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Britam to sell 340 million shares to Swiss Re for $48m

Published 13 June 2018

Kenyan insurance company Britam is selling 13.81% or 348,504,000 ordinary shares to Swiss Re for an amount of (KES4.8bn) $48m.

Britam Holdings (Britam) has been informed by one of its key shareholders, Plum that Plum has on 11 June 2018 entered into a Share Purchase Agreement (the SPA) with Swiss Re Asset Management Geneva (Swiss Re), pursuant to which Swiss Re will purchase three hundred and forty eight million, five hundred and four thousand (348,504,000) ordinary shares (the Shares) in Britam from Plum (the Proposed Sale). Upon completion of the Proposed Sale, Swiss Re will hold approximately 13.81% of the issued ordinary shares of Britam.

The Proposed Sale is subject to conditions that are customary to transactions of this nature, including but not limited to receipt of regulatory approvals from the Capital Markets Authority, Insurance Regulatory Authority and the Central Bank of Kenya.

The Swiss Re group is one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance, insurance and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer, working to make the world more resilient. It anticipates and manages risk – from natural catastrophes to climate change, from ageing populations to cybercrime.

The Swiss Re group has a long-standing tradition of direct investments in the insurance sector, with the vision to be a supporting force for the development of the global insurance industry. It is a long-term investor with solid financial capability and a focus on adding value to support the growth of its partners. Swiss Reinsurance Company Limited (of the Swiss Re group) is listed on the main segment of the SIX Swiss Exchange.

Britam has also entered into a conditional investor agreement with Swiss Re pursuant to which Britam has agreed to adhere to certain corporate governance, information and compliance and governance standards and undertakings.

It is anticipated that the following benefits will accrue to Britam from Swiss Re’s investment:

(a) Swiss Re will share its experience in mergers and acquisitions, international expansions and capital raising and

(b) Swiss Re will enhance Britam’s financial flexibility and underwriting capacity, and bolster Britam’s industry knowledge and technical expertise by providing access to technical experts within Swiss Re and its global network of investors and market participants.

Source: Company Press Release