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Lantern Capital Advisors is a corporate finance consulting firm that helps profitable, growing businesses develop and execute corporate finance strategies and business plans, raise capital, or refinance corporate debt. Lantern Capital Advisors is not an investment bank or broker, and therefore do not charge clients based on the amount of the capital raise, but rather, clients are charged fees based upon the time and experience required of our consulting team in order to achieve the corporate finance and business strategy goal. Lantern does more than just raise capital, and our clients see us as a trusted advisor that works on their behalf, alongside the entrepreneur and management team in order to raise capital or execute the corporate finance strategy.
Our Engagement Structure
Lantern Capital Advisors has a well defined corporate financial planning process developed specifically for growing companies. Unique to our process is an initial Financial Strategy Phase where we quickly address our client’s most important initial questions: Will financial institutions be interested to fund us? If so, what would be the general financial terms? By answering those questions early in the engagement process, we are able to consistently meet or exceed expectations, while providing objective advice and valuable services at a fraction of the cost of our competition.
What Makes Lantern Capital Advisors Unique
Lantern Capital Advisors only works under an hourly fee consulting model. We do not accept brokerage or referral fees and will not perform work on a contingency basis. Our clients know we have no bias towards the amount or type of financing selected. We deliver substantial value for our clients by assisting them with strategy assessment, business planning, and sourcing capital for growth, acquisitions, buyouts or liquidity. To do this, Lantern accesses a large network of commercial banks, specialty lenders, vendor/lease financiers, private equity and venture capital firms to help our clients identify and select from a variety of sources and types of financing.
Lantern’s ultimate goal is to help clients understand the alternatives and secure the best capital solution for their needs. Typically this means identifying the capital source or structure that offers the lowest‐cost and maximum liquidity while minimizing ownership dilution and personal financial risk.
Lantern Capital Advisors Delivers All Services Using The Consulting Model Formula To Raise Capital
Lantern Capital Advisors works exclusively with growing, profitable businesses that understand the value of working with us, and appreciate our consulting philosophy and consulting fee structure rather than an investment banking fee formula which is sometimes referred to as Lehman or Double Lehman formula. Lantern Capital Advisors uses a Consulting Model Formula instead of the Lehman Formula or Double Lehman Formula to determine fees for our clients in order to develop the corporate business strategy, corporate finance strategy, or raise capital.
How We Raise Capital
Lantern Capital Advisors performs all of our work on a consulting model fee basis, and our fees are significantly less for the same capital raise, typically averaging under a quarter of a percent of the capital raise, or in most cases $30,000-$60,000 based on the complexity of the capital raise.
Lantern Capital Advisors doesn’t perform work on a success basis, because our philosophy and methodology ensures that our clients expectations are met throughout the consulting process. In addition, because our clients are typically well positioned to qualify for financing, they understand that they would qualify for financing from a wide variety of lenders and financing alternatives, and don’t need to pay the high “contingency based” or “broker”, “success”, or “finder” fees that an investment banker would charge. Lantern’s clients understand that those additional investment banking fees are also typically rolled into the financing costs, and therefore, the overall long-term costs of capital are also more than working with Lantern Capital Advisors as their trusted business advisor.
In addition, our clients understand the foundation and philosophy of our raising capital service upon which our entire firm is based. Lantern Capital Advisors does not require exclusivity periods, or break up fees. Simply put, we represent our clients, and work alongside our client team in order to execute the transaction as if we were part of the management team. We get paid for our time, our experience, and our value.
Our Clients know they have options for financing, and trust our corporate financial consulting services team to identify and secure the best financing for their company.
Lantern Capital Advisors raises both debt and equity on behalf of our clients. Our ultimate objective is to ensure that our clients don’t give up control of their business to outside investors in order to support growth.
Lantern Capital Advisors helps our clients achieve acquisition financing during the business planning process from issuing letters of intent (LOI) to execution of the acquisition concurrent with raising the growth capital.
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