SAN FRANCISCO – March 1, 2016 – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) announced today that it has completed the purchase of the North American portions of GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance and Vendor Finance businesses as well as a portion of its Corporate Finance business, totaling $27.4 billion of assets, including approximately $24 billion of loans. The remaining international segment of the transaction is expected to close later this year. The total acquisition includes assets of approximately $31 billion as well as businesses employing approximately 2,800 team members.
“The completion of this transaction strengthens our capabilities and deepens our customer relationships in key commercial lending markets across the U.S. and Canada,” said Tim Sloan, Wells Fargo’s president and chief operating officer. “The businesses acquired from GE Capital are industry leaders with proven business models and capabilities. As a result of this acquisition, we are adding a set of complementary businesses, long-term customer relationships and exceptionally talented and experienced teams that position Wells Fargo as a market leader in these important product areas.”
As previously announced, the businesses acquired from GE Capital include:
Commercial Distribution Finance
GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) business is a market leader in providing customized inventory financing to fund the flow of finished durable goods from manufacturers to dealers. Through industry expertise and integrated technologies, CDF helps manufacturers and dealers across the U.S. and Canada improve cash flow, reduce risk and grow sales. CDF’s inventory finance products and deep customer relationships greatly complement and expand the existing asset-based lending product offerings in Wells Fargo’s Capital Finance division. Effective March 1, Commercial Distribution Finance will adopt the tradename Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance.
GE Capital’s Vendor Finance business provides vendor and dealer financing programs for manufacturers and dealers of all sizes, and their customers, across the U.S. and Canada, from Fortune 500 companies looking to offer private label financing to independent operations looking to manage cash flow. The business drives vendor sales growth by supporting dealers with inventory financing and by providing leases and loans to commercial end-user customers. As a leading provider of technology-enabled white label captive program and channel financing solutions, GE Capital’s Vendor Finance business will significantly expand Wells Fargo’s current capabilities within its Equipment Finance business. Effective March 1, Vendor Finance will adopt the tradename Wells Fargo Vendor Financial Services.
GE Capital’s Corporate Finance business (also known as Direct Lending and Leasing) provides senior secured asset-based loans as well as equipment leases and loans to middle-market customers. Wells Fargo purchased a portion of the business, which is being integrated into its existing Capital Finance and Equipment Finance businesses.
About Wells Fargo Capital Finance
Wells Fargo Capital Finance is the trade name for certain asset-based lending services, senior secured lending services, accounts receivable and purchase order finance services, and channel finance services of Wells Fargo & Company and its subsidiaries, and provides traditional asset-based lending, specialized senior and junior secured financing, accounts receivable financing, purchase order financing and channel finance to companies across the United States and internationally. Dedicated teams within Wells Fargo Capital Finance provide financing solutions for companies in specific industries such as retail, software publishing and high-technology, commercial finance, staffing, government contracting and others. Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance is the trade name for certain inventory financing (floor planning) services of Wells Fargo & Company and its subsidiaries. For more information, visit wellsfargocapitalfinance.com.
About Wells Fargo Equipment Finance
Wells Fargo Equipment Finance provides competitive fixed- and floating-rate loans and leases covering a full range of commercial equipment for businesses nationwide as well as floor planning and inventory financing, and vendor programs in selected industries in the United States and Canada. Wells Fargo Equipment Finance is a leading bank affiliated equipment leasing and finance business in the United States by asset portfolio and annual originations, with more than 130,000 customers, and 1,100 team members. Wells Fargo Equipment Finance is the trade name of the equipment finance businesses of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and its subsidiaries. Canadian business is transacted by Wells Fargo Equipment Finance Company.
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,700 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2015 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.
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