Barclays in talks with BlackRock on BGI sale

Financial Post – Barclays PLC, the U.K.’s third-largest bank, is in talks with BlackRock Inc. and other bidders to sell its asset management division for more than US$10-billion.

BlackRock, the world’s biggest publicly traded asset manager, is the leading contender to buy Barclays Global Investors, people familiar with the situation said June 6. London-based Barclays has also held talks about selling BGI to Bank of New York Mellon Corp, the people added. The bank is seeking more than US$12-billion for the unit, and may keep a 20% stake in the merged company, one of the people said.

Retaining a stake "is an intelligent way to structure the deal," said Danny Clarke, a Liverpool-based analyst at Capital Group PLC, who has a "hold" rating on Barclays. "It strikes a balance between short and long-term goals, boosting capital and retaining some earnings."

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