Genworth Financial and China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co. Ltd. said Thursday that they have postponed the consummation of their deal a 16th time, to Nov. 30.
But the companies said China Oceanwide “has reached a general agreement with Hony Capital on the key commercial terms and conditions of its $1.8 billion offshore financing plan to complete the acquisition of Genworth.”
Genworth is a Richmond, Virginia-based mortgage insurer that has been a major player in the life insurance, annuity and long-term care insurance markets.
China Oceanwide is a Beijing-based real estate developer and financial services company. It agreed to pay $2.7 billion for Genworth in October 2016.
Hony Capital is an arm of Legend Holdings of Beijing. Legend Holdings is best known in the United States for being the controlling shareholder of the Lenovo Group.
China Oceanwide had arranged deal financing early on, but it has to refresh the financing arrangement because of regulatory approval delays that put off the deal closing date, according to Genworth and China Oceanwide.
The companies said China Oceanwide now needs more time to nail down financing arrangement details, in part because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in part because the companies were still missing some major regulatory approvals up until March.
China Oceanwide “has not reached a final agreement with Hony Capital on all terms and conditions due to the logistical challenges presented by the global pandemic, including travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine requirements,” the companies said. “These challenges have significantly lengthened the time required for Oceanwide and Hony Capital to hold in-person discussions to finalize these terms and conditions.”