While the world's attention turns to Pennsylvania on February 2 nd for Groundhog Day prognostications about winter weather, investment professionals will gather in Philadelphia a day early on February 1 st for the 2018 Emerald Asset Management Groundhog Day Investment Forum. The Forum is the unofficial kick-off to the year ahead as Emerald's team of analysts and portfolio managers present their strategic investment themes and trends for 2018, focusing on key sectors such as Banking & Finance, Consumer, Energy, Industrials, Life Sciences and Technology.

Emerald's team will be joined by noted economist Joel Naroff and senior executives from companies that exemplify the trends identified by Emerald and who will provide insights on the state of their industries and sectors. The presenting companies confirmed to date include: GSV Capital Corp. (NASDAQ: GSVC), Installed Building Products, Inc. (NYSE: IBP), Ollie's Bargain Outlet Holdings (NASDAQ: OLLI), OraSure Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OSUR), Tabula Rasa Healthcare (NASDAQ: TRHC), Trex Company (NYSE: TREX) and Vonage Holdings (NYSE: VG). In addition, Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist of U.S. equity strategy at CFRA, will provide the keynote address.

The 25 th Annual Groundhog Day Investment Forum will be held on Thursday, February 1 st at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. Registration is required: registration and event details are available on Emerald's website at www.TeamEmerald.com/groundhog.

Founded in 1991, Emerald Asset Management, Inc. is a diversified investment management company that operates through its subsidiaries Emerald Advisers, Inc., Emerald Mutual Fund Advisers Trust, Emerald Separate Account Management LLC, Emerald Direct Lending Advisers LLC and EmStone Advisers LLC. Assets managed by these companies totaled approximately $5.4 billion as of December 31, 2017. "Driven by Research," Emerald employs an intense fundamental, research-focused investment philosophy and focuses primarily on growth- and value-oriented equity investing and income-oriented investing. Emerald and its subsidiaries maintain offices in King of Prussia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Cleveland, Ohio. Its global headquarters are located in Leola, PA.

Emerald Asset Management, Inc.3175 Oregon PikeLeola, PA 17540717.556.8900800.722.4123 www.TeamEmerald.com

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