•The deal involved acquisition of a 66 per cent stake in the Jubilee General Insurance Company in Kenya.
•It represents1,522,622 ordinary shares.
Global insurer and asset managers–Allianz has become the majority shareholder in Jubilee General Insurance Limited in Kenya.
This follows the acquisition of a 66 per cent stake in the company, representing 1,522,622 ordinary shares, from Jubilee Holdings Limited (JHL), East Africa’s largest insurance group who are retaining a 34 per cent shareholding in the company.
The acquisition follows the execution of an agreement signed on September 29, 2020, whereby Allianz agreed to acquire the majority shareholding in the short-term general (property and casualty) insurance business operations of JHL in five countries in Africa.
These are Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Mauritius.
Following this acquisition,Jubilee General Insurance Limited in Kenya is now a company of the Allianz Group and upon completion of corporate filings, will operate as “Jubilee Allianz General Insurance Limited”.
The transaction is Allianz’s second direct investment in the country, after establishing Allianz Insurance Company of Kenya Limited as a greenfield operation in 2014.
“Alone and together with the recent acquisitions in leading African markets of Nigeria and Morocco, this transaction is a reflection of Allianz’s long-term commitment to Africa and fits with our ambition to gain leadership positions in key markets in the continent”, said Coenraad Vrolijk, Allianz Africa Regional CEO.
The two companies of Allianz in Kenya, Allianz Insurance Company of Kenya Limited and Jubilee Allianz Insurance Limited will continue to operate separately, until their operations are consolidated into Jubilee Allianz General Insurance Limited, which is subject to regulatory approval.
“All contracts issued by the two companies remain valid and we will continue to honor our commitments and deliver the quality of service that Allianz is known for globally,” said Nandini Wilcke, regional head of mergers and acquisitions for Allianz Africa.
The transaction gives Allianz a bigger platform to offer its wide range of insurance products, from simple digital products to flexible corporate solutions,Vrolijk added.
Nizar Juma, Chairman JHL said: “We are pleased to embark on the first step of our strategic partnership with Allianz, which will support Jubilee’s ambition to increase insurance awareness and accessibility across East Africa by providing innovative, affordable and technically advanced property and casualty insurance products to consumers across the region."
Allianz and JHL will continue to work together to finalize the acquisitions for the businesses in Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and Mauritius, they firms said in a statement to newsrooms.