History

Perritt Capital Management, Inc. has been investing in small/microcap companies since the firm’s inception in 1987. Academic research provides the background for much of the firm’s history and investment process.
  • Our small/micro-cap company investment strategy was built on the research of Rolf Banz, a University of Chicago doctoral student who discovered the first crack in the foundation of the efficient market theory, dubbed "the small firm effect" (Journal of Financial Economics, vol. 9(1), pages 3-18, March, 1981).
  • Our investment focus on equities that are not covered by Wall Street analysts is based on the research of Avner Arbel & Paul Strebel, in their paper “The Neglected and Small Firm Effects,” (The Financial Review, vol. 18, issue 4, 1982).
  • Our nine-factor evaluation of business fundamentals is based on the research of Joseph Piotroski, from his article "Value Investing: The Use of Historical Financial Information to Separate Winners from Losers,” (The Journal of Accounting Research, “vol. 38, Supplement 2000).
  • We strive to benefit from the illiquidity premium that exists in the microcap asset class, as documented by Liquidity Risk and Expected Stock Returns, (Lubos Pastor and Robert Stambaugh, The Center for Research in Security Prices, Working Paper No. 531, August, 2001).
We believe that our key advantage is that we have more than twenty-five years of experience investing in small/micro-cap companies. Perritt Capital Management has been investing in small/micro-cap companies since the firm’s inception in 1987.  Small/micro-cap equity is the firm’s only institutional strategy and we have a twenty-five year track record of small/micro-cap investing that has been established over multiple market cycles. In many ways, we are one of the pioneers in microcap investing—only a handful of microcap managers launched in the 1980s still exist today.
  • 2014
    The Perritt Low Priced Fund (PLOWX) is launched
  • 2014
    George Metrou, CFA ® named Portfolio Manager of PRCGX, Matthew Brackmann named Portfolio Manager of PREOX, and Brian Gillespie named Portfolio Manager of PLOWX
  • 2012
    Key employees including all members of investment team attain ownership stake in Perritt Capital Management. Perritt Emerging Opportunities Fund (PREOX) changes name to Perritt Ultra MicroCap Fund (PREOX)
  • 2010
    Perritt Capital Management completes succession plan as founder Dr. Gerald Perritt transfers majority ownership stake to Michael Corbett
  • 2007
    Michael Corbett attains an ownership stake in Perritt Capital Management
  • 2005
    Michael Corbett becomes CIO of Perritt Capital Management
  • 2004
    The Perritt Emerging Opportunities Fund (PREOX) is launched
  • 1999
    Michael Corbett becomes Lead Portfolio Manager
  • 1996
    Michael Corbett begins tenure as Co-Portfolio Manager
  • 1994
    Perritt Investments changes name to Perritt Capital Management
  • 1990
    Michael Corbett joins Perritt Capital Management as investment analyst
  • 1988
    The Perritt MicroCap Opportunities Fund (PRCGX) is launched
  • 1987
    Perritt Investments, an investment advisor, is established as a wholly-owned subsidiary of IIS
  • 1982
    Dr. Gerald Perritt establishes Investment Information Services (IIS) to publish small cap stock advisory newsletters, Investment Horizons
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