ANZ today announced an agreement to sell UDC Finance, the asset finance business of its wholly owned subsidiary ANZ Bank New Zealand, to HNA Group, a global company focused on tourism, logistics and financial services.
The sale price is ~NZ$660m and will benefit ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited CET1 ~50 basis points and the ANZ Group by ~10 basis points.
The sale reflects a continued focus by ANZ on simplifying its business and capital efficiency.
ANZ New Zealand CEO David Hisco said: “The sale of UDC is consistent with our strategy to simplify the bank and is a good outcome for customers and staff. HNA Group is one of the world’s largest asset finance and leasing companies, and it intends to preserve UDC’s operations including offering continued employment to all staff.”
The transaction also includes the Esanda name and trademarks in Australia and New Zealand. The additional consideration for the name and trademark sale is not material to ANZ.
The UDC sale is subject to closing steps and conditions including engaging with investors on the replacement of the Secured Investment program and regulatory approvals. Completion is expected late in the second half of the 2017 calendar year.