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 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.
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.
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 Company Holdings
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