Daily Archives: March 16, 2018

Mandela Golden Hands Collection Sells for US$10 Million at PDAC 2018 Conference

Arbitrade, a new coin and cryptocurrency exchange, to purchase the unique gold collection with Bitcoin

NEW YORK, March 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Board of Arbitrade, a new coin and cryptocurrency exchange, has announced it will purchase the Nelson Mandela Golden Hands Collection.  Made from 20 lbs, 99.999 of pure gold, it includes 3 life size impressions of Mandela’s hands and two others of his palm and fist.  It was cast in 2002 by South Africa’s Harmony Gold mining group, one of the world’s leading gold producers, 12 years after Nelson Mandela was released from prison.

The seller, Malcolm Duncan, a South African businessman now living in Calgary, Canada, knew Mandela.  He said that Harmony’s intention was to make one full set of gold artefacts consisting of a fist, a full hand and a palm impression of his right hand for each of the 27 years Mandela had spent behind bars. Duncan had purchased the sets dedicated to 1964 and 1990, marking the year Mandela was incarcerated and the year he walked out of the Pollsmoore prison gates a free man.

The set has been authenticated by Harmony Gold and is believed to be the only surviving set.  The others, having been destroyed by order of Nelson Mandela.

In making the announcement, Arbitrade’s Chairman, Len Schutzman, said the Board of Arbitrade shared Mr. Duncan’s deep admiration for Mandela and had been keen to secure the valuable memorabilia. He joined Mr. Duncan in saying Mandela was a man who had come out of prison with no bitterness and although he had very little, he did so much to better the lives of under privileged people.

An agreement was struck by Mr. Duncan and representatives of Arbitrade at the PDAC 2018 Conference, held in Toronto on March 4 – 8, 2018. “It was the first time the collection had been on display to the general public anywhere in the world since the Letter of Authenticity had been received from Harmony Gold and we felt it was singularly appropriate that we should have met to purchase the collection at the famed PDAC Conference, one of the largest gold and metals events in the world,” said Arbitrade’s Chairman, Len Schutzman.

“The collection celebrates not only the remarkable contributions of Nelson Mandela to humanity each year, but also all that has been done by South Africa in supporting gold and the mining industry though the years.  Moreover, our timing in buying the collection is especially significant since we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Mandela’s birth in this unique way for the first time in North America,” said Mr Schutzman, who noted that the purchase of the Mandela collection will be paid for with Bitcoins.

“It is our honor and privilege to celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.  As President Obama shared in one of his tributes to this great man – Mandela is a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.   In the global tour we shall be making with the collection, we will be celebrating his life, which has been a gift and a shining light for us all to remember and to follow for ages to come.”

“Arbitrade’s management felt that these extraordinary artefacts served as a great representation for our company and that our announcement of this wonderful purchase will be the first of a series of announcements we shall be making in regard to gold that will back our cryptocurrency, Dignity (DIG) which trades on Livecoin.net,” Mr. Schutzman said.  “The company plans on orchestrating a global tour exhibiting the Golden Hands in National Museums around the world to celebrate the life and legacy of a man that meant so much to so many.”

In responding to Mr. Schutzman, Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources, Mr. GG Oliphant, MP said, “The display and exhibition of the Mandela Golden Hands at the PDAC 2018 Conference was an appropriate moment to reflect the roots, strength and resilience of the South African mining industry. Nelson Mandela was a mineworker at some stage in his long walk to freedom, and was also later elected as the Honorary Life President of the National Union of Mineworkers in South Africa. It is therefore, within this context that, in his honour, we pay tribute to all mineworkers and ex-mineworkers around the globe who have sacrificed so much to produce gold and other mineral commodities over the years. It is therefore befitting that in this year, as we celebrate the centenary of Mandela’s birth, that we could display his actual handprints in gold as an embodiment of lasting peace and prosperity for our country. Our congratulations to Arbitrade in keeping Mandela’s legacy alive.”

Mr. Nyameko Goso, South Africa’s Consul General in Toronto added, “We thank Arbitrade for helping us celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 100th Anniversary in this very special way and keeping alive his great legacy.  At the same time, the purchase of this remarkable collection made of South African gold, is also a tribute to South Africa’s gold mining industry who have contributed so much to the gold market and mining over the many years.”

Mr. Schutzman said Arbitrade will be inviting one person from each of the countries where they will be exhibiting the collection to join with them in celebrations at the museum, “I urge everyone to be looking out for our special release next week and to click on to our web page and provide their details.  We hope that a great many people want to join us and come see for themselves the powerful and inspiring collection.”

ARBITRADE, through its proprietary software and strategic partnerships, plans to be in all segments of the cryptocurrency business, including currency mining, trading (The ARBITRADE Exchange) gift cards, debit cards, money transfer and Point of Sale processing.

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RSK Chooses Decentral’s Jaxx Blockchain Platform, Paving Way For Smart Contracts On Bitcoin

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, March 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — RSK, the smart contract platform powered by the Bitcoin network, today announced it has launched on Decentral’s Jaxx cryptocurrency wallet and multi-token digital platform. This integration paves the way for RSK’s open source platform to implement Ethereum-style smart contracts over the Bitcoin network.

RSK combines the flexibility of smart contracts with the Bitcoin infrastructure, bringing endless possibilities to build a more flexible and inclusive financial system that will improve the life of billions of people. RSK successfully released its MainNet network, built as a side-chain to the Bitcoin mainnet, in January 2018. It is now presenting the first wallet that will help dApp developers manage their fuel while creating their solutions powered by RSK and the Bitcoin Network.

RSK’s CEO, Diego Gutierrez Zaldivar said: We’re very happy to partner with Jaxx, a highly-secure and a very easy-to-use wallet that will be the first to support RSK. We’ve been working with them since the early days and are confident their large user base will help bring the dapps and more value to the Bitcoin Network, while RSK brings smart contract capabilities, higher scalability with 100 transactions per second and near instant payments.”

This integration gives RSK access to Jaxx’s rapidly-growing platform. The cryptocurrency wallet has been downloaded more than 1 million times in the last 12 months and currently has more than 750,000 users.

The Jaxx platform is the creation of Anthony Diiorio, CEO and Founder of Decentral. Diiorio co-founded Ethereum and is a highly recognizable name in the blockchain space. He is widely considered a visionary in the field. Diiorio had previously announced an investment in RSK, which the company allocated towards research and development.

Mr. Diiorio says: “This is a very important addition to the Jaxx ecosystem. It speaks volumes that RSK has chosen the Jaxx platform as the first to integrate with. Proponents of the RSK vision believe this is a key step towards keeping the world’s biggest cryptocurrency competitive with the platform that pioneered smart contracts, or self-executing code.This gives Bitcoin enthusiasts more options and allows them to take advantage of Bitcoin’s existing infrastructure.”

Decentral’s Chief Technology Officer Nilang Vyas says: “The new version of Jaxx with RSK integration will be rolled out over the next few days on Android, Windows desktop, Mac desktop, iOS and our other platforms. We’ve been running this version internally for many weeks are excited to release it to the world.”

ABOUT RSK
RSK Labs is the company behind the Project codenamed RootStock, a smart contract platform with a 2-way peg to the Bitcoin Blockchain. RSK founders have been actively involved in the Bitcoin ecosystem and smart contract development since early 2013. The company was founded in 2015 and its initial white paper was later published in December, 2015.

ABOUT DECENTRAL AND JAXX
Decentral was created by Anthony Diiorio. It’s located in the heart of downtown Toronto and has been home to hundreds of blockchain community events. Decentral is primarily focused on Jaxx, the multi-token blockchain interface that provides a unified experience across 8 platforms and devices. The flagship product’s strategic approach means Jaxx neither holds nor has access to customer funds. Driven by design and user experience and built with simplicity in mind, Jaxx’s mission is to become the interface to the blockchain world.
Download and experience Jaxx through https://jaxx.io/

For more information, contact:
Anne Gaviola, Content & Communications Lead, Decentral. Tel: 1-888-650-3796. Email: pr@decentral.ca

Henry Sraigman, Chief Business Development Officer, RSK. Email: henry@rsk.co

Technology empowering an increasingly connected SEA for financially inclusive communities

Global speakers IFC, MAS shared their views at Ant Financial Technology Exploration Conference in Singapore

SINGAPORE, March 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ant Financial Services Group (“Ant Financial” or “Ant”) today wrapped up its participation at Money20/20 Asia in Singapore with the Ant Technology Exploration Conference (ATEC), with guests Giri Jadeja, Global Head of Financial Innovation at International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief Fintech Officer at Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) sharing their views on financial inclusion alongside Cheng Li, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operations Officer for global business group at Ant Financial.Ant Financial CTO Cheng Li speaking

Giri Jadeja shared his vision as global head of financial innovation at IFC – to reach out to the 2 billion unbanked and underserved population in the world, the majority of whom reside in Asia. The region has in recent years seen an exponential growth of new fintech companies.  Giri is optimistic that technological changes in areas such as connectivity, blockchain and artificial intelligence will spur new applications to improve people’s lives in the near future. Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief Fintech Officer of Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), also shared his vision for Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative at ATEC.

B.A.S.I.C of Ant Technologies
Speaking on the B.A.S.I.C that forms the building blocks of Ant’s technologies, Cheng Li explained the importance of each: blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), security, Internet of Things, and computing. From using blockchain as the new trust mechanism to improve the transparency and traceability of ecommerce supply chains or charity funds, to using artificial intelligence to reduce Ant’s payment risk to less than one in a million, or answering millions of customer inquiries a day, Ant is showing how new technology can be applied to their business to solve previously challenging issues and provide inclusive financial services.

Other Ant technology experts also shared the latest user applications in blockchain, AI and security with the audience.

The last ATEC session featured a panel moderated by Douglas Feagin, senior vice president of global business at Ant Financial, featuring regional e-payment wallet operators, Anthony Thomas, chief executive officer of Mynt, Punnamas Vichitkulwongsa, chief executive officer of Ascend Group, Syahrunizam Tan Sri Samsudin, chief executive officer of Touch ‘N Go Digital Sdn Bhd, and Vince Iswara, chief executive officer of Dana. Faced with a high-growth Southeast Asian market where there is high percentage of unbanked or underserved population, the discussion centered on technology trends that have caught on and how it has changed the way people go about their daily lives.

The next ATEC will be taking place in London, June 2018.

About Ant Financial

Ant Financial Services Group is focused on serving small and micro enterprises, as well as individuals. Ant Financial is dedicated to bringing the world more equal opportunities through building a technology-driven open ecosystem and working with other financial institutions to support the future financial needs of society. Brands under Ant Financial Services Group include Alipay, Ant Fortune, Zhima Credit and MYbank.

For more information on Ant Financial, please visit our website at www.antfin.com or follow us on Twitter @AntFinancial.

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Williams Scotsman Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Results

BALTIMORE, March 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WillScot Corporation (NASDAQ:WSC) (“Williams Scotsman”) today announced its fourth quarter and full year 2017 financial results. As a result of the Business Combination and the Carve-Out Transaction described below, (i) Williams Scotsman’s consolidated financial results for periods prior to November 29, 2017 reflect the financial results of Williams Scotsman International, Inc. (“WSII”) and its consolidated subsidiaries, as the accounting predecessor to Williams Scotsman, and (ii) for periods from and after this date, Williams Scotsman’s financial results reflect those of Williams Scotsman and its consolidated subsidiaries (including WSII and its subsidiaries) as the successor following the Business Combination.1

Williams Scotsman Fourth Quarter 2017 Highlights2

  • Revenues of $120.4 million, representing a 16.8% (or $17.3 million) year-over-year increase
    • Modular – US modular space average monthly rental rate of $560, or a 10.2% year-over-year increase
    • Modular – US average modular space units on rent increased 2,125 units (or 6.0% year-over-year increase) and average modular space utilization increased 190 basis points (“bps”) to 75.0%
  • Consolidated net loss of $(125.4) million includes legacy administrative costs, interest expense, and discontinued operations associated with the Algeco Group; non-cash goodwill write-off; and other discrete costs associated with the WSII spin-out and subsequent acquisitions
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA of $31.2 million includes $4.9 million of legacy costs in Corporate and other associated with Algeco Group corporate operations
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $36.1 million from our Modular – US and Modular – Other North America segments (the “Modular Segments”), representing a 19.1% (or $5.8 million) year-over-year increase
  • Successfully repositioned our company as the leading modular space provider in North America
    • WillScot Corporation (formerly known as Double Eagle Acquisition Corp.) acquired WSII on November 29, 2017 (the “Business Combination”)
    • Williams Scotsman is now a pure play modular space and portable storage provider, having divested WSII’s remote accommodations business (the “Carve-Out Transaction”) prior to the Business Combination
  • Recapitalized the company with $1.4 billion of new debt and equity financing, with ample liquidity to fund growth:
    • Secured a new $600.0 million asset backed credit facility with $300.0 million accordion feature
    • Issued $300.0 million of 7.875% 2022 Senior Secured Notes, and
    • Secured $500.0 million equity commitment from TDR Capital, $418.3 million of which funded the purchase of new Class A common stock of our company
  • Completed strategic acquisition of Acton Mobile in December 2017

Williams Scotsman 2017 Highlights

    • Strength in core Modular – US segment drove consolidated revenue growth of 7.5% year-over-year to $392.9 million
      • Modular space average monthly rental rate of $538, or a 7.6% year-over-year increase
      • Average modular space units on rent increased nearly 800 units (or 2.2% year-over-year increase) and average modular space utilization increased 190 bps to 73.9%
      • Adjusted EBITDA of $110.8 million, representing a 6.7% (or $7.0 million) year-over-year increase
    • Consolidated net loss of $(149.8) million includes legacy administrative costs, interest expense, and discontinued operations associated with Algeco Group; non-cash goodwill write-off; and other discrete costs associated with the WSII spin-out and subsequent acquisitions
    • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA of $108.8 million includes $15.1 million of legacy costs associated with Algeco Group corporate operations
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $123.9 million from the Modular Segments
Year Ended December 31, Three Months Ended December 31,
Adjusted EBITDA by Segment (in millions)3 2017 2016 2017 2016
Modular – US $ 110.8 $ 103.8 $ 31.6 $ 27.0
Modular – Other North America 13.1 24.4 4.5 3.3
Modular Segments 123.9 128.2 36.1 30.3
Corporate and Other (15.1 ) (21.7 ) (4.9 ) (10.4 )
Consolidated Total $ 108.8 $ 106.5 $ 31.2 $ 19.9
Year Ended December 31, Three Months Ended December 31,
Net loss (in millions) 2017 2016 2017 2016
Consolidated Total $ (149.8 ) $ (30.9 ) $ (125.4 ) $ (25.3 )

1 – The Business Combination was accounted for as a reverse acquisition of Double Eagle Acquisition Corp. by WSII. Prior to completing the Business Combination, WSII’s parent company, Algeco Scotsman Global S.á r.l. (together with its subsidiaries, the “Algeco Group”), undertook an internal restructuring in which WSII’s remote accommodations business was removed from WSII and retained by the Algeco Group. Financial results from WSII’s former remote accommodations business are presented as discontinued operations in the financial statements.

2 –  Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA, as well as segment-level results (Modular Segments Adjusted EBITDA) to net loss, have been provided in the financial statement tables included in this press release. An explanation of these non-GAAP financial measures is included below under the heading “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.” Please see the non-GAAP reconciliation tables included at the end of this press release

3 – Subsequent to the Business Combination, WSII operates in two operating segments (i) Modular – US (comprised of the contiguous 48 states and Hawaii), and (ii) Modular – Other North America (comprised of Canada, Alaska and Mexico). Corporate and other includes eliminations of costs and revenue between the operating segments, including the remote accommodations business prior to the Carve-Out Transaction, and the costs of certain corporate functions not directly attributable to the underlying segments incurred by the Algeco Group prior to or in connection with the Business Combination. Algeco Group legacy corporate overhead costs will not be included in our results going forward.

Brad Soultz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Williams Scotsman commented, “2017 was a transformational year for Williams Scotsman, having completely recapitalized the Company in our Business Combination and secured the capital resources required to accelerate our growth.  I am delighted with our performance in the fourth quarter, with our Modular Segments’ Adjusted EBITDA up 19.1% year-over-year, driven by the continued momentum of our ‘Ready to Work’ solutions and the scalability of our operating platform to grow units on rent across both of our Modular Segments. In our Modular – US segment in particular, modular space units on rent were up 6.0% and average monthly rate was up 10.2% in the fourth quarter year-over-year, evidencing the success our value proposition and growth initiatives have in the market.”

Soultz continued, “We are accelerating robust organic growth with the acquisitions of Acton Mobile and Tyson Onsite. These strategic assets build seamlessly upon our existing platform, further differentiate Williams Scotsman with our customers, and expand our distribution of value added products and services. Looking ahead, our end markets are strong, we remain excited about the momentum in our core US business, and look to build upon this momentum in 2018.”

Fourth Quarter 2017 Results

Total consolidated revenues increased 16.8% to $120.4 million, as compared to $103.1 million in the prior year quarter.

  • Modular – US segment revenue increased 14.3% to $103.6 million as compared to $90.6 million in the prior year quarter, with modular space average units on rent up 6.0% and average monthly rental rate up 10.2% compared to the prior year quarter.
  • Modular – Other North America segment revenue increased 33.1% to $16.9 million compared to $12.7 million in the prior year quarter, with modular space average units on rent up 8.6% and average monthly rental rate up 3.3% compared to the prior year quarter.

The Modular Segments delivered Adjusted EBITDA of $36.1 million, up 19.1% compared to $30.3 million in the prior year quarter.  Modular – US segment Adjusted EBITDA increased 17.0% to $31.6 million and Modular – Other North America segment Adjusted EBITDA increased 36.4% to $4.5 million from the prior year quarter. Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA increased 56.8% to $31.2 million, as compared to $19.9 million in the prior year quarter.

Consolidated net loss was $(125.4) million due to the transaction activity in the quarter, goodwill impairment and legacy costs associated with the Algeco Group discussed below.

Full Year 2017 Results

Total consolidated revenues increased 4.5% to $445.9 million, as compared to $426.6 million in the prior year ended December 31, 2016. Leasing and services revenue increased 6.1% to $387.7 million, as compared to $365.4 million in the prior year.

  • In our Modular – US segment, revenue increased 7.5% to $392.9 million, as compared to $365.5 million in the prior year. Leasing and services revenue increased 10.5% to $345.4 million from $312.6 million in the prior year.  Average modular space units on rent increased 2.2% to 36,166, average modular space utilization rate increased 190 bps to 73.9%, and average monthly rental rate increased 7.6% compared to the prior year.
  • Our Modular – Other North America segment revenue decreased 13.4% to $53.7 million compared to $62.0 million in the prior year. Our Modular – Other North America segment leasing and services revenue decreased 20.0% to $42.9 million from $53.6 million in the prior year driven primarily by a single project that reached completion in July 2016. The completion of this project drove $10.2 million of the revenue decline in the Modular – Other North America segment.

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA increased 2.2% to $108.8 million, as compared to $106.5 million in the prior year.

  • Our Modular Segments contributed Adjusted EBITDA of $123.9 million, with Modular – US segment Adjusted EBITDA increasing 6.7% to $110.8 million and the Modular – Other North America segment decreasing to $13.1 million.  We believe that the financial results from the Modular Segments most accurately represent the performance of our ongoing operations.
  • The Corporate & other segment isolates selling, general and administrative costs related to WSII’s former parent company, Algeco Group, which were incurred prior to, or in connection with, the Business Combination of Double Eagle and WSII.  Adjusted EBITDA from the Corporate & Other segment increased from $(21.7) million in 2016 to $(15.1) million in 2017.  Algeco Group legacy corporate overhead costs will not be included in our results going forward.

2017 was a transformational year with several complex transactions occurring in Q4 to effect the Business Combination. First, immediately prior to the Business Combination, the Algeco Group undertook the Carve-Out Transaction.  The results of the former remote accommodations segment through November 29, 2017 are reflected as discontinued operations in the financial statements. In 2017, we incurred $(15.1) million of Adjusted EBITDA losses in the Corporate and other segment and $119.3 million of interest expense primarily incurred under the legacy Algeco Group corporate structure. The Business Combination and the Carve-out Transaction resulted in $33.3 million of transaction costs in the period, including expenses related to the Algeco Group long-term incentive plan. Currency gains of $12.9 million in the period were primarily driven by favorable changes in currency related to former Algeco Group intercompany loans, and an impairment of goodwill resulted in $60.7 million of non-cash charges.  These extraordinary and transformational transactions resulted in a $(149.8) million net loss in 2017, amidst strong performance from our Modular Segments.

2018 Outlook

Timothy Boswell, Chief Financial Officer of Williams Scotsman commented, “We are exiting the fourth quarter of 2017 with momentum in our core operational metrics, and we expect to deliver a strong year of organic growth in 2018, which will be supplemented by our two recent acquisitions.”  The company’s outlook for the full year 2018, inclusive of the Acton and Tyson acquisitions, appears below. This guidance is subject to the risks and uncertainties described in the “Forward-Looking Statements” below:

  • Total revenue between $560 million and $600 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA between $165 million and $175 million
  • Net rental capital expenditures after gross rental unit sales between $70 million and $100 million

Conference Call Information

Williams Scotsman will host a conference call and webcast to discuss its Q4 and FY17 results at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, March 16, 2018. The live call can be accessed by dialing (855) 312-9420 (US/Canada toll-free) or (210) 874-7774 (International) and asking to be connected to the Williams Scotsman call. A live webcast will also be accessible via the “Events & Presentations” section of the Company’s Investor Relations website https://investors.willscot.com. Choose “Events” and select the information pertaining to the Q4 and FY17 WSC Earnings Conference Call. Additionally, there will be slides accompanying the webcast. Please allow at least 15 minutes prior to the call to register, download and install any necessary software. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, an audio webcast of the call will be available on the Company’s investor Relations website.

About WillScot Corporation

Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, WillScot Corporation is the public holding company for the Williams Scotsman family of companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico. WillScot Corporation trades on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the ticker symbol “WSC.” Williams Scotsman is a specialty rental services market leader providing innovative modular space and portable storage solutions across North America. Williams Scotsman is the modular space supplier of choice for the construction, education, health care, government, retail, commercial, transportation, security and energy sectors. With over half a century of innovative history, organic growth and strategic acquisitions, its branch network includes over 100 locations, its fleet comprises nearly 100,000 modular space and portable storage units and its customer base has grown to approximately 35,000.

Forward Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements (including the information under “2018 Outlook”) within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The words “estimates,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “forecasts,” “plans,” “intends,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “shall,” and variations of these words and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which are generally not historical in nature. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors, many of which are outside our control, which could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Although Williams Scotsman believes that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that any such forward-looking statement will materialize. Important factors that may affect actual results or outcomes include, among others, our ability to acquire and integrate new assets and operations; our ability to manage growth and execute our business plan; our estimates of the size of the markets for our products; the rate and degree of market acceptance of our products; the success of other competing modular space and portable storage solutions that exist or may become available; rising costs adversely affecting our profitability; potential litigation involving our company; general economic and market conditions impacting demand for our products and services; implementation of tax reform; our ability to implement and maintain an effective system of internal controls; and such other risks and uncertainties described in the periodic reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) from time to time (including our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on December 5, 2017), which are available through the SEC’s EDGAR system at www.sec.gov and on our website. Any forward-looking statement speaks only at the date which it is made, and Williams Scotsman disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes non-GAAP financial measures, including Adjusted EBITDA. Williams Scotsman believes that this non-GAAP measure is useful to investors because it (i) allows investors to compare performance over various reporting periods on a consistent basis by removing from operating results the impact of items that do not reflect core operating performance; (ii) is used by our board of directors and management to assess our performance; (iii) may, subject to the limitations described below, enable investors to compare the performance of Williams Scotsman to its competitors; and (iv) provides an additional tool for investors to use in evaluating ongoing operating results and trends. A metric similar to Adjusted EBITDA is also used to evaluate Williams Scotsman’s ability to service its debt. This non-GAAP measure should not be considered in isolation from, or as an alternative to, financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. Other companies may calculate Adjusted EBITDA and other non-GAAP financial measures differently, and therefore Williams Scotsman’s non-GAAP financial measures may not be directly comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. For reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures used in this press release, see “Reconciliation of non-GAAP Financial Measures: Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA” included in this press release.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

Additional information about the transaction can be found on the Williams Scotsman investor relations website at https://investors.willscot.com.

WillScot Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited; in thousands, except share data)
Year Ended December 31,
2017 2016 2015
Revenues:
Leasing and services revenue:
Modular leasing $ 297,821 $ 283,550 $ 300,212
Modular delivery and installation 89,850 81,892 83,103
Sales:
New units 36,371 39,228 54,359
Rental units 21,900 21,942 15,661
     Total revenues 445,942 426,612 453,335
Costs:
Cost of leasing and services:
Modular leasing 83,588 75,516 80,081
Modular delivery and installation 85,477 75,359 77,960
Cost of sales:
New units 26,025 27,669 43,626
Rental units 12,643 10,894 10,255
Depreciation of rental equipment 72,639 68,981 78,473
     Gross profit 165,570 168,193 162,940
Selling, general and administrative 162,351 139,093 139,355
Other depreciation and amortization 8,653 9,019 22,675
Impairment losses on goodwill 60,743 5,532
Restructuring costs 2,196 2,810 9,185
Currency (gains) losses, net (12,878 ) 13,098 11,308
Other expense, net 2,827 1,831 1,189
     Operating loss (58,322 ) (3,190 ) (20,772 )
Interest expense 119,308 94,671 92,028
Interest income (12,232 ) (10,228 ) (9,778 )
Loss from continuing operations before income tax (165,398 ) (87,633 ) (103,022 )
Income tax benefit (936 ) (24,502 ) (34,069 )
Loss from continuing operations (164,462 ) (63,131 ) (68,953 )
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax 14,650 32,195 (2,634 )
Net loss (149,812 ) (30,936 ) (71,587 )
Less net loss attributable to non-controlling interest, net of tax (2,110 )
Total loss attributable to WSC $ (147,702 ) $ (30,936 ) $ (71,587 )
Net (loss) income per share attributable to WSC – basic and diluted
Continuing operations $ (8.21 ) $ (4.34 ) $ (4.74 )
Discontinued operations $ 0.74 $ 2.21 $ (0.18 )
Net loss per share $ (7.47 ) $ (2.13 ) $ (4.92 )
Weighted Average Shares
Basic and diluted 19,760,189 14,545,833 14,545,833
Cash dividends declared per share

Unaudited Quarterly Consolidated Operating Data

(in thousands, except for units on rent and monthly rental rate) Q1’17 Q2’17 Q3’17 Q4’17 YTD 2017
Revenue $ 99,321 $ 110,077 $ 116,162 $ 120,382 $ 445,942
Gross profit $ 37,938 $ 39,583 $ 41,269 $ 46,780 $ 165,570
Adjusted EBITDA $ 21,946 $ 26,247 $ 29,385 $ 31,231 $ 108,809
Capital expenditures for rental equipment $ 22,677 $ 27,625 $ 25,508 $ 26,400 $ 102,210
Modular space units on rent (average during the period) 39,887 40,680 41,465 43,126 41,263
Average modular space utilization rate 68.3 % 69.8 % 71.3 % 71.9 % 70.3 %
Average modular space monthly rental rate $ 515 $ 534 $ 541 $ 556 $ 538
Portable storage units on rent (average during the period) 13,083 12,339 12,241 12,575 12,599
Average portable storage utilization rate 73.7 % 70.0 % 69.8 % 71.2 % 71.4 %
Average portable storage monthly rental rate $ 113 $ 114 $ 117 $ 120 $ 116
(in thousands, except for units on rent and monthly rental rate) Q1’16 Q2’16 Q3’16 Q4’16 YTD 2016
Revenue $ 102,668 $ 110,278 $ 110,611 $ 103,055 $ 426,612
Gross profit $ 40,380 $ 46,959 $ 42,547 $ 38,307 $ 168,193
Adjusted EBITDA $ 23,992 $ 34,904 $ 27,725 $ 19,893 $ 106,514
Capital expenditures for rental equipment $ 11,458 $ 16,314 $ 18,140 $ 18,056 $ 63,968
Modular space units on rent (average during the period) 41,089 40,847 40,839 40,574 40,800
Average modular space utilization rate 68.8 % 69.1 % 69.5 % 69.3 % 69.1 %
Average modular space monthly rental rate $ 525 $ 530 $ 532 $ 508 $ 524
Portable storage units on rent (average during the period) 13,933 13,410 13,531 14,128 13,782
Average portable storage utilization rate 77.2 % 75.0 % 75.8 % 79.3 % 77.0 %
Average portable storage monthly rental rate $ 111 $ 112 $ 113 $ 112 $ 111

Unaudited Quarterly Segment Operating Data

Modular – US

(in thousands, except for units on rent and monthly rental rate) Q1’17 Q2’17 Q3’17 Q4’17 YTD 2017
Revenue $ 87,415 $ 98,209 $ 103,678 $ 103,631 $ 392,933
Gross profit $ 33,815 $ 35,954 $ 37,766 $ 41,150 $ 148,685
Adjusted EBITDA $ 23,683 $ 26,329 $ 29,177 $ 31,633 $ 110,822
Capital expenditures for rental equipment $ 22,049 $ 25,909 $ 24,147 $ 24,273 $ 96,378
Modular space units on rent (average during the period) 35,074 35,780 36,183 37,727 36,166
Average modular space utilization rate 72.3 % 73.8 % 74.7 % 75.0 % 73.9 %
Average modular space monthly rental rate $ 513 $ 535 $ 542 $ 560 $ 538
Portable storage units on rent (average during the period) 12,724 11,988 11,894 12,222 12,246
Average portable storage utilization rate 74.6 % 70.7 % 70.6 % 71.9 % 72.2 %
Average portable storage monthly rental rate $ 113 $ 114 $ 117 $ 119 $ 116
(in thousands, except for units on rent and monthly rental rate) Q1’16 Q2’16 Q3’16 Q4’16 YTD 2016
Revenue $ 86,092 $ 93,523 $ 95,259 $ 90,622 $ 365,496
Gross profit $ 31,449 $ 38,552 $ 34,178 $ 34,817 $ 138,996
Adjusted EBITDA $ 22,517 $ 29,509 $ 24,781 $ 26,991 $ 103,798
Capital expenditures for rental equipment $ 10,337 $ 15,357 $ 17,308 $ 17,416 $ 60,418
Modular space units on rent (average during the period) 35,245 35,205 35,552 35,602 35,372
Average modular space utilization rate 70.8 % 71.5 % 72.7 % 73.1 % 72.0 %
Average modular space monthly rental rate $ 490 $ 497 $ 502 $ 508 $ 500
Portable storage units on rent (average during the period) 13,563 13,068 13,192 13,773 13,430
Average portable storage utilization rate 78.2 % 76.1 % 76.9 % 80.4 % 78.1 %
Average portable storage monthly rental rate $ 110 $ 111 $ 113 $ 112 $ 111

Modular – Other North America

(in thousands, except for units on rent and monthly rental rate) Q1’17 Q2’17 Q3’17 Q4’17 YTD 2017
Revenue $ 12,059 $ 12,010 $ 12,723 $ 16,864 $ 53,656
Gross profit $ 4,266 $ 3,769 $ 3,744 $ 5,753 $ 17,532
Adjusted EBITDA $ 3,119 $ 2,506 $ 2,961 $ 4,513 $ 13,099
Capital expenditures for rental equipment $ 628 $ 1,716 $ 1,361 $ 2,127 $ 5,832
Modular space units on rent (average during the period) 4,813 4,900 5,282 5,399 5,097
Average modular space utilization rate 48.9 % 50.0 % 54.1 % 55.8 % 52.2 %
Average modular space monthly rental rate $ 530 $ 534 $ 536 $ 527 $ 532
Portable storage units on rent (average during the period) 359 351 347 353 353
Average portable storage utilization rate 52.7 % 51.8 % 51.9 % 54.0 % 52.6 %
Average portable storage monthly rental rate $ 110 $ 118 $ 123 $ 125 $ 119
(in thousands, except for units on rent and monthly rental rate) Q1’16 Q2’16 Q3’16 Q4’16 YTD 2016
Revenue $ 16,867 $ 16,886 $ 15,504 $ 12,747 $ 62,004
Gross profit $ 9,185 $ 8,546 $ 7,976 $ 4,375 $ 30,082
Adjusted EBITDA $ 7,724 $ 6,861 $ 6,444 $ 3,331 $ 24,360
Capital expenditures for rental equipment $ 1,121 $ 957 $ 832 $ 640 $ 3,550
Modular space units on rent (average during the period) 5,844 5,642 5,287 4,972 5,428
Average modular space utilization rate 58.5 % 56.9 % 53.5 % 50.4 % 54.8 %
Average modular space monthly rental rate $ 740 $ 734 $ 733 $ 510 $ 685
Portable storage units on rent (average during the period) 370 342 339 355 352
Average portable storage utilization rate 51.5 % 48.8 % 49.1 % 51.7 % 50.3 %
Average portable storage monthly rental rate $ 114 $ 118 $ 121 $ 114 $ 117

Corporate and Other (a)

(in thousands) Q1’17 Q2’17 Q3’17 Q4’17 YTD 2017
Revenue $ (153 ) $ (142 ) $ (239 ) $ (113 ) $ (647 )
Gross profit $ (143 ) $ (140 ) $ (241 ) $ (123 ) $ (647 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ (4,856 ) $ (2,588 ) $ (2,753 ) $ (4,915 ) $ (15,112 )
(in thousands) Q1’16 Q2’16 Q3’16 Q4’16 YTD 2016
Revenue $ (291 ) $ (131 ) $ (152 ) $ (314 ) $ (888 )
Gross profit $ (254 ) $ (139 ) $ 393 $ (885 ) $ (885 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ (6,249 ) $ (1,466 ) $ (3,500 ) $ (10,429 ) $ (21,644 )
  1. Included in the corporate & other segment are selling, general and administrative costs related to the Algeco Group’s corporate costs incurred prior to or as part of the Business Combination which are not anticipated to be part of the ongoing costs of WSC.
WillScot Corporation
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited; in thousands, except share data)
December 31,
2017 2016
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 9,185 $ 2,352
Trade receivables, net of allowances for doubtful accounts at December 31, 2017 and 2016 of $4,845 and $4,167, respectively 94,820 71,434
Inventories 10,082 8,938
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 13,696 39,903
Current assets – discontinued operations 14,881
Total current assets 127,783 137,508
Rental equipment, net 1,040,146 814,898
Property, plant and equipment, net 83,666 84,226
Notes due from affiliates 256,625
Goodwill 28,609 56,811
Intangible assets, net 126,259 125,000
Other non-current assets 4,279 1,952
Non-current assets – discontinued operations 222,430
Total long-term assets 1,282,959 1,561,942
Total assets $ 1,410,742 $ 1,699,450
Liabilities
Commitments and Contingencies
Accounts payable 57,051 33,079
Accrued liabilities 48,912 44,910
Accrued interest 2,704 26,909
Deferred revenue and customer deposits 45,182 29,974
Current portion of long-term debt 1,881 1,889
Current liabilities – discontinued operations 35,894
Total current liabilities 155,730 172,655
Long-term debt 624,865 655,694
Notes due to affiliates 677,240
Deferred tax liabilities 120,865 118,173
Deferred revenue and customer deposits 5,377
Other non-current liabilities 19,355 11,204
Non-current liabilities – discontinued operations 41,353
Long-term liabilities 770,462 1,503,664
Total liabilities 926,192 1,676,319
Class A common stock: $0.0001 par, 400,000,000 shares authorized, 84,644,774 and 14,545,833 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively 8 1
Class B common stock: $0.0001 par, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 8,024,419 and 0 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively 1
Additional paid-in-capital 2,121,926 1,569,175
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (49,497 ) (56,928 )
Accumulated deficit (1,636,819 ) (1,489,117 )
Total shareholders’ equity 435,619 23,131
Non-controlling interest 48,931
Total equity 484,550 23,131
Total liabilities and equity $ 1,410,742 $ 1,699,450
Reconciliation of non-GAAP Financial MeasuresNet Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA

We define EBITDA as net income (loss) plus interest (income) expense, income tax expense (benefit), depreciation and amortization. Our Adjusted EBITDA for the historical periods presented was calculated in accordance with our ABL facility and our senior notes, excluding any pro forma adjustments to incorporate the results of acquisitions or future cost savings initiatives. Our adjusted EBITDA reflects the following further adjustments to EBITDA to exclude certain non-cash items and the effect of what we consider transactions or events not related to our core business operations:

  • Currency (gains) losses, net: on monetary assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies other than the subsidiaries’ functional currency. Substantially all such currency gains (losses) are unrealized and attributable to financings due to and from affiliated companies.
  • Change in fair value of contingent consideration related to non-cash changes in fair value of an acquisition related earnout agreement.
  • Goodwill and other impairment charges related to non-cash costs associated with impairment charges to goodwill, other intangibles, rental fleet and property, plant and equipment.
  • Restructuring costs associated with restructuring plans designed to streamline operations and reduce costs.
  • Other expense includes consulting expenses related to certain one-time projects, financing costs not classified as interest expense, gains and losses on disposals of property, plant, and equipment, and non-cash charges for WSII’s share-based compensation plans.

Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider the measure in isolation or as a substitute for net income (loss), cash flow from operations or other methods of analyzing Williams Scotsman’s results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for our working capital needs;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on our indebtedness;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our tax expense or the cash requirements to pay our taxes;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect historical cash expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the impact on earnings or changes resulting from matters that we consider not to be indicative of our future operations;
  • although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements; and
  • other companies in our industry may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

Because of these limitations, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as discretionary cash available to reinvest in the growth of our business or as measures of cash that will be available to meet our obligations. The following tables provide unaudited reconciliations of Net loss to Adjusted EBITDA.

The table below presents the unaudited reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP measure, to consolidated net loss calculated in accordance with GAAP. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” above for further information regarding the Company’s use of non-GAAP financial measures.

Year Ended December 31,
(in thousands) 2017 2016 2015
Net loss $ (149,812 ) $ (30,936 ) $ (71,587 )
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax 14,650 32,195 (2,634 )
Loss from continuing operations (164,462 ) (63,131 ) (68,953 )
Income tax benefit (936 ) (24,502 ) (34,069 )
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes (165,398 ) (87,633 ) (103,022 )
Interest expense, net 107,076 84,443 82,250
Depreciation and amortization 81,292 78,000 101,148
Currency (gains) losses,net (12,878 ) 13,098 11,308
Goodwill and other impairments 60,743 5,532
Restructuring costs 2,196 2,810 9,185
Transaction Fees 23,881 8,419
Algeco LTIP expense 9,382
Other expense (a) 2,515 1,845 7,655
Adjusted EBITDA $ 108,809 $ 106,514 $ 108,524

(a) Other expense represents primarily acquisition related costs such as advisory, legal, valuation and other professional fees in connection with actual or potential business combinations, which are expensed as incurred, but do not reflect ongoing costs of the business.

The tables below present the unaudited reconciliations of quarterly Adjusted EBITDA by segment, which is a non-GAAP measure, to quarterly net (loss) income by segment calculated in accordance with GAAP. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” above for further information regarding the Company’s use of non-GAAP financial measures.

Quarterly Consolidated Net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliations

(in thousands) Q1’17 Q2’17 Q3’17 Q4’17 YTD 2017
Net loss $ (10,179 ) $ (5,896 ) $ (8,357 ) $ (125,380 ) $ (149,812 )
Income from discontinued operations, net of tax 2,205 3,840 5,078 3,527 14,650
Loss from continuing operations (12,384 ) (9,736 ) (13,435 ) (128,907 ) (164,462 )
Income tax (benefit) expense (4,869 ) (5,269 ) (7,632 ) 16,834 (936 )
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes (17,253 ) (15,005 ) (21,067 ) (112,073 ) (165,398 )
Interest expense, net 22,077 26,398 26,447 32,154 107,076
Operating income (loss) 4,824 11,393 5,380 (79,919 ) (58,322 )
Depreciation and amortization 18,661 19,364 20,914 22,353 81,292
EBITDA 23,485 30,757 26,294 (57,566 ) 22,970
Impairment on goodwill and other intangibles 60,743 60,743
Currency gains, net (2,002 ) (6,497 ) (4,270 ) (109 ) (12,878 )
Restructuring costs 284 684 1,156 72 2,196
Transaction fees 86 776 5,233 17,786 23,881
Algeco LTIP expense 9,382 9,382
Other expense 93 527 972 923 2,515
Adjusted EBITDA $   21,946 $   26,247 $   29,385 $   31,231 $   108,809
(in thousands) Q1’16 Q2’16 Q3’16 Q4’16 YTD 2016
Net (loss) income $ (7,045 ) $ (933 ) $ 2,325 $ (25,283 ) $ (30,936 )
Income from discontinued operations, net of tax 8,692 7,912 10,726 4,865 32,195
Loss from continuing operations (15,737 ) (8,845 ) (8,401 ) (30,148 ) (63,131 )
Income tax benefit (5,038 ) (5,993 ) (5,651 ) (7,820 ) (24,502 )
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes (20,775 ) (14,838 ) (14,052 ) (37,968 ) (87,633 )
Interest expense, net 20,582 20,862 21,077 21,922 84,443
Operating (loss) income (193 ) 6,024 7,025 (16,046 ) (3,190 )
Depreciation and amortization 19,987 18,877 18,576 20,560 78,000
EBITDA 19,794 24,901 25,601 4,514 74,810
Impairment on goodwill and other intangibles 5,532 5,532
Currency (gains) losses, net (1,445 ) 6,251 1,055 7,237 13,098
Restructuring costs 184 1,338 497 791 2,810
Transaction fees 5,392 2,066 436 525 8,419
Algeco LTIP expense
Other expense 67 348 136 1,294 1,845
Adjusted EBITDA $   23,992 $   34,904 $   27,725 $   19,893 $   106,514

Consolidated Net loss to Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation for the Year Ended December 31, 2015

(in thousands) Full Year
Net loss $ (71,587 )
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax (2,634 )
Loss from continuing operations (68,953 )
Income tax benefit (34,069 )
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes (103,022 )
Interest expense, net 82,250
Operating loss (20,772 )
Depreciation and amortization 101,148
EBITDA 80,376
Impairment on goodwill and other intangibles
Currency losses, net 11,308
Restructuring costs 9,185
Transaction fees
Algeco LTIP Expense
Other expense 7,655
Adjusted EBITDA $   108,524

Modular Segments Adjusted EBITDA non-GAAP Presentation

Year Ended December 31, Three Months Ended December 31,
Adjusted EBITDA by Segment (in millions) 2017 2016 2017 2016
Modular – US $ 110.8 $ 103.8 $ 31.6 $ 27.0
Modular – Other North America 13.1 24.4 4.5 3.3
Modular Segments 123.9 128.2 36.1 30.3
Corporate and Other (15.1 ) (21.7 ) (4.9 ) (10.4 )
Consolidated Total $ 108.8 $ 106.5 $ 31.2 $ 19.9

Contact Information

Investor Inquiries:

Mark Barbalato
investors@willscot.com

Media Inquiries:

Scott Junk
scott.junk@willscot.com

VIAGS wins award for best ground service in Southeast Asia for 2 consecutive years

The Vietnam Airport Ground Services company (VIAGS), an affiliate of Vietnam Airlines, has earned Korean Air’s award for best service in Southeast Asia in 2017 for its service at Tan Son Nhat international airport in HCM city.

This is the 2nd consecutive year VIAGS has won the award, which resulted from Korean Air’s quarterly voting on the quality of service provided by its partners. Korean Air’s chief representative at Tan Son Nhat airport said Korea Air is especially satisfied with VIAGS services. VIAGS Tan Son Nhat was also rated by Eva Air as the world’s best boarding gate service provider in February and was ranked first in the regional service quality index published by Hong Kong Airlines.

Established in 2016, VIAGS provides ground services at Noi Bai, Tan Son Nhat, and Da Nang international airport.

Source: VOV5

Outstanding soldiers honored

10 outstanding and 12 promising young soldiers of 2017 were honored at a ceremony hosted by the General Political Department of the Ministry of Defense on Thursday.

The soldiers had excellent achievements in training, science and technology, sports, studying, production, and art. Honoree Ha Thi Thu Trang said: Patience and good planning are the key to my success. It’s necessary to create a detailed plan for everything. When studying, make a timetable for completing each exercise. This is a great honor for me.

The event is organized every year to mark the establishment of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union on March 26, and to encourage individuals by promoting their achievements.

Source: VOV5

Australian press highlights Vietnamese Prime Minister’s visit

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s official visit to Australia and the signing of a joint statement to establish the Vietnam-Australia strategic partnership have been given wide coverage in the local press.

The Herald weekly carried on its front page an article and a photo of the Vietnamese PM and his wife at the plane’s door after landing in Canberra.

SBS radio devoted four minutes to the visit and published a story on its website to highlight the signing of the strategic partnership.

The ABC group and the The Courier weekly ran similar stories and photos of the welcome ceremony, the talks, and the signing of documents by the two Prime Ministers.

The articles noted that Vietnam and Australia have officially ramped up diplomatic ties ahead of a special summit of South East Asian leaders, with the two PMs signing a bilateral strategic partnership aimed at deepening defence, security, trade, investment, development, and tourism.

Australia’s Financial Review said that the upgrade of Vietnam-Australia relationship comes as the two countries’ strategic priorities are increasingly aligned. It quoted Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull as saying that Vietnam is the 4th biggest source of international students for Australia, the 6th largest market for agricultural products, and more than one quarters of the bread used in Vietnam’s signature dish, banh mi, came from Australian wheat. The newspaper said that Australia and Vietnam are both signatories to the revamped Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Australia also has the 2nd largest Vietnamese population outside the country.

Source: VOV5