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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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Thursday
Oct122017

US Capital Advises on $8MM Equity Raise for Intel Partner Simply NUC, Inc.

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Simply NUC

Fast-growing Intel Platinum Technology Partner looks to San Francisco-based US Capital Partners to support its development in the mini-PC market.

SAN FRANCISCO, October 2017 – US Capital Partners Inc. has been engaged by Simply NUC, Inc. (“Simply NUC”) to advise on an $8 million series A equity raise. The company is an expanding Ultra Small Form Factor (USFF) technology solutions provider that has become a specialist in the build and customization of the pocket-sized portable PC sold as the Intel® NUC (Next Unit of Computing). Given the rate of growth currently being experienced by Simply NUC, the firm will be using the financing for additional team members, inventory, working capital, and imminent international expansion.

It is commonly known in the industry that the traditional desktop form PC no longer sees the highest growth in sales, as was previously the norm. In fact, rates are declining at a rate of –14% a year,¹ with businesses and consumers looking to the powerful, versatile, and easily portable “mini PC” market instead. The company provides over 200,000 customizable variations of the NUC, as well as expert advice, testing, service, warranty, and support of Intel® NUC kits, systems, solutions and accessories.

The company’s management has a close relationship with Intel, with jointly developed NUC solutions including the Digital Security and Surveillance bundle and Unite Smart Conference Room bundle. The relationship has also seen the exchange of expertise, insider product knowledge, joint product release, sales channels and referrals, which have proven extremely useful in the company’s start up years.

The future looks bright for the Intel Platinum Technology Partner, with CEO Aaron Rowsell commenting: “My team and I have worked the majority of our careers in the small form factor space and we all feel passionate about this company we have built. We are excited about our current rate of growth and profitability and that we are on this journey towards further growth with US Capital.”

“We are extremely pleased to be working on this capital raise for Simply NUC,” said Jeffrey Sweeney, Chairman and CEO at US Capital Partners. “It’s a pleasure to work with such an innovative company that is at the cusp of expansion both domestically and internationally. The opportunity to participate in Simply NUC’s Series A is now open to eligible investors through our digital investment platform, available at www.uscgs.com, which offers a curated selection of private placement offerings.”

1. Source: IDC Research, ‘Desktop Client Form Factor TAM Trend’, 2016.

About Simply NUC, Inc.

Formed in May 2015, Simply NUC, Inc. is an Intel Platinum Technology Partner. The company builds and customizes the pocket-sized portable PC sold as the Intel® NUC (Next Unit of Computing), also providing support and peripheral services for their products. Simply NUC is based in Austin (Round Rock), Texas. Headed up by CEO Aaron Rowsell and CTO Charles Abdouch, the company’s management team has an impressive background rooted in the technology space, covering both senior management and technical roles at household names such as Intel, Dell, HP, and others.

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 financial group 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.

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

Tuesday
Oct032017

US Capital Engaged as Exclusive Adviser on $10MM Preferred Equity Raise for Device Authority Limited

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Device Authority

San Francisco-based private financial group supports the growth of innovative security automation company for the rapidly expanding Internet of Things (IoT).

SAN FRANCISCO, OCTOBER 2017 – US Capital Partners Inc. has been engaged by Device Authority Limited (“Device Authority”) as its exclusive financial adviser for a $10 million Class A-1 preferred equity raise for the firm. Device Authority will use the new financing for pre-sales and sales coverage expansion, marketing, product R&D, and working capital.

US Capital Partners is a full-service private financial group headquartered in San Francisco. Through its investment bank affiliate, US Capital Global Securities, LLC, the firm provides private placement services and has wide distribution for debt and equity private placements.

Incorporated in England and Wales, Device Authority provides solutions to address the challenges of identity and access management for the Internet of Things (IoT) without human intervention. The IoT is a new interconnection of technology heralded as the next industrial revolution. Device Authority’s KeyScaler™ platform, built exclusively for the IoT, delivers IoT security automation at scale.

Darron Antill, CEO at Device Authority, commented: “We approached US Capital Partners to support us with capital formation for the next phase of our business expansion. We are extremely pleased with the team and look forward to meeting strategic investors and other potential partners.”

“We are extremely pleased to be assisting Device Authority with its business financing needs in a strategic role,” said Jeffrey Sweeney, Chairman and CEO at US Capital Partners. “More than half of new businesses are expected to run on the IoT by 2020. The IoT is still in its infancy, though, and one of its most significant issues is security. Device Authority aims to be a global leader in this field. The opportunity to participate in Device Authority’s $10 million preferred equity raise is now open to eligible investors.”

About Device Authority Limited

Device Authority is a provider of identity and access management for the Internet of Things (IoT). Its KeyScaler™ platform provides trust for IoT devices and the IoT ecosystem, to address the challenges of securing the IoT. KeyScaler™ uses breakthrough technology, including patented Dynamic Device Key Generation and PKI Signature+ that delivers simplicity and trust to IoT devices. With offices in Fremont, California and Bracknell, UK, Device Authority partners with the leading IoT ecosystem providers, including Amazon Web Services, Dell, DigiCert, Intel, PTC, and Symantec.

About US Capital Partners

Since 1998, US Capital Partners Inc. has been committed to providing small and lower middle market businesses and investors with sophisticated debt, equity, and investment opportunities usually available only to larger middle market companies and institutional investors. The firm manages direct investment funds and provides wealth management and M&A services. Operating with its registered broker dealer affiliate, US Capital Global Securities, LLC, the firm acts as a licensed placement agent, and collaborates closely with its peers in professional banking and investment advisory.

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

Tuesday
Sep262017

US Capital Engaged on $5MM Preferred Equity Raise for Discovery Sound Technology, LLC

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Discovery Sound Technology

San Francisco-based private financial group supports the continued expansion of an innovative cloud-based service platform leveraging and advancing the Internet of Things.

SAN FRANCISCO, SEPTEMBER 2017 – US Capital Partners Inc. has been engaged by Discovery Sound Technology, LLC (“Discovery”) as its exclusive strategic adviser for a $5 million preferred equity raise for the firm. Discovery will use the new capital for software and product development, equipment production, customer acquisition, and continued expansion.

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Monday
Sep252017

Banking on IP: An Insider’s Perspective

Traditional asset-based lenders look to asset classes such a machinery and equipment, accounts receivable, and inventory to form the basis of their lending. Many traditional asset-based lenders could consider intellectual property (IP) as additional collateral for more lending capacity for their customers. IP as an emerging asset class includes patents, trademarks, brands (and the goodwill associated with brands), copyrighted materials (e.g. computer code), designs (e.g. industrial design of products), and trade secrets.

The valuation of this asset class uses similar market-based resale appraisal assessments that traditional lenders are accustomed to, as well as additional methods considering actual or potential royalties or lease streams, or the outright sale of the IP assets or even the company as a whole to a competitor that values the IP. In the event a traditional asset-based lender is unable to leverage this IP asset class due to leverage line restrictions or covenants, an emerging marketplace exists of specialty IP lenders that can advance against this class and leave the other assets available for senior secured financing by their traditional lending compatriots.

Read the full article: http://www.abladvisor.com/blogs/12633/banking-on-ip-an-insiders-perspective

Tuesday
Sep192017

US Capital Partners Advises on $25 Million Financing for a Leading Renewable Energy Company

Renewable Energy Company

US Capital Partners Inc. supports the continued expansion of a manufacturer of mobile solar technology and other renewable energy products in the United States.

SAN FRANCISCO, SEPTEMBER 2017 – US Capital Partners Inc. has advised on a $25 million financing program for an innovative West Coast-based green energy company. This renewable energy company approached US Capital Partners to secure additional working capital to increase its inventory, as it continues to expand its operations.

Headquartered in San Francisco, US Capital Partners is a full-service private financial group with a strong interest in renewable energy and impact investing. The firm focuses on providing small and lower middle market businesses and investors with sophisticated debt, equity, and investment opportunities usually available only to larger middle market companies and institutional investors.

“We are extremely pleased to have structured and advised on this $25 million financing program,” said Jeffrey Sweeney, Chairman and CEO at US Capital Partners. “It has been a pleasure supporting the growth of this West Coast-based green energy company, which is helping environmentally conscious consumers and businesses reduce their carbon footprint. Our financial group is committed to positive social and environmental impact, and this business was therefore an immediate fit for our experienced renewable energy division.”

About US Capital Partners

Since 1998, US Capital Partners Inc. has been committed to providing small and lower middle market businesses and investors with sophisticated debt, equity, and investment opportunities usually available only to larger middle market companies and institutional investors. The firm manages direct investment funds and provides wealth management and M&A services. Operating with its registered investment bank affiliate, US Capital Global Securities, LLC, the firm acts as a licensed placement agent, and collaborates closely with its peers in professional banking and investment advisory.

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

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