Matthew Hricko is part of the ESOP & ERISA Advisory group where he leverages nearly two decades of financial advisory experience to provide investment banking and valuation consulting services to companies and trustees primarily for corporate finance and shareholder planning purposes. More specifically, Matthew has built expertise on projects involving interests held by Employee Stock Ownership Plans ("ESOPs"), including consulting and analyses related to formation, sell-side transaction advisory, determination of transaction fairness, and annual valuations. Having worked on approximately 1,000 projects in his career, he brings extensive public and private experience to the firm. Matthew's role as Regional Leader prioritizes expanding the firm's presence in the region by supporting Stout’s growing service offerings and assisting with recruiting individuals who share Stout’s core values.

In addition to his practical experience, he has authored several articles and presented at professional conferences on a variety of ESOP-related topics, involving valuation, industry-specific matters and transaction structures. Prior to joining Stout, Matthew held positions in the strategic planning group at ArcelorMittal and in the treasury group at The Lubrizol Corporation.

Select Publications

  • Staying Private: Liquidity Options for Entrepreneurial Companies December 2014

    Chapter 4: Private Equity and ESOP's: A Creative Combination

Select Presentations and Speeches

  • Outside Equity in S Corp ESOP Companies November 2017

    The ESOP Association’s Las Vegas Conference
  • Understanding Financial Statements and Communicating Value October 2017

    3rd Annual Great Lakes ESOP Association Regional Conference
  • Suggestions for Communicating the Annual Valuation, Financial Performance and Plan Changes September 2017

    Midwest ESOP Association Conference
  • Current ESOP Deal Structures April 2017

    The 31th Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Conference
  • The ESOP Association's Las Vegas Conference and Trade Show November 2016

    Current ESOP Transaction Structuring Issues: How Much is Too Much?
  • The ESOP Association Las Vegas Conference and Trade Show November 2017

    Designing Executive Benefits in ESOP Companies
  • National Center for Employee Ownership S Corporation ESOP Seminar September 2016

    S Corporations - Traps for the Unwary
  • National Center for Employee Ownership ESOP Symposium October 2015

    Valuation Issues for Mature ESOPs
  • National Center for Employee Ownership July 2015 Webinar

    Is an ESOP Right for You?
  • The 30th Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Conference April 2016

    Selling Your Company to Your Employees via an ESOP
  • Ohio Employee Ownership Conference, the outreach center of Kent State University April 2015

    Emerging Trends in ESOPs
  • National Center for Employee Ownership Webinar Series July 2012

    Valuation Challenges for Ongoing ESOPs