Charles Schwab Corp. announced Monday that it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Chicago-based optionsXpress Holdings for Schwab stock valued at $1 billion, based on Schwab’s closing price on March 18 of $17.91 per share.
Schwab said the deal, under which optionsXpress shareholders will receive 1.02 Schwab shares for each share they hold of optionsXpress, was expected to close in the third quarter.
OptionsXpress has $7.8 billion in client assets and 379,000 accounts through which clients trade options, futures and foreign exchange on one of three platforms: Web-based, desktop and mobile. The company derives two-thirds of its revenue through commissions, was founded in 2001 and had 408 employees as of year-end 2010.
In its announcement, Schwab said that following the acquisition, “both companies will initially retain their separate brand identities,” and that David Fisher, optionsXpress CEO, will retain his position and become a Schwab senior VP, reporting to Schwab Investor Services COO Andy Gill.