Westpac Group today announced it will sell Westpac General Insurance Limited and Westpac General Insurance Services Limited to Allianz and enter into an exclusive 20-year agreement for the distribution of general insurance products to Westpac’s customers.
The sale price of $725m represents a multiple of 1.3x FY20 gross written premium and is estimated to result in a small post-tax gain on sale in FY 2021. The sale of our General Insurance business adds around 12 bps to Westpac’s common equity Tier 1 capital ratio.1
The transaction also includes contingent payments subject to integration milestones and business performance over the next five years, as well as ongoing payments in accordance with the distribution agreement.2
The new distribution arrangement expands the Group’s existing partnership with Allianz, which has seen Westpac distribute a range of Allianz’s products to customers including Auto, Travel, Boat and Business insurance since 2015.
Westpac Group Chief Executive Officer, Peter King, said the agreement was a significant milestone in building a simpler, stronger bank. “This transaction is another step in simplifying our business while continuing to help customers with their general insurance needs.
“General Insurance products are important for many Australians and we are pleased to be entering a long-term partnership with a global insurance expert to continue to help customers protect the things they value,” Mr King said.
Westpac will retain responsibility for certain pre-completion matters and provide protection to Allianz via a combination of provisions, warranties and indemnities.
Completion of the transaction is subject to various regulatory approvals and is expected to occur in Second Half 2021.