NN Group has revealed 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 €1.7bn (£1.45bn).
As part of the agreement, NN Group and Goldman Sachs Asset Management said they will enter into a 10-year strategic partnership under which the combined company will continue to provide asset management services to NN Group.
The firms said the combination of the complementary investment capabilities of NN IP and Goldman Sachs will “create a full suite of asset management products” that can be offered to clients through the distribution networks of both parties.
Following the deal, the company said the combination with Goldman Sachs gives NN IP a “broader platform to accelerate its growth and further improve the offering and service to its clients”. It will also allow NN Group to continue its “successful cooperation” with NN IP and to benefit from the strengths and complementary product propositions of Goldman Sachs.
David Knibbe, CEO of NN Group, said: “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.”
He added: “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, said: “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 part of the deal, effective immediately Satish Bapat will step down from his role as a member of the Management board of NN Group, however, he will continue to lead NN IP in his role as CEO.