Integrated Asset Management Corp.
TSX VENTURE : IAM

Integrated Asset Management Corp.

January 30, 2006 11:59 ET

Integrated Asset Management Corp.: BluMont Capital Inc. Announces Update on Status of Arrangements with Man Investments

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 30, 2006) - Integrated Asset Management Corp. ("IAM") (TSX VENTURE:IAM) today reported that its 46.1% owned subsidiary BluMont Capital Inc. (TSX VENTRUE:BCC) ("BluMont") has announced an update on the status of its arrangements with Man Investments Inc. ("Man Investments"), the US member of the asset management division of London-based Man Group plc (LSE: EMB).

Since 2002, BluMont and Man Investments have worked together successfully to market and distribute co-branded retail structured hedge fund products through the investment advisor channel in Canada ("Structured Products"). To date, BluMont has raised over C$416 million in all Structured Products offerings and in addition, there are two new products currently being marketed.

The current agreement between BluMont and Man Investments has been amended effective immediately. BluMont will continue to service the existing Structured Products, including the two offerings currently being marketed, and more Structured Products are planned for 2006 with Man Investments. As a result of the amendment, BluMont will receive net fees for servicing the Structured Products, at a level similar to that under the current agreement, for the duration of these investment products, which have expected maturities ranging from 2013 to 2016.

Given the many opportunities in the Canadian market, Man Investments has concluded that it will bring more of its range of financial products to both retail and institutional investors in Canada beyond the products currently distributed through BluMont. As part of the amended agreement, BluMont will be assisting Man Investments with certain initiatives in Canada which Man Investments wishes to implement.

"Man Investments has been extremely pleased with the strategic alliance we have with BluMont, which has been very successful", declares John M. Kelly, President and CEO of Man Investments Inc. "We believe that this is the right time to introduce new products in Canada".

"The Man Investments relationship has been, and will remain very important to BluMont. We are looking forward to working with Man Investments to assist them with their new initiative", says Stephen J. Kangas, President of BluMont Capital.

About BluMont

BluMont Capital is a leading provider of alternative investment products to Canadian investors. Specializing in hedge funds, the firm offers innovative investment solutions that provide enhanced diversification and robust return potential. BluMont employs 43 people nationwide and has approximately C$770 million in assets under management. BluMont is 46.1% directly owned by Toronto-based Integrated Asset Management Corp. (TSXV:IAM), a leading alternative asset manager with approximately C$3 billion in assets under management and commitments. Further information on BluMont Capital can be found at www.blumontcapital.com.

About Man Investments

Man Investments, the asset management division of Man Group plc, is a global leader in the fast growing alternative investments industry. It provides innovative products and tailor-made solutions to private and institutional investors. Through its core investment managers - AHL, Glenwood, Man Global Strategies and RMF - Man Investments has succeeded in developing leadership in hedge funds and has interests in other asset classes. In its core hedge fund asset class, Man Investments offers funds of hedge funds, structured and style products. Its track record stretches back more than two decades and defines the standard for excellence in an industry whose central goal is to provide diversification away from traditional equity and bond investments. Man Investments has a powerful global presence with central operations in Pfaffikon (Switzerland), and London and key centres in Chicago, Montevideo, Hong Kong, Sydney, Tokyo and Dubai and has an extensive network of distribution partners.

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Contact Information

  • BluMont Capital
    Stephen J. Kangas
    President
    (416) 360-5128
    or
    BluMont Capital
    Thomas H. Simpson
    Chairman
    (416) 216-3566
    or
    Integrated Asset Management Corp.
    Stephen C. Johnson
    CFO
    (416) 933-8278