Britain’s Royal & Sun Alliance Sells U.S. Business to Management

October 1, 2006

Britain’s Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Group PLC said last week it will sell its U.S. operations to management for 158 million pounds ($298.9 million) and cancel the company’s listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

Royal & Sun said in 2003 that it did not consider the U.S. business central to its main operations and closed it to new business, the company said in a statement.

The sale of the unit, which is operating under the name of Arrowpoint Capital Corp., will result in a loss of about 443 million pounds ($838.1 million).

“The sale of the U.S. operation is the right deal for our shareholders,” Chief Executive Andy Haste said. “The transaction will bring certainty and finality and delivers on our objective of a clean exit from the U.S.”

Royal & Sun’s U.S. operations are based in Delaware, where the company employs about 700 people. The business provides insurance coverage for workers’ compensation claims, asbestos claims, and financial transactions.

Royal & Sun had said in June it would slash almost 7 percent of its global work force, some 1,550 jobs, by the middle of 2008 as part of a cost-cutting plan.

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