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Delek scraps agreement to sell stake in Phoenix to Sirius

IBR Staff Writer Published 03 July 2018

Sirius International Insurance’s proposed $684m acquisition of the Delek Group’s 52.25% stake in Israeli insurance company Phoenix has been scrapped after failing to get the necessary regulatory approvals.

In last November, the Bermuda-based Sirius signed a deal with Delek under which the former would buy out the latter’s stake in two stages.

First, Sirius proposed to acquire a stake of 4.9% in Phoenix for NIS208m ($56.67m) in September 2017. Later on, it exercised its option to buy the remaining Delek’s stake of 47.35% in the Israeli insurance firm for NIS2.3bn ($628m).

Sirius International Insurance Group CEO Allan Waters in November 2017 said that the Bermudian insurer was planning to bring new products to the Israeli market through its equity investment in Phoenix.

The stake in Phoenix was also expected to help Sirius gain access to Israel’s technology center and the scope to develop insurance technology solutions.

Sirius is a global (re)insurance company, which was founded in 1945 in Sweden with corporate headquarters in Hamilton, Bermuda. The company, which had registered $2.8bn of GAAP capital and had written $1.3bn of premiums in 2016, said that Phoenix was found to be a good fit to its business.

However, the deal fell apart after the Israel-based Delek Group said that the mandatory regulatory approvals listed in the agreement with Sirius could not be obtained within a specific date, which were the conditions defined for completion of the deal. As a result, the company said that the agreement with Sirius is now null and void.

Sirius failed to secure regulatory clearances for its proposal from Israel’s Capital Markets, Insurance, and Savings Authority, reported Globes.

Despite the fall out of the Sirius deal, Delek Group said that it will continue to pursue selling its stake in Phoenix.

Founded in 1949, Phoenix offers a range of insurance products in Israel such as life, personal accident, travel, home apart from providing savings products, pensions, and provident and education funds and other services and products.


Image: Phoenix is an Israeli insurance company with a portfolio of life, home, personal accident and other insurance products. Photo: courtesy of David Castillo Dominici/Freedigitalphotos.net.