AllianceBernstein and W.P. Stewart have entered into a definitive agreement whereby AllianceBernstein will acquire W.P. Stewart, an equity investment manager that currently manages $2 billion in U.S., Global and EAFE concentrated growth equity strategies for institutional and retail clients, primarily in the U.S. and Europe. Upon completion of the acquisition, W.P. Stewart's investment services will be added to AllianceBernstein's equity offering. W.P. Stewart's team of investment managers will remain in place and continue to manage their investment services as they do today. At the same time, they will gain access to AllianceBernstein's global reach and research team,
"I'm excited to be adding W.P. Stewart's complementary concentrated growth equity services and strong bench of talent to our equity platform," said Peter S. Kraus, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AllianceBernstein. "While our equity business is well-positioned to deliver in many areas, we also understand that our clients want more options, particularly in concentrated strategies that can help improve alpha generation potential within their portfolios"
To help ensure a smooth transition, founding partner William P. Stewart, an esteemed investor with nearly 60 years of industry experience, will stay on through the earlier of the end of this year or the close of the transaction, at which point he will retire from the firm.
At the closing of the transaction, AllianceBernstein will pay W.P. Stewart shareholders $12 per share in cash and will issue to W.P. Stewart shareholders transferable contingent value rights entitling the holders to an additional cash payment of $4 per share if the assets under management in the acquired W.P. Stewart investment services reach $5 billion on or before the third anniversary of the closing. W.P. Stewart currently has approximately 5 million shares outstanding. The closing is expected to occur in approximately four to six months and is subject to customary closing conditions, including W.P. Stewart shareholder approval and requirements relating to retention of assets under management and cash.
W.P. Stewart is an asset management company that has provided research-intensive equity management services to clients throughout the world since 1975. W.P. Stewart is headquartered in New York, New York and has additional operations or affiliates in Europe (Netherlands) and Asia.