Research Partners LTD to Acquire AIA Research LLC for $10mm

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Investment Research firm takes actions for future growth in investor relations

October 30, 2015 – Research Partners Limited entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AIA Research LLC, an alternative investment research and advisory firm based in Chicago, Illinois for $10.million USD in cash and stock. The price will be effectively reduced to approximately $8.1 million, after taking into account appropriation of debt and other liabilities.

“AIA Research is a natural fit for Research Partners Limited and compliments our broad portfolio of world-class investor focused research firms with global reach” said Abdulla Al-Sulaiti, Managing Director. “I’m confident this acquisition will help us extend our core business into the growing areas of investor relations products.” AIA Research was a division of the Capital Management Group (CMG) companies founded by investment banker and financier, Shawn Baldwin.

"Together, we’ll offer a strong portfolio of investment solutions to our global customers and accelerate the pace of investor awareness through technology and global reach.” said Nasser Ahmed Ali Al Musalmani, Senior Managing Director. “As global securities market dynamics shift, this will strengthen our competitive posture, enabling sustained, profitable growth and positioning Research Partners Limited to deliver value for customers, shareholders and employees.”

The acquisition is subject to customary conditions and is expected to close by late fourth quarter 2015. The transaction will have no impact on the company’s previously stated commitments.

Research Partners is an investor research and investor relations services provider with specificity in Europe and the Middle East, the business is well positioned for the future. However, following recent shifts in market dynamics the firm will explore whether the businesses can achieve greater growth and create more value for customers and shareholders outside of the existing corporation. The strategic review is expected to result in a spin-off to be named IR Research, a global investor relations research firm.

The investor relations programs are mostly focused on market intelligence for sophisticated investors around the world. The new firm will be realigned into the Corporation’s other four business segments following completion of the review.

About Research Partners Limited
Headquartered in Belize. Research Partners Limited is a global securities research relations research firm focused on the acquisition and roll up of investor focused firms on securities exchanges around the world. The firm employs people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, integration and implementation of sophisticated investment programs for securities in global securities exchanges.

For more information on Research partners Limited please contact Mr. Abdulla Al-Sulaiti info@rpltd.co

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