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Delaware Starts the Year with a New Owner


It's official: Delaware Investments is now part of Macquarie Group. Monday, Lincoln Financial completed the sale of Delaware to Australia-based Macquarie Group for $451.8 million in cash, subject to post-closing adjustments.

Patrick Coyne
Delaware Investments
President
When the transaction was first unveiled in August, executives said the deal came with a $428 million price tag.

As of November 30, Delaware had roughly $135 billion in AUM.

Delaware, which will remain headquartered in Philadelphia, is now part of Macquarie Funds Group. The business is now branded as "Delaware Investments, a member of Macquarie Group."

Ben Bruck
Macquarie Funds Group
Executive Director
Delaware president Patrick Coyne and his management team will continue to lead Delaware. Coyne now reports to Ben Bruck, executive director of Macquarie Funds Group and head of Macquarie's affiliated managers division, who has relocated to Philadelphia.

"Delaware's diversified U.S. asset management capability is complementary to Macquarie's both in sector coverage and footprint," Bruck said in a news release on Monday.

Delaware and Macquarie "share a common approach to asset management and clients should expect to see consistency and continuity in how their investments are managed," added Coyne.
Press Release from Macquarie Group

PHILADELPHIA Macquarie Group ("Macquarie") (ASX: MQG; ADR: MQBKY) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Delaware Investments ("Delaware") from Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE: LNC).

Effective January 5, 2010, the business and employees of Delaware will operate as part of Macquarie's global asset management arm, Macquarie Funds Group.

The business, which is now branded "Delaware Investments, a member of Macquarie Group", will remain headquartered in Philadelphia. The acquisition is part of Macquarie's strategy to develop a global asset management capability through building a highly regarded team of investment professionals, offering an attractive suite of investment products and gaining broader access to the world's largest capital market the United States.

Delaware President, Patrick Coyne, and his management team will continue to run Delaware. Mr. Coyne will report to Ben Bruck, an Executive Director of Macquarie Funds Group and head of Macquarie's Affiliated Managers Division, who has relocated to Philadelphia.

"We are excited to welcome Delaware's highly regarded investment, distribution and support teams to Macquarie," said Mr. Bruck. "Delaware's diversified U.S. asset management capability is complementary to Macquarie's both in sector coverage and footprint. Clients in the U.S. and around the world will benefit from the increased scale and product offerings that come as a result of this transaction. Above all, clients will experience the same fiduciary excellence that they have come to know and value at Delaware," Mr. Bruck said.

Mr. Coyne added: "Delaware and Macquarie share a common approach to asset management and clients should expect to see consistency and continuity in how their investments are managed. This transaction was a tremendous opportunity for the further development of our business and I am delighted that we are now officially a part of Macquarie."

About Delaware Investments
Delaware Investments, a member of Macquarie Group, is a U.S.-based diversified asset management firm with approximately $US135 billion in assets under management (as of Nov. 30, 2009). Through a team of talented investment professionals, the firm manages assets across all major asset classes for a wide range of institutional and individual investors. Delaware Investments is supported by the resources of Macquarie Group (ASX: MQG), a global provider of asset management, investment, banking, financial and advisory services with approximately $US319 billion in assets under management (proforma as of Nov. 30, 2009).

About Macquarie Funds Group
Macquarie Funds Group is a full service fund manager with over 25 years experience. It offers a diverse range of products including managed funds across a wide range of asset classes, funds-based structured products, hedge funds and fund of funds. Macquarie Funds Group has a global reach with a team of over 1000 staff across 20 global locations.

Press Release from Lincoln

PHILADELPHIA, January 4, 2010 Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE: LNC) today announced that Macquarie Group (ASX: MQG) has completed its acquisition of Delaware Management Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries (Delaware Investments) for $451.8 million in cash, subject to customary post-closing adjustments.

Delaware Investments was a wholly owned subsidiary of Lincoln Financial, focused on asset management. In connection with the sale agreement, Delaware Investments will continue to manage Lincoln Financial general account insurance assets under a long-term contract, and will provide additional sub-advisory services. Lincoln Financial remains committed to providing access to high-quality asset management services by selecting best-in-class sub-advisors for its retirement and insurance products.

Proceeds of the sale will be used for general corporate purposes.

About Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. With headquarters in the Philadelphia region, the companies of Lincoln Financial Group had assets under management of $137 billion as of September 30, 2009. Through its affiliated companies, Lincoln Financial Group offers: annuities; life, group life and disability insurance; 401(k) and 403(b) plans; and comprehensive financial planning and advisory services. For more information, including a copy of our most recent SEC reports containing our balance sheets, please visit www.LincolnFinancial.com.



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