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Calamos Asset Management, Inc. Reports

First Quarter 2016 Results and Declares Dividend

NAPERVILLE, Ill., April 26, 2016 Calamos Asset Management, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLMS), representing the public shares outstanding, owns 22.2% of the operating company, Calamos Investments LLC, with the remaining 77.8% privately owned by Calamos Family Partners, Inc. Calamos Asset Management, Inc. (CAM) and Calamos Investments LLC together operate a diversified global investment firm offering U.S. growth equity, global equity, convertible, multi-asset and alternative st rategies, and today reported consolidated results for first quarter 2016 and comparative periods.

Highlights

Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was $0.09 for the first quarter compared with $0.18 in the previous quarter and $0.17 in the first quarter of 2015.

The decrease in non-GAAP diluted earnings per share in the first quarter 2016 compared with the fourth quarter of 2015 was the result of higher income tax expense related to the expiration of employee stock options and lower operating income. Non-GAAP net income attributable to Calamos Asset Management, Inc. was $1.6 million for the quarter compared with $3.2 million last quarter and $3.1 million in the first quarter of 2015.

GAAP diluted loss per share was $0.08 for the first quarter of 2016 compared with GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.05 in the previous quarter and $0.01 in the first quarter of 2015. The decrease in GAAP diluted earnings per share in the first quarter of 2016 compared with the fourth quarter of 2015 was the result of higher income tax expense related to the expiration of employee stock options, non-operating losses, lower operating income, and the consolidation of certain open-end funds in the period. Net loss attributable to CAM was $1.3 million for the quarter compared with net income attributable to CAM of $830,000 last quarter and $101,000 in the first quarter of 2015.

See Table A and Table A Notes for a more detailed description of non-GAAP financial measures, how they may be useful to management and investors in evaluating the company, how they may differ from non-GAAP financial measures disclosed by other companies, and a reconciliation of such adjusted measures to the most related GAAP financial measures.

Assets Under Management

were $21.0 billion at March 31, 2016 compared with $21.9 billion at the end of last quarter and $24.5 billion at March 31, 2015. Net outflows were $426 million for the quarter compared with net outflows of $1.0 billion in the previous quarter and net inflows of $556 million in the first quarter of 2015.

Total revenues for the current quarter were $48.5 million compared with $55.5 million in the previous quarter and $57.4 million in the first quarter a year ago. Operating margin was 8.8% for the first quarter, 16.4% in the previous quarter and -2.6% in the first quarter of 2015. Non-GAAP operating margin was 17.5% in the first quarter of 2015.

The Board of Directors of CAM declared a regular quarterly dividend of 15 cents per share payable on May 24, 2016 to shareholders of record on May 10, 2016.

The table below highlights certain GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures:

Three Months Ended

December 31,

(in millions)

Ending Assets Under Management

21,020

21,908

24,476

Average Assets Under Management

20,632

22,682

23,677

Net flows

(1,000

(in thousands, except earnings per share)

48,501

55,494

57,417

Total operating expenses

44,213

46,369

58,922

Operating income (loss)

(1,505

Non-GAAP operating income

10,039

Net income (loss) attributable to CAM

(1,322

Non-GAAP net income attributable to CAM

Diluted earnings (loss) per share

Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share

Business Commentary

In the first quarter of 2016, the firm named John S. Koudounis as Chief Executive Officer, effective Monday, April 4, 2016. Mr. Koudounis is responsible for executing the firms growth strategy and expanding the firms global footprint. In his previous role as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mizuho Securities USA, Inc. he significantly grew the firm to become a top-10 investment banking enterprise. John P. Calamos, Sr. remains Founder, Chairman and Global CIO, focused on investing and the continuity of Calamos investment-centric culture.

Assets Under Management do not include $531 million, $609 million, and $706 million as of March 31, 2016, December 31, 2015, and March 31, 2015, respectively, of assets under advisement for which the company provides model portfolio design and oversight.

Also during the quarter, work was completed in converting Phineus Partners LPs hedge fund into a 40 Act fund, the Calamos Phineus Long/Short Fund. The new fund enhances Calamos product offerings and role as an innovator in liquid alternatives. We are encouraged about the growth opportunities of the fund, in part because the fund was able to retain its 14-year track record which has outpaced both the S&P 500 and the MSCI World Index since inception in May of 2002.

Further reflecting the firms focus on the liquid alternative space, the quarter also marked the one-year anniversary of the Calamos Hedged Equity Income Fund, which placed in the top quintile of its Morningstar peer category for the one year period ending March 31, 2016.

Calamos Investments LLC repurchased 520,444 shares of CAMs common stock during the first quarter, for a total cost of $4.7 million.

Assets Under Management and Flows

Assets Under Management as of March 31, 2016 were $21.0 billion, a decrease of $888 million from the end of the fourth quarter.

For the quarter, net outflows were $426 million. Market depreciation of $462 million was experienced primarily in equity strategies.

Fund net outflows were $532 million for the quarter, primarily driven by outflows from the U.S. equity strategy and a decrease in closed-end fund leverage.

For the first quarter of 2016, net flows into separate accounts were $106 million.

Financial Discussion

Operating Income

First quarter 2016 revenues of $48.5 million decreased $8.9 million from first quarter 2015 primarily due to a decrease in Average Assets Under Management. Total operating expenses for the first quarter were $44.2 million, a decrease of $14.7 million from $58.9 million in the first quarter of 2015, primarily a result of $11.5 million of closed-end fund launch expenses incurred in the prior year and lower distribution expenses and general and administrative expenses. Excluding the prior year closed-end fund launch, non-GAAP operating income was $4.3 million for the first quarter compared with $10.0 million in the first quarter of 2015 and non-GAAP operating margin was 8.8% for the first quarter compared with 17.5% for the first quarter of 2015. GAAP operating income was $4.3 million for the first quarter versus an operating loss of $1.5 million in the first quarter of last year. GAAP operating margin was 8.8% for the first quarter, up from -2.6% in the first quarter of 2015.

Non-Operating Income

GAAP non-operating loss was $14.3 million for the first quarter of 2016 compared with income of $5.0 million for the first quarter of 2015, as presented in Table B. Non-GAAP non-operating loss, net of redeemable non-controlling interest in partnership and consolidated

See Forward Looking Statement & Important Risk Disclosures.

funds,

was $7.2 million during the first quarter of 2016 compared with non-GAAP non-operating income, net of redeemable non-controlling interest in partnerships and consolidated funds, of $2.0 million for the first quarter of 2015.

Income Taxes

CAMs income tax provision for the first quarter of 2016, as presented in Table D, exceeded income before tax provision attributable to CAM resulting in an income tax rate that is not meaningful. The income tax provision for the first quarter of 2016 includes $964,000 of deferred tax expense related to expired employee stock options and an allowance for employee stock options expected to expire in future periods. For the first quarter of 2015, CAMs effective tax rate was 81.7%, a result of $238,000 in expense related to expired employee stock options. Excluding these items, CAMs effective tax rate was 38.3% and 38.6% for the first quarter of 2016 and 2015, respectively.

Financial Position

As of March 31, 2016, the corporate investment portfolio was $360.1 million, which included cash, cash equivalents, receivable for investments sold, and investments that were principally comprised of investments in products that the company manages. The corporate investment portfolio is used to provide seed capital for new products, to maintain conservative levels of capital for the companys regulated subsidiaries and to invest in other corporate strategic initiatives.

As of March 31, 2016, total long-term debt was $46.0 million and total equity was $346.4 million.

Market Capitalization

As of March 31, 2016, CAM, representing the public shares outstanding, owns 22.2% of the operating company, Calamos Investments LLC, with the remaining 77.8% privately owned by Calamos Family Partners, Inc. Because of our ownership structure, reported market capitalization does not reflect the entire value of the company, but rather only the market capitalization pertaining to CAMs 22.2% interest, which is publicly traded.

Investor Conference Call

Management will hold an investor conference call at 3:30 p.m. Central Time on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. To access the live call and view managements presentation, visit the Investor Relations section of the companys website at

www.calamos.com/investors

. Alternatively, participants may listen to the live call by dialing 800.768.6563 in the U.S. or Canada (785.830.7991 internationally), then entering conference ID #9374683. A replay of the call will be available for one week following the date of the call by dialing 888.203.1112 in the U.S. or Canada (719.457.0820 internationally), then entering conference ID #9374683. The webcast also will be available on the Investor Relations section of the companys website at

for at least 90 days following the date of the call.

Management believes non-operating income, net of redeemable non-controlling interest in partnership investments and consolidated funds provides comparability of this information among reporting periods and is an effective measure for reviewing the companys non-operating contribution to its results.

Calamos Asset Management, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLMS) is a diversified global investment firm offering innovative investment strategies including U.S. growth equity, global equity, convertible, multi-asset and alternatives. The firm offers strategies through separately managed portfolios, mutual funds, closed-end funds, private funds, an exchange traded fund and UCITS funds. Clients include major corporations, pension funds, endowments, foundations and individuals, as well as the financial advisors and consultants who serve them. Headquartered in the Chicago metropolitan area, the firm also has offices in London, New York and San Francisco. For more information, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements & Important Risk Disclosures

From time to time, information or statements provided by us, including those within this news release, may contain certain forward-looking statements relating to future events, future financial performance, strategies, expectations, the competitive environment and regulations. Forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time those statements are made and/or managements good faith belief as of that time with respect to future events, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. For a discussion concerning some of these and other risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could affect future results, see Forward-Looking Information in Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and, where applicable, Risk Factors in our annual and quarterly reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Performance data quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. The principal value and return of an investment will fluctuate so that your shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

AVERAGE ANNUAL RETURNS AS OF 3/31/16

Average Annual Returns Calamos Phineus Long/Short Fund

1-YEAR

3-YEAR

5-YEAR

10-YEAR

INCEPTION

I Sharesat NAV (Inception5/1/02)

A Sharesat NAV (Inception5/1/02)

A SharesLoad adjusted

S&P 500 Index

Average Annual Returns Calamos Hedged Equity Income Fund

I Sharesat NAV (Inception12/31/14)

A Sharesat NAV (Inception12/31/14)

Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index

Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

The performance of the Calamos Phineus Long/Short Fund shown for the periods prior to April 5, 2016 is the performance of a predecessor investment vehicle (the Predecessor Fund). The Predecessor Fund was reorganized into the Fund on April 5, 2016, the date upon which the Fund commenced operations. On October 1, 2015 the parent company of Calamos Advisors purchased Phineus Partners LP, the prior investment adviser to the Predecessor Fund (Phineus), and Calamos Advisors served as the Predecessor Funds investment adviser from October 1, 2015 until it was reorganized into the Fund. Phineus and Calamos Advisors managed the Predecessor Fund using investment policies, objectives, guidelines and restrictions that were in all material respects equivalent to those of the Fund. Phineus and Calamos Advisors managed the Predecessor Fund in this manner either directly or indirectly by investing all of the Predecessor Funds assets in a master fund structure. However, the Predecessor Fund was not a registered mutual fund and thus was not subject to the same investment and tax restrictions as the Fund. If it had been, the Predecessor Funds performance may have been lower.

The Calamos Hedged Equity Income Fund I Shares were in the 15

and 28

percentiles for the 1-year and Since Inception periods out of 433 and 419 funds, respectively, in the US OE Long/Short Equity Morningstar category. The Calamos Hedged Equity Income Fund A Shares were in the 16

and 32

percentiles for the 1-year and Since Inception periods out of 433 and 419 funds, respectively, in the US OE Long/Short Equity Morningstar category.

Unmanaged index returns assume reinvestment of any and all distributions and do not reflect any fees, expenses, or sales charges. Investors cannot invest directly in an index. The MSCI World Index consists of the following 23 developed market country indexes: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong,

Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The S&P 500 Index consists of 500 stocks chosen for market size, liquidity, and industry group representation. It is a market-value weighted index (stock price times number of shares outstanding), with each stocks weight in the index proportionate to its market value. The S&P 500 Index is one of the most widely used benchmarks of U.S. equity performance. The Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index covers the U.S.-denominated, investment-grade, fixed-rate, taxable bond market of SEC registered securities. The index includes bonds from the Treasury, Government-Related, Corporate, MBS (agency fixed-rate and hybrid ARM passthroughs), ABS, and CMBS sectors.

An investment in the Fund is subject to risks, and you could lose money on your investment in the Fund. There can be no assurance that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. Your investment in the Fund is not a deposit in a bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or any other government agency. The risks associated with an investment in the Fund can increase during times of significant market volatility. The Fund also has specific principal risks, which are described below. More detailed information regarding these risks can be found in the Funds prospectus.

The principal risks of investing in the Calamos Hedge Equity Income Fund include: covered call writing risk, options risk, equity securities risk, correlation risk, mid-sized company risk, interest rate risk, credit risk, liquidity risk, portfolio turnover risk, portfolio selection risk, foreign securities risk, American depository receipts, and REITs risks.

The principal risks of investing in the Calamos Phineus Long/Short Fund include: equity securities risk consisting of market prices declining in general, short sale risk consisting of potential for unlimited losses, foreign securities risk, currency risk, geographic concentration risk, other investment companies (including ETFs) risk, derivatives risk, options risk, and leverage risk.

Short Sale Risk The Fund may incur a loss (without limit) as a result of a short sale if the market value of the borrowed security (i.e., the Funds short position) increases between the date of the short sale and the date the Fund replaces the security. The Fund may be unable to repurchase the borrowed security at a particular time or at an acceptable price.

Leveraging Risk Leverage is the potential for the Fund to participate in gains and losses on an amount that exceeds the Funds investment. Leveraging risk is the risk that certain transactions of the Fund may give rise to leverage, causing the Fund to be more volatile and experience greater losses than if it had not been leveraged. The Funds use of short sales and investments in derivatives subject the Fund to leveraging risk.

Derivatives Risk Derivatives are instruments, such as futures, options and forward foreign currency contracts, whose value is derived from that of other assets, rates or indices. The use of derivatives for non-hedging purposes may be considered more speculative than other types of investments. Derivatives can be used for hedging (attempting to reduce risk by offsetting one investment position with another) or non-hedging purposes. Hedging with derivatives may increase expenses, and there is no guarantee that a hedging strategy will work.

Options Risk The Funds ability to close out its position as a purchaser or seller of an over-the-counter or exchange-listed put or call option is dependent, in part, upon the liquidity of the option market. There are significant differences between the securities and options markets that could result in an imperfect correlation among these markets, causing a given transaction not to achieve its objectives. The Funds ability to utilize options successfully will depend on the ability of the Funds investment adviser to predict pertinent market movements, which cannot be assured.

Before investing carefully consider the funds investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. Please see the prospectus and summary prospectus containing this and other information or call 1-800-582-6959. Read it carefully before investing.

Consolidated Condensed Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except share data)

(Unaudited)

Revenues

Investment management fees

39,548

45,178

45,948

Distribution and underwriting fees

10,847

Expenses

Employee compensation and benefits

24,417

24,874

Distribution expenses

10,517

Marketing and sales promotion

13,405

General and administrative

10,126

Non-operating income (loss)

(14,320

Income (loss) before income tax provision

(10,032

Income tax provision

(10,790

Net (income) loss attributable to non-controlling interest in Calamos Investments LLC

(4,069

Net (income) loss attributable to redeemable non-controlling interest in partnership investments and consolidated funds

(3,718

(3,048

Earnings (loss) per share:

Weighted average shares outstanding:

16,740,100

17,103,299

17,872,357

17,145,967

17,858,985

18,699,641

Supplemental Information:

First quarter 2015 closed-end fund launch expenses were comprised of $10.0 million of structuring fees payable to underwriters, included in marketing and sales promotion expenses, and $1.5 million of sales-based compensation.

Assets Under Management (excluding Assets Under Advisement)

(in millions)

(Unaudited)

Open-end Funds

Beginning Assets Under Management

12,172

12,513

14,790

Redemptions

(1,035

(1,439

(1,498

Market appreciation (depreciation)

11,598

14,334

11,421

12,715

14,557

Closed-end Funds

Institutional Accounts

Managed Accounts

Total Assets Under Management

22,454

23,506

(1,346

(1,912

(1,628

Ending Assets Under Management by Strategy

U.S. Equity

Global Equity

Convertible

Fixed Income

Multi-Strategy (Closed-end Funds)

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Margin and Diluted Earnings per Share

Operating income (loss) (GAAP)

Adjustment:

Closed-end fund launch expenses

11,544

Operating margin (GAAP)

Net income (loss) attributable to CAM (GAAP)

Adjustments:

Deferred tax amortization on intangible assets

Closed-end fund launch expenses, net of taxes

Non-operating (income) loss, net of taxes

Diluted - Weighted average shares outstanding

Diluted earnings (loss) per share (GAAP)

Closed-end fund launch expenses are shown net of non-controlling interest in Calamos Investments LLC and income taxes.

Notes to Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP

The company provides investors with certain adjusted, non-GAAP financial measures including non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net income attributable to CAM and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share. These non-GAAP financial measures are provided to supplement the consolidated financial statements presented on a GAAP basis. These non-GAAP financial measures adjust GAAP financial measures to include the tax benefit from the amortization of deferred taxes on intangible assets and to exclude closed-end fund launch expenses, net of taxes, and CAMs non-operating income, net of taxes. The company believes these adjustments are appropriate to enhance an overall understanding of operating financial performance, as well as to facilitate comparisons with historical earnings results. These adjustments to the companys GAAP results are made with the intent of providing investors a more complete understanding of the companys underlying earnings results and trends and marketplace performance. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures are among the primary indicators management uses as a basis of managing our business.

The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Investors should review the reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures as provided in Table A.

Non-GAAP operating income is calculated by adjusting for the closed-end fund launch expenses from GAAP operating income. Non-GAAP operating margin is calculated by dividing non-GAAP operating income by total revenues.

Non-GAAP net income attributable to CAM is calculated by adjusting the following items from GAAP net income attributable to CAM:

(i) amortization of deferred taxes on intangible assets associated with the election under section 754 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (Section 754 election);

(ii) closed-end fund launch expenses, net of taxes; and

(iii) non-operating income, net of taxes.

Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share is calculated by dividing non-GAAP net income attributable to CAM by diluted weighted average shares outstanding.

The deferred tax assets from the Section 754 election allows for a quarterly reduction of approximately $2.0 million in current and future income taxes owed by the company, to the extent a payable exists. To the extent that the deferred tax asset exceeds net income, a federal net operating loss carryforward is created. This cash savings and any resulting net operating loss carryforward accrue solely for the benefit of the shareholders of the companys common stock. The company believes that adjusting this item from the calculation of the above non-GAAP items can be a useful measure in allowing investors to see the companys performance. Closed-end fund launch expenses, net of taxes are excluded because revenue associated with these expenses will not fully impact results until future periods. Non-operating income is excluded from the above non-GAAP items as it can distort comparisons between periods. As noted above, the company believes that measures excluding these items are useful in analyzing operating trends and allowing for more comparability between periods, which may be useful to investors.

The company believes that non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net income attributable to CAM and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share are useful measures of performance and may be useful to investors, because they provide measures of the companys core business activities adjusting for items that are non-cash and costs that may distort comparisons between periods. These measures are provided in addition to the companys operating income, operating margin, net income attributable to CAM and diluted earnings per share calculated under GAAP, but are not substitutes for those calculations.

Table B

Non-Operating Income, Net of Redeemable Non-Controlling Interest in Partnership Investments and Consolidated Funds

(in thousands)

Interest income

Interest expense

Net interest expense

Investment income (loss)

(13,709

Miscellaneous other income (loss)

Investment and other income (loss)

(13,623

Non-operating income (loss) (GAAP)

Non-GAAP non-operating income (loss), net of redeemable non-controlling interest in partnership investments and consolidated funds

(7,242

(3,600

Table C

Summary of Corporate Investment Portfolio Returns

Returns reflected in earnings

Returns reflected in equity

Net unrealized gain (loss) reported in equity, inclusive of non-controlling interest

12,489

Total corporate investment portfolio returns

(7,208

10,868

Average corporate portfolio

288,795

284,414

328,624

Investment income (loss) includes other-than-temporary impairment charges of $0.3 million and $7.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively.

Table D

Effective Income Tax Rate

Income tax provision attributable to non-controlling interest in Calamos Investments LLC

Income tax provision benefit attributable to CAM

Income (loss) before taxes attributable to CAM

CAMs effective income tax rate

Source: Calamos Asset Management, Inc.

n/m = Not meaningful.

The income tax provision for the three months ended March 31, 2016 includes $964,000 of expense related to expired employee stock options and an allowance for employee stock options expected to expire in future periods. Excluding these items, CAMs effective tax rate would be 38.3% for the three months ended March 31, 2016.

The income tax provision for the three months ended March 31, 2015 includes $238,000 of expense related to expired employee stock options. Excluding this item, CAMs effective tax rate would be 38.6% for the three months ended March 31, 2015.

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Other recent filings from the company include the following:

Major owner of Calamos Asset Management just disposed of 1,226 shares - April 26, 2016
Other definitive proxy statements - April 20, 2016
Major owner of Calamos Asset Management just disposed of 17,312 shares - April 13, 2016
Pres. of Calamos Asset Management just disposed of 2,295 shares - April 12, 2016