Exor and Covéa sign a Definitive Agreement for the sale of PartnerRe for $9 Billion (€7.8 Billion)
The closing of the transaction is expected in mid-2022. Transaction will reinforce PartnerRe’s strategy, further confirming its status as one of the world’s leading reinsurers. Exor and Covéa to expand their reinsurance and investment cooperation.
Covéa, a leading French mutual insurer and Exor, the leading diversified holding company controlled by the Agnelli family, have signed, following the completion of the required consultation with works councils, a Definitive Agreement under which Covéa will acquire PartnerRe, the global reinsurer wholly-owned by Exor.
The agreed cash consideration of $9.0 billion (approximately €7.8 billion) to be paid by Covéa on the closing of the transaction is based on a consolidated common shareholders’ equity value of $7 billion. Preferred Shares issued by PartnerRe and listed on the NYSE will not be included in the proposed acquisition.
This transaction with Covéa will reinforce PartnerRe’s development as a great company in its industry thanks to a significant increase in the scale and capital strength that membership of a larger financial institution will bring, and the value that it represents for its clients.
Following a successful closing of the transaction, Exor and Covéa will continue their reinsurance cooperation, with Exor acquiring from Covéa interests in special purpose reinsurance vehicles managed by PartnerRe for approximately $725 million. Covéa, Exor and PartnerRe will also continue to invest jointly in Exor-managed funds with reinforced alignment of interests.
Subsequent to the announcement of the transaction in October, both S&P Global Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service affirmed Covéa rating (AA-, stable outlook, Aa3, stable outlook). Moody’s Investors Service affirmed PartnerRe rating (A1, stable) and S&P Global ratings revised positively its outlook on PartnerRe (A+, stable). AM Best ratings on Covéa (A, Excellent, stable) and PartnerRe (A+, Superior, stable) remained unchanged. These announcements reflect Covéa and PartnerRe financial strength.
Subject to obtaining approvals from the applicable regulatory and competition authorities, it is expected that the transaction will complete in mid-2022, based on PartnerRe’s audited consolidated common shareholders’ equity as at 31 December 2021.
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