CF Corporation Completes Acquisition of Fidelity & Guaranty Life
December 5, 2017 by FGL Holdings
NEW YORK and DES MOINES, Iowa, Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — CF Corporation (NASDAQ: CFCO) (“CF Corp.”), HRG Group, Inc. (NYSE: HRG) and Fidelity & Guaranty Life (NYSE: FGL) (“FGL”), a leading provider of fixed indexed annuities and life insurance in the U.S., announced today that they have completed their previously announced merger transaction under which CF Corp. acquired FGL for $31.10 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $1.835 billion, plus the assumption of $405 million of existing debt.
Upon completion of this acquisition, CF Corp. has changed its name to FGL Holdings and will trade on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol FG commencing on December 1, 2017. The FGL Holdings companies include Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company, an Iowa-domiciled company offering annuities and life insurance products, Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company of New York, a New York domiciled company offering annuities and life insurance products, F&G Re Ltd, a Bermuda-based reinsurer, and Front Street Re, a Cayman-based reinsurer.
Messrs. Chinh E. Chu and William P. Foley, II, co-founders of CF Corp., are serving as Co-Chairmen of the Board of FGL Holdings, which will be composed of a majority of independent directors. Chris Littlefield, President and Chief Executive Officer of the newly named FGL Holdings, is continuing to lead the management team.
Mr. Chu said, “We are pleased to complete this important transaction and are excited about the future of FGL Holdings. We look forward to working closely with Chris and the rest of the management team to provide industry-leading retirement savings and life insurance products to policyholders and drive value for our shareholders as FGL Holdings enters its next phase of growth.”
Mr. Foley added, “FGL Holdings is a high-quality enterprise serving the retirement needs of an important market. We believe this transaction will enable us to generate meaningful returns for our shareholders and deliver best-in-class solutions for policyholders.”
Mr. Ehsan Zargar—HRG Group Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary—noted, “This is a tremendous transaction and we are very happy to have completed it for the benefit of all shareholders. We thank all of the parties for their efforts in navigating this transaction through to a successful outcome.”
Mr. Littlefield added, “We are excited to establish ourselves as FGL Holdings and are well positioned to enter our next chapter. We remain focused on continuing to provide our distribution partners, agents and policyowners with compelling insurance products that serve their needs and generate value for all our stakeholders.”
Key Transaction Terms and Details
The transaction was financed with $1.2 billion from CF Corp.’s IPO and forward purchase agreements, and more than $700 million in additional new common and preferred equity. Funds advised by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities, funds advised by GSO Capital Partners LP (Blackstone’s credit platform) and Fidelity National Financial, Inc. provided a full backstop funding commitment to ensure certainty of funding.
Subsidiaries of FGL Holdings have entered into investment management agreements with affiliates of Blackstone. This agreement provides access to Blackstone’s superior investment management and strategic oversight capabilities to drive additional value creation for FGL Holdings and policyholders, while continuing FGL Holdings’ current focus on high-quality investment grade assets.
In connection with the transaction, CF Corp. also acquired certain reinsurance companies from HRG Group, a diversified holding company and FGL’s former largest shareholder.
About FGL Holdings
FGL Holdings, through its subsidiaries, offers fixed index annuities and life insurance products and partners with an established network of independent marketing organizations and their independent agents to distribute these products.
The FGL Holdings family of companies includes
- Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company, an annuity and life insurance company based in Des Moines, IA
- Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company of New York
- F&G Re Ltd, a Bermuda-based reinsurer
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