BTPS sells majority stake in Hermes for £246m

BT Pension Scheme (BTPS) is set to sell its majority interest in Hermes Investment Management for £246m to US investment giant Federated Investors.

Federated Investors will acquire a 60 per cent interest in Hermes, while BTPS will retain a 29.5 per cent share and the final 10.5 per cent will be split between members of Hermes management.

The deal values Hermes at £410m, and that investment manager currently has £327.6bn in assets under management.

BTPS trustee chair, said: ‘‘Hermes has delivered excellent investment performance and stewardship to the scheme over many years, operating initially as our in -house manager and in recent years, building on this capability to develop a strong multi-client business.

“This transaction is the next step in the evolution of Hermes, as it continues to expand its global business. In Federated, we have identified a firm with shared values and beliefs that will both help grow Hermes and ensure the continued focus on delivering excellent investment performance and steward ship for the scheme, in the interests of our members.’’

The deal has been given the green light from the boards of Federated and BTPS, but still needs to be approved from regulatory authorities in the UK, Singapore and other jurisdictions.

Once completed BTPS will have the opportunity to sell additional shares over the next three to six years.

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