IAG agrees sale of 26% interest in SBI General
17 Oct 2019
IAG has agreed to sell the whole of its 26% interest in its joint venture with the State Bank of India, SBI General Insurance Company (SBI General), via two transactions.
Agreements have been reached with:
- Napean Opportunities LLP (part of Premji Invest) to acquire a 16.01% interest; and
- an affiliate of Warburg Pincus LLC to acquire a 9.99% interest.
IAG Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Peter Harmer said: “IAG has enjoyed a strong and successful relationship with the State Bank of India since establishing the SBI General joint venture in 2009. With our sharpened focus on our core territories of Australia and New Zealand, now is the right time for IAG to exit its investment in SBI General.”
The transactions, which are subject to regulatory processes and approvals, are expected to complete during IAG’s financial year ending 30 June 2020.
Total consideration amounts to over $640 million based on the current exchange rate. Once both transactions are complete, this is expected to result in an increase in IAG’s regulatory capital position of more than $400 million and a net profit after tax of over $300 million, which will be recognised in IAG’s FY20 results.