R.E. Tech Campus Goes Live

R.E. Tech Campus Goes Live
eXp Realty International Corporation (OTCQB- EXPI)

BELLINGHAM, WA–(Marketwired – Mar 26, 2015) – eXp Realty International Corporation (OTCQB: EXPI), the Agent-Owned Cloud Brokerage™, announced today that it has officially opened its online RE Tech Campus in order to facilitate life-like yet mobile professional development and educational opportunities for real estate professionals industry-wide.

“There is always a huge demand for support, training and education for real estate professionals that is geared towards implementation and which is truly substantive rather than a sales pitch disguised as a learning opportunity,” said Brad Andersohn, eXp Realty’s Executive Director of Education and Industry Outreach. “With the launch of RE Tech Campus, we will be able to offer instruction by some of the industry’s very best coaches, trainers, and speakers, and gain insight from some of its foremost authorities, and make it all available to as many professionals who want to learn without charging a tuition and without upselling.”

Andersohn, who joined eXp Realty earlier this year, is the former Director of Zillow Academy. He has previously created and built successful online training platforms, including one for Trulia’s ActiveRain and the other for Zillow. Through his efforts, Andersohn has helped thousands of agents be more successful through his training and webinar classes. In 2009, and shortly after the launch of ActiveRain University, Andersohn was named as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Leaders by Inman News.

The campus itself is a sprawling, three-dimensional, fully immersive outdoor learning environment with amphitheaters, productivity centers, spaces for brown-bag lunches, a waterfront, and rooftop meeting terraces. Guests, panelists and presenters utilize avatars to move about the campus, participate in sessions, or just socialize and network with peers and colleagues.

“RE Tech Campus is going to be more engaging, interactive and collaborative than any project I’ve ever worked on,” said Andersohn. “Part of what makes any true university or academy experience so valuable is the collective experiences of those who attend and the ability to learn from, develop friendships with, and work together with other students. This campus creates that environment perfectly and will serve as a vibrant and exciting destination for learning that will feed the hunger of real estate professionals everywhere.” See RETechCampus.com for events, live streams, and more.

The “Grand Opening Ceremony” is currently scheduled for Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 9:00am PDT (12:00pm EDT) There will be a variety of activities including special guest presentations, a ribbon cutting ceremony, and an interactive campus tour. In addition, there will be live entertainment, special announcements for upcoming events, and a networking social gathering and more.

About eXp Realty International Corporation

eXp Realty is a full-service real estate brokerage providing 24/7 access to collaborative tools, training, and socialization for real estate brokers and agents through its 3-D, fully-immersive, cloud office environment. This effectively reduces agents’ overhead, increases their profits, and provides greater service value to consumers.

From its inception, eXp Realty has been engaged in the marketing and sale of residential real estate with the goal of being the first truly cloud-based, full-service, global real estate brokerage company, delivering around-the-clock access to collaborative tools and professional development for managing real estate brokers and agents. The business model was created to increase brokers’ and agents’ listings and sales, while reducing their overhead and capital requirements. eXp can now be found in 30 states and parts of Canada. For more information, visit: www.exprealty.com or investors.exprealty.com.

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The statements contained herein may include statements of future expectations and other forward-looking statements that are based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements.

Investor Relations Contact Information:
Glenn Sanford
Chairman & CEO
eXp Realty International Corporation
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Jason Gesing
President
eXp Realty International Corporation
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1+617-970-8518

Education, Information, Training & Support:
Brad Andersohn
Director of Education & Industry Outreach
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1+707-646-1876

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NIKE, Inc. Reports Fiscal 2015 Third Quarter Results

NIKE, Inc. Reports Fiscal 2015 Third Quarter Results
Nike

BEAVERTON, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

NIKE, Inc. (NKE) today reported financial results for its fiscal 2015 third quarter ended February 28, 2015. Diluted earnings per share for the quarter were up 19 percent due to higher revenues as a result of continued strong demand for NIKE, Inc. brands and gross margin expansion, partially offset by higher SG&A investments and a higher effective tax rate.

“Our strong third quarter results show that our growth strategies are working, even under challenging macroeconomic conditions,” said Mark Parker, President and CEO, NIKE, Inc. “NIKE has the ability to deliver consistent shareholder value due to the strength of our brand, our relentless commitment to innovation and our powerful portfolio that allows us to invest in the opportunities with the highest potential for growth as well as manage risk.”*

Third Quarter Income Statement Review

  • Revenues for NIKE, Inc. rose 7 percent to $7.5 billion, up 13 percent on a currency neutral basis.
    • Revenues for the NIKE Brand were $6.9 billion, up 11 percent on a currency neutral basis driven by growth in every geography and in most key categories.
    • Revenues for Converse were $538 million, up 33 percent on a currency neutral basis, mainly driven by continued growth and timing of shipments in North America, the transition to direct distribution in AGS (Austria, Germany, Switzerland) and growth in the Direct to Consumer (DTC) business.
  • Gross margin expanded 140 basis points to 45.9 percent. Gross margin benefitted from a continued shift in mix to higher margin products, partially offset by higher product input and warehousing costs.
  • Selling and administrative expense increased 10 percent to $2.4 billion. Demand creation expense was $731 million, flat to the prior year as increased investments in digital brand marketing and sports marketing were offset by lower advertising expense due to product launch timing. Operating overhead expense increased 15 percent to $1.6 billion, reflecting growth in the DTC business and targeted investments in infrastructure and consumer-focused digital capabilities.
  • Other income, net was $5 million, comprised primarily of net foreign exchange gains. For the quarter, the Company estimates the year-over-year change in foreign currency related gains and losses included in other income, net, combined with the impact of changes in exchange rates on the translation of foreign currency-denominated profits, decreased pretax income by approximately $20 million.
  • The effective tax rate was 24.4 percent, compared to 22.5 percent for the same period last year, primarily due to the impact of tax expense on intercompany transactions, partially offset by the retroactive reinstatement of the U.S. research and development tax credit.
  • Net income increased 16 percent to $791 million, driven by strong revenue growth and gross margin expansion, while diluted earnings per share increased 19 percent to $0.89, reflecting a 2 percent decline in the weighted average diluted common shares outstanding.

February 28, 2015 Balance Sheet Review

  • Inventories for NIKE, Inc. were $4.2 billion, up 12 percent from February 28, 2014, driven by a 12 percent increase in NIKE Brand wholesale inventories as well as higher inventories associated with growth in DTC. NIKE Brand wholesale inventories were higher due to a 17 percent increase in units, while changes in the average product cost per unit, combined with the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates, decreased growth by approximately 5 percentage points.
  • Cash and short-term investments were $5.4 billion, $332 million higher than last year as growth in net income and collateral received from counterparties as a result of hedging activities more than offset share repurchases, higher dividends and investments in working capital.

Share Repurchases

During the third quarter, NIKE, Inc. repurchased a total of 6.5 million shares for approximately $612 million as part of the four-year, $8 billion program approved by the Board of Directors in September 2012. As of the end of the third quarter, a total of 74.1 million shares had been repurchased under this program for approximately $5.3 billion, an average cost of $71.13 per share.

Futures Orders

As of the end of the quarter, worldwide futures orders for NIKE Brand athletic footwear and apparel scheduled for delivery from March 2015 through July 2015 were 2 percent higher than orders reported for the same period last year. Excluding currency changes, reported orders would have increased 11 percent.*

Conference Call

NIKE management will host a conference call beginning at approximately 2:00 p.m. PT on March 19, 2015, to review third quarter results. The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed at http://investors.nike.com. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, an archived version will be available at the same location through 9:00 p.m. PT, March 26, 2015.

About NIKE, Inc.

  • Revenues up 7 percent to $7.5 billion; 13 percent growth excluding currency changes
  • Diluted earnings per share up 19 percent to $0.89
  • Worldwide futures orders up 2 percent; 11 percent growth excluding currency changes
  • Inventories as of February 28, 2015 up 12 percent

NIKE, Inc., based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly-owned NIKE, Inc. subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories, and Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes surf and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories. For more information, NIKE’s earnings releases and other financial information are available on the Internet at http://investors.nike.com and individuals can follow @Nike.

* The marked paragraphs contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties are detailed from time to time in reports filed by NIKE with the S.E.C., including Forms 8-K, 10-Q, and 10-K. Some forward-looking statements in this release concern changes in futures orders that are not necessarily indicative of changes in total revenues for subsequent periods due to the mix of futures and “at once” orders, exchange rate fluctuations, order cancellations, discounts and returns, which may vary significantly from quarter to quarter, and because a portion of the business does not report futures orders.

NIKE, Inc.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
THREE MONTHS ENDED % NINE MONTHS ENDED %
(Dollars in millions, except per share data) 2/28/2015 2/28/20141

Change

2/28/2015 2/28/20141 Change
Revenues $ 7,460 $ 6,972 7% $ 22,822 $ 20,374 12%
Cost of sales 4,034 3,869 4% 12,348 11,313 9%
Gross profit 3,426 3,103 10% 10,474 9,061 16%
Gross margin 45.9% 44.5% 45.9% 44.5%
Demand creation expense 731 733 0% 2,394 2,155 11%
Operating overhead expense 1,648 1,436 15% 4,903 4,163 18%
Total selling and administrative expense 2,379 2,169 10% 7,297 6,318 15%
% of revenue 31.9% 31.1% 32.0% 31.0%
Interest expense (income), net 6 9 - 24 25 -
Other (income) expense, net (5) 45 - - 86 -
Income before income taxes 1,046 880 19% 3,153 2,632 20%
Income taxes 255 198 29% 745 637 17%
Effective tax rate 24.4% 22.5% 23.6% 24.2%
NET INCOME $ 791 $ 682 16% $ 2,408 $ 1,995 21%
Earnings per common share:
Basic $ 0.92 $ 0.77 19% $ 2.79 $ 2.25 24%
Diluted $ 0.89 $ 0.75 19% $ 2.72 $ 2.19 24%
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 861.4 882.3 863.2 886.6
Diluted 883.8 904.8 885.5 909.1
Dividends declared per common share $ 0.28 $ 0.24 $ 0.80 $ 0.69
1 Prior year amounts have been revised to correctly expense internally developed patent and trademark costs as incurred.
NIKE, Inc.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
February 28, February 28,
(Dollars in millions) 2015 20141 % Change
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and equivalents $ 3,015 $ 1,864 62%
Short-term investments 2,346 3,165 -26%
Accounts receivable, net 3,294 3,355 -2%
Inventories 4,246 3,785 12%
Deferred income taxes 328 319 3%
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,978 821 141%
Total current assets 15,207 13,309 14%
Property, plant and equipment 6,401 6,073 5%
Less accumulated depreciation 3,539 3,337 6%
Property, plant and equipment, net 2,862 2,736 5%
Identifiable intangible assets, net 281 285 -1%
Goodwill 131 131 0%
Deferred income taxes and other assets 2,060 1,202 71%
TOTAL ASSETS $ 20,541 $ 17,663 16%
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Current portion of long-term debt $ 108 $ 7 1443%
Notes payable 61 119 -49%
Accounts payable 1,821 1,480 23%
Accrued liabilities 3,563 2,263 57%
Income taxes payable 33 27 22%
Total current liabilities 5,586 3,896 43%
Long-term debt 1,082 1,201 -10%
Deferred income taxes and other liabilities 1,505 1,515 -1%
Redeemable preferred stock - - -
Shareholders’ equity 12,368 11,051 12%
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY $ 20,541 $ 17,663 16%
1 Prior year amounts have been revised to correct immaterial misstatements.
NIKE, Inc.
DIVISIONAL REVENUES

% Change

% Change

Excluding

Excluding

THREE MONTHS ENDED %

Currency

NINE MONTHS ENDED %

Currency

(Dollars in millions) 2/28/2015 2/28/2014 Change

Changes1

2/28/2015 2/28/2014 Change

Changes1

North America
Footwear $ 2,081 $ 1,928 8% 8% $ 6,189 $ 5,459 13% 14%
Apparel 987 925 7% 7% 3,223 2,920 10% 11%
Equipment 186 216 -14% -14% 596 626 -5% -5%
Total 3,254 3,069 6% 6% 10,008 9,005 11% 11%
Western Europe
Footwear 986 891 11% 22% 2,976 2,415 23% 26%
Apparel 363 338 7% 18% 1,245 1,061 17% 19%
Equipment 67 63 6% 16% 221 191 16% 17%
Total 1,416 1,292 10% 21% 4,442 3,667 21% 23%
Central & Eastern Europe
Footwear 187 207 -10% 8% 590 544 8% 18%
Apparel 111 129 -14% 4% 394 403 -2% 7%
Equipment 21 20 5% 19% 73 70 4% 13%
Total 319 356 -10% 7% 1,057 1,017 4% 13%
Greater China
Footwear 562 467 20% 22% 1,465 1,166 26% 27%
Apparel 212 199 7% 8% 680 641 6% 7%
Equipment 27 31 -13% -4% 93 93 0% 3%
Total 801 697 15% 17% 2,238 1,900 18% 19%
Japan
Footwear 99 92 8% 23% 307 281 9% 18%
Apparel 46 59 -22% -12% 167 201 -17% -10%
Equipment 21 26 -19% -2% 51 63 -19% -10%
Total 166 177 -6% 8% 525 545 -4% 5%
Emerging Markets
Footwear 655 631 4% 14% 2,010 1,941 4% 12%
Apparel 240 243 -1% 10% 772 748 3% 12%
Equipment 60 63 -5% 7% 182 180 1% 10%
Total 955 937 2% 12% 2,964 2,869 3% 12%
Global Brand Divisions2 28 26 8% 13% 85 89 -4% -5%
Total NIKE Brand 6,939 6,554 6% 11% 21,319 19,092 12% 14%
Converse 538 420 28% 33% 1,547 1,274 21% 24%
Corporate3 (17) (2) - - (44) 8 - -
Total NIKE, Inc. Revenues $ 7,460 $ 6,972 7% 13% $ 22,822 $ 20,374 12% 15%
Total NIKE Brand
Footwear $ 4,570 $ 4,216 8% 14% $ 13,537 $ 11,806 15% 17%
Apparel 1,959 1,893 3% 9% 6,481 5,974 8% 11%
Equipment 382 419 -9% -3% 1,216 1,223 -1% 2%
Global Brand Divisions2 28 26 8% 13% 85 89 -4% -5%

1 Fiscal 2015 results have been restated using fiscal 2014 exchange rates for the comparative period to enhance the visibility of the underlying business trends excluding the impact of translation arising from foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.

2 Global Brand Divisions revenues are primarily attributable to NIKE Brand licensing businesses that are not part of a geographic operating segment.

3 Corporate revenues primarily consist of foreign currency revenue-related hedge gains and losses generated by entities within the NIKE Brand geographic operating segments and Converse through our centrally managed foreign exchange risk management program.

NIKE, Inc.
EARNINGS BEFORE INTEREST AND TAXES1,2
THREE MONTHS ENDED % NINE MONTHS ENDED %
(Dollars in millions) 2/28/2015 2/28/20143 Change 2/28/2015 2/28/20143 Change
North America $ 830 $ 729 14% $ 2,585 $ 2,189 18%
Western Europe 335 275 22% 1,000 663 51%
Central & Eastern Europe 51 79 -35% 176 208 -15%
Greater China 251 234 7% 727 601 21%
Japan 22 21 5% 62 92 -33%
Emerging Markets 234 228 3% 626 681 -8%
Global Brand Divisions4 (552) (528) -5% (1,637) (1,444) -13%
TOTAL NIKE BRAND 1,171 1,038 13% 3,539 2,990 18%
Converse 163 133 23% 437 402 9%
Corporate5 (282) (282) 0% (799) (735) -9%
TOTAL EARNINGS BEFORE INTEREST AND TAXES $ 1,052 $ 889 18% $ 3,177 $ 2,657 20%
1 The Company evaluates performance of individual operating segments based on earnings before interest and taxes (commonly referred to as “EBIT”), which represents net income before interest expense (income), net, and income taxes.

2 Certain prior year amounts have been reclassified to conform to fiscal 2015 presentation. These changes had no impact on previously reported results of operations or shareholders’ equity.

3 Prior year amounts have been revised to correctly expense internally developed patent and trademark costs as incurred.

4 Global Brand Divisions primarily represent demand creation, operating overhead, information technology, and product creation and design expenses that are centrally managed for the NIKE Brand. Revenues for Global Brand Divisions are primarily attributable to NIKE Brand licensing businesses that are not part of a geographic operating segment.

5 Corporate consists of unallocated general and administrative expenses, which includes expenses associated with centrally managed departments, depreciation and amortization related to the Company’s corporate headquarters, unallocated insurance and benefit programs, certain foreign currency gains and losses, including certain hedge gains and losses, corporate eliminations and other items.

NIKE, Inc.
NIKE BRAND REPORTED FUTURES GROWTH BY GEOGRAPHY1
As of February 28, 2015
Reported Futures Excluding Currency
Orders

Changes2

North America 15% 15%
Western Europe -14% 7%
Central & Eastern Europe -1% 21%
Greater China 22% 23%
Japan -4% 13%
Emerging Markets -17% -6%
Total NIKE Brand Reported Futures 2% 11%
1 Futures orders for NIKE Brand footwear and apparel scheduled for delivery from March 2015 through July 2015. The U.S. Dollar futures orders amount is calculated based upon our internal forecast of the currency exchange rates under which our revenues will be translated during this period.
The reported futures orders growth is not necessarily indicative of our expectation of revenue growth during this period. This is due to year-over-year changes in shipment timing, changes in the mix of orders between futures and at-once orders and because the fulfillment of certain orders may fall outside of the schedule noted above. In addition, exchange rate fluctuations as well as differing levels of order cancellations, discounts and returns can cause differences in the comparisons between futures orders and actual revenues. Moreover, a portion of our revenue is not derived from futures orders, including at-once and closeout sales of NIKE Brand footwear and apparel, sales of NIKE Brand equipment, sales from our DTC operations and sales from Converse, NIKE Golf and Hurley.
2 Reported futures have been restated using prior year exchange rates to enhance the visibility of the underlying business trends excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.
Contact:
NIKE, Inc.
Investor Contact :
Kelley Hall, 503-532-3793
or
Media Contact :
Kellie Leonard, 503-671-6171

Stellar Energy Enters Commissioning Stage on Contract to Provide Combined Heat & Power (CHP) Plant for Blue Earth, Inc.

Stellar Energy Enters Commissioning Stage on Contract to Provide Combined Heat & Power (CHP) Plant for Blue Earth, Inc.
Blue Earth, Inc.

The New $5.3 Million Energy-Efficient Plant Will Utilize Methane Waste for Electricity Generation and Other Uses at Pilgrim’s Pride in South Carolina

JACKSONVILLE, FL, and HENDERSON, NV–(Marketwired – March 19, 2015) - Stellar Energy was selected by Blue Earth, Inc. (BBLU), the renewable/alternative energy and energy efficiency services company, to design and supply a combined heat and power (CHP) plant. The CHP plant is at the Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation poultry processing facility located in Sumter, South Carolina and is currently in the commissioning process and scheduled to turn on March 30, 2015. Blue Earth will own and operate the $5.3 million energy plant.

The highly efficient co-generation plant will utilize methane exhaust made from the Pilgrim’s Pride digester to produce electricity, hot water and usable gas for plant boilers, dramatically reducing the facility’s CO2 emissions and power requirements. Said Rob Potts, President and COO of Blue Earth, Inc., “As a developer and owner of energy efficient and renewable energy solutions for commercial and industrial facilities, Blue Earth is committed to cogeneration as an environmentally thoughtful and cost-effective technology. The Pilgrim’s Pride CHP energy plant will be both an example of Pilgrim’s Pride commitment to energy efficiency, and a showcase facility for other potential Blue Earth customers.”

With combined heat and power (CHP) solutions, electricity is generated and the heat from the generator is captured and utilized for useful purposes, lowering energy costs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy efficiency. Stellar Energy manufactured the modular CHP plant in its Jacksonville, Florida fabrication facility which also improves project efficiency and quality control. The unit was pre-tested prior to it being shipped to the Sumter, South Carolina project site.

About Blue Earth, Inc.
Blue Earth, Inc. is engaged in the clean technology industry with a primary focus on the energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors. We strive to participate in the global movement for a sustainable planet by offering products and services intended to optimize energy use, reduce harmful environmental emissions and substantially reduce energy costs to our customers. Blue Earth is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol: BBLU. For more information about Blue Earth, Inc., please visit www.blueearthinc.com.

About Stellar Energy
As a leading provider of energy systems, including turbine inlet air chilling, district cooling, central utility and combined heat and power, Stellar Energy offers a complete range of in-house analysis, design, fabrication, installation, start-up and commissioning, and maintenance. We deliver energy solutions globally for a variety of markets, including power generation, mission critical facilities, universities, industrial, commercial and government. Stellar Energy has delivered more than 110 projects worldwide from our strategically located offices in the Americas, Asia and the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. For more information, visit www.stellar-energy.net, follow us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/Stellar-Energy or find us on Twitter @Stellar_Energy.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release are forward-looking statements. Words such as “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “intends,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events or to the Company’s future financial performance, the performance of the Sumter, South Carolina CHP energy plant, and the planned installation of the Sumter, South Carolina CHP energy plant. These forward-looking statements are based on the company’s current beliefs and expectations, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Investors should not place any undue reliance on forward-looking statements since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond the Company’s control which could, and likely will, materially affect actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Any forward-looking statement reflects the Company’s current views with respect to future events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity. Such risks, uncertainties and other factors, which could impact the Company and the forward-looking statements contained herein are included in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company’s Form 10-Ks, Form 10-Qs, Form 8-Ks, Proxy Statements and other filings. The Company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

Contact:
Investor Relations
Blue Earth, Inc.
John C. Francis
www.blueearthinc.com
702.263.1808 Ext. 103
jfrancis@blueearthinc.com

Liviakis Financial Communications, Inc.
Michael Bayes
www.liviakis.com
415.389.4670
michael@liviakis.com

The Del Mar Consulting Group, Inc.
Robert B. Prag
President
858.794.9500
bprag@delmarconsulting.com

Children’s Entertainment Maven Margaret Loesch Joins Genius Brands International’s Board of Directors

Children’s Entertainment Maven Margaret Loesch Joins Genius Brands International’s Board of Directors
Genius Brands International, Inc.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA — (Marketwired) — 03/26/15 — Genius Brands International, Inc. “GBI” (OTCQB: GNUS), a global brand management company dedicated to providing entertaining and enriching ‘content with a purpose’ for toddlers to tweens, continues to align with best-in-class talent with the addition of multiple award-winning children’s entertainment maven Margaret Loesch to its Board of Directors. The announcement was made jointly today by GBI CEO Andy Heyward and President Amy Moynihan Heyward.

“Amy and I are overjoyed to welcome Margaret Loesch to our GBI Board of Directors,” said Andy Heyward. “From her earliest days at Hanna-Barbera Productions and The Jim Henson Company, to her roles with Fox Kids Network Worldwide, Hallmark Channel US and the Hub Network, Margaret has earned a stellar reputation and unparalleled success in all phases of children’s and family entertainment. She intuitively understands how to engage children and their families and has demonstrated that ability to the amazement of us all. As a Board member, her expertise and counsel will be invaluable to us as we continue to build the company.”

“I have known Amy and Andy for many years and know the unique focus and passion they bring to the business,” responded Loesch. “I’m very impressed by GBI’s commitment to develop and deliver content with a purpose’ for today’s young viewers. This is an exciting time for this Company’s growth, and I’m very happy to be included on their well-respected Board of Directors.”

Loesch joins fellow GBI Board of Directors Anthony Thomopoulos, respected entertainment industry veteran; Gray Davis, former Governor of California; Lynne Segall, Publisher and Senior Vice President ofThe Hollywood Reporter; Bernard Cahill, Co-Founder of ROAR and Clark Hallren, former Managing Director of JP Morgan Entertainment Group. GBI CEO Andy Heyward and President Amy Moynihan Heyward complete the board. Loesch replaces Jeff Weiss, President and Chief Operating Officer of American Greetings Corporation, who will remain an advisor to GBI but will step down from his current seat on the board due to other obligations.

Loesch was the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hub Network, a multi-platform joint venture between Discovery Communications and Hasbro, Inc., and had oversight of all business and creative areas of the network. The winner of multiple Emmy® Awards and numerous other industry accolades, Loesch has four decades of unparalleled success in all phases of children’s and family entertainment. Her extensive resume includes the development and/or production of some of the most iconic programs in children’s television, including Smurfs, My Little Pony, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, X-Men, Jim Henson’s “Muppet Babies, Animaniacs, Transformers and the award-winning preschool educational series Bear in the Big Blue House, to name just a few.

Throughout her formidable career, Loesch has held senior roles with numerous leading companies as both a creative and business executive. She was the first President and CEO of Crown Media United States, responsible for the creation of its US cable television network, Hallmark Channel; and President of Television Worldwide, of The Jim Henson Company, where she served as executive producer of Bear in the Big Blue House.

In 1990, Loesch became the founding President and CEO of Fox Kids Network, Worldwide, which under her leadership expanded its dominant United States network into Latin America, Australia, and the United Kingdom, and for which she was named Vice-Chairman. Prior to that she was President and CEO of Marvel Comics’ film production arm, Marvel Productions, where she executive produced multiple hit series, including G.I. Joe, Transformers, Jem and the Holograms, Dungeons and Dragons, My Little Pony, and Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies, and oversaw a tenfold increase in revenue.

From 1979 to 1984, Loesch was Executive Vice President of Hanna-Barbera Productions, where she oversaw the development and production of more than 500 hours of programming, including Richie Rich, The World’s Greatest Super Friends, Scooby Doo and Smurfs. Her additional experience includes work with ABC and NBC broadcasting networks and co-founding the family media company The Hatchery.

Loesch has served on the Board of Trustees of Sesame Workshop, producers of the iconic Sesame Street, and on the Advisory Board of the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media and the Board of Directors for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation.

Among Loesch’s industry awards are multiple Emmy® Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, a CableFAX Most Powerful Women in Cable Award, a CableFAX 100 Award, an International Film Festival (IFFF) Film Excellence Award, a Vision Award, the prestigious Chair Award from the Caucus for Television Producers, Writers, and Directors, and a career lifetime achievement honor from the Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards. Loesch is also a past BANFF World Media keynote speaker, and a recent inductee into the University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ) Hall of Fame.

Genius Brands International Headquartered in Beverly Hills, California, Genius Brands International “GBI” (OTCQB: GNUS) is a publicly traded global brand management company that creates and licenses multimedia content for toddlers to tweens. Led by award-winning creators and producers CEO Andy Heyward and President Amy Moynihan Heyward, GBI creates “content with a purpose,” meaning content that is as entertaining as it is enriching. GBI’s growing library of content includes the award-winning Baby Genius, Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club, Thomas Edison’s Secret LabLlama Llama, from the NY Times bestselling children’s book franchise, and Stan Lee’s Mighty 7, the first project from Stan Lee Comics, a joint venture with legend Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment.

A Squared Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of Genius Brands International, is a brand management and licensing company that represents third-party properties across a broad range of categories in territories around the world. The company currently represents Psycho Bunny, a luxury apparel line; From Frank, a humor greeting card and product line; and Celessence Technologies, the world’s leading microencapsulation company.

For additional information please visit www.gnusbrands.com.

Forward Looking Statements: Certain statements in this press release constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Words such as “may,” “might,” “will,” “should,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “continue,” “predict,” “forecast,” “project,” “plan,” “intend” or similar expressions, or statements regarding intent, belief, or current expectations, are forward-looking statements. While the Company believes these forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on any such forward-looking statements, which are based on information available to us on the date of this release. These forward looking statements are based upon current estimates and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including without limitation those set forth in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), not limited to Risk Factors relating to its business contained therein. Thus, actual results could be materially different. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

GBI MEDIA CONTACT: Three.Sixty Marketing + Communications
Michelle Orsi
310-418-6430
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Carol Holdsworth
805-252-1848
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GBI INVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACT: PLR Investor Relations
Michael Porter
212.564.4700
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Source: Genius Brands International, Inc.

DeNA and Square Enix Launch FINAL FANTASY: Record Keeper in North America

DeNA and Square Enix Launch FINAL FANTASY: Record Keeper in North America
Square Enix

Fans Can Now Battle their Way through the Most Epic FINAL FANTASY Moments

SAN FRANCISCO, March 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – DeNA and Square Enix (OTC: SQNXF) today announced the highly-anticipated release of FINAL FANTASY®: Record Keeper™ in North America. The first mobile game where players are able to experience the complete FINAL FANTASY universe, FINAL FANTASY: Record Keeper lets fans relive favorite moments across all past FINAL FANTASY installments and build a team of classic characters. FINAL FANTASY: Record Keeper is available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and Google Play for Android devices beginning today.

FINAL FANTASY: Record Keeper delivers the entire FINAL FANTASY universe directly into the hands of players and fans of the storied franchise. Players can recruit favorite FINAL FANTASY heroes, including Tidus, Lightning, and Cloud, to form the most dynamic team of all time. Characters can each be completely customized and equipped to the fullest with iconic gear, powerful spells, summons, and hundreds of weapons to choose from.

Gameplay in FINAL FANTASY: Record Keeper is as strategic and challenging as ever with the classic FINAL FANTASY Active Time Battle (ATB) system in place. Players battle their way through the most epic FINAL FANTASY moments, woven together for the first time on mobile with an all-new tale. Featuring skill-based interactive gameplay, players plan attacks, carefully choose tactics, and engage enemies in active time battles.

“The wait is finally over for fans who have been anxiously awaiting the release of FINAL FANTASY: Record Keeper in North America,” said Shintaro Asako, CEO of DeNA West. “The game truly delivers the entire FINAL FANTASY universe that players know and love in one immersive experience that won’t disappoint.”

“DeNA and SQUARE ENIX are proud to present the highly anticipated FINAL FANTASY: Record Keeper to players in the US,” said Ichiro Hazama, Producer at SQUARE ENIX. “The mobile RPG that took Japan by storm is set to bring that same excitement to US shores.”

FINAL FANTASY: Record Keeper is available as a free download on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and Google Play for Android devices beginning today. For more information on the game, visit: http://www.finalfantasyrecordkeeper.com. To download multi-media assets, including screenshots, game logo, and more, visit the game’s online press kit.

A gameplay trailer is available to watch and embed on your site via the following YouTube link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yivGwd39lSA.

About FINAL FANTASY
Since the release of FINAL FANTASY in 1987, this unique RPG series continues to showcase the spectacular visuals, highly imaginative worlds and rich stories leading the industry and earning the highest accolades from users around the world. Titles of the series have so far achieved a cumulative shipment of over 110 million units worldwide.

About DeNA
DeNA (pronounced “D-N-A”) is a global Internet company that develops and operates a broad range of mobile and online services including games, e-commerce and other diversified offerings. Founded in 1999, DeNA is headquartered in Tokyo with offices and game development studios across the globe. DeNA Co., Ltd. is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (2432). For more information, visit: dena.com

About Square Enix Co., Ltd.
Square Enix Co., Ltd. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content around the world. The Square Enix Group operates a global network of leading development studios and boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property, including: FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 110 million units worldwide, and DRAGON QUEST® which has sold over 64 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 42 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix is a Japan-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.

More information on Square Enix Co., Ltd. can be found at http://www.jp.square-enix.com/

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