As provided for under the shareholders’ agreement entered into upon Amundi’s creation, Societe Generale plans to sell the entire 20% it holds in Amundi, equivalent to 33.4 million shares. The two companies will remain bound by their distribution agreements, which have been extended for a renewable period of five years from the completion date of the IPO. In so doing, Société Générale has reaffirmed its long-term industrial partnership with Amundi, which will remain its chosen provider of savings and investment solutions to its retail banking and insurance networks. “We are extremely happy with our special relationship with Amundi, which we view as a long-term business partner for Société Générale in asset management”, stated Frédéric Oudéa, Chief Executive Officer of Societe Generale.
Furthermore, in parallel to the initial public offering, Crédit Agricole S.A. has reached an agreement with a subsidiary of Agricultural Bank of China to sell it around 2 per cent of Amundi’s capital at the final IPO price. The purchase of this stake reflects the goal of Agricultural Bank of China and Amundi to expand their cooperation beyond the joint venture set up in 2008. Agricultural Bank of China is one of the top four banks in China2 with 450 million retail customers. Crédit Agricole S.A. has also decided to grant an over-allotment option to the banks coordinating the IPO of 3 per cent of Amundi’s capital to enhance the liquidity of Amundi shares and stabilise market prices in the first few days of trading.
Following the initial public offering, the Crédit Agricole Group will remain Amundi’s majority shareholder with a stake of between 74.6% and 77.6%3.
“This transaction confirms the strategic importance of asset management within the Credit Agricole Group, and its role as a key driver of the overall development of the Group” said Philippe Brassac, Chief Executive Officer of Crédit Agricole S.A.
1 The change of the name of the company from Amundi Group to Amundi was authorized by the General Meeting of shareholders that took place on September 30, 2015, it will take effect as of the date of the first listing of the company’s shares on Euronext Paris.
2 Ranking based on a comparative analysis of the annual reports of the main banks in China, based on the number of branches and customers reported
3 assuming the issue of the maximum number of New Shares Reserved for Employees and based on the lower end of the Indicative Price Range for the Offer Price
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