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Rothschild, Martin Maurel to merge, form French private bank: Reuters

(Reuters) — Rothschild & Co (ROTH.PA) and Compagnie Financiere Martin Maurel (FNMM.PA) said they plan to merge, a move that will combine their French private banking and asset management businesses and create a private bank with combined assets under management of about 34 billion euros ($38.6 billion).

The deal values Martin Maurel at 240 million euros, and the transaction would be financed by a mixture of newly issued Rothschild & Co shares, Rothschild & Co’s own cash resources and external credit facilities, the banks said in a statement.

Martin Maurel shareholders will receive either 126 Rothschild & Co shares per existing share or can sell their existing shares in cash, the banks said. The Maurel family would receive Rothschild & Co shares.

The deal is expected to have a “modestly positive impact” on earnings per share from the first full year after the merger, before cost savings, the companies added.

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