Special Situations

The Company: Midwest-based specialty retailer of mattresses and accessories. The Company sells through 50+ stores as well as its Company-owned DTC eCommerce channel.

The Financing Situation: The CEO was looking to complete a management buy-out of the Company. The business was owned by a family office that acquired it through a restructuring a few years ago. After negotiating the purchase price, the management team needed additional capital to supplement their equity contribution to complete the acquisition and provide sufficient working capital. A traditional inventory borrowing base alone would not generate enough liquidity to fund the acquisition and support the working capital needs of the business.

The Solution: SG provided a comprehensive solution by funding two tranches of term loans. The first tranche was supported by a borrowing base (advances against inventory) and required interest-only payments until maturity. The second tranche was structured based on the cash flow of the business with required interest and principal payments based on a 36-month amortization schedule. By using a hybrid approach of leveraging the company’s assets and cash flow, SG was able to provide the needed liquidity and did not require warrants or other equity instruments, which would have diluted the buyer’s ownership.

The Company: Privately held independent registered investment advisor (RIA) that provides wealth, asset, and business management services to high-net-worth individuals and families. The Company has a variety of unique services not typical of traditional RIAs including access to alternative investments.
Assets Under Management: $300MM+
 
The Financing Situation: The Company was experiencing rapid growth in AUM and planned to go to market to find a strategic partner that could provide the financial and operational support needed to continue to scale the business. Ahead of that transaction, Company management wanted to secure a non-dilutive loan to help finance operational burn and extend runway. The capital would allow the Company to continue to add AUM and give it time to improve enterprise value ahead of a transaction.
 
The Solution: SG was able to get comfortable with the transaction due to the Company’s sticky recurring revenue business model, projected growth in run-rate revenue supported by a strong pipeline, the enterprise value of the Company, and its clear path to profitability. SG was able to close the transaction within 10 days of a signed term sheet.

Product Type: High Net Worth Guarantor

The Company:
A privately-held family investment vehicle.

The Financing Situation:
A high net-worth couple (“the Guarantors”), via the family investment vehicle, were in the later stages of a ground-up construction on a new home. The total cost had eclipsed the initial budget and the additional capital required to complete construction was beyond the loan-to-value comfort level for traditional lenders.

The Solution:
SG was able to underwrite this transaction by taking a holistic approach toward the Guarantors’ personal financial profile, and not restricting leverage solely to the subject property. SG worked quickly to provide a $1.0MM loan structured around the Guarantors’ personal assets and diversified income streams.

This transaction highlights SG’s ability to structure and underwrite guarantor-based loans. While many of you know us as a cash flow-based lender, we now provide special situation (balance sheet) loans requiring creativity, flexibility, and speed to close.

The Company: A newly formed pharmaceutical company setup specifically to acquire, promote, and sell four prescription pharmaceutical products.

The Financing Situation: Before SG became involved, the Company had agreed to purchase four prescription pharmaceutical products using debt financing with an alternative lender. Due to capital raising issues, this lender defaulted on its financing obligation, which eroded the seller’s confidence that the deal would be finalized. When SG was introduced to the Company, the seller was fatigued and highly motivated to consummate the transaction within a two week period or was prepared to walk away. Additionally, the Company’s senior management did not want to risk losing the opportunity to acquire the assets at an attractive purchase price. Given the Company’s pro-forma revenue level was below SG’s investment criteria, SG looked to the personal balance sheet of the founder to structure a transaction and execute within the short timeframe.

The Solution: SG was able to work quickly and creatively to provide a $3.35MM loan structured primarily around the founder’s personal assets (real estate and marketable securities). SG’s speed to close allowed the Company to close the asset purchase and begin rebuilding the revenue base back to historical levels. SG’s facility is viewed by the Company as bridge financing until a broader capital facility can be raised.

This transaction highlights SG’s ability to structure and underwrite guarantor-based loans requiring creativity, flexibility, and speed to close.

The Company:

A single-asset real estate holding company operating as a subsidiary of a broader multi-family / student housing real estate syndication portfolio.

 The Financing Situation:

The Company needed capital quickly to execute on additional portfolio purchases and support working capital at the parent level, where COVID-19 restrictions had temporarily affected occupancy rates at some of the student housing assets.

 The Solution:

Although the parent company and guarantor had a demonstrated history of success, there was no single property that had a value sufficient to provide collateral coverage on the loan. By utilizing a holistic approach of looking at both business and guarantor assets, SG was able to get comfortable with a $6MM facility secured by two properties.

This transaction highlights SG’s ability to structure and underwrite collateral-based / guarantor-based loans. While many of you know us as a cash flow-based lender, we now provide special situation (balance sheet) loans requiring creativity, flexibility, and speed to close.

The Company: Sponsor-backed e-tailer of aftermarket auto parts focused on a niche of the broader aftermarket industry. The Company sells through its Company-owned DTC eCommerce channel as well as through 3rd party marketplaces. Revenue: $37MM | EBITDA: $1.4MM.

The Financing Situation: Over the past few years a series of events negatively impacted the financial performance of the Company including a heightened tariff environment in 2019. The Company was forced to recapitalize its balance sheet and restructure operations to right-size the business. The Company successfully executed its recapitalization in early 2020 by securing a temporary bridge working capital facility with an opportunistic lender. The bridge loan was off strategy for the new lender so it was seeking to exit the credit.

The Solution: SG was able to get comfortable with the Company’s proven operational turnaround, proforma profitability, inventory and receivable working capital assets, and supportive stakeholders including the sponsor, CEO, and key vendors. SG’s unitranche loan structure included a $1.4MM collateral based, interest-only term loan A driven by a borrowing base (AR and inventory) and a $700K term loan B structured around proforma cash flows. SG was able to close the deal within 2 weeks of a signed term sheet.

The Company: Sponsor-backed document scanning company that provides an array of workflow optimization services. The Company’s scanning service model, coupled with its cloud-based data hosting platform, enables it to transform physical documents to actionable digital data for its customers. Recurring Revenue: $12.5MM | Services Revenue: $3MM.

The Financing Situation: For the past few years, the Company was focused on developing its technology platform and implementing several key channel partnerships. Though the Company expects these dynamics to be fruitful in the long-term, the short-term effect was a decrease in profitability. The Company’s existing lender had provided a traditional asset-based line of credit based on eligible accounts receivable. This structure did not provide the Company with the flexibility it needed to expand sales and marketing initiatives through its new channel partnerships. Lender and borrower fatigue set in, so the Company went to market to find a debt partner that could a) look for value beyond just the assets, and b) scale with it as it executed on its growth strategy.

The Solution: SG was able to get comfortable with the Company’s strong pipeline of contracted revenue, return to profitability, revenue retention rate greater than 90%, and plethora of expansion opportunities through its new channel partnerships. SG provided a senior secured, $3MM growth capital loan structured around recurring revenue, proforma cash flow and total leverage.

The Company: Southeast based consumer credit and identity solutions software-as-a-service provider, majority owned by founder & CEO Ed Margolin. Visit Fraud Protection Network’s website to learn more.

The Financing Situation: The Company had previously financed its growth with a combination of equity and convertible notes.  With new product rollouts and strategic partnerships in 2020 creating accelerated growth, the Company was seeking non-dilutive capital to finance its working capital needs and extinguish convertible notes in order to preserve equity.

The Solution: SG was able to quickly get comfortable with the transaction due to the rapidly growing monthly recurring revenue, strong industry retention rates, and overall financial health of the company.  SG structured a covenant-lite $2.5MM loan with a tailored repayment schedule around cash flow that bought out the convertible notes to avoid further dilution and provided additional liquidity for the Company to continue its growth trajectory without equity support.

This transaction demonstrates SG’s ability to underwrite SaaS / recurring revenue loans. While many of you know us as a cash flow based lender, we now provide non-dilutive SaaS / recurring revenue loans requiring creativity, flexibility, and speed to close. Click HERE for a link to our SaaS / recurring revenue one pager to learn more.

The Company: Venture-backed SaaS platform for digital publishing.  Revenue: $6MM | Equity Raised: $30MM.

The Financing Situation: The Company’s existing debt facility was maturing and the incumbent lender was unwilling to extend due to lender fatigue and other circumstances. SG was brought in alongside an equity contribution to refinance the debt and provide additional working capital.

The Solution: SG was able to quickly get comfortable with the business due to the contracted recurring revenue, continued equity support, and opening liquidity. SG provided a $1.5MM non-formula, structured senior secured loan. The incumbent lender successfully exited the credit as desired and the Company received additional working capital. SG closed this transaction within two weeks.

The Company:

Venture-backed, cloud-based software platform primarily targeting outbound sales organizations.

The Financing Situation:

The Company experienced significant year-over-year growth but the Company’s existing credit facility was maturing and the incumbent lender did not want to extend its maturity date. Additionally, the Company was seeking non-dilutive growth capital to execute on its sales pipeline and increase ARR to improve its valuation prior to raising additional equity.

 The Solution:

SGCP was able to quickly get comfortable given the rapid growth, contracted recurring revenue, enterprise customer base and strong management team to provide a $6.5 million senior secured credit facility that was bifurcated into a $3.5 million interest-only loan and $3 million term loan. SGCP provided this structure to close the deal quickly and to bridge the Company to a new senior lender. The new senior lender will refinance SGCP’s $3.5 million interest-only loan and SGCP will then subordinate its $3.0 million term loan under its typical second lien structure.

This transaction highlights SGCP’s ability to write larger checks as a result of its recent capital raise as well as our ability to provide a one-stop solution.