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Allianz strengthens its presence in the UK

Press release   •   May 31, 2019 07:05 BST

Jon Dye and Steve Treloar

1. Allianz UK to acquire 100 percent of Legal & General Insurance Limited, the general insurance business of Legal & General Group Plc for £242 million.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals.

2. Allianz UK to buy out the remaining 51 percent stake in LV General Insurance Group (LV GIG) for up to £578 million from Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society (LVFS).

The transactions, which are expected to be completed by end of 2019, will:

  • Position Allianz as the *number 2 general insurer in the UK with a 2018 combined gross written premium income of £4,029 million and a market share of 9 percent
  • Establish Allianz as a top 4 insurer in the UK personal home segment
  • Mean 12 million general insurance customers are now part of Allianz in the UK

“With these two transactions, we are pleased to demonstrate our further commitment to the UK market. I look forward to our business continuing to build on a strong reputation for technical excellence and customer centricity,” said Niran Peiris, Member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE, responsible for Global Insurance Lines & Anglo Markets, Reinsurance, Middle East, Africa.

The Legal & General general insurance transaction

Legal & General Insurance Limited is an established and successful provider of personal home insurance products in the UK. In 2018, the business generated £410 million of gross written premiums. As part of the agreement, the Legal & General brand will continue to be used in the UK general insurance market for up to three years. Customers will continue to be supported as normal.

“We are pleased to announce the purchase of the Legal & General general insurance business which supports our commitment to establish Allianz as a leader in the personal lines market in the UK,” said Jon Dye, Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Insurance. “The Allianz business is robustly capitalised, has a strong reputation for its focus on customer service and is committed to delivering the advantages of technology for the benefit of the customer.”

Once the transaction has been completed, the intention is to combine the Legal & General general insurance business with LV GIG.

Steve Treloar, Chief Executive Officer of LV GIG said:

“Over the last few years, we’ve successfully grown our business to become a major household name and the addition of Legal & General’s general insurance business further strengthens our position. Once the business transfers to LV GIG we’ll have over 7 million personal lines customers, a gross written premium of over £2 billion and be a major player in the UK personal lines market.”


The LV GIG Transaction 

Allianz UK has agreed to purchase the remaining 51 percent of LV GIG held by LVFS for a total price of up to £578 million. The transaction is likely to complete at the end of the year.

“Our joint venture has been a great success and taking 100 percent ownership of LV GIG creates the best platform for taking the business forward,” said Jon Dye. “We have experienced the value and the culture that exists within LV GIG and we will continue to protect the integrity of these important assets.”

Ends.

Notes for the media:

*Based on 2017 GlobalData Competitor Analytics: UK General Insurance (excluding Health)

Media Contacts:

Allianz UK :

Mark BishopTel. +44 (0) 1483 552731,e-mail: mark.bishop@allianz.co.uk

Allianz SE:

Holger Klotz Tel.+49 (0) 89 3800 90921, e-mail: holger.klotz@allianz.com

Daniela Markovic Tel.+49 (0) 89 3800 2063, e-mail: daniela.markovic@allianz.com

The information contained in this press release relates to Allianz Insurance plc. Allianz Insurance plc is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz Group.

The Allianz Group is one of the world's leading insurers and asset managers with more than 92 million retail and corporate customers. Allianz customers benefit from a broad range of personal and corporate insurance services, ranging from property, life and health insurance to assistance services to credit insurance and global business insurance. Allianz is one of the world’s largest investors, managing around 673 billion euros on behalf of its insurance customers. Furthermore our asset managers PIMCO and Allianz Global Investors manage more than 1.4 trillion euros of third-party assets. Thanks to our systematic integration of ecological and social criteria in our business processes and investment decisions, we hold the leading position for insurers in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In 2018, over 142,000 employees in more than 80 countries achieved total revenues of 131 billion euros and an operating profit of 11.5 billion euros for the group.

These assessments are, as always, subject to the disclaimer provided below.

Cautionary note regarding forward-looking statements

This document includes forward-looking statements, such as prospects or expectations, that are based on management's current views and assumptions and subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Actual results, performance figures, or events may differ significantly from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Deviations may arise due to changes in factors including, but not limited to, the following: (i) the general economic and competitive situation in the Allianz Group's core business and core markets, (ii) the performance of financial markets (in particular market volatility, liquidity, and credit events), (iii) the frequency and severity of insured loss events, including those resulting from natural catastrophes, and the development of loss expenses, (iv) mortality and morbidity levels and trends, (v) persistency levels, (vi) particularly in the banking business, the extent of credit defaults, (vii) interest rate levels, (viii) currency exchange rates, most notably the EUR/USD exchange rate, (ix) changes in laws and regulations, including tax regulations, (x) the impact of acquisitions including and related integration issues and reorganization measures, and (xi) the general competitive conditions that, in each individual case, apply at a local, regional, national, and/or global level. Many of these changes can be exacerbated by terrorist activities.

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