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Athene Holding Ltd. to Acquire Aviva’s U.S. Annuity and Life Business

December 21, 2012 This content is categorized as:

Athene Holding Ltd., a Bermuda-based insurance holding company ("Athene Holding", and together with its subsidiaries, "Athene"), announced today that it will acquire Aviva plc's U.S. annuity and life operations ("Aviva USA"), including Aviva Life and Annuity Company, based in Iowa, and Aviva Life and Annuity Company of New York. Athene will acquire Aviva USA, which has approximately $56 billion of statutory admitted assets as of September 30, 2012, for a purchase price of $1.55 billion. The transaction is expected to close in 2013, subject to customary conditions and regulatory approvals.

Upon closing, the combination of Aviva USA and Athene Holding's primary U.S operating subsidiary, Athene Annuity & Life Assurance Company, a Delaware-domiciled insurer focused on retail fixed and indexed annuity sales and reinsurance ("Athene Annuity"), will result in the second largest issuer of fixed indexed annuities in the United States.

Aviva USA, to be renamed Athene USA, will be the parent for Athene's U.S operations and will be headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa. Athene is committed to retaining a substantial employee base in Des Moines as the centerpiece of Athene USA's nationwide operations.

"With this acquisition, Athene is a leader in the fixed annuity space," said James R. Belardi, CEO of Athene. "The purchase of Aviva's U.S annuity business will add significant scale to our retails sales and reinsurance operations and provides Athene with best in class operational capabilities."

Athene was advised by Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Lazard and Sidley Austin LLP on the transaction.

About Athene Holding Ltd.

Athene Holding is a life insurance holding company focused principally on the retirement market and whose business, through its subsidiaries, is focused primarily on issuing and reinsuring fixed and equity indexed annuities and writing funding agreements and funding agreement-backed notes. Athene Holding's principal subsidiaries are Athene Annuity & Life Assurance Company, a Delaware-domiciled insurance company, Athene Life Insurance Company, a Delaware-domiciled insurance company, and Athene Life Re Ltd., a Bermuda-based reinsurer.

Athene Holding was formed in 2008 by James R. Belardi, formerly President of SunAmerica Life Insurance Company and Chief Investment Officer of AIG Retirement Services, Inc. and Chip Gillis, former head of Bear Stearns' Insurance Solutions Group and was sponsored by an affiliate of Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE:APO) to provide solutions to the growing need for tax efficient savings vehicles to support retiring baby boomers. The product offered by Athene Holding, through its subsidiaries, include:

  • Retail fixed and equity indexed annuity products
  • Institutional products, such as funding agreements
  • Co-insurance and reinsurance arrangements with third party life insurance and annuity providers

Further information about our companies can be found at www.athene.com


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