RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Genworth Financial, Inc. (GNW) and China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co. Ltd (Oceanwide) issued the following update on the status of their efforts to obtain clearance of their proposed transaction from CFIUS.
Genworth and China Oceanwide remain committed to the transaction and have been working cooperatively with CFIUS since they first filed their original voluntary notice in January 2017. In October, the two parties withdrew their joint voluntary notice with the intent to refile the transaction with an additional mitigation approach to further protect the personal data of Genworth policyholders.
"In the interim, we have been working with a leading U.S. third party data administrator to implement a mitigation approach that further protects our U.S. customers' personal private data," said Tom McInerney, president and CEO of Genworth Financial. "We believe further protecting the personal information of our U.S. customers makes our overall mitigation plan more robust than our previous CFIUS filings and expect to file our new mitigation plan in the near term, as soon as the key terms of the additional mitigation approach are finalized."
"We are encouraged by the progress we are making, which is one of the reasons we extended the merger agreement to April 1, 2018," McInerney said. "We continue to work hard with Oceanwide and with our regulators to successfully complete the transaction as soon as possible because we firmly believe this transaction will deliver the best possible outcome for all of our stakeholders."
Said LU Zhiqiang, chairman of Oceanwide, "We remain committed to our transaction with Genworth and look forward to building Genworth's businesses in the U.S. while at the same time bringing Genworth's expertise in long term care and mortgage insurance to China."
There can be no assurances that CFIUS will ultimately agree to clear a transaction between Genworth and Oceanwide on terms acceptable to the parties or at all.
In addition to clearance by CFIUS, the closing of the proposed transaction remains subject to the receipt of state-level regulatory approvals that are pending in Delaware and New York, as well as regulatory reviews in China and other international jurisdictions and other closing conditions.
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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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, 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 Oceanwide International Financial Limited, (formerly known as Quam Limited); the privately-held 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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Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements and factors that may cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties related to: (i) the risk that the transaction with Oceanwide may not be completed in a timely manner or at all, which may adversely affect Genworth's business and the price of Genworth's common stock; (ii) the ability of the parties to find suitable mitigation options to address CFIUS's interests and obtain regulatory approvals, or the possibility that such mitigation options or regulatory approvals may further delay the transaction or may not be capable of being implemented prior to April 1, 2018 (and either or both of the parties may not be willing to further waive their end date termination rights beyond April 1, 2018) or that materially burdensome or adverse regulatory conditions may be imposed in connection with any such regulatory approvals (including those conditions that either or both of the parties may be unwilling to accept); (iii) the risk that a condition to closing of the transaction may not be satisfied; (iv) potential legal proceedings that may be instituted against Genworth in connection with the transaction; (v) the risk that the proposed transaction disrupts Genworth's current plans and operations as a result of the consummation of the transaction; (vi) potential adverse reactions or changes to Genworth's business relationships with clients, employees, suppliers or other parties or other business uncertainties during the pendency of the transaction, including but not limited to such changes that could affect Genworth's financial performance; (vii) certain restrictions during the pendency of the transaction that may impact Genworth's ability to pursue certain business opportunities or strategic transactions; (viii) continued availability of capital and financing to Genworth before the consummation of the transaction; (ix) further rating agency actions and downgrades in Genworth's financial strength ratings; (x) changes in applicable laws or regulations; (xi) Genworth's ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the transaction; (xii) the amount of the costs, fees, expenses and other charges related to the transaction; (xiii) the risks related to diverting management's attention from Genworth's ongoing business operations; (xiv) the impact of changes in interest rates and political instability; (xv) the absence of viable financing alternatives, the impact of other factors on our ability to obtain additional debt funding, including, market conditions, regulatory considerations, the general availability of credit and particularly, to the financial services industry, our credit ratings and credit capacity and the performance of and outlook for our company and our businesses; (xvi) market conditions that may make it difficult to obtain funding or complete asset sales to generate additional liquidity, especially on short notice and when the demand for additional funding in the market is high should we need to do so if the transaction with Oceanwide is not consummated; (xvii) potential further impairments to our access to funding due to our credit or financial strength ratings and our financial condition; (xviii) the sufficiency of our internal liquidity sources to meet our needs and our access to capital may be limited or unavailable; and (xix) other risks and uncertainties described in the Definitive Proxy Statement, filed with the SEC on January 25, 2017, and Genworth's Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on February 27, 2017. 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