Allianz Life and Reinsurance Group of America Announce Large In-Force Reinsurance Transaction
MINNEAPOLIS & ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 22, 2003--Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life) and Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (NYSE:RGA) announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement whereby RGA will acquire through coinsurance the traditional U.S. life reinsurance business of Allianz Life. In the transaction, RGA will pay Allianz Life a ceding commission of $310 million. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2003, with an effective date retroactive to July 1, 2003. Additionally, the two companies have agreed to pursue novation of the business to RGA after the transaction is closed.
A. Greig Woodring, President and Chief Executive Officer of RGA, commented, "We believe this transaction will be a significant win for RGA and its shareholders. It will further strengthen our position in the U.S. marketplace, adding approximately $240 billion of life reinsurance in force to our book of business. We expect this block of business to generate approximately $400 to $450 million in annual premiums. Based upon our estimate of the amount of capital needed to support this business, we expect the transaction to be accretive to earnings immediately. Our U.S. management team will be working diligently over the next six to 12 months to transition the policy information to RGA's systems. We will make this a smooth transition for the underlying ceding companies, many of which are already our customers."
RGA intends to finance the transaction using several sources, including funds available under its current bank credit lines, funds generated by existing operations and its retrocession arrangements. Additional support over the longer term could be provided by proceeds from future debt or equity offerings.
Mark A. Zesbaugh, CEO of Allianz Life of North America, commented, "We are pleased we have reached an agreement with RGA, a company that has superior financial strength as well as significant respect in the reinsurance industry. While our life reinsurance business has been a significant part of Allianz Life for 35 years and produced strong overall results, this transaction allows us to focus on our core markets. The combination of the $310 million ceding commission and the release of required capital will provide substantial funds to support Allianz Life's long-term growth strategy."
Jan Carendi, President and CEO Allianz America, commented, "This transaction is consistent with the Allianz Group strategy and demonstrates our commitment to actively redeploy our capital to our strategic markets."
About Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life(R)) is a leading provider of fixed and variable annuities and long term care products through independent distribution networks and financial institutions in the U.S. Allianz Life is also a major provider of health excess of loss services. Allianz Life headquarters are based in Minneapolis. Allianz Life is a company of the Allianz Group, one of the world's leading financial services providers. Allianz Group is represented in over 70 countries, with more than 60 million customers around the globe, and employs 180,000 people worldwide.
About Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated
Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, RGA Reinsurance Company and RGA Life Reinsurance Company of Canada, is among the largest providers of life reinsurance in North America. In addition to its North American operations, Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated has subsidiary companies or offices in Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. Worldwide, the company has approximately $841 billion of life reinsurance in force, and assets of $10.3 billion. MetLife, Inc. is the beneficial owner of approximately 59 percent of RGA's outstanding shares.
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CONTACT: Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated
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