After Santander and Unicredit decided not to merge its Asset Management branch with Pioneer Investments –which would have given them over 400 billion in assets under management, Santander has reached an agreement to buy back the 50% stake Warbug Pincus and General Atlantic bought back in 2013.
The deal, for an undisclosed amount, will give Santander full control of Santander Asset Management, which in 2013 was valued at 2.05 billion.
In a statement to Spain's financial regulator, the CNMV, the spanish bank mentioned that, as part of the deal, the parties are considering a sale of Allfunds bank, confirming previous rumors. Santander, Warbug Pincus and General Atlantic, currently own 50% of the business, while Italian Intesa Sanpaolo holds the other 50% stake of Allfunds. Santander created Allfunds in 2000 to help financial institutions get access to so-called open architecture funds. Italian lender Intesa acquired a stake in 2004 as part of Allfunds’s international expansion. The company has offices in Spain, Italy, the U.K., Chile, Colombia, Dubai, Luxembourg and Switzerland andcould be valued at about 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion) and attract interest from private equity firms.
Allfunds reported profit of 69 million euros in 2015, up from 46.4 million euros a year earlier, according to the company’s financial report.
Santander Asset Management has over 170 billion euros in AUM and presence in 11 countries. Santander Asset Management has over 755 employees worldwide, of which around 220 are investment professionals. they expect that in 2018 this operation will give them a ROI above 20% and above 25% for 2019.