Silvercrest Asset Management Group Inc. (SAMG)
At Perritt Capital Management, we take focused positions in companies where we have a high conviction in their success; companies that are out of the mainstream of small cap investing. To highlight our process, we are pleased to present the newest installment in our ongoing series “Marvelous Microcaps – Big Ideas on Small Companies.” This series profiles companies that we believe have a niche in their existing markets or are launching a product that could disrupt their marketplace.
Silvercrest Asset Management Group Inc. (SAMG) is a wealth management firm who provides financial advisory and related family office services. The company serves ultra-high net worth individuals and families, as well as their trusts, endowments, foundations, and other institutional investors. It also manages funds of funds and other investment funds. SAMG pays a 4.3% dividend yield, has no long-term debt, revenues have grown at 9% a year for the last 10 years, and their assets under management (AUM) has a 28% compound annual growth rate (CAGR). In addition, they have a free cash flow yield of 19.47%.
WHY WE OWN: THE PERRITT ADVANTAGE
SAMG has a simple business model and demonstrable profitable growth making it a very tempting investment. By growing assets under management, they grow revenues and profits. The revenues come from management and advisory fees, performance fees and allocations, and family office services. Revenue declined 6.4% in 2022 due to volatile market conditions but their AUM increased 7.7% in the fourth quarter and they gained $220 million in new relationships. Their relatively new product called Chief Investment Officer manages $1.45 billion far ahead of their original target of $1B at the year end.
While increasing inflows of assets to grow their AUM, their proprietary equities and fixed income strategies have beaten their benchmark index since inception, thus providing more growth of AUM. The key to SAMG’s success is its ability to grow AUM. Given the success of its investment strategies, we believe it should continue to be able to do so, resulting in future growth and profitability. SAMG remains attractively valued at less than 9 times trailing earnings. We believe patient, long-term investors may be strongly rewarded and a 4.3% yield is a solid dividend in the meantime.