The formation of LEAF Commercial Creditt gives more indication of the parent Resource America (NASDAQ: REXI) looking to spin off its companies and perhaps thin down the main body for the founders to buy back the stock and become private. This would enable them to form more real estate partnerships without stock reporting rules and regulations.
As predicted by Leasing News, the new company by the founder of LEAF Financial is underway; moving to the 14th floor, 2005 Market Street, Philadelphia setting up a web site, and it appears this will be the concentration. Resource Real Estate at 1845 Walnut Street, is now moving to 2005 Market, 15th floor. Once one of the highlights of Resource America, the LEAF Financial division has cut back on over two thirds of its employees, holding one company, the former Dolphin Capital (leasing of copiers) and now the main body LEAF Financial forms
LEAF Commercial Credit
As highlighted in the story of the relationship with Guggenheim, the announcement stated,
Senior management contributed capital to LCC in the form of all the shares of common stock they owned in LEAF Financial.
This perhaps is the four who joined Crit DeMent from Fidelity: Nick Caperrelli, Dave English, and Miles Herman.
If the collective 10% number from the SEC filings is correct, it appears management will have 10% of the new company and Guggenheim will end up with 5%.
Reading the press release, the new group will have access to a revolving line of credit from Guggenheim for an initial $50 million, and then up to $200 million in additional tranches, provided certain conditions are met. This includes the parent company putting in $10 million more for preferred stock. Most of the $36 million equity number appears to be soft asset/share value from Leaf Financial, including the $10 million future commitment to acquire additional preferred shares. Only $5.2 million was in real cash.
Resource TRS, the Company’s directly-owned taxable REIT subsidiaries (TRS), holds all the Company’s direct financing leases and notes. It is interesting as Resource America Inc. has always shown operating losses, so where the free and clear assets are located is a question not explored.
According to the web site,
At LEAF we provide vendors with financing products and services designed to do one thing...accelerate their sales.
It's not simply offering vendors a financing program...It's actually helping them achieve their goals by integrating financing into their selling tactics.