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Artio Global Investors Inc Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 25, 2011 | About:

Artio Global Investors Inc (ART) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2010-12-31.

Artio Global Investors Inc. has a market cap of $646.7 million; its shares were traded at around $15.39 with a P/E ratio of 8.9 and P/S ratio of 2. The dividend yield of Artio Global Investors Inc. stocks is 1.5%.Hedge Fund Gurus that owns ART: Whitney Tilson of T2 Partners Management, LP, Lee Ainslie of Maverick Capital, Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies LLC. Mutual Fund and Other Gurus that owns ART: Arnold Schneider of Schneider Capital Management, Chuck Royce of Royce& Associates, Mario Gabelli of GAMCO Investors, Murray Stahl of Horizon Asset Management.

Highlight of Business Operations:

In the period from December 31, 2003 through December 31, 2007, our AuM grew from $7.5 billion to $75.4 billion, largely as a result of a combination of general market appreciation, our record of outperforming the relevant benchmarks and net client cash inflows, which we define as the amount by which client additions to new and existing accounts exceed withdrawals from client accounts. However, market depreciation in the second half of 2008 and early 2009 had a significant negative impact on our AuM. Subsequent to the market downturn in the latter part of 2009 and through 2010, positive market conditions helped to increase AuM to $53.4 billion as of December 31, 2010. We have continued to see net client cash outflows related to the International Equity strategies that we believe is in part due to recent underperformance, as well as client rebalancing decisions, asset reallocations, and clients adopting a different investment approach.

Our business model is designed to focus the majority of our resources on meeting our clients investment objectives in areas where we believe we can add the most value. Accordingly, we take internal ownership of the aspects of our operations that directly influence the investment process, our client relationships and risk management. Whenever appropriate, we seek to outsource support functions, including middle- and back-office activities, to industry leaders, whose services we closely monitor. We believe this approach has also resulted in an efficient and streamlined operating model, which has generated strong operating margins, limited fixed expenses and an ability to maintain profitability during difficult periods. As a result, in 2010, 2009 and 2008, we produced Adjusted operating income of $184 million, $173 million and $252 million from total revenues and other operating income of $335 million, $307 million and $422 million, representing Adjusted operating margins of 55.0%, 56.4% and 59.8%, respectively. See Item 7. Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (MD&A) Adjusted Performance Measures for a reconciliation of Operating income (loss) before income tax expense to Adjusted operating income.

We aim to continue improving our relative performance within our International Equity strategies for existing clients and also to grow AuM over time. Our International Equity I strategy, which had $18.8 billion in AuM as of December 31, 2010, was closed to new investors in 2005 in order to preserve its ability to invest effectively in smaller capitalization investments. The successor strategy, International Equity II, which mirrors the International Equity I strategy in all respects except that it does not allocate assets to these small capitalization investments and therefore does not have the same capacity constraint as International Equity I, was launched in March 2005. International Equity II has grown to $23.3 billion (as of December 31, 2010) in AuM in approximately six years. We believe we have the capacity to handle significant additional assets within our International Equity II strategy. Given our reputation as a manager of international equity and our expectation of continued strong institutional demand for international equity, we aim to continue to grow international equity AuM over the longer term and leverage our experience in International Equity to grow our Global Equity strategy in order to capitalize on increasing flows into this strategy from investors both domestically and offshore.

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