Alger Associates has agreed to acquire Boston-based Weatherbie Capital, a growth equity manager with over USD800 million in assets under management.
Weatherbie Capital was founded in 1995 by Matthew Weatherbie and, similar to Alger, takes a fundamental, bottom-up research approach to investing in growth equities.
Weatherbie Capital aims to identify and invest in attractive US small- and mid-cap companies poised for growth.
Matthew Weatherbie will remain CEO and again become co-CIO of Weatherbie Capital, which at closing will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Alger.
“We are thrilled that Matt and his team have decided to affiliate with Alger. As with our firm, Weatherbie Capital has had in place a proven investment process and philosophy since its founding. This, along with a strong cultural fit and synergies, and similarities between our firms’ approaches to investing in growth equities, makes this acquisition a natural fit,” says Dan Chung (pictured), CEO and chief investment officer of Fred Alger Management. “The Weatherbie Capital results speak for themselves and we are confident that Alger will be strengthened by their insight and expertise."
Weatherbie Capital has nine employees and will continue to operate in Boston as a discrete subsidiary of Alger Associates. The firm currently offers three main investment strategies: the largest strategy is the Weatherbie Specialized Growth strategy, a long-only smaller companies investment strategy. In addition, it manages two private funds for high-net-worth investors, one a focused long oriented strategy and the other a long/short strategy.
“We have always had a deep respect and admiration for the Alger team,” says Matthew Weatherbie. “They have set the standard for growth investing and we believe our clients will benefit greatly by the scale and resources provided by their impressive investment team and distribution network. We are very excited to become a part of the Alger organisation, which now provides a pathway for my colleagues and Weatherbie Capital to be successful and grow many decades into the future.”
There will be no changes to Weatherbie Capital's investment process, which is primarily based upon finding companies in six of the most dynamic growth sectors in the US economy – consumer, health care, diversified business services, media and communications, information services, and technology.
The board of directors of certain mutual funds Alger advises has approved Weatherbie Capital assuming certain portfolio management responsibility for two of Alger’s strategies upon closing of the transaction. This will bring incremental assets to both the Weatherbie Capital Specialized Growth strategy and the Weatherbie Capital Long/Short strategy. Alger expects that these added assets will, upon transition to Weatherbie Capital, bring Weatherbie Capital’s assets to more than USD1 billion.
The firms hope to close the transaction in February 2017. The firms hope to close the transaction in early March 2017. K&L Gates represented Weatherbie Capital, LLC and Seward & Kissel represented Alger in the transaction. Westwood Partners assisted Alger in this transaction.