A new giant will join the global asset management industry. The businesses of Henderson and Janus will be combined under Henderson, which will be renamed Janus Henderson Global Investors and will continue to be a Jersey incorporated company and tax resident in the UK. The combined group will be a leading global active asset manager with AUM of more than $320 billion dollars and a combined market capitalisation of approximately $6 billion dollars.
The merger will take place via a share exchange, with each share of Janus common stock exchanged for 4.7190 Henderson ordinary shares. Henderson and Janus shareholders are expected to own approximately 57% and 43% respectively of Janus Henderson Global Investors’ shares on closing, based on the current number of shares outstanding. The merger is currently expected to close in the second quarter of 2017, subject to requisite shareholder and regulatory approvals.
Henderson and Janus CEOs will lead Janus Henderson Global Investors together.
Andrew Formica, Chief Executive of Henderson, said “Henderson and Janus are well-aligned in terms of strategy, business mix and most importantly a culture of serving our clients by focusing on independent, active asset management. I look forward to working side-by-side with Dick, as we create a company with the scale to serve more clients globally, as well as the strength to meet their future needs and the growing demands of our industry.”
Dick Weil, Chief Executive Officer of Janus, said “This is a transformational combination for both organizations. Janus brings a strong platform in the US and Japanese markets, which is complemented by Henderson’s strength in the UK and European markets. The complementary nature of the two firms will facilitate a smooth integration and create an organization with an expanded client-facing team and product suite, greater financial strength, and enhanced talent, benefiting clients, shareholders and employees.”
According to a press release, the merger promises increased distribution strength and coverage in key markets, including the US, Europe, Australia, Japan and the UK, as well as a growing presence in the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Latin America. The company will have approximately 2,300 employees, based in 29 locations around the world.
Henderson shares currently trade on the LSE and ASX, while Janus shares currently trade on the NYSE, after the merger the new company plans to have the NYSE as its primary listing.
Janus’ subsidiaries, INTECH and Perkins will be unaffected by the merger. INTECH CEO, Adrian Banner, will continue to report to the INTECH Board of Directors and Perkins CEO, Tom Perkins, will continue to report to the Perkins Board of Directors.