RICHMOND, Va., March 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE :GNW ) and China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co., Ltd. (Oceanwide) today announced they have agreed to a fourth waiver and agreement of each party's right to terminate the previously announced merger agreement. The fourth waiver and agreement extends the previous deadline of April 1, 2018 to July 1, 2018, and allows additional time for regulatory reviews of the transaction.
In addition, each party acknowledged that the merger agreement may be terminated at any time prior to July 1, 2018 by directors of either company if the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) notifies the parties that it has completed its review of the merger and the mitigation proposals presented by the parties, and intends to recommend that the President of the United States suspend or prohibit the merger from taking place.
"We recently refiled our joint voluntary notice with CFIUS and this merger extension will provide time for that review process, as well as other pending regulatory reviews, to continue," said Tom McInerney, president and CEO of Genworth. "Our CFIUS refiling includes meaningful additions to our mitigation approach to further protect the personal data of Genworth policyholders. We are fully committed to developing a risk mitigation plan that is acceptable to all parties."
In addition to clearance by CFIUS, the closing of the proposed transaction remains subject to the receipt of required regulatory approvals in the U.S., China and other international jurisdictions in which Genworth does business and other closing conditions.
In the event the transaction with Oceanwide does not close by the maturity of its 6.515% senior unsecured notes due May 22, 2018, Genworth will use a combination of the recently completed term loan proceeds plus some level of holding company cash to fully retire such senior unsecured notes. Genworth and Oceanwide are also discussing other options for reducing debt, subject to consummation of the merger, to improve Genworth's financial flexibility and ratings over time.
In the meantime, Oceanwide and Genworth have received approval from regulators in Australia for the proposed transaction as contemplated under the merger agreement.
"Approval by Australia is an important step in the process of completing the merger with Oceanwide," McInerney said. "Genworth and Oceanwide continue to be actively engaged with regulators who are reviewing our transaction in the remaining jurisdictions that must approve the transaction."
Added LU Zhiqiang, chairman of Oceanwide: "We are pleased that our transaction has been approved by Australia and are committed to diligently working with Genworth to obtain the remaining regulatory approvals and satisfy other conditions necessary to close the transaction."
The transaction also has been approved by regulators in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Vermont.
About Genworth Financial
Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE :GNW ) is a Fortune 500 insurance holding company committed to helping families achieve the dream of homeownership and address the financial challenges of aging through its leadership positions in mortgage insurance and long term care insurance. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Genworth traces its roots back to 1871 and became a public company in 2004. For more information, visit genworth.com.
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Oceanwide is a privately held, family owned international financial holding group founded by LU Zhiqiang. Headquartered in Beijing, China, Oceanwide's well-established and diversified businesses include operations in financial services, energy, culture and media, and real estate assets globally, including in the United States.
Oceanwide is the controlling shareholder of the Shenzhen-listed Oceanwide Holdings Co., Ltd. and Minsheng Holdings Co. Ltd.; the Hong Kong-listed China Oceanwide Holdings Limited and China Oceanwide International Financial Limited, (formerly known as Quam Limited); the privately-held Minsheng Securities, Minsheng Trust, and Asia Pacific Property & Casualty Insurance; and it is the single largest shareholder of Australia-listed CuDECO Ltd. China Oceanwide also is a minority investor in Shanghai-listed China Minsheng Bank and Hong Kong-listed Legend Holdings. In the United States, Oceanwide has real estate investments in New York, California, and Hawaii. Businesses controlled by Oceanwide have more than 10,000 employees globally.
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