16 Jul 2013

Prudential agrees to sell closed book life insurance business in Japan to SBI Holdings

Prudential plc (“Prudential”), the UK-based financial services group, through its subsidiary Prudential Holdings Limited, has reached an agreement with SBI Holdings, Inc. (“SBI Holdings”) to sell its closed book life insurance business in Japan, PCA Life Insurance Co., Ltd. (“PCA Life Japan”) for US$85 million. The proposed transaction is subject to regulatory approval.

The proposed sale is consistent with Prudential’s strategy of allocating its capital to markets where it is well positioned to generate attractive long-term returns for shareholders. PCA Life Japan ceased underwriting new business in February 2010.

PCA Life Japan and SBI Holdings will work closely together to ensure a smooth transition. PCA Life Japan is committed to all of its policyholder obligations and maintaining high levels of service to all customers until this is complete.

Prudential remains committed to the Japanese market through Eastspring Investments, its Asian asset management business. Eastspring Investments is one of the largest asset managers in Asia and its Japanese business will continue to be a key driver of its growth.

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Prudential plc is incorporated in England and Wales, and its affiliated companies constitute one of the world’s leading financial services groups. It provides insurance and financial services through its subsidiaries and affiliates throughout the world. It has been in existence for 165 years and has £405 billion in assets under management (as at 31 December 2012). 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.

About SBI Holdings, Inc.
SBI Holdings is an internet-based financial conglomerate, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. It has a customer base of approximately 15 million people, with more than 140 subsidiaries and over 5,000 employees. Its three main businesses are financial services, asset management that primarily involves the operation of investment funds, and biotechnology-related businesses. The SBI Group companies include SBI SECURITIES, Japan's number one online securities company, SBI Sumishin Net Bank, Japan's largest internet bank in terms of deposit amount, and a variety of other financial companies.

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