We missed this update from NN Group at the end of last week;
The NN Group announces that it has reached an agreement to sell its asset manager NN Investment Partners (NN IP) to Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. for total cash proceeds of EUR 1.7 billion, consisting of a base purchase price of EUR 1,515 million, a ticking fee and excess capital to be distributed in the form of a dividend before completion.
As part of the agreement, NN Group and Goldman Sachs Asset Management will enter into a ten-year strategic partnership under which the combined company will continue to provide asset management services to NN Group.
The combination of the complementary investment capabilities of NN IP and Goldman Sachs will create a full suite of asset management products that can be offered to clients through the distribution networks of both parties. At the same time, NN IP’s leading position in responsible investing will strengthen Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s sustainable investment strategy, product offerings and client solutions. The Netherlands will become a significant continental European location for Goldman Sachs Asset Management. The combination with Goldman Sachs gives NN IP a broader platform to accelerate its growth and further improve the offering and service to its clients. It will also allow NN Group to continue its successful cooperation with NN IP and to benefit from the strengths and complementary product propositions of Goldman Sachs.
David Knibbe, CEO of NN Group: ‘NN Group and NN IP have a long-standing and successful shared history. We value this strong and constructive relationship that we have and we look forward to further building on it in a new form. This transaction brings together two international asset managers, each with many decades of investment experience. We have found a strong and professional partner in Goldman Sachs, providing an environment in which our NN IP colleagues can continue to thrive, while the combined investment expertise and scale will enhance the service offering to NN IP’s clients, including NN Group.
This transaction will also give NN Group greater optionality to develop a broader range of asset management propositions for our customers. Our approach and ambitions around ESG will remain unchanged and Goldman Sachs shares our commitment to responsible investing. On behalf of the Management Board of NN Group, I would like to thank our colleagues at NN IP for their drive, commitment and continuing focus on clients.’
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