NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Siebert Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:SIEB) today announced the execution of a non-binding letter of intent with its affiliate, StockCross Financial Services, Inc., to acquire approximately $4 billion in customer assets of its retail securities business and the transfer of its seasoned, experienced nationwide sales force. Upon completion of the transaction, Siebert Financial will increase its total customer assets to over $11 billion with 11 retail branches nationwide.
Gloria E. Gebbia, majority shareholder and board member of Siebert Financial said, “The addition of these financial and other assets from StockCross demonstrate our commitment to growth and allow our firm to continue its revamping for the realization of certain economies of scale, with the aim of increasing revenue, reducing costs and being profitable.”
Siebert Financial’s principal activity is providing online and traditional discount brokerage and related services to retail investors through Muriel Siebert & Co., Inc., its broker-dealer, and as a registered investment advisor through its Siebert Investment Advisors business unit.
Gloria Gebbia added, “The addition of these key assets will broaden our efforts at Siebert Financial to serve our client financial needs nationally, while engaging our relationships more deeply to help both new and existing clients meet their wealth management objectives.”
Gloria Gebbia and her family are the majority owners of StockCross, a broker-dealer member of FINRA with offices across the United States.
Under the terms of the LOI, the transaction is subject to satisfying regulatory requirements as a closing condition.
Under the proposed arrangement, Siebert Financial will exchange a number of its common shares as determined by an outside party, Manorhaven Capital, LLC, according to a fairness opinion. The shares to be issued for the purchase will be dilutive to all shareholders, including the current majority shareholders, who own 92% of Siebert Financial stock.
The transaction, which is slated to close in the second half of 2017, is subject to regulatory approval.
The StockCross sales force includes approximately 40 registered representatives and support staff located in branch offices in Beverly Hills, CA; Calabasas, CA; Seal Beach, CA; Philadelphia, PA; Dallas, TX and Houston, TX.
The Gebbia family has been successfully involved with financial services companies since the early 1970's and during such time they built a broker-dealer into a national brand, which they sold to Toronto Dominion Bank in 1997. Gloria Gebbia is also the President of the Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies which raises funds for the John Wayne Cancer Institute. Through Gloria Gebbia’s leadership since 1998 over $15 million has been raised for cancer research studies.
About Siebert Financial Corp.
Siebert Financial is a holding company that conducts its retail discount brokerage business through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Muriel Siebert & Co., Inc. The firm became a member of the NYSE in 1967, when Ms. Siebert became the first woman to own a seat on the Exchange. In addition, in 2014 the Company began business as a registered investment advisor through a wholly-owned subsidiary, Siebert Investment Advisors, Inc. Siebert Financial is based in New York City with additional retail branches in Boca Raton, FL and Jersey City, NJ. www.siebertnet.com
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