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Equitable Holdings (EQH) to Acquire Penn Investment Advisors

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Equitable Holdings, Inc. (EQH - Free Report) recently announced that its principal franchise, Equitable, has struck a deal to acquire Penn Community Bank’s subsidiary Penn Investment Advisors, Inc. The move is expected to enhance EQH’s wealth management business, Equitable Advisors.

At the second quarter-end, Equitable Advisors had $70.8 billion of assets under administration. It also had 4,200 financial professionals. Per the agreement, Equitable Advisors’ Philadelphia co-head David Fleisher is expected to oversee the new entity.

The deal is expected to conclude in the December quarter of 2022. The financial details of the move are yet to be disclosed. Penn Investment Advisors is expected to enrich Equitable Advisors with its $600 million in assets under administration. The investment advisor arm of Penn Community Bank offers services to 950 customers.

The acquiree’s management, including president Christian Wagner, COO Sean Schmid, and its financial advisors’ team are expected to join the acquirer. Strategic acquisitions like this enable EQH to register significant growth. The latest deal marks EQH’s second strategic relationship with an institution in the Philadelphia region.

Zacks Rank & Key Picks

Equitable Holdings currently has a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

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