PEMBROKE, Bermuda--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Athene Holding Ltd. (“Athene”) (NYSE: ATH) has successfully closed its transaction with Voya Financial (“Voya”) (NYSE: VOYA) to reinsure approximately $19 billion of fixed and fixed indexed annuity liabilities. This brings Athene’s total invested assets to approximately $100 billion.
“This landmark transaction demonstrates how our expertise and unique, value-added association with Apollo position us to provide customized solutions to take advantage of the ongoing restructuring in the life insurance industry,” said Jim Belardi, CEO of Athene. “In addition, since we announced this deal last year, the rise in interest rates has made its expected earnings impact even more significant.”
Athene, along with a consortium of investors led by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO), made a minority investment in Venerable Holdings, Inc., a newly formed standalone entity that will administer the fixed and variable annuity blocks from Voya Insurance and Annuity Company. Athene’s investment in Venerable will be held as an alternative investment. Athene also secured the rights to reinsure future flow from annuitizations of variable annuities to fixed payout annuities, which are expected to generate approximately $8 billion of flow over the life of the variable annuity block acquired by Venerable.
About Athene Holding Ltd.
Athene, through its subsidiaries, is a leading retirement services company that issues, reinsures and acquires retirement savings products designed for the increasing number of individuals and institutions seeking to fund retirement needs. The products offered by Athene include:
- Retail fixed and fixed indexed annuity products;
- Reinsurance arrangements with third-party annuity providers; and
- Institutional products, such as funding agreements and group annuity contracts related to pension risk transfers.
Proforma for the Voya transaction, as of March 31, 2018, Athene had total assets of approximately $113 billion. Athene's principal subsidiaries include Athene Annuity & Life Assurance Company, a Delaware-domiciled insurance company, Athene Annuity and Life Company, an Iowa-domiciled insurance company, Athene Annuity & Life Assurance Company of New York, a New York-domiciled insurance company and Athene Life Re Ltd., a Bermuda-domiciled reinsurer.
Further information about our companies can be found at www.athene.com.
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