In addition to alternative lending solutions, since March, 2020, we assisted our clients with crisis management due to the government mandated closure of their businesses. Corporate Strategies advised on millions of dollars in critically needed PPP/PPP2 loans, as well as loan forbearance agreements from landlords, equipment leases, vendors and banks.
A sample of success stories over our 37-year history
Corporate Strategies led the acquisition of Lineal Industries, Inc., , located in Pittsburgh, PA from Primoris Energy Services. Incorporated in 1955, Lineal is a well-regarded pipeline maintenance contractor serving Fortune 500 pipeline customers and utilities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, W. Virginia, Virginia and New York.
Corporate Strategies arranged the capital necessary for its acquisition and expansion into new markets. Following its acquisition, the company was headquartered in Houston, Texas, and is expanding its services into the southwestern US midstream markets. Tim Connolly, CEO of Corporate Strategies, is a principal shareholder of Lineal Star Holdings LLC.
Corporate Strategies' client was a major borrower at a regional Houston bank. He was in default on a significant number of loans totaling millions of dollars owed to the bank and bankruptcy was under active consideration.
The cross-default provisions in his loans jeopardized major property holdings owned by minority shareholders as well as the borrower. In order to prevent foreclosure on the borrower's assets, Corporate Strategies negotiated forbearance agreements on all the borrower's bank loans and arranged a non-bank funding of $7.5 million to pay off the bank's loans secured by the properties. In February 2020, 2 1/2 years following the original transaction, Corporate Strategies arranged a follow-on $8 million loan for the minority shareholders to buy out the majority shareholder. The former minority owners now control the majority ownership of a re-invigorated company.
A financial holding company based in Texas was facing a large number of foreclosed energy and real estate assets, with minimal in-house management resources to manage or operate these assets. Corporate Strategies researched various investment companies and found many had a preference for certain types of asset classes that fit their management profile. We arranged several multi-million dollar exchanges as well as outright sales of troubled assets among financial and private equity investor groups. Each party received assets they were more comfortable managing, and the parties improved their ability to add long term core asset value to their portfolios.
Our client had a multi-million dollar investment in a Canadian vitamin and protein manufacturer. Unknown to the investor, the company was placed into an involuntary receivership in Canada, jeopardizing our client's entire investment. Corporate Strategies successfully negotiated the Canadian Court's receivership claims for 50 cents on the dollar, increased the company's revenues by 60 per cent over 18 months, preserved the client's investment and enhanced the company's future value.
A Texas energy and real estate investment firm faced significant, multi-million dollar losses from investor claims against their firm. These claims were due to malpractice committed by outside professionals previously serving the investment firm who were inadequately researching and evaluating opinions issued on its transactions. Two days after courtroom testimony provided by Corporate Strategies Founder and CEO Tim Connolly, the jury returned a $17 MM verdict in favor of our client and the case was settled that same week for $10,000,000.
A Houston based family-owned Mexican restaurant chain asked Corporate Strategies to develop and implement a loyalty program for their upscale customer base. The desired outcome was to encourage more frequent dining by their most loyal customers. We designed and produced a pre-paid Platinum VIP Members Card and a Gold VIP Members Card that provided significant savings to the Cardholder. The campaign resulted in over $7 million in prepaid Card sales over one year, dramatically increasing customer visits and generating higher average check totals.
The VIPMembers.com program is owned by Corporate Strategies and is planned for future expansion to other hospitality and retail clients as a high leverage marketing tool for rebuilding sales for COVID-19 damaged small to medium sized businesses.
A Vermont based, 40-year old US Department of Defense contractor- manufacturer of electronics was burdened with excessive costs and continuing negative cash flow. Over a 24-month period, Corporate Strategies re-engineered manufacturing processes, lowered costs and accelerated deliveries. The company was subsequently acquired by one of its competitors in a transaction arranged by Corporate Strategies.
A Florida based restaurant chain had received significant capital funding from our client and was forced to close due to poor sales. In order to save our client the risk and expense of a bankruptcy filing, Corporate Strategies successfully negotiated the payoff of all creditors at 10 to 25 cents on the dollar, saving our client legal and court costs of many times the total cost of the settlement.
A Corporate Strategies technology client became publicly traded and completed a substantial convertible bond financing with a Connecticut based hedge fund. The fund agreed to a one-year stock lock up, prohibiting stock sales and no shorting of any kind. Suddenly, stock volumes rose and share price plummeted from massive sales occurring out of a Canadian brokerage firm, damaging shareholder values and jeopardizing other prospective investments in the company.
Our research indicated the hedge fund was shorting the stock from an account in Canada. After we obtained written proof of the short sales from the Canadian brokerage firm, the hedge fund was forced to "buy in" common stock from the public market in an amount equal to those shares shorted in violation of their contractual lock up provisions.