The acquisition is expected to be one of many that HUB will enact in 2021.
The average deal size grew significantly, as new players have flocked to the retirement advisory and wealth management industry over the past year.
Compass Financial is the latest firm recognized in the PLANADVISER Top 100 listing to be acquired by a large, diversified financial services entity.
SageView’s newly announced private equity backing underscores the same pressures and opportunities that have been reshaping the retirement plan adviser industry for years.
Apart from the influence of the coronavirus pandemic, few retirement plan adviser industry trends received more headlines this year than the pace of mergers and acquisitions.
Though the whole year and the final quarter, especially, have already delivered impressive numbers, there are expectations that some additional major transactions could soon be announced.
Adding to a busy year of acquisitions for the aggregator firm, this will be CAPTRUST’s first location in Colorado.
The pandemic-triggered recession has not slowed down merger and acquisition activity in this space, as yet another PLANADVISER Top 100 firm has been acquired by HUB International.
The move to acquire Eaton Vance, a provider of investment strategies and wealth management solutions, underscores Morgan Stanley’s goal to create a holistic advisory, investment management and brokerage shop.
Experts say it’s a seller’s market, and the consolidation of the industry will yield better services for retirement plan participants.
The Fifth Third retirement plan business comprises more than 475 workplace savings plans populated by approximately 100,000 participants with $6.21 billion in assets.
Larger, more established firms are acquiring wealth management and RIA firms.
The ‘carve-out’ acquisition brings CAPTRUST’s assets under advisement to $400 billion and represents the continuation of an important retirement plan industry trend involving large, diversified financial services firms.
The recordkeeper also notes that fee compression is largely driving the ongoing industry consolidation.
Industry executives also say that valuations for strong companies are holding steady, even as the pandemic raises broader economic challenges.
Principal Financial Group acquired Wells Fargo’s institutional retirement and trust businesses in July 2019 and aims to complete the integration in 2021—pandemic or not.
Fidelity finds June’s merger and acquisition activity represented over four-times more assets than the deals completed throughout March, April and May.