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Takeda Delivers Strong H1 FY2021 Results; Further Growth Momentum Expected Through Fiscal Year-End Driven by 14 Global Brands

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Takeda Delivers Strong H1 FY2021 Results; Further Growth Momentum Expected Through Fiscal Year-End Driven by 14 Global Brands

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Delivered H1 Year-Over-Year Growth in Reported Revenue of +12.8% and Underlying Revenue of +6.8%
14 Global Brands Represent 42% of Total Core Revenue with +11.4% Underlying Growth in H1; Further Acceleration Expected through H2
Highly Innovative Pipeline Poised to Deliver Over the Short- and Long-term
Confirmed Full Year Management Guidance, On Track for Underlying Core Operating Profit Margin Target of Approximately 30%
Announces Share Buyback of Up to 100B Yen

 

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TOKYO:4502/NYSE:TAK) (“Takeda”) today announced financial results for the first half of fiscal year 2021 (period ended September 30, 2021). Based on the strong first half results, the company also confirmed its fiscal year 2021 management guidance.

 

Fiscal year 2021, ending in March 31, 2022, continues to be a year of growth with anticipated topline acceleration driven by the company’s 14 global brands. In addition, the company is committed to the potential of its highly innovative R&D strategy built on a combination of in-house innovation and strategic partnerships that tap cutting-edge science at the source. Recent key pipeline wins, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of EXKIVITY™ and unanimous recommendation for approval of maribavir by a U.S. FDA Advisory Committee further underscore its promise and potential. The company also announced today the intent to buy back shares up to 100B yen, underscoring confidence in its business strategy and commitment to delivering value to shareholders.

 

Christophe Weber, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

 

“Our strategic vision to discover and deliver life-transforming treatments will be realized by the strength of our leading products and our innovative pipeline. Takeda’s Q2 and first-half results are evidence of progress and conviction in our strategy while consistently delivering on our fundamentals. As a result, we are confirming full-year FY2021 guidance as we track toward topline growth and strong core operating profit margins.”
“Takeda’s growth continues to be driven by our 14 Global Brands, which will remain our primary growth driver for the coming years. In addition, our ambitious pipeline is starting to deliver results, including the recent U.S. FDA approval of EXKIVITY. This underscores the potential of the pipeline to transform lives and our business.”
“The announcement of our new share buyback program, approved by Takeda’s Board of Directors, further demonstrates commitment to delivering shareholder value and our confidence in our business strategy.”
“Takeda’s strong commercial portfolio and R&D pipeline are diversified across four core therapeutic areas and represent innovative and potentially transformative benefits for patients. Altogether, we believe that the combination of these growth drivers will continue to propel our business forward and help to ensure our future growth is resilient, for not just the next quarter but the next decade.”

 

FINANCIAL AND BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS
Results for H1 FY2021 Ended September 30, 2021

 

(billion yen, except
percentages and per
share amounts)

REPORTED

CORE
(Non-IFRS)(a)

UNDERLYING(b)
(Non-IFRS)(a)

H1 FY2021

vs. PRIOR YEAR

H1 FY2021

vs. PRIOR YEAR

 

Revenue

1,794.4

+12.8%

1,661.4

+4.4%

+6.8%

Operating Profit

346.0

+60.5%

485.7

-4.3%

+6.4%

Margin

19.3%

+ 5.7pp

29.2%

-2.7pp

29.1%

Net Profit

183.6

+112.2%

335.9

-2.8%

 

EPS (JPY)

117 yen

+111.2%

214 yen

-3.3%

+9.1%

Operating Cash Flow

400.0

+2.0%

 

 

 

Free Cash Flow (Non-IFRS)(a)(d)

315.6

-25.8%

 

 

 

(a) Further information on certain of Takeda’s Non-IFRS measures is posted on Takeda’s investor relations website at https://www.takeda.com/investors/financial-results/.
(b) Underlying growth compares two periods (quarters or years) of financial results under a common basis and is used by management to assess the business. These financial results are calculated on a constant currency basis and excluding the impact of divestitures and other amounts that are unusual, non-recurring items or unrelated to our ongoing operations.
(c) Core Operating Profit represents net profit adjusted to exclude income tax expenses, the share of profit or loss of investments accounted for using the equity method, finance expenses and income, other operating expenses and income, amortization and impairment losses on acquired intangible assets and other items unrelated to Takeda’s core operations, such as non-recurring items, purchase accounting effects and transaction related costs.
(d) Free Cash Flow represents cash flows from operating activities, excluding acquisition of plant, property and equipment, intangible assets and investments, and any other cash that is not available to Takeda’s immediate or general business use, and including proceeds from sales of property, plant, sales and redemption of investments and businesses, net of cash and cash equivalents divested.
https://www.takeda.com/investors/financial-results/

 

Reported Revenue increased +12.8%, Underlying Core Revenue increased +6.8% vs H1 FY2020, driven by 14 global brands

 

Takeda’s 14 global brands, with an aggregate reported revenue of 692.2 billion yen ($6.2B), posted year-over-year underlying revenue growth of +11.4% and now represent 42% of total core revenue, with further acceleration expected in H2.
Takeda’s 5 key business areas with 1,434.6 billion yen ($12.9B) in reported revenue.

GI with 429.1 billion yen ($3.85B) in reported revenue, with underlying revenue growth of +8% spearheaded by gut-selective ENTYVIO.
Rare Diseases with 300.1 billion yen ($2.69B) in reported revenue declined -2% on an underlying basis with rare hematology decline in line with expectations due to competition and HAE growth being impacted by phasing dynamics; remain on track toward full year forecast.
Plasma Derived Therapy (PDT) Immunology with 238.0 billion yen ($2.13B) in reported revenue, with underlying revenue growth +11% driven by Immunoglobulin and ALBUMIN/FLEXBUMIN.
Oncology with 233.7 billion yen ($2.09B) in reported revenue, with underlying revenue growth of +8% driven by indication expansion across portfolio.
Neuroscience with 233.7 billion yen ($2.09B) in reported revenue, with underlying revenue growth of +9% driven by strong rebound of VYVANSE following impact of COVID-19 in prior year.

 

Reported Operating Profit increased +60.5%; Underlying Core Operating Profit Margin was 29.1% for H1

 

Reported operating profit increased +60.5% to 346.0 billion yen ($3.1B) compared to H1 FY2020, reflecting a gain on the sales of the diabetes portfolio in Japan and declining purchase price accounting and integration costs.
Core operating profit for the current period decreased -4.3% due to divestitures and increased R&D investment. On track towards full year forecast of 930.0 billion yen ($8.34B)

 

Important R&D Milestones as Innovative Pipeline Begins to Deliver

 

Received U.S. FDA approval for EXKIVITY (mobocertinib) as the first and only approved oral therapy specifically designed for patients with EGFR Exon20 insertion mutations+ NSCLC, with filing under review in China and other countries.
Received unanimous recommendation from a U.S. FDA Advisory Committee for maribavir as a treatment for post-transplant recipients with refractory CMV infection with or without resistance. A decision is expected by next month (PDUFA November 23, 2021).
Partnership with Novavax in Japan for development, manufacturing (250 million doses per year) and commercialization of TAK-019, their COVID-19 vaccine candidate with distribution in Japan expected to begin in early calendar year 2022, subject to regulatory approval.
Received approval from the Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for Alofisel (darvadstrocel) to be manufactured and marketed for the treatment of complex perianal fistulas in patients with non-active or mildly active luminal Crohn’s disease.
Announced an exclusive collaboration and license agreement with JCR Pharmaceuticals to commercialize JR-141 (INN: pabinafusp alfa) for the treatment of Hunter syndrome (also known as Mucopolysaccharidosis type II or MPS II).
Announced intent to acquire Gamma Delta Therapeutics to accelerate the development of allogeneic gamma delta T-cell therapies with the intention to finalize deal in Q1 FY22. Closing of the transaction is contingent on completion of review under antitrust laws, including the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 in the U.S.
Entered into three next generation gene therapy collaborations, including with Selecta Biosciences, Poseida Therapeutics and Immusoft.

 

Additional Pipeline Developments

 

Suspended dosing of patients in two Phase 2 studies of TAK-994, an investigational oral orexin agonist for the treatment of narcolepsy type 1 (NT1), after a liver toxicity signal emerged in two clinical studies. Takeda, as well as many experts and regulatory authorities, remain excited and optimistic about the potential of orexin agonists given the transformative efficacy demonstrated by TAK-994 in NT1 patients, and Takeda has a number of differentiated molecules in the pipeline that are part of its orexin franchise.
Announced that the Phase 3 PANTHER (pevonedistat-3001) study did not achieve statistical significance for the primary endpoint of event-free survival.

 

Other Important Developments in H1

 

Broke ground in Woodlands, Singapore for company’s first building to follow the Singapore Green Mark Zero Energy certification scheme as the first ‘net zero carbon emissions’ building in its global network and first-of-its-kind investment within the biotechnology industry in Singapore.
Selected four new partners for the annual global Corporate Social Responsibility programto help strengthen health systems in low- and middle-income countries.

 

FY2021 GUIDANCE
On Track Towards Full-Year FY2021 Guidance

 

(billion yen)

FY2021 CURRENT
FORECAST

Underlying
Management Guidance

Revenue

3,370.0

Mid-single-digit growth

R&D Expenses

-522.0

 

Reported Operating Profit

488.0

 

Core Operating Profit

930.0

Mid-single-digit growth

 

~30% margin

Reported EPS (Yen)

117(a)

 

Core EPS (Yen)

394

Mid-single-digit growth

Free Cash Flow

600-700

 

Annual Dividend per Share (Yen)

180

 

 

 

(a) Previously 160 yen per Share. This change reflects the recording of a tax provision involving Irish taxation of the break fee Shire received from AbbVie in connection with the terminated offer to acquire Shire made by AbbVie in 2014. This change reflects an update to Takeda’s forecasted net income attributable to owners of the Company for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022 filed today with the Tokyo Stock Exchange. See the release entitled “Summary of Financial Statements for the Six-month Period Ended September 30, 2021 (IFRS, Consolidated)” for additional information.

 

Key Assumptions in FY2021 Forecast

 

Company guidance reflects management’s expectations for continued business momentum across Takeda’s five key business areas and underlying revenue growth of its 14 global brands, while also increasing investment in R&D.

 

FY2021 guidance reflects key assumptions, including (1) Takeda expects at least one 505(b)2 competitor for subcutaneous VELCADE to launch in the U.S. around mid FY2021; (2) Takeda does not expect to restart sales of NATPARA in the U.S. market in FY2021; and (3) FY2021 guidance does not include the impact of any potential further divestitures beyond what has already been disclosed by Takeda.

 

To date, Takeda has not experienced a material effect on its financial results as a result of the global spread of the novel coronavirus infectious disease (COVID-19). Based on currently available information, Takeda believes that its financial results for FY2021 will not be materially affected by COVID-19 and, accordingly, Takeda’s FY2021 forecast reflects this belief. However, the situation surrounding COVID-19 remains highly fluid, and future COVID-19-related developments in FY2021, including new or additional COVID-19 outbreaks and additional or extended lockdowns, shelter-in-place orders or other government action in major markets, could result in further or more serious disruptions to Takeda’s business, such as slowdowns in demand for Takeda’s products, supply chain related issues or significant delays in its clinical trial programs. These events, if they occur, could result in an additional impact on Takeda’s business, results of operations or financial condition, as well as result in significant deviations from Takeda’s FY2021 forecast.

 

For more details on Takeda’s H1 FY2021 results and other financial information, please visit: https://www.takeda.com/investors/financial-results/

 

About Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

 

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TOKYO: 4502/NYSE: TAK) is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to discover and deliver life-transforming treatments, guided by our commitment to patients, our people and the planet. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Rare Genetics and Hematology, Neuroscience, and Gastroenterology (GI). We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. We are focusing on developing highly innovative medicines that contribute to making a difference in people’s lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust, modality-diverse pipeline. Our employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients and to working with our partners in health care in approximately 80 countries and regions. For more information, visit https://www.takeda.com.

 

Important Notice

 

For the purposes of this notice, “press release” means this document, any oral presentation, any question and answer session and any written or oral material discussed or distributed by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (“Takeda”) regarding this release. This press release (including any oral briefing and any question-and-answer in connection with it) is not intended to, and does not constitute, represent or form part of any offer, invitation or solicitation of any offer to purchase, otherwise acquire, subscribe for, exchange, sell or otherwise dispose of, any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction. No shares or other securities are being offered to the public by means of this press release. No offering of securities shall be made in the United States except pursuant to registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or an exemption therefrom. This press release is being given (together with any further information which may be provided to the recipient) on the condition that it is for use by the recipient for information purposes only (and not for the evaluation of any investment, acquisition, disposal or any other transaction). Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of applicable securities laws. The companies in which Takeda directly and indirectly owns investments are separate entities. In this press release, “Takeda” is sometimes used for convenience where references are made to Takeda and its subsidiaries in general. Likewise, the words “we”, “us” and “our” are also used to refer to subsidiaries in general or to those who work for them. These expressions are also used where no useful purpose is served by identifying the particular company or companies.

 

The product names appearing in this document are trademarks or registered trademarks owned by Takeda, or their respective owners.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

 

This press release and any materials distributed in connection with this press release may contain forward-looking statements, beliefs or opinions regarding Takeda’s future business, future position and results of operations, including estimates, forecasts, targets and plans for Takeda. Without limitation, forward-looking statements often include words such as “targets”, “plans”, “believes”, “hopes”, “continues”, “expects”, “aims”, “intends”, “ensures”, “will”, “may”, “should”, “would”, “could” “anticipates”, “estimates”, “projects” or similar expressions or the negative thereof. These forward-looking statements are based on assumptions about many important factors, including the following, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements: the economic circumstances surrounding Takeda’s global business, including general economic conditions in Japan and the United States; competitive pressures and developments; changes to applicable laws and regulations, including global health care reforms; challenges inherent in new product development, including uncertainty of clinical success and decisions of regulatory authorities and the timing thereof; uncertainty of commercial success for new and existing products; manufacturing difficulties or delays; fluctuations in interest and currency exchange rates; claims or concerns regarding the safety or efficacy of marketed products or product candidates; the impact of health crises, like the novel coronavirus pandemic, on Takeda and its customers and suppliers, including foreign governments in countries in which Takeda operates, or on other facets of its business; the timing and impact of post-merger integration efforts with acquired companies; the ability to divest assets that are not core to Takeda’s operations and the timing of any such divestment(s); and other factors identified in Takeda’s most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F and Takeda’s other reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, available on Takeda’s website at: https://www.takeda.com/investors/sec-filings/ or at www.sec.gov. Takeda does not undertake to update any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release or any other forward-looking statements it may make, except as required by law or stock exchange rule. Past performance is not an indicator of future results and the results or statements of Takeda in this press release may not be indicative of, and are not an estimate, forecast, guarantee or projection of Takeda’s future results.

 

Financial Information

 

Takeda’s financial statements are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”). Convenience translations of JPY figures into USD are included for reference and have been calculated at a rate of JPY/USD of 111.5.

 

Certain Non-IFRS Financial Measures

 

This press release and materials distributed in connection with this press release include certain IFRS financial measures not presented in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”), such as Underlying Revenue, Core Operating Profit, Underlying Core Operating Profit, Core Net Profit, Underlying Core EPS, Net Debt, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow. Takeda’s management evaluates results and makes operating and investment decisions using both IFRS and non-IFRS measures included in this press release. These non-IFRS measures exclude certain income, cost and cash flow items which are included in, or are calculated differently from, the most closely comparable measures presented in accordance with IFRS. By including these non-IFRS measures, management intends to provide investors with additional information to further analyze Takeda’s performance, core results and underlying trends. Takeda’s non-IFRS measures are not prepared in accordance with IFRS and such non-IFRS measures should be considered a supplement to, and not a substitute for, measures prepared in accordance with IFRS (which we sometimes refer to as “reported” measures). Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of non-IFRS financial measures to their most directly comparable IFRS measures.

 

Further information on certain of Takeda’s Non-IFRS measures is posted on Takeda’s investor relations website at https://www.takeda.com/investors/financial-results/

 

Medical information

 

This press release contains information about products that may not be available in all countries, or may be available under different trademarks, for different indications, in different dosages, or in different strengths. Nothing contained herein should be considered a solicitation, promotion or advertisement for any prescription drugs including the ones under development.

 

 

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Jetcraft Releases 5-year Pre-Owned Market Forecast Exploring New Era for Business Aviation

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Jetcraft, the world leader in business jet sales and acquisitions, is releasing its 5-Year Pre-Owned Business Aviation Market Forecast, introducing an enhanced data-driven methodology recognizing potential market opportunities and incorporating a greater number of global trends.

 

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Jetcraft’s Owner and Chairman of the Board, Jahid Fazal-Karim (Photo: Business Wire)

Jetcraft’s 2021 Market Forecast predicts pre-owned aircraft transaction volume and value will maintain their current healthy growth rates, reaching 2,647 transactions valued at $12.4B annually by 2025.

 

Jahid Fazal-Karim, Owner and Chairman of the Board at Jetcraft, says: “Since the pandemic, the true benefits of business aviation have been realized, particularly by new entrants who have had the means to fly privately but never previously the inclination, and we have seen our industry thrive.

 

“The combination of limited commercial airline services, plus expanding offerings within business aviation, presents the sector with a real opportunity to further broaden its customer base and secure long-term prosperity, and we have highlighted some of these areas in our forecast. We are also predicting the industry will maintain its post-pandemic momentum and expect to see 12,261 pre-owned transactions worth $57.2B in value over the next five years.”

 

This year’s analysis introduces an updated methodology as well as insights into key drivers reflecting pre-owned market growth, which incorporates global trends data and market opportunities.

 

Fazal-Karim continues: “Manufacturer backlogs and wait times for new aircraft are rising. This factor, paired with a growing buyer pool, means many will be compelled to turn to pre-owned aircraft to meet their needs.

 

“Our forecast finds that regional drivers, such as Wealth Levels and Flying Hours, represent the main reasons behind ownership in North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe, and these continents also retain the highest UHNWI populations. So, with the projected growth in wealth converging with increased use in business jet solutions, we expect to see the road to ownership accelerate among many users, which is an exciting prospect.”

 

Despite record industry demand, Jetcraft expects market values to remain rational. The current market strength is predicted to last until late 2022, with average transaction value set to grow marginally until 2024, partly due to an increase in Large Jet sales which command higher prices. Depreciation rates are expected to return to normal by 2025.

 

Fazal-Karim concludes: “The evolution of business aviation post-pandemic is a demonstration of the industry’s resilience and growing appeal. I’m especially proud to be sharing our annual industry outlook this year.”

 

Jetcraft’s complete 2021 5-Year Pre-Owned Business Aviation Market Forecast is available to view at jetcraft.com/market-forecast-2021

 

ENDS

 

Report graphs, high-resolution images and interviews are available on request.

 

About Jetcraft

 

Jetcraft is the leader in international aircraft sales, marketing and ownership strategies, managing and maintaining over 20 regional offices globally. The company’s unparalleled success over nearly 60 years in business aviation has earned it a world-class reputation, along with an exceptional customer base, a wide network of connections and one of the largest inventories within the industry.

 

For more information, please visit www.jetcraft.com

 

 

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Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com, Inc. company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that Aurora (NASDAQ: AUR), a leader in self-driving vehicle technology, has selected AWS as its preferred cloud provider for machine learning training and cloud-based simulation workloads. Aurora uses AWS’s proven infrastructure and unparalleled portfolio of capabilities to safely accelerate the development of the Aurora Driver, its scalable self-driving vehicle technology. The Aurora Driver consists of sensors that perceive the world, software that plans a safe path through it, and a computer that powers and integrates Aurora’s hardware and software with any vehicle platform. For its machine learning training and cloud-based simulation workloads, Aurora is all-in on AWS, and it uses the cloud to process trillions of data points each day. Now, the company is scaling its training workloads in the cloud to complete up to 12 million physics-based driving simulations per day by the end of the year, building on the petabytes of data it collects during real-world road tests.

 

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Autonomous driving is an immensely complex technological challenge that relies heavily on cloud computing to enable breakthroughs in perception, embedded computing, machine learning, motion planning, decision making, and advanced sensor technologies. With AWS’s capabilities in high-performance computing, machine learning, storage, and security, Aurora optimizes and scales its virtual testing efforts to expand the capabilities of the Aurora Driver safely and quickly.

 

“Aurora’s advanced machine learning and simulation at scale are foundational to developing our technology safely and quickly, and AWS delivers the high performance we need to maintain our progress,” said Chris Urmson, CEO of Aurora. “With its virtually unlimited scale, AWS supports millions of virtual tests to validate the capabilities of the Aurora Driver so that it can safely navigate the countless edge cases of real-world driving.”

 

Aurora’s AWS-powered Virtual Testing Suite is a unique accelerator for the development of the Aurora Driver. Aurora can use data from just one testing situation it observes in the real world to inspire hundreds of permutations in the Virtual Testing Suite. That virtual testing helps train the Aurora Driver to more quickly and safely navigate complex situations, such as road construction, jaywalkers, and unprotected left-hand turns. For example, before the Aurora Driver ever attempted an unprotected left-hand turn on a physical road, it completed nearly 2.3 million turns in simulation—estimated to be roughly equal to 20,000 hours of real-world driving practice. Aurora has been running simulations at scale on AWS since 2019, and plans to triple the volume of simulations it runs on AWS to more than 12 million per day by the end of 2021.

 

The offline components of the Aurora Driver software stack all run on AWS, including the Virtual Testing Suite, high-definition road maps (the Aurora “Atlas”), machine learning models, and software development tools. For example, Aurora uses Amazon SageMaker (an AWS service that helps developers and data scientists build, train, and deploy machine learning models quickly) to create, run, and continuously refine the machine learning models that enable its driving simulations. With that service, Aurora accesses Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance types like P4d, which deliver the highest performance for machine learning training in the cloud.

 

Before developing simulations, Aurora uses AWS to securely store and process the petabytes of data it logs during real-world testing, and then train its machine learning models on that data. The pre-processing workloads run on Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS) and Amazon EMR, AWS’s service for processing vast amounts of data in the cloud using open-source tools. Aurora’s machine learning training workloads then rely on AWS-optimized deep learning frameworks, such as TensorFlow and PyTorch. Finally, Aurora orchestrates and auto-scales its simulation workflows over hundreds of thousands of concurrent vCPUs and thousands of concurrent GPUs with Amazon EKS and Amazon EC2, which provides accelerated computing instance types like G4dn.

 

“AWS’s highly scalable compute, machine learning, and analytics services are helping Aurora move self-driving vehicle technology forward, toward broad real-world use,” said Swami Sivasubramanian, Vice President of Machine Learning at Amazon Web Services, Inc. “Our reliable infrastructure and comprehensive set of cloud services, including industry-leading machine learning services like Amazon SageMaker, provide the ideal foundation for Aurora to gain insights from the trillions of data points it generates every day to continuously enhance its technology. We are proud to support the acceleration of autonomous vehicle innovation, and look forward to the improved safety and efficiency the transformation of trucking, delivery, and mobility will allow.”

 

About Amazon Web Services

 

For over 15 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud offering. AWS has been continually expanding its services to support virtually any cloud workload, and it now has more than 200 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 81 Availability Zones within 25 geographic regions, with announced plans for 27 more Availability Zones and nine more AWS Regions in Australia, Canada, India, Indonesia, Israel, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates. Millions of customers—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—trust AWS to power their infrastructure, become more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit aws.amazon.com.

 

About Amazon

 

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Amazon strives to be Earth’s Most Customer-Centric Company, Earth’s Best Employer, and Earth’s Safest Place to Work. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Career Choice, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Just Walk Out technology, Amazon Studios, and The Climate Pledge are some of the things pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

 

About Aurora

 

Founded in 2017 by experts in the self-driving industry, Aurora is on a mission to deliver the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly. To move both people and goods, the company is building the Aurora Driver, a platform that brings together software, hardware and data services to autonomously operate passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles, and heavy-duty trucks. Aurora is backed by Sequoia Capital, Baillie Gifford, funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, among others, and is partnered with industry leaders including Toyota, Uber, Volvo, and PACCAR. Aurora tests its vehicles in the Bay Area, Pittsburgh, and Dallas. The company has offices in those areas as well as in Bozeman, MT; Seattle, WA; Louisville, CO; and Wixom, MI. To learn more, visit www.aurora.tech.

 

 

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Square, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) announced today that it is changing its name to Block. Block will be the name for the company as a corporate entity. The Square name has become synonymous with the company’s Seller business, which provides an integrated ecosystem of commerce solutions, business software, and banking services for sellers, and this move allows the Seller business to own the Square brand it was built for.

 

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Block logo in white

The change to Block acknowledges the company’s growth. Since its start in 2009, the company has added Cash App, TIDAL, and TBD54566975 as businesses, and the name change creates room for further growth. Block is an overarching ecosystem of many businesses united by their purpose of economic empowerment, and serves many people—individuals, artists, fans, developers, and sellers.

 

“We built the Square brand for our Seller business, which is where it belongs,” said Jack Dorsey, cofounder and CEO of Block. “Block is a new name, but our purpose of economic empowerment remains the same. No matter how we grow or change, we will continue to build tools to help increase access to the economy.”

 

The name change to Block distinguishes the corporate entity from its businesses, or building blocks. There will be no organizational changes, and Square, Cash App, TIDAL, and TBD54566975 will continue to maintain their respective brands. A foundational workforce, which includes teams such as Counsel, People, and Finance, will continue to help guide the ecosystem at the corporate level. As a result of the name change, Square Crypto, a separate initiative of the company dedicated to advancing Bitcoin, will change its name to Spiral.

 

The name has many associated meanings for the company — building blocks, neighborhood blocks and their local businesses, communities coming together at block parties full of music, a blockchain, a section of code, and obstacles to overcome.

 

Square, Inc. is referred to as “Block” in this press release. The legal name “Square, Inc.” is expected to be legally changed to “Block, Inc.” on or about December 10, 2021, upon satisfying all applicable legal requirements. The company’s NYSE ticker symbol “SQ” will not change at this time. Any changes in the future will be publicly disclosed. No action is needed from current stockholders. The Company’s Class A common stock will continue to be listed on NYSE and the CUSIP will not be changing.

 

For more information, please visit www.block.xyz or follow company news via Twitter @blocks and @blockIR. For media assets, go to www.block.xyz/mediakit. We intend to use the Block investor relations website as well as the Twitter accounts @blocks and @blockIR as means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.

 

About Block

 

Block (NYSE: SQ) is a global technology company with a focus on financial services. Made up of Square, Cash App, Spiral, TIDAL, and TBD54566975, we build tools to help more people access the economy. Square helps sellers run and grow their businesses with its integrated ecosystem of commerce solutions, business software, and banking services. With Cash App, anyone can easily send, spend, or invest their money in stocks or Bitcoin. Spiral (formerly Square Crypto) builds and funds free, open-source Bitcoin projects. Artists use TIDAL to help them succeed as entrepreneurs and connect more deeply with fans. TBD54566975 is building an open developer platform to make it easier to access Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies without having to go through an institution.

 

 

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