AMP and Ares Management to partner for AMP Capital’s private markets businesses

AUCKLAND: AMP Limited and Ares Management Corporation have entered into a non-binding Heads of Agreement to pursue the formation of a joint venture for AMP Capital’s private markets businesses of infrastructure equity and infrastructure debt, real estate and other minority investments.

Under the proposed transaction, Ares would acquire 60 percent of Private Markets and assume management control, with AMP retaining 40 percent.

AMP and Ares will enter into a 30-day period of exclusivity, to work towards a binding transaction. The partnership would facilitate an acceleration of the growth of Private Markets, while unlocking immediate value for AMP shareholders.

Ares, with a current market capitalisation of more than US$13 billion, has a global footprint and capabilities in credit, private equity and real estate which are highly complementary to Private Markets.

The key components of the proposed transaction are as follows:

−A Private Markets joint venture valued at A$2.25 billion (excluding retained assets and contingent consideration outlined below) with Ares acquiring 60 per cent for A$1.35 billion and AMP retaining the residual 40 percent (A$0.90 billion).

−The Private Markets joint venture businesses will include infrastructure equity, infrastructure debt, real estate and other minority investments.

−AMP to retain up to A$0.9 billion of assets and contingent consideration related to the current private markets businesses comprising Seed and sponsor and related investments of approximately A$0.5 billion, surplus capital released of A$0.1 billion, and contingent consideration of up to A$0.3 billion related to future performance including carried interest from existing funds.

−Total implied value for AMP Capital’s existing private markets business of up to A$3.15 billion.

 AMP will retain ownership of AMP Capital’s public markets businesses, which in FY 20 made a modest NPAT contribution. The public markets strategy will continue, including the Multi-Asset Group (MAG) being transformed and transferred to AMP Australia, and actively exploring sale or partnership opportunities for the Global Equities and Fixed Income (GEFI) business.

−The joint venture is expected to raise A$0.5 billion of debt to maximise capital efficiency which would reduce the pro rata equity contributions for each party in the joint venture. Therefore, under this assumption, Ares would fund A$1.05 billion in equity to the joint venture and AMP would receive expected gross cash proceeds of up to A$1.55 billion (before separation costs and capital release).

−The board of the Private Markets joint venture would initially comprise 10 board seats with six nominees from Ares and four from AMP.

−Ares and AMP to have structured call and put options, respectively, in relation to AMP’s residual holdings in Private Markets, commencing after five years.

AMP Chair Debra Hazelton and AMP Chief Executive Francesco De Ferrari commented: “We believe the proposed partnership with Ares would deliver strong outcomes for our clients, our shareholders and our broader business.

“We expect it would strengthen the business and significantly accelerate our strategy to grow private markets, while de-risking our international expansion plans, and bringing forward the value in AMP Capital for our shareholders. The joint venture would also enable AMP shareholders to participate in anticipated accelerated growth from a business with increased global scale and capability.

“The transaction will enable AMP to increase focus on the transformation of our wealth management business in Australia, drive the continued growth of AMP Bank and New Zealand wealth management and benefit from driving further efficiency. We look forward to working towards a binding agreement with Ares, which will mark the conclusion of the portfolio review.”

Ares Management Corporation Chief Executive Michael Arougheti commented: “We are excited to further expand our real estate and infrastructure investment capabilities through our partnership with AMP. We believe we can add significant value through our global scale, relationship network, investor relationships and our broad, collaborative investment platform.

“We’ve been impressed by the growth of AMP Capital’s private markets business over the past several years and our time with the team as part of the portfolio review has further cemented our view on the intrinsic value of this business under our leadership. We expect that this transaction would be highly strategic and complementary to our business and financially accretive for our shareholders.”

Founded in 1849, AMP is a leading wealth management company offering clients financial advice and superannuation, retirement income, banking and investment products across our portfolio of businesses. AMP is one of Australia’s largest retail and corporate superannuation (pension) providers.

Ares Management Corporation (NYSE: ARES) is a leading global alternative investment manager operating complementary, integrated investment groups that invest across the credit, private equity and real estate markets. Ares Management’s investment groups collaborate to deliver innovative investment solutions and consistent and attractive investment returns for its fund investors throughout market cycles. www.aresmgmt.com

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