|Bid||74.950 x 0|
|Ask||75.000 x 0|
|Day's Range||74.050 - 75.850|
|52 Week Range||58.200 - 88.500|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.03|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||36.80|
|Earnings Date||Aug 19, 2019 - Aug 23, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.67 (0.86%)|
|1y Target Est||10.00|
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- John Malone’s plan to sell Liberty Global Plc’s Swiss operation to Sunrise Communications Group AG has triggered open warfare at the buyer. Sunrise faces two big challenges: Getting the deal done, and stabilizing its shareholder register.Freenet AG, Sunrise’s biggest investor, says the 6.3 billion-franc ($6.4 billion) acquisition is too expensive and doesn’t like the 4.1 billion-franc rights offering arranged to fund it.The German mobile phone company, however, has particular reasons to object. Its high leverage means it probably can’t afford to cough up for the fundraising. If anything, it has an incentive to sell rather than buy Sunrise stock. Whatever Freenet’s motivations, it plans to vote its 25% stake against the rights offering – but the motion only requires simple majority approval to proceed.Sunrise is straining to prevent other investors from taking Freenet’s side. It has accused Freenet’s chief executive officer and chief financial officer, who both sit on its board, of conflicts of interest. It has shut them out of further discussion on the deal, an astonishing move. Meanwhile, it has unearthed further cost savings to help justify the price, which, while no bargain, already seemed justifiable after factoring in the potential gains. But this isn’t the central issue: Sunrise says Freenet’s directors had recently accepted that it would be hard to push for a discount.Sunrise has made reasonable steps to address the main problem: The size of the rights offering. The company has proposed substituting 1 billion francs of the stock sale with a so-called mandatory convertible bond – debt that would turn into equity at a later date when, hopefully, Sunrise’s share price is higher than it is today. This can only be the start.The Zurich-based telecommunications company rightly suggests that it could use more debt to fund the deal. Leverage would be three times Ebitda under the current structure; something closer to four times seems tolerable. That additional step might not be enough for Freenet, but could keep other shareholders onside.There’s a lot at stake. If the transaction falls through, the damage would be worse for Sunrise than Liberty. Malone has better options than renegotiating a fresh sale at a lower price, and isn’t under pressure to raise cash. The Swiss business itself has at least stabilized after is lost subscribers.For Sunrise CEO Olaf Swantee, being shunned by a majority of his investors would leave him in a tight spot. Ambitious CEOs can survive shareholder rebellions: Think of Tidjane Thiam’s aborted tilt at Asian insurer AIA Group Ltd. when he ran Prudential Plc. But a failed deal and a running battle with a financially strained and sizable investor isn’t sustainable.To contact the author of this story: Chris Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Edward Evans at email@example.comThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Chris Hughes is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering deals. He previously worked for Reuters Breakingviews, as well as the Financial Times and the Independent newspaper.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Since getting burned in the financial crisis, HSBC Holdings Plc has been in sell rather than buy mode. But now that it’s out shopping, the bank is looking to splurge. HSBC is eyeing the Asian assets of struggling British insurer Aviva Plc, which could be worth between $3 billion and $4 billion, Bloomberg reporters Dinesh Nair, Manuel Baigorri and Stefania Spezzati wrote Thursday. That would make it one of the bank’s largest purchases since it bought subprime lender Household International for $15.5 billion in 2003.The London-based lender should be prepared to pay even more: Aviva is sure to have many suitors. While the company had a difficult run in Asia, a buyer with more regional presence could better navigate the regulatory hurdles of a fractured market. The bulk of Aviva’s Asian assets are in Singapore, where a large pool of affluent residents has helped gross written premiums rise 13% per year industry-wide, according to Bain & Co. Aviva has 885,000 customers in the Southeast Asian country and was the sixth-largest insurer in Singapore last year – ahead of HSBC. The company accounted for 4.2% of the city-state’s insurance assets in 2018, says Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Steven Lam.A rare, large asset like Aviva is bound to pique the interest of FWD Group Ltd., which Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li built from the ashes of Dutch insurer ING Groep NV’s Asian businesses. FWD, widely believed to be preparing for an initial public offering, has been busy buying assets: Late last year, it snapped up an 80% stake in Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s Indonesian life insurance arm for A$426 million ($302 million). The Japanese, meanwhile, have been avid acquirers of Southeast Asian insurance assets for years, as low growth and negative bond yields at home crimp the savings of its aging population. Just this week, Japan's Taiyo Life Insurance Co. said it will buy 35% of Myanmar's Capital Life Insurance Ltd. Tokio Marine Holdings Inc. bought the Thai and Indonesian businesses of Sydney-based Insurance Australia Group Ltd. for about A$525 million ($355 million) last year, and has been open about its Southeast Asian ambitions.It makes sense that HSBC is eager to jump in: Its chairman, Mark Tucker, is an insurance supremo, having run AIA Group Ltd. and Prudential Plc previously. The recent protests in Hong Kong are pressuring the bank, which gets more than half of its pretax profit from the former British colony, to diversify, as other firms with big bases in the city have done. On Thursday, HSBC broke its silence and called for a peaceful resolution to the tensions in a newspaper ad.With the midpoint of the $3 billion to $4 billion price range amounting to 22 times Aviva's 2018 adjusted operating profit, these jewels aren’t coming cheap. That’s the same level at which AIA, Asia’s biggest insurer, trades. Bidders should prepare for a price war.To contact the author of this story: Nisha Gopalan at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Rachel Rosenthal at email@example.comThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Nisha Gopalan is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering deals and banking. She previously worked for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones as an editor and a reporter.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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(Bloomberg) -- Taiger, an artificial intelligence startup whose clients include Bank of America Corp, AIA Group Ltd. and Banco Santander SA, has raised $25 million of funding for its expansion.The company’s valuation will reach $110 million after the investment, according to a statement from the Singapore-based startup. The series B funding round has been led by PacificBridge Asset Management, an affiliate of U.S. buyout firm TPG Capital, and Hong Kong-based merchant bank and asset manager MCM Investment Partners.The Singaporean government, an anchor investor in Taiger via its SGInnovate organization, has also committed funds to help boost the company’s growth in its home country. Taiger also plans to launch its services in South Korea and Japan, and further expand its footprint in the Americas specifically Mexico.Taiger’s AI solutions use human-like logic to automatically read, understand and extract information, helping companies and government agencies reduce operating costs and optimize processing time. The startup expects to keep up its revenue growth momentum by expanding in areas such as the legal sector, according to its founder and chief executive officer Sinuhe Arroyo.“We expect to close a number of new international clients later this year,” he said in the statement.To contact the reporter on this story: Manuel Baigorri in Hong Kong at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Fion Li at email@example.com, Yudith HoFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
AIA's value of new business, which measures expected profits from new premiums and is a key gauge for future growth, rose to $1.17 billion for the three months ended March 31, up from $1.02 billion a year earlier. The insurer, originally founded in Shanghai nearly 100 years ago and the first foreign insurer to be granted a licence in China, has been expanding its presence in China amid Beijing's broader agenda to open up its financial sector to greater foreign participation. The company said in a statement to the stock exchange that the value of new business in Hong Kong, its key market, generated "double-digit" growth, but did not give a number.
May 10 (Reuters) - AIA Group Ltd: * REPORTS 11 PER CENT INCREASE IN ANNUALISED NEW PREMIUMS (ANP) TO US$1,827 MILLION IN Q1 * Q1 VALUE OF NEW BUSINESS (VONB) $1,169 MILLION VERSUS $1,021 MILLION * VONB ...
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Foreign insurers including Generali and Prudential Plc are in early talks with authorities to enter China's private pensions sector, people with knowledge of the matter said, as Beijing opens up to overseas companies. Hong Kong-based AIA Group and Manulife Financial are also considering similar moves, they said. Beijing gave approval to the first foreign joint-venture firm to establish a pensions insurance business last month and two of the people said China has been running pilot projects in three provinces involving foreign firms.
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AIA Group Ltd, the world's second-largest life insurer by market value, posted a 22 percent increase in its 2018 new business value, boosted by expansion in China and surging demand for insurance in Hong Kong, its home market. AIA's value of new business, which measures expected profits from new premiums and is a key gauge for future growth, rose to $3.96 billion in 2018, up from $3.21 billion in 2017, the company said in a statement on Friday. Analysts had expected Hong Kong-based AIA to post a 19 percent jump in value of new business to $3.83 billion, according to Refinitiv data.
March 15 (Reuters) - AIA Group Ltd: * FY 22 PER CENT GROWTH IN VONB TO US$3,955 MILLION * FY ANNUALISED NEW PREMIUMS BY 15 PER CENT TO US$6,510 MILLION * FY VONB MARGIN UP 3.7 PPS TO 60.0 PER CENT * ANNOUNCES ...
HONG KONG, March 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- AIA Group ("AIA" or the "Company": stock code: 1299) kicks its 2019 Centennial Year celebrations into high gear during Tottenham Hotspur's Premier League fixture against local rivals Arsenal on Saturday March 2nd. AIA is Tottenham Hotspur's Global Principal Partner, and the highly-anticipated north London derby will see a series of AIA specific activity with a special high-profile promotional presence throughout the game. The Premier League fixture at Wembley Stadium will see Centennial messaging on pitch-side advertising, as well as a congratulatory message on the pre-match centre-circle banner, along with special "AIA100" shirts, which the Tottenham Hotspur squad will wear during the pre-game warm-up session.
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China's Union Life Insurance is planning to sell a controlling stake that could be snapped up by locals or foreigners looking to tap into the country's growing demand for insurance products, three people familiar with the matter told Reuters. A majority sale to an offshore company would mark a rare purchase of a financial services firm in China by a foreigner, indicating Beijing's push to ease ownership rules and attract investors to the world's No.3 insurance market were paying off. Union Life, expected to be valued at $1.5 billion to $2 billion, plans to sell as much as 51 percent, with an option to raise that to 100 percent later, the people said, declining to be named as the details are not public yet.
Hong Kong has awarded Bowtie Life Insurance, a company backed by Sun Life Financial's Hong Kong unit, the first online-only insurance licence under the city's "fast-track" scheme. Bowtie Life Insurance, which is also supported by Sequoia Capital managing partner Neil Shen's Hong Kong X Technology Fund, will offer life insurance directly to consumers rather than selling through intermediaries such as agents or banks, as is common in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is home to a developed life insurance market, with a life and health insurance premium to GDP ratio of 17.94 percent in 2017, the second-highest in Asia after Taiwan, according to insurer Swiss Re.
Hong Kong is set to license its first online-only insurer under a "fast-track" system next month, the regulatory head said, as it fights off criticism for being slower to make use of new technology than other parts of the financial services world. The online platform will operate in a market worth more than $63 billion in insurance premiums, and will compete with players such as AIA Group and the local units of Prudential Plc and Sun Life Financial Inc. The move comes as Hong Kong is pushing a number of financial technology or "fintech" initiatives in an effort to compete better with rival centres in Singapore and London to reel in more investment.
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