Ally Financial to buy CardWorks in $2.65 billion deal

(Reuters) - Auto lender Ally Financial Inc on Tuesday agreed to acquire privately held CardWorks for $2.65 billion as it looks to diversify its consumer product offerings, supported by a growing and low-cost deposit base.

CardWorks, which is a non-prime credit card and consumer finance lender, has $4.7 billion in assets and $2.9 billion in deposits.

The consideration for the deal includes about $1.35 billion of cash and $1.30 billion in Ally common stock, the company said in a statement.

The deal is expected to improve Ally’s Core ROTCE (return on tangible common equity) by about 100 to 150 basis points for 2021 and 2022 and provide up to 100 basis points of adjusted profit accretion over the same time period, Ally said.

ROTCE is a widely watched measure of how well a lender uses shareholder money to generate profits.

The boards of both the companies have approved the deal, which is expected to close in the third quarter of 2020.

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC served as financial adviser to Ally, while Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz served as legal counsel to CardWorks for the transaction.

Reporting by Abhishek Manikandan in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber