26 April 2011
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SCOR becomes the second largest Life reinsurer in the United States through the acquisition of
Transamerica Re's mortality business from AEGON
Denis Kessler, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of SCOR SE, comments: "The acquisition of Transamerica Re's mortality portfolio will mark a new milestone in the history of SCOR. This transaction relates only to biometric risks, and is fully consistent with SCOR's strategy and risk appetite. The rebalancing of the Life reinsurance book between the United States, Asia and Europe, while enlarging the Group's footprint and significantly expanding our global franchise, will also provide additional stability to the Group.
This transaction will be financed through own funds and a potential limited debt issuance, without the issuance of new shares. It satisfies the Group's profitability criteria and is expected to create value for SCOR's shareholders.
This transaction paves the way towards a fruitful and long-lasting partnership with AEGON over the next fifteen years."
1. A growth opportunity that perfectly fits the Group's strategic orientations
Transamerica Re's mortality business perfectly fits SCOR's strategic orientations, which involve focusing its Life reinsurance activities on biometric risks, as reiterated in the Group's strategic plan for the period 2010-2013, "Strong Momentum".
The transaction excludes Transamerica Re's other activities, i.e. structured solutions and fixed and variable annuities, which are not in line with SCOR's strategic orientations.
With this transaction, SCOR Global Life (SGL), which combines all of SCOR's Life reinsurance activities, will consolidate its position among top-tier worldwide Life reinsurers and become the second largest Life reinsurer in terms of recurring new business volume in the United States, a market representing more than half of the world's Life reinsurance business.
The transaction is expected to lead to a major reinforcement of SGL's position in the United States, with a highly skilled and experienced management team, a strong franchise, a proven infrastructure and an underwriting system of the highest standard. The business to be acquired represents a gross premium volume of USD 2.2 billion in 2010, 87% of which was underwritten in the United States.
With the acquisition of a major mortality risk reinsurance portfolio in the United States, SCOR aims to further increase its geographical diversification, in line with the strategy it has been following for several years. Indeed, the increased share of American business in the SGL portfolio is in line with one of the goals set out in the "Strong Momentum" plan. Finally, the activities of SGL and Transamerica Re are largely complementary, with limited overlaps in their respective franchises.
2. An acquisition consistent with the Group's solvency and profitability targets and with limited execution risk
The acquisition of Transamerica Re's mortality business is expected to bring SCOR a substantial and recurring stream of earnings. SCOR will finance this acquisition through existing resources and a potential limited debt issuance expected to be in the region of EUR 200 million. Moreover, in view of AEGON's support in this respect, there is limited need for additional triple-X collateral. This acquisition is consistent with the "Strong Momentum" plan to target a return of 1000 basis points above the risk-free rate over the period.
With the acquisition of Transamerica Re's mortality business, SCOR maintains the solvency objective set out in its "Strong Momentum" plan, i.e. to offer its clients an "AA" level of security by the end of the plan. The transaction is not expected to impact the Group's rating.
The combined businesses will be managed by the current management team of Transamerica Re, led by Paul E. Rutledge, who is due to join SCOR's executive committee after the consummation of the transaction. Paul Rutledge is supported by a seasoned and talented senior management team, which has unanimously elected to join SCOR on the closing of the transaction (see page 5).
All of SCOR Global Life's operations in the US will be based in Charlotte North Carolina, where Transamerica Re is currently headquartered. SCOR Global Life Americas will be part of the Americas hub, which is based in New York. Furthermore, through this transaction, SCOR will acquire Transamerica International Reinsurance Ireland Limited (TIRI), an entity based in Dublin.
During the period prior to the consummation of the transaction, SGL and Transamerica Re will continue to operate independently, without any business discontinuity, whilst planning to combine their activities as soon as possible once the transaction has been consummated.
As soon as the Transamerica Re business to be acquired by SCOR has been integrated, all business is expected to be fully operational, due in very large part to the complementarity of the structures, the very high quality of the teams and the fact that the acquisition is expected to have no impact on business operations.
3. SCOR will strengthen its dynamics and continue to actively implement its "Strong Momentum" plan
With this transaction, SCOR confirms its dynamics and will enlarge its expertise, deepen its franchise and complement its set of Life systems and tools.
With an expected increase in the volume of its Life business of just over 50%, SCOR will expand its ability to provide its clients with a set of even more comprehensive solutions, over a wider geographic area.
SCOR's growth model is strengthened, with two business engines balanced between Life reinsurance, reinforced with the acquisition of Transamerica Re's mortality business, and Non-Life reinsurance, the dynamism and profitability of which were once again confirmed by the renewals at 1 January 2011.
As set out in the "Strong Momentum" plan, SCOR remains dedicated to the regular, organic growth of its business. This organic growth will be enhanced by the launch of the SGL's four new initiatives detailed in the Group's strategic plan for 2010-2013: to develop a foothold in Australia and New Zealand, to enter the longevity market, to provide Solvency II-related solutions for clients and to support European pension funds. Overall, SCOR will carry on pursuing the technical profitability criteria it has set for all its operations.
SCOR and AEGON, along with their relevant subsidiaries, are now initiating all actions and procedures necessary for the consummation of this transaction, notably those relating to obtaining the authorisations required by the various regulatory authorities. The transaction is expected to be consummated during the third quarter 2011.
BNP Paribas and Citi are acting as financial advisers to SCOR SE, Deutsche Bank as advisor for collateral financing aspects, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP as legal advisers.
Paul Rutledge is President of Transamerica Reinsurance, a position he has held since joining the organization in 1998. Paul has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry. Before joining Transamerica Reinsurance, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Life of Virginia, a consumer business of GE Capital Services. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Duke University and attended Northeastern University for graduate studies in Actuarial Science. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Paul Rutledge is supported by a seasoned management team:
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Please refer to SCOR's document de référence filed with the AMF on 8 March 2011 under number D.11-0103 (the "Document de Référence"), for a description of certain important factors, risks and uncertainties that may affect the business of the SCOR Group. As a result of the extreme and unprecedented volatility and disruption of the current global financial crisis, SCOR is exposed to significant financial, capital market and other risks, including movements in interest rates, credit spreads, equity prices, and currency movements, changes in rating agency policies or practices, and the lowering or loss of financial strength or other ratings.
 On the basis of a EUR/USD exchange rate as of 21 April 2011 of 1.458
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