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Breakout Capital never stopped funding. That’s what CEO & President McLean Wilson recently shared with deBanked. The company not only weathered the storm but has come out with expanded access to credit totalling $20MM with Medalist Partners, one a current term loan facility and the other a new term loan facility with “attractive” forward flow features.
The company said in its announcement that these facilities will allow Breakout to increase loan originations across all of its product offerings, including its term-loan product, FactorAdvantage®, and its newest factor product, FactorBridge.
“Small businesses are at the core of our economy and they were, as we were, largely blindsided by recent economic interruptions,” Wilson told deBanked. “We adapted quickly and rolled with the punches and never stopped funding. It is a testament to the resiliency, loyalty and borrower first mentality that Breakout Capital has not only weathered the storm, but has strengthened our company throughout the past few months. We quickly adapted to a new way of thinking, which helped us serve our clients in real time and forge ever closer relationships with our factor partners, lenders, online marketplaces, ISOs and borrowers.”
John Slonieski, Director of Private Credit for Medalist Partners, said in the announcement that “We are pleased to enhance our relationship with Breakout Capital in our asset-based lending strategy. Their high-quality underwriting and SMB-friendly lending solutions, coupled with their talented credit and management team, provide us confidence as we continue working closely with them to successfully scale their lending program.”
MCLEAN, VA / July 8, 2020 / Leading nationwide small business lender Breakout Capital announced today the completion of two senior secured credit facilities, totaling $20MM, with Medalist Partners, expanding and extending a current term loan facility and establishing a new term loan facility with attractive forward flow features with its long-time lending partner. This expansion of its successful ongoing partnership with Medalist further validates Breakout Capital’s vision and growth through product differentiation, innovative responses to small business needs and disciplined, long-term strategy. These facilities will allow Breakout to increase loan originations across all of its product offerings, including its highly regarded term-loan product, FactorAdvantage®, and its newest, well-received factor product, FactorBridge.
“I am pleased to continue our successful relationship with Medalist Partners. Medalist is a disciplined and engaged credit facility provider who shares our vision and believes in the strong value we bring to small businesses across the country,” said McLean Wilson, Breakout Capital’s CEO and Chief Credit Officer. “The expansion of this strategic relationship will accelerate the growth of our “white-hat” brand and the continued introduction of innovative new lending solutions to the market.”
John Slonieski, Director of Private Credit for Medalist Partners, added, “We are pleased to enhance our relationship with Breakout Capital in our asset-based lending strategy. Their high-quality underwriting and SMB-friendly lending solutions, coupled with their talented credit and management team, provide us confidence as we continue working closely with them to successfully scale their lending program.”
Given the deployment of these Medalist facilities and increased market demand from the rollout of FactorBridge and expansion of FactorAdvantage®, Breakout Capital has in parallel raised its loan size up to $1,000,000. It has done so while continuing to offer loan terms of up to 24 months, offering flexibility through FactorBridge to provide shorter-term solutions that bridge to these longer-term Breakout Capital loans.
“The increase in our maximum term loans provides much-needed additional liquidity to small businesses, enabling them to implement critical strategies and capitalize on time-sensitive opportunities during these unprecedented times,” Wilson stated. “It also facilitates powerful dual factoring-loan solutions where we provide critical working capital loans to SMBs in tandem with accounts-receivable based factoring platforms offered by our valued factor partners.”
About Breakout Capital
Breakout Capital, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, is a leading fintech company, offering innovative small business lending solutions across the country. Breakout Capital is committed to transparent and responsible lending solutions through product innovation, small business borrowing education, and advocacy against predatory lending practices and continues to empower small business through right-sized lending, suitability testing, improving terms and supporting the long-term financing objectives of small businesses.
About Medalist Partners
Medalist Partners is an SEC registered investment manager with approximately $2.4 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2020. The New York based firm manages strategies in asset-based private credit, structured credit, and collateralized loan obligations. The business is led by partners Greg Richter, Brian Herr and Michael Ardisson, who were formerly part of Candlewood Investment Group and prior to that Credit Suisse.
Supply chain and logistics company acquires the lending business of leading fintech small business lender and injects new equity capital
MCLEAN, VA — SecurCapital Corp, an expanding supply chain and financial services provider headquartered in California, today announced the acquisition of the lending business of Breakout Capital Finance, a leading fintech company and nationwide small business lender. SecurCapital is also providing additional equity capital to drive growth in Breakout Capital Finance’s two primary lending products: its highly regarded and innovative term loan product and its FactorAdvantage ® lending solution for small businesses that utilize factoring to finance their business. The acquired lending business assets will be operated by a subsidiary of SecurCapital that will conduct business as Breakout Capital.
Steve Russell, CEO of SecurCapital commented, “We’re delighted to have found a highly respected team and innovative business model in the small business finance space. I share the founder’s vision of the massive potential of the FactorAdvantage lending solution and believe we now have the platform and capital to rapidly grow this industry-changing product. We couldn’t have found a better business to complement SecurCapital’s strategic vision for empowering small businesses.” SecurCapital, through a series of strategic acquisitions, provides supply chain and financial services to small businesses primarily in the logistics industry, including veteran-and minority owned businesses.
Breakout Capital Finance’s Founder, Carl Fairbank added, “After four years as Founder and CEO of Breakout Capital Finance, this transaction begins the next chapter of Breakout Capital’s lending business. SecurCapital is also committed to the proliferation of best practices to drive change in the broader market. I believe Breakout Capital, in partnership with SecurCapital, is now well positioned for substantial growth, especially with its commitment to FactorAdvantage.” Mr. Fairbank will provide strategic guidance during the transition, but has stepped down as CEO of the lending business to focus on driving innovation in advanced technology, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain.
Tim Buzby has been appointed as the new CEO of Breakout Capital. He spent 17 years at Farmer Mac, in executive positions culminating as CEO. Notably, he oversaw a 58% increase in company earnings and an almost 4x increase in stock price and strategically matured the company into an agricultural lending industry leader.
Breakout Capital has also hired McLean Wilson, former CEO of Charleston Capital, an asset manager in the SME space, and former CEO of inFactor, a factoring company, as Chief Credit Officer. Mr. Russell added, “With the appointment of Tim as CEO and the addition of McLean to the management team, we expect Breakout Capital not only to carry forward its role in the industry as product innovator and transparent lender but also to deliver financing solutions to a much broader range of small businesses.” Breakout Capital is committed to maintain the high ethical standards, best practices, APR-based disclosure, and competitive pricing for which it has always been known.
About Breakout Capital
Breakout Capital, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, has been and will continue to be a leading fintech company, offering innovative small business lending solutions across the country. As part of SecurCapital, Breakout Capital will remain committed to transparent and responsible lending solutions through product innovation, small business borrowing education, and advocacy against predatory lending practices and will continue to empower small business through right-sized lending, suitability testing, improving terms and supporting the long-term financing objectives of small businesses. Breakout Capital has been widely regarded as the “white-hat” lender in the alternative finance space and intends to retain that reputation as part of SecurCapital.
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SecurCapital is headquartered in greater Los Angeles, California with locations in San Diego, Atlanta, Baltimore and Washington, DC. SecurCapital provides supply chain financial services and proven advisory services to logistics businesses from a seasoned team of logistics and financing professionals. SecurCapital offers mid-tier and startup companies access to working capital, M&A consulting, technology enablement and mission critical services for all their supply chain needs. SecurCapital offers forwarders, truckers, custom brokers, 3PL, wholesalers, 4PL, suppliers, veteran owned small businesses (VOSB), minority owned enterprises and government contractors’ on-line access to a broad range of services.
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SecurCapital Corp has acquired the lending business of Breakout Capital Finance.
Breakout was founded in 2015 by Carl Fairbank, a former investment banker, and quickly made a splash in the burgeoning small business lending industry. The company has raised significant capital and is a principal member of Innovative Lending Platform Association (ILPA), a trade group that among other things, created SMART Box, a uniform loan disclosure meant to enhance transparency across the industry.
Earlier this year, however, the company suspended originations.
But that’s poised to change. The deal with SecurCapital, a supply chain and financial service provider headquartered in California, means that Breakout is on track to resume originations as early as next week, according to the company. And there’s other changes afoot.
Tim Buzby, who previously served as the company’s CFO is now the President & CEO. Buzby is well primed for the job. He’s a former CEO of Farmer Mac, a company he spent 17 years with.
Carl Fairbank, who previously served as CEO of the lending business, will provide strategic guidance during the transition, the company reports. He will no longer have a day-to-day role.
“After four years as Founder and CEO of Breakout Capital Finance, this transaction begins the next chapter of Breakout Capital’s lending business,” Fairbank is quoted as saying in a company announcement. “SecurCapital is also committed to the proliferation of best practices to drive change in the broader market. I believe Breakout Capital, in partnership with SecurCapital, is now well positioned for substantial growth, especially with its commitment to FactorAdvantage.”
Fairbank is reportedly shifting his focus toward driving innovation in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain.
Breakout Capital has also hired McLean Wilson, former CEO of Charleston Capital (fka Drift Capital Partners), an asset manager in the SME space, and former CEO of inFactor, a factoring company, as Chief Credit Officer.
In an interview with Breakout’s new CEO Tim Buzby and VP Jay Bhatt (who has been with the company since the very beginning), they said that the company’s risk criteria and credit box will remain the same as it was previously, with potential to even expand it down the road. The company pressing the originations pause button from approximately February to July, therefore, shouldn’t be interpreted as a weakness of the company’s business model. Rather the acquisition and changes should suggest the opposite.
Steve Russell, CEO of SecurCapital, commented, “We’re delighted to have found a highly respected team and innovative business model in the small business finance space. I share the founder’s vision of the massive potential of the FactorAdvantage lending solution and believe we now have the platform and capital to rapidly grow this industry-changing product. We couldn’t have found a better business to complement SecurCapital’s strategic vision for empowering small businesses.”
Two SecurCapital executives have also been placed on Breakout’s board of directors.
Buzby confirmed that operations will resume as normal. The business address and business name will remain the same with one notable difference; That being that the name has been shortened from Breakout Capital Finance to Breakout Capital. It’s also now being operated by a subsidiary of SecurCapital.
With today’s announcement of Breakout Capital Finance’s acquisition of HomeZen’s technology, deBanked wondered what will happen to HomeZen after the acquisition of its technology.
HomeZen’s co-founder and Head of Technology Mike Spainhower will work with Breakout Capital to help integrate the HomeZen technology into Breakout Capital’s system, Breakout Capital Chief Operating Officer Mendelsohn told deBanked. But Spainhower will not be joining Breakout Capital as an employee, nor will any other former HomeZen employees. HomeZen will still service its existing clients, but will no longer seek additional clients or operate under the HomeZen name. HomeZen, which provided software tools for home sellers to more efficiently sell their homes, was founded in 2016 in the Washington D.C. area.
Mendelsohn said that prior to this acquisition, BreakOut Capital founder and CEO Carl Fairbank and HomeZen co-founder and CEO Kevin Bennett knew each other as part of the Washington D.C.-area tech community.
The HomeZen website is currently down, which is not an error. Mendelsohn said that the transaction between the two companies meant that HomeZen would cease offering its technology, and website, to new customers.
While Mendelsohn acknowledged the real estate technology company Zillow as a potential competitor of HomeZen, he said that HomeZen’s offering was quite uncommon.
“They were pretty unique in offering sellers a suite of [real estate] tools to do it themselves really be empowered to direct the sales process yourself.”
Breakout Capital has grown its loan originations throughout the year and also obtained a $15 million facility at the end of May that has allowed it to build out a factoring product, called FactorAdvantage.
Of the acquisition, Mendelsohn said:
“You have to take the long view with this and say ‘They’re serving real estate sellers, we’re serving small business owners.’ This may seem a little discontinuous, but what they’re doing is the same thing we’re doing. They’re providing great tools, calculators and other ways to evaluate offers. And that’s exactly what we do. This will allow us to give our applicants and borrowers access to that high quality experience.”
Founded in 2015 by CEO Carl Fairbank, Breakout Capital is based in McLean, Virginia.
McLean, Va. (July 3, 2018) – Breakout Capital Finance (“Breakout Capital”), a leading technology innovator and small business lending company, announced today that it has acquired HomeZen’s technology. HomeZen is a real estate technology company providing powerful software tools for home sellers using technology to more efficiently and effectively sell their homes.
HomeZen’s innovative core technology enables users to source and evaluate offers in order to achieve the best possible outcome. This technology, which includes calculators and other user tools, will be used by Breakout Capital to empower small businesses searching for working capital solutions. The company plans to unveil a new website incorporating these features later this year.
“Since its inception, Breakout Capital has prioritized being a customer-focused disruptor, seeking out ways to better serve our customers,” said Carl Fairbank, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Breakout Capital. “HomeZen’s technology is incredibly innovative, and it will not only help us improve the way small businesses search and evaluate their options to access working capital, but will also help to empower entrepreneurs to do more with their already limited time.”
“At HomeZen we use technology to empower home sellers with the information and tools they need to easily and cheaply sell their homes,” added Kevin Bennett, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of HomeZen. “I’m excited that Breakout Capital will be able to use our technology to simplify what can be a stressful, complicated process for small business owners.”
This is another milestone in the fast growth of Breakout Capital. Throughout 2018, Breakout Capital has rapidly grown loan originations, repeatedly breaking records for new funding volume. In parallel, it has continued to innovate its technology platforms, with notable advances in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and the use of blockchain to support lending operations.
Breakout Capital also recently closed on a substantial new credit facility with Medalist Partners and expanded its headquarters in McLean, Virginia.
About Breakout Capital Finance
Breakout Capital Finance is a leading financial technology company that uses best-in-class technology to provide a wide range of credit solutions to small businesses across the country. Built on the three pillars of transparency, education and advocacy for small business, the company is one of the fastest-growing direct lenders in the space and leads a world-class technology innovation effort. Breakout Capital Finance is a Principal Member of the Innovative Lending Platform Association and is an original advocate for the SmartBoxTM standard for transparency and cost disclosure.
To learn more about Breakout Capital Finance, please visit www.breakoutfinance.com.
Breakout Capital announced that it obtained a $15 million facility on Wednesday, with a fund managed by Medalist Partners. While the facility is not earmarked for any single product, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer James Mendelsohn told deBanked that the facility will certainly help fund the company’s relatively new and popular FactorAdvantage product.
“With the [FactorAdvantage] program, we work in concert with the factor and the small business to maximize the small business’s access to capital,” Mendelsohn said. “We work with factors to enable a factoring relationship with a small business.”
Introduced in January of this year, Mendelsohn said that the FactorAdvantage program generally works in one of two ways, depending on the client. If the client is new to a factoring company and the client has a tax lien or something that prevents the factor from working with that client, FactorAdvantage will come in and help finance a consolidation or whatever it is to prepare the client to work with the factor.
The other common use of the FactorAdvantage product is for existing clients of the factoring company that want access to more capital. Factors will sometimes provide additional capital in what is called an overadvance. But when the factor is not able to, or not able to provide enough capital, FactorAdvantage will provide that additional capital.
“The access to more capital [will allow] us to grow,” Mendelsohn said. “We’ve had February, March, April and now May – each month, we’ve broken our own record for origination volume. We want to break that record every month going forward, so this [facility] will help us have plenty of dry powder.”
Mendelsohn also said that a boon of the FactorAdvantage program is that “the tickets are much bigger.” The maximum financing on Breakout Capital’s other products is $250,000, while the maximum for the FactorAdvantage product is $500,000. Breakout Capital was founded in May of 2015 and also provides Business loans, SBA loans, Lines of credit, Equipment leasing and Merchant cash advance, among other financing products. The bulk of the company’s volume comes from their distribution partners, including brokers, ISOs, and more recently, factoring companies.
Based in McLean, VA, Breakout Capital employs almost 50 people.
Leading innovative fintech lender announces $15MM credit facility to further fuel its growth in small business lending
McLean, VA May 30, 2018 – Breakout Capital, a technology-enabled small business lender, announced today the launch of a new, $15MM credit facility with a fund managed by Medalist Partners. The new facility will enable Breakout Capital to continue the rapid expansion of its small business lending programs, including the award-winning FactorAdvantage℠ program, across the country.
“Medalist is an ideal partner to support our growth,” said Carl Fairbank, Founder & CEO of Breakout Capital. “They appreciate the tremendous value that FinTech lenders offer to small businesses through timely access to capital, and its vital role as a growth engine for our entire economy. And just as importantly, they are aligned with our values of innovation, transparency, and advocacy for small business.”
The facility will support Breakout Capital’s growth across traditional business loans, Breakout Bridge loans, and FactorAdvantage℠ program loans. In the patent-pending FactorAdvantage℠ program, Breakout Capital complements traditional A/R factoring with a hybrid business loan, enabling consolidations or overadvances.
“We believe the combination of strong underwriting, product innovation, and a top-notch management team is a great recipe for success,” said John Slonieski, Director of Private Credit for Medalist Partners. “We are excited to add this credit facility to our portfolio of high quality asset-based lending programs.”
Throughout 2018, Breakout Capital has continued to grow its origination volume, breaking records each month for new funding volume. In parallel, the company has continued to innovate in its technology program, with notable advances in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and use of the blockchain to support lending operations.
“We are privileged to have Medalist as a partner on our growth journey,” said Fairbank. “This new credit facility is key to our bringing more of our great products, together with our partners, to more small businesses.”
About Breakout Capital
Breakout Capital is a leading financial technology company, leveraging best-in-class technology to provide a wide range of credit solutions to small businesses across the country. Built on three pillars of transparency, education, and advocacy for small business, the company is one of the fastest-growing direct lenders in the space, and leads a world-class technology innovation effort. Breakout Capital is a Principal Member of the Innovative Lending Platform Association and an original advocate for the SmartBox™ standard for transparency and cost disclosure.
To learn more about Breakout Capital, please visit www.breakoutfinance.com.
About Medalist Partners
Medalist Partners is an SEC registered investment manager with approximately $900 million of assets under management as of May 1, 2018. The New York based firm manages strategies in specialty finance and structured credit. The business and track record was started within Credit Suisse and Candlewood Investment Group, LP prior to being spun-out as an independent, partner-owned firm in 2018.
To learn more about Medalist Partners, please visit www.medalistpartners.com.
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