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Agile investments

Dynamic opportunities to maximize yield

WHAT WE DO

Fourth Green Capital originates and funds investments in a number of different asset classes, ranging from real estate to small business loans. While we invest in myriad businesses, our philosophy remains a constant. As value oriented investors, we focus on protecting our downside by investing in opportunities that are either out of favor or undervalued.

Over time, our patience and commitment to our investment principles has served us well. Currently, Fourth Green Capital’s chief focus is funding small business loans in emerging economies, where there is a shortage of financing available for small businesses.

Philosophy
“Being a value investor means looking at the downside before looking at the upside” - Li Lu
Competitive Advantages
“It is impossible to produce superior performance unless you do something different than the majority” - John Templeton
Our Investments

Beginning in the late 1980s, these projects provide an idea of the deals Stuart has sourced and personally invested in, which include residential real estate, hotels, and commercial aircraft debt and equity.

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    We first noticed the opportunity to finance small businesses when we began to look at Mexico. In Mexico, small businesses constitute more than 99% of all businesses in Mexico, and yet are only able to attract 6.5% of the financing that banks provide. The entire sector is undoubtedly underserved, and this phenomenon is not exclusive to Mexico. Banks weren’t designed to provide this type of product, and a number of small operators have recently emerged to fill the void.

    Peer-to-peer platforms are surfacing worldwide, and are sourcing a significant volume of SME loans. They are able to comb through large amounts of data using algorithms, and leverage technology as a tool to refine their lending product. Fourth Green is currently in the process of strategically buying loans from these operators, and keeping them on our balance sheets. We are currently working with an operator in Mexico, and have developed relationships with operators in a number of other countries. There is tremendous opportunity in this space, and we plan on deploying significant capital to this strategy as we become more familiar with the business.

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  • Project 1 mini
    "One Oak", Snohetta Tower - 2015
    Oak at Van Ness, San Francisco, CA
    $20m Land Loan, Loan Originator and Investor

    On the corner of Oak and Van Ness, this new tower designed by Snohetta will grace the skyline of the SOMA neighborhood in San Francisco. We are providing debt for the land development, with GTIS providing the equity, and Build Inc. as the developer.

  • Project 2 mini
    India Basin - 2014
    San Francisco, CA
    $10m Land Loan, Debt and Equity Investor,
    Loan Originator, Equity Land Investor

    We contributed, in the form of both debt and equity investments, the totality of the capital required to entitle the land for 1,000 units and 150,000 sq. ft. of commercial space. The project is located near Hunter’s Point, otherwise known as the shipyard. We are partnering with Build Inc. as the general partner in the development.

  • Project 3 mini
    650 Indiana St. - 2013
    San Francisco, CA
    Equity Land Investor

    We contributed equity for land entitlement of 110 units in the Dogpatch neighborhood in San Francisco. Build Inc. later partnered with Mitsui Fudosan to develop the construction themselves.

  • Project 4 mini
    Air France Boeing 777 - 2012
    Equity Investor

    Stuart, with several partners, bought and leased a Boeing 777 aircraft to Air France.

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    British Airways Boeing 747 - 2011
    Mezzanine Debt Investor

    Stuart, with several partners, financed a seven-year, $12,500,000, loan against a 747 leased to British Airways, with a coupon yielding 12.5%.

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    Idlewild Apartments - 2011
    Reno, NV
    Part Owner

    Stuart purchased 140 units from a distressed fund and now maintains and manages them as rentals. Stuart is an owner as well as the project manager.

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    Las Vegas Lot Deal, Highgate at Providence - 2010-2013
    Las Vegas, NV
    Project Manager

    Stuart purchased, developed, and disposed of 350 single family home lots in North Las Vegas. They later sold them to MDC Holdings. Stuart was the project manager and the project is currently called the Highgate at Providence.

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    Multiple Aircraft Purchase - 2005
    Equity Investor, Co-Manager
    • 4 Boeing 757-200
    • 2 Boeing 737-800
    • 1 Airbus A320-200

    Stuart, partnering with Babcock and Brown Air Management, purchased these seven aircraft as a package with leases in place. They collected rents and eventually sold them several years after.

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    Golf Course Community, Sabino Springs - 1993-1998
    Tucson, AZ
    Part Owner, Project Manager

    Stuart bought the land in the Sabino Foothills in Tucson, Arizona. He completed entitlements, put in infrastructure, and developed 375 single family home lots. He is both an owner and was the project manager as well.

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    Silveridge Apartments - 1992
    Reno, NV
    Part Owner, Project Manager

    Stuart bought and completed a 300 unit apartment building from a distressed bank. During the past three years the group has completely renovated the apartments. Stuart is both an owner and manager of the apartments.

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    Tuscan Hotel - 1987-1990
    San Francisco, CA
    General Partner, Part Owner, Project Manager

    As a general partner and project manager, Stuart built and financed this 221 room hotel and a 75 seat restaurant, as well as obtaining the proper entitlements. Formerly a Kimpton hotel, it was the first hotel the Kimpton group built from scratch.

SME Lending
Stuart Sagan
Principal
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Atherton, CA
ABOUT ME

Stuart Sagan has consistently generated outsized returns for 30 years, working as an investor in real estate, aircraft, technology, and public equities. He was the third employee of Kimpton hotels, which now boasts more than 70 hotels nationwide. After leaving Kimpton, Stuart has been the chief investment officer for a large family office for the past 25 years. Throughout his time at the family office, he has developed relationships with a host of different firms and businesses that consistently deliver deal flow. Over the years, he has financed over $160 million worth of loans covering several asset classes, including commercial aircraft and real estate, and has over $500m worth of transactions he has sourced. Stuart is an Honors Graduate from UC Berkeley in Political Science and Economics, a graduate from Santa Clara School of Law, a licensed real estate broker in the state of California, as well as an active member of the California Bar Association. He was a competitive tennis player in high school and college, and still remains very involved in the sport.

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James Sagan
Principal
James sagan
Atherton, CA
ABOUT ME

James Sagan has had several years of investment experience spanning residential real estate deals in San Francisco to public equity analysis. He is a graduate of Tufts University in Philosophy and Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies. In the past he has worked for hedge fund Phoenix Investment Adviser, and worked as an analyst for Build Inc. in San Francisco. James was a competitive ski racer throughout high school and college.

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Nevada Office

981 4th Green Drive, Incline Village, Nevada

775-298-4808

California Office

177 Toyon Road, Atherton, CA

650-353-3588

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