Windward Investment Management
To maximize their effectiveness, color cases should be printed in color. Windward Investment Management has experienced rapid growth in assets under management in just ten years, from under $30 million at year end 1999 to $3.6 billion in 2010. Windward is one of the leading firms in the Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) industry that seeks to value for its investors through asset diversification and active macro-level investing. The firm implements its proprietary investment model by trading exclusively exchange traded funds (ETF). Windward is considering a range of future growth opportunities and how to finance those opportunities, including raising external capital. The case focuses on the decision of what opportunities Windward should consider and on the valuation of the firm if it decides to raise external capital.