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Fidelity National's Unit to Divest F&G Re to Aspida Holdings

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Fidelity National Financial Inc.’s (FNF - Free Report) unit F&G has agreed to divest F&G Reinsurance Ltd (F&G Re) to Aspida Holdings Ltd. (Aspida), an indirect subsidiary of Ares Management Corporation. The transaction, pending approvals, is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020.

F&G, a part of Fidelity National family of companies, is a leading provider of annuities and life insurance. F&G Re is a Bermuda-based subsidiary of F&G that provides reinsurance solutions to third-party life and annuity companies. It had $2 billion in invested assets as of Jun 30, 2020.

The proceeds from the divestiture will be deployed for general corporate purposes, including funding growth opportunities at F&G. The divestiture is in sync with F&G's strategy to intensify focus on its core retail franchise and expand presence in the bank and broker dealer channel. However, this divestiture will have no material impact on Fidelity National’s results.

Concurrently, F&G and Aspida (via F&G Re) will enter into a flow reinsurance agreement with respect to F&G's MYGA products on a coinsurance fund withheld basis.  This reinsurance agreement is expected to strengthen F&G's competitive position in new and existing channels.

Recently, American Financial Group (AFG - Free Report) agreed to divest Lloyd’s-based insurer Neon, which has not been able to achieve American Financial’s profitability target.  This will mark American Financial’s exit from the Lloyd’s of London insurance market to intensify focus on other specialty property and casualty businesses, redeploy capital in business and growth opportunities that have potential to earn targeted returns on investment, improve earnings, and enhance long-term value for shareholders.

Shares of Fidelity National have lost 30.9% compared with its industry’s decrease of 10.9%. However, this Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) leading title insurance and settlement services provider, boasting leading market share in the residential purchase, refinance, and commercial markets is well poised on prudent acquisitions, strategic investments, cost management and solid capital position.

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