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Finding Small Cap Equities that Grow in All Macro Environments

Jane M. White of Granahan Investment Management, Inc., an investment management firm at the marcus evans European Pensions & Investments Summit 2014, on small cap equity investing

LONDON, Apr 21, 2014 - (ACN Newswire) - "Small cap companies have outperformed large caps in almost every market cycle," highlights Jane M. White, Co-Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer, Granahan Investment Management, Inc. "There are many innovative small cap companies with compelling products and services that do not need a positive macro environment in order to grow," according to White. "For instance, in the 2009 recession, over half of the companies in our funds grew their top line by over 15 per cent. These companies are problem solvers. Their products are innovative and help other companies increase productivity or reduce costs, so they are not as dependent on the macro economy."

However, there are a large number of US small cap companies, many of which are immature or low-growth businesses, so close scrutiny is required, she adds.

Granahan Investment Management, Inc., an investment management firm that specializes in small cap equities, will be present at the marcus evans European Pensions & Investments Summit 2014 in Montreux, Switzerland, 28 - 30 April.

- What long-term value would small cap funds add to an investment portfolio?

It is simply a matter of scale. It is a lot easier to grow a company from USD 100 million to USD 1 billion in sales, than to grow a USD 1 billion company to USD 10 billion in sales. There are risks involved, but when you understand the companies that you are invested in, the risks can be limited, and the upside attractive.

Given the potential for long-term returns - compared to private equity, real assets, and other asset classes that pension fund investors are interested in today - the small cap equity market can provide good capital appreciation with little liquidity risk.

- What level of diversification is required to minimise investment risk?

We diversify our portfolio in several ways, including by company lifecycle. We own Pioneers, companies - frequently without earnings - that are creating new markets, Core Growth companies, organisations that are more established with good earnings visibility, and Special Situations, companies with major dynamic changes, such as a new product, new management or a cyclical factor that could drive the company's growth.

We also diversify by sector, and we believe it is critical to have sector experts guiding stock selection for their respective areas. To identify opportunities, it is important to know the companies well, to meet the management and competitors and industry insiders, and understand the value add to their customer. A sector expert is in the best position to understand a company, and in turn to know when to hold the underlying stock.

- What are the opportunities in the small cap space today?

We are in the middle of a technological revolution that is driving small company growth, including advances in mobile computing, social media, cloud computing, electric vehicles and genomic research. It has taken ten years to digest the innovation from the 1990s, and now companies are capitalizing on that research. Our mission is to find companies with open-ended opportunities, follow them closely and use our disciplined valuation methodology to guide us to own their stocks when risk/reward is attractive.

- What qualities do you look for in these companies?

We look for companies that are in a market leadership position, with quality management and strong balance sheets. Ideally, the company would be in a position to improve profitability and have a favourable competitive landscape. We talk to the suppliers, competitors and customers of the company, to make sure that the company has a strong value proposition for its product or service. We believe that investing in strong companies can mitigate downside risk.

About the European Pensions & Investments Summit 2014

This unique forum will take place at the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, Montreux, Switzerland, 28 - 30 April 2014. Offering much more than any conference, exhibition or trade show, this exclusive meeting will bring together esteemed industry thought leaders and solution providers to a highly focused and interactive networking event. The Summit includes presentations on increasing fund resilience, establishing a robust risk framework, capturing investment opportunities and assessing the true value of emerging market investments.

For more information please send an email to [email protected] or visit the event website at www.epi-summit.com/JaneMWhiteInterview

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About Granahan Investment Management, Inc.

Granahan Investment Management is a small cap equity specialist. GIM is an independent, employee-owned investment management boutique whose sole focus is to provide quality small cap equity investment services to institutional investors and family offices. Since its inception in 1985, the firm has grown to $3.5bn in assets representing several large institutional clients. www.granahan.com

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