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Resolution hints at smaller acquisition deals to come

Resolution has hinted it may look to complete a series of smaller acquisitions rather than acquisitions of scale as it continues its consolidation of the UK life industry.

Resolution completed its acquisition of Axa’s UK life business in September, under its previous purchase Friends Provident.

The company’s acquisition of Bupa Health Assurance for a net consideration of £102m, announced in October, is set to complete in early 2011.

In a business update published today, Resolution says: “The Bupa transaction illustrates the multiple routes available to Resolution to complete the UK life consolidation project. These could include further scale transactions or a series of smaller bolt-on steps.

“Future transactions will be assessed using Resolution’s disciplined approach which continues to give greater emphasis to shareholder value creation over scale.”

Resolution’s stated aim is to have created a life insurer worth £10bn by 2012/2013 and sold it off.

Total sales at Resolution for the first nine months of the year on an APE basis and including one month’s worth of Axa life sales were up 35 per cent from £505m to £683m.

UK sales excluding Axa for the first nine months of the year were £294m. Including Axa for September UK sales totalled £320m, compared to £296m for Friends Provident over the same period last year.

Friends Provident and the Axa UK life business for September saw new UK group pensions business on an APE business climb 6 per cent for the first nine months of the year from from £218.7m to £232.4m. Individual pensions business was up 24 per cent from £18.4m to £22.8m.

Annuities business rose 11 per cent from £18.8m to £20.8m.

Protection business remained relatively flat with a 3 per cent increase from £31.1m to £31.9m.

Resolution did not give trading figures for Sesame Bankhall Group but says the business has “continued to trade profitably.”

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  1. Seems like a good idea. Amalgamate all the insurance/investment companies, go to the market and sell the giant off, the purchaser sees the value in breaking up the assets and sells them off one by one, sometimes back to the original management team, and we are back to square one.
    Groundhog day comes the UK
    Anyone care to bet I am wrong?

  2. John, dead right, not including the other 80 life companies that have shut up shop in the past 10 years. The cost of regulation has driven long standing household names from the UK market. In a few years MP’s will be conducting a review on what happend to the UK life Assurance market when it will be dominated by just the big 6. If this was industry it would be looked at by the competition commission.

  3. Lack of competition means higher prices. Hows that TCF?

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