Institutional Financial Markets, Inc. (NYSE AMEX: IFMI) (“IFMI”) is pleased to announce the completion of its transaction with PrinceRidge Holdings LP (“PrinceRidge”), pursuant to which IFMI contributed the equity interests in a subsidiary comprising a substantial part of its capital markets segment to PrinceRidge in exchange for a majority of the equity interest in PrinceRidge. This transaction furthers IFMI’s objective of expanding its capital markets business.
“We are excited to announce the completion of our investment in PrinceRidge. The two platforms are complementary with very little overlap. Our clients will have access to an expanded set of product offerings, and we expect our combined results to drive value for our shareholders,” said Daniel G. Cohen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IFMI.
“With an improved capital position, increased scale, and enhanced opportunities, PrinceRidge is well positioned to provide value to our customers. We believe that together we have the right combination of resources to effectively compete in today’s marketplace,” said John P. Costas, Chairman of PrinceRidge.
Over sixty of IFMI’s capital markets professionals and certain support staff are now working under PrinceRidge. It is anticipated that most of the professionals in IFMI’s European capital markets operation will join their U.S. colleagues as part of the new structure after PrinceRidge obtains an FSA license in the United Kingdom.IFMI and PrinceRidge have completed the initial 30-day review by FINRA, pursuant to which FINRA did not take any action to halt the transaction or impose interim restrictions on the transaction. The final closing of the transaction remains subject to final FINRA approval. About IFMI IFMI is an investment firm specializing in credit-related fixed income investments. IFMI was founded in 1999 as an investment firm focused on small-cap banking institutions, but has grown into a more diversified fixed income specialist. IFMI’s primary operating segments are: Capital Markets and Asset Management. The Company’s Capital Markets segment consists of credit-related fixed income sales and trading as well as new issue placements in corporate and securitized products. IFMI’s Asset Management segment manages assets through listed and private companies, funds, managed accounts, and collateralized debt obligations. As of March 31, 2011, IFMI managed approximately $9.6 billion in credit-related fixed income assets in a variety of asset classes including U.S. trust preferred securities, European hybrid capital securities, Asian commercial real estate debt, and mortgage- and asset-backed securities. For more information, please visit www.ifmi.com. About PrinceRidge PrinceRidge is a financial services firm built upon extensive industry experience, professionalism, and integrity. The firm is client-oriented and fixed-income focused. PrinceRidge offers a variety of financial services to their customer base including sales and trading in corporate credit and structured products and investment banking services such as new issue placements, underwritings, and M&A advisory. PrinceRidge is committed to employing the highest quality professionals with significant industry experience, deep product knowledge, integrity, and entrepreneurial spirit. For more information about The PrinceRidge Group LLC please visit www.princeridge.com. Forward-looking Statements This communication contains certain statements, estimates and forecasts with respect to future performance and events. 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