Local consumers won't be affected by PSA Group/BNP Paribas acquisition of Opel / Vauxhall
Local drivers have nothing to fear after the PSA Group and BNP Paribas jointly acquired GM’s Opel / Vauxhall subsidiary and GM Financial’s European operations in a deal valued at €1,3-billion (about R18-billion) and €0,9-billion (around R12,4-billion), respectively.
"We continue to market, distribute, sell and service Opel vehicles in South Africa," Gishma Johnson, Corporate Communications and PR Manager at GM South Africa Corporate Communication, explained to Business Link.
"Opel has preserved its independence as part of the transaction and will work with PSA Group to ensure a smooth transition."
As part of the broader alliance announced on Monday between PSA Group and GM’s Opel subsidiary, PSA and BNP Paribas have agreed to jointly acquire Opel / Vauxhall’s captive financing activities and have entered into a long-term strategic partnership around the Opel and Vauxhall brands.
Banque PSA Finance and BNP Paribas Personal Finance will each acquire 50% of the share capital of Opel / Vauxhall’s financing activities for a total of €0.9 Bn, representing a multiple of 0.8x the combined pro-forma Book Value of €1.2 Bn at year-end 2016. As per this partnership agreement, BNP Paribas will fully consolidate the entity.
Opel / Vauxhall’s financing operations cover 11 European countries, serving nearly 1,800 dealers and have outstanding earning assets of ca. €9.6 Bn at year-end 2016, of which ca. €5.8 Bn are financed by deposits or securitizations.
Opel / Vauxhall’s financing operations offer a full range of automotive financing products, including consumer loans, leases, dealer financing and insurance products, with a constant focus on optimizing customer experience.
The operations will benefit from combined Banque PSA Finance’s and BNP Paribas Personal Finance’s expertise in automotive financing to better serve Opel and Vauxhall’s dealers and customers and support Opel and Vauxhall development. The transaction will be financed from existing resources of PSA and BNP Paribas and will have an impact of close to 10 bps on BNP Paribas Common Equity Tier 1 Ratio.
Both Boards of Directors unanimously approved this partnership agreement.
The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017 and is subject to customary anti-trust and other regulatory approvals.
“Opel / Vauxhall’s financing operations are critical to the development of the Opel and Vauxhall brands. We are proud to join our forces with BNP Paribas, a leading European banking partner, and are confident our complementary expertise will make this new partnership a success.” Carlos Tavares, Chairman of the Managing Board, said.
“This partnership represents a great opportunity to further grow BNP Paribas Personal Finance’s footprint on the attractive automotive financing business and is fully in line with our strategic goals for 2020. We have been a longstanding banking partner of PSA Group and are delighted with this value-enhancing partnership around Opel / Vauxhall. We will capitalize on our highly complementary capabilities to best serve Opel and Vauxhall’s dealers and customers and support the Opel and Vauxhall brands,” stated Jean-Laurent Bonnafé, Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas.
“We are very pleased with this new venture and warmly welcome the employees of Opel / Vauxhall’s financing activities within our partnership,” declared Laurent David, CEO of BNP Paribas Personal Finance together with Remy Bayle, CEO of Banque PSA Finance.
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