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Sabrient Systems Acquires Qualitative Research Unit of Gradient Analytics

Posted on the 04 August 2011 by Phil's Stock World @philstockworld

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Sabrient #05-2011

Sabrient Systems Acquires Qualitative Research Unit of Gradient Analytics
Move Strengthens Sabrient’s Capabilities & Global Reach

Santa Barbara, CA, August 4 — Equity research firm Sabrient Systems announces the acquisition of selected assets of Gradient Analytics, including the use of the brand “Gradient Analytics.” The business unit acquired by Sabrient will continue to be led by Gradient co-founder Dr. Donn Vickrey and will deliver analyst-driven research and services via Earnings Quality Analytics, Equity Incentive Analytics, Gradient International and Gradient Consulting, benefiting clients that include hedge funds, actively managed ETFs, mutual fund distributors and privately managed accounts.

“Gradient is a highly profitable and proven enterprise with significant potential for expansion,” Sabrient President Scott Brown said. “This acquisition brings a significant new dimension to the creation of our unique indexes and custom investment strategies, and thus to our ability to maximize profitability for our clients.”

Established in 1996, Gradient Analytics is one of the country’s leading independent research firms providing objective, academically rigorous research and qualitative stock ratings for institutional clients. It is one of a small number of Independent Research Providers (IRP) that provides in-depth analytical coverage of equities in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America.

“Gradient is widely and rightly known for well-informed, well-constructed opinions on investments, and the forensic team that is now part of Sabrient is unquestionably the best in the industry,” said Brown. “The resources and performance records that made the Gradient brand so impressive to Sabrient are anchored by the ethical commitment, passion for research and innovative thinking that we share wholeheartedly.”

As part of the acquisition agreement, Sabrient Systems acquired all of Gradient Analytics financial analysts and sales and client relationship management personnel, in addition to the Gradient brand.

Gradient co-founder and director of research Dr. Vickrey said, “I am thrilled that we are retaining our entire team of talented analysts and experienced sales and client relationship staff.  The Gradient team really is the best in the industry and ultimately creates the value for clients.”

The quantitative research business unit not acquired by Sabrient…

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