AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND: Smartshares Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of NZX Limited has signed an agreement to acquire the management rights of QuayStreet Asset Management Limited from Craigs Investment Partners for total upfront consideration of $31.25 million.
In addition, NZX has entered into a product support and distribution agreement with Craigs under which NZX and Craigs will work together to develop new products for the benefit of Craigs and QuayStreet customers. In time, NZX also expects to realise further synergies across the Smartshares business as a result of this transaction.
NZX Chief Executive Mark Peterson says the acquisition of QuayStreet provides an attractive opportunity for NZX to acquire a high-growth fund – aligned with a powerful private wealth network, driving further scale for Smartshares.
“Smartshares is a proven funds management business which offers funds to investors that track the performance of an index or use a systematic approach to investing,” Mr Peterson says.
“Under Smartshares ownership, there will be no immediate change for QuayStreet clients. The QuayStreet funds will be offered as a premium product set and will complement Smartshares’ existing systematic and passively managed product offering. In time, Smartshares, with input from Craigs and clients, will work to align and refine the products to ensure the funds continue to meet customer needs and represent good value for money. Smartshares will also explore listing the QuayStreet funds.”
Craigs Investment Partners Chief Executive, Simon Tong, says both businesses are delighted to sign the mutually beneficial agreement.
“Ensuring our clients get the highest quality outcomes is our number one priority. With 19 offices across New Zealand, and 60,000 clients with $26 billion in funds under management with us, we represent Kiwis from every walk of life. Our decision to sell QuayStreet is particularly exciting for those clients whose needs are suited to funds. In Smartshares, they get an award-winning, reputable, focused funds manager and more choice,” Mr Tong says.
“The deal is also strategically important for Craigs, positioning us for growth as we strive to deliver best in class, personalised wealth management through our 180 qualified investment advisers. We are working closely with Smartshares Limited to ensure the transition is seamless and that there is no impact to the service and advice our clients expect and deserve.”
Auckland-based QuayStreet is an award-winning specialist fund manager with $1.6 billion under management offering a range of diversified and sector specific funds covering most major asset classes.
Both Smartshares and QuayStreet were award winners at the 2022 Research IP Fund Manager of the Year Awards on 16 November. Smartshares won the overall Fund Manager of the Year title as well as three other awards. QuayStreet won Boutique Fund Manager of the Year.
The transaction will see Craigs transition the management of the QuayStreet funds to Smartshares Limited. The transition is expected to occur in late February 2023 with support services to be transitioned over the subsequent two-year period. NZX intends to retain the majority of QuayStreet staff as part of the transaction to continue to support QuayStreet and its clients.