JOHANNESBURG, Aug 20 (Reuters) - South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe's financial services firm and Sanlam SLMJ.J have signed a deal that will create one of the largest Black-empowered asset management companies in the country, the insurer said on Thursday.
Sanlam said plans for the deal were first flagged in 2018 when it announced a series of actions towards Black-economic empowerment, a government policy that encourages companies to meet quotas on Black ownership, employment and procurement to reverse decades of racial exclusion under apartheid.
Sanlam said the deal would unlock substantial value for shareholders by improving competitiveness and creating new opportunities for growth.
"This transaction takes Sanlam a step further on the journey to becoming South Africa's leading asset manager," CEO Paul Hanratty said.
The deal will see African Rainbow Capital Financial Services (ARCFS), part of Motsepe's Ubuntu-Botho Investments group, take a 25% interest in Sanlam's South African third-party asset management business, which following a reorganisation will include South African index-tracking business Satrix.
ARCFS will purchase shares in a new holding company housing the business, with the current purchase price currently seen at 815.2 million rand ($47 million), a 25% discount.
The transaction is expected to close in December.
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