Charles Schwab announced it is buying rival TD Ameritrade for $26 billion in an all-stock transaction. It made the announcement early Monday, four days after reports that the two discount brokerage firms were in merger talks.
In addition, TD Ameritrade has suspended its CEO search and named CFO Stephen Boyle as interim president and CEO, replacing Tim Hockey. Several months ago, Hockey said he planned to leave the firm; he will act as an advisor to Boyle through Feb. 28, 2020.
“A new chapter for me…best of luck to my colleagues @TDAmeritrade,” Hockey said on Twitter. “Life is like a bike trip. There are many twists and turns. The idea is to enjoy the ride…and as Einstein said, you only stay upright if you keep moving forward!”
The deal potentially unites more than 14,000 RIAs, some $5.1 trillion in investor and advisory assets, and 24 million accounts. The two firms’ combined revenue is estimated at $17 billion with pre-tax profits of $8 billion.
Toronto-Dominion Bank, which now owns some 43% of TD Ameritrade common stock, is expected to own roughly 13% of the new company; its voting stake will be capped at 9.9%. Other TD Ameritrade stockholders and current Schwab shareholders should then own about 18% and 69%, respectively.