NEW YORK, July 12, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Manhattan Bridge Capital, Inc. (Nasdaq:LOAN - News) ("Manhattan Bridge Capital" or the "Company"), today announces that it has engaged Avalon Group, Ltd., a New York City based investment banking firm, as a financial advisor to explore strategic initiatives including capital formation, business development and growth aimed at enhancing shareholder value.
Assaf Ran, CEO of Manhattan Bridge Capital, said, "We are excited to explore multiple initiatives with our financial advisor, Avalon Group, that will maximize shareholder value." The strategic initiatives may include operating partnerships and other collaborative arrangements. The exploration of strategic alternatives may not result in any agreement or transaction and, if completed, any agreement or transaction may not be successful or on attractive terms. Manhattan Bridge Capital does not intend to disclose developments with respect to this process unless and until evaluation of strategic alternatives has been completed or it enters into definite agreements for a specific, material transaction.
Ariel Imas, Avalon Group's Co-President of Capital Markets, said, "Manhattan Bridge Capital is currently trading at a 40% discount to cash and cash equivalents and we look forward to working with management to unlock shareholder value."
Manhattan Bridge Capital, Inc. provides short term, secured, non-banking, commercial loans to small businesses.
Avalon Group, Ltd. is a leading, boutique investment bank and strategic advisory firm which provides clients the quality and technical expertise of a major investment bank while maintaining the confidential personal service and efficiency of a boutique firm. Avalon's services include arranging private investments, registered direct offerings, and PIPEs; as well as providing fairness opinions, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, and strategic advisory services. Since 1992, Avalon has worked with high caliber, committed corporate leaders to expand their businesses, re capitalize or re-organize firms, sell or purchase divisions, and arrange liquidity events. Our clients have ranged from mid-market, private companies and Fortune 500 companies to multi-national entities and early stage ventures. For more information on Avalon Group and Avalon Securities, its affiliated FINRA, SIPC and SEC registered broker-dealer.
Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the risks with marketing of its new on-line software solution, the continued acceptance of the Company's new and existing products, increased levels of competition, new products introduced by competitors, changes in the rates of subscriber acquisition and retention, and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.