PEMBROKE, Bermuda--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PartnerRe Ltd. (NYSE:PRE) today announced that the holders of its preferred shares will receive a cash payment of approximately $42.7 million, in the aggregate (equal to $1.25 per preferred share), in connection with the previously announced merger agreement with EXOR. This payment will be made to preferred shareholders of record, subject and subsequent to the closing of the transaction, which is expected to occur in the current fiscal quarter.
As part of the merger agreement, EXOR had previously announced enhanced terms for PartnerRe’s preferred shares, to be effected through an exchange offer, amounting to a 100 basis point increase in the current dividend rate and an extended redemption date, contingent upon the receipt by PartnerRe of a private letter ruling from the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as to the tax shelter reporting obligations of such enhanced preferred shares.
The Company said a request was made to the IRS for the ruling. On February 16, 2016, the IRS indicated that it will not grant such a ruling. As a result, and under the terms of the merger agreement, EXOR will, in lieu of a 100 basis point increase in the current dividend rate, make a cash payment to PartnerRe preferred shareholders of record on the closing date totaling approximately $42.7 million. Following the closing, the Company will use commercially reasonable efforts to launch an exchange offer, referred to as the Alternate Exchange Offer in the merger agreement, whereby existing preferred shares could be exchanged for new preferred shares with an extended redemption date.
For a more detailed discussion on this topic and the U.S. federal income tax treatment of the cash payment and the Alternate Exchange Offer, preferred shareholders of PartnerRe are encouraged to read the relevant sections of PartnerRe’s definitive proxy statement dated September 25, 2015 and consult their tax advisors regarding U.S. federal income tax consequences of the receipt of the cash payment and the Alternate Exchange Offer.
PartnerRe Ltd. is a leading global reinsurer, providing multi-line reinsurance to insurance companies. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, also offers capital markets products that include weather and credit protection to financial, industrial and service companies. Risks reinsured include property, casualty, motor, agriculture, aviation/space, catastrophe, credit/surety, engineering, energy, marine, specialty property, specialty casualty, multi-line and other lines in its Non-life operations, mortality, longevity and accident and health in its Life and Health operations, and alternative risk products. For the year ended December 31, 2015, total revenues were $5.4 billion. At December 31, 2015, total assets were $21.4 billion, total capital was $7.7 billion and total shareholders’ equity attributable to PartnerRe was $6.9 billion.
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