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Chinese insurer Anbang buys Dutch SNS Reaal's insurance arm

2015-02-17 09:11 Xinhua Web Editor: Qin Dexing

China's Anbang Insurance Group has acquired Dutch insurance company Vivat from nationalized banking group SNS Reaal, the Dutch Finance Ministry and the bank said Monday.

Under the agreement, Anbang will pay 150 million euros (171 million U.S. dollars) for 100 percent of the shares of Vivat, formerly known as Reaal NV, SNS Reaal said in a statement.

In addition, the Chinese company will inject 770 million to 1 billion euros (879 million to 1.14 billion dollars) to recapitalize the insurer and pay off 552 million euros (630 million dollars) in internal loans to SNS Reaal.

"I am pleased with the results so far," Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said in a separate statement.

"This agreement provides clear perspective on Reaal, its employees and its policyholders. They just remain customer of Reaal Insurance (Vivat) and preserve their rights. The agreement with the wealthy Anbang will strengthen the position of Reaal," he added.

Due to major losses of its real estate branch Property Finance, SNS Reaal was nationalized by The Netherlands in early 2013.

As part of the restructuring plan, Property Finance was separated from SNS Reaal in December 2013. Since then, SNS Reaal has also been looking for a buyer of its insurance arm.

The deal between Anbang and SNS Reaal is subject to approval by Dutch and Chinese regulatory authorities, which is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2015.

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