Affiliated Managers Group (AMG
), one of our largest holdings, is an asset management company that typically acquires a significant ownership in growing boutique investment firms while retaining key investment principals to continue managing the investment portfolios. Among many asset managers, the company is viewed as a preferred acquisition partner given its long term track record in growing acquired firms and providing an attractive incentive structure. Affiliated Managers has numerous growth drivers that, we believe, should enable it to grow faster than the industry including continued acquisition of new firms, further penetration into international markets, and expansion into new services such as wealth management. In our opinion the stock sells at a reasonable valuation given the company's strong management team, financial returns and long-term growth prospects.
From Meridian Funds
’ commentary on the quarter ended March 31, 2013