Market reaction to approval for ANZ’s buyout of Suncorp bank unit

By Thomson Reuters Feb 19, 2024 | 6:23 PM

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s Competition Tribunal approved ANZ Group’s A$4.9 billion ($3.2 billion) buyout of Suncorp’s banking business on Tuesday, allowing the bank to press ahead the acquisition.

The takeover still requires approval by Australian Treasurer Jim Chalmers and a sign-off from the government of Queensland, where Suncorp is based.

Here is some reaction from financial markets:


“We expect completion of the acquisition to weigh on ANZ’s relative share price performance as it reduces the magnitude of potential capital return, and will see ANZ dealing with the integration over the next 3 years for potentially very modest EPS accretion. We also believe the acquisition will add to ANZ’s cost challenges and that the acquisition will not significantly shift the dial in terms of ANZ’s capital allocation which sees the greatest percentage of capital being allocated to its lowest ROE division (being Institutional).”


“The acquisition adds scale to areas where ANZ Bank trails major bank peers, with home loans balances to increase by 18%, customer deposits by 14%, and business lending by 9% (but likely closer to 20% in SME lending). Consolidating systems and processes should help lower the cost base, and we see potential for some funding cost savings over time given ANZ’s better credit rating. The integration risks are worth taking in our view.”

(Writing by Praveen Menon; Editing by Neil Fullick)