Anbang Insurance Group Co. agreed to buy HRG Group Inc.’s Fidelity & Guaranty Life for about $1.6 billion in cash to expand in the U.S.
The Chinese company will pay $26.80 per share, or 29 percent more than FG&L’s closing price on April 6, the day that HRG said it would explore a sale of the life insurer, the companies said in a statement Monday. There were 58.8 million shares outstanding as of Aug. 3, according to the target company’s most recent quarterly filing.
Anbang completed a takeover of New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel this year as part of its global expansion. The Beijing-based company has also struck deals recently to buy an office property from Blackstone Group LP and acquire Delta Lloyd NV’s Belgian banking unit, while investing in insurers in South Korea and Belgium. The FG&L purchase will give the firm a foothold in the world’s largest insurance market.
“Anbang Insurance’s ambition is to grow into an international financial service group, with all kinds of insurance services, that lists in the top 10 comprehensive financial groups in the world,” the firm said on its website.
FG&L has about 700,000 policyholders and offers life insurance and annuities, which provide income to retirees. The Des Moines, Iowa-based company had more than $19 billion of investments as of June 30, according to a regulatory filing.
“Our expertise and ongoing commitment to independent agents and the indexed life and indexed annuity insurance markets, coupled with Anbang’s resources, will allow us to continue to grow,” FG&L Chief Executive Officer Chris Littlefield said in the statement.
Anbang has more than 30 million customers and 30,000 employees, operating in businesses from insurance to banking and asset management. The company usually retains local management, said Arielle Patrick, a spokeswoman for the company at Weber Shandwick.
Anbang “will pursue commercial opportunities in the overseas market to help Anbang’s growth and the execution of our global vision,” Patrick said. “Wherever we do business, we will respect and follow the business environment and the legal framework in each local market.”