MetLife Gets Approval for ALICO, DelAm Takeover
By Ben | Published August 30, 2010
The European Commission has given its approval for MetLife’s purchase of AIG subsidiaries American Life Insurance Company (ALICO) and Delaware American Life Insurance Company (DelAm), as part of MetLife’s takeover of AIG’s international life insurance business.
MetLife’s purchase of ALICO and associated subsidiaries was agreed upon early in 2010, and the company recently obtained approval to purchase ALICO’s Hungary-based subsidiary, AHICO, from Hungary’s financial markets regulator, PSzÁF, in the beginning of August, 2010.
The European Commission was looking at whether or not MetLife’s takeover of the two companies, ALICO and DelAm, would negatively impact competition in European markets. DelAm is part of AIG’s international life insurance operations. The purchase of DelAm, which provides wealth management services, retirement planning, life insurance and health insurance to individuals as well as commercial and institutional clients was considered not to pose any concerns, especially considering it does not provide services in the EU.
ALICO, which provides life insurance, retirement planning, wealth management, accident insurance and health insurance to individual customers and corporate clients, was found to have some overlap in activities with MetLife by the commission. MetLife and ALICO did overlap in some life insurance products in a few EU Member markets, however the combined market share of MetLife and ALICO in these markets would still be relatively small and the combined company would still face strong competition from other credible companies in the marketplace.
After MetLife’s acquisition of ALICO, it is expected that MetLife will be in a top-five position in many emerging markets, including those in central and eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. MetLife is hoping to wrap up the deal with AIG by the end of 2010.
Insurance Companies Mentioned:
American International Group, Inc. (AIG), a world leader in insurance and financial services, is the leading international insurance organization with operations in more than 130 countries and jurisdictions. AIG companies serve commercial, institutional and individual customers through the most extensive worldwide property-casualty and life insurance networks of any insurer. In addition, AIG companies are leading providers of retirement services, financial services and asset management around the world. AIG’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, as well as the stock exchanges in Paris and Tokyo.
The American Life Insurance Company, generally known as Alico, provides a broad and innovative range of insurance and savings products to individual customers, corporate clients and high net worth customers. With a wide range of products to support every aspect of their customers’ lives, and provide comprehensive cover for the employees and commercial needs of their business clients. Their products include; health insurance, life insurance, savings plans, accident insurance, retirement planning and travel insurance among others.
Delaware American Life Insurance Company, or DelAm, participates in the accident, life and health insurance business, writing accidental death and dismemberment, group life, long term disability, dental, and medical business as part of AIG’s international life insurance sales operations. It was incorporated in 1964 and is based in Houston, Texas; it is a subsidiary of AIG.
Possessing over 140 years of insurance expertise, MetLife aims to be an innovator in the field of international Life insurance. Globally, MetLife is able to offer its clients accident and health insurance, life insurance, disability income protection, and retirement and savings products.