Press Release 01-04
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: ROBERT SCHULMAN, PRESIDENT AND CO-CEO, TREMONT ADVISERS, INC. 914-925-1140
BARRY COLVIN, COO, TREMONT ADVISERS, INC. 914-925-1140
ANNETTE BRONKESH, BRONKESH ASSOCIATES 973-778-8648
TREMONT ADVISERS REACHES AGREEMENT TO BE PURCHASED BY OPPENHEIMERFUNDS
Merger Will Combine Leader in Hedge Funds With Strong Intermediary Distribution
Rye, NY, July 10, 2001 - Tremont Advisers, Inc. (Nasdaq SmallCap: TMAV) today
announced that it has reached an agreement to be acquired by Oppenheimer
Acquisition Corp., the parent of OppenheimerFunds, Inc. The agreement, subject
to shareholder and regulatory approval, is for Oppenheimer Acquisition Corp. to
purchase all outstanding Tremont shares at $19 per share, subject to certain
adjustments. The acquisition is expected to close early in the fourth quarter of
"The combination of Tremont Advisers' expertise in alternative investments with
OppenheimerFunds' strength in distribution and product capabilities clearly
marks a turning point in our business," said Sandra Manzke, Chairman and Co-CEO
of Tremont Advisers. "Working together we have an unparalleled opportunity to
tap the high-net-worth and institutional market and add a significant growth
rate to an already rapidly growing business. We are very pleased to join forces
with such a high-quality, client-focused organization which shares our vision
for the future of alternative investing."
Under the terms of the agreement, Tremont will become an independent, wholly
owned subsidiary of Oppenheimer Acquisition Corp, whose principal operating
subsidiary, OppenheimerFunds, Inc. is a leader in worldwide traditional asset
management with more than $120-billion in assets under management. The Tremont
organization will continue to be led by Manzke and President and Co-CEO Robert
"We are pleased to be joining forces with a leader in the alternative investment
business," said John V. Murphy, Chairman and CEO of OppenheimerFunds. "We
believe Tremont's multi-manager, funds-of-funds approach to hedge fund investing
will appeal to many of our high-net-worth shareholders. Tremont's unique product
offerings in combination with our distribution network will open up the world of
alternative investing to a new segment of investors."
Tremont Advisers, a leader in providing advisory services, information and
investment products to the global alternative investment industry, has seen a
dramatic rise in interest in alternative investments as equity market
performance has waned. It notes that investors are seeking to diversify their
portfolios with asset classes that are non-correlated to the broad markets. In
particular, Tremont cites the rapid growth of the high-net-worth wealth
population, estimated at $27 trillion by a recent Cerulli Associates study, as
evidence that an excellent opportunity exists to tap this investor segment.
"Our alliance with OppenheimerFunds is an excellent strategic fit that brings
together Tremont's capabilities in creating alternative investment products with
Oppenheimer's strong financial intermediary relationships and unparalleled
distribution talents," said Schulman. "We saw tremendous inflows of assets into
hedge funds in the first quarter and believe this trend has accelerated in the
current quarter. We will seek to create products and service the high-net-worth
and institutional market with a variety of products including funds of funds."
Tremont Advisers' TASS Research unit calculated $6.9 billion in net assets
flowing into alternative investments in the first quarter of 2001, marking the
largest quarterly inflows since early 1998. Estimates are for this trend of
healthy net inflows to continue as investors step up their search for strategies
that achieve consistent returns in all market environments. TASS estimates the
value of assets in the global alternative investment universe at between $350
billion and $400 billion.
In addition to strong domestic investor interest in alternative investments,
Tremont Advisers also has been growing its overseas business. The firm's
London-based subsidiary, Tremont (TASS) Europe Limited, is seeing strong
interest from both European and Asian investors in alternative investments.
"Tremont is committed to aggressively growing this segment of our business over
the next several years," said Schulman.
Oppenheimer Acquisition Corp., the parent of OppenheimerFunds, Inc., is a
subsidiary of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, a global, diversified
financial services company with $213 billion in assets under management at
year-end 2000. Founded in 1959, OppenheimerFunds, Inc. is one of the nation's
most respected mutual fund managers. As of June 30, 2001, the company and its
subsidiaries managed assets of more than $127 billion, held in more than five
million shareholder accounts. OppenheimerFunds is not affiliated with either
CIBC World Markets nor Oppenheimer Capital, the investment management firm
affiliated with PIMCO Advisors, LP.
Putnam Lovell Securities acted as adviser to Tremont Advisers, Inc. in this
Tremont Advisers, Inc. is a diversified holding company which, through its
subsidiaries, is primarily engaged in three core businesses: advisory services,
information and investment products for the global alternative investment
industry. Through its London-based information and research subsidiary, Tremont
TASS (Europe) Limited, the firm provides data on the performance of more than
2,500 alternative investment managers and funds and promotes advisory and other
products throughout Europe. Tremont advises on more than $8 billion in
alternative investments and manages more than $1.5 billion of client assets in
its proprietary funds. It has more than $250 million in life insurance policies
in force, which are invested in alternative investments on behalf of clients.
Tremont's wholly owned subsidiaries, Tremont Partners, Inc. and Tremont
Securities, Inc., are registered as an investment adviser under the
Investment Advisers Act of 1940, and as a broker-dealer under the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934, respectively. Tremont is headquartered in Rye, New York
and has offices in Toronto, Bermuda and London.
For more information on Tremont Advisers, Inc., visit www.tremontadvisers.com
For more information on OppenheimerFunds, visit www.oppenheimerfunds.com
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Please note that Tremont Advisers, Inc. (Tremont Advisers) will be filing a
proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) as soon as
practicable. The proxy statement will be sent to the stockholders of Tremont
Advisers seeking their approval of the proposed merger transaction. Stockholders
of Tremont Advisers are advised and urged to read the proxy statement when it is
filed with the SEC because it will contain important information. Once filed,
the proxy statement and other information filed by Tremont Advisers may be
obtained free of charge on the Internet at the SEC website at the following URL:
<www.sec.gov> In addition, documents filed with the SEC by Tremont Advisers will
be available free of charge from Tremont Advisers' corporate secretary,
obtainable by addressing a request therefor to: Tremont Advisers, Inc., ATTN:
Merger Document Request, 555 Theodore Fremd Avenue, Suite 206-C, Rye, New York10580. Requests may also be made by telephone at (914) 925-1140.
Tremont Advisers, its board of directors and executive officers, as well as
certain other members of management and certain employees may be soliciting
proxies from Tremont Advisers stockholders in favor of the merger transaction.
Information concerning Tremont Advisers' participants in this solicitation is
set forth in the company's annual report on Form 10-KSB for the year ended
December 31, 2000, filed with the SEC on March 12, 2001.
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Reform Act of 1995. Such forward looking statements involve known and unknown
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