Los Angeles Business Journal


Emcore Corp. Shares Rise More Than 30 Percent

Emcore Corp. shares soared by more than 30 percent on Wednesday to close at $8.45 after posting stronger-than-expected revenue totals for the quarter ended Sept. 30.

Debra Wong Yang a Potential Trump Pick for SEC Chair

Los Angeles could be sending another local player to join Donald Trump’s nascent presidential administration. NBC News and the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Trump was considering Debra Wong Yang, a partner at downtown’s Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, to chair of the Security and Exchange Commission.

Silicon Beach Report Dec. 6: J2 Global Acquires Everyday Health for $465M

J2 Global acquires Everyday Health for $465 million, Aerovironment charger is official accessory to Chevy Bolt EV, and Heal Adds Dick Gephardt to board.

Arts District Recycling Yard Sells for $10 Million

A former cardboard recycling yard in downtown’s Arts District sold last week for more than double the price it fetched just two years ago, a sign of quickly rising land values in a fast-developing market. Vancouver-based Onni Group purchased the 38,266-square-foot site in an off-market deal on November 11 for just over $10 million, according to a source familiar with the deal. In 2014, Core Development picked up the plot for just $3.9 million, according to public records.

Solace Capital Closes $576 Million Fund

Solace Capital Partners announced the closing of its first fund, a $576 million investment vehicle, Monday. The West Los Angeles private equity outfit, which was formed in 2014, has already put $120 million into five different companies, according to a statement. The firm focuses on control investing in distressed assets and over leveraged companies in the middle and lower market.

Cadiz Closes Public Offering; Raises $10.6 Million in Working Capital

Cadiz Inc., the Los Angeles company that’s trying to build a water storage and conveyance project in the Mojave Desert, announced Tuesday that it has closed a public offering that netted $10.6 million in working capital. Separately, the company announced a refinancing of $43 million in senior debt that extends the maturity date two years until September 2019.

Report: Steady Job Growth on Tap for L.A. County

Slow but steady will rule when it comes to job growth in L.A. County over the next six years, according to a forecast released Monday by Beacon Economics.

Silicon Beach Report Dec. 5: Snapchat Avoids Fake News with Editorial Team

Snapchat avoids fake news with editorial team, Atom Tickets adds famous film makers to advisory board, and domain registry company XYZ gets permission to sell domains in China.

Domain Registry Company XYZ Gets Permission to Sell Domains in China

Domain registry company XYZ Inc. has been granted permission by the Chinese government to sell its dot-xyz domain suffix in China, potentially opening up a huge market to the Santa Monica startup. XYZ has sold more than 6 million dot-xyz domains globally. About 2 million of those domains were registered in China with tentative permission from the Chinese government. The firm has exclusive rights from Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers, a Marina del Rey nonprofit that administers and manages domain names, to sell the dot-xyz domain.

11 L.A. Companies Earn Recognition for LGBTQ-Inclusive Workplace Policies

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation has ranked 11 companies in Los Angeles a perfect 100 for their LGBTQ-inclusive workplace policies in the latest 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). Some Los Angeles companies which earned the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” included American Apparel, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., and Mattel Inc. The civil rights organization, which aims to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals, ranked 887 national companies in this year’s CEI, 123 of which are headquartered in California. Of those, 70 California companies earned perfect scores of 100.

Report Says SoCal Construction Still Faces Problems

Construction is booming in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. Downtown towers are sprouting up left and right, a new $1.5 billion bridge spanning the mouth of the Los Angeles River at the Port of Long Beach is taking shape, and a $2.6 billion football stadium for the Los Angeles Rams broke ground last month in Inglewood. But a new report by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp., “Building the Future: Construction in Southern California,” says the region still hasn’t fully recovered from the recession and that the construction industry faces a challenging regulatory environment and high costs.

Judge Amends Ruling, Adds Attorneys’ Fees in Real Estate Spat

After ruling last month that Santa Monica developer Neil Shekhter forged documents in a dispute over a joint property venture, a judge Friday ordered the real estate mogul to cede all control of the projects to AEW Capital Management. The nine properties at issue in the dispute include Luxe apartment developments in West Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Culver City. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Suzane Bruguera also handed AEW’s attorneys at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher more than $6 million in attorneys’ fees and costs.

Hospitality Firm SBE Officially Acquires Morgans Hotel Group

Los Angeles hospitality firm SBE Entertainment Group completed a $82 million acquisition of Morgans Hotel Group, the New York City company behind iconic hotel brands such as the Delano in Miami Beach and West Hollywood’s Mondrian, SBE announced on Dec. 1. SBE, which owns the SLS hotel chain that includes hotels in Beverly Hills and Las Vegas, will now have 22 hotels internationally and be worth around $805 million. The deal was originally announced in May.

Silicon Beach Report Dec. 2: Bam Ventures Launches Incubator for Brian Lee’s Ideas

Bam Ventures launches incubator for Brian Lee’s ideas, Bankrupt Nasty Gal may have a suitor, Annapurna Pictures launches video game division, and more.

Bam Ventures Launching Incubator for Honest Co. CEO Brian Lee's Ideas

Bam Venture Partners has started raising a second $30 million fund which it will use, in part, to invest in and incubate startup ideas thought of by Brian Lee, co-founder of the fund and chief executive of the Honest Co. of Playa Vista. What capital isn’t used for the incubator will be invested in seed and early stage deals, similar to the sort of investments made by the first Bam Ventures fund, said Lee. The Playa Vista venture firm’s first fund was $6 million.

Bankrupt Women Retailer Nasty Gal May Have a Suitor

A British online retailer has reportedly put in a bid for L.A. women’s retailer Nasty Gal Inc., which filed for bankruptcy last month. Boohoo, founded in Manchester in 2006, registered a company with the name “Nasty Gal Limited” with the British government on Nov. 21, according to online records. Nasty Gal, which began as an eBay business in 2006, had been looking for a buyer as far back as 2014, but was unable to find one due to its debt and other issues, according to its bankruptcy filing.

Movers for Week Ending December 2, 2016

The week’s biggest gainer was Manhattan Beach casual shoe brand Skechers USA Inc., which shot up 18.2 percent to close at $26.16. Fulgent Genetics Inc. of Temple City also saw big gains, adding 6.8 percent to its stock price to close at $9.88. The week’s biggest laggard was Pasadena’s Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Inc., which plunged 69.2 percent to close at $1.44.

Stocks Mixed Again

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 22 points in Friday trading to 19,170. The S&P 500 rose 1 point to 2,192. The Nasdaq rose 5 points to 5,256. The LABJ stock index rose 1 point to 225.

Transamerica to Close California Offices

Transamerica announced Thursday that it will be closing its offices in Los Angeles and Folsom and cut 345 jobs on the West Coast starting next year, the Los Angeles Times reports.The financial services and insurance company will no longer have operations in California, except for the Transamerica Pyramid it still owns in San Francisco, and will be eliminating 800 total positions nationwide.

Could New Movie Rental be Offered in the Future?

Some Hollywood studios are considering offering high-priced home rentals of new films shortly after they debut in theaters, Bloomberg reports. Rental prices would range from $25 to $50 per film and would be available on streaming platforms. The idea could trigger a fight with theater operators who previously enjoyed as much as six months of exclusive rights to new releases.