Apollo Global Management agreed Aug. 28 to buy Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd in a deal valued at $2.6 billion. Apollo is paying $42.75 cash for each outstanding Aspen share. The sale is expected to close during the first half of 2019. Willis Towers Watson, Libero Ventures and Sidley Austin LLP advised Apollo. Goldman Sachs & Co LLC and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC provided financial advice to Aspen, while Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP was its legal adviser.
Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited enters into a Definitive Agreement to be Acquired by Certain Investment Funds Affiliated with Apollo Global Management in an All-Cash Transaction Valued at $2.6 Billion
Affiliates of certain investment funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC, a leading global alternative investment manager and Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Aspen will be acquired by the Apollo Funds.
Under the terms of the agreement, which has been approved by Aspen’s Board of Directors, the Apollo Funds will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Aspen for $42.75 per share in cash, representing an equity value of approximately $2.6 billion.
“We are tremendously excited for the Apollo Funds to acquire Aspen,” said Alex Humphreys, Partner at Apollo. “We believe that Aspen benefits from strong underwriting talent, specialized expertise and longstanding client relationships which makes them well positioned in the market. We look forward to working with Aspen to build on the existing high quality specialty insurance and reinsurance business and we aim to leverage Apollo’s resources and deep expertise in financial services to support the Company as it embarks on its next chapter.”
Glyn Jones, Chairman of Aspen’s Board of Directors, said: “We are delighted to have reached this agreement with the Apollo Funds. This transaction, which is the outcome of a thorough strategic review by Aspen’s Board of Directors, provides shareholders with immediate value and will allow Aspen to work with an investor that has substantial expertise and a successful track record in the (re)insurance industry.”
Chris O’Kane, Aspen’s Group Chief Executive Officer, added: “This transaction is a testament to the strength of Aspen’s franchise, the quality of our business and the talent and expertise of our people. Under the ownership of the Apollo Funds, Aspen will have additional scale and access to Apollo’s investment and strategic guidance, which will help us to accelerate our strategy and take Aspen to the next level. We are excited about the future as we embark on a new chapter in our history with a partner that understands our strengths, culture and customer-centric philosophy.”
Additional Transaction Details
The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2019, subject to approval of regulators and Aspen’s shareholders and the satisfaction of other closing conditions. Consummation of the transaction is not subject to any financing contingencies. Upon completion of the transaction, Aspen will be a privately held portfolio company of the Apollo Funds and Aspen’s ordinary shares will no longer be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Apollo was advised by Willis Towers Watson and Libero Ventures and Sidley Austin LLP served as its legal counsel on this transaction. Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC acted as financial advisors to Aspen and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP served as its legal counsel on this transaction.