Jubilee Insurance: Allianz, one of the world’s leading insurers and asset managers, has become the majority shareholder in Jubilee General Insurance Limited in Kenya. This follows the acquisition of a 66% stake in the company, representing 1,522,622 ordinary shares, from Jubilee Holdings Limited (JHL), East Africa’s largest insurance group who are retaining a 34% shareholding in the company.
The acquisition, announced on 4th May 2021, follows the execution of an agreement signed on September 29, 2020, whereby Allianz agreed to acquire the majority shareholding in the short-term general (property and casualty) insurance business operations of JHL in in five countries in Africa, namely, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Mauritius.
Following this acquisition, Jubilee General Insurance Limited Kenya is now a company of the Allianz Group and upon completion of corporate filings will operate as “Jubilee Allianz General Insurance Limited”.
The transaction is Allianz’s second direct investment in Kenya after establishing Allianz Insurance Company of Kenya Ltd as a greenfield operation in 2014. “Alone and together with the recent acquisitions in leading African markets of Nigeria and Morocco, this transaction is a reflection of Allianz’s long-term commitment to Africa and fits with our ambition to gain leadership positions in key markets on the continent,” stated Coenraad Vrolijk, Allianz Africa Regional CEO.
The two companies of Allianz in Kenya, Allianz Insurance Company of Kenya Limited and Jubilee Allianz Insurance Limited will continue to operate separately until their operations are consolidated into Jubilee Allianz General Insurance Limited, which is subject to regulatory approval.
“All contracts issued by the two companies remain valid and we will continue to honour our commitments and deliver the quality of service that Allianz is known for globally,” said Nandini Wilcke, the Regional Head of Mergers & Acquisitions for Allianz Africa.
Vrolijk, the Allianz Africa Regional CEO, said this transaction gives the company a bigger platform to offer Allianz’s wide range of insurance products, from simple digital products to flexible corporate solutions.
This is a historic development for the Jubilee Group and through this partnership, Jubilee and Allianz aim to jointly expand and broaden insurance markets across East Africa, riding on Jubilee insurance’s deep regional knowledge, extensive networks and brand reputation with the global expertise and capacity of the Allianz Group.
Jubilee Holdings chairman Nizar Juma, said the strategic partnership with Allianz will support Jubilee’s ambition to increase insurance awareness and accessibility across East Africa by providing innovative, affordable and technically advanced property and casualty insurance products.
Allianz and JHL will continue to work together to finalize the acquisitions for the businesses in Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and Mauritius