Group is said to be conducting due diligence on mortgage broker aggregation group Vow Financial, stirring ideas the company is expanding its clutch of mortgage groups.
already owns almost 20% of Vow and is said to be running the numbers on buying the group, sources close to the reported negotiations told The AFR.
The Sydney-based bank re-entered the mortgage market last year, and quickly snapped up stakes in listed companies Yellow Brick Road and Homeloans.
In November, Macquarie
also bought a 25% stake in privately-held broker aggregation group Connective
, with more than 1900 member brokers.
A spokesman for Vow Financial told Australian Broker
they were not in a position to comment on reports of a take-over.
“There are always many rumours about what’s happening in the market. There are negotiations in the industry that happen all the time…But Vow is not in a position to comment,” he said.
has seen an email which Vow CEO Tim Brown sent to his staff this morning.
"Vow receives offers from competitors and we also make offers for other businesses at time to time. This is part and parcel of every businesses strategy," he said.
"Each proposal is given due consideration by the board based on what is best for Vows future. Vow will not comment on speculation or rumours.
"If Vow was to accept an offer for its businesses or if the board of Vow issues a recommendation to its shareholders to accept an offer received from a party for their shares in Vow, we will communicate to our staff and brokers direct and not through the media."
could not provide comment at time of print.
Vow administers an A$18.5 billion mortgage book and has partnerships with more than 700 mortgage and finance brokers.
At its third-quarter operational briefing in February, Macquarie
said its Australian mortgage portfolio rose 8% to $15.8 billion, representing 1% of the local home loan market.
also has a less than 10% stake in Perth-based broker aggregator group AFG, and a 17.5% holding in Bluestone Group, which re-entered the Australian market in the second half of last year.