AMMB and Liberty in RM2.29bil deal to create top auto insurer

By THE STAR | 19 July 2021

KUALA LUMPUR: AMMB Holdings Bhd said its 51% owned AmGeneral Holdings Berhad (AGHB) has entered into an agreement with Liberty Insurance Bhd to dispose AmGeneral Insurance Bhd (AGIB) for RM2.29bil for cash and shares.

The deal, subject to regulatory approvals, will give AMMB a 30% equity interest in LIB and AGIB.

"Upon completion of the proposed disposal, AMMB and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company (the parent company of LIB) will hold a 30% and a 70% equity stake respectively in LIB and AGIB," AMMB said in a filing today.

"AMMB will be accounting for the proposed disposal as a disposal of subsidiary and, subsequently, will account for the 30% retained interest in LIB and AGIB as an associate undertaking," it added.

The proposed disposal will also see AMMB Group entering into a 20-year new bancassurance partnership.

"Further details on the proposed disposal will be announced in due course," AMMB said.

Meanwhile, in a separate statement Liberty Mutual Insurance said that LIB and AGIB operations will be merged at a subsequent date.

"Following the merger, it is expected that the combined entity will become the largest auto insurer and second-largest property and casualty insurer in Malaysia."