Batterymarch Announces US Large Cap Value Equity Investment Strategy

    BOSTON, Dec. 17 /CNW/ -- Batterymarch Financial Management, Inc., a
leading institutional equity manager, today announced the formal launch of its
US Large Capitalization Value Equity strategy. This product, which has been in
incubation, is ranked in the top quartile of a leading consultant peer
universe for the one- and three-year periods ending September 30, 2007.
    Batterymarch's proprietary US Large Cap Value strategy uses efficient
quantitative techniques to model the investment disciplines of experienced
fundamental investors. Like the firm's other investment products, US Large Cap
Value uses consistent, objective criteria to analyze a broad universe of
stocks daily.
    "We have adapted our core US Large Cap investment approach -- in place
since 1991 -- to meet the unique demands of a style mandate," said Thomas
Linkas, the firm's Chief Investment Officer. "In our view, one of the keys to
long-term outperformance for this product is its large investment universe,
which reflects the full array of value-oriented stocks. Our goal is to
identify value stocks that can do well across a variety of market cycles, so
our multidimensional stock selection model analyzes this universe using both
growth and value measures."
    Batterymarch's value universe includes approximately 1,800 stocks ranging
from deep value to growth-at-a-reasonable-price. This gives the firm's
investment professionals the power to capitalize on attractive opportunities
anywhere on the value style spectrum. Multiple risk controls, integrated
throughout the investment process, help limit performance volatility, while
cost-effective trading strategies are designed for maximum preservation of
    "Batterymarch's portfolios are meant to outperform a value benchmark in
both up and down markets," said William Elcock, the firm's CEO and Senior US
Portfolio Manager. "We think of our US Large Cap Value product as a strategy
for all seasons -- and an appealing choice for investors whose focus includes
value-oriented securities regardless of the market environment."
    Batterymarch, a wholly owned, independently operated subsidiary of Legg
Mason, Inc. (NYSE:   LM), manages US, international, emerging markets, global
and hedged equity assets for institutional investors and subadvisory clients.
One of the pioneers of quantitative investing, Batterymarch is an SEC-
registered investment advisor and the sole quantitative manager among Legg
Mason's subsidiaries. As of September 30, 2007, Batterymarch has $29.8 billion
in total assets under management, representing 214 accounts for 170 clients
based in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit

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For further information: Gina Solomon of Batterymarch Financial 
Management, Inc., +1-617-266-8300, Web Site:

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