ATLANTA, Aug. 02, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — DLH Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: DLHC) (“DLH” or the “Company”), a leading provider of research and development, systems engineering and integration, and digital transformation solutions to federal agencies, today announced financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended June 30, 2023.
- Third quarter revenue was $102.2 million in fiscal 2023 versus $66.4 million in fiscal 2022; the prior-year period included an adjustment of $(5.1) million related to the short-term FEMA task orders in Alaska, without which revenue was $71.6 million.
- Operating and net income for the third quarter were $7.1 million and $1.7 million, respectively, as compared to $7.1 million and $4.9 million in the prior-year period. Operating income for the fiscal 2022 quarter included $0.6 million from the FEMA task orders.
- Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) was $11.4 million for the third quarter as compared to $9.0 million in fiscal 2022. The prior-year period included $0.6 million of EBITDA from the FEMA task orders.
- Total debt at the end of the third quarter was $195.8 million compared to $204.2 million as of March 31, 2023.
- Contract backlog was $817.8 million as of June 30, 2023 versus $940.6 million at the end of the fiscal second quarter.
“Third quarter performance once again highlighted the Company’s ability to produce strong underlying results,” said Zach Parker, DLH President and Chief Executive Officer. “We passed the $100 million revenue run rate, improved margins sequentially from the second quarter, used cash flow to continue paying down debt and successfully accomplished several milestones in the GRSi integration. The contract award environment continues to experience some headwinds, reflecting certain contract protests and extensive procurement cycles. The Company remains in excellent position to capitalize on current market dynamics and execute on new business development initiatives, resulting in an active bid environment. Our expanded health IT suite of solutions — leveraging unique applications and our highly-credentialed staff — provides us access to penetrate new programs within the key government agencies we serve. At the same time, with our ability to generate healthy cash from operations, we remain on track to de-lever the balance sheet in the coming quarters, which we expect will result in increased returns to our shareholders.
“In addition, we recently announced that DLH had been awarded a contract to expand our role at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute within the National Institutes of Health. The multiple-award contract has a total ceiling value of up to $85 million over five years, and we’ll be responsible for driving key digital transformation goals for the agency. Overall, we continue to see numerous opportunities to accelerate growth going forward, leveraging our expanded set of technology solutions, and are well prepared for further improved performance.”
Results for the Three Months Ended June 30, 2023
Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2023 was $102.2 million versus $66.4 million in fiscal 2022, with the prior-year period including an adjustment of $(5.1) million related to the Company’s short-term FEMA contracts in Alaska. Comparing this quarter’s revenue performance to the same period in the prior fiscal year, excluding the impact from the FEMA contracts, revenue increased $30.6 million, including contributions of $34.4 million from GRSi.
Income from operations was $7.1 million for the quarter versus $7.1 million in the prior-year period, which included $0.6 million from the FEMA task orders. Comparing this quarter’s operating income performance to the same period in the prior fiscal year, excluding the impact from the FEMA contracts, operating income increased $0.6 million. As a percentage of revenue, the Company reported an operating margin of 7.0% in the fiscal 2023 third quarter versus 10.7% in fiscal 2022, with the year-over-year decline primarily due to higher non-cash amortization expense as a result of the GRSi acquisition.
Interest expense was $4.9 million in the fiscal third quarter of 2023 versus $0.5 million in the prior-year period, reflecting higher debt outstanding due to the acquisition of GRSi and increased interest rates. Income before income taxes was $2.2 million this year versus $6.6 million in fiscal 2022, representing 2.1% and 9.9% of revenue, respectively, for each period.
For the three months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively, DLH recorded a $0.5 million and $1.7 million of income tax expense. The Company reported net income of approximately $1.7 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2023 versus $4.9 million or $0.34 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2022. As a percentage of revenue, net income was 1.7% for the third quarter of fiscal 2023 versus 7.3% for the prior-year period.
On a non-GAAP basis, EBITDA for the three months ended June 30, 2023 was approximately $11.4 million versus $9.0 million in the prior-year period, or 11.1% and 13.5% of revenue, respectively. Adjusted EBITDA1 was $11.4 million versus $8.4 million for the prior-year period, or 11.1% and 11.7% of adjusted revenue, respectively.
Key Financial Indicators
For fiscal 2023, DLH has produced $15.0 million in operating cash. As of June 30, 2023, the Company had cash of $0.5 million and debt outstanding under its credit facilities of $195.8 million versus cash of $1.1 million and debt outstanding of $22.0 million as of September 30, 2022. The Company is on pace to reduce its total debt balance to between $185.0 million and $187.0 million by the end of this fiscal year.
At June 30, 2023, total backlog was approximately $817.8 million, including funded backlog of approximately $147.3 million and unfunded backlog of $670.5 million.
Conference Call and Webcast Details
DLH management will discuss third quarter results and provide a general business update, including current competitive conditions and strategies, during a conference call beginning at 10:00 AM Eastern Time tomorrow, August 3, 2023. Interested parties may listen to the conference call by dialing 888-347-5290 or 412-317-5256. Presentation materials will also be posted on the Investor Relations section of the DLH website prior to the commencement of the conference call.
A digital recording of the conference call will be available for replay two hours after the completion of the call and can be accessed on the DLH Investor Relations website or by dialing 877-344-7529 and entering the conference ID 5343381.
DLH (NASDAQ:DLHC) enhances public health and national security readiness missions through science, technology, cyber, and engineering solutions and services. Our experts solve some of the most complex and critical missions faced by federal customers, leveraging digital transformation, artificial intelligence, advanced analytics, cloud-based applications, telehealth systems, and more. With over 3,200 employees dedicated to the idea that “Your Mission is Our Passion,” DLH brings a unique combination of government sector experience, proven methodology, and unwavering commitment to innovative solutions to improve the lives of millions. For more information, visit www.DLHcorp.com.
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This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements relate to future events or DLH`s future financial performance. Any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances or that are not statements of historical fact (including without limitation statements to the effect that the Company or its management “believes”, “expects”, “anticipates”, “plans”, “intends” and similar expressions) should be considered forward looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or DLH’s actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this release include, among others, statements regarding estimates of future revenues, operating income, earnings and cash flow. These statements reflect our belief and assumptions as to future events that may not prove to be accurate. Our actual results may differ materially from such forward-looking statements made in this release due to a variety of factors, including: the risk that we will not realize the anticipated benefits of our acquisition of GRSi or any other acquisitions (including anticipated future financial performance and results); the diversion of management’s attention from normal daily operations of the business and the challenges of managing larger and more widespread operations resulting from our recent acquisition; the inability to retain employees and customers; contract awards in connection with re-competes for present business and/or competition for new business; our ability to manage our increased debt obligations; compliance with bank financial and other covenants; changes in client budgetary priorities; government contract procurement (such as bid and award protests, small business set asides, loss of work due to organizational conflicts of interest, etc.) and termination risks; the ability to successfully integrate the operations of GRSi or any future acquisitions; the impact of inflation and higher interest rates; and other risks described in our SEC filings. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see “Risk Factors” in the Company’s periodic reports filed with the SEC, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2022, as well as subsequent reports filed thereafter. The forward-looking statements contained herein are not historical facts, but rather are based on current expectations, estimates, assumptions and projections about our industry and business.
Such forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and may become outdated over time. The Company does not assume any responsibility for updating forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.
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TABLES TO FOLLOW
|DLH HOLDINGS CORP.|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME|
|(Amounts in thousands except per share amounts)|
|Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|June 30,||June 30,|
|Cost of Operations:|
|General and administrative costs||9,935||7,535||27,670||22,178|
|Corporate development costs||—||250||1,735||250|
|Depreciation and amortization||4,280||1,873||11,281||5,740|
|Total operating costs||95,134||59,326||257,465||299,352|
|Income from operations||7,107||7,114||16,920||28,588|
|Income before provision for income taxes||2,190||6,602||5,408||26,849|
|Income tax expense||452||1,738||1,318||7,003|
|Net income per share – basic||$||0.13||$||0.38||$||0.30||$||1.55|
|Net income per share – diluted||$||0.12||$||0.34||$||0.28||$||1.40|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding|
|DLH HOLDINGS CORP.|
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|(Amounts in thousands except par value of shares)|
|Other current assets||4,082||2,878|
|Total current assets||72,494||43,602|
|Equipment and improvements, net||1,690||1,704|
|Operating lease right-of-use assets||17,911||16,851|
|Intangible assets, net||128,891||40,884|
|Other long-term assets||88||328|
|LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Operating lease liabilities – current||$||3,478||$||2,235|
|Debt obligations – current, net of deferred financing costs||28,716||—|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||25,602||26,862|
|Total current liabilities||75,341||38,541|
|Deferred taxes, net||1,203||1,534|
|Operating lease liabilities – long-term||16,485||16,461|
|Debt obligations – long-term, net of deferred financing costs||159,379||20,416|
|Other long-term liabilities||1,801||—|
|Total long-term liabilities||178,868||38,411|
|Common stock, $0.001 par value; 40,000 shares authorized; 13,900 and 13,047 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2023 and September 30, 2022, respectively||14||13|
|Additional paid-in capital||100,072||91,057|
|Total shareholders’ equity||105,166||92,060|
|Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity||$||359,375||$||169,012|
|DLH HOLDINGS CORP.|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS|
|(Amounts in thousands)|
|Nine Months Ended|
|Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:|
|Depreciation and amortization||11,281||5,740|
|Amortization of deferred financing costs charged to interest expense||1,540||497|
|Stock-based compensation expense||2,020||1,952|
|Deferred taxes, net||—||(1||)|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities:|
|Other current assets||130||(152||)|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||(4,221||)||2,380|
|Other long-term assets and liabilities||1,801||110|
|Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities||14,997||(4,759||)|
|Business acquisition, net of cash acquired||(180,711||)||—|
|Purchase of equipment and improvements||(580||)||(244||)|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(181,291||)||(244||)|
|Proceeds from revolving line of credit||144,697||—|
|Repayment of revolving line of credit||(128,204||)||—|
|Proceeds from debt obligations||168,000||13,500|
|Repayments of debt obligations||(10,688||)||(31,750||)|
|Payments of deferred financing costs||(7,666||)||—|
|Proceeds from issuance of common stock upon exercise of options and warrants||1,107||543|
|Payment of tax obligations resulting from net exercise of stock options||(650||)||(281||)|
|Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities||166,596||(17,988||)|
|Net change in cash||302||(22,991||)|
|Cash – beginning of period||228||24,051|
|Cash – end of period||$||530||$||1,060|
|Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information|
|Cash paid during the period for interest||$||10,006||$||1,195|
|Cash paid during the period for income taxes||$||4,055||$||6,403|
|Supplemental disclosure of non-cash activity|
|Common stock surrendered for the exercise of stock options||$||238||$||256|
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The Company uses EBITDA and EBITDA Margin on Revenue as supplemental non-GAAP measures of performance. We define EBITDA as net income excluding (i) interest expense, (ii) provision for or benefit from income taxes and (iii) depreciation and amortization. EBITDA Margin on Revenue is EBITDA for the measurement period divided by revenue for the same period.
The Company is presenting additional non-GAAP measures regarding its financial performance for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2023. The measures presented are Adjusted Revenue, Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA Margin on Adjusted Revenue. In calculating these measures, we have added the corporate development costs associated with completing the GRSi acquisition to our results for fiscal year 2023 and we have removed the contribution from the FEMA task orders from the results for fiscal year 2022. These resulting measures present the quarterly financial performance compared to results delivered in the prior year period. Definitions of these additional non-GAAP measures are set forth below.
We have prepared these additional non-GAAP measures to eliminate the impact of items that we do not consider indicative of ongoing operating performance due to their inherent unusual or extraordinary nature. These non-GAAP measures of performance are used by management to conduct and evaluate its business during its review of operating results for the periods presented. Management and the Company’s Board utilize these non-GAAP measures to make decisions about the use of the Company’s resources, analyze performance between periods, develop internal projections and measure management performance. We believe that these non-GAAP measures are useful to investors in evaluating the Company’s ongoing operating and financial results and understanding how such results compare with the Company’s historical performance.
These supplemental performance measurements may vary from and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures by other companies in our industry. Adjusted Revenue, Adjusted Operating Income, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, EBITDA Margin on Revenue, and Adjusted EBITDA Margin on Adjusted Revenue are not recognized measurements under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or GAAP, and when analyzing our performance investors should (i) evaluate each adjustment in our reconciliation to the nearest GAAP financial measures and (ii) use the aforementioned non-GAAP measures in addition to, and not as an alternative to, revenue, operating income, net income or diluted EPS, as measures of operating results, each as defined under GAAP. We have defined these non-GAAP measures as follows:
“Adjusted Revenue” represents revenue less the contribution to revenue from the short-term FEMA task orders
“Adjusted Operating Income” represents operating income plus the corporate development costs associated with completing the GRSi acquisition incurred in fiscal 2023 less the contribution from the FEMA task orders, which occurred in fiscal 2022.
“Adjusted EBITDA” represents net income before income taxes, interest, depreciation and amortization and the corporate costs associated with completing the acquisition, less the contribution from FEMA task orders. “Adjusted EBITDA Margin on Adjusted Revenue” is calculated as Adjusted EBITDA divided by Adjusted Revenue.
Below is a reconciliation of Adjusted Revenue, Adjusted Operating Income, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, EBITDA Margin on Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA Margin on Adjusted Revenue reported for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022 compared to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP (in thousands except for per share amounts):
|Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|June 30,||June 30,|
|Less: FEMA task orders to support Alaska (a)||—||(5,116||)||5,116||—||125,773||(125,773||)|
|Adjusted Operating Income|
|Corporate development costs (b)||—||—||—||1,735||—||1,735|
|Less: FEMA task orders to support Alaska (c)||—||608||(608||)||—||12,479||(12,479||)|
|Adjusted Operating Income||$||7,107||$||6,506||$||601||$||18,655||$||16,109||$||2,546|
|EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, EBITDA Margin on Revenue & Adjusted EBITDA Margin on Adjusted Revenue|
|Depreciation and amortization||4,280||1,873||2,407||11,281||5,740||5,541|
|Income tax expense||452||1,738||(1,286||)||1,319||7,003||(5,684||)|
|Corporate development costs (b)||$||—||$||—||$||—||$||1,735||$||—||$||1,735|
|Less: FEMA task order to support Alaska (c)||—||608||(608||)||—||12,479||(12,479||)|
|Net income margin on Revenue||1.7||%||7.3||%||1.5||%||6.1||%|
|EBITDA Margin on Revenue||11.1||%||13.5||%||10.3||%||10.5||%|
|Adjusted EBITDA Margin on Adjusted Revenue||11.1||%||11.7||%||10.9||%||10.8||%|
(a): Represents revenue adjusted to exclude revenue from the short-term FEMA task orders during the three and nine months ended June 30, 2022.
(b): Represents corporate development costs we incurred to complete the GRSi transaction. These costs primarily include legal counsel, financial due diligence, customer market analysis and representation and warranty insurance premiums.
(c): Adjusted operating income represents the Company’s consolidated operating income, determined in accordance with GAAP, adjusted to add the corporate development costs associated with the GRSi acquisition for fiscal year 2023 and adjusted to exclude the operating income derived from the FEMA task orders. Operating income for the FEMA task orders is derived by subtracting contract costs of ($5.7) million from the revenue attributable to such task orders during the three months ended June 30, 2022 of ($5.1) million. Similarly, for the nine months ended June 30, 2022 operating income for the FEMA task orders is derived by subtracting from the revenue attributable to the tasks orders of $125.8 million the following amounts associated with such task orders: contract costs $112.1 million and general & administrative costs of $1.2 million.
1 Adjusted Operating Income, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, EBITDA Margin on Revenue, and Adjusted EBITDA Margin on Adjusted Revenue are non-GAAP financial measures. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below for additional detail.
ComplyCube Unveils No-ID Age Estimation to Address Growing Global Age-Restriction Regulations
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — ComplyCube, the global Identity Verification (IDV) platform, has launched a new Age Estimation feature to safeguard minors online and protect the vulnerable. The new capability complements its existing IDV-based Age Verification solution, offering an alternative to businesses that require a lower level of identity assurance.
The AI company says the new solution leverages advanced biometric technology to derive dependable age estimations from a single selfie in seconds. The bias-tested algorithm also examines the selfie for liveness signals to prevent presentation attacks, including screen replays, 3D masks, and deepfakes.
Furthermore, the new service boasts privacy-by-design capabilities, such as configurable automatic redaction for selfies customizable per jurisdictional regulations or use cases. This makes the service ideal for seamless age-gating across the globe while adding an extra layer of protection against spoofing.
“Our multi-step pipeline and data-centric approach have enabled us to tackle ethnic, genetic, age, and gender variance to provide our clients with a fair and robust age estimation,” explains Harry Varatharasan, Chief Data Scientist of ComplyCube.
The introduction of the new features comes as concerns mount over the ease with which minors can access inappropriate digital content. While some age-verification measures have been put in place, they are disturbingly simple to evade, especially when they are based solely on entering a birth date or are vulnerable to Virtual Private Network (VPN) manipulation. A UK-based study reports that 23% of minors say they can easily sidestep such VPN limitations, while another study highlights that a staggering 56% of children aged 11 to 16 have encountered explicit material online.
In response to these growing concerns, various jurisdictions are introducing robust regulatory frameworks aimed at mandating more rigorous age-verification procedures to enhance the safety of minors online. Key legislative efforts include the UK’s Online Safety Bill, the European Union’s Digital Services Act, and California’s Age-Appropriate Design Code Act. These laws aim to establish stricter guidelines and obligations for digital platforms, thereby creating a safer online environment for younger users.
Dr. Tarek Nechma, CEO of ComplyCube, adds that “the launch of our Age Estimation feature emphasizes our pledge to ensure that minors are shielded from content beyond their years while streamlining user experience for all and building trust at scale.”
Beyond its primary goal of safeguarding children online, the feature provides additional benefits to companies operating in regulated industries that fall under a lower level of scrutiny than financial institutions. Dating apps, e-commerce, gambling, gaming, and similar businesses can now:
Enhance User Experience: Age estimation streamlines age checks, promoting faster onboarding and better retention.Simplify Regulatory Adherence: Industries can effortlessly meet age-specific regulations, safeguarding their reputation and reducing legal risks.Ensure Data Minimization and Privacy: Estimating age masks or limits sensitive data collection, aligning with top-tier data protection standards.ComplyCube’s new Age Estimation solution offers a more streamlined approach to age verification. By reducing obstacles for users and enhancing conversion rates, it brings a balance of efficiency and trust. The one-stop-shop IDV platform also underscores its commitment to responsible digital interactions, especially when it comes to safeguarding minors.
ComplyCube is a top-tier SaaS platform specializing in Identity Verification (IDV), Anti-Money Laundering (AML), and Know Your Customer (KYC) compliance. It serves a diverse client range spanning financial services, telecommunications, transport, healthcare, e-commerce, cryptocurrency, FinTech, and more.
ComplyCube’s platform, which is ISO-certified and has received multiple awards, prides itself on offering the quickest omnichannel integration available in the market. Its Low/No-Code solutions, API, Mobile SDKs, Client Libraries, and CRM Integrations make this possible.
Visit www.complycube.com to learn more.
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UNLEASH World Returns to Showcase Fortune 500 Companies Transforming the Future of Work
From startups to the Fortune 500, the event will showcase the leaders and technologies changing the world of workSpeakers include senior HR and business leaders such as L’Oréal Deputy CEO, Barbara Lavernos, JB Academy Founder, Josh Bersin, Spotify CHRO, Katarina Berg, and Sodexo CHRO, Annick de Vanssay, as well as England Rugby legend, Jonny Wilkinson CBEImagine a future where the boundaries of HR are redefined, and business is transformed. That future becomes a reality this year at UNLEASH World 2023, as 5000+ HR leaders from 100+ countries will arrive for the industry gathering of the yearLONDON, Oct. 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — UNLEASH, the fastest-growing HR events across Europe and the US, returns to Paris for its 11th year on 17-18 October, 2023. Organised by UNLEASH, a global digital media and events business dedicated to HR, technology, learning and recruitment leaders, the flagship UNLEASH World conference has been the epicentre for HR, recruitment, learning expertise and tech influence for the last decade. This year, it returns to explore the transformative power of technologies such as AI in shaping the future of work.
Set across 12 theaters, UNLEASH World attendees will hear from visionary keynote speakers including CEOs from L’Oréal, Aliaxis and Roullier Group, CHROs from Airbus, Spotify and Sodexo, and Rugby legends, Jonny Wilkinson, CBE and Serge Betsen. With a diverse range of keynote speakers, interactive sessions, and networking opportunities, UNLEASH World provides cutting-edge insights and best practices for everyone – from CEOs to HR leaders and executives.
“UNLEASH is the most influential HR event in the world, where attendees are given the opportunity to meet the who’s who of the industry from some of the most exciting brands and employers in the world – under one roof, over two days of face-to-face meetings,” said Marc Coleman, CEO and Founder at UNLEASH. “Massive thanks too to our Headline Sponsors who are the heartbeat of the HR Industry and help ensure UNLEASH is the go-to global event for HR Leaders, including: AWS, Bob, Deloitte, Eightfold, Phenom, Qualtrics, SAP SuccessFactors, Visier, Workday, and Workhuman”.
Through keynotes on the main stage and further breakout stages, attendees will gain on some of the most pressing topics including:
Creating an Exponential Organization in the Modern EraThe Adaptive Enterprise – HR Technology in the Age of AITech & Human Harmony in a Hyper-Connected WorldHarnessing the Power of Resilience and ReinventionMastering Employee Connection and the Social Contract in Today’s Talent LandscapeThe speaker roster itself is star-studded with 200+ of the best in the HR industry with speakers including:
Jean-Claude Le Grand, CHRO, L’OréalKatarina Berg, CHRO, SpotifyJosh Bersin, Founder & CEO, The Josh Bersin CompanyNatalia Wallenberg, CHRO, Ahold DelhaizeSalim Ismail, Founder, OpenExOAnika Grant, CPO, UbisoftThierry Baril, CHRO, AirbusBeatriz Rodriguez, Chief Talent and DEIB Officer, BayerReza Moussavian, VP of People Products, ZalandoMaud Alvarez-Pereyre, Chief People & Transformation Officer, LVMHAndrew Elston, Global Head, Workforce Strategy Enablement, HSBCLaura Hingel, Global Head of Talent & Employer Branding, Christian DiorHenrik Hansen, VP Global Head of Integrated People Services, PhilipsDenise King, Vice President, Global Benefits and Payroll, MedtronicArtur Nejmark, Head of HRIS Operations, Volvo GroupIntroducing the UNLEASH World Startup Program: A veritable launchpad for trailblazing entrepreneurs in the HR and Future of Work. UNLEASH has been the launchpad for the future of HR Tech, this high-impact platform has already seen its network of startups raise an astounding €10 billion in funding. 2023 UNLEASH World Startup Award offers an unparalleled opportunity for early-stage companies to break through. Established in 2011, this accolade has proven to be more than just a trophy; it’s a gateway to funding and exponential growth. Our last four champions and runner-up’s secured game-changing funding within months. Those interested in entering the award can find out more here.
For more information, including the agenda and how to register for the event, visit https://www.unleash.ai/unleashworld.
UNLEASH is the go-to marketplace for human resources and breakthrough technologies that shape the future of work, and is an essential source of news, analysis and market trends that inspire and empower organisational leaders worldwide. UNLEASH is a platform to share ideas that work, network and do business, and its mission is to be the world’s number one destination and marketplace for human resources, recruitment and learning leaders globally. UNLEASH is headquartered in London, UK with operations across Europe and the United States.
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BACARDÍ® RUM TO LAUNCH THE FIRST A.I. POWERED ALBUM PRODUCED BY GRAMMY WINNER BOI-1DA
The latest evolution of the iconic rum brand’s Music Liberates Music programme will use cutting-edge generative A.I. software to give a global collective of artists including UK singer/songwriter Bellah access to Boi-1da’s best-in-class production talent.
HAMILTON, Bermuda, Oct. 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Continuing its mission to support emerging talent, BACARDÍ and Grammy Award-winning producer Boi-1da are once again partnering to launch this year’s evolution of the longstanding ‘Music Liberates Music’ programme: The A.I. Powered Album. Dropping this November, The A.I. Powered Album will champion works by five global up-and-coming artists in a one-of-a-kind project exploring how A.I. can be positively leveraged to provide emerging talent unprecedented opportunities. For the first time since the campaign’s inception, each artist will have the opportunity to try out multiple demos with Boi-1da’s star-powered beats, using a generative A.I. trained on the award-winning producer’s sound, to ultimately finalise one incredible track. Together, the tracks will be offered to fans as the first-ever A.I. powered EP produced by Boi-1da.
The A.I. Powered Album will feature tracks from UK-based singer Bellah as well as Ghanian-raised rapper Blackway, American R&B singers Floyd Fuji and Kyle Dion, and Canadian R&B artist Savannah Ré. Over several weeks, each artist will feed their tracks into a state-of-the-art generative A.I. tool, which has been trained on a selection of beats from Boi-1da’s unreleased catalogue and will learn the sounds and cadence of his unique musical style. After submitting their demos to Boi-1da, each artist will work alongside him to refine their works, resulting in the EP’s final set of songs to be released this November.
Bellah, from North London, has a special knack for gliding over classic R&B instrumentals and captivating audiences. With a handful of EPs under her belt, the burgeoning British/Nigerian singer/songwriter has proven why she is at the forefront of the UK R&B industry. In her third and most recent piece, Adultsville, Bellah explores what it means to evolve into a woman in the modern world. It’s the inner page of a journal that, in looking back on her life and work as a whole, she describes as the “most transforming, traumatic, eye-opening, beautiful, and awful chapter of my life.”
With a style that combines traditional R&B with an Afro influence, Bellah’s very likable and sincere lyricism shines just as brightly as her voice. Her British-Nigerian ancestry lends an Afro influence to that unfiltered R&B, a sound that has been praised by Complex and BBC 1Xtra, which named her first hit their Track Of The Week. As a rising star in the music and entertainment industry, she’s already garnered a MOBO nomination, cementing her status as one of the most promising talents in the UK music scene. With over 1 million monthly listeners on Spotify, Bellah has captivated a wide audience with her music.
As with each Music Liberates Music programme, all proceeds from the project will directly benefit the participating artists. All copyright and subsequent revenue from the tracks will remain with the artists and Boi-1da. Fans can enjoy The A.I. Powered Album available for purchase as a limited-edition vinyl as well as for free on streaming platforms, such as Spotify, this November.
“This is the fifth year we’re bringing Music Liberates Music back for artists and fans alike. We’re proud to continually support emerging talent with new resources that fuel creativity and collaboration,” said Laila Mignoni, Global Head of Brand Marketing Communications for BACARDÍ rum. “Ultimately, our goal is to provide opportunity and access to rising artists in the industry, so it’s been exciting to broaden Boi-1da’s capabilities, allowing him to work with multiple artists on multiple tracks, simultaneously as one producer. We know the conversation around AI has been a challenging one, so approaching this project with the utmost respect and protection for the artist was key in developing this new tool. The technology is, and always should be, complementary to each artist’s work and protective of all the creatives involved.”
“I’m thrilled to work with BACARDÍ on this ground-breaking new iteration of Music Liberates Music exploring AI as a tool to enrich human creativity,” says Boi-1da. “One of the most fulfilling responsibilities I have as a producer is to work with up-and-coming talent. Through the A.I. Powered Album, we’ve provided unprecedented access to my personal production style. I’m able to work with an international collective of artists simultaneously, while still honouring their creative autonomy. Music as an art has continually grown thanks to innovative technology, and with AI, I believe we can revolutionise the music industry for good if we view it as a way to provide opportunities that enhance music’s human element, rather than replace it.”
For more information and updates on the launch of The A.I. Powered Album follow @bacardi_uk on all social channels or visit Bacardi.com.
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