Ridley Capital Group to Advise Taurus Capital Management

LOUISVILLE, KY – Ridley Capital Group has been engaged by Taurus Capital Management to advise in capital formation and structure for its commercial real estate portfolios. Ridley Capital will assess and consult Taurus on its existing and prospective capital needs and structure. “Taurus Capital has a terrific history in realizing impressive returns by focusing on a niche commercial real estate market and applying its operational management expertise,” said Shawn Ridley, Managing Partner of Ridley Capital Group. “We feel that Taurus has significant capital capacity that can be strategically deployed to take advantage of unique opportunities.”

Ridley Capital Group is a Louisville, Kentucky based private investment and advisory firm focused on financial services and consumer products that enhance the human experience through natural, organic or environment-friendly applications.

Ridley Capital Group Agrees to Exclusive Distribution Rights with WonderPaint

LOUISVILLE, KY – Ridley Capital Group announced today that its affiliate, WonderPaint Distribution, entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with WonderPaint, Inc. WonderPaint Distribution will provide turnkey marketing and distribution services for WonderPaint, Inc. through the Untied States, Canada, and Central America. Terms provide for WonderPaint Distribution to earn exclusive worldwide rights after initial benchmarks are matched.

WonderPaint is a manufacturer of a number of proprietary coatings for the protection and enhancement of all building materials including wood, concrete, glass, dry board, masonry and roofing materials. All WonderPaint products share common characteristics, which include being water soluble, extremely durable and environmentally friendly.
“WonderPaint Products are truly amazing,” commented Shawn Ridley, Managing Partner at Ridley Capital Group. “We believe green, durable, and water soluble coatings like WonderPaint Products have superior characteristics than solvent-based products.”

WonderPaint was founded in 1987 with its namesake product, WonderPaint. Other products include WonderGlass, WonderBlock, WonderCrete, Preventex, and a number of proprietary primers. More information can be found at www.WonderPaint.com.

Ridley Capital Group is a Louisville, Kentucky based private investment and advisory firm focused on financial services and consumer products that enhance the human experience through natural, organic or environment-friendly applications.

Ridley Capital Group Leads Seed Round for ABE AI, Named Advisor to Company

LOUISVILLE, KY – Ridley Capital Group, through affiliated entities, led a seed capital round for ABE AI and has been hired as advisor to the Company to guide it through a convertible round. Ridley and partner entities seeded ABE to further develop its artificial intelligence software and natural language processing capabilities.

“We’re delighted to be associated with ABE.AI and its impressive team of entrepreneurs and software developers,” said Shawn Ridley, Managing Partner of Ridley Capital Group.

ABE AI is an Orlando, Florida based artificial intelligence company focused on the banking and financial services sectors.

Ridley Capital Group is a Louisville, Kentucky based private investment and advisory firm focused on financial services and consumer products that enhance the human experience through natural, organic or environment-friendly applications.

Ridley Capital Group Leads Sale of Fort Knox Financial Services to MetaBank

LOUISVILLE, KY – Ridley Capital Group announced today that Fort Knox Financial Services Corporation (Fort Knox) completed the previously announced sale of substantially all assets and liabilities of Fort Knox and its subsidiary, Tax Product Services, LLC (TPS), to MetaBank, a subsidiary of Meta Financial Group, Inc. The assets acquired by MetaBank in the acquisition include the Fort Knox operating platform and trade name, Refund Advantage, and other assets. The Fort Knox management and staff have also been hired by MetaBank, and the operations of the Fort Knox business will continue to be based in Louisville, KY. Ridley Capital Group served as advisor to Fort Knox.

The acquisition, which was first announced on July 16, 2015, was consummated following satisfaction of certain closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approval. The purchase price for the acquisition included the payment of approximately $26 million in cash as well as the issuance of 581,260 shares of the Company’s common stock to the shareholders of Fort Knox. The cash portion of the purchase price was funded from the proceeds of the previously announced private placements of the Company’s common stock to certain institutional investors.

Shawn Ridley, Managing Partner of Ridley Capital Group, commented: “We’re delighted with the specifics of the transaction and believe MetaBank is a perfect fit to scale the Refund Advantage platform.”

Ridley Capital Group is a Louisville, Kentucky based private investment and advisory firm focused on financial services and consumer products that enhance the human experience through natural, organic or environment-friendly applications.