SOURCE: Visual Management Systems, Inc.

Visual Management Systems, Inc.

August 05, 2009 08:44 ET

Visual Management Systems Enters Investment Banking Relationship With Blackhawk Partners and Trilogy Capital

TOMS RIVER, NJ--(Marketwire - August 5, 2009) - Visual Management Systems, Inc. (OTCBB: VMSY), a leading developer, manufacturer and provider of video surveillance technologies, announced that an institutional investor has assisted the company to engage Blackhawk Partners and Trilogy Capital for a co-exclusive investment banking relationship.

"Blackhawk and Trilogy have been retained to assist in several capacities, but two in particular. First, they bring tremendous consulting experience as we shift the focus of our business plan away from systems integration and towards product development and OEM distribution. Second, to help capitalize the new plan through their exhaustive networks," said Jason Gonzalez, CEO of Visual Management Systems.

Gonzalez continued, "Mr. Abdelnour and Ms. D'Amato have a uniquely zealous approach to deal-making. They bring exactly the type of leadership a banking team requires to close deals in this environment. They have exciting ideas about growth and expansion both organically and through acquisition. Mr. Abdelnour holds a place among the most influential bankers on Wall Street and we're especially pleased to work with him. VMS is very grateful to Gilder Funding Corporation for making this relationship possible."

According to Ziad Abdelnour, CEO of Blackhawk Partners in New York, "While the world says that every private equity firm out there is a troubled company, we believe that's complete nonsense. Unlike most companies in the financial services industry, we are genuine and patient long-term investors. We hold investments until markets are high and liquid, and exit at full value. We aggressively seek the right investment opportunities in a declining environment and we deploy capital to the maximum benefit of our investors. We believe today there is a huge supply of very attractive restructuring opportunities, along with roll-ups and consolidations of companies across the board, and particularly in plays that provide businesses with virtual systems, physical security, asset protection, and management controls."

"Today's environment is target-rich for acquisitions. It is no news that M&A activity has heated up in Q2 2009 and is getting ready to take off in the month of August. For most, industry consolidation is a likely result of a troubled economy. For the optimists, perhaps it is a sign of recovery in the horizon. We believe in fundamentals and optimal dynamics," says Barbara D'Amato CEO of Trilogy Capital Corp, a West Coast alliance partner firm to Blackhawk Partners. "We view the increased deal flow to be due to a new class of acquirer. Private Equity Groups (PEGs), like most animals, evolve. Large corporate buyers have opened up their checkbooks, pouncing on exceptional opportunities -- some out of necessity and others due to acquisition prices that are still at relatively low levels. This seems fueled by a sense of urgency that such bargains might not last into 2010. PEGs have also been more active in Q2 2009, due to the fact that acquisitions today -- unlike traditional LBOs/MBOs -- do not require debt. Corporate strategic partnership combinations have also been on the rise in specific sector opportunities for vertical integration. Now is the time for target companies to take a good look inward and perform their own under-the-hood financial and performance due diligence to attract the right buyer, uncovering real opportunities for capturing value and market share."

About Visual Management Systems

Visual Management Systems, Inc. (OTCBB: VMSY) ('VMS') provides video surveillance solutions to small and mid-size enterprises domestically and abroad. VMS's products and services help businesses, government agencies and educational institutions prevent crime, ensure safety, enhance productivity and improve service. Since its inception, VMS has been committed to developing and implementing industry-leading video security technology at affordable price points. For more information, visit http://www.vmscctv.com or call 877-323-CCTV.

About Blackhawk Partners and Trilogy Capital

Please visit www.blackhawkpartners.com and www.trilogycapitalcorp.com for information about the respective firms. Mr. Abdelnour's biography can be viewed on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ziad_Abdelnour


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