ANZ to attraction ACCC’s rejection of Suncorp Financial institution acquisition

ANZ has confirmed it can search a evaluation of the ACCC’s choice to reject its proposal to accumulate Suncorp Financial institution.   

ANZ CEO Shayne Elliott (pictured above) stated not solely will the financial institution’s acquisition create a mixed financial institution that’s “higher geared up to answer aggressive pressures to the advantage of Australian customers”, however it can additionally ship “important public advantages, notably in Queensland”.

“Queensland is flourishing, with robust alternatives to additional develop and prosper. We stay excited concerning the alternatives for ANZ and our clients in Queensland, and the advantages of bringing Suncorp Financial institution and its clients into the ANZ Group,” Elliott stated.

The information got here three weeks after the ACCC rejected the long-awaited deal citing issues it will lesson competitors, notably across the second-tier banking area.

“We aren’t happy that the acquisition just isn’t prone to considerably reduce competitors within the provide of dwelling loans nationally, small to medium enterprise banking in Queensland, and agribusiness banking in Queensland,” ACCC deputy chair Mick Keogh had stated.

“These banking markets are vital for a lot of owners and for Queensland companies and farmers particularly. Competitors being lessened in these markets will result in clients getting a worse deal.” 

This was a serious blow to ANZ who had signed an implementation plan in June with the Queensland authorities to develop a tech hub in Queensland below situation that the deal can be accomplished.

That deal promised to spice up the Queensland financial system offering 700 jobs over a five-year interval.

Total, the deal has been topic to a wide range of regulatory hurdles following its announcement on July 18 final yr.

In June, ANZ sought to make clear the ACCC’s preliminary views. Elliott had stated the acquisition wouldn’t considerably reduce competitors and was within the public curiosity however clearly the regulatory physique didn’t agree.

Below Australian competitors legislation, the Australian Competitors Tribunal is the evaluation physique for merger authorisation selections and might differ or put aside the ACCC’s choice.

Along with authorisation below Australia’s competitors legal guidelines, the acquisition stays topic to extra situations together with approval from the Federal Treasurer and Queensland legislative amendments.

 Whereas the acquisition stays topic to those situations, ANZ stated that it continues its preparations for the combination of Suncorp Financial institution into ANZ.

“Completion of the acquisition is anticipated to happen in mid calendar yr 2024,” the financial institution stated.


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