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Offering attractive returns to clients over time through successful stock selection coupled with opportunistic and nimble portfolio management

About Us

Ardsley Partners, founded in 1987, is a Stamford, CT-based asset management firm seeking to maximize returns over time through superior stock selection and the active management of long-short equity portfolios. Our portfolio managers employ a rigorous, bottom-up strategy in constructing the portfolios and place emphasis on companies with above average growth trajectories that are reasonably valued. Ardsley’s experience as a firm has demonstrated the ability to offer attractive returns to clients over time through successful stock selection coupled with opportunistic and nimble portfolio management.

The founder of Ardsley Partners, Philip Hempleman, has professionally managed assets for more than 40 years and our investment professionals have cumulatively been working at Ardsley for more than 100 years. Phil started his career at Banker’s Trust and had managed portfolios professionally at Oppenheimer and TCW before launching Ardsley Partners. Presently, Ardsley offers four separate strategies under its banner with both on-shore and off-shore capacity in most of these. The four strategies are: a long-biased long-short equity strategy; a renewable energy/clean tech long-short equity strategy; a global technology long-short equity strategy; and a healthcare long-short equity strategy.

The Team

Philip J. Hempleman  
Spencer J. Hempleman  
Kirk D. Balzer  
Benjamin I. Block  
George A. Gorman  
Ryman Gwon  
Jeffrey P. Knightly  
Steven N. Napoli  
Sanford B. Prater  
Jeffrey C. Roberts  

Philip J. Hempleman

Founder, Portfolio Manager

Phil is the founding Partner of Ardsley Partners and current Managing Partner. He oversees all investment activities. Phil was formerly a Managing Director for the Trust Company of the West, where he managed the Special Equity Strategy. From 1978 to 1982, he was the portfolio manager for the Oppenheimer Target and Special Strategies. Under Phil’s leadership, the Target Fund was the best performing mutual fund in 1981 and 1982. Prior to joining Oppenheimer & Co., Phil was an Assistant Treasurer at the Bankers Trust Company, where he served as a Senior analyst in the research department and as the portfolio manager for the Supplemental Equity Strategy. Phil received an MBA from New York University and a BA from Indiana University.

Spencer J. Hempleman

Portfolio Manager,

Joined Ardsley Partners in 2002 and currently serves as the Renewable Energy Strategy Portfolio Manager. He began at Ardsley as an analyst covering the Alternative Energy, Industrial, and Metals & Mining sectors. Prior to joining Ardsley, Spencer was a Director at CIBC Oppenheimer & Co., working as an equity position trader focused on the utility sector. Spencer was head of CIBC World Market’s trading desk in London in 2001. Prior to working as a position trader, Spencer worked as a sales trader covering utility and energy dedicated hedge funds. Spencer received his MBA from New York University and a BA from Tufts University.

Kirk D. Balzer

Co-Portfolio Manager,

Joined Ardsley Partners in 1998 and covers the Biotechnology and Life Sciences industries. In February 2012 Kirk became Co-Portfolio Manager of the Ardsley Partners Healthcare Strategy. His experience prior to joining Ardsley includes positions as Portfolio Manager at Morgan Stanley, Dean Witter & Co. and LGT/Chancellor Capital Management. He was also an analyst at Alliance Capital Management. Kirk received his MBA from the University of Chicago and holds a BS in Biology from Wheaton College.

Benjamin I. Block

Senior Analyst, Alternative Energy & Industrials

Joined Ardsley Partners in 2007 and serves as an analyst covering the Renewable Energy sector. Prior to Ardsley, Ben spent several years with a joint venture of Sempra Energy, where he authored and managed systems that controlled end-to-end utility transactions. In this role, his operation received special commendation from the Georgia Public Utility Commission. Prior to that, Ben had done research in phototrophic energy. Ben received the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award for a treatise on renewable energy in emerging markets. He has also been honored with the American Academy of achievement’s Golden Scroll Award. Ben received an MBA with honors from New York University and a BA in Physics from the University of California, San Diego.

George A. Gorman

Head Trader

Joined Ardsley Partners in 1992 and serves as the Head Trader. Prior to joining Ardsley, George was employed by The Boston Company. George is a CFA charter holder and received his BS from University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Ryman Gwon

Analyst

Ryman joined Ardsley Partners in 2012 and serves as an analyst covering the Technology sector.

Prior to Ardsley, Ryman covered TMT at both Phidias Capital and Andor Capital Management.

Ryman holds a BS in Finance from Cornell University, where he graduated cum laude.

Jeffrey P. Knightly

Co-Portfolio Manager,

Joined Ardsley Partners in 2000 and serves as Co-Portfolio Manager on the Ardsley Partners Healthcare Strategy and has served as an Analyst covering the Healthcare sector for over 10 years. Prior to joining Ardsley, Jeff worked as an analyst at Sterling Capital Management as well as a sell-side medical device analyst at CIBC Oppenheimer & Co. Jeff received his MBA from New York University and a BS from Villanova University.

Steven N. Napoli

Chief Financial Officer

Joined Ardsley Partners in 1994 and serves as Chief Financial Officer & Compliance Officer. Prior to joining Ardsley, Steve worked at Paloma Partners Management Co. and Citicorp Investment Bank, as an accounting and operations manager. He also served as a senior auditor at Arthur Andersen & Company. Steve received his BA in accounting from Iona College.

Sanford B. Prater

Portfolio Manager, Ardsley Ridgecrest Fund

Rejoined Ardsley Partners in January 1, 2014. He was a senior partner of Ardsley Partners from 1994 to 1998 when he left to launch Ridgecrest Capital Partners. Prior to joining Ardsley Sandy was with Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. for 20 years where he served in a variety of capacities including: President of Oppenheimer Investment Advisors, Co-chairman of Oppenheimer’s Investment Policy Committee and Manager of Catalyst Partners, a private investment limited partnership. Mr. Prater graduated from University of Virginia with a B.A. in International Relations.

Jeffrey C. Roberts

Analyst

Jeffrey joined the Ardsley team on January 1, 2014 and serves as an analyst.

Prior to joining Ardsley Mr. Roberts worked as an analyst covering Global Equities at Ridgecrest Capital Partners. Before joining Ridgecrest in 2012, Jeff worked as an Analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Deutsche Bank
Securities. While at Deutsche Bank, Mr. Roberts worked on multiple M&A transactions, including Genesee & Wyoming’s acquisition of RailAmerica, Inc. in 2012 as well as Pentair, Inc’s Reverse Morris Trust transaction with Tyco’s Flow
Control business in 2012.

Mr. Roberts graduated from Washington & Lee University, Cum Laude, with a BA in Political Science.

Strategies

Long-Biased ‘Flagship’ Strategy

Ardsley's long-biased flagship strategy dates back to March 1987. The investment universe of the strategy is global with an emphasis on US-based technology, telecom, life sciences, energy and alternative energy companies. The strategy uses a concentrated book approach with the top ten core holdings generally representing Ardsley's best ideas and 40-50% of the portfolio. Returns are enhanced by the short portfolio and by the opportunistic trading of stocks and options. Sector specialist analysts use a fundamental, bottom-up research approach to identify rapidly growing companies for core portfolio investments. The Portfolio Managers are responsible for portfolio construction and risk management.

Renewable Energy/Clean Tech Strategy

Ardsley's renewable energy strategy, launched in July 2006, employs a fundamentally driven research approach to identify asymmetric risk/reward opportunities across all market capitalizations and geographies within the renewable energy sector and related areas. The primary objective the strategy is to generate superior returns through a portfolio of long and short public equity investments, regardless of economic conditions. The Portfolio Manager has a long history of successfully managing capital and has worked at Ardsley for more than 12 years and has developed a track record of superior returns. The strategy seeks to invest in companies which provide solutions to the global energy and natural resource problem and whose technologies offer alternatives or more efficient use of natural resources. The investment process combines company specific research, sector analysis and a top-down macro economic outlook to identify the best opportunities within each subsector and to isolate individual alpha generating shorts. Hands-on, active portfolio management, which includes balancing and shifting sub-sector exposures within the renewable energy universe, are at the core of our risk management.

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Healthcare Strategy

Ardsley's healthcare strategy, launched in February 2012, is a long/short equity strategy focused on investing in opportunities across all healthcare sub-sectors and related areas. The strategy seeks to identify the regulatory, global macro economic and sub-sector specific cycles impacting the healthcare industry and combine it with rigorous bottom-up analysis to generate absolute returns. The Portfolio Management team maintains a value/GARP orientation and combines that with fundamental and catalytic-driven, opportunistic shorts. The primary objective is to produce superior returns while maintaining low volatility through a long-short portfolio of healthcare equity investments. Our Portfolio Managers have a long history of successfully managing capital and have developed a track record of superior returns derived from a combined 40+ years of direct healthcare investing experience and sector coverage. Healthcare sector investment performance has been a major contributing factor to Ardsley's success over the years with generally 20-40% of our flagship strategy invested in the sector at any given time. The investment process combines company specific research, sector analysis and a top-down macro economic outlook to identify the best opportunities within each subsector and isolate individual companies, with deteriorating fundamentals, as alpha shorts.

Global Technology Strategy

Ardsley's world information technology strategy, launched in February 2011, is a global long-short equity strategy with a specific focus on the technology sector. The goal of the strategy is to produce superior returns while maintaining low volatility. We believe superior returns are derived from deep knowledge of the sectors of coverage gained from the strategy manager's personal background in technology development and an acquired ability to identify and anticipate market share shifts and transact accordingly. The fundamental research we perform on each investment gives us an appreciation of competitive differentiation in our portfolio companies' operations.

Ardsley Ridgecrest Partners Strategy

The Ardsley Ridgecrest strategy, launched on January 1st, 2014 as the successor strategy to Ridgecrest Capital Partners Strategy, L.P. Ridgecrest was founded in 1994 by a former senior partner of Ardsley. Ardsley Ridgecrest is a multi-disciplined long/short equity strategy dedicated to identifying catalysts or business cycles which cause valuation dislocations thus investment opportunities. The portfolio manager seeks investment opportunities in which a catalyst, defined as anything that precipitates change, is evident. The event or process can be monolithic or transitory in nature, and will change either a company or an industry. The significant trend, change or event, should result in a price movement that is deemed to be outside a general purview of the market. We use a top-down view to generate ideas then perform intensive fundamental research to finalize a decision. The underlying investments in this strategy generally are considered ‘old economy’ names however this strategy is not limited to just those.

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Stamford, Connecticut 06902
Tel: (203) 564-4200 | Fax: (203) 355-0715
Email: info@ardsley.com

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