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Monday 01 November, 2021

Phoenix Group Hldgs

Ark Life Assurance Sale Completion

RNS Number : 9740Q
Phoenix Group Holdings PLC
01 November 2021
 

LEI: 2138001P49OLAEU33T68

 

Phoenix Group completes the sale of Ark Life Assurance Company

 

Phoenix Group Holdings plc ("Phoenix Group" or "the Group") today announces the completion of the sale of Ark Life Assurance Company DAC ("Ark Life") to Irish Life Group Limited ("Irish Life") for a total cash consideration of €230 million (£198 million)1. The transaction was initially announced on 13 July 2021 and all regulatory approvals have now been received.

 

The cash consideration represents 0.91x 2 Solvency II Own Funds and the sale proceeds have been received today upon completion. The transaction is not expected to materially impact Phoenix Group's Solvency or Long-Term Free Cash positions.

 

This transaction simplifies Phoenix Group's European operations and accelerates the cash release from this business. The Group expects to redeploy the capital into higher return growth opportunities to drive incremental future cash generation.

 

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Enquiries

Investors/analysts:


Claire Hawkins, Director of Corporate Affairs, Phoenix Group

+44 (0)20 3735 0575

Andrew Downey, Investor Relations Director, Phoenix Group

+44 (0)20 3735 0160

Media:


Douglas Campbell , Teneo

+44 (0)775 313 6628

Shell ie Wells , Corporate Communications Director, Phoenix Group

+44 (0)20 373 5 0922

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Footnotes

1.  Exchange rate of GBP/EUR of £1/€1.16

2.  Price to own funds as at 31 December 2020

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