Last updated: 07:38 / Tuesday, 13 April 2021
In the fourth quarter

Ameriprise Financial to Acquire BMO’s EMEA Asset Management Business for 845 Million Dollars

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  • The acquisition will add a substantial presence in the European institutional market for Columbia Threadneedle Investments’ and expand its investment capabilities
  • It will grow the fee-based businesses of Ameriprise and increase the overall contribution of wealth management and asset management within its business
  • Together with BMO’s EMEA asset management business, Ameriprise will have more than 1.2 trillion dollars of AUM and administration

Ameriprise Financial has signed a definitive agreement with BMO Financial Group (BMO) to acquire its EMEA asset management business for 845 million dollars. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021, subject to regulatory approvals in the relevant jurisdictions.

The firm has revealed in a press release that this all-cash acquisition adds 124 billion dollars of assets under management (AUM) in Europe. It will be a growth driver for Columbia Threadneedle Investments, the global asset manager of Ameriprise, and further accelerate the core strategy of the company growing its fee-based businesses and increase the overall contribution of wealth management and asset management within its diversified business.

Together with BMO’s EMEA asset management business, Ameriprise will have more than 1.2 trillion dollars of AUM and administration. The firm believes that the acquisition will add a substantial presence in the European institutional market for Columbia Threadneedle Investments’ and expand its investment capabilities and solutions. The addition of BMO will increase its AUM to 671 billion dollars and expand those in the region to 40% of total of the asset manager.

In addition, the acquisition establishes a strategic relationship with BMO Wealth Management giving its North American Wealth Management clients opportunities to access a range of Columbia Threadneedle investment management solutions. Separately, in the U.S., the transaction includes the opportunity for certain BMO asset management clients to move to Columbia Threadneedle, subject to client consent. Ameriprise expects the transaction to be accretive in 2023 and to generate an internal rate of return of 20%.

 “We’ve built an outstanding global asset manager that complements our leading wealth management business and generates strong results. BMO’s EMEA asset management business will be a great addition to Columbia Threadneedle that will deliver meaningful value for clients and our business. This strategic acquisition represents an important next step as we expand our solutions capabilities, broaden our client offering and deepen our talented team", Jim Cracchiolo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Ameriprise Financial said.

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