Bank of India to buy 51% stake in Bharti AXA Investment Managers

Bank of India to buy 51% stake in Bharti AXA Investment Managers

Mumbai: State-run Bank of India said late on Saturday it would buy 51% of Indian asset manager Bharti Axa Investment Managers Pvt Ltd from the firm’s two joint venture partners.

The joint venture, also known as Bharti AXA Mutual Fund, had assets under management averaging Rs17,600 crore ($34.4 million) during the July-September quarter, according to the Association of Mutual Funds in India website, putting it among the smallest on the list.

Bharti Enterprises is selling its entire 25% stake in the joint venture, while AXA is selling 26% and will retain the remaining 49%, a spokesman for the joint venture said.

Financial terms were not disclosed. Ernst & Young advised Bank of India.

A separate deal for Bharti Enterprises to sell its 74% stakes in two Indian insurance joint ventures with Axa to Reliance Industries fell through late last month.

Reliance, India’s largest listed company, said at the time that it was unable to agree with Axa “on the long-term vision and joint governance of the ventures".

Bharti’s telecom unit has been weighed down by its $9 billion acquisition of the African mobile operations of Kuwait’s Zain last year and huge costs of launching its 3G network in India.