Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG announced that one of its operating units, Allied World Assurance Company, Ltd. has reached definitive agreements to acquire the Hong Kong and Singapore operations of Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc (RSA) for approximately $215 million.
“The transaction complements Allied World’s global specialist insurance strategy by providing meaningful additional scale in the region,” said the announcement.
“The business includes a niche group of specialty lines, including casualty, construction and engineering, marine and property. RSA has a long history in the region, with connections that go back over 40 years in Hong Kong and over 180 years in Singapore. In 2013, the businesses had total gross premiums written of approximately $250 million.”
President and CEO Scott Carmilani described the acquisition as a “truly unique opportunity to acquire leading specialty businesses in key Asian markets. This transaction will significantly deepen and broaden our presence in Asia. The business brings regional market leadership, complementary product offerings, extensive distribution and an experienced and talented management team to Allied World, strengthening our global insurance franchise.”
Under the terms of the transaction, Allied World will acquire the in-force portfolio and related assets and liabilities of both branches. Allied World’s current operations in Hong Kong and Singapore include an established commercial insurance business.
The bulletin also explained that “subject to adjustments, on completion, Allied World will fund the purchase price of $215 million with cash on hand. In addition to the purchase price, Allied World expects that an additional $90 million will likely be required to appropriately capitalize the business on an ongoing basis.
“The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals in Singapore and Hong Kong as well as court approval in Singapore, is expected to be completed during the first half of 2015 and to be accretive to Allied World’s earnings immediately.
“Barclays is acting as financial advisor to Allied World and Baker & McKenzie is acting as legal counsel.”
Source: Allied World Assurance