DALLAS, June 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- SWK Holdings Corporation (Nasdaq: SWKH), a life science focused specialty finance company, announced today its addition to the broad-market Russell 3000® Index, the Russell 2000® Index and the Russell Microcap® Index in accordance with the 2020 Russell indexes annual reconstitution. SWK's inclusion in the Russell indexes will be effective after the U.S. market opens on Monday, June 29, 2020.
"The addition of SWK to the Russell indexes is the latest substantial milestone for SWK and the continuation of what has been an exciting twelve months for the company. During this period, SWK acquired Enteris BioPharma, added an additional independent member to our board of directors, uplisted our common stock to the Nasdaq Capital Market, and experienced our first sell side research analyst's initiation of coverage of the company," stated Winston Black, Chairman and CEO of SWK Holdings. "The Russell indexes are widely used by investment managers and institutional investors for index funds and as benchmarks for active investment strategies. Inclusion in these indexes will help us pursue our goal to drive long-term shareholder value by expanding awareness of our company within the investment community, increase the liquidity of our stock and broaden our shareholder base."
Annual Russell indexes reconstitution captures the 4,000 largest US stocks as of May 8, ranking them by total market capitalization. Membership in the U.S. all-cap Russell 3000® Index, as well as the Russell Microcap® Index remains in place for one year and means automatic inclusion in the appropriate growth and value style indexes. Inclusion in the Russell 3000® Index also means automatic inclusion in the large-cap Russell 1000® Index or small-cap Russell 2000® Index. FTSE Russell, a leading global index provider, determined index membership primarily by objective, market-capitalization rankings, and style attributes.
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FTSE Russell index expertise and products are used extensively by institutional and retail investors globally. Approximately $16 trillion is currently benchmarked to FTSE Russell indexes. For over 30 years, leading asset owners, asset managers, ETF providers and investment banks have chosen FTSE Russell indexes to benchmark their investment performance and create investment funds, ETFs, structured products, and index-based derivatives. FTSE Russell indexes also provide clients with tools for asset allocation, investment strategy analysis and risk management.
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About SWK Holdings:
SWK Holdings Corporation is a specialized finance company with a focus on the global healthcare sector. SWK partners with ethical product marketers and royalty holders to provide flexible financing solutions at an attractive cost of capital to create long-term value for both SWK's business partners and its investors. SWK believes its financing structures achieve an optimal partnership for companies, institutions and inventors seeking capital for expansion or capital and estate planning by allowing its partners to monetize future cash flow with minimal dilution to their equity stakes. SWK also owns Enteris Biopharma, whose core Peptelligence™ drug delivery technology creates oral formulations of peptide-based and BCS class II, III, and IV small molecules. With Enteris, SWK has the opportunity to grow its specialty finance business by actively building a wholly-owned portfolio of milestones and royalties through licensing activities. Additional information on the life science finance market is available on the Company's website at www.swkhold.com.
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