Scotiabank to purchase ING Bank of Canada for 31billion

[np_storybar title=”Scotiabank, National Bank and TD potential buyers of ING Direct Canada: analysts” link=””%5DBank of Nova Scotia, National Bank of Canada and Toronto-Dominion Bank are considered potential buyers for ING Direct Canada, the online Canadian arm of the Dutch financial institution ING Groep NV, analysts said [/np_storybar]TORONTO — Scotiabank plans to scoop up Canada’s eighth largest bank, ING Bank of Canada, from Netherlands-based parent ING Group for $3.13-billion in cash.ING would continue to operate separately under the deal announced Wednesday and keep the same branding — popularized in ads in which viewers are exhorted to “save your money” — for at least 14 months.Scotiabank said the deal to buy the subsidiary, with a book value of about $1.7 billion and about $3-billion in deposits, will add to its earnings within the first year.“ING will now benefit from a strong stable Canadian owner who will provide additional resources to continue to expand and to grow,” Scotiabank president and CEO Rick Waugh said on a conference call with analysts held just after the deal was announced.“For Scotiabank this will provide us with a new source of incremental earnings beginning in the first year as well as $30 billion in retail deposits of 1.8 million customers to further diversify our funding.”[np-related]Waugh added that ING’s portfolio will help Scotia solidify its No. 3 position in the Canadian deposit space.ING Direct president and CEO Peter Aceto said ING — which has no physical branches — would continue to operate under its current no frills banking model and as a separate entity from Scotia.“For our customers, we expect no change … we will continue to offer our customers the highly competitive and attractively priced products that we have become known for, and we will be continuing our efforts to earn more customers with our focus on Canadians who are self-directed.”He added that Canadian ownership will be an “added advantage, not only for our local customers and loyal customers but for our employees as well.”Parent company ING Groep NV has been struggling to keep its balance sheet healthy amid bad loans and declining margins. It has been in the news for getting bailed out by the state — it still owes three billion euros in remaining bailout money from the Dutch government from the 2008 financial crisis.It announced earlier this summer that it was putting its Canadian division under revue for a potential sale. ING will now benefit from a strong stable Canadian owner who will provide additional resources to continue to expand and to grow The deal, announced after markets closed Wednesday, is expected to result in a net investment by Scotiabank of $1.9-billion, after deducting the excess capital currently at ING Direct.Scotiabank is also announcing a public offering of 29 million common shares at $52 — for gross proceeds of $1.5-billion — to fund the acquisition.The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close by this December.Like many of Europe’s banks, ING has had to divest assets and lean on emergency funds as anxiety over the Greek debt crisis took a toll on confidence in the continent’s financial institutions, which had already been battered by the recession.The Canadian ING business was established in 1997, attracting customers with its promise of no-fee banking.They can manage high interest savings and chequing accounts online or over the phone as well as take out mortgages, or invest in mutual funds — but withdrawals and deposits are done at various ATM locations.Scotiabank has most recently been making a series of international acquisitions as part of its focus on diversifying its revenue base away from a seemingly tapped out Canadian market.On Tuesday, Scotiabank reported its profits grew by 57% in the third quarter as several divisions improved performance and the bank also benefited from the sale of its headquarters in Toronto.Net income for the period was $2.05-billion, or $1.69 per share, up from $1.3-billion, or $1.10 per share, a year ago.Scotiabank’s Core EPS, a measurement the bank says best compares with analyst predictions, was $1.22 per share. A survey by Thomson Reuters had shown analysts, on average, expected earnings of $1.19 per share.Revenue increased to $5.51-billion from $4.3-billion.The bank said the results also included an after-tax gain of $614-million from the sale of its headquarters, Scotia Plaza, a 68-storey tower near the corner of King and Bay streets.In its performance breakdown, the bank said its Canadian operations saw profits rise to $521 million from $426-million.In February, ING sold ING Direct in the U.S. to Capital One for 489 million euros (US$600-million).In 2010, ING Group unloaded 400 Canadian industrial properties at a $1.3-billion discount to Alberta Investment Management Corp. and KingSett Capital after the European financial giant saw the portfolio’s value crash since it was acquired four years ago.The Canadian Press

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