SOURCE: Highbury Financial Inc.

March 29, 2010 18:26 ET

Highbury Financial Inc. Announces Results of Its Special Meeting of Stockholders

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - March 29, 2010) -  Highbury Financial Inc. ("Highbury") (OTCBB: HBRF) -- On December 12, 2009, Highbury entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the "Merger Agreement") with Affiliated Managers Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange ("Affiliated Managers Group") and Manor LLC, a limited liability company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Affiliated Managers Group ("Merger Sub"). Pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, Highbury will merge with and into Merger Sub, the separate corporate existence of Highbury will cease and Merger Sub will continue as a wholly owned subsidiary of Affiliated Managers Group (the "Merger").

Highbury held a special meeting of stockholders on March 29, 2010 (i) to approve the Merger and the Merger Agreement, and the transactions contemplated thereby (the "Merger Proposal") and (ii) to approve an adjournment of the special meeting of stockholders, if necessary, in order to permit further solicitation and a vote of proxies in favor of the Merger Proposal (the "Adjournment Proposal"). At the special meeting, the Merger Proposal was approved by holders of Highbury's common stock and Series B preferred stock, voting together as a single class, with each share of Series B preferred stock entitled to 3,396.225 votes and with 18,839,858 votes cast "For" the Merger Proposal, 201 votes cast "Against," and 700 shares "Abstaining." The Adjournment Proposal was approved with 15,564,655 shares of Highbury common stock cast "For" the Adjournment Proposal, 201 shares of Highbury common stock cast "Against," and 960 shares of Highbury common stock "Abstaining." The Series B preferred stock was not entitled to vote on the Adjournment Proposal.

The anticipated closing of the Merger is scheduled for April 15, 2010, subject to the satisfaction or waiver by the parties at or prior to the closing date of various closing conditions.

Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, Highbury's board of directors intends to declare a cash dividend expected to be paid on April 15, 2010, contingent upon the closing of the Merger, to all holders of record of shares of Highbury common stock immediately prior to the effective time of the Merger in an aggregate amount equal to Highbury's working capital (including all Highbury liabilities, subject to certain exceptions, and Merger related transaction expenses then outstanding) as of March 31, 2010 minus $5.0 million. Assuming the conditions to the Merger contained in the Merger Agreement are either satisfied or waived by March 31, 2010, this dividend is estimated to be in the range of $0.99 to $1.04 per share. 

As of March 24, 2010, the shareholders of the Aston funds (the "Funds"), which are comprised of 25 no-load mutual funds including 24 equity funds and one fixed income fund, managed by Aston Asset Management LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Highbury ("Aston"), had voted to approve new investment advisory agreements with Aston and to elect 10 trustees to the board of trustees of the Funds, including 8 independent trustees. These Funds account for approximately 97% of Aston's assets under management. 

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this communication regarding Highbury, other statements relating to future results, strategy and plans of Highbury (including certain projections and business trends, and statements which may be identified by the use of the words "may," "intend," "expect" and like words), statements relating to the anticipated closing date of the Merger and statements relating to the dividend constitute "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties. For Highbury, factors include, but are not limited to: (i) developments beyond Highbury's control, including but not limited to changing conditions in global financial markets generally and in the equity markets particularly, and a decline or a lack of sustained growth in these markets which may result in decreased advisory fees or performance fees and a corresponding decline (or lack of growth) in Highbury's operating results and cash flow, (ii) the operating results and expenses of Highbury and Aston, (iii) the possibility of disruption by the Merger between Highbury and Affiliated Managers Group, making it more difficult to maintain business and operational relationships, (iv) competition and consolidation within the asset management industry, (v) the possibility that the Merger between Highbury and Affiliated Managers Group does not close, including but not limited to, the failure to satisfy the closing conditions, and (vi) legal or regulatory proceedings, including but not limited to litigation arising out of the Merger with Affiliated Managers Group, or other matters that affect the timing or ability to complete the Merger as contemplated. Additional information on other factors that may cause actual results and Highbury's performance to differ materially is included in Highbury's periodic reports filed with the SEC and the risk factors disclosed in the proxy statement/prospectus on Form S-4 filed by Affiliated Managers Group in connection with the Merger and in Highbury's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 26, 2010. Copies may be obtained by contacting Highbury or at the SEC's web site at Highbury cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and Highbury undertakes no obligations to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.