AIA Group Limited (“AIA” or the “Group”) is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary AIA International Limited has successfully completed its acquisition of Sovereign. As previously disclosed on 21 September 2017, AIA has also entered into a 20-year strategic distribution agreement with ASB Bank, the second largest retail bank in New Zealand*.
AIA Group Regional Chief Executive, Bill Lisle, said, “We are delighted to have completed our acquisition of Sovereign, which is set to significantly transform and expand our presence in New Zealand. We expect it will deliver a highly positive outcome for our customers, partners and advisers here, as well as our fantastic team of employees.”
The AIA Group is the largest life insurer in the world by market capitalisation**, with a presence in 18 markets in the Asia-Pacific region. AIA serves the holders of more than 30 million individual policies and over 16 million participating members of group insurance schemes.
The combined business will transform AIA’s scale and reach to become the market leader in New Zealand’s life insurance market.
Lisle added, “This deal represents only the beginning of our long-term vision in New Zealand. We are committed to helping as many people as possible to live healthier, longer, better lives, through our market-leading programs such as AIA Vitality and our Rehabilitation and Return to Work program.”
Lisle said: “Our new long-term partnership with ASB is a significant opportunity for AIA in New Zealand. We are confident that ASB’s distribution network, combined with AIA’s regional bancassurance capabilities and life insurance product expertise, will deliver strong insurance propositions for our customers.”
AIA New Zealand and Sovereign will continue to operate under their respective brands for the immediate future and until a long-term brand strategy is announced. Both AIA and Sovereign will continue to sell their respective products in the near term.
*Source: ASB. By main customer base
**Source: Bloomberg 31 May 2018
Ingrid Nienaber, AIA Australia
T: +613 9009 4143
Jay Harkness, AIA New Zealand
T: +64 27 836 2533
About AIA Group
AIA Group Limited and its subsidiaries (collectively “AIA” or the “Group”) comprise the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group. It has a presence in 18 markets in Asia-Pacific – wholly-owned branches and subsidiaries in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Korea, the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Vietnam, New Zealand, Macau, Brunei, and Cambodia, as well as a 97 per cent subsidiary in Sri Lanka, a 49 per cent joint venture in India, and a representative office in Myanmar.
The business that is now AIA was first established in Shanghai almost a century ago in 1919. It is a market leader in the Asia-Pacific region (ex-Japan) based on life insurance premiums and holds leading positions across the majority of its markets. It had total assets of US$200 billion as of 31 May 2017.
AIA meets the long-term savings and protection needs of individuals by offering a range of products and services including life insurance, accident and health insurance and savings plans. The Group also provides employee benefits, credit life and pension services to corporate clients. Through an extensive network of agents, partners and employees across Asia-Pacific, AIA serves the holders of more than 30 million individual policies and over 16 million participating members of group insurance schemes.
AIA Group Limited is listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited under the stock code “1299” with American Depositary Receipts (Level 1) traded on the over-the-counter market (ticker symbol: “AAGIY”).
About AIA New Zealand
AIA New Zealand employs over 140 people. Since the company arrived in New Zealand in 1981, AIA New Zealand has consistently provided the market with innovative personal and business insurance products that suit the Kiwi way of life. Today AIA offers a complete range of risk management products that focus on the needs of customers. AIA New Zealand is based in Auckland with regional offices in Wellington and Christchurch. However, through a network of financial advisers, AIA reaches every corner of the country. AIA New Zealand is a member of the Insurance and Savings Ombudsman Scheme and the Health Funds Association of New Zealand. Standard and Poor’s reaffirmed AIA New Zealand’s insurer financial strength rating at AA- in June 2016.
About AIA Australia
AIA Australia is a leading life insurance specialist with over 45 years’ experience. With a unique customer value proposition focused on life, health and wellness, our purpose is to make a difference in people’s lives.
AIA Australia offers a range of products that protect and enhance the lives of more than four million Australians. Our vision is to embrace shared value in championing Australia and New Zealand to be the healthiest and most protected nations in the world. With AIA Vitality – the world’s leading scientifically-backed health and wellness program – we help members to live healthier, longer, better lives.
AIA Australia has been recognised with multiple awards, including being named ANZIIF Life Insurance Company of the Year (2017, 2015, 2013, 2012).
Further information at www.aia.com.au.