Makati—(PHStocks)—TPG Growth, the middle market and growth equity investment platform of TPG, today announced an agreement with BDO Unibank Inc. (PSE: BDO), to acquire a 40 percent stake in One Network Bank (ONB). Based in Davao, ONB is the rural bank subsidiary of BDO, with more than 100 branches and offices. Following the transaction, BDO will retain approximately 60 percent ownership in ONB.
“We look forward to working with TPG to accelerate ONB’s expansion and to develop new products to cover the underserved market segments,” said Nestor V. Tan, president and CEO of BDO. “Through this partnership, ONB will benefit from TPG’s global experience in financial services, especially in developing markets.”
This new phase of ONB’s growth is aligned with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’s (BSP) efforts to improve financial inclusion in the country. BDO is the market leader in the domestic banking industry with strong brand recognition, a solid balance sheet, and the country’s largest branch and ATM network.
TPG has partnered with more than 15 financial services companies across Asia. In 2008, TPG worked with Bank Tabungan Pensiunan Nasional (BTPN) of Indonesia to open more than 550 new branches and create a microloan business that grew the bank’s customer base to more than 2 million group lending program clients and 250,000 micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Across its platform, TPG has invested in a wide variety of financial services companies throughout Asia, including Indonesian financial institution BFI; Janalakshmi, India’s largest microfinance institution; the Shenzhen Development Bank in China; and Union Bank of Colombo in Sri Lanka.
“TPG has worked with many highly impactful financial services businesses across Asia. Our insight in the sector has come from years of identifying and developing the full potential of strong businesses,” said Ganen Sarvananthan, Head of TPG Southeast Asia. “Together, BDO and ONB have built an impressive foundation. We look forward to bringing all that we’ve learned into a collaborative partnership and expanding the impact they’ve already created.”
The transaction is subject to closing conditions and regulatory approval.