RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Genworth Financial, Inc. (GNW) and China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co., Ltd. (Oceanwide) today announced that the Delaware Department of Insurance has approved the proposed acquisition of control by Oceanwide of Genworth's Delaware-domiciled insurance company, Genworth Life Insurance Company (GLIC), as contemplated under the merger agreement entered into by Genworth and Oceanwide on October 21, 2016.
In addition, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have approved Oceanwide's control of Genworth Mortgage Insurance Corporation (GMICO), the flagship company of Genworth's U.S. mortgage insurance business. Their approvals include certain conditions, which are subject to confidentiality obligations. The parties anticipate being able to meet these conditions.
Approval from regulators in Australia and New Zealand was also recently received for the proposed transaction.
"We would like to thank the Delaware Department of Insurance, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and regulators in Australia and New Zealand for their diligence in reviewing our transaction," said Tom McInerney, president and CEO of Genworth. "We look forward to continuing to work with them following completion of the proposed acquisition."
Added LU Zhiqiang, chairman of Oceanwide: "Congratulations to the Oceanwide and Genworth teams for achieving these important milestones. We look forward to closing the transaction as soon as possible."
In addition to the foregoing approvals, 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.
As disclosed on November 30, 2018, Genworth and Oceanwide entered into an updated waiver and agreement to extend the termination date to January 31, 2019, recognizing that securing all required regulatory approvals will likely extend into early 2019.
About Genworth Financial
Genworth Financial, Inc. (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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About China Oceanwide
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 17,000 employees globally.
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