MetLife (MET) Ticks Higher; Will Acquire AFP Provida in $2B Deal

February 1, 2013 11:34 AM EST Send to a Friend
MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) shares are higher on the session following an earlier announcement that it would acquire AFP Provida from BBVA in a $2 billion deal. The stock is up 2 percent on the session.

MetLife's release is below:

MetLife, Inc. announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement with Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (Nasdaq: BBVA) to acquire AFP Provida S.A. (“Provida”), the largest private pension fund administrator in Chile. Under the terms of the agreement, MetLife will conduct a public cash tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of Provida, and BBVA has agreed to transfer its 64.3% stake to MetLife. Assuming all publicly-held shares are tendered, the purchase price, which MetLife will fund from its existing cash balances, would be approximately $2 billion.

In addition to the purchase price payable by MetLife in the tender offer, Provida shareholders are expected to receive from Provida, prior to the closing, dividends representing excess cash as well as the proceeds from the sale of Provida’s minority stakes in other businesses in Mexico and Peru, which are not being acquired by MetLife.

The acquisition of Provida aligns with MetLife’s strategic focus, which includes capitalizing on growth opportunities in emerging markets. The transaction also includes a small asset management business in Ecuador.

With the acquisition of Provida, MetLife’s operating earnings from emerging markets are expected to grow from 14% today to approximately 17%. At current exchange rates on an unaudited IFRS accounting basis, net income for the business to be acquired, based on information publicly filed by Provida, was approximately $189 million for the 12 month period ended September 30, 2012. The transaction, which is anticipated to close in the third quarter of 2013, is expected to provide operating earnings accretion of approximately $0.05 per share in 2013 and $0.15 per share in 2014.

As of September 30, 2012, Provida had $45.3 billion in assets under management and 1.8 million contributors, both of which are the most in the Chilean pension industry.

The transaction, which is subject to receipt of certain regulatory approvals and other customary conditions, has been approved by the board of directors of MetLife.

BofA Merrill Lynch acted as financial advisor to MetLife. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Prieto y Cia served as legal advisors.


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