Old Mutual AM acquires majority stake in Landmark Partners

Old Mutual Asset Management (OMAM) has reached an agreement to acquire a 60% equity interest in Landmark Partners, a global secondary private equity, real estate and real asset investment firm.

The cost of the transaction amounts to around $240m in cash with the potential for an additional payment based on the growth of the business through 2018.

The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2016.

“The overall investment is expected to result in a purchase multiple of 8-10x economic net income generated by the Landmark transaction, prior to financing costs,” OMAM specified in a statement.

OMAM said it intends to fund the closing payment using available capacity on its existing revolving credit facility or may seek alternative sources of debt financing depending on market conditions.

The firm expects the transaction to be up to 12% accretive to 2017 ENI per share.

“Landmark is precisely the kind of industry leader with whom we seek to partner,” said Peter Bain, OMAM’s president and CEO.

“The depth and breadth of their management team are exemplary and we look forward to collaborating with them to grow their existing product set and further diversify their business into emerging secondary asset classes. Our global distribution team is excited about bringing Landmark into certain domestic channels as well as new markets outside the US.

“Further, Landmark enhances the quality of our earnings through the stability of its committed capital-based revenue stream, and generates significant accretion to our ENI per share. In sum, we are delighted to partner with the team and look forward to working together to enhance the growth of their business.”

Founded in 1989, Landmark has completed over 500 transactions for a total amount of $15.5bn since its launch.

The company has acquired interests in over 1,900 partnerships, managed by over 700 general partners.

Landmark operates through locations in Boston, London, New York, and Simsbury, Connecticut.

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