South Africa’s Stellar Capital said it has disposed of its investment banking unit, Cadiz Asset Management to Warwick for an undisclosed amount.
According to the disclosure, the sale took effect from 1 May 2018.
Stellar Capital’s CEO Peter van Zyl commented: “We have recently reviewed our future strategic direction and focus within the greater Stellar Group and have been looking for the right strategic partner for Cadiz and the sale of Cadiz Asset Management to Warwick represents a very positive and important step for the future of Cadiz. For some 20 years, Cadiz has earned a reputation for the development of innovative structured financial products, hedge funds and money market fund excellence and we are proud of our association with this great asset management company.
He added that “jIn Warwick, we have found the ideal partner to take the Cadiz business forward and to share in its future success. We are confident that the synergies between the two businesses will be maximised and that the deal will be particularly beneficial for clients.”
Warwick CEO, Ian Kilbride, commented: “We are delighted with the deal to acquire the business of Cadiz and to partner with Stellar Capital going forward. Cadiz is a company that I, and indeed the broader financial services industry, have respected for many years. The deal will add value to Warwick in three respects. Firstly, it will add further quality asset management professionals with a successful and proven track- record to our team. Secondly, the Cadiz suite of funds will add to our existing suite of funds and portfolio offering.
Thirdly, the acquisition will take Warwick into the retail and institutional asset management space, which forms part of our three-year strategic plan.” The Disposal falls below the threshold of the categorisation of transactions which require disclosure in terms of the JSE Limited’s Listings Requirements and will be subject to securing all necessary regulatory approvals.