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Roth Capital Readies for Annual Stock Bash

Work all day, rock all night.

Next week, Newport Beach-based investment bank Roth Capital Partners LLC hopes to thrill investors and analysts at its 20th annual growth stock conference.

But this isn’t your typical Wall Street event.

Known as much for its fast-paced schedule of investor presentations as it is for the nightly rock concerts, the event has been a hit with East Coast attendees looking for a break from winter weather.

Headlining this year is 1980s rock band The Cult and punk poppers Good Charlotte, along with 330 presenting companies.

Nearly 3,000 are expected to attend the annual bash at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Monday through Thursday.

The event helps put Roth, a small regional brokerage, on the map, said Gordon McBean, its director of research.

“This is what people know us by,” he said

The hope is that the hedge funds and mutual funds attending will use Roth as a broker for their stock trades.

Roth brokers trade in small public companies. It also helps companies get financing through private investment in public equity deals.

At the conference, 330 companies are set to make presentations, a record number as Chinese and Indian companies are added to the mix.

About 20 of the presenters will be Orange County companies.

In his fourth year presenting, Heath Clarke, chief executive of Irvine-based Internet advertising company Local.com Corp., said the event allows him to educate people.

“Our objective is to make potential investors who may be interested in our sector aware of new information, and of our company,” he said.

Some of the bigger OC companies attending are: Huntington Beach-based BJ’s Restaurants Inc., Anaheim-based Pacific Sunwear of California Inc., Alsio Viejo-based Smith Micro Software Inc., Lake Forest-based I-Flow Corp. and San Clemente-based ICU Medical Inc.


For more on this story, see the Feb. 18 edition of the Business Journal.

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