China Lodging Group, Limited Schedules Fourth Quarter and Full year 2016 Earnings Release on March 14, 2017 U.S. Eastern Time

SHANGHAI, China, Feb. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — China Lodging Group, Limited (NASDAQ:HTHT) (“China Lodging Group” or the “Company”), a leading and fast-growing multi-brand hotel group in China, today announced that it is scheduled to release unaudited financial results for fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016 after the US market closes on March 14, 2017. The earnings release will be available on the Company’s investor relations website at China Lodging Group’s management will host a conference call at 9 p.m. ET, Tuesday, March 14, 2017 (or 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in the Shanghai/Hong Kong time zone) following the announcement. To participate in the event by telephone, please dial +1 (855) 500 8701 (for callers in the US), +86 400 120 0654 (for callers in China Mainland), +852 3018 6776 (for callers in Hong Kong) or +65 6713 5440 (for callers outside of the US, China Mainland, and Hong Kong) and enter pass code 7256 4976.  Please dial in approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled time of the call. A recording of the conference call will be available after the conclusion of the conference call through March 22, 2017. Please dial +1 (855) 452 5696 (for callers in the US) or +61 2 9003 4211 (for callers outside the US) and entering pass code 7256 4976. The conference call will also be webcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by all interested parties at the Company’s Web site, About China Lodging Group, LimitedChina Lodging Group, Limited is a leading hotel operator and franchisor in China under 12 brand names. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had 3,269 hotels or 331,347 rooms in operation in 365 cities. With a primary focus on economy and midscale hotel segments, China Lodging Group’s brands include Hi Inn, HanTing Hotel, Elan Hotel, JI Hotel, Starway Hotel, Joya Hotel, and Manxin Hotels & Resorts. The Company also has the rights as master franchisee for Mercure, Ibis and Ibis Styles, and co-development rights for Grand Mercure and Novotel, in Pan-China region. The Company’s business includes leased, manachised and franchised models. Under the lease model, the Company directly operates hotels typically located on leased properties. Under the manachise model, the Company manages manachised hotels through the on-site hotel managers it appoints and collects fees from franchisees. Under the franchise model, the Company provides training, reservation and support services to the franchised hotels and collects fees from franchisees but does not appoint on-site hotel managers. The Company applies a consistent standard and platform across all of its hotels. As of December 31, 2016, China Lodging Group operates 24 percent of its hotel rooms under lease model, 76 percent under manachise and franchise models. For more information, please visit the Company’s website: Contact InformationInvestor RelationsTel: +86 (21) 6195 9561Email: ir@huazhu.com

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Based on technology, the electron beam evaporation accounted for the largest market share in 2016 and is expected to witness significant growth owing to its relatively low pricing as compared to the other technologies. The sputtering segment is also expected to grow at a significant rate owing to its high mechanical & environmental durability along with greater precision & absorption. Other technologies used for deposition of anti-reflective coatings consist of chemical vapor deposition, the sol-gel method, and spin method.Eyewear segment dominated the anti-reflective coatings market among applications with a major share of the total market. Rising population with vision correction disorders coupled with superior properties of the product is expected to spur the growth of the anti-reflective coatings market within the forecast period. Electronics segment accounted for the second largest market share of anti-reflective coatings in 2016 and is expected to grow in light of demand from smartphone and flat panel displays across the globe. The increasing demand for solar panels and solar energy to meet the energy requirements of the world is expected to augment the demand for antireflective coatings for solar applications within the forecast period. Other applications of anti-reflective coatings include kiosk displays, telescopes, riflescopes, video glasses and binocular lenses. Browse the full “Anti-Reflective Coatings Market by Technology (Electron Beam Evaporation, Sputtering, and Others)for Eyewear, Electronics, Solar, Automotive and Other Applications: Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis, and Forecast, 2016 – 2022” report at America is expected to witness lucrative growth within the forecast period. North America accounted for the largest market share for anti-reflective coatings across the globe. Increasing adoption of anti-reflective coatings in consumer electronic devices such as tablets, smartphones, cameras etc. is expected to be the major driver for the market in this region. Changing lifestyle and technological advancements (gadgets, devices etc.) have also increased the number of people with vision disorders. This is expected to aid the growth of anti-reflective coatings market in the region. The rapid rate of depletion of fossil fuels and demand for the reduction of greenhouse gasses are creating opportunities for solar energy in North America is also expected to contribute positively towards the growth of anti-reflective coatings market.Europe is expected to witness significant market growth owing to demand from solar power and automobile end users. The growing requirement for alternative energy sources has increased the adoption of solar cells and solar panels in Europe. The automobile industry in the region is also expected to aid the growth of the anti-reflective coatings market owing to its applications in windshields, GPS panels etc. The rising awareness in Europe regarding the harmful effects of radiations from electronic devices is expected to aid the growth of the eyewear application segment within the forecast period. The region is expected to witness significant growth on account of various subsidies and legislations by the governing bodies to adopt solar energy solutions.Inquire more about this report @
Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing regional segment for the anti-reflective coatings market within the forecast period. This can be attributed to the increasing demand from countries like China, India and South Korea. The large population and increasing need for nonconventional energy sources in Asia Pacific are expected to drive the demand for anti-reflective coatings in the future. In addition, Renewable Energy Law passed in China has encouraged the adoption of nonconventional energy sources such as solar energy. This is also expected to aid the growth of anti-reflective coatings market in the coming years.Latin America is expected to witness moderate growth within the forecast period. The demand for anti-reflective coatings in the automotive sector is expected to be a major driver for the market in Latin America. Rising health awareness and population with vision disorders are also expected to boost the growth of anti-reflective coatings market in the future.Request customized copy of report @ key players operating in the global anti-reflective coatings market are Royal DSM, Honeywell International Inc., Carl Zeiss, DuPont, Essilor, Hoya Corporation, iCoat Company LLC, PPG Industries, Rodenstock GmbH, Janos Technologies, Cascade Optical Corporation and Optical Coating Japan.For more inquiry contact our sales team @sales@zionmarketresearch.comThis report segments the global anti-reflective coatings market as follows:Global Anti-Reflective Coatings Market: Technology Segment AnalysisElectron Beam EvaporationSputteringOthers Global Anti-Reflective Coatings Market: Application Segment AnalysisEyewearElectronicsSolarAutomotiveOthersGlobal Anti-Reflective Coatings Market: Regional Segment AnalysisNorth America EuropeAsia PacificLatin AmericaThe Middle East and AfricaRelated Reports:

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(“RCF”).  Esousa had purchased the $2.5 million note from RCF under a separate agreement.  On February 9, 2017, the Company paid $5.7 million out of treasury to repay the remaining principal and interest amounts due and outstanding under the RCF loan agreement, and the loan agreement was thereby terminated.  In connection with the termination of the loan agreement, all security interests and pledges granted to RCF by the Company and certain of its subsidiaries were terminated and in due course will be released.Cash balance.  At February 13, 2017, after payment of the RCF loan, we have $6.8 million in our treasury.Key Preliminary Financial Highlights (unaudited)The Company notes that these financial results for the year ended December 31, 2016 are preliminary and subject to the completion of its financial closing procedures and audit by its independent auditors. 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Net loss for the 12 months ended December 31, 2016 is $19.6 million compared to a loss of $15.1 during the same period in 2015.  The primary difference in the comparative net loss was a one-time item in 2015, a gain of $4.3 million from the sale of the Roca Honda project to Energy Fuels Inc.  2016 includes a non-cash loss on extinguishment of debt $3.3 million related to the exchange agreement between the Company and Esousa which is the difference between the fair value of the shares exchanged with Esousa and the fair value of the shares that would have been issuable to RCF.Cash and working capital. Continued working capital improvements resulted in an improved cash balance of $3.3 million at December 31, 2016, and a reduction in accounts payable from $3.0 million at December 31, 2015 to $0.6 million at December 31, 2016.   As of February 13, 2017, the Company held cash and cash equivalents totaling approximately $6.8 million.Shares outstanding.  Total shares outstanding at February 13 are 21,495,273.About Uranium Resources URI is focused on expanding its energy metals strategy, which includes developing its new lithium business while maintaining optionality on the future rising uranium price.  The Company has developed a dominant land position in two prospective lithium brine basins in Nevada and Utah in preparation for exploration and potential development of any lithium resources that may be discovered there.  In addition, URI remains focused on advancing the Temrezli in-situ recovery (ISR) uranium project in Central Turkey when uranium prices permit economic development of this project. URI controls extensive exploration properties in Turkey under eight exploration and operating licenses covering approximately 32,000 acres (over 13,000 ha) with numerous exploration targets, including the potential satellite Sefaatli Project, which is 30 miles (48 km) southwest of the Temrezli Project. In Texas, the Company has two licensed and currently idled uranium processing facilities and approximately 11,000 acres (4,400 ha) of prospective ISR uranium projects. In New Mexico, the Company controls mineral rights encompassing approximately 186,000 acres (75,300 ha) in the prolific Grants Mineral Belt, which is one of the largest concentrations of sandstone-hosted uranium deposits in the world. 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The remainder of the leadership team will be made up of Centennial Bank and Trust and Citywide Banks executives after the banks are merged.  Current Centennial Bank and Trust President, Steve Ward, will work closely with Kevin Quinn to blend the credit and operating cultures of the two organizations.  Following the systems conversion, Steve will remain with Heartland in an executive role. Kevin Ahern will remain Chairman of the combined entity and Jim Basey will serve as vice-chair of the board, supporting Kevin Quinn in his expanded role.  Marty and Jeff Schmitz will also remain on the board of the combined entity. 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Gala Global website: Disclaimer: The Company relies upon the Safe Harbor Laws of 1933, 1934 and 1995 for all public news releases. Statements, which are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements. The company, through its management, makes forward-looking public statements concerning its expected future operations, performance and other developments. Such forward-looking statements are necessarily estimates reflecting the company’s best judgment based upon current information and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and there can be no assurance that other factors will not affect the accuracy of such forward-looking statements. It is impossible to identify all such factors. Factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those estimated by the company include, but are not limited to, government regulation; managing and maintaining growth; the effect of adverse publicity; litigation; competition; and other factors which may be identified from time to time in the company’s public announcements.Contact:Greengro Technologies, Inc.James Haas, CEO1676 W. Lincoln Ave.Anaheim, CA 92801(714) 367-6538 Sales
Timothy J. Madden, CEOGala Global, 660-3081

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„Plėsdami alternatyvių investicijų spektrą pirmiausia orientuojamės į kuriamą vertę, tad pristatydami naująjį fondą, siūlysime investuoti į turtą, kurį išmanome ir kuriuo tikime. Investicijas į Baltijos regiono miškus vertiname kaip galimybę išplėsti portfelį turto klase, išsiskiriančia kasmetiniu natūraliu prieaugiu ir pasižyminčia stabilumu bei patrauklia grąža, mažai priklausančia nuo pasaulio rinkų“, – sakė „INVL Asset Management“ Privataus kapitalo departamento vadovas Vytautas Plunksnis.
Naujasis „INVL Baltijos miškų fondo I“ subfondas investuos į Baltijos šalių, pirmiausia Lietuvos miškus, tinkamus miškininkystės veiklai. Bus siekiama sukurti konsoliduotą miško sklypų paketą, taip didinant jų vertę ir potencialias pajamas iš planuojamų kirtimų. Siekiama vidutinė metinė fondo grynoji investicijų grąža atskaičius numatytas išlaidas yra 8 proc.

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Aleksandro Stulginskio universitete įgijusi miškininkystės magistro laipsnį bei baigusi tarptautinę magistro studijų programą „Euroforester“ Švedijos žemės ūkio universitete, 2005-2014 metais S. Bizulienė „Invaldos INVL“ grupėje valdė žemės ūkio paskirties žemių portfelį, o 2014-2016 m. buvo miškų pirkimo vadovė tarptautinėje miškų valdymo bendrovėje.
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