The Deal: Lloyds Sells Germany's Heidelberger, U.K. Loans
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Lloyds Banking Group
The London seller said the disposal of Heidelberger Lebensversicherung"is in line with the group's strategy of rationalizing its international presence and ensuring value for shareholders" and would lift group Tier One capital by about £400 million, while generating a loss of about £330 million.
Heidelberger Lebensversicherung has 600,000 policies and had assets of ¿5.2 billion as of year-end. Cinven said the new 80/20 joint venture with Hannover Re which is acquiring the business will use Heidelberger as a "consolidation platform" to buy other life insurance portfolios in the fragmented German market, the third-largest in Europe.
Cinven is replicating the strategy it employed in the U.K. with Guardian Financial Services, which it bought in November 2011 from Aegon
"We are looking forward to supporting the Heidelberger Leben management team with our expertise in building a similar platform in the German market," said Cinven Partner Caspar Berendsen in a statement. "Being the first German consolidation platform for life insurance portfolios, Heidelberger Leben will benefit from the continuing changes in the market and will make a key contribution to the strategic options for the German life insurance industry."
Michael Slatter will remain Heidelberger's CEO, while the joint venture partners will install Rolf-Peter Hoenen, a former CEO of insurer HUK-Coburg-Allgemeine Versichersung AG, and former president of the German Insurance Association, as nonexecutive chairman.
The Cinven/Hannover RE joint venture plans to invest a further ¿25 million in IT at Heidelberger, which had a statutory loss of £38 million in 2012, according to Lloyds.