Today 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.
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.’
David Solomon, Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs: ‘This acquisition allows us to accelerate our growth strategy and broaden our asset management platform. NN Investment Partners offers a leading European client franchise and an extension of our strength in insurance asset management. Across NN Investment Partners’ offerings they have been successful in integrating sustainability which mirrors our own level of ambition to put responsible investing and stewardship at the heart of our business. We look forward to partnering with the team at NN Investment Partners as we focus on delivering long-term value to our clients and our shareholders.’
As of today, Satish Bapat will step down from his role as a member of the Management Board of NN Group. Satish will continue to lead NN IP in his role as CEO.
At closing, the transaction is expected to have a positive impact on the NN Group Solvency II ratio of approximately 17%-points. Following the closing of this transaction, NN Group expects to have excess capital which will be available for additional returns to shareholders over time unless used for value-creating opportunities, in accordance with NN Group’s capital framework. We expect to make announcements on the additional returns to shareholders at the publication of the second half-year 2021 results. Considering this transaction, the acquisitions announced earlier this year, as well as the strong financial and commercial performance across the business units, NN Group’s operating capital generation (OCG) target remains unchanged at EUR 1.5 billion in 2023.
Closing of the transaction is subject to customary conditions, including obtaining the necessary regulatory and competition clearances and consultation of the NN IP works council in the Netherlands, and is expected to take place by the first quarter of 2022.