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Jeffrey Sweeney is an investment banker with years of experience in direct lending and corporate finance for small- to middle-market companies. He is the chairman and CEO of US Capital Partners, an innovator in small- to middle-market business lending. US Capital Partners has been providing prompt, innovative, and reliable financing solutions across the United States and abroad for more than a decade.

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Wednesday
Jun212017

US Capital Advises Golden Pacific Capital, LLC on $10MM Real Estate Fund

US Capital Advises Golden Pacific Capital, LLC on $10MM Real Estate Fund

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Golden Pacific Capital, LLC

Private investment fund focuses on single-family residential real estate in and around the Kansas City metropolitan area.

San Francisco, June 2017 – US Capital Partners Inc. has been engaged as the exclusive advisor for GPC Fund I (Priority Reserve), LLC, a special purpose vehicle established to invest $10MM into GPC Fund I, LLC (the “Fund”). The Fund is managed by Golden Pacific Capital, LLC (“GPC”) and focuses on the residential real estate market located in and around the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The Fund’s investment strategy is to buy, renovate, rent, and eventually sell a large portfolio of single-family homes, likely to a larger institutional investor with a lower cost of debt capital and generally an appetite to purchase stabilized portfolios at greater than retail market value. The Fund typically purchases homes at a 10–25% discount.

The Fund has already raised $7MM in equity and has deployed $18MM into 128 properties (110 rented, 11 being marketed, and 7 in rehabilitation or foreclosure eviction). The stabilized portion of the portfolio is generating a cash-on-cash return of approximately 9%, which is currently being reinvested into further acquisitions. GPC continues to have success in identifying, acquiring, renovating, leasing, and managing the Fund’s assets, including critically the ability to collect rents and keep maintenance under control.

New investments will be applied pro rata to buying into the existing pool as well as funding further growth. As such, this presents an opportunity to buy into an existing portfolio without any step-up in costs. By raising further equity, GPC will continue to grow the portfolio as it still sees ample market opportunity and is targeting a total portfolio size of 400–600 homes.

“We are delighted to be involved in this real estate fund,” said Jeffrey Sweeney, Chairman and CEO at US Capital Partners. “The business comes at a good time as Kansas City has been rated as a top-10 market for single-family residence investments by RealtyTrac. The Fund also complements our expanding family of private investment funds and vehicles. The opportunity to participate in the Fund is now open to eligible investors through our digital investment platform, available at www.uscgs.com.”

About Golden Pacific Capital, LLC

GPC is a real estate asset management firm that focuses on niche opportunities for accredited individual and institutional investors. Ian Fisher and Hubert Hultgren, the principals of GPC, are industry veterans with extensive investment experience and have a proven track record of successful real estate transactions. Mr. Hultgren has been directly involved in acquiring, rehabbing and managing over 2,500 homes across the United States and invested over $30MM on behalf of Tricon Capital, Goldman Sachs and others. Previous ventures have achieved highly successful exits.

About US Capital Partners Inc.

Since 1998, US Capital Partners has been providing well-structured, custom finance solutions to private and public companies in the United States and abroad. Headquartered in San Francisco, US Capital Partners, operating with its affiliate US Capital Global Securities, LLC, is a full-service private investment bank with a wide distribution for debt and equity private placements. The group makes debt investments between $500K and $100MM, participates in debt facilities, and offers asset management, financial advisory services for buy-side and sell-side engagements, and capital formation, including early-stage financings requiring equity or debt. For more information, visit www.uscapitalpartners.net.

To learn more about US Capital Partners, email Jeffrey Sweeney, Chairman and CEO, at jsweeney@uscapitalpartners.net or call +1 (415) 889-1010.

Wednesday
Jun142017

Jeffrey Sweeney Chairs Landmark InsureTech and SecureTech Conference

Chairman and CEO of US Capital Partners Inc. hosts and presides as panel chair at innovative San Francisco conference showcasing the start-up and growth sectors.

San Francisco, June 2017 – US Capital Partners Inc. hosted a thought-provoking digital technology conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, May 30th. Held at Parisoma, the event focused on the $4.5 trillion insurance industry and specifically InsureTech, which is still at a stage of infancy. The event also explored the growing cyber-security sector, which has risen to the top of the international priority list in areas ranging from politics to national defense and from smart homes to our global economic system.

US Capital Partners Inc. is a full-service private investment bank headquartered in San Francisco. Through its affiliate broker dealer, US Capital Global Securities, LLC, the firm provides private placement services and has wide distribution for debt and equity private placements. The firm has a successful history of backing highly promising technology companies.

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Clockwise: James Chappell of Digital Shadows with Jeffrey Sweeney, CEO and Chairman of US Capital Partners, Stephanie Louis of IBM and Paul Sun, CEO and Founder of IronYun

Presenters at the San Francisco event included Paul Sun, President and CEO at IronYun; Stephanie Louis, Cloud Ecosystem Business Development Manager at IBM; Alistair Paterson, CEO and Founder of Digital Shadows, who worked with the Bank of England to define the new CBEST cyber threat standard; Andrii Zamovsky, Founder of Etherium blockchain platform Ambisafe; and Martin Enriquez, an innovator and executive at MagicCube, which focuses on security for mobile apps and software.

Jeffrey Sweeney, Chairman and CEO at US Capital Partners, presided as panel chair. As usual, Sweeney put the panel to the test through engaging questions about the industry and about their technology companies and solutions.

The event showcased IronYun, a next-generation artificial intelligence (AI), deep-learning, big-data video search software company. IronYun’s video analytics software solutions have recently been deployed by ACER Inc., a Taiwanese multinational hardware and electronics corporation, and by Foxconn Technology Group, a Taiwanese multinational electronics contract manufacturer of products like iPhone, Nintendo DS, and Xbox One.

About US Capital Partners Inc.

Since 1998, US Capital Partners has been providing well-structured, custom finance solutions to private and public companies in the United States and abroad. Headquartered in San Francisco, US Capital Partners, operating with its affiliate US Capital Global Securities, LLC, is a full-service private investment bank with a wide distribution for debt and equity private placements. The group makes debt investments between $500,000 and $100 million, participates in debt facilities, and offers asset management, financial advisory services for buy-side and sell-side engagements, and capital formation, including early-stage financings requiring equity or debt. For more information, visit www.uscapitalpartners.net.

To learn more about US Capital Partners, email Jeffrey Sweeney, Chairman and CEO, at jsweeney@uscapitalpartners.net or call +1 (415) 889-1010.

Tuesday
Jun062017

US Capital Engaged in $15M Convertible Note for 480 Holdings, LLC

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480 Holdings LLC

Private investment bank backs the continued growth of an early stage premium bottled water firm.

SAN FRANCISCO, June 2017 – US Capital Partners has been engaged as the exclusive advisor for the 480 Holdings, LLC (“480 Holdings”) $15m convertible note. The company plans to be a premium Fiji natural spring water bottling company under the brand Yaqara Water™ (“Yaqara”).

Supported by the beverage consulting leader Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC), the company has developed an innovative and humanitarian approach that contributes 1.0% of its annual gross revenues. This will assist more than 1,700 local village members by improving their living conditions, providing access to education and changing lives for generations to come.

To date, the company has already accomplished significant steps towards its growth goals, which include securing the leases for water extraction, bottling plant and its accompanying solar energy system in the Yaqara Valley in Fiji.

“480 Holdings is poised to release its product into the market at just the right time,” said Jeffrey Sweeney, Chairman and CEO at US Capital. “The bottled water industry is now flourishing with 2016 retail sales reaching $32 billion in America alone1. Consumers are accelerating their consumption of healthful beverage options and imported water is the leading growth segment. The opportunity to participate in 480 Holdings’ $15 million convertible note raise will soon be open to eligible investors through our digital investment platform, available at www.uscgs.com, which offers a curated selection of private placement opportunities.”

About 480 Holdings, LLC

Formed in 2015, 480 Holdings Limited, LLC is based in Tijeras, New Mexico. The company plans to bottle and sell premium Fiji natural spring water under the brand Yaqara WaterTM. To date, the Company’s primary work has organized and prepared for the extraction, bottling, marketing and sales of bottled drinking water from Fiji. CEO Patrick Scanlon has over 40 years of project management and marketing experience, with 18 years spent at Walt Disney Imagineering as their Senior Vice President and more. The Company’s Board of Directors includes Brian Sudano, COO of the Beverage Marketing Corporation, a leading expert in the beverage industry worldwide and Douglas Holt, recently retired vice president and general manager of TaylorMade-Adidas Golf who was responsible for $1.7 billion in international sales and brand management. Ed Gawronski is the recently appointed CMO, an accomplished senior marketing executive experienced in growing high profile beverage and retail consumer brands.

About US Capital Partners Inc.

Since 1998, US Capital Partners has provided structured, custom financing solutions to private and public companies in the United States and abroad. Headquartered in San Francisco, US Capital Partners, operating with its subsidiary US Capital Global Securities, LLC, is a full-service private investment bank with a wide distribution for debt and equity private placements. The group makes debt investments between $500,000 and $50 million, participates in debt facilities, and offers asset management, financial advisory services for buy-side and sell-side engagements, and capital formation, including early-stage financings of equity and debt.

To learn more about this recent engagement or about how your business can secure the investment banking services it needs, email Jeffrey Sweeney, Chairman and CEO, at jsweeney@uscapitalpartners.net or call (415) 889-1010.

Private placements on US Capital Partners' next-generation digital investment platform are offered by the firm's registered broker dealer subsidiary, US Capital Global Securities, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.

1. Source: DrinkTell Database with Market Forecasts, Beverage Marketing Corporation (2016)

Tuesday
May302017

Financing Expanding Businesses in Real Estate and Construction

US Capital Partners experiences rising demand for scalable alternative financing solutions from enterprises serving the real estate and construction industries.

After a decade on the sideline, first-time buyers are rushing to buy homes, according to The Wall Street Journal this month. This promises to further boost a housing market already flush with luxury sales. Real estate and construction are increasingly offering growth opportunities, but they also require significantly higher levels of capital expenditure. Structuring and securing the right business financing is therefore essential.

Providing Custom Financing for Real Estate and Construction Companies

US Capital Partners’ real estate finance team understands the industry and the challenges owners and CFOs face. The firm has deep experience in financing businesses across a wide range of real estate sectors, including residential, commercial, and industrial, and also in the hospitality industry.

“US Capital Partners has a reputation for being an innovator in the real estate and construction financing space,” said Jeffrey Sweeney, Chairman and CEO at US Capital Partners. “Over the past 24 months, the firm has already provided well over $200 million in financing for small to lower middle market businesses that serve the North American real estate and construction industries.”

“US Capital Partners has a history of successful closings in the commercial and residential real estate sectors,” said Managing Partner Charles Towle. “This February, the firm also successfully launched a $250 million income-generating real estate fund in partnership with Noble Capital Group. Managed by US Capital Investment Management, the new private investment fund aims to offer accredited investors consistent returns through senior secured, first-lien mortgages on residential real estate in Texas.”

Example Transactions by US Capital Partners

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To learn more about how your business can secure the funding it needs, email Jeffrey Sweeney, Chairman and CEO, at jsweeney@uscapitalpartners.net or call (415) 889-1010.

Wednesday
May242017

Securing Working Capital as Larger Enterprises Extend Payment Terms

As larger companies take longer to pay suppliers, US Capital Partners is structuring and providing optimal financing for lower middle market businesses in need of working capital.

Access to working capital can make the difference between simply having dire issues of liquidity and thriving through increased sales and business expansion. Increasingly, larger enterprises, especially in the consumer goods industry, have been lengthening supplier payment terms significantly—sometimes to as long as 120 days or even longer—to actively manage their cash conversion cycles. While this of course improves cash flow at the buying company, it puts significant financial strain on smaller suppliers, making it difficult for them to meet operational needs or invest in their own growth.

Smaller Businesses Struggle with Fluctuating Cash Flow

Cash-flow forecasting remains as difficult as ever for lower middle-market suppliers. Not getting paid on time by clients and customers is one of the biggest challenges smaller companies face when managing their cash flow.

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According to a survey by Pepperdine University, more than one in four companies (26%) have reported an increase in the time it takes to collect receivables compared to twelve months earlier. As a result, many of these companies have struggled or been unable to grow, while some have even had to cut back on employee numbers.

Getting the Working Capital Your Business Needs

This strategy of delaying payments to suppliers began in the recession and has worsened over the years. It places enormous stress on smaller businesses, which often don’t have the bargaining power to address the problem. The good news is that these businesses actually have more financing options available to them than ever before to help them mitigate prolonged collection periods. US Capital Partners Inc. specializes in providing intelligently structured financing—either cash-flow term loans, asset-based lines of credit, or both-to provide help quickly for businesses in this situation.

How US Capital Partners Has Helped Clients

Recently, for instance, US Capital Partners structured and provided a non-traditional, flexible $10 million accounts receivable and inventory line of credit for MusclePharm Corporation, a global market-leader in the sports nutrition industry. Similarly, US Capital Partners structured and provided a $2 million accounts receivable line of credit for Tandon Digital, Inc., which develops and manufactures high-performance flash and other memory storage products under the brand name Monster Digital®.

“We are extremely pleased with this well-structured financing, which was designed specifically to support our rapid business growth,” said Jay Tandon, CEO at Tandon Digital, Inc. “We have been experiencing explosive growth in recent months and needed a working capital line of credit to help meet demand for Monster Digital products from customers such as Fry’s Electronics, Rite Aid, and Staples. This new facility provides the additional working capital the company needs to expand its distribution channels.”

To learn more about how your business can secure the funding it needs, email Jeffrey Sweeney, Chairman and CEO, at jsweeney@uscapitalpartners.net or call (415) 889-1010.