Carlyle Group, T&D Acquire 76% Of Fortitude

November 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

American International Group, Inc., The Carlyle Group and T&D Holdings announced that a newly created Carlyle-managed fund, together with T&D, have partnered to acquire from AIG a 76.6 percent ownership interest in Fortitude Group Holdings, whose group companies operate as Fortitude Re, for approximately $1.8 billion.

“After closing, ownership interests in Fortitude Re will include Carlyle and its fund investors at 71.5 percent [including the 19.9 percent stake previously acquired by Carlyle in November 2018], T&D at 25 percent and AIG at 3.5 percent,” the company said.

“AIG will receive a $500 million non-pro-rata distribution, which if not paid by the later of May 13, 2020 or transaction close will result in an additional payment from the new Carlyle-managed fund and T&D based on their Fortitude Re ownership interest.

Brian Duperreault, AIG’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Today’s announcement is another important step in our strategy to efficiently manage our legacy liabilities by further preparing Fortitude Re for independence, while strengthening our balance sheet and maintaining our primary focus on upholding policyholder and regulatory commitments.

“Carlyle’s expertise in separating and standing up companies has been invaluable to date, and we look forward to working with their team and T&D, with whom we have a longstanding relationship in Japan, as we continue the separation process. I also want to thank the entire Fortitude Re team for all their hard work in building the organization. We look forward to their future success.”

Kewsong Lee, Carlyle’s Co-Chief Executive Officer, said, “This transaction demonstrates Carlyle’s strategy of developing scalable platforms to drive shareholder value. Fortitude Re, led by CEO James Bracken, is strongly positioned as an industry leader in managing run-off insurance liabilities, and Carlyle looks forward to partnering with the management team to help Fortitude Re grow.

“We are excited about the prospects of further developing our global investment management services for Fortitude Re as we work to deliver attractive returns across a variety of asset classes. We welcome T&D to our partnership with AIG, both of whom are highly experienced players in insurance, and look forward to creating an attractive investment opportunity for our fund investors.”

Hirohisa Uehara, T&D’s Representative Director and President, said, “We are really honored to invest in Fortitude Re, which has developed a sophisticated platform for managing life and P&C insurance liabilities. We have longstanding relationships with both AIG and Carlyle, and we believe Fortitude Re’s closed book business will contribute significant synergies to our domestic life insurance business as well as diversification of our business portfolio. Additionally, we look forward to supporting Fortitude Re’s growth by leveraging our years of experience as a Japanese life insurer.”

The transaction is expected to close in mid-2020, subject to required regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

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