The Charles Schwab Corporation announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire assets of USAA’s Investment Management Company, including brokerage and managed portfolio accounts for $1.8B in cash.
The companies have also agreed to enter into a long-term referral agreement, effective at closing of the acquisition, that would make Schwab the exclusive wealth management and brokerage provider for USAA members.
Walt Bettinger, president and CEO of Schwab, said, “We are honored to be entrusted with serving the financial needs of USAA’s members. We have long admired USAA’s mission to enhance the financial security of our country’s military service men and women and their families. Both of our companies share a commitment to integrity and service, and both have strong track records of achievement for those we serve, which is why we believe this relationship makes so much sense for everyone involved.”
Stuart Parker, CEO of USAA, said, “Our mission is to facilitate the financial security of the military community through highly competitive products. This agreement with Schwab can help enhance our members’ financial futures with a client-first approach that offers access to more choices in investment products. We are committed to making this a seamless transition for members and providing opportunities for employees. USAA remains focused on providing award-winning customer service and advice on products and services across property and casualty, banking and life insurance.”
Through this relationship, USAA members will benefit from Schwab’s scale and its “no trade-offs” approach to investing, which includes a combination of:
- Great Service: Schwab offers 24/7/365 support from representatives who are consistently recognized for their service.
- Low Costs: Schwab’s scale allows it to deliver products and services with among the lowest costs in the industry and no brokerage accounts minimums1.
- A Modern Approach: An investing experience that brings together the best of people and technology to help make investing easier.
- Choices: A broad range of investment products and services to help investors meet their individual goals.
- Guarantees: Schwab provides both a security guarantee and a Satisfaction Guarantee2.
Bettinger continued, “We know USAA’s talented employees have set a high bar for its members. We believe Schwab’s commitment to value, service, transparency, and trust strongly aligns to the USAA community’s expectations.”
Schwab plans to offer roles to a significant number of USAA employees to continue to serve its members.
For Schwab, the transaction helps add scale to its $1.9T Investor Services business through the addition of over 1M new accounts and approximately $90B in client assets. Scale is a competitive advantage for Schwab, and helps Schwab to deliver a strong value proposition to clients. The transaction also provides Schwab an opportunity to serve USAA members as their exclusive wealth management and brokerage provider, through the long-term referral agreement.
The transaction has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies and is expected to close during 2020, subject to customary regulatory approvals and conditions. The conversion of USAA’s brokerage services and managed portfolio accounts to Schwab’s platform will occur at the close of the transaction.
Schwab expects the transaction to be modestly accretive to EPS on a cash basis by year one and on a GAAP basis by year two. Some revenue synergies are expected from the transaction, primarily driven by the migration of client cash to the Schwab balance sheet. Expense synergies are expected from a reduction of clearing fees and other operating expenses. The transaction will be funded with available parent company cash. Schwab expects to have sufficient capital at the time of closing for pro forma Tier 1 Leverage ratio to remain in line with its 6.75%-7% target range.
Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC served as financial advisor and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP acted as legal advisor to The Charles Schwab Corporation. Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC served as financial advisor and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP acted as legal advisor to USAA.
A conference call with Schwab executives to discuss the announced transaction will be held tomorrow, July 26, 2019 at 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time. Access via webcast is available at www.schwabevents.com/corporation.
About Charles Schwab
The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE: SCHW) is a leading provider of financial services, with more than 365 offices and 12.0 million active brokerage accounts, 1.7 million corporate retirement plan participants, 1.3 million banking accounts, and $3.70 trillion in client assets as of June 30, 2019. Through its operating subsidiaries, the company provides a full range of wealth management, securities brokerage, banking, asset management, custody, and financial advisory services to individual investors and independent investment advisors. Its broker-dealer subsidiary, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (member SIPC, www.sipc.org), and affiliates offer a complete range of investment services and products including an extensive selection of mutual funds; financial planning and investment advice; retirement plan and equity compensation plan services; referrals to independent fee-based investment advisors; and custodial, operational and trading support for independent, fee-based investment advisors through Schwab Advisor Services. Its banking subsidiary, Charles Schwab Bank (member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender), provides banking and lending services and products.
The USAA family of companies provides insurance, banking, investments, retirement products and advice to more than 13 million current and former members of the U.S. military and their families. Known for its legendary commitment to its members, USAA is consistently recognized for outstanding service, employee well-being and financial strength. USAA membership is open to all who are serving our nation in the U.S. military or have received a discharge type of Honorable – and their eligible family members. Founded in 1922, USAA is headquartered in San Antonio. For more information about USAA, follow us on Facebook or Twitter @USAA, or visit USAA.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to the company’s acquisition of certain assets of USAA’s Investment Management Company, including entering into a referral agreement; timing of closing; expectations regarding accretion to EPS and revenue and expense synergies; funding; and impact on the company’s Tier 1 Leverage Ratio that reflect management’s expectations as of the date hereof. Achievement of these expectations is subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expressed expectations.
Important transaction-related factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to, the risk that expected revenue, expense and other synergies from the transaction may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; failure of the parties to satisfy the closing conditions in the purchase agreement in a timely manner or at all, including regulatory approvals and the implementation of conversion plans; and disruptions to the seller’s business as a result of the announcement and pendency of the acquisition. Other important factors include general market conditions, including the level of interest rates, equity valuations and trading activity; competitive pressures on pricing, including deposit rates; the level of client assets, including cash balances; the timing, amount and impact of the migration of client cash to the company’s balance sheet; client sensitivity to interest rates; capital and liquidity needs and management; the effect of adverse developments in litigation or regulatory matters; the parties’ ability to attract and retain clients and grow client relationships and assets; and other factors set forth in the company’s most recent report on Form 10-K.
1 Schwab organization accounts do have a minimum to open.
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