Allianz SE of Germany to buy general insurance business of Sri Lanka’s Janashakthi Insurance
Janashakthi Insurance in a stock exchange filing has stated that the Company is selling its general insurance business to Allianz SE in Germany for Rs. 16.4 billion subject to adjustments.
Janashakthi Insurance has stated that the transaction is subject to several conditions precedent which have to be satisfied by the parties, including addressing any concerns which may be raised by the Insurance Regulatory Commission.
According to the report, the transaction is also conditional on Janashakthi Insurance obtaining shareholder approval for the disposal of Janashakthi General Insurance by way of a special resolution.
Janashakthi Insurance has said they intend to effect a share repurchase from its shareholders to enable their shareholders to receive the benefits of the sale.
“The details of the repurchase will be determined by the Board of Janashakthi Insurance based on the actual purchase consideration.” Janashakthi has stated.
Allianz operates as an international insurer on almost every continent. In Asia Pacific, Allianz is one of the leading international insurance companies.
Following is the media release issued on the transaction:
Allianz, the global financial services leader, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Janashakthi Insurance PLC (“JINS”) to acquire 100% of its subsidiary Janashakthi General Insurance Limited (“JGIL”) for LKR 16.4 billion (EUR 85.9 million). The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to complete in the first quarter of 2018.
This acquisition makes Allianz Insurance Lanka (“Allianz Lanka”) one of the country’s largest general insurers, with a market share of approximately 20%. The acquisition will deliver a range of strategic benefits to all stakeholders, including:
Strengthens Allianz Lanka’s customer reach and service capabilities With close to a million policyholders island-wide, the expanded client base represents a significant growth opportunity for Allianz in Sri Lanka.
Janashakthi’s general insurance portfolio complements Allianz Lanka’s existing business, and represents a strategic fit across both corporate and retail lines. In addition, Allianz will bring its core capabilities in data science and technology to deliver superior experiences for all customers.
Together with its 6% share in the country’s life insurance market, the acquisition positions Allianz Lanka as one of the strongest protection leaders in the country.
This supports Allianz’s strategic priorities of achieving market leadership positions and high-quality growth in the Asia Pacific region.
Janashakthi Insurance PLC will continue to focus on its life insurance portfolio in order to strengthen its presence in the Sri Lankan life insurance industry, and remains committed to its vision of lighting the lamp of insurance in every home and workplace.
The consideration represents a multiple of 2.2x JGIL’s adjusted net asset value in 2017. Janashakthi Insurance has been operating in Sri Lanka for over 23 years with a focus on motor, fire and health protection for individuals and corporates.
This transaction also represents one of the largest investments into Sri Lanka, demonstrating Allianz’s confidence in this market. The Sri Lankan general insurance market has posted a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.1% between 2010-20161. This is expected to accelerate to 12.5% by 2020, driven by improving trade and macro-economic conditions, as well as increased insurance penetration.
George Sartorel, Allianz’s Regional CEO for Asia Pacific, said: “This transaction provides a highly attractive opportunity to transform our market presence in Sri Lanka, while accelerating our growth agenda in the Asia Pacific region. We are greatly impressed with the JGIL team, and believe the expanded business provides a strong foundation from which to drive continued innovation and excellence for our customers.”
Surekha Alles, Managing Director, Allianz Insurance Lanka, said: “We’re excited about our future ahead, and look forward to welcoming Janashakthi customers and employees to the Allianz family. Together, we will be well-placed to seize growth opportunities in Sri Lanka, and generate enduring benefits for our customers and stakeholders.”
Prakash Schaffter, Managing Director, Janashakthi Insurance PLC, said: “I am convinced that this amalgamation with Allianz represents the natural progression of JGIL’s evolution from a small, home grown general insurance business to a leader in the industry, while reflecting the strength of the business we’ve built over the last 23 years. Becoming part of Allianz’s larger organisation also provides many new opportunities for our employees and our customers. We share many of the same values, and we are happy to see our commitment to customer service excellence and belief in driving process enhancement and digitalisation reflected in Allianz’s priorities and strengths.”
The move by Allianz of Germany to buy the general insurance business of Janashakthi Insurance of Sri Lanka has opened the opportunity for similar transactions in the field of insurance in the country. Local insurance companies could look at joining up with foreign insurance companies to form joint business ventures, etc. The increase in the presence of global insurance companies in Sri Lanka would bring the standards of the Sri Lankan insurance business on par with international levels.
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