EastBridge Investment Group Inc. (OTCBB: EBIG), a provider of financial services to emerging companies looking to raise capital or go public in the U.S., with clients similar to companies like Chinacast Education Corporation (NASDAQ: CAST) and A123 Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: AONE), is targeting additional U.S. clients and helping them to raise capital ahead of going public.
The company’s unique business model involves receiving a combination of cash and equity in exchange for helping these companies. Depending on the amounts of each, the firm has traditionally issued a portion of the stock received as a dividend to its own shareholders, while maintaining the balance on its books as an asset or selling it to generate revenues.
EastBridge Signs Fizza in December 2010
EastBridge entered into an agreement in December of 2010 to assist Fizza LLC in raising bridge capital of $300,000 in exchange for a combination of cash and equity. Since then, the agreement has been expanded to help the company identify legal counsel, financial advisors and capital to raise $2 million in financing to expand its business.
Fizza has developed a nutritious sparkling dairy beverage that contains all the qualitative nutrients of milk and the fun of soda. Available in orange, strawberry, apple and cola, the fat and lactose free beverages have no artificial sweeteners but all the qualitative nutrients of milk. The company is hoping to position these in both retail and educational settings.
EastBridge Signs Air Medical in October 2011
EastBridge entered into an agreement in October of 2011 to assist International Air Medical Services Inc. (IAMS) with locating legal counsel, financial advisors and capital to complete a capital raise of up to $3 million. While no financial details were disclosed yet, investors expect to see some details in the company’s upcoming SEC filings.
After receiving $176,000 in financing and completing 206 missions in its first year, the company’s predecessor (Native Air) grew to conduct about 6,000 missions per year six years later and eventually sold for $54 million. Management is now refocusing on the long range transportation segment that accounts for about 23% of emergency air medical demand.
Additional Clients in the U.S. and Abroad
As of September 2011, EastBridge was providing consulting services to eight clients to assist them with the auditing and legal processes to become public companies in the United States and become listed on a U.S. stock exchange, in addition to the aforementioned agreements. And it’s also working with Cambrium Learning (NASDAQ: ABCD) to identify a JV partner in China.
Combined, these factors make EastBridge a stock worth watching for early stage investors. For more information on the company, please see the following resources:
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