China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co. Ltd. appears to be getting closer to the day when it has to pay to complete its long-delayed acquisition of Genworth Financial Inc.
The companies announced today that they have cleared one more regulatory obstacle — getting reapproval for the deal from the Virginia Bureau of Insurance.
The companies also pushed the deal completion deadline back to June 30, from today.
The companies say these steps now stand between them and completing the deal:
- Insurance regulators in Delaware must confirm that Delaware’s existing deal approval still applies.
- China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange must reapprove China Oceanwide’s conversion of the funds needed to pay for the deal, and the transfer of the funds needed to pay for the deal.
- China Oceanwide must finalize financing for the deal.
China Oceanwide is a Beijing-based financial services company and real estate developer. It has an 88-story office building and a large residential construction project in Wuhan, a city in China that was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Genworth is a Richmond, Virgina-based company that’s descended from General Electric’s financial services affiliates. It is a major mortgage insurance provider, and it was a major provider of life insurance, annuities and long-term care insurance.
China Oceanwide has been trying to acquire Genworth since October 2016.
The companies have often pushed back their deal completion deadlines. The latest extension period was set to expire today. The companies have now agreed to push the deadline back one more time, to June 30.
The companies appear to imply in the announcement released today that they are pushing the deadline back because of issues related to financing as well as issues related to getting regulatory approvals.
“This three-month extension is a prudent step the parties are taking because of the significantly higher volatility and substantially reduced liquidity in the global financial markets due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has negatively impacted financing global acquisitions,” the companies said in the announcement.
“Given the unprecedented market disruptions, Oceanwide and Genworth believe it is prudent to build in a cushion and extend the deadline to no later than June 30, 2020,” the companies said. “The parties expect that Oceanwide’s existing financing arrangement for debt funding of up to $1.8 billion through Hony Capital will be extended through June 30, 2020.”
Lu Zhiqiang, chairman of China Oceanwide, said in a comment included in the announcement that China Oceanwide remains fully committed to the Genworth transaction.
“I believe the long-term value of Genworth to the Oceanwide family of companies remains very compelling,” Lu said. “However, in light of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on global financial markets, it makes sense to extend the merger agreement to June 30, 2020.”
Tom McInerney, Genworth’s chief executive officer, said Genworth also remains fully committed to closing the transaction as soon as possible.
“The parties are very pleased with the progress made in receiving approval from the New York and Virginia regulators,” McInerney said. “We understand the necessity of the current extension in light of the unprecedented challenges in global financial markets.”
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