PVI Sun Life to build on its strong start and continue growing in step
with Vietnam by leveraging Sun Life Financial's global expertise in
life insurance and pensions and PVI's strong brand and local presence
Sun Life Financial to increase its stake in PVI Sun Life from 49% to 75%
by acquiring an additional 26% of the equity in the Company from PVI
TORONTO, Nov. 12, 2015 /CNW/ - Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada
("Sun Life"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Sun Life Financial Inc.
(TSX/NYSE: SLF) and PVI Holdings (HNX: PVI, "PVI") today announced an
agreement whereby Sun Life will increase its equity ownership in PVI
Sun Life Insurance Company Limited ("PVI Sun Life" or the "Company"),
their joint venture insurance company in Vietnam, from 49% to 75% by
acquiring from PVI an additional 26% of the charter capital of the
Company. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals in Vietnam
and Canada and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.
PVI Sun Life benefits from both parties by leveraging Sun Life's global
expertise and experience in life insurance and pensions and PVI's
strong Vietnamese brand, reputation, customer base and distribution
"As we increase our ownership in PVI Sun Life, we look forward to
further sharing Sun Life's enterprise and regional Asian expertise and
capabilities with the Company," said Kevin Strain, President of Sun
Life Financial Asia. "We are also delighted to continue our successful
partnership with PVI. We view this investment as a confirmation of our
long-term commitment to PVI and to Vietnam. We are committed to helping
the Vietnamese people achieve lifetime financial security by offering a
strong suite of insurance and wealth management products."
"PVI is pleased to be continuing its successful partnership with Sun
Life and will remain deeply involved in PVI Sun Life both as a
strategic investor and as a distribution partner," said Bui Van Thuan,
CEO of PVI.
Vietnam has been one of the fastest growing economies in Asia in recent
years and the life insurance and pensions industry is expected to
continue experiencing strong growth. Since its launch in 2013, PVI Sun
Life has established itself as the sixth largest life insurance
provider and a market leader and industry pioneer in pensions.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
In this Forward-Looking Statements section, "we", "our" and "us" refers
to Sun Life Financial Inc. and its subsidiaries, joint ventures and
Certain statements in this news release are forward-looking, including,
but not limited to, (1) the expectation that PVI Sun Life will enter
into an exclusive distribution agreement with PVI, (2) the expectation
that PVI will remain a strategic shareholder in PVI Sun Life, (3) the
growth prospects of the life insurance and pensions industries in
Vietnam, (4) the expected source of funding for the transaction, and
(5) other statements that are not historical or that are predictive in
nature or that depend upon or refer to future events or conditions. All
such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the "safe harbour
provisions" of applicable Canadian securities laws and of the United
States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The
forward-looking statements in this news release represent our current
expectations, estimates and projections regarding future events as of
the time of this news release and are not historical facts. These
forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance
and involve risks and uncertainties and are based on key factors and
assumptions that are difficult to predict, including, but not limited
to, the assumption that the transaction will be completed.
Except as may be required by applicable securities laws, we do not
undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking
statements contained in this news release.
Forward-looking statements are presented to assist investors and others
in understanding our expected financial position and results of
operations as at the date of this news release, as well as our
objectives for the transaction, strategic priorities and business
outlook following the transaction, and in obtaining a better
understanding of our anticipated operating environment following the
transaction. Readers are cautioned that such forward-looking statements
may not be appropriate for other purposes and undue reliance should not
be placed on these forward-looking statements.
Information about risk factors relating to us can be found in the annual
information form of Sun Life Financial Inc. for the year ended December
31, 2014 under the heading "Risk Factors" and other regulatory filings
filed or furnished to Canadian and U.S. securities regulators available
at www.sedar.com and www.sec.gov.
About PVI Sun Life
In March 2013, PVI Sun Life Insurance Company Limited was founded by JSC
PVI (PVI Holdings) and Sun Life. With the combined strengths of PVI -
successful insurers in Vietnam - and the leading and global experience
of Sun Life in the field of life insurance, PVI Sun Life aims to
provide financial solutions to help our customers enjoy a secure and
Since its launch, PVI Sun Life has already established itself as the 6th
largest life insurance provider and a market leader and industry
pioneer in pension. For details please visit www.pvisunlife.com.vn.
About Sun Life Financial
Celebrating 150 years in 2015, Sun Life Financial is a leading
international financial services organization providing a diverse range
of protection and wealth products and services to individuals and
corporate customers. Sun Life Financial and its partners have
operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the
United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines,
Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia
and Bermuda. As of September 30, 2015, the Sun Life Financial group of
companies had total assets under management of $846 billion. For more
information please visit www.sunlife.com. Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE)
and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.
Note to Editors: All figures in Canadian dollars.
SOURCE Sun Life Financial Inc.
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