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Velocity Group USA Names Keith Nason President, Launching KapSource in Q1 2022

December 16, 2021
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velocity group usaMelville, NY – December 16th, 2021 – Velocity Group USA is pleased to announce Keith Nason as the newly appointed President. In conjunction with stepping into the role as President, Nason will continue to hold his position as Chief Operating Officer, building on business development strategies and appointing new members of Velocity Group’s executive team.

“We have undergone many necessary changes over the past year, but the change we are most excited about is appointing Keith Nason as the President of Velocity Group. He has extensive industry experience, as well as the knowledge, innovation and vision to drive growth in 2022. I have no doubt these qualities will help set us apart from our competitors as we continue to expand our business,” said Lisa Gioia, Chief Executive Officer

Nason is an industry veteran with over eight years of experience within the Merchant Cash Advance market, specializing in both top and bottom-line growth, building infrastructure and security, data integrity, risk models, technology, and securing capital through multiple channels.

“Over the last 12 months, we’ve invested a tremendous amount of time, energy, and capital in our team, product, infrastructure and data security, as well as our process. Doing so has positioned us for significant growth in 2022 and beyond,” commented Nason.

He also credited his institutional investors as being a key to success by having faith in the long-term goals of the company, and confidence in the new team to prioritize long-term success over strictly short-term returns. Nason also stated, “It’s a true testament to the team that we were able to completely rebuild our business foundation while still funding over $100MM and producing record returns to our investors.”

With the revamp of the company infrastructure and data security, Velocity Group USA will be launching KapSource within the first quarter of 2022, a “business in a box” model that will allow other members of the industry to use its proprietary technology to increase conversions, alongside a marketplace in which brokers can fund their owns deals and create additional revenue streams through Velocity’s capital sources.

Fundworks Completes a Refinancing of its Capital Structure of up to $70 Million

July 13, 2021
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The Company Announced Today the Closing of a New Bank Credit Facility and the Issuance of Corporate Notes

fundworks logoVAN NUYS, CA, July 13, 2021: The Fundworks, LLC, a leading a tech-enabled small business finance company, announced the recent closing of a $25.0 million Credit Facility with a commercial bank and the sale of $20.0 million of Senior Secured Notes to a group of U.S.-based institutional investors. The Credit Facility is expandable up to a maximum of $50.0 million, representing a total capital raise of up to $70.0 million. These transactions refinanced the Company’s existing Senior Credit Facility and subordinated debt and provide substantial excess capital to fund the continued growth of its small business funding platform.

“We are very pleased to announce this financing, which will allow us to significantly expand our ability to provide funding to our small business client base,“ said Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Evan Smiedt. “This new capital strategically positions The Fundworks to be the funder of choice for small businesses as they re-accelerate growth after a difficult and uncertain 2020. Quick access to capital is key for small businesses to succeed and we are very happy to be well capitalized when our clients need us the most.”

“Given the volatile markets and challenging funding environment in our sector, our ability to close these transactions with multiple, large and established financial institutions is a strong endorsement of the The Fundworks and the continued efforts by our employees and partners to put our clients first,“ said Bradley Smiedt, Co-Founder and Chairman. “We look at the closing of this financing as a significant next step in the growth and success of our Company.”

Brean Capital, LLC served as the Company’s Exclusive Financial Advisor and Placement Agent on both transactions.

About The Fundworks:

The Fundworks is a tech-enabled finance platform providing working capital solutions to merchants to grow their businesses, take advantage of short-term opportunities and fund seasonal business fluctuations. The Company’s proprietary technology platform makes the opaque, time-consuming process of obtaining capital simple, fast and reliable. Since inception, Fundworks has funded nearly $400 million to over 8,300 small businesses throughout the United States. The Company is headquartered in Van Nuys, CA. For more information, please visit: https://www.thefundworks.com/.

For more information/ questions/ interview requests / media inquiries, please contact: Evan Smiedt
Email: info@thefundworks.com | Phone: (844) 644-FUND

Merchant Cash Advance Industry Pioneer David Goldin Launches Lender Capital Partners To Provide Financing To Merchant Cash Advance / Alternative Business Loan Providers

November 5, 2019
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Lenders Capital PartnersWhite Plains, NY – November 5, 2019 – David Goldin, one of the merchant cash advance industry pioneers who founded one of the first US merchant cash advance providers in 2002, Capify (formerly known as AmeriMerchant), that later expanded to the UK and Australia has partnered with a subsidiary of Basepoint Capital, a seasoned specialty finance group, to form Lender Capital Partners (http://www.lendercapitalpartners.com). Basepoint has provided over $300 million in committed financings / forward flow purchases in the merchant cash advance / alternative business loan industry.

Lender Capital Partners (LCP) provides MCA and alternative business lending platforms with strategic capital including:

  • Forward flow programs – LCP funds 100% of the amounts disbursed by the platform in connection with their funding of advances / business loans including sales commissions to their customers to free up cash and avoid the burden of equity requirements or “hair cut” money associated with traditional asset-based credit lines.
  • Participations / Syndication – by having LCP purchase a participation in larger deals, the platform is able to offer larger size approvals to their customers and brokers / referral partners without taking on concentration risk. LCP can participate up to $1 million in each deal and provide strategic capital by offering our many years of industry experience underwriting larger size deals.
  • Credit facilities – LCP provide credit facilities for MCA and alternative business loan providers that begin at a minimum of $20 million and can go up to $100 million+. Our credit facilities typically offer a higher advance rate than a bank and less stringent concentration limits.
  • Broker Graduation Program – LCP will allow brokers to take the next step of becoming a direct lender by providing the capital and know-how needed to fund deals on their own. Designed for brokers that can originate a minimum of $500k/month, LCP can provide the capital needed and set up brokers with one of our partners to provide a back office if needed for underwriting / servicing without having to make the investment on their own.
  • Point of Sales / Credit Card Processor Merchant Cash Advance / Merchant Financing Program – LCP can provide a turnkey solution for POS / Credit Card Processing companies to offer a merchant financing program to their merchants to compete with some of the larger POS providers / credit card processors that are now offering these programs in-house and have had great success. LCP can provide the capital needed for a merchant financing / merchant cash advance program as well as introduce one of our underwriting/servicing partners if needed.

“After exiting the US MCA business in 2017, I have decided the time is right to offer my 17+ years of global MCA / business lending experience to the industry by partnering with Basepoint to supply capital to the MCA / business loan industry. I believe the various programs we offer at Lender Capital Partners are tailored for just about any company in the industry – for both current lenders as well as larger brokers/ISOs that are looking to graduate to the next step of becoming a lender as well as to POS providers / merchant acquirers looking to offer an in-house program to their merchants. And my 17+ years industry experience is a great value-added benefit that very few lenders, if any can bring to the table”, says David Goldin, a principal of Lender Capital Partners.”

About LENDER CAPITAL PARTNERS

Lender Capital Partners provides capital to commercial lenders, particularly in the merchant cash advance / alternative business loan industry. One of the founders of Lender Capital Partners is David Goldin. David is the Founder of Capify, one of the first merchant cash advance providers in the US founded in 2002. David scaled Capify to 225 employees operating in 4 countries and sold the US business to a competitor in 2017 and secured a $95 million credit facility with Goldman Sachs to fund Capify UK and Capify Australia which has over 125 employees total today operating in each of those markets. David has over 17 years experience in the merchant cash advance / alternative business finance industry and is considered a pioneer in the industry. David’s extensive expertise allows Lender Capital Partners to bring strategic value to our relationships, not just capital. For more information on Lender Capital Partners, visit http://www.lendercapitalpartners.com

Expansion Capital Group Names Herk Christie Chief Operating Officer

June 28, 2019
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expansion capital groupSioux Falls, SDExpansion Capital Group ECG) today announced the appointment of Herk Christie from VP of Operations to Chief Operating Officer. Christie will oversee the company’s underwriting, IT, analytics, and merchant support and services departments. Christie, has been with ECG since March 2016 and has played a critical role in the growth of ECG and its many successes.

ECG, headquartered in Sioux Falls, SD, is a technology-enabled specialty lender that leverages data and analytics to offer customized solutions to small businesses.

Since inception, ECG has connected over 12,000 small businesses nationwide to approximately $350 million in capital. Christie’s appointment comes as ECG continues to see increased growth in its small business lending platform that utilizes technology, data, and analytics to drive user experience and increase access to capital. Christie will lead ECG’s internal operational infrastructure to meet the growing demand for its expanded services.

“ECG continues to put Sioux Falls on the map for financial technology innovation by creating products and solutions that have won the hearts and minds of our customers,” said Christie. “I am incredibly energized to help lead the company to its next phase of innovation and operational excellence as we expand product options to suit the evolving needs of small businesses across America.”
Vincent Ney, CEO of ECG, said, “Herk understands how to create a culture and environment where our hardworking employees have the opportunity to maximize their growth potential within a range of businesses opportunities. Herk’s leadership in our operational strategy has been a key driver in ECG’s growth and success.”

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About Expansion Capital Group

Expansion Capital Group (“ECG”) is headquartered in Sioux Falls, SD with an additional office in Wilmington, DE. ECG is a technology-enabled specialty lender that leverages data and analytics to offer customized solutions to small businesses. Since inception in 2013, ECG has provided approximately $350 million in working capital to small businesses throughout the United States. Continued investment in its lead referral partnerships, technology platform, people, and its proprietary risk-based analytics modeling platform has positioned ECG to increase its origination volume by approximately forty percent since 2018. This investment and growth has led ECG to be recently recognized as the 802nd Fastest Growing Private Company in America and the 2nd Fastest in South Dakota by Inc. 5000, as well as the Best FinTech to Work by SourceMedia.

For business inquiries, please contact newpartners@expansioncapitalgroup.com.
For job inquiries, please contact khillberg@expansioncapitalgroup.com.

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Thanks to Expansion Capital Group, South Dakota is On The Alternative Lending Map

September 11, 2018
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Sioux Falls, SD
Sioux Falls, SD

Expansion Capital Group (ECG), which secured new financing at the beginning of the month for a total senior debt capacity of nearly $60 million, is based in Sioux Falls. That’s in South Dakota. With most alternative lenders based in New York, Florida or California, ECG is definitely unique geographically. But the company’s CFO Tim Mages told deBanked that despite the relative obscurity of the city, with a respectable population of 183,000, the city is a very good place to start a business. Particularly in the finance sector.  

According to a 2017 survey conducted by CNBC and SurveyMonkey, Sioux Falls is among the top 15 American cities optimal for starting a business. Why? Because South Dakota has no individual or corporate income tax and business costs are more than 20 percent below the national average. As one of the fastest-growing areas in the country, Sioux Falls has a rate of population growth that’s nearly four times the national average, according to the survey.

Also, Wells Fargo and Citibank both have a significant presence there, so there is an existing pool of talent in the lending space.

Sioux Falls River Walk, SD
River Walk in Sioux Falls, SD

In addition to ECG’s unusual geography, the way it obtains the bulk of its business is also uncommon. Mages said that 50% of its business comes from other lenders who either turn down the applications or don’t have enough capital to lend to merchants. Mages said they can “turn coal into diamond.” The company primary funds B- to C- paper deals and services a variety of industries with the bulk coming from transportation/trucking, construction and business services. ECG provides loan products, which compose about 80% of the business, as well as merchant cash advance, which makes up the remaining 20%.

Mages expressed a lot of enthusiasm for the company’s technology, which he said is very helpful because it can save a lot of time. For instance, he said their system auto-declines 25 to 30% of the applications they receive, which can be between 3,000 and 7,000 a month.

“We then want to get as competitive as we can [for the right applications,]” Mages said.

ECG ranked #802 on 2018’s Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing U.S. privates companies. Founded in 2013, ECG now employs 65 people. According to Mages, there are 23 underwriters and 11 internal salespeople, plus in-house legal and regulations team, a marketing team and a merchant support team. There is a tiny office of two people in Delaware.

Breakout Capital Announces New $15MM Credit Facility with Medalist Partners

May 30, 2018
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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.

Breakout Capital Expands Senior Leadership Team

August 6, 2017
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Breakout Capital – a leading small business lender – announces the hires of Robert Fleischmann as Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Tom McCammon as Senior Vice President, Business Operations. These key additions position the small business lender for continued growth.

McLean, VA, August 7, 2017 – Breakout Capital announced today the appointments of Robert Fleischmann as Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Tom McCammon as Senior Vice President, Business Operations. Both Mr. Fleischmann and Mr. McCammon bring a wealth of knowledge and small business lending experience that can accelerate Breakout Capital’s rapid growth.

“Breakout Capital’s growing employee base shares the same passion and commitment to advancing the Company’s mission to provide transparent working capital solutions, educate small businesses, and promote industry-wide best practices. We are thrilled with the additions of Robert and Tom to the leadership team,” said Founder & CEO, Carl Fairbank.

“Breakout Capital impressed me with its outstanding commitment to educating and advocating on behalf of small businesses,” said Fleischmann. “The innovative loan products combined with the impressive team of professionals make me extremely excited about the opportunity.” 

Mr. Fleischmann will lead Breakout Capital’s efforts to expand and diversify its channels through strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Breakout Capital, Mr. Fleischmann was Director of Strategic Partnerships at RapidAdvance where he worked with a diverse group of partners, including banks and commercial finance companies, to help meet the financing needs of their business clients.

Mr. McCammon joins Breakout Capital with direct industry experience as he was formerly Director of Portfolio Management and Credit Operations at OnDeck. Prior to OnDeck and his recent move to the Breakout team, Mr. McCammon was involved in two de novo banks and was a consultant to the FDIC during the financial crisis. He will be a central figure in continuing to build Breakout Capital’s stature as both a credit-and customer-centric enterprise.

“Having worked in both retail banking and fintech, I was drawn to Breakout Capital as they have successfully combined strong credit and ethics fundamentals from traditional banking while still efficiently delivering capital to small businesses,” said Mr. McCammon.

Breakout Capital has quickly established a reputation as one of the most trusted and respected lenders in the market with a focus on product innovation, transparency, responsible lending and a partnership-based approach that extends beyond providing capital. Additionally, Breakout Capital is a Principal Member of the Innovative Lending Platform Association (ILPA), the leading trade organization representing a diverse group of online lending and service companies serving small businesses.

About Breakout Capital

Breakout Capital, headquartered in McLean, VA., is a technology-enabled direct lender which has provided a wide range of working capital solutions to small businesses across the country. In addition to becoming one of the fastest growing companies in the market, Breakout Capital is a leading advocate for small business. Its CEO, Carl Fairbank, is a Board Member of the Innovative Lending Platform Association. Breakout Capital has produced a highly regarded “educational series” through its blog, Breakout Bites, that helps small businesses better understand the technology-enabled lending market and how to avoid the hidden fees and debt traps that are prevalent in the industry. With a laser focus on educating small businesses, advocating for industry-wide best practices, and providing diverse, transparent working capital solutions, Breakout Capital is changing the financial landscape for millions of small businesses in need of funding. For more information, visit http://www.breakoutfinance.com.

Lending Club Hires BlackRock’s Patrick Dunne to Head Investor Group

July 18, 2016

Lending Club has a new chief capital officer.

The company hired Patrick Dunne who headed iShares Global Markets and Investments at BlackRock. With 25 years of industry experience, Dunne has overseen 700 investment products with over $1 trillion assets under management.

As the resurging online lender looks to amend investor relations, as the new chief capital officer, Dunne will manage Lending Club’s Investor Group which spans individual investors, strategic partnerships with retail distribution partners, banks and other institutional investors including asset managers, pensions, foundations, and endowments.  “Patrick will play a key role in reaffirming our continued commitment to our investors,” CEO Scott Sanborn said in a statement. 

After founder and initial CEO Renaud Laplanche exited the company on May 9th, Lending Club has been playing musical chairs with its management team while slashing 179 jobs. At the company’s last annual shareholder meeting held last month, Scott Sanborn was named CEO while executive chairman Hans Morris was appointed chairman of the board.

The challenge for most online and marketplace lenders in this credit environment lies in diversifying their capital sources and roping in more investors to buy their loans. And, lenders are turning to investment bankers for this purpose. Last week, UK P2P lender Funding Circle roped in Nomura’s European head, Jeremy Bennett as chief financial officer who designed and ran UK’s Asset Protection Scheme, which insured risky assets of big banks like Royal Bank of Scotland.

Lack of deposits as a capital source has led non-bank lenders to depend on securitization and retail and institutional investors. The road is long and the trudge is harder. Will the new crop of hires lead the way?

 

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