Advent Completes Acquisition of Tamale Software
Advent Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADVS), a leading provider of software and services for the investment management industry, today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Tamale Software, a leading research management solution (RMS) provider. Under the terms of the agreement, which were previously announced on September 4, 2008, Advent has acquired all of the outstanding capital stock of Tamale Software for approximately $28 million and 906,000 shares of Advent’s common stock.
"The completion of this acquisition represents a significant step for Advent in our strategy to expand our footprint in the front office and establish ourselves as a leader in the rapidly growing RMS field,” said Advent’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer Stephanie DiMarco. “Tamale Software has set the standard in the research management industry; we welcome their team and proven RMS expertise, and look forward to collectively taking our business to the next level.”
Since pioneering the RMS space in 2004, Tamale Software has become a clear leader, with more than 1,700 investment professionals at hedge funds, endowments, funds of funds, private equity firms and traditional asset management firms using Tamale RMS®, the firm's innovative workflow software solution, to manage their workflow and research process.
Tamale RMS®, which going forward will be marketed under the name Advent Tamale RMSTM, creates a centralized information hub to easily manage and access research information, enhancing collaboration across the investment team and optimizing the investment decision making process. Advent Tamale RMSTM complements Advent’s other product offerings, and the integrated solution will bridge research management and portfolio management to increase efficiency and link analysts’ recommendations to investment performance.
"Managing a pipeline of new ideas through the research and decision making process is one of the most difficult tasks for an investment team,” said Joe Saluti, Director of Research for Highline Capital, a hedge fund manager with approximately $2 billion in assets under management, and both a Tamale and Advent client. “Tamale enables the work sharing, process discipline and accountability that are so crucial to this effort; it is so embedded in our work process that our team is trained to understand that if their work is not in Tamale, then it doesn't exist."
Added Michael Klarman, Highline’s Chief Financial Officer, "We've also been an Advent client for more than five years, trusting Advent's industry-leading accounting platforms to deliver the reliability and the insight we need to manage our growth successfully. I'm really looking forward to seeing these two industry innovators help us bridge our front- and back-office workflow even more powerfully.”
“We are very excited about the opportunity to join forces with Advent and leverage the systems, processes, and teams we've developed to serve our customers and contribute towards a unique and powerful front-office/back-office integrated solution,” said Tamale’s President and CEO, Mark Rice. “The combination of our products positions us very well to accelerate our strategy of delivering innovative solutions to help investment professionals enhance and more effectively manage their investment research process. We look forward to being a part of Advent and developing these opportunities.”
Concluded DiMarco, “With the Tamale Software acquisition now complete, Advent is in a stronger position than ever before in our 25-year history, with increased capacity to reach new customers and the ability to provide our client base with an enhanced product offering. We look forward to delivering on the promise of this acquisition and continuing to build value for our clients and shareholders."
The Tamale management team and its employees, based primarily in New York, Boston and the UK, will join Advent, and will continue to develop, service and sell the Tamale solution.