Kalamata Capital announced today that it has entered into an agreement to merge with Kings Cash Group, effective July 1. The new entity will be called Kalamata Capital Group, or KCG, retaining the Kalamata Capital brand. Together, the new entity and its affiliates will provide approximately $300 million of capital annually to over 5,000 small businesses.
Michael Jaffe and Albert Gahfi have been designated the co-Presidents of Kalamata Capital Group LLC, the direct funding and operating entity, and they will run the day-to-day operations. Steven Mandis, Brandon Laks, Carlos Max, and Connor Phillips will be the Chairman, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Credit Officer, respectively, of the holding company, Kalamata Holdings LLC. All are members of the Executive Committee of Kalamata Holdings LLC.
“With this partnership we become the preeminent one stop solution for merchants and strategic partners in the industry,” Gahfi said. “Strategic partners can submit one application, and we will quickly develop competitive, actionable solutions.”
Laks, Chief Operating Officer of KCG told deBanked that employees of both companies will be retained and the former Kalamata Capital offices, both in Bethesda and New York, will remain in place. The Manhattan office of Kings Cash Group will also remain and all products that the two companies used to offer separately, will now be offered by KCG, including small business loans, SBA loans, factoring, equipment leasing and merchant cash advance, among others. Kalamata Capital offered all of these products while Kings Cash Group focused on merchant cash advance.
“With no debt, Kalamata Capital has one of the strongest balance sheets in the industry,” Jaffe, co-President of the newly formed KCG said. “Their Chairman Steven Mandis worked at Goldman Sachs, was a Senior Advisor to McKinsey, has a PhD from Columbia University and teaches at Columbia Business School. He has utilized that experience to build a distinctive partnership culture, established brand, and institutional-grade processes and procedures.”
Mandis, Chairman of KCG, said: “We know and value KCG’s technology platform and people, and we believe their talent and capabilities will further strengthen our overall merchant value proposition. The partnership will enable us to better serve more small businesses by enhancing our underwriting capabilities to provide access to affordable business financing solutions to help them and their communities grow and thrive.”