Associated Capital Group Exploring Options for Its Institutional Research Services

RYE, N.Y.--()--Associated Capital Group, Inc. (NYSE:AC), (the “Company”), announced today that its board authorized the Company to explore strategic options for its institutional research services business. Among the options being considered include the spin-off of the brokerage business to shareholders of the Company as well as a management-led buyout of the business. The analysis should be concluded no later than the end of the first quarter of 2019. There are no assurances that a transaction will result.

Founded in 1977, G.research, LLC has analysts who focus on fundamental research across industry sectors on a global basis where we have accumulated compounded knowledge. Also known as Gabelli & Company, Inc., the company annually hosts a number of industry conferences which are expected to continue.

About Associated Capital Group, Inc.

The Company has been publicly traded since November 30, 2015 following its spin-off from GAMCO.

The Company operates its investment management business via Gabelli & Company Investment Advisers, Inc. (“GCIA” f/k/a Gabelli Securities, Inc.), its wholly-owned subsidiary. GCIA and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Gabelli & Partners, collectively serve as general partners or investment managers to investment funds including limited partnerships, offshore companies and separate accounts. The Company primarily manages assets in equity event-driven strategies, across a range of risk and event arbitrage portfolios and earns management and incentive fees from its advisory activities. Management fees are largely based on a percentage of assets under management. Incentive fees are based on a percentage of the investment returns of certain clients’ portfolios. GCIA is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission as an investment advisor under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended.

The Company operates its institutional research services business through G.research (which does business as Gabelli & Company), an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. G.research is a broker-dealer registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that provides institutional research services and acts as an underwriter.

The Company also derives investment income/(loss) from proprietary trading of assets awaiting deployment in its operating businesses.

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Contacts

Associated Capital Group, Inc.
Douglas R. Jamieson, 203-629-2726
President & CEO
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Associated Capital Group, Inc.