Was created in 1994 as the US holding company of a Brazilian wholly-owned subsidiary, Bahia Tecnologia Ltda., that assembled and distributed computer equipment and related products throughout Brazil.
In 1995, desiring to grow more rapidly, Vitech had identified and held negotiations to acquire several leading regional Brazilian computer distributors, but the Company lacked cash for acquisitions.
Kennedy was retained to arrange “growth” capital alternatives. In February 1995 Kennedy presented to Vitech an IPO proposal from leading U.S. underwriter D.H. Blair & Co. With an IPO proposal in hand, Kennedy then raised $2 million in convertible debt in September 1995. In November Kennedy advised Vitech conduct a $22 million IPO with US broker HJ Myers. By 1998, IDC reported Vitech the #1 seller of computers in Brazil.
Kennedy was retained by Vitech America, Inc. to advise on their acquisitions of Microtec Sistemas Indústria e Comércio S.A. (July 1997), Tech Stock Ltda. (October 1997), Tech Shop Ltda. and Rectech-Recife Tecnologia Ltda. (November 1997). The next year Kennedy was retained to structure a $100 million Medium-Term Global Financing Facility (April 1998). By the year-end Kennedy had raised $43.1 million in Global Notes.
GLOBAL CAPITAL MARKETS
Technology Acceptance Corporation (TAC)
was created in 1998 by Vitech America, Inc. as a Special Purpose Company under the laws of the Cayman Islands to raise capital for the Company in order to provide financing for their computer sales in Brazil.
In 1997 Vitech America was fast becoming the leader in sales of personal computers in Brazil. To be competitive in the local PC market which then saw global leader Dell just enter Brazil, Vitech had to offer sales financing at competitive rates to its expanding customer base as it´s multinational competitors were doing, like HP, Dell, IBM and Itautec. Vitech did not have the financial resources.
Kennedy was retained as Vitech´s financial advisor in January 1998 to explore with Brazilian banks the implementation of a global debt issuance facility. Within months Kennedy had commitments from Banco Fibra and Unibanco to structure TAC and distribute up to $100 million in global medium-term notes from an offshore facility. Kennedy structured TAC with Unibanco and Banco Fibra and then he raised $20 million in a first tranche that closed in April 1998. By the year-end Kennedy had raised $43.1 million in Global Notes.
Kennedy was retained by Vitech in December 1999 to set-up an off-shore special purpose investment company to re-purchase defaulted TAC notes. Kennedy immediately set-up Special Opportunities Investments Corp. in the B.V.I. and raised $13.9 million which he used to negotiate the purchase of deeply discounted TAC notes.
GLOBAL CAPITAL MARKETS
CTF Technologies, Inc. (CTF)
is the market leader in providing comprehensive logistics and financial services to trucking fleet operators throughout Brazil.
In 2007 CTF had ambitious growth plans and was seeking long-term capital to launch several new capital intensive projects. CTF met with many local banks and private equity funds to raise this expansion capital, but all their capital requirements were too rigorous.
Kennedy Partners was retained by CTF as a financial advisor in June 2007 to seek less onerous financing alternatives off-shore. With Kennedy´s network of contacts at US financial institutions, he sought those that specialize in raising convertible and mezzanine debt, which is notably much less expensive than Brazilian bank debt and less intrusive than private equity capital. Within months Kennedy got CTF several proposals from U.S. financial institutions on convertible debt with terms on the $15mm they were seeking.
Kennedy Partners was retained by CTF in March 2008 to sell the company. In May 2008 he negotiated a sale for 100% of CTF to Endurance Capital Partners in Brazil.
Alcana Destilaria de Álcool de Nanuque S/A (Alcana)
was a Brazilian privately-held company in the 1990s and 2000s that grew and cultivated sugar cane to be converted into hydrated alcohol and granulated sugar.
During the 1990s, a majority of the Brazilian ethanol producers came under extreme financial hardship due to 1) low prices from an oversupply of ethanol, and 2) a lack of demand because of a small number of “multi-use” cars in circulation. By 2004 Alcana was practically bankrupt and couldn´t pay its field workers to plant their 2005 crop.
Kennedy Partners was summoned by then partner WorldInvest in early 2005 to raise up to R$2 million for their client Alana. By April Kennedy had structured a loan that raised capital by pre-selling Alcana´s newly planted crop to Kennedy´s investors. With this capital, the Company was able to raise additional cash by further pre-selling of a larger crop and thus return to a profitable business. This allowed WorldInvest to sell Alcana to a foreign private equity fund by the end of 2005.
Resource Holdings, Inc. (RHI)
was a US public-reporting company in early 2010 that had plans to invest or finance small-sized gold mining operations in Brazil.
In late 2009 RHI came to Brazil as a “start-up” and it needed capital for its initial operations, including market research and leg-work in uncovering and negotiating Brazilian investment opportunities.
Kennedy Partners was retained by RHI as a financial advisor in November 2009 to raise seed capital and follow-on venture debt. Over the next year and a half Kennedy raised $1.5 million in venture capital until Kennedy closed on long-term funding of $11.4 million from Platinum West Ventures, LLC, part of U.S. hedge fund Centurion.
Kennedy Partners was retained by RHI as Director of RHI´s Brazilian Subsidiary, Mineral-Parçeiros em Mineração Ltda., where he oversaw RHI´s investment in gold mining operations with Abdala Mineração Ltda. in Cuiaba, MT.
GLOBAL CAPITAL MARKETS
Resource Holdings, Inc. (RHI)
was a US public-reporting company in 2010 that had negotiated a financing with a small-sized gold mining operations in Brazil.
In June 2010 RHI had signed a Letter of Intent to provide $9.5 million in growth financing for Abdala Mineracao, a gold mining operation in Cuiaba, Brazil. Therefore RHI needed to raise at least that amount and more to pay for all the transaction´s closing costs.
Kennedy Partners was retained by RHI in September 2010 to assist the company raise approximately $10 million to close the Abdala financing. By September 2011 Kennedy had assisted RHI and raised $11.4 million from Platinum West Ventures LLC (Centurion) in 3 year 15% secured notes plus an equity kicker of 15% of RHI´s voting shares.
Kennedy Partners was retained by RHI as a financial advisor to conduct corporate finance advisory on their planned acquisitions and raise capital during 2011 to 2014. Subsequently, Kennedy raised $927,500 in sales of RHI common stock (2012) and raised $550,000 in two Bridge Loans (2013-14).
Intercontinental Telecom Corporation do Brasil Ltda. (ITC)
was created in 1998 with the “spin-off” of the IT department from Microtec Sistemas Indústria e Comércio S.A. ITC immediately became a fully-dedicated provider of wire-less broadband communications services to Microtec clients.
In 1999 ITC had plans for an aggressive growth strategy to implement its pioneering wireless broadband services in the many rapidly growing regional cities of Brazil.
Kennedy Partners was retained by ITC as a financial advisor in December 1999 to raise private equity capital to fund this expansion plan. In May of 2000 Kennedy closed on $20 million in a private equity investment (at a $75 million pre-money valuation) from Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ), a North American emerging markets private equity fund.
Kennedy Partners was retained by ITC as a financial advisor in June 2000 to assist on closing numerous targeted acquisitions, including “Fairness Opinions” on their valuations during 2000 to 2002.
BioPetro Participações, S.A. (BioPetro)
was created in 2005 with the help of research at the University at Sao Carlos.
From 2006 to 2007 the founders of BioPetro had invested heavily and developed an innovative technology solution that would produce biodiesel at significantly below market costs while using a variety of raw materials. In 2008 they were seeking a significant amount of capital to build a biodiesel plant using their proprietary technology.
Kennedy Partners was retained by BioPetro as a financial advisor in September 2008 to raise capital to construct their planned biodiesel plant. By June 2009 Kennedy had raised R$5 million from Brazilian private equity fund, Endurance Capital Partners (ECP), by merging BioPetro with ECP´s stalled biodiesel start-up, BioClean Energy S.A. (at a US$10 million pre-money valuation). By April 2010 BioPetro was producing biodiesel from their newly constructed plant.
Kennedy Partners was retained by BioClean Energy S/A as a financial advisor in early 2011 to seek long-term capital for their rapid expansion plans. In April 2011 Kennedy negotiated a $25 million US Initial Public Offering proposal by Rodman & Renshaw, LLC.
Eucalis Comercial de Madeiras Ltda. (Eucalis)
started its business and operations in August 2014, processing logs into sawn timber for sale to the wooden packaging industry.
In April 2014 Eucalis negotiated control of a family-run timber milling business that had ceased operating over several years. By August the mill was operating but the Company projected that it would need extra capital to modernize the plant and buy regular quantities of raw material in order to ramp-up sales in order to maximize its plant capacity utilization.
Kennedy Partners invested along with “angel”capital of $200,000 in June 2014. Kennedy was retained by Eucalis in September 2014 to raise expansion capital, Kennedy raised $175,000 in the form of Units of $25,000 comprised of a 2 year secure promissory note and Eucalis shares.
Kennedy Partners was retained by Eucalis in June 2015 to "turn-around" the company and raise expansion capital, of which John raised R$ 305,000 (USD 87,500) in Bridge Loans with individual investors. In 2016 when Eucalis was closed down, John negotiated with the majority owner of Eucalis to compensate investors with free shares in a newly created US investment company called Brazil Timber Corporation, which in August 2016 closed on the 100% acquisition of Agropecuária São Paulo Minas S.A. which contains approximately 4,000 hectares of forestry property in Minas Gerais state.
Agrivest Americas, Inc. (AAI)
was a US public-reporting company that had plans in 2011 to 2014 to invest in small to medium-sized agricultural farming, mining and services companies in Brazil.
In late 2010 Agrivest came to Brazil as a start-up so it needed capital to pay for the research and leg-work in uncovering and negotiating Brazilian investment opportunities, including mining geologists, lawyers and everyday advisors.
Kennedy Partners was retained by RHI as a financial advisor in November 2010 to raise seed capital. Over the ensuing years Kennedy raised $160,000 for the Company.
Kennedy Partners was retained by AAI in April 2014 to conduct acquisition due diligence on Grupo Shalon S.A. Then in March of 2015 Kennedy Partners was retained to advise them on a merger, in fact a "Reverse Take-Over" (RTO), eventually closing with NXChain, Inc. (OTC.NXCN.QB) in December 2015.
CTF Technologies, Inc. (CTF)
is the market leader in providing comprehensive logistics, refueling and financial services to trucking fleet operators throughout Brazil.
In 2007 CTF´s majority shareholder and CEO wanted to sell 100% of CTF for personal reasons. After receiving purchase proposals from several Brazilian private equity funds, the CEO refused their offers mainly because of their onerous “cashing-out” restrictions on him.
Kennedy Partners was summoned by CTF in March 2008 and retained as a financial advisor to seek buyers for the Company. In May Kennedy negotiated and closed an agreement for the sale of 100% of CTF to Endurance Capital Partners, a Brazilian private equity fund.
Alta Floresta Gold, Ltd. (AFG)
is an established privately-held Canadian gold exploration company which owns 6 gold deposits in the “Juruena Belt” in Central Brazil.
In June 2014 AFG negotiated a management buy-out with ECI Exploration and Mining Inc. (ECI) for their ownership of Alta Floresta Mineracao Ltda. (AFM) in Brazil. From 2007 until 2013 ECI had invested up to $11 million in exploring these 6 gold deposits which resulted in the Cajueiro deposit attaining a NI 43-101 Resource Compliant Report indicating it had 470,000 ounces in gold reserves. However, AFG had very little capital available to build-out a gold mining plant for Cajueiro. In January 2015 AFG approached Kennedy Partners in discussions to raise the necessary capital to put Cajueiro into production.
After months of site visits and tests, Kennedy proposed a financing via newly-created U.S. C-corporation that Kennedy would set-up, capitalize and make an investment into AFG. In July 2015 Kennedy signed an agreement to invest $2.3 million into AFG for a 41% equity stake and had a 2-year operator´s contract to supervise the development and operations at Cajueiro. In September Kennedy set-up Brazil Gold Corporation and raised $50,000 in Seed Capital while in parallel Kennedy sought to raise $2.5 million for the investment in AFG.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Kennedy Partners was retained by Vitech America, Inc. to advise on their acquisitions of Microtec Sistemas Indústria e Comércio S.A. (July 1997), Tech Stock Ltda. (October 1997), Tech Shop Ltda. and Rectech-Recife Tecnologia Ltda. (November 1997).
Kennedy Partners was retained by AxisMed Gestão Preventiva da Saúde S/A to advise the CEO on strategic planning and raising growth capital, including a Management Buy-Out (June 2006). Kennedy Partners partnered with Adelphia Capital LLC of NYC to raise $3 million for the planned MBO (Management Buyout), but in November the AxisMed shareholders over-ruled it (October 2006).
Kennedy was contracted by Worldinvest Empreendimentos, Consultoria e Participações Ltda. to conduct a corporate valuation as an independent third-party for their client Alliant Energy Holdings do Brasil Ltda. as part of a divestiture of their assets in Cataguazes Leopoldina S.A. on which Worldinvest was advising (November 2003).
Mergers & Acquisitions
Kennedy Partners was retained by Intercontinental Telecom Corporation do Brasil Ltda. (ITC) and advised on their acquisition of Masterlink Automação e Segurança Ltda. (June 2001).
Kennedy Partners created and raised $10.1million in capital for Millennium Investment Capital Corp., an investment company registered in the British Virgin Islands. Investments were made in both private and publicly-traded equities of Brazilian emerging-growth companies (2000-2001).
Kennedy Partners created and raised US$13.9 million in capital for Special Opportunities Investments Corp., an investment company registered in the British Virgin Islands. Investments were made in purchasing discounted TAC Notes from the receivables of Vitech America, Inc. (2000-2001).
Kennedy Partners was retained by Plug & Use to structure a working capital facility and raise the capital to assist the company to continue grow rapidly. Kennedy Partners structured a “Supplier Financing Credit Facility” to raise R$500,000 (August 2005).
Merchant Banking / Sale Mandate
Kennedy Partners teamed with Beacon Rock Capital LLC in the U.S. to acquire RCR Representações e Serviços Ltda in early 2006, but was unsuccessful when Beacon unexpectedly pulled-out of the transaction. Kennedy Partners then teamed with Bulltick Capital Markets in a sale mandate for RCR (August 2006). RCR was later sold to a private investor group of Brazilian high net-worth investors.
Kennedy Partners was retained by the new owners of SAQplast Indústria e Comércio S/A, Kennedy´s partners FondElec and Worldinvest, to raise expansion capital of R$1,500,000 for SAQplast Indústria e Comércio S/A (May 2005).
Kennedy was called on by Worldinvest Empreendimentos, Consultoria e Participações Ltda. to manage their engagement with Fran´s Café Franchising Ltda., which included creating a strategic plan and raising equity capital with private equity funds and offshore strategic partners (September 2003).
Kennedy was called on by Worldinvest Empreendimentos, Consultoria e Participações Ltda. to manage their engagement with Novopiso S.A., which included creating a strategic plan and raising equity capital with private equity funds and offshore strategic partners (February 2004).
Kennedy was retained by American Private Equity Fund Manager, FondElec Capital Advisors LLC, to run and manage their group of 4 technology companies in Brazil, Octet Brasil S/A, Octet Participações Ltda., Octet Data Centers Ltda., and Octet Brasil Ltda. (December 2003). Over the following 7 years Kennedy supervised these 4 technology companies.
Kennedy Partners was retained by Brazilian Fund Manager at Capitania S/A to advise the principals of their newly-formed private equity arm, Endurance Capital Partners S/A, with seeking, evaluating, and proposing venture capital and private equity investments (November 2007).
Capital Markets Advisory
Kennedy Partners was retained in June 2000 by Intercontinental Telecom Corporation do Brasil Ltda. (ITC) to advise on their IPO plans. In September 2000 Kennedy filed a U.S. S-1 for a $50 million U.S. Initial Public Offering led by investment bank Josepthal & Co.
After a number of attempts to acquire Brazilian agricultural companies in the State of Mato Grosso during 2012-2014, Kennedy was retained by AgriVest Americas Inc. in 2015 to assist management sell AAI´s “public shell” AGBR and return to its “Venture Capital” investors cash and stock through a merger via a RTO (“Reverse Take Over”) with a Fision Holdings, Inc. and then in October it was canceled for a RTO with NXChain Inc., OTC.NXCN.QB (December 2015).
IPO + Bridge Loan
Kennedy Partners was retained by BioClean Energy S.A. in April 2011 as their financial advisor to raise long-term “growth” capital. By May Kennedy had negotiated and closed a Letter of Intent for an IPO of $25 million on NASDAQ from leading US brokerage firm Rodman & Renshaw.
Given that BioClean would need additional working capital to “ramp-up” its operations and prepare for its upcoming IPO, Kennedy was contracted and raised R$1.5 million in a Bridge Loan to their upcoming IPO (June 2011).
Kennedy Partners assisted Vitech America, Inc. negotiate a strategic partnership with U.S. giant computer company Gateway PLC, which included lending Vitech 3 year convertible debt of $23 million and providing a supplier line of credit of $11 million (August 1999).
Kennedy Partners was retained by Masterlink Automação e Segurança Ltda. to raise $100,000 in “project financing” for their security systems installation contract with Banco Bradesco S.A. (November 2004).
Mergers & Acquisitions
Kennedy Partners was retained by Intercontinental Telecom Corporation do Brasil Ltda. (ITC) to advise on their acquisition of Probit Tecnologia Educacional Ltda. (December 2000).
Mergers & Acquisitions
Kennedy Partners was retained by Intercontinental Telecom Corporation do Brasil Ltda. (ITC) to advise on their acquisition of Interactivo Consultoria e Desenvolvimento de Sistemas Ltda. (February 2000).
Kennedy was retained by Intercontinental Telecom Corporation do Brasil Ltda. to manage the down-sizing and “turn-around” of the Company as their acting CFO, which included reducing payroll and selling assets while running the day-to-day operations of the Company (January 2001 – June 2003).
Kennedy Partners retained by Intercontinental Telecom Corporation do Brasil Ltda. (ITC) to write a Fairness Opinion for ITC´s shareholders on the “fair-market-value” of the Company (September 2001).
Kennedy Partners was retained by Intercontinental Telecom Corporation do Brasil Ltda. to conduct a “Fairness Opinion” on the Valuation in their acquisition of Masterlink Automação e Segurança Ltda. (February 2002).
Capital Markets Advisory
Kennedy Partners was retained by Intercontinental Telecom Corporation do Brasil Ltda. to assist in the negotiations with Fund Manager Caisse Dépôt of Quebec in raising an additional $12 million (September 2001).
Kennedy Partners was retained by Eucalis Comercial Madeiras Ltda. to raise R$305,000 in a Short-term Loan to finance their immediate expansion plans (July 2015).
Kennedy Partners was retained by Eucalis Comercial Madeiras Ltda. to provide management and strategic oversight in their “turn-around” situation. (July 2015).
Kennedy Partners was retained by OTC public company Ensurge to provide advisory services for its gold mining investment company´s operations in Brazil (February 2010). Kennedy structured and negotiated a multi-million dollar “Processing Equipment Rental Program” with a Brazilian gold mining operation in Cuiaba, Mato Grosso (May 2010).
Kennedy Partners was retained by Resource Holdings, Inc. (RHI) to raise capital through private sales of RHI shares. Over 6 months Kennedy Partners raised US$ 927,500 in total share sales (March to September 2012).
Kennedy Partners was retained by Resource Holdings, Inc. (RHI) in March 2013 to raise Bridge capital through an Un-Registered U.S. private placement in which he raise $415,000 through August 2013. Kennedy raised an additional US$ 135,000 in Units comprised of Notes and Common Share Warrants (December - February 2014).
Kennedy Partners was retained by AgriVest Americas, Inc. (AAI) to conduct due diligence and corporate finance advisory on AAI´s planned acquisition of Grupo Shalon in Mato Grosso, Brazil (April 2014).
Kennedy Partners assisted partner Fondelec Capital Advisors, LLC provide a Bridge Loan to Comanche Clean Energy to fulfill their acquisition and agreement with Ouro Verde Açúcar e Álcool Ltda. Shortly thereafter Comanche was capitalized with $81mm in a U.S. Registered private placement by brokerage firm Rodman & Renshaw LLC in order to complete the acquisition of Ouro Verde acquisition and two other clean-energy producing companies in Brazil (March 2007).
Kennedy Partners created Brazil Timber Corporation (BTC) in September 2015 as a US Delaware corporation to acquire forestry lands and timber milling operations in Brazil. Alongside Kennedy Partners´ initial investment in BTC, KP raised US$ 41,000 in seed capital from individual investors in October and November 2015. By June 2016 Kennedy had raised an additional US$ 85,700 in seed capital.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Kennedy Partners assisted Brazil Timber Corporation in the acquisition of 51% of Agropecuária São Paulo Minas S.A. in December 2015, and again assisted BTC purchase the remaining 49% of Agropecuária São Paulo Minas S.A. in August 2016.