Sovereign to be acquired by AIA Group Limited
Sovereign’s parent company, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), has today announced that it has agreed to sell its
life insurance businesses in New Zealand (Sovereign) and Australia (CommInsure) to AIA Group Limited (“AIA”) for AUD
Under the terms of sale, ASB and CBA will enter into 20-year distribution agreements with AIA for the continued
provision of life insurance products to customers in New Zealand and Australia respectively. Sovereign and ASB customers
will retain all the current benefits of their existing policies, while benefiting from AIA’s worldwide expertise,
innovation capabilities and commitment to its customers and distribution partners.
Sovereign CEO Nick Stanhope says: “This transaction represents the next exciting stage in Sovereign’s evolution. We are
the product of several mergers and acquisitions of our own – so the prospect of becoming part of the AIA family, as our
industry continues to consolidate globally, is an exciting prospect.
“We remain dedicated to providing our customers with the best products and service and we are confident that this will
be a great fit for our customers, distribution partners, and our people,” Mr Stanhope says.
AIA Group Chief Executive and President, Ng Keng Hooi, says: “The new long-term partnership will significantly expand
our access to potential new customers and enable us to engage with them in a new way through CBA and ASB's extensive
retail bank networks. We look forward to welcoming our new customers and colleagues and to working together with CBA and
ASB on our shared objective of increasing life insurance penetration across the banks' 13 million customers in Australia
and New Zealand.”
The transaction is expected to be completed in 2018, but is subject to certain conditions, including regulatory
approvals in New Zealand, Australia and China.
For further information regarding CBA’s announcement to the ASX today, please click here: http://www.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20170921/pdf/43mhnzcfywb1rs.pdf