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Friday, June 04, 2010

A Pell-Mell Deal: Artio Sells Shares in Secondary

Reported by Sean Hanna, Editor in Chief

Artio Global [NYSE: ART], advisor to the Artio Funds, is selling more shares to the public as part of a secondary offering. The 3.77 million class A shares will be priced at $17.33 per share. The sale will raise $65.3 million that will be used to repurchase units from top executives.

The price of Artio shares fell 7.03 percent to $17.33 in trading on Thursday.

Goldman, Sachs & Co. is acting as sole global coordinator and bookrunner of the offering, and BofA Merrill Lynch and J. P. Morgan are acting as co-managers of the offering.

The cash raised from the sale will be used to purchase shares from Richard Pell, Artio's CEO, and Rudolf-Riad Younes, the firm's head of international equity, and their trusts. The pair are raising funds to cover tax obligations arising as a result of the Principalsí exchanges of Units for Shares that were made in May.

Pell and Younes hold shares subject to a five-year lock-up. They are are permitted to sell 20 percent of their stack on the one-year anniversary of the Artio IPO and an additional 20 percent each subsequent anniversary. 

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