Proposed acquisition of ReAssure Group

The Board of Phoenix Group Holdings plc has announced the proposed acquisition of ReAssure Group plc, a leading life insurance closed book consolidator in the United Kingdom.

The £3.2bn transaction confirms Phoenix as Europe’s largest life and pensions consolidator.

Commenting on the Acquisition, the Group’s CEO, Clive Bannister, said: “This is a highly attractive acquisition for Phoenix that follows our growth strategy and delivers value to our shareholders. The acquisition will contribute £7 billion of incremental cash generation and give us the opportunity to capture significant cost and capital synergies. The purchase price, at 91% of ReAssure’s pro-forma Solvency II Own Funds, is attractive; as is the efficient financing structure. Together, this enables us to maintain our balance sheet strength. The deal confirms Phoenix’s position as Europe’s largest life and pensions consolidator with £329 billion of assets under administration and 14.1 million policies and will give us an enhanced platform to pursue further growth opportunities, including Bulk Purchase Annuities. We also welcome Swiss Re and MS&AD as significant new shareholders and see their investment as a recognition of the many benefits that this combination can bring.”

Commenting on the Acquisition, Christian Mumenthaler, Group CEO, Swiss Re said: “We are pleased to have found a strong buyer for ReAssure Group plc, delivering on our stated objective of deconsolidating this business. Phoenix is a natural acquirer of ReAssure and has a proven track record of delivering value to both shareholders and customers. We look forward to working with Phoenix and supporting them in achieving their vision of being Europe’s Leading Life Consolidator.”

Commenting on the Acquisition, Keith Skeoch, CEO, Standard Life Aberdeen, said: “Today’s announcement by Phoenix illustrates the substantial consolidation opportunities that exist within the UK and European insurance sectors which was a key factor in our making our strategic investment in Phoenix. As a leading provider of investment solutions to both Phoenix and ReAssure we will be working with Phoenix to understand the additional opportunities that the proposed acquisition creates for Standard Life Aberdeen.”