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Major bank subsidiary snaps up aggregation businesses

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James Mitchell 2 minute read

A mortgage business wholly owned by a big four bank has acquired a number of businesses from embattled aggregator eChoice.

Administrators Rodgers Reidy have confirmed on Friday (15 December) the sale of eChoice’s operating assets, including its intellectual property and platform and its digital home lending solutions, to Finconnect (Australia) Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of CBA.

The sale does not include eChoice-related lender or broker agreements as these are held by eChoice-related entities, which are not under the control of the administrators.

“Our understanding is that the lender and broker agreements will not be affected by the sale and will continue to operate in the normal course,” the administrators said.

“Under the terms of the sale, it’s expected that the business of the group will continue to trade in the normal course. The sale to CBA provides an opportunity for further growth and investment in the eChoice platform. Most employees will be offered employment with the purchaser. It will also offer suppliers the opportunity to continue to trade with the group in the future.

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“We will continue with our review of the affairs of the group with a view to the preparation of a report to creditors next year. This report will provide details of the group’s financial affairs, including its background and historical trading. At this stage, we are not in a position to advise in respect to these matters or provide any further details pertaining to the sale agreement. These are issues which will be properly considered in our report to creditors.”

In accordance with the orders of the Federal Court of Australia made on 14 December 2017, this report will be forwarded to creditors to convene a meeting of creditors to be held by 29 March 2018.

More to come.

Major bank subsidiary snaps up aggregation businesses
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James Mitchell

James Mitchell

James Mitchell has over eight years’ experience as a financial reporter and is the editor of Wealth and Wellness at Momentum Media.

He has a sound pedigree to cover the business of mortgages and the converging financial services sector having reported for leading finance titles InvestorDaily, InvestorWeekly, Accountants Daily, ifa, Mortgage Business, Residential Property Manager, Real Estate Business, SMSF Adviser, Smart Property Investment, and The Adviser.

He has also been published in The Daily Telegraph and contributed online to FST Media and Mergermarket, part of the Financial Times Group.

James holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature and an MA in Journalism.

 

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