Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE: GNW) and China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co., Ltd. (Oceanwide) today announced they have agreed to an eighth waiver and agreement of each party’s right to terminate the previously announced merger agreement. The eighth waiver and agreement extends the previous deadline of January 31, 2019 to March 15, 2019 in consideration of pending regulatory reviews and the upcoming Chinese New Year/Spring Festival holiday, which begins on February 4.
The transaction has received all required U.S. insurance regulatory approvals. The closing of the transaction remains subject to other conditions, including the receipt of other required regulatory approvals in Canada and by the U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). In addition, Oceanwide will need to receive clearance in China for currency conversion and the transfer of funds.
“We are pleased with the momentum we’ve recently achieved with the receipt of required approvals by all of our state regulators, the countries of Australia and New Zealand, and the U.S. Government-Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,” said Tom McInerney, president and CEO of Genworth. “In the meantime, we continue to be actively engaged with FINRA and the Canadian government as they review our transaction.”
Added LU Zhiqiang, chairman of Oceanwide: “We remain committed to the transaction, including the $1.5 billioncontribution to Genworth over time following the consummation of the transaction. The first tranche of $500 million is expected to be contributed by March 31, 2019, with the remainder expected to be contributed by the end of 2019.”
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, technology information services, 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 Tonghai International Financial Limited (formerly known as Quam Limited); the privately-held International Data Group, 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.
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