- ING announced today that it has reached an agreement to sell ING Life Korea, its wholly owned life insurance business in South Korea, to MBK Partners for a total purchase price of approximately KRW 1.84 trillion (EUR 1.24 billion at current exchange rates). Under the terms of the agreement, ING will hold an indirect stake of approximately 10% in ING Life Korea for an amount of KRW 120 billion (EUR 80 million at current exchange rates). ING has also reached a licensing agreement that will allow ING Life Korea to continue to operate under the ING brand for a maximum period of five years. In addition, over the course of one year, ING will continue to provide technical support and advice to ING Life Korea.
- ING Group
- Sale is next major step in divestment of Asian insurance/investment management units
- ING to receive total cash proceeds of approx. KRW 1.84 trillion (EUR 1.24 billion)
- ING to hold an indirect stake of around 10% in ING Life Korea for approx. EUR 80 million
- Transaction result expected to be approx. EUR -950 million
“This transaction is a major step in the divestment of our Asian insurance and investment management activities. Together with the scheduled payment of the next tranche of the core Tier 1 securities to the Dutch State in November 2013, this will bring us further into the end phase of the restructuring of our company,” said Jan Hommen, CEO of ING Group. “I am convinced that with the support of MBK Partners, ING Life Korea will continue to grow its customer offering and build on its position as the fifth-largest insurance company in the Korean market. Through its 10% stake, ING will be able to benefit from that growth potential.”
ING has made great strides in delivering on its programme to divest its insurance businesses as announced in 2009. Since then, ING has sold its insurance and investment management operations in Canada, Australia & New Zealand and Latin America, and a large portion of its insurance and investment management activities in Asia. In May 2013, ING’s U.S.-based retirement, investment and insurance business was successfully listed on the New York Stock Exchange, reducing ING’s stake to approximately 71%. ING has accelerated preparations for the IPO of its European insurance and investment management businesses to be ready to go to market in 2014. The process to divest the remaining insurance and investment management businesses is on-going and any further announcements will be made if and when appropriate.
Total cash proceeds for the sale of ING Life Korea amount to KRW 1.84 trillion (EUR 1.24 billion at current exchange rates). MBK Partners is executing the transaction announced today through Life Investment Ltd, a private equity fund and will manage the investment in ING Life Korea for MBK Partners as well as for other investors in the fund. As part of the transaction, ING will hold an indirect stake of approximately 10% in ING Life Korea for an amount of KRW 120 billion (EUR 80 million at current exchange rates) which will be held by ING Insurance (ING Verzekeringen N.V.). As previously announced, the proceeds of the transaction will be used to further reduce the debt of ING Insurance.
The transaction values ING Life Korea at 9.2x fiscal year 2012 earnings (ending on 31 March 2013) and 0.73x book value as per 31 March 2013, both on a local Korean GAAP basis
The transaction is expected to result in an after-tax loss for ING Group of approximately EUR 950 million, to be booked in the third quarter of 2013. The final transaction result at closing is subject to potential adjustments customary for this type of transaction.
The transaction announced today is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013. It does not impact ING’s Commercial Banking activities in South Korea.
Established in 1987, ING Life Korea is South Korea’s largest foreign life insurer, with about 1.3 million customers, more than 1,000 employees and approximately 6,800 tied agents. It offers a comprehensive suite of life insurance products across the customer lifecycle.
Established in March 2005, MBK Partners is the largest private equity firm in Korea and one of the largest private equity groups in the Asia-Pacific region, with over USD 8 billion in capital under management. MBK Partners focuses on buyouts in Korea, Japan and China and is registered with the Financial Supervisory Commission as a domestic private equity firm in Korea. With offices in Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong, MBK Partners has 20 investee companies in its portfolio, with over USD 5.8 billion in aggregate revenues and 292,000 employees. The Firm has a track record of investments in financial services, including a bank, an insurance company, a leasing company and a consumer financing company in Korea and China. MBK Partners is a long-term investor and is committed to advancing the development of the financial services industry in its markets. The Firm’s investors include public and corporate pension funds, financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds and funds of funds from around the world as well as its home markets of Korea, Japan and China.