Hennessy Advisors of Novato, Calif., has announced the closing of its deal with SPARX Investment & Research, USA, Inc., to acquire the assets related to the management of the SPARX Japan Fund and SPARX Japan Smaller Companies Fund. The acquisition represents about $74 million in assets.
Hennessy Advisors now manages the SPARX Funds, which have been renamed the Hennessy Select SPARX Japan Fund and Hennessy Select SPARX Japan Smaller Companies Fund. Hennessy Advisors has retained SPARX Asset Management Co., Ltd., located in Tokyo, as the funds’ sub-advisor to manage the portfolios of the two funds.
“We are pleased to welcome the SPARX shareholders and the SPARX Asset Management team to the Hennessy Funds Select Series family. We believe this partnership will offer our new shareholders outstanding U.S.-based customer service and business management, while maintaining strong and focused Japan-based portfolio management,” says Neil Hennessy, chairman, CEO and resident of Hennessy Advisors, Inc.