STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Webster Financial Corporation (NYSE: WBS) today announced that its principal bank subsidiary Webster Bank, N.A. (“Webster”) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ametros Financial Corp (“Ametros”), a custodian and administrator of medical funds from insurance claim settlements, from funds managed by Long Ridge Equity Partners (“Long Ridge”).
Ametros, the nation’s largest professional administrator of medical insurance claim settlements, helps individuals manage their ongoing medical care through their CareGuard service and proprietary technology platform. CareGuard provides settlement advisory support, saves its members money on medical expenses, ensures compliance with government reporting, and facilitates the navigation of the complex U.S. healthcare system.
The acquisition of Ametros will provide a fast-growing source of low-cost and long-duration deposits, provide new sources of noninterest income, and enhance Webster’s healthcare financial services expertise. As of December 2023, Ametros has over 24,000 members and $804 million in deposits under custody, which will become deposits of Webster following the closing of the transaction; deposits under custody have more than doubled over the past three years and the average deposit balance per account was $33,000. Ametros’ deposit characteristics provide a unique value to Webster:
Average cost of less than 10 basis points with near-zero beta;
Average duration of more than 20 years;
Member accounts receive FDIC insurance coverage; and
Deposits are projected to grow at a five-year CAGR of approximately 25%.
“This acquisition closely aligns with our strategic focus on building a diverse and unique funding base,” said John Ciulla, President and Chief Executive Officer of Webster Financial Corporation. “Ametros’ market position and value proposition for its clients and partners underpin a robust growth trajectory for this highly complementary business. Ametros builds on Webster’s history of developing non-traditional deposit verticals with a favorable financial profile, including HSA Bank and interLINK.”
“Webster is the perfect growth partner for our unique business,” says Ametros’ CEO, Porter Leslie. “We are thankful for our clients and members who continue to place their trust in us and are excited for this next phase of growth together.”
Webster will acquire Ametros for $350 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments. The acquisition is anticipated to be over 2% accretive to FY25 consensus estimates, generate an IRR over 25%, and has a five-year earn-back of tangible book value dilution. Upon the close of the transaction, Ametros will operate as a subsidiary of Webster. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2024, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and anti-trust review. Webster was advised by Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Ametros and Long Ridge were advised by Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP.
Webster Financial Corporation (NYSE:WBS) is the holding company for Webster Bank, N.A. and its HSA Bank Division. Webster is a leading commercial bank in the Northeast that provides a wide range of digital and traditional financial solutions across three differentiated lines of business: Commercial Banking, Consumer Banking and its HSA Bank division, one of the country’s largest providers of employee benefits solutions. Headquartered in Stamford, CT, Webster is a values-driven organization with more than $70 billion in assets. Its core footprint spans the northeastern U.S. from New York to Massachusetts, with certain businesses operating in extended geographies. Webster Bank is a member of the FDIC and an equal housing lender. For more information about Webster, including past press releases and the latest annual report, visit the Webster website at www.websterbank.com.
Ametros is the industry leader in post-settlement medical administration and a trusted partner for thousands of members receiving funds from workers’ compensation and liability settlements. Headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts, Ametros may be reached at 877.275.7415 or via www.ametros.com.
About Long Ridge
Long Ridge is a growth oriented private equity firm focused on financial and business technology. Since its founding, Long Ridge has sponsored some of the most successful growth companies, providing leading management teams with partnership, strategic resources, and capital to drive profitable expansion. Long Ridge manages over $1.75 billion of committed capital.
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