Fund Research shop Cogent
is set to get new owners. Robin Hodgkins
, president, CEO and founder of Cogent, has signed a non-binding letter of intent for the sale of a majority of the company to a consortium of broker-dealers. Hodgkins and the existing management team are expected to remain in place after the sale. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
A spokesman for Cogent said that the buyers cannot be named at the present time, but there are at least seven companies involved.
Company Press Release
SUMMIT, NJ, May 19, 2009 -- Cogent Consulting LLC of Summit, NJ, a leading developer of commission management systems for the securities industry, has signed a non-binding letter of intent for the sale of a majority of the company to a group of leading global institutional broker-dealers.
Cogent’s CSA Trak™ enables multiple broker-dealers and money managers to efficiently manage
commission sharing arrangements (CSAs) and client commission arrangements (CCAs) through a single
online portal that shows all balances and activities both by broker-dealer and virtually aggregated. “The
objective of this transaction is to have a widely used industry platform that will make it easier and cost-
effective for broker-dealers to offer CSAs and CCAs and for money managers to take advantage of
them,” said Robin Hodgkins, President, CEO and founder of Cogent.
CSAs and CCAs enable money managers to accumulate credits from trading that can then be allocated to
service providers for the payment of certain research or brokerage/execution services that they value.
Cogent’s other industry leading products include trade reconciliation and a broker voting platform.
None of the broker-dealers will individually acquire a controlling interest in Cogent, and the current
owners will remain a minority stake owner in the company.
Mr. Hodgkins will continue to serve as the
President and CEO, and the existing Cogent management team will remain in place. “Cogent will
continue to operate as a stand-alone, third party service provider after the consummation of the proposed
transaction,” Mr. Hodgkins added. “Cogent products will remain available to sell-side and buy-side firms
globally, and all trade, commission and payment information will continue to be confidential.”
Other terms were not disclosed, and closing of the transaction is subject to various conditions.
According to Mr. Hodgkins, the large number of major broker-dealer firms using CSA Trak should help
overcome any apprehension among users of CSAs/CCAs stemming from recent market uncertainties.
“Through CSA Trak, the buy-side can more easily manage their CSA/CCA credits held with multiple
firms,” Mr. Hodgkins explained.
Mr. Hodgkins said that the development of a common communications protocol for trade reconciliation
and processing should lead to a new era in which money managers can more easily allocate CSA/CCA
credits to pay service providers that deliver research or brokerage/execution services that they value.
Cogent Consulting LLC (www.cogentconsulting.com) of Summit, NJ is a world leader in systems that
enable money managers to gain control and transparency over their CSA/CCA credits. Money managers
and broker-dealers around the world currently use Cogent systems to automate the broker voting process,
relationship management, commission reconciliation, commission sharing arrangements (CSAs) and
client commission arrangements (CCAs).
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