29 Jan 2007
Sale of Egg Banking plc
Prudential plc ("Prudential") announces that it has entered into a binding agreement (the "Agreement") to sell Egg Banking plc ("Egg"), Prudential’s UK banking business, to Citigroup.
Under the terms of the Agreement, the consideration payable to Prudential by Citigroup is £575 million in cash, subject to adjustment to reflect any change in net asset value between 31 December 2006 and completion.
Prudential has also agreed in principle outline terms with Citigroup with respect to a UK distribution agreement through which Prudential will provide life and pensions products to Egg’s customer base for a five year period. This distribution agreement will preserve the strategic benefits to Prudential of access to Egg’s direct distribution model and its customer base of over 3 million.
In addition, Prudential announces that it has been selected as a strategic provider to Citigroup for the distribution of life insurance products to Citigroup's consumer banking customers in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.
The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to complete by the end of April 2007.
The sale will enhance EPS in 2007. The proceeds will be used to reduce net debt. The transaction is expected to improve the Group’s surplus under the Financial Conglomerates Directive by an estimated £300 million.
Commenting on the sale, Mark Tucker, Group Chief Executive of Prudential, said: "The sale of Egg to Citigroup realises greater value for our shareholders than retaining the business within the Group. Citigroup is the largest credit card issuer in the world and sees enormous opportunities to develop Egg’s business in the UK."
For the financial year ending 31 December 2006, Egg’s operating losses on continuing ordinary activities before tax are estimated to be £145 million.
As at 31 December 2006, Egg’s gross assets and shareholders’ funds are estimated to be £9.5 billion and £276 million respectively.
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Notes to Editor:
- There will be a conference call today for wire services at 11.30am (BST) hosted by Mark Tucker, Group Chief Executive, and Philip Broadley, Group Finance Director. Dial in telephone number: +44 (0)20 8609 0205. Passcode: 155439#
- There will be a conference call for investors and analysts at 12:00pm (BST) hosted by Mark Tucker, Group Chief Executive, and Philip Broadley, Group Finance Director. From the UK please call +44 (0)20 8609 0205 and from the US 1866 793 4279. Pin number 487687#. A recording of this call will be available for replay for one week by dialling: +44 (0)20 8609 0289 from the UK or 1 866 676 5865 from the US. The conference reference number is 160468.
- About Egg
Launched by Prudential in October 1998, Egg is an innovative financial services company, authorised as a bank by the FSA and providing a range of banking and financial services products that are distributed via the Internet and phone. Egg has no branches.
Egg focuses on offering banking products and services, specifically, personal loans, credit cards, mortgage loans, and deposit and savings accounts through its operational subsidiaries.
- About Prudential
Prudential plc is a company incorporated and with its principal place of business in the United Kingdom, and its affiliated companies constitute one of the world's leading financial services groups. It provides insurance and financial services directly and through its subsidiaries and affiliates throughout the world. It has been in existence for over 150 years and has £237.5 billion in assets under management as at 30th June 2006. Prudential plc is not affiliated in any manner with Prudential Financial, Inc, a company whose principal place of business is in the United States of America.
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