Dear Fellow Stockholder,
On behalf of our Board and our management team, thank you for being a stockholder of Signature Group Holdings. Many of you travelled a tense and volatile road through the announcements in the 4th quarter of our acquisition of the Aleris Global Recycling and Specification Alloys business, followed by a primary issuance of common shares, a $305 million high-yield bond offering, the sale of our NABCO subsidiary for $78 million in January, and the closing of our over-subscribed $55 million rights offering in February.Start to finish, to the surprise of many, our team accomplished this in a 5-month period. In the process, our market cap nearly doubled. We appreciate your support of this transformative set of transactions.
There was a significant transition of our stockholders in the past year. This is best described as an increase in shares owned institutionally by micro-cap and small-cap growth and value funds. However, no matter when you joined us, we welcome you.
I want to share my thoughts about our new company, including commentary on our values, the transition of Real Alloy, our opportunities and strengths and, yes, even a few weaknesses.