Mutual Fund Store Sells After All -- And Warburg Pincus Is The Buyer

Monday, August 01, 2011 06:38
Mutual Fund Store Sells After All -- And Warburg Pincus Is The Buyer

A month after its founder insisted that the Mutual Fund Store was not for sale, the firm has indeed sold to gigantic private equity firm Warburg Pincus.

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Adam Bold has now admitted to selling a majority stake in the firm, the nation's third-largest RIA.


Previously, he was more interested in denying the idea that he was negotiating any sort of transaction.


Regardless, he hopes that the backing of Warburg Pincus -- which manages a private equity portfolio worth $30 billion -- will give the Mutual Fund Store more juice for added growth.


Since the last time we covered the company, it's already added $100 million in retail investor accounts and now manages $6.5 billion.


Terms of the deal were not discussed. Industry gossip originally had Bold wanting to sell the firm for $300 million or more.


That would represent four to five times annual revenue, which seemed more than a little rich at the time.


Still, the gossip got the existence of this deal right, so maybe the price tag was in that ball park after all.


Bold will keep a minority stake and operational control of the company.



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