PHILADELPHIA and NEW YORK, Aug. 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Institutional Financial Markets, Inc. (NYSE MKT:IFMI), a financial services firm specializing in fixed income markets, today announced that its Board of Directors has approved the adoption of a stockholder rights plan (the "Rights Plan") to help preserve the value of the Company's deferred tax assets, by reducing the risk of limitation of net operating loss and net capital loss carry forwards and certain other tax benefits under Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code. The terms of the Rights Plan are substantially the same as those of the Company's prior stockholder rights plan, which was terminated in August 2015.

Under Section 382, the Company's ability to realize the value of its deferred tax assets would be substantially limited if an "ownership change" occurred over a defined period of time. In general, an "ownership change" occurs where there is a greater than 50-percentage point change in ownership of a company's stock by stockholders owning (or deemed to own under Section 382) 5% or more of such company's stock.

In connection with the Rights Plan, IFMI has declared a dividend of one right for each share of common stock outstanding as of the close of business on August 15, 2016. After the Rights Plan takes effect today, any stockholder or group that acquires beneficial ownership of 4.95% or more of IFMI's outstanding common stock (an "acquiring person"), without the approval of the Company's Board of Directors, could be subject to significant dilution in its holdings through the exercise of the rights by stockholders other than the acquiring person. Under the Rights Plan, rights held by an acquiring person are not exercisable. Daniel G. Cohen, the Company's Vice Chairman and President and Chief Executive of the Company's European business, and existing stockholders holding 4.95% or more of the Company's common stock will not be considered acquiring persons unless they acquire additional shares, subject to certain exceptions described in the Rights Plan. In addition, in its discretion, the Board of Directors may exempt certain transactions and certain persons whose acquisition of securities is determined by the Board of Directors not to jeopardize the Company's deferred tax assets.

The rights will expire on December 31, 2019 or earlier if (i) the Board of Directors determines the Rights Plan is no longer needed to preserve the deferred tax assets due to the implementation of legislative changes, (ii) the Board of Directors determines, at the beginning of a specified period, that no tax benefits may be carried forward, or (iii) certain other events occur as described in the Rights Plan.

Additional information regarding the Board of Director's actions will be provided in a Current Report on Form 8-K and in a Registration Statement on Form 8-A, which IFMI intends to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Those filings will be available on IFMI's website,, and on the SEC's website at

A bou t IFMI

IFMI is a financial services company specializing in fixed income markets. IFMI was founded in 1999 as an investment firm focused on small-cap banking institutions, but has grown to provide an expanding range of capital markets and asset management services. IFMI's operating segments are Capital Markets, Principal Investing, and Asset Management. The Capital Markets segment consists of fixed income sales, trading, and financing as well as new issue placements in corporate and securitized products, and advisory services, operating primarily through IFMI's subsidiaries, J.V.B. Financial Group, LLC in the United States and Cohen & Company Financial Limited in Europe. The Principal Investing segment has historically been comprised of investments in IFMI sponsored investment vehicles, but has changed to include investments in certain non-sponsored vehicles. The Asset Management segment manages assets through collateralized debt obligations, permanent capital vehicles, and managed accounts. As of June 30, 2016, IFMI managed approximately $3.8 billion in fixed income assets in a variety of asset classes including US trust preferred securities, European hybrid capital securities, and mortgage- and asset-backed securities. As of June 30, 2016, almost all of IFMI's assets under management, or 95.5%, were in collateralized debt obligations that IFMI manages, which were all securitized prior to 2008. For more information, please visit

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ContactInvestors:Institutional Financial Markets, Inc.Joseph W. Pooler, Jr., 215-701-8952Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officerinvestorrelations@ifmi.comMedia:Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer KatcherJames Golden and Joe Berg, or