Announcements

Fundworks Completes $30.0 million Investment Grade Notes Offering

May 17, 2022
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VAN NUYS, CA. MAY 17, 2022: The Fundworks, LLC, a leading a tech-enabled small business finance company, announced today the closing of $30.0 million of Senior Secured Notes to a group of institutional investors. This transaction refinanced the Company’s existing $20.0 million of Senior Secured Notes and provides 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 continue our growth this year after record-setting funding volumes in 2021,“ said Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Evan Smiedt. “This additional capital positions The Fundworks to continue its mission to provide growth capital to small businesses nationwide.”

“Given current volatile markets, we are particularly pleased with the continued support of holders of our previous Note issuance, as well as the participation of new investors in the transaction,“ said Bradley Smiedt, Co-Founder and Chairman.

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

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 more than $425 million to over 8,100 small businesses throughout the United States. The Company is headquartered in Van Nuys, CA.

For more information, please visit: http://www.thefundworks.com

For more information/ questions/ interview requests / media inquiries, please contact:
Evan Smiedt

Email: info@thefundworks.com | Phone: (844) 644-FUND

Register for The 4th Annual Alternative Finance Bar Association Conference

May 12, 2022
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AFBAThe fourth annual Alternative Finance Bar Association conference is BACK IN PERSON. This is the go-to event for and with the industry’s leading attorneys.

Mark your calendars for June 15th and June 16th in New York City and register by emailing Lindsey Rohan at lindsey@lrohanlaw.com. Registration is subject to approval and space availability.





Two-day program includes the following panels:

The State of the Industry: Industry experts discuss pending legislation, case law and market hurdles. They have both a regulatory panel ready to discuss what’s new in Virginia, Utah, NY and California as well as a Courtroom panel ready to discuss the winning and losing case law that has come out in the past year.

Bankruptcy: The aftermath of Chicago v. Fulton, In re Shoot the Moon and other pivotal bankruptcy cases that shape industry practices.

Ethics: Challenges faced by internal counsel and ways to navigate those pressures.

Collections: Trends in the post-COJ, post-COVID era.

Employment/Labor Law: The rise of labor use outside the U.S. What challenges arise from having call centers outside the U.S. Tax implications, oversight and practical benefits/detriments. Post-COVID remote work implications. What you need to be aware of to avoid creating liabilities.

The Art of Arbitration: The importance of a carefully drafted Arbitration Clause and the pro/cons of this venue.

Thinking Ahead: What technologies and market conditions will shape the future of the industry. Broad discussion of Blockchain technology, CRM systems, cannabis and what we can imagine will shape the future of Alternative finance.

WEDNESDAY KEYNOTE: David Picon, Esq. – It is with great pride that David Picon of Proskauer Rose will be the Keynote speaker. For years the AFBA has admired his work from afar. Attendees now have an opportunity to learn directly from David what makes for an unstoppable litigator.

THURSDAY SPECIAL EVENT: AFBA Game Show Mash-Up with the Industry’s Legendary Attorneys. Special Guests you will not want to miss!

Speakers:

  • Andrew Smith, Covington & Burlington LLP
  • Brian Simon, Hollis Public Affairs
  • Jamie Polon, Mavrides Moyal Packman & Sadkin, LLP
  • Patrick Siegfried, Rapid Finance
  • Natalie Pappas, Rapid Finance
  • Keith Ellis, Expansion Capital Group
  • Kate Fisher, Hudson Cook LLP
  • Cathy Brennan, Hudson Cook LLP
  • Blake Sims, Hudson Cook LLP
  • Steve Denis, Small Business Finance Association
  • Christopher R. Murray, Murray Legal PLLC
  • Mark Stout, Padfield & Stout
  • Shanna Kaminski, Kaminski Law Group
  • Michael W. Davis, DTO Law
  • John Viskocil, Fora Financial
  • Gabriel Mendelberg, Mendelberg P.C.
  • Anthony F. Giuliano, Giuliano Law P.C.
  • Jeffrey S. Cianciulli, Weir Greenblatt Pierce LLP
  • David Picon, Proskauer Rose
  • Jonathan Nelson, Dedicated Financial GBC
  • Lindsey Rohan, BasePoint Capital LLC
  • Christina Grigorian, Katten; Zach Miller, Burr & Foreman
  • Renata Buhkman, Delta Bridge Funding
  • Vanessa Petty, Settle
  • Alexis Shapiro, Forward Financing
  • Jan Owens, Manatt Phelps
  • Scott Pearson, Manatt Phelps
  • Jesse Michael Carlson, Kapitus
  • Robert Zadek, Buchalter

When:

Day 1 – June 15
9:00am – 4:30pm: Offices of Proskauer Rose (includes light breakfast and lunch)
5:30pm – 7:30pm: Cocktails at Dear Irving

Day 2 – June 16
9:30am – 6:00pm: 15 W. 38th Street, 2nd Fl, Sinatra Room (includes light breakfast and lunch)
4:00pm: Wine & Cheese

Register soon, SPACE IS LIMITED!




deBanked is a sponsor of the event. Industry attorneys are highly encouraged to attend.

BROKER FAIR IS BACK! – NYC

May 2, 2022
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Broker Fair 2022 - New York Marriott MarquisBroker Fair is coming back to New York City on October 24th at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Anticipated to be the biggest Broker Fair ever, brokers from the small business lending, commercial financing, revenue-based financing, leasing, factoring, and MCA industries, will come together in the heart of New York.

“It’s amazing to have participated in the industry’s growth over the last four years,” said Broker Fair founder Sean Murray. “Our first event launched in Brooklyn in 2018 and now the demand has brought us into a massive newly-renovated venue in the middle of Times Square.”

Brokers, lenders, funders, factors, equipment financiers, fintechs, and the whole small business finance ecosystem can expect a full day of education, inspiration, and high quality networking opportunities.

Early bird registration has just opened. For inquiries or questions, email events@debanked.com.

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Maxim Commercial Capital Reports Strong Performance During Q1 2022

April 13, 2022
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Hard-asset based lender funded better credits, real estate secured cash-out financings

Maxim Commercial CapitalLOS ANGELES, CALIF. (Apr. 13, 2022) – Maxim Commercial Capital (“Maxim”) reported strong results for the first quarter of 2022. The company kicked off the year with record low delinquencies, increased fundings to better credits, and strong demand for cash-out financings secured by real estate and equipment.

“As a closely-held company, we have the luxury of pivoting our business strategy real-time based on market conditions,” said Michael Kianmahd, Executive Vice President. “This benefitted us during the pandemic and continues to serve us and our borrowers during today’s volatile global economic conditions. We continue to invest in our operating infrastructure and are seeking to fill a few key positions.”

Maxim onboarded 40 new finance broker relationships during the first quarter. The lender’s team educated finance brokers on ways to expand their businesses through webinars and the byline article recently published by the AACFB, “Equipment Finance Brokers – Don’t Limit Opportunity! Ask about Real Estate Assets.

Cash out financings funded during the first quarter include a $340,000 loan to a growing environmental consulting business in New Jersey secured by first liens on the business owners’ primary residence, a rental property purchased with the financing, and business FF&E. An established general contractor and real estate investor in Chicago experiencing customer collections problems borrowed $218,000 from Maxim secured by a first lien on an investment property and second lines on two residential income properties. He used the funds to refinance an expensive MCA loan, complete renovations of an investment property, improve rental properties, and bring a mortgage current.

With continuing record high class 8 truck prices, Maxim loosened credit standards for certain customer categories during the first quarter. Representative truck purchase transactions included a 2019 Peterbilt 579 purchased for $115,692 by a non-CDL owner of two trucks and two years’ time-in-business; a low mileage 2016 Kenworth T800 purchased for $107,283 by a start-up owner-operator homeowner with a 628 FICO and strong bank statements; and a $108,000 2018 Peterbilt 579 replacement truck for an owner-operator with a 766 FICO who appreciated Maxim’s early payoff option.

“Thanks to our diligent team, we exceeded our expectations during the pandemic and are experiencing strong profitability and record low losses,” said Behzad Kianmahd, Chairman and CEO. “We are well-prepared to withstand the continuing global economic crises but hoping for a return to peace in Europe and beyond.”

About Maxim Commercial Capital

Maxim Commercial Capital helps small and mid-sized business owners seize opportunity by providing financing in amounts from $10,000 to $3,000,000 secured by heavy equipment and real estate. Maxim facilitates equipment purchases, provides working capital, and refinances debt for companies across all industries located nationwide. As a leading provider of transportation equipment finance, Maxim funds up to 75% of the acquisition cost of class 8 and class 6 trucks, trailers and reefers for owner-operators and small businesses. Learn more at www.maximcc.com or by calling 877-776-2946.

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Contact:

Michael Kianmahd
Maxim Commercial Capital
michael@maximcc.com
(213) 984-2727

North Mill Equipment Finance Originated $109M in Q1

April 4, 2022
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APRIL 4, 2022, NORWALK, CT – North Mill Equipment Finance LLC (“NMEF”), a leading independent commercial equipment lessor headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, announced today that first quarter loan and lease originations reached an all-time high of $109M, up 99% from the same period last year. Originations for the month of March represent a new pinnacle as funded volume surpassed $49 million, eclipsing the December 2021 originations high of $36 million.

“I could not be prouder of the energy, dedication, and collaboration that the team at NMEF displays each and every day.” said NMEF Chairman and CEO, David C. Lee. “We were able to double our funded volume in one year with only a 33% increase in headcount while achieving greater asset and industry diversity and maintaining yields without sacrificing credit quality as evidenced by a weighted average guarantor FICO of 716.”

According to Mark Bonanno, NMEF’s President and COO, “our exclusive commitment to the broker channel remains steadfast. By deepening our strategic relationships with key referral partners, we were able to substantially improve our efficiency and service levels, allowing us to double funded volume while processing nearly the same number of applications as the prior year. Discounting relationships now represent over a third of our funded volume.”

About North Mill Equipment Finance

North Mill Equipment Finance originates and services small to mid-ticket equipment leases and loans, ranging from $15,000 to $1,000,000 in value. A broker-centric private lender, the company accepts A – C credit qualities and finances transactions for many asset categories including construction, transportation, vocational, medical, manufacturing, printing, franchise, renovation, janitorial and material handling equipment. North Mill is majority owned by an affiliate of WAFRA Capital Partners, Inc. (WCP). The company’s headquarters is in Norwalk, CT, with regional offices in Irvine, CA, Dover, NH, Voorhees NJ, and Murray, UT. For more information, visit www.nmef.com.

DataMerch.com Surpasses 75,000 Records as Fraud Rises

March 21, 2022
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DataMerch grows past 75,000 unique records entered by funder-members

Tampa, March 21, 2022 /DeBanked/ — DataMerch.com, an online underwriting database for the alternative financing industry, announced they had surpassed 75,000 unique records in their database. The company that was founded in 2015 has grown to become an industry standard in up front application screening.

With an uptick in submissions and growing demand for working capital, fraud continues to rise. It is difficult to catch these files, but there are growing number of tools available to combat the issue. DataMerch is on the frontline of community reporting to avoid these files when possible.

“Our industry has come out of the pandemic strong and more and more funders are seeing the value in DataMerch,” said Co-Founder Scott Williams. “As the record count grows, hit rate and relevancy continue to rise for our members. We continue to see strong demand for this type of information for underwriting decisions.”

DataMerch leadership say they are focused on growing membership and record count moving forward. They also mentioned upcoming updates to the API to upgrade security, stability, and revise to a full 9-digit EIN search via API.

About DataMerch

DataMerch LLC was founded in 2015 to help funders in the alternative financing industry make informed underwriting decisions. DataMerch members can screen their applications using DataMerch’s specifically designed EIN search and contribute to the database by entering unsatisfactory businesses. DataMerch currently has over 140 industry-leading subscribed members working together as a community. DataMerch can be accessed at https://www.datamerch.com and contacted for membership at support@datamerch.com

North Mill Refreshes Brand, Introduces New Company Logo

March 11, 2022
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North MillMARCH 11, 2022, NORWALK, CT – North Mill Equipment Finance LLC (“NMEF”), a leading mid-ticket equipment finance lender headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, has launched a new company logo in support of the ongoing evolution and record growth of the organization.

The brand refresh is timely as North Mill has undergone a major transformation since 2018 that has enhanced virtually every aspect of the business. A few years ago, North Mill was a small ticket lender that focused on challenged credits in the OTR space. While transportation remains a key asset category for the company, North Mill has experienced exponential growth and is now a half-billion dollar, mid-ticket finance lender that services customers in the A to C credit range and accommodates multiple asset categories ranging from construction to franchises.

One thing has remained constant: the company’s commitment to the referral agent community. North Mill’s distribution channel is limited to equipment finance brokers only. The exclusive relationship has proven pivotal to the company’s success and therefore foundational to the brand refresh. The existing logo includes a compass embedded in the company name. North Mill’s leadership team decided to keep the compass as a primary element of the new logo given the significance it represents. The word “compass” stems from Latin words meaning “to travel” or “step together.” “What better way to signify the synergistic relationship between our company and the referral agents with whom we rely on and partner with each day,” said North Mill’s CEO, David Lee, speaking of the symbolic nature of the compass.

The new logo is rendered with just the first letters of the company’s official name: North Mill Equipment Finance. Other brands have assumed the same naming convention given that acronyms and/or letters are often easier to remember and more memorable such as KPMG, BASF and HSBC.

About North Mill Equipment Finance

North Mill Equipment Finance originates and services small to mid-ticket equipment leases and loans, ranging from $15,000 to $1,000,000 in value. A broker-centric private lender, the company accepts A – C credit qualities and finances transactions for many asset categories including construction, transportation, vocational, medical, manufacturing, printing, franchise, renovation, janitorial and material handling equipment. North Mill is majority owned by an affiliate of WAFRA Capital Partners, Inc. (WCP). The company’s headquarters is in Norwalk, CT, with regional offices in Irvine, CA, Dover, NH, Voorhees NJ, and Murray, UT. For more information, visit www.nmef.com.

Seacoast Business Funding Provides $14,500,000 in New Working Capital Lines

March 7, 2022
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seacoast business fundingBoynton Beach, FL – March 4, 2022 – Seacoast Business Funding, secured $14,500,000 in accounts receivable facilities. The transactions added three new companies to the Seacoast portfolio.

  • A $10,000,000 asset-based facility with A/R and Inventory, was provided to a sports medicine and therapeutic product manufacturer located in the Southeast. The Company will utilize the proceeds to increase its product line to existing retail supply chain as well as expand into medical supplies.
  • A $2,500,000 factoring facility for an electrical supply distributor located in the Southeast. Increased demand as well as shipping delays has resulted in the need for an increased working capital line.
  • A $2,000,000 ledgered invoice LOC for a software & hardware manufacturer. The Company was seeking to establish a reliable working capital partner to support demand and the expansion of a business line.

President of Seacoast Business Funding, Jay Atkins, commented, “We understand the financial needs affecting manufacturing and distribution industries in the current environment, and our ability to move quickly ensures our clients the structure needed to continue without disruption. We met the needs of our clients by providing flexible and sustainable solutions, placing them in a position to maintain momentum and mitigate operational instability.”

About Seacoast Business Funding

Seacoast Business Funding provides customized and timely working capital financing solutions to small and middle-market companies engaged mainly in business services, distribution, manufacturing and staffing with annual sales ranging from $1 million to $200 million. Credit facilities are in the form of Factoring, Invoice Purchasing or Asset-Based agreements. Seacoast Business Funding is a Division of Seacoast National Bank. Member FDIC. For more information visit SeacoastBusinessFunding.com.

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Media Contact:
Brooke Ruben
Seacoast Business Funding
561.623.1871
Brooke.Ruben@seacoastbf.com

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