zoltan Teszari as Non-executive Director and President of the Board of Directors (voting item);
  5. Re-appointment of Mr. Marius Catalin Varzaru as Non-Executive Director and Vice-president of the Board of Directors (voting item);
  6. Re-appointment of Mr. Bogdan Ciobotaru as Non-Executive Director of the Board of Directors (voting item);
  7. Re-appointment of Mr. Emil Jugaru as Non-Executive Director of the Board of Directors (voting item);
  8. Appointment of Mr. Jose Manuel Arnaiz de Castro as Non-Executive Director of the Board of Directors (voting item).
  9. Approval of award of stock options to directors

Authorize the Board of Directors to decide upon the award of stock options to executive directors of the Company (voting item);

  1. Close of Meeting.

Agenda

The agenda for the AGM and the explanatory notes thereto together with the Annual Report 2023 are available on the website of the Company (www.digi-communications.ro) from 13 May 2024 onwards and are, with effect from the same date, available for inspection and obtainable free of charge at the premises of the Company (tel. +40314006505 and address: 75 Dr. N. Staicovici Street, fourth floor, Bucharest, Romania).

Record Date

Shareholders (which for the purposes of this notice includes holders of rights of usufruct and pledgees with voting rights) are entitled to attend and vote at the AGM (either in person or by proxy) if they (i) are registered in one of the (sub)registers as described below on the 28th day prior to the AGM and therefore on Tuesday, 28 May 2024 (the Record Date) after all debit and credit entries have been handled and (ii) in addition have notified the Company of their intended attendance at the AGM in the manner mentioned below. The designated (sub)registers are the administration records of the Romanian Central Depository (Depozitarul Central S.A.), and the shareholders’ register of the Company.

Notification of Attendance

Class A shares: holders of registered class A shares (which for the purposes of this notice includes holders of rights of usufruct and pledgees with voting rights in respect of these shares) who wish to attend the AGM (either in person or by proxy) must notify the Company of their intended attendance, which notice, accompanied where applicable by written power of attorney (see below), must have been received by Mrs. Eliza Popa, the Company’s secretary at the address: 75 Dr. N. Staicovici Street, fourth floor, Bucharest, Romania and by e-mail digi.gsm@digi-communications.ro no later than by Tuesday, 18 June 2024, at 4.00 pm CET. Duly registered shareholders will receive a receipt confirmation supplied by the Company which together with a valid identification document will also serve as admission ticket for the AGM.

Class B shares: holders of class B shares (which for the purpose of this notice includes holders of rights of usufruct and pledgees with voting rights in respect of these shares) who wish to attend the AGM (either in person or by proxy) must notify the Company by registering via the E-vote by ING (https://evote.ingwb.com) no later than by Tuesday, 18 June 2024, at 4.00 pm CET. Duly registered shareholders will receive a receipt confirmation supplied by ING Bank N.V. which together with a valid identification document will also serve as admission ticket for the AGM.

Representation by Proxy

Class A shareholders: holders of registered class A shares (which for the purpose of this notice includes holders of rights of usufruct and pledgees with voting rights in respect of those shares) who will not participate in person to the meeting or be represented by their own legal representative may grant a proxy, on behalf of the relevant class A shareholder, to attend the AGM, to sign the attendance list, to speak and to cast a vote at that meeting on the voting items on the agenda in accordance with the voting instructions provided by the relevant holder, all with the right of substitution to:

  • a third person; or
  • Eliza Popa, secretary of the Company (address: 75 Dr. N. Staicovici Street, fourth floor, Bucharest, Romania).

The holder of shares A will notify the Company of an electronic copy of the proxy at the following e-mail address: digi.gsm@digi-communications.ro no later than by Tuesday, 18 June 2024, at 4.00 pm CET.

Class B shares: The holders of class B shares (which for the purposes of the AGM includes holders of rights of usufruct and pledgees with voting rights in respect of those shares) who will not participate to the meeting in person or be represented by their own legal representative can grant a proxy to:

  • a third person (based on the Attendance notice and PoA to be obtained on the Company’s website on GSM documents); or
  • Eliza Popa (to be obtained via E-vote by ING https://evote.ingwb.com),

who will be authorized to, on behalf of the relevant holder, with the right of substitution, to attend the AGM, to sign the attendance list, to speak and to cast a vote at that meeting on the voting items on the agenda in accordance with the voting instructions provided by the relevant holder.

The duly completed and executed power of attorney under which a third person is empowered to represent the class B shareholder at the AGM must be received by the Company for the attention of Mrs. Eliza Popa, Dr. N. Staicovici 75, fourth floor, Bucharest, Romania, or by e-mail: digi.gsm@digi-communications.ro or if the Company’s secretary is empowered, by registering the proxy via the E-vote by ING (https://evote.ingwb.com), no later than by Tuesday, 18 June 2024, at 4.00 pm CET.

E-voting Class B Shares

Only holders of class B shares (which for the purpose of this notice includes holders of rights of usufruct and pledgees with voting rights in respect of those shares) may also give voting instructions via https://evote.ingwb.com no later than by Tuesday, 18 June 2024 at 4.00 pm CET.

Identification

Persons entitled to attend the AGM (which includes persons granted with a proxy in the manner as described above) will be requested to identify themselves at the Registration Desk prior to admission to the AGM and are therefore requested to bring a valid identity document.

Issued capital and voting rights of the Company

At the day of this convocation, the Company has an issued share capital of EUR 6,810,042.52 consisting of 64,556,028 Class A Shares, each having a nominal value of EUR 0.10 and 35,443,972 Class B Shares, each share having a nominal value of EUR 0.01. 4,409,361 Class A Shares and 343,026 Class B Shares are held by the Company in its own share capital (in treasury). No votes may be cast for shares held by the Company in its own share capital. Therefore, the total number of voting rights at the day of this convocation amounts to 636,567,616.

About Digi Communications N.V.

We are an European leader in geographically-focused telecommunication solutions, based on the number of revenue generating units (“RGUs”) and a leading provider of telecommunication services in Romania and Spain, with a presence also in Italy, Portugal and Belgium.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Digi Communications N.V. to host its Q1 2024 financial results conference call on May 15, 2024

BUCHAREST, Romania, 8-May-2024 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — Digi Communications N.V. (“Digi” or the “Company”), one of the leading European telecommunications companies, listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange, announces that on 15 May 2024 at 14:00 UK time / 16:00 EEST (Romania local time), will host a conference call to discuss its Q1 2024 financial results. The Company will publish the unaudited Q1 2024 financial results on the same day, 15 May 2024 at 08:00 am EEST.

The call will be held in English language, and it will be hosted by the Company’s CEO, Mr. Serghei Bulgac, and the Company’s CFO, Mr. Dan Ionita.

To participate in the call the stakeholders are invited to pre-register at:

https://www.digi-communications.ro/en/investor-relations/shares/financial-calendar

The deadline for pre-registration is 15 May 2024, 12:00 UK time/ 14:00 EEST (Romania local time).

About Digi Communications N.V.

We are an European leader in geographically-focused telecommunication solutions, based on the number of revenue generating units (“RGUs”) and a leading provider of telecommunication services in Romania and Spain, with a presence also in Italy, Portugal and Belgium.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Digi Communications N.V. released the Romanian version of its 2023 Annual Report 

BUCHAREST, Romania, 7-May-2024 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — Digi Communications N.V. (“Digi” or the “Company”) informs the shareholders and investors that the Romanian version of the Annual Financial Report for the year ended December 31, 2023 is available starting with 7 May 2024 on the Company’s website (www.digi-communications.ro) under the section ”Investor Relations”.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Digi Communications N.V. proposes a dividend increase for 2023

BUCHAREST, Romania, 7-May-2024 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — Digi Communications N.V. (“Digi” or the “Company”), one of the leading European telecommunications companies, listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange, will propose its shareholders distribution of approximately RON 120 million in dividends for fiscal year 2023. The company’s proposal is a dividend of RON 1.25 per share, a 25% year-on-year increase. The dividend for the 2022 fiscal year amounted to RON 1.0. The details related to the payment, including reference and payment date, will be established at the Annual General Meeting of the Shareholders, expected to take place in June 2024.

Serghei Bulgac, CEO of Digi Communications, stated: “Digi Communications continues to be a dynamic growth story, and it is particularly gratifying to see our company amongst the top performers on the Bucharest Stock Exchange this year. We see this as a recognition of our strong operational performance and the market’s confidence in our strategic direction. We have an unparalleled opportunity to build a leading European telecom operator out of Romania. Both our core markets, Romania and Spain, continue to grow at an accelerated pace. We are gearing up for the upcoming commercial launches in Portugal and Belgium later this year. With all these important developments poised to drive growth in the coming years, our commitment to generating shareholder value has never been stronger.”

Being dedicated to the expansion of the footprint in core markets, Romania and Spain, as well as preparing for the launch of operations in Portugal and Belgium, both estimated for 2024, Digi Communications continued allocation of significant CAPEX towards harnessing growth opportunities. In 2023, Digi Communications capital expenditures amounted to EUR 730 million, growing and improving network capabilities across all markets. Nonetheless, the company is committed to shareholder value, with its gross dividend value growing at a compound annual growth rate of 24% between 2017 and 2023 [i].

Digi Communications registered EUR 1.7 billion in consolidated revenues in 2023, a 13% increase compared to the previous year. Adjusted EBITDA increased by 17% compared to 2022, reaching EUR 591.2 million.

In 2023, Digi Communications continued to grow across its entire service portfolio, reaching almost 23.9 million in revenue-generating user agreements (RGUs) as of the 2023 yearend across Romania, Spain, and Italy. This marks a 15% increase compared to 2022. Digi’s range of services spans mobile and fixed-line telephony, broadband data services, and Pay TV. In Romania, Digi offers fixed telecommunication and entertainment solutions via a cutting-edge fibre optic network. The Group also operates a mobile network, which shares the backbone of the fixed fibre optic infrastructure. Meanwhile, in Spain, Digi provides mobile, broadband, and fixed-line phone services, and in Italy, the Group provides exclusively mobile services.

About Digi Communications N.V.

We are an European leader in geographically-focused telecommunication solutions, based on the number of revenue generating units (“RGUs”) and a leading provider of telecommunication services in Romania and Spain, with a presence also in Italy, Portugal and Belgium.

[i] Subject to General Meeting of Shareholders approval of 2023 dividend distribution.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Digi Communications N.V. 2023 Annual Report released

BUCHAREST, Romania, 2-May-2024 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — Digi Communications N.V. (“Digi” or the “Company”) informs the shareholders and investors that the Annual Financial Report for the year ended December 31, 2023 is available starting with 2 May 2024 on the Company’s website (www.digi-communications.ro) at https://www.digi-communications.ro/en/investor-relations/shares/financial-results-shares/annual-reports-shares under the section Investor Relations.

The Annual Financial Report for year ended December 31, 2023 can also be downloaded below.

DIGI_2023-Annual-ReportDownload

For additional information, please contact us at investor.relations@digi-communications.ro.

About Digi Communications N.V.

We are an European leader in geographically-focused telecommunication solutions, based on the number of revenue generating units (“RGUs”) and a leading provider of telecommunication services in Romania and Spain, with a presence also in Italy, Portugal and Belgium.

SOURCE: EuropaWire