Integration activities following Schwab’s acquisition of TD Ameritrade continue
The latest 10-Q report filed by The Charles Schwab Corporation provides an update on the integration of recently acquired TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation.
Schwab completed its acquisition of TD Ameritrade effective October 6, 2020. As a result of the acquisition, TDA Holding became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Schwab. TD Ameritrade provides securities brokerage services, including trade execution, clearing services, and margin lending, through its broker-dealer subsidiaries, and futures and foreign exchange trade execution services through its FCM and FDM subsidiary. TD Ameritrade also provides cash sweep and deposit account products through the IDA agreement, as well as bank deposit account agreements with other third-party depository institutions.
Schwab anticipates this transaction will add scale to help support its efforts to enhance the client experience, provide deeper resources for individual investors as well as RIAs, and continue to improve its operating efficiency. The acquisition brings together approximately $6 trillion in total client assets and 29 million brokerage accounts at the time closing.
In exchange for each share of TD Ameritrade common stock, TD Ameritrade stockholders received 1.0837 shares of CSC common stock, except for TD Bank and its affiliates which received a portion in nonvoting common stock. In connection with the transaction, Schwab issued approximately 586 million common shares to TD Ameritrade stockholders consisting of approximately 509 million shares of common stock and 77 million shares of nonvoting common stock.
At the time of acquisition, TD Ameritrade had approximately 10,000 employees. This, however, is changing, thanks to something called (in a very diplomatic way) “integration activities”.
The integration of Schwab’s and TD Ameritrade’s operations is expected to occur over 18 to 36 months from the date of acquisition, though planning for integration has been underway since the acquisition was announced on November 25, 2019.
In October, The Charles Schwab Corporation began efforts to reduce overlapping or redundant roles across the two firms and to rationalize branch locations of Schwab and TDA. These and other integration activities are expected to continue throughout the integration process.
Until the integration is complete, Schwab and TD Ameritrade will continue to operate separate broker-dealers to serve their respective clients. Starting in the fourth quarter of 2020, TD Ameritrade will be incorporated into Schwab’s two existing reportable segments.
In conjunction with the close of the acquisition, Schwab announced that effective January 1, 2021, it expects to complete the planned change in the designation of its corporate headquarters from San Francisco to its new campus in Westlake, Texas. Opened in late 2019, the Westlake location and facility were specifically chosen and designed as a more centrally located hub for the company.