TD Bank Group to acquire Wells Fargo's Canadian Direct Equipment Finance Business
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Acquisition strengthens and expands TD Business Banking capabilities across Canada
TORONTO, Jan. 14, 2021 /CNW/ - The Toronto-Dominion Bank ("TD") (TSX and NYSE: TD) and Wells Fargo & Company ("Wells Fargo") (NYSE: WFC) today announced a definitive agreement, subject to certain closing conditions, for TD to acquire Wells Fargo's Canadian Direct Equipment Finance business.
The acquisition of Wells Fargo's Canadian Direct Equipment Finance business is expected to add scale and capabilities to TD's existing Canadian Equipment Financing business and expand TD's presence in core markets. Wells Fargo's Canadian Direct Equipment Finance's direct origination model is expected to allow TD to better serve a more diverse set of business customers in need of competitive equipment loans, leases, and customized financing services.
"In today's challenging operating environment, businesses are looking to their bankers to help keep their fleets current, deliver new construction equipment to job sites, and support manufacturing businesses with timely customized financing and leasing solutions that help drive their competitiveness," says Darren Cooke, Vice President, TD Equipment Finance, Canadian Business Banking, TD Bank Group. "We are excited to welcome Wells Fargo's Canadian Direct Equipment Finance team of highly skilled and experienced industry professionals to TD and leverage their deep expertise in equipment leasing and finance for the benefit of our highly-valued customers nationwide."
Headquartered in Mississauga, with regional offices across the country, including Montreal and Calgary, Wells Fargo's Canadian Direct Equipment Finance business has a 25-year operating history, which includes the acquisition by Wells Fargo of GE Capital's Canadian Equipment Finance business in 2016. With approximately C$1.5 billion in assets and over 120 employees, Wells Fargo's Canadian Direct Equipment Finance business provides loans and leases covering a full range of commercial equipment for businesses across Canada.
"We have enjoyed a relationship with TD for many years, as Canada is an important market for Wells Fargo," said David Marks, Head of Wells Fargo Commercial Capital. "This group of talented Canada-based employees and their equipment finance customers will benefit from TD's strong franchise and allow us to focus our efforts on our U.S. equipment finance capabilities while continuing to serve our asset-based lending and distribution finance customers in Canada. We anticipate a smooth transition and we're confident that the group's strong focus on customers, deep relationships and industry expertise will complement TD's existing business."
"This acquisition will be welcome news for both our existing and potential new customers. It expands our competitive position in Canada's Equipment Finance industry, builds on our strong track record of legendary customer service, and puts us in a unique position to offer an increased range of in-demand products and services," says David Pinsonneault, Executive Vice President, Commercial and Industrial, Canadian Business Banking, TD Bank Group.
TD's purchase of Wells Fargo Canadian Direct Equipment Finance business is expected to close in the first half of 2021, subject to receipt of regulatory and Competition Act approvals and clearance, and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.
TD Securities served as financial advisor and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP served as legal counsel to TD in connection with this transaction. Wells Fargo Securities, LLC served as exclusive financial advisor and McCarthy Tetrault LLP served as legal counsel to Wells Fargo.
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The Bank's acquisition of Wells Fargo's Canadian Direct Equipment Finance business is subject to regulatory approvals and certain other conditions. There is no assurance that the acquisition will be completed as described in this document or at all. There can be no assurance that the Bank will realize the anticipated benefits or results, and actual results could differ materially from the expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements. Examples of material assumptions made by the Bank in the forward-looking statements include assumptions regarding expected synergies, based on the Bank's experience.
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About TD Bank Group
The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Group ("TD" or the "Bank"). TD is the sixth largest bank in North America by branches and serves over 26 million customers in three key businesses operating in a number of locations in financial centres around the globe: Canadian Retail, including TD Canada Trust, TD Auto Finance Canada, TD Wealth (Canada), TD Direct Investing, and TD Insurance; U.S. Retail, including TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, TD Auto Finance U.S., TD Wealth (U.S.), and an investment in The Charles Schwab Corporation; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD also ranks among the world's leading online financial services firms, with more than 14 million active online and mobile customers. TD had C$1.7 trillion in assets on October 31, 2020. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades under the symbol "TD" on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with US$1.92 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo's vision is to satisfy our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,200 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 31 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune's 2020 rankings of America's largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories. Additional information may be found at www.wellsfargo.com | Twitter: @WellsFargo.
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