Friday 31 January 2020 8:56 am

Investec fires starting gun on £1.8bn float of asset management business Ninety One

Investec today fired the starting gun on the float of its asset management business in a listing expected to value the business at between £1.6bn and £1.8bn.

Investec announced the new business, Ninety One’s, expected intention to undertake an initial public offering (IPO) today.

Ninety One intends to apply for admission of its shares to the main market of the London Stock Exchange and the main board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

Investec is holding a shareholder vote on 10 February to approve the planned spin-off. If it is approved, and the float is successful, shares are expected to start trading on 16 March.

Ninety One had £121bn assets under management at 30 September and has 1,600 employees worldwide.

Fani Titi and Hendrik du Toit, joint chief executives of Investec, said: “Today’s announcement is a significant milestone for the Investec Group.

“The demerger and listing of a fully-independent Ninety One is a major step in Investec Group’s programme to simplify and focus, and positions both the Ninety One and Investec Bank and Wealth businesses for long-term growth.”

Du Toit is set to take over as chief executive of Ninety One on its demerger and listing.

In a recent note, analysts at UBS said: “We think its AM business could attract a relatively high valuation multiple in a UK and European context given its track record of strong net flows, tempered somewhat by relatively modest operating margins.£

The analysts said they thought the business could be valued at up to £1.8bn.

Approximately 15 per cent of Ninety One’s shares will be retained by Investec, 55 per cent of shares will be held by Investec shareholders, 20 per cent will be held by Ninety One staff and 10 per cent will be held by new institutional investors.

JP Morgan Securities is acting as sole global co-ordinator, joint bookrunner and UK sponsor, Merrill Lynch International and Investec Bank are acting as joint bookrunners and JP. Morgan Equities South Africa is acting as JSE sponsor. JP Morgan Cazenove and Fenchurch Advisory Partners are acting as financial advisers to Investec.