PITTSBURGH -- PNC Bank Corp. said it reached a definitive agreement for its lead bank to acquire BlackRock, a New York-based asset management firm, for $240 million in cash and notes.
The transaction will make Pittsburgh-based PNC Bank one of the largest institutional fixed-income asset management firms in the United States, as well as the sixth-larged U.S. bank money manager, with about $75 billion of discretionary assets under management.
PNC said the transaction will increase PNC Bank's trust and mutual fund revenues by 20% and will not dilute its shareholders' earnings.
BlackRock, founded with Blackstone Group backing in 1988, has $2.3 billion of assets under management. It will continue to be managed by chairman Laurence D. Fink and president Ralph L. Schlosstein as a subsidiary of PNC Investment Management and Research.