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Ameritrans Capital Corporation (OTCQB: AMTC, AMTCP), a business development company, and Bradway Capital GAB, LLC (“BCG”), the owner of a bicycle manufacturer, today announced that Ameritrans has purchased an interest in BCG. BCG owns substantially all of the non-real estate related assets of Serotta Competition Bicycles and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Great American Bicycle, LLC.
In connection with its investment, Ameritrans was granted a 75-day right of first refusal on any sale of membership interests or notes by BCG.
This is the first new investment made by Ameritrans since February 2012.
Serotta was founded in 1972 to build handcrafted bicycles. The Serotta experience strives to make each moment on the bike more meaningful. Starting with the introduction of the Size Cycle and the company’s educational programs, Serotta has sought to transform the way the industry looks at bike fitting. Serottas have been tested in dozens of the world’s cycling competitions, from the Olympics (first appearance in 1976) to the Tour de France and World Championships in Road, Mountain, Time Trial and Triathlon. Today, Serotta builds its 100 percent handcrafted bicycles in its factories in Saratoga Springs, New York, and Poway, California.
About Ameritrans Capital Corporation
Ameritrans Capital Corporation is a publicly traded, internally managed business development company. The Company originates, structures, finances and manages a portfolio of term loans, mezzanine investments and selected debt and equity securities in middle market companies. Ameritrans' wholly owned subsidiary Elk Associates Funding Corporation (“Elk”) was licensed by the United States Small Business Administration as a Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) in 1980. On October 31, 2012, Elk entered into a Settlement Agreement and Mutual Release with the United States Small Business Administration (the “SBA”) pursuant to which, among other things, Elk agreed to pay $7.9 million to the SBA in full satisfaction of all of its indebtedness to the SBA and Elk agreed to surrender its SBIC license.