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BPEA To Join Forces With EQT, Creating A Scaled Active Ownership Platform In Asia

Wednesday, March 16, 2022


(Press Release) - EQT AB (publ) (“EQT”) has reached an agreement to combine with Baring Private Equity Asia (“BPEA”) (the “Transaction”), a leading private markets investment firm in Asia with EUR 17.7bn of assets under management (“AUM”).

Transaction highlights

The combination with BPEA, a leading Pan-Asian private markets firm, provides a step-change to EQT’s presence in Asia, and ideally positions EQT to execute on the structural growth opportunity in Asian private markets

Asian private markets are expected to grow at almost twice the rate of global private markets and investors are set to materially increase their private markets allocations in the region

With an exceptional cultural fit, a strong performance track-record, aligned approach to thematic investing, and a commitment to accelerate digitalization and sustainability, the combination provides an opportunity to leverage the strengths of both organizations to create one of the leading players in active ownership in Asia

Following the combination, EQT will be local-with-locals in 25 countries, representing ~80% of global GDP, thereby creating a truly global platform poised to expand EQT’s active ownership strategies across its core markets

The combined Asian Private Capital business will be rebranded as BPEA EQT Asia and will continue to be led by BPEA CEO Jean Eric Salata and BPEA’s senior management team

Total consideration of EUR 6.8bn, consisting of 191.2m new ordinary EQT shares, valued at EUR 5.3bn, plus EUR 1.5bn in cash

The combination is expected to be immediately high single digit accretive to EQT’s EPS

Expanding in Asia is a strategic priority for EQT, as the region accounts for more than a third of global GDP today and is expected to contribute 40%+ of global GDP growth by 2030[1]. With 24% CAGR since 2015 and reaching ~USD 2.1tn in 2021, Asia is the growth engine underpinning global private markets (compared to 14% CAGR for Europe and North America combined). This trend is expected to continue as Asian private markets benefit from favorable long-term structural tailwinds. Global private markets firms are increasingly taking share in the underpenetrated Asian private markets, but still only represent 34% of the total market. With this combination, EQT is ideally positioned to take market share in and capitalize on the Asian growth opportunity with its truly global reach and scaled active ownership platform in Asia.

 

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