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Tuesday
Aug152017

US Capital Partners Holds “Future of Tech” Event in Manhattan, New York

Innovative New York City rooftop event explores the impact and future of FinTech, HealthTech, MediaTech, and impact investing in the industry.

SAN FRANCISCO, August 2017 – On July 25th, US Capital Partners Inc. organized and sponsored a reception, presentation, and networking event on the future and impact of FinTech, HealthTech, and MediaTech. Entitled “Future of Tech,” the rooftop event was held on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, New York City, and focused on the direction and future of the industry over the next five years.

US Capital Partners 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’s technological innovations in finance reduces “transaction friction” and makes smaller deals more efficient and practical than ever before.

New York Event

The event opened with a presentation by James Clark, founder of The World Technology Network and Awards. Clark founded a global network of peer-elected most-innovative people in the science and technology arena. Global sponsors and partners have included Fortune magazine, TIME magazine, CNN, Science magazine, the New York Stock Exchange, Microsoft, Shell Foundation, Novartis, and salesforce.com, among others.

This was followed by an inspiring talk by Chinyere Nnadi, founder of Sustainability International. Nnadi is a social entrepreneur dedicated to leveraging cutting-edge technology to clean up the environment and reduce poverty in his homeland, the Niger Delta of Nigeria. Michael R. Neece, a co-founder of seven startups, presented also. Neece’s latest software company, Jenyta, automates complex workflows and integrates data silos to orchestrate how people and systems work together.

Vincent Favrat, CEO at Musimap, a Belgian music cognitive technologies company, also gave a talk at the event. Together with Thierry Baujard, Favrat repositioned the company in B2B, spearheaded a funding round to finalize Musimap’s emotive-sensitive technologies, and prepared its successful market entry.

“US Capital Partners was keen to put FinTech, HealthTech, and MediaTech under the looking glass to see where the next five years will lead us,” said Zee West, Events Coordinator at US Capital Partners. “Some key topics included socializing finance, financial inclusion and health, and partnering with companies outside the classic start-up and scale-up universe. It was a very thought-provoking event with an overwhelming response.”

About US Capital Partners

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 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.

Thursday
Aug102017

The Great American Eclipse and Bull Market

Market Insights: The Great American Eclipse and Bull Market

On Monday, August 21, 2017, the Great American Eclipse will be visible from a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina. This is the first total solar eclipse in the United States in 38 years and the first coast to coast eclipse since 1918. Adding to the excitement, this will be the first eclipse in the history of the United States, which in totality is exclusively “For USA Eyes Only.”

Since Donald Trump was elected the 45th U.S. President, the S&P 500 has gained 17.6%, the Dow +20.6% and the tech heavy NASDAQ composite +22.7%. In a bullish market, record highs are common – unlike a Made in the USA total solar eclipse. Year-to-date, the S&P 500 has closed at new highs 31 times or 21% of the trading days, the Dow 41 times or 27% and the NASDAQ 39 times or 26.5%.

Along with solid gains and new highs, stocks have had small retreats – also referred to as drawdowns. Year-to-date the largest drawdown is 2.6% from early March high to mid-April. Ahead of the election in November, the S&P 500 had a 4.3% drawdown from August high (shown below):

Earnings in Driver Seat

Corporate earnings are a major factor fueling this latest advance of the 8-year-old bull market.  After an earnings timeout when S&P 500 earnings experienced essentially no earnings growth in 2015 and 2016, growth forecasts for 2017 and 2018 are double-digit according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S (below). The squiggly colored lines are the lives of annual forecasts.  In this subset (2011-2018) as in most years, forecasts are initially overly optimistic and fade over time as reality sets in. As we close in on the 2017 finish line, forecasts are holding up better than most years and the stock market has voted its approval.


Energy Sector – Star to Goat to Contributor

Breaking earnings down by sector contribution, the chart below shows the eleven sectors of the S&P 500 over the past four years. One can see clearly how the energy sector forward earnings (the green line) were decimated from the end of 2014 to mid-2016 from $50 to $10. Though still far from highs, the energy sector earnings are off the floor and are adding to the growth in overall S&P 500 earnings.


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The Great American Eclipse and Bull Market

US Capital Partners

Pursuant to the provisions of Rule 206(4)-1 of the Investment Advisors Act of 1940, we advise all readers to recognize that they should not assume that recommendations made in the future will be profitable or will equal the performance of past recommendations. This publication is not a solicitation to buy or offer to sell any of the securities listed or reviewed herein. The contents of this letter have been compiled from original and published sources believed to be reliable, but are not guaranteed as to accuracy or completeness. Nicholas Atkeson and Andrew Houghton are also principals of US Capital Wealth Management, a registered investment advisor. Clients of US Capital Wealth Management and individuals associated with US Capital Wealth Management may have positions in and may from time to time make purchases or sales of securities mentioned herein.

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Thursday
Aug102017

Join US Capital and New Cities at Investor Event in San Francisco

Join US Capital and New Cities at Investor Event in San Francisco

Affordable Developments

The $110MM Mixed-Use Affordable Development in Hayward, California

SAN FRANCISCO, August 2017 – US Capital Partners Inc. has been engaged as the exclusive advisor to New Cities Investment Partners, LLC for the capital formation for a $110MM mixed-use real estate development named the ‘Maple & Main Project’ in Hayward, located in California’s flourishing San Francisco Bay Area. To showcase this project, US Capital will be hosting an investor event on Thursday, August 17th between 6pm and 8pm at the iconic Bently Reserve. This landmark, known as the former San Francisco Federal Reserve building, is located at 301 Battery Street. This will be an opportunity to meet the management team and join the discussion around Maple & Main’s conception.

The Maple & Main Project has been unanimously approved by the Hayward City Council and is expected to be a catalyst for downtown revitalization. The project is located at Main, Maple & A Street on a 3.9 acre site four blocks from the BART, and consists of 240 market-rate and affordable apartments and 5,571 square feet of retail space that exhibit both eco-friendly and socially responsible design principles.

Other planned amenities include a 50,000 square foot medical office, a 504-stall parking garage, three open courtyards, a swimming pool, a 3,600-square-foot clubhouse and a 6,460-square-foot rooftop terrace. The site also has easy access to the 580 and 880 freeways, and is only a 35-minute BART ride from downtown San Francisco.

Lee Newell, Chief Executive Officer at New Cities, commented: “We approached US Capital Partners to support us with capital formation for this landmark project. We are extremely pleased with the team and look forward to meeting strategic investors and other potential partners.”

“We are delighted to be involved in this project, which is so close to home for us,” said Jeffrey Sweeney, Chairman and CEO at US Capital Partners. “The business comes at a good time as the area has benefited substantially from  San Francisco and Silicon Valley’s prosperity. Just down the road from this site, residents will find high-profile employers such as Tesla Motors, Seagate Technology, and Amazon. The opportunity to participate in this fund is now open to eligible investors.”

To join the investor event on Thursday, August 17th, please message psteele@uscgsecurities.com to RSVP.

About New Cities Land Company, Inc.

New Cities Land Company, Inc. (“New Cities”), formed in 1984, is a privately held corporation based in Walnut Creek, California. The company is active in land use entitlements, multi-family residential developments, and commercial investment-grade properties in California. New Cities controls New Cities Investment Partners, LLC, an entity focused on the acquisition, entitlement and development of urban infill apartment sites in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. New Cities is also the managing member of Bay Area Property Developers, LLC. New Cities is led by industry veteran Lee Newell and his senior team of Blake Peters, Stuart Brown, and Travers Newell. New Cities has developed over $2.5BN of real estate in California, Nevada, and Arizona.

About US Capital Partners

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 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.

Sunday
Aug062017

5% Interest on Checking Accounts – Those Were the Days!

Market Insights
August 3, 2017

5% Interest on Checking Accounts – Those Were the Days!

I have great memories hearing my grandparents and my parents recalling when such and such used to cost a dime or a nickel: the subway, the bridge toll, The New York Times, a cup of coffee… those were the days.

While we are getting nostalgic, how about the days when a Certificate of Deposit used to pay 5%....or even on a checking account! One does not have to go too far back. Below is a flyer sent out by First Republic Bank in March 2001:

From the chart below, one can observe that rates (in red) have fallen with extreme volatility since the early 1980s when rates on 6-month CDs were as high as 18%! In August 2007, just ten years ago, 6-month CDs were paying 5.4%. Over the past eight years, 6-month CDs have averaged 0.30%. Another way to look at this extraordinary change is that the interest on $100,000 in 2007 was paying/yielding $5,400 and has dropped to only $300 per annum for the past eight years.

Another observation from this chart is that 6-month CD’s have typically (90% of the time) been greater than inflation from 1980 through April 2009. Over the past eight years, CDs have been running below inflation 100% of the time.

What does this all mean? In short, savings in these CDs are losing to inflation and are not meeting any minimal income requirements. Subsequently, individuals are being forced out on the risk curve (into longer maturities and riskier assets) in search of yield and growth.

One of the most important things when planning for the future and investing is being adaptable. The chart above is a stark reminder. The investment landscape is complex and always changing. Some changes are gradually, while others like the rates of these CDs pictured can change dramatically in short periods. As investors, we need to stay on our toes and/or find someone to help us.

We invite you to give us a call at (415) 249-6337, visit www.uscapitalwm.com or email us at uscapitalwm.com  if you have questions about how we can assist you in managing your investment accounts.


Click on link below to see this commentary as a PDF:

5% Interest on Checking Accounts – Those Were the Days!

US Capital Partners

Pursuant to the provisions of Rule 206(4)-1 of the Investment Advisors Act of 1940, we advise all readers to recognize that they should not assume that recommendations made in the future will be profitable or will equal the performance of past recommendations. This publication is not a solicitation to buy or offer to sell any of the securities listed or reviewed herein. The contents of this letter have been compiled from original and published sources believed to be reliable, but are not guaranteed as to accuracy or completeness. Nicholas Atkeson and Andrew Houghton are also principals of US Capital Wealth Management, a registered investment advisor. Clients of US Capital Wealth Management and individuals associated with US Capital Wealth Management may have positions in and may from time to time make purchases or sales of securities mentioned herein.

THIS NEWSLETTER IS PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT LAW. UNAUTHORIZED DISTRIBUTION AND/OR REPRODUCTION BY PHOTOCOPY OR ANY OTHER MEANS IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED AND PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF UP TO $25,000.

Sunday
Aug062017

480 Holdings LLC Release Plans for Premium Bottled Water from Fiji to Investors at San Francisco Event

480 Holdings LLC Release Plans for Premium Bottled Water from Fiji to Investors at San Francisco Event

480 Holdings

Senior management at emerging premium bottled water company lay out plans to investors at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

SAN FRANCISCO, August 2017 – Last week, investors gathered at the iconic Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco to hear 480 Holdings Limited, LLC (“480 Holdings”) present and discuss their plans for a socially responsible, premium bottled spring water brand named Yaqara Water™ (“Yaqara”).

Demand for bottled water has steadily grown as consumers around the world shift away from sugary beverages towards healthier alternatives.¹ A number of investors were curious as to how this company is going to differentiate its offering from other bottled water companies, given the strong competition from premium water brands including Fiji Water™, and how the company proposes to improve the lives of the local population.

A lively discussion ensued with probing questions posed to the 480 Holdings team, including Bob Bishop, Founder; Patrick Scanlon, CEO; Ed Gawronski, CMO; Gobind Khalsa, CFO; and Brian Sudano, Board Member. The team outlined a business approach that is markedly different from that of their competition, with a commitment to renewable energy, stewardship of the adjacent rainforest, employment practices that include higher-than-market wages, and a firm commitment to contribute 1.0% of annual gross revenues to the 480 Holdings Humanitarian Fund to benefit the local Fijian people throughout the term of the firm’s 99-year land leases.

The company’s leases, comprising approximately 400 acres, include an additional government-provided 23 square miles of protective buffer zone. Within this zone, which serves as the natural recharge area for the 480 Holdings water source, solely 480 Holdings will be permitted to extract water. Furthermore, third-party experts Riley Consultants Ltd and Williamson Watery Advisory Ltd have confirmed that the 480 Holdings leases and associated buffer zone contain an abundant, annually renewing supply of pristine, premium drinking water.²

Visit the company’s offering webpage to read more about its $15 million convertible note, or have a look at its presentation slides and Q&A transcript.

About 480 Holdings Limited, 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 Water™. CEO Patrick Scanlon has over 40 years of project management and marketing experience, with 18 years spent at Walt Disney Imagineering as 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, the recently appointed CMO, is an accomplished senior marketing executive experienced in growing high profile beverage and retail consumer brands.

To learn more about 480 Holdings Limited, LLC or Yaqara Water, please email Gobind Singh Khalsa, CFO, at gobindsingh@480holdings.comor call (707) 827-0108.

1. DrinkTell Database with Market Forecasts, Beverage Marketing Corporation (2016).
2. Addendum to EIA Report – Proposed Spring Water Bottling Project – 480 Holdings Ltd, Riley Consultants Ltd (2015).

About US Capital Partners

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 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 of equity and debt.

To learn more about US Capital Partners 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.