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(Reuters) — Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd. on Tuesday said certain funds affiliated to alternative investment manager Apollo Global Management L.L.C. will take the insurer private in an all-cash transaction valued at $2.6 billion.
Apollo Funds will pay $42.75 per share, representing a 6.6% premium to Aspen stock’s closing price on Monday, the companies said.
The deal, which is expected to close in the first half of 2019, has been approved by Aspen’s board after a strategic review, the companies said.
“We aim to leverage Apollo’s resources and deep expertise in financial services to support the company (Aspen) as it embarks on its next chapter,” said Alex Humphreys, Partner at Apollo.
Upon completion, Aspen will be a privately held portfolio company of the Apollo Funds.
The Bermuda-based insurer, which reported a loss of about $15 million in the second quarter, has been exploring a potential sale since early this year.
The company suffered losses in three out of last four quarters, hit by hurricanes, the California wildfires and the Mexican earthquakes.
Goldman Sachs & Co. L.L.C. and J.P. Morgan Securities L.L.C. acted as financial advisers to Aspen, while Apollo was advised by Willis Towers Watson P.L.C. and Libero Ventures.
Bermuda-based reinsurer Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd. ceded about 43% of its gross written premiums to third-party capital and retrocession in the second quarter, Artemis.bm reports. The reinsurer ceded nearly 30% of premiums in the second quarter of 2017. Chris O'Kane, chief executive of Aspen, said that the reinsurer ceded its premiums using quota share vehicles.