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DST to Acquire Remaining Interest in BFDS and IFDS U.K. from State Street

Posted: 29 March 2017  |  Source: DST


DST Systems, Inc. (NYSE: DST), a leading global strategic advisory, technology, and operations outsourcing company, and State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT), today announced definitive agreements for DST to acquire State Street's ownership interest in the Boston Financial Data Services, Inc. ("BFDS") joint venture and the International Financial Data Services Limited ("IFDS UK") joint venture in the UK. BFDS provides innovative shareholder recordkeeping, intermediary and investor services, and regulatory compliance solutions to financial services clients in the United States. IFDS UK is an investor and policy holder administrative services and technology provider to the collective funds, insurance, and retirement industries. Following completion of these acquisitions, DST will own 100% of the equity interests in both BFDS and IFDS UK. DST and State Street will continue to service offshore and cross-border markets in Canada, Ireland, and Luxembourg through the 50/50 joint venture International Financial Data Services, L.P. ("IFDS L.P."). The IFDS UK acquisition has closed and the BFDS acquisition is expected to close within the next several days.

"We are pleased to become the sole owner of BFDS and IFDS UK," said Steve Hooley, Chairman, CEO and President of DST. "These businesses have always been strategically important to DST and we are confident that we can drive significant enhancements to the client experience and improve execution of key initiatives, while unlocking meaningful synergies and enhancing value to DST and its shareholders."

Hooley added, "We are also excited about our continuing joint venture relationship with State Street through IFDS L.P. to jointly operate the Canada, Ireland, and Luxembourg entities. We believe the joint venture structure in these countries provides the competitive advantage of a best-in-market integrated solution required for off-shore and cross-border markets."

Mike Rogers, President of State Street said, "This decision involves an ownership change, not a service-level change for our clients. We will continue to work with DST as it offers transfer agency services for our clients globally. This decision will also allow us to continue to focus on our core competencies and further invest in areas where we can expand market share or add product and service capabilities for our clients."

In the US, DST's wholly-owned subsidiary will acquire State Street's ownership interest in BFDS by delivery to State Street of approximately 2.0 million shares of State Street common stock owned by DST for total consideration of $157.6 million in a non-taxable exchange under Section 355 of the Internal Revenue Code. BFDS is expected to contribute approximately $220 million of incremental operating revenue and $20 million of operating income to DST over the next twelve months before synergies, restructuring costs, and amortization of the intangibles resulting from the acquisition. DST expects to achieve approximately $20 million of cost savings from the realization of synergies within the first 18 months and expects the transaction to be accretive to diluted earnings per share by $0.15 to $0.19 in the next twelve months before synergies, restructuring costs, and amortization of intangibles.

In the UK, DST's wholly-owned subsidiary will acquire the ownership interest in IFDS UK for total cash consideration of $175 million. The acquisition will be funded through cash on hand and DST's existing debt facilities. DST expects the consolidated IFDS UK businesses to contribute approximately $440 million of incremental annual operating revenues upon acquisition and $20 million of operating income before synergies, restructuring costs, and amortization of intangibles over the next twelve months. DST expects the IFDS UK transaction to be accretive to diluted earnings per share by $0.18 to $0.22 in the next twelve months before synergies, restructuring costs, and amortization of intangibles.