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English Football: Fortress Cofounder Wes Edens Acquires the Club of Aston Villa to Help It Regain Its Top Position in the Premier League

Wes Edens is a global icon who has proved real investment is not about eyeing for one sector, but different industries, including even sports.

As a determined businessman, Mr. Wes Edens have extensively invested in various industries, including financial services, real estate, media, healthcare, infrastructure and transportation, and of recent in sports. In 2014, he helped establish New Fortress Energy, in essence, to promote, as well as support the transition of the world to clean and renewable energy.

Prior to founding Fortress Investment Group, CEO Wes Edens served at BlackRock Financial management firm as the managing director, as well as at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. under the same title.

Read more about Wes Edens at newfortressenergy.com

In the sector of sport, CEO Wes Edens became a co-owner of a Milwaukee based basketball team– the Milwaukee Bucks, after acquiring it, together with a New York City investment executive Marc Lasry, from Herb Kohl- former United States Senator, for $550 million in early 2014. Through his commitment and determination for prosperity for the NBA franchise, Mr. Edens facilitated the delivery of a new, $524 million worth arena in Milwaukee City- Wisconsin Entertainment & Sports Center, which was opened on August 2018.

Recently in 2018, in partnership with an Egyptian businessman, Nassef Sawiris, the Fortress co-founder, Mr. Wes Edens acquired the club of Aston Villa with a majority stake of 55%. In spite of their brilliant performance in the second-tier championship division, Tony Xia- the club’s previous sole owner now turned co-owner, highlighted that through the efforts and support of the new partners, including Edens, the club now have high chances of getting back to its top position and get back to the Premier League.

On his end, Mr. Edens, together with his counterpart, noted that they will put a lot of focus and efforts on their new club, carry out a comprehensive assessment and evaluation, in respect to help strengthen the club, as well as guarantee Aston villa it has gotten back to its rightful upper position in the English football.

Learn more: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/wes-edens

How Organo Gold Introduced a new Aspect to the American Coffee Culture

An article posted to the Internet recently discussed the increased popularity of coffee. What has become known as the coffee culture in America has rapidly expanded over the past 50 decades. Loosely translated, Wikipedia defines this culture as having an atmosphere conducive for social gatherings. Although there are many brands that have emerged in the presence of the American coffee culture, Organo Gold stands apart from the rest. While some of today’s top brand names in coffee have become well-known because of their association with specialized coffee cafes, Organo Gold has become known for the unique ingredients found in their gourmet blends. This includes an Asian root known as ganoderma.

The growing consumption of coffee by people living in America is sometimes broken down into phases. The first phase was the introduction of coffee as a beverage. The second phase incorporated the expansion of coffee through specially manufactured blends and marketing. This is when American brands of coffee began to emerge. It is also the time when new ways of brewing coffee were being created, which led to the formation of the Frappuccino. Organo Gold brought a new aspect to America’s coffee culture through the inclusion of ingredients that contained healthy benefits.

Although their premium blends of coffees, teas and supplements have become more well-known within the United States, there are other beneficial aspects about Organo Gold some people might not be aware of. One aspect is the way this company markets its products. Rather than go the traditional route, the team at Organo Gold offers income growth opportunities to anyone interested in becoming a distributor. Established in 2008 by Bernardo Chua, this company places an emphasis on bringing the natural nutrients found in the Earth to people around the world. The words that reflect the core values of this company include loyal, unified and entrepreneurial.


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HGGC purchases the CPQ software maker, FPX

The private middle-market investment firm, HGGC is making a lot wave in the business market as a result of its purchase of FPX. FPX is a software company which makes CPQ (configure-price-quote) software. The CPQ software is utilized by most of the Fortune 100 companies to sell complex products. Acclaim Financial Group are the investors who previously owned FPX. The software company, FPX stated that it was reinvesting all the proceeds from the sale to bettering its market position.

In the recent past, the private equity firm, HGGC has been making a lot of expansion moves targeting the software sector. Investment experts believe that the firms increased investment in the business software sector is in preparation for its expansion. Recently, the private equity firm acquired StrongView, a marketing tech company. The marketing tech company announced later that it planned to expand its business into Europe.

New executives

In a recent announcement, the private equity firm made its intentions clear. Six new executives from different well-performing business firms were added to the management team. This private equity firm’s management stated during the announcement that was high expectation waiting for the new executives at their post. Among this expectation are to help the equity firm grow and expand its business beyond North America.

About HGGC

This private equity firm is among the best in the middle market. It currently has cumulative capital commitments adding up to $4.3 billion. The middle-market equity firm has its headquarters in Palo Alto, California. In the past, this firm hassuccessfully completed more than 90 platform investments, recapitalizations, liquidity events, and add-on acquisitions. All of these transactions totaled up to over $17 billion in aggregate value. HGGC has made a name for itself in the investment markets as a result of its quite successful ‘Advantage Investing’ approach. This successful approach works through the acquisition of scalable businesses at attractive multiples. The acquisitions are made possible by partnerships between the management, sponsors, and founder who agree to reinvest alongside the firm. On the new executives’ shoulders lays the formidable task of keeping up the stellar performance that the company has hard in the market in the past few years.

 

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Matt Badiali on Freedom Checks

Matt Badiali was until recently a little-known figure in the United States. However, with the emergence of the “Freedom Checks” program, many Americans now know him. This is a concept that was thoroughly advertised in such a way that it got the attention of almost everyone who came across it. Badiali is now talk of the town after he came up with this brilliant investment strategy that has seen some people make up to few tens of thousands in dollars. The Freedom checks program is so good that it is one of the best cash grab opportunities that have ever happened in the United States.

Matt Badiali invented this strategy after the tax relief that was given by the government. The government passed a new tax law which has seen almost all companies in the country enjoy huge retunes. Badiali saw this an opportunity for investors to exploit one of the best opportunities that have been created by the tax relief. In the next one year, Badiali says that there will be $34.6 billion which will be given out to investors who will care about investing in this program.

Investors will be investing just the same way they do with stock markets. However, there will be a difference in that not all companies qualify for the freedom Checks program. One must invest in companies known as MLPs which qualify to offer Freedom Checks. These are companies which operate under different regulations from the rest. Master Limited Partnerships are required by law to generate 90 percent of their revenue from within the United States. They are also required to be from specific industries. The operations of the MLPs allow them only to be involved in activities of natural resources exploitation. These companies must be dealing with either storage, production, transportation or processing of natural resources. According to Matt Badiali, most of them are in the gas and energy sector.

MLPs are responsible for giving out Freedom Checks. Since they enjoy tax reliefs, they end up with more profits to share with their investors than other companies. Badiali has projected that there will be $34.6 billion which will be given to investors.

Freedom Checks: Youtube.

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Highland Capital Management

Highland Capital Management based out of Dallas, Texas gave an astounding donation this past January of $10 million to the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The endowment gift was jointly announced by James Dondero, the firms co-founder and president and Kenneth Hersh, the George W. Bush Presidential Center, CEO. Read this article at Dallas News.

The large gift is for supporting and maintaining a newly created series, in which Highland Capital Management sponsors, called “Engage at the Bush Center.” All programs are offered to the public.

To start off the series, author Christopher J. Scalia talked about his late father, who passed in 2016, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. His son, who is the co-editor of Scalia Speaks: Reflections of law, Faith and Life Well Lived, did a presentation in February. Inside the second feature, the public heard from history and media experts in a deep discussion about the fourth U.S. president and founding father, James Madison. He was also a strong proponent of the First Amendment. The experts shared what his views might be like regarding today’s climate with the media. Learn more about Highland Capital at Affiliate Dork.

Prior speakers include United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Lorne Michaels who is the creator and producer of Saturday Night Live, the former director of the NSA and CIA, General Michael Hayden, well known Hamilton Broadway actor Christopher Jackson, the late Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush, her granddaughter.

Highland Capital has made various financial gifts such as this one. The firm has given nearly $5 million since the year 2012 and has been constantly recognized as a Founding Benefactor by the Center.

Highland Capital Management’s main focus has continued to be a global billion dollar company that develops business for collateralize loan obligations (CLO), hedge funds, REITs, private equity funds and mutual funds, to mention a few. Additionally services are in the distressed and particular areas of alternative investment assets and private equity.

Visit: http://www.highlandcap.com/

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SAHM ADRANGI’S STANDPOINT ON KODAK

Sahm Adrangi is an entrepreneur located in New York City. He holds a Bachelor of Art in Economics from the Yale University. From a lot of experience gained, he has been able to work with lots of companies by conducting investment analysis and research on credit fund and equity fund. At the moment, Sahm is the founder and Chief Investment Officer of Kerri Dale Capital. The contained skills he got has enabled him to evaluate the credibility of companies and even in the reformation and restructuring.

EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY

Eastman Kodak was founded by George Eastman and Henry Strong in 1888. It is a photographic filming company whose headquarters are in New York. Over the years, the company tries to improve on digital photography and digital printing as a mode to enhance the credibility of the company.

Just like any other company, analysts have different views on each company. Sahm Adrangi has his perspective on the growth value of Kodak Company which happens to be mostly negative. His main criticism includes the view that the company creation of KODAK Coin and KashMiner are acts of desperation. This is because the revenue segments of the company have over the years dropped with more than 10% resulting in poor visibility and poor execution on the managerial sector.

Secondly, the gross leverage of the company is staggering at a high rate of ten times the original state. Therefore, liquidity is far tighter than the face value of cash as the company as evident on balance sheet. According to Sahm Adrangi, the eventual result would be a total restructuring of the whole company.

Sahm Adrangi also sees the Kodak Company as a sham. This is because of technologies like Blockchain can interfere with many companies, yet Kodak company is not in any way prepared to curb disruptions or find effective permanent solutions to solve emerging issues. Since Kodak has registered blockchain to act as the solution, it does not prove clear ownership of the company. Streamlining the process of copyright enforcement and payment is under scrutiny. This, in the end, affects the photographers whose credit is improperly awarded due to the sham in the company present.

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4052332-conversation-former-hedge-fund-analyst-long-shares-gnc

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