Amundi enters into exclusive negotiations for the acquisition of Lyxor

From

Yves Perrier

Amundi announces that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Société Générale for the acquisition of Lyxor[1] for a total cash consideration of €825m, or €755m excluding excess capital[2].

Founded in 1998, Lyxor is a pioneer in ETF in Europe and has €124bn[3] in Assets under Management (AuM). Lyxor is one of the key players in the ETF market (€77bn of AuM[4], 3rd largest player in Europe with a 7.4% market share[5]) and has developed a recognized expertise in active management (€47bn of AuM), notably through its leading alternative platform[6].

Thanks to this acquisition, Amundi would become the European leader in ETF, with €142bn combined AuM, a 14% market share in Europe[7] and a diversified profile in terms of client base and geography.

Amundi would benefit from strong levers to accelerate its development on the fast-growing ETF segment, while complementing its offering in active management, in particular in liquid alternative assets as well as advisory solutions.

Given the high synergy potential, this transaction compliant with Amundi’s financial discipline would be significantly value accretive, with:

  • an enterprise value representing a P/E 2021e multiple of ~10x[8], including run-rate cost synergies only
  • ~+7% accretive on Amundi’s EPS 2021e, including run-rate cost synergies only[9]
  • return on Investment > 10% in year 3 after completion including run-rate cost synergies only

This acquisition is fully in line with the Crédit Agricole group’s strategy which aims at reinforcing its position in the asset gathering businesses.

The transaction is expected to be completed by February 2022 at the latest, after consultation of the Works Councils, and subject to receiving the required regulatory and anti-trust approvals.

About this announced entry into exclusive negotiations, Yves Perrier, Chief Executive Officer of Amundi, commented: “The acquisition of Lyxor will accelerate the development of Amundi, as it will reinforce our expertise, namely in ETF and alternative asset management, and allows us to welcome highly recognized teams of people. This acquisition is fully in line with the Crédit Agricole group’s reinforcement strategy in the asset gathering business. It will also further reinforce the business relationships with our historical partner Société Générale. Finally, by creating in France the European leader in passive asset management, it will contribute to the post-Brexit positioning of the Paris financial centre”.

Valérie Baudson, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Amundi, added: “We are glad and are looking forward to welcoming the talented teams of Lyxor. The combinations of our strengths will allow us to accelerate our development in the ETF, alternative asset management and the investments solutions segments”.

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[1] Certain activities from Lyxor are excluded from the scope of the transaction and retained by Société Générale: (i) structured asset management solutions intended for Société Générale’s global markets clients and (ii) asset management activities dedicated to savings solutions and carried out for Société Générale (Branch networks and Private Banking) such as structuring of saving solutions, funds selection and the supervision of the Société Générale Group’s asset management companies
[2] Excess capital of €70m compared to asset management capital requirements applicable to Lyxor
[3] As of end December 2020, for the considered transaction perimeter
[4] As of end December 2020
[5] Source : Amundi, Lyxor, ETFGI, as of December 2020
[6] Liquid alternative assets investment platforms (notably UCITS funds) for private banks and asset managers
[7] 6.2% for Amundi standalone
[8] Based on a €755 price, excluding excess capital
[9] Based on consensus 2021e EPS, accounting for run-rate cost synergies

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