Lovell Minnick Partners Invests in Currency Capital

Lovell Minnick Partners, a private equity firm specializing in financial and related business services companies, made a growth capital investment in Currency Capital, an online equipment financing exchange serving owners of small- and medium-sized companies. The investment will support Currency Capital’s growth strategies. Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, Currency Capital will continue to be led by CEO Charles Anderson and his executive team who will retain a significant equity interest in the company.

Currency Capital’s online portal enables business owners to receive competitively priced loans for equipment purchases. The expedited approval process allows borrowers to receive funding rapidly and often on the same day. This contrasts with the weeks- or months-long process typically involved with obtaining credit from traditional lenders.

“Charles and his team are transforming the $1.7 trillion equipment purchase industry, empowering American business owners to meet their capital-buying needs at the point of sale in a convenient, seamless and efficient manner,” said John Cochran, partner at Lovell Minnick. “By originating, processing and servicing transactions, Currency Capital brings together buyers of varied credit profiles, sellers and equipment funding sources.”

Currency Capital provided approximately $150 million in loans to customers in 2016. Equipment buyers are also able to purchase equipment for sale by the Company’s industry-leading partners, including eBay, Big Tex Trailers, IronPlanet and Proxibid.

“Our partnership with Lovell Minnick is further validation of the significant market opportunity we identified in 2012 to provide independent and small business owners with fast, on-demand and reliable financing,” said Anderson, who also serves as the executive director of the Commercial Equipment Marketplace Council. “Our vision is build an end-to-end equipment financing exchange so that our platform will empower business owners to ask Siri, ‘find me a dump truck for $200/mo.’ And for Siri to respond with, ‘where and when would you like the dump truck to be delivered?’ We are approaching this massive market in the same way that Amazon is approaching traditional retail.”

Lovell Minnick’s portfolio companies include LSQ Funding, a technology-enabled provider of working capital solutions to small and mid-sized companies and Commercial Credit, an independent specialty finance company that provides secured loans and leases for commercial and industrial equipment.

American Discovery Capital served as financial advisor/merchant bank to Currency Capital.

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