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» SPINLET Gets Funding Boost from Verod Capital
Social Mobile Music App Maker Receives Key Investment from Nigerian Firm Ahead of New Product Launch

LONDON, May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — SPINLET, the makers of innovative, cloud-based music streaming and storage applications, announced today that it has received a significant investment from Verod Capital Management Limited (“Verod Capital”), an emerging markets investment firm based in Nigeria, with interests across several sectors.

Verod Capital’s undisclosed investment in the emerging digital music app maker comes at a critical time to support the launch of the Finland-based company’s new enhanced service, which will predominantly service the fast growing mobile markets ofAfrica, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

“There is a strong demand for music download services in emerging markets but consumers have limited access to portals from where they can legally download original music tracks from local and international artists,” said Eric Idiahi, Executive Director, Verod Capital. “SPINLET is ideally placed to source the content and deliver it to millions of underserved consumers worldwide across the mobile and web channels.”

SPINLET’s current application enables consumers to remotely store, manage and listen to music from anywhere using any mobile device. Using the SPINLET Music Cloud portal, users can also create playlists, stream and seamlessly synch music tracks across devices as well as share their favorite titles using social networking sites, like Facebook.

The enhanced version of SPINLET – to be launched in July 2011 – will combine the best of elements of the Music Cloud’s existing service with mobile downloading capabilities available on the latest generation of smartphone platforms. SPINLET’s new application will be available for major mobile operating systems including Android, Blackberry, Symbian 60, Windows Phone 7 and popular Java-enabled mobile phones.

Founded in 2006 by Sami Leino and Ville Leino in Finland, SPINLET started out focusing on building a strong IP portfolio and launched their first cloud-based music service in 2010. Going forward, SPINLET will leverage social media integration, consumer recommendations and viral product features to drive sales in emerging markets.

“SPINLET might be the first acquisition of a leading European mobile technology start-up by a Nigeria-based investment firm,” said Verod Capital CEO, Danladi Verheijen. “We are extremely excited about the potential to leverage SPINLET’s technology across large African markets, as well as support the company’s growth in other parts of the world.”

The company is seeking distribution and affiliate partnerships with local mobile service operators and original equipment manufacturers to expand availability. SPINLET is also working with leading music labels in Africa, Europe and Asia to further develop its portfolio of localized music catalogues.

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» Nigerian President Commissions Aluminium Drinks Can Plant
IBADAN, Nigeria (Dow Jones)–Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Thursday commissioned West Africa’s first aluminum drinks can manufacturing plant in Agbara, near Lagos, the Nigerian commercial capital, an official at the company that established the facility said Friday.

GZ Industries Ltd. said in a press statement that when fully operational, it will be capable of producing 600 million can a year, with that capacity doubling after the first year to meet 100% of demand from Nigeria and other West African countries.

GZI said the new facility will “put an to the plight of Nigeria’s brewers and bottlers, who had to import empty cans from Europe and South Africa.”

The facility is owned by a group of foreign investors and Verod Capital Management, a Nigerian investment and financial advisory firm, GZI said.
The company has also entered into a technical partnership with Rexam PLC (REXMY), the world’s leading aluminum can manufacturer, it said.

Fidelity Bank PLC, a Nigerian commercial bank, is a major financier of the facility, the GZI official said.
A Fidelity Bank media spokesman told Dow Jones Newswires Friday that the bank invested around $65.5 million in the new plant. The bank said the plant “brings a load of values to the nation’s economy, putting over 150 people in direct employment while an estimated 2,000 people will benefit from its operations as suppliers, vendors and small businesses to the firm’s diverse interests.”

A senior GZI official declined to reveal the exact cost of the new plant.

-By Obafemi Oredein, contributing to Dow Jones Newswires; 234 2 7510489
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