LONDON, March 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --
Acquisition expands UK and Isle of Man coverage and contributes to additional growth in client assets, further increasing contributions from the Company's wealth management operations
Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. (TSX: CF) (the "Company") is pleased to announce that through its UK & Europe based wealth management business, Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management ("CGWM (UK)"), it has entered into a share purchase agreement to acquire Thomas Miller Wealth Management Limited ("TMWML") and an asset purchase agreement to acquire the private client investment management business of Thomas Miller Investment (Isle of Man) Limited.
TMWML is an integrated wealth manager headquartered in London and provides financial planning and investment management services to private clients, trusts, charities and corporates in the UK. Services are centred on a model of professionalism and trust, which has resulted in strong client loyalty and steady growth of inflows and assets over a five-year period. Client assets of TMWML and the private client investment management business in the Isle of Man total approximately £1.0 billion (C$1.8 billion) and together generated revenue of approximately £8.4 million (C$14.8 million) for the year ended December 31, 2018.
"The addition of Thomas Miller Investment's private client business supports our long-term strategic ambition of expanding our footprint, whilst enhancing our financial planning business to ensure a truly client-centric offering that is essential for the future generational planning needs of our growing client base," said, David Esfandi, Chief Executive Officer of CGWM (UK). "With a modern and scalable platform, we have a proven track record of integrating businesses and client assets and we are deeply committed to ensuring that the business and clients of Thomas Miller Investment will have a successful future with CGWM (UK)."
The acquisition is welcomed by Thomas Miller Investment given the similarities in specialist investment and independent financial planning offerings and the dedication to best-in-class client services shared by the two businesses.
Hugh Titcomb, Chief Executive Officer of Thomas Miller Investment said: "We are very proud of how the Thomas Miller Investment private client activities have developed over the past few years. We believe the transfer of the business to Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management provides an exciting opportunity to continue this development for the benefit of our clients and staff, supported by the significant resources and commitment provided by the Company. Completing this transaction will allow Thomas Miller Investment to focus on its core institutional investment management activities."
It is expected that the acquisition will be immediately accretive to the Company's adjusted earnings1.
Consideration of £18.5 million (C$31.8 million) will be payable on closing, with additional contingent consideration of up to £9.5 million (C$16.8 million) payable over a period of three years following completion subject to achievement of performance targets related to revenue and client assets. In connection with the acquisition, an additional £17.0 million (C$30.0 million) has been added to the Company's existing bank loan facility.
Closing is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions. The acquisition is expected to be completed during the quarter ended June 30, 2019, which will be the first fiscal quarter of Canaccord Genuity Group's 2020 fiscal year.
ABOUT CANACCORD GENUITY GROUP INC.:
Through its principal subsidiaries, Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. (the "Company") is a leading independent, full-service financial services firm, with operations in two principal segments of the securities industry: wealth management and capital markets. Since its establishment in 1950, the Company has been driven by an unwavering commitment to building lasting client relationships. We achieve this by generating value for our individual, institutional and corporate clients through comprehensive investment solutions, brokerage services and investment banking services. The Company has Wealth Management offices located in Canada, the UK, Guernsey, Jersey, the Isle of Man and Australia. Canaccord Genuity, the international capital markets division, operates in North America, the UK & Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.
Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. is publicly traded under the symbol CF on the TSX.
ABOUT CANACCORD GENUITY WEALTH MANAGEMENT
The wealth management operations of the Canaccord Genuity group (Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management) provide comprehensive wealth management solutions and brokerage services to individual investors, private clients, charities and intermediaries through a full suite of services tailored to the needs of clients in each of its markets. Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management has Investment Advisors (IAs) and professionals in Canada, the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Australia and has advisors in Canada who are registered in the US. In Canada, Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management is a division of Canaccord Genuity Corp. In the UK, Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management operates as Canaccord Genuity Wealth Limited and, in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, as Canaccord Genuity Wealth (International) Limited. Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management deals with US persons through Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management (USA) Inc.
To learn more about CGWM (UK), visit https://www.canaccordgenuity.com/wealth-management-uk/
ABOUT THOMAS MILLER INVESTMENT
Thomas Miller Investment (TMI) is an independent, specialist investment and wealth management business operating from offices in the UK and Isle of Man. It is known for its responsive and disciplined approach to servicing the needs of its clients, which comprise institutions and private clients. TMI is part of the Thomas Miller Group, an independent and international provider of insurance, professional and investment services which has been looking after its clients' interests for over 130 years. Following the sale of its private client activities, TMI will focus on providing investment management services to institutional clients.
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1 Adjusted earnings is a non-IFRS measure generally referred to by the Company as net income excluding significant items. Refer to non-IFRS measures in the Company's MD&A.
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