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Northern Trust Closes UBS Fund Servicing Units' Acquisition

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Recently, Northern Trust Corporation (NTRS - Free Report) completed the acquisition of UBS Asset Management's fund administration servicing units in Luxembourg and Switzerland. In order to expand presence in Luxembourg and provide fund administration service in Switzerland, Northern Trust had entered into the deal with UBS Group AG (UBS - Free Report) in February 2017.

This acquisition has positioned Northern Trust as a leading administrator in Switzerland and also placed it among the top 10 asset servicing providers, in terms of assets under administration, in the Luxembourg market.

Terms of Agreement

The acquisition has enabled Northern Trust to provide fund administrative services for funds with approximately $413 billion (CHF420 billion) in assets (as of Dec 31, 2016).

Post acquisition, around 200 new employees joined Northern Trust. Moreover, the bank has opened a new office in Basel, Switzerland.

“We are pleased to announce the completion of our acquisition of UBS Asset Management's fund administration servicing units in Luxembourg and Switzerland,” said Teresa Parker, president, Europe, Middle East and Africa region at Northern Trust. “This acquisition is a cornerstone of our strategic expansion plan for Continental Europe and represents a significant opportunity to broaden our scale, capabilities, products and market reach across Europe, enabling us to further enhance our services to existing and future clients and strengthening our position as a leader in the region,” added Parker.

Conclusion

This acquisition will not only help Northern Trust expand its current client base, but also will enable it to diversify product and service offerings across Europe. This acquisition, as an initiative to tackle the macroeconomic headwinds, is anticipated to boost the company’s financial results. The deal also reflects its strong capital and balance sheet position.

Over the last couple of years, Northern Trust has been focused on initiating new businesses. As a result, it has been successful in adding institutional clients and assets.

Northern Trust’s stock has gained 6.6% over the last six months compared with 8.4% growth registered by the industry.



Currently, Northern Trust carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Stocks to Consider

Better-ranked stocks in the same space are M&T Bank Corporation (MTB - Free Report) and The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (PNC - Free Report) . Both carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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