ING agrees to sell three of its U.S. broker-dealers to Lightyear
ING announced today that it has reached an agreement to sell three of its U.S. independent retail broker-dealer units, which comprise three-quarters of ING Advisors Network, to Lightyear Capital LLC. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The transaction is not expected to have a material impact on ING's earnings.
The transaction concerns Financial Network Investment Corporation, based in El Segundo, Calif., Multi-Financial Securities Corporation, based in Denver, Colo., PrimeVest Financial Services, Inc., based in St. Cloud, Minn., and ING Brokers Network LLC, the holding company and back-office shared services supporting those broker dealers, which collectively do business as ING Advisors Network.
ING will retain ING Financial Advisers, Inc., based in Windsor, Conn., and ING Financial Partners, Inc., based in Des Moines, Iowa. ING chose to retain these broker-dealers because they are closely-affiliated and play a key role in ING's strategy in the U.S. which focuses on Retirement Services, Life Insurance and Rollover Annuities.
"This transaction simplifies ING's structure in the U.S., and allows us to focus resources and capital on our core Retirement Services, Life Insurance, and Rollover Annuity businesses," said Tom McInerney, member of the Management Board Insurance of ING Group. "It is also in the best interest of the broker-dealers, their employees, and the affiliated representatives and financial institutions, to find a new ownership structure. We believe that Lightyear will be an outstanding owner of these broker-dealers and be able to ensure a promising future for these businesses."
Lightyear is a recognized private equity firm in the U.S. that specializes in investing in financial services companies. With a successful track record of investing in well-managed, high-performing companies poised for strong future growth, Lightyear currently manages approximately US $3 billion in committed capital. Lightyear's principals average more than 25 years of experience across the financial services industry.
Financial Network, Multi-Financial, and PrimeVest together represent one of the largest and most accomplished broker-dealer networks in the U.S. industry. With strong and experienced management teams, exceptional back-office technology, plus a diversity of field management structures to accommodate a wide variety of financial professionals' businesses, these broker-dealers have been leaders in the broker-dealer industry for many years. In 2008, collectively, the broker-dealers had more than 5,000 affiliated independent registered representatives and generated total concession revenue of approximately US $600 million. A broker-dealer firm generally executes the buying and selling of securities on behalf of its registered independent representatives, otherwise know as affiliated brokers.
This transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to be closed in the first quarter of 2010.
ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin offering banking, investments, life insurance and retirement services to over 85 million private, corporate and institutional clients in more than 40 countries. With a diverse workforce of about 110,000 people, ING is dedicated to setting the standard in helping our clients manage their financial future.
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