Platinum shareholders will get the equivalent of
$76 per share in stock and cash, representing a 24 percent
premium to Platinum's closing price of $61.27 on Friday.
Platinum shares were trading at $72.50 before the bell, while
Renaissance shares were unchanged at $101.46.
Reinsurers such as RenaissanceRe and Platinum help insurance
companies cover the cost of major damage claims, such as for
hurricanes or earthquakes, in exchange for part of the premiums
their customers pay.
But fewer natural catastrophes in recent quarters and a rise in
competition from alternative sources of capital, such as big
investors in search of higher returns, have been reducing
reinsurers' pricing power and pushing them to look at buying
better products or geographic diversification.
RenaissanceRe Chief Executive Kevin O’Donnell said in a
statement he expects the deal to accelerate the growth of its
U.S. specialty and casualty reinsurance business.
RenaissanceRe will issue 7.5 million common shares, valued at
about $761 million, and $1.16 billion in cash.
Platinum's shareholders will get a $10-per-share special
dividend, and will be able to choose the rest in the form of $66
in cash or 0.6504 in RenaissanceRe shares or a combination of
$35.96 in cash and 0.2960 RenaissanceRe stock.
RenaissanceRe said it expected annual cost savings of $30
million from the deal, which is due to close in the first half
Morgan Stanley & Co LLC is the financial adviser to
RenaissanceRe, while Goldman Sachs & Co is advising Platinum.
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is the legal counsel for
RenaissanceRe, while Sullivan & Cromwell LLP is advising
(Reporting by Avik Das and Anil D'Silva in Bangalore; Editing by
Ted Kerr, Siddharth Cavale and Maju Samuel)
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