Apollo Global Management Inc said on Monday it will merge with Athene Holding Ltd in an $11 billion all-stock deal, bringing in-house an annuities provider that helped turn it into one of the world’s largest corporate credit investors. Apollo has been getting paid lucrative fees by Athene, in which it controls a 35% stake, for more than a decade, providing asset allocation services and directly managing a portion of Athene’s assets across its investment platform, primarily in its ever-expanding credit business.
Apollo estimated the tax-free combination could result in its earnings more than doubling from 2020. Its existing stake in Athene did not contribute to earnings under accounting rules, despite representing 40% of Apollo’s assets under management and 30% of its fee-related income.
A merger would allow Athene’s business and assets to be integrated into Apollo’s, providing both sides with enhanced earnings potential and a simpler ownership structure going forward, Marc Rowan, Apollo’s incoming chief executive officer, told an analysts call.
Reporting by David French and Chibuike Oguh in New York and Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Matthew Lewis
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