Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE: GNW) and China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co., Ltd. (Oceanwide) today announced they have agreed to a second waiver and agreement of each party's right to terminate the previously announced merger agreement. The second waiver and agreement extends the previous deadline of Nov. 30, 2017, to April 1, 2018, and allows additional time for regulatory reviews of the transaction.
"We are making good progress in our discussions with a U.S. third-party service provider about proposed mitigation approaches, which justified the merger agreement extension, and we expect to refile our joint voluntary notice with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United Stated (CFIUS) in the near term," said Tom McInerney, president and CEO of Genworth. "Our Board continues to strongly believe that the transaction with Oceanwide is the best option for our shareholders, policyholders and other stakeholders."
LU Zhiqiang, chairman of Oceanwide added, "I believe the merger will strengthen Genworth's financial position in the U.S. as well as address the increasing need for long term care insurance in China, which is why we remain committed to the transaction and look forward to continuing to work closely with Genworth and the regulators reviewing our transaction to close the transaction as soon as possible."
As previously announced, Genworth and Oceanwide withdrew their most recent joint voluntary notice to CFIUS with the intent to refile with additional mitigation approaches, including potentially working with a U.S. third-party service provider. Both parties are fully committed to continuing to work on robust mitigation proposals; however, there can be no assurances that CFIUS will ultimately agree to clear a transaction between Genworth and Oceanwide on terms acceptable to the parties or at all.
In addition to clearance by CFIUS, the closing of the proposed transaction remains subject to the receipt of required regulatory approvals in the U.S., China and other international jurisdictions and other closing conditions. Genworth and Oceanwide remain committed to satisfying the closing conditions under the merger agreement as soon as possible.
About Genworth Financial
Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE: GNW) is a Fortune 500 insurance holding company committed to helping families achieve the dream of homeownership and address the financial challenges of aging through its leadership positions in mortgage insurance and long term care insurance. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Genworth traces its roots back to 1871 and became a public company in 2004. For more information, visit genworth.com.
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Oceanwide is a privately held, family owned international financial holding group founded by LU Zhiqiang. Headquartered in Beijing, China, Oceanwide's well-established and diversified businesses include operations in financial services, energy, culture and media, and real estate assets globally, including in the United States.
Oceanwide is the controlling shareholder of the Shenzhen-listed Oceanwide Holdings Co., Ltd. and Minsheng Holdings Co. Ltd.? the Hong Kong-listed China Oceanwide Holdings Limited and China Oceanwide International Financial Limited, (formerly known as Quam Limited)? the privately-held Minsheng Securities, Minsheng Trust, and Asia Pacific Property & Casualty Insurance? and it is the single largest shareholder of Australia-listed CuDECO Ltd. China Oceanwide also is a minority investor in Shanghai-listed China Minsheng Bank and Hong Kong-listed Legend Holdings. In the United States, Oceanwide has real estate investments in New York, California, and Hawaii. Businesses controlled by Oceanwide have more than 10,000 employees globally.