Allianz announces home insurance deal with L&G

Tue, 30 Apr 2019 | DIVISION SALE



Allianz has revealed that they're holding "exclusive talks" with Legal & General amid plans to buy their home insurance business for up to £350 million.

The German insurance giant has stated that it is in advanced talks to buy the L&G home and pet insurance division, which was put up for sale towards the end of last year.

A successful acquisition of L&G's home insurance branch would make Allianz a much larger presence in the UK market, particularly after their 2017 deal for a joint venture with LV=, which made them the third largest personal insurance in Britain. Allianz had paid an impressive £500 million for a 49 per cent stake in the LV= general insurance business.

According to a source close to Allianz, the deal could be worth between £250 million and £350 million and is thought to be close to being finalised, although it could still fall through.

The exclusive talks with Allianz follows news in December that a number of the country's largest insurance groups were hoping to bid on L&G's home and pet insurance division. Potential candidates included Direct Line, which was thought to be preparing an offer of around £400 million.

Despite the potentially lower offer from Allianz, L&G has expanded significantly under the leadership of chief executive Nigel Wilson, who took over leadership of the company in 2012.

With Wilson at the helm, the firm has gained a greater market share and last month became the first British investment manager to look after more than £1 trillion of savers' money. The firm also revealed last year that it has total assets of £32.2 billion.


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