- Argo to receive total cash proceeds of approximately $125 million.
- Transaction will simplify corporate structure and drive greater efficiencies with increased focus on core U.S. businesses.
- Transaction expected to close in first half of 2023.
Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE: ARGO) (“Argo” or “the company”) today announced the company has entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of Argo Underwriting Agency Limited and its Lloyd’s Syndicate 1200 to Westfield for total cash proceeds of approximately $125 million or 1.16x price to tangible book value or 0.81x price to book value as of first quarter 2022, subject to closing-related adjustments.
“As part of our review of strategic alternatives, we are taking decisive actions to optimize our operations and business structure, better positioning the company for continued profitable growth and returns in the U.S. as we strive to maximize value for shareholders,” said Tom Bradley, Argo’s executive chairman and chief executive officer. “Along with other strategic actions underway, the sale of our Lloyd’s business advances Argo’s primary objective to operate as a nimble, U.S.-centric, commercial specialty insurer. As a more focused and streamlined company, we are better positioned to drive our business strategies and evaluate further strategic alternatives to create shareholder value.”
Bradley continued, “We believe Westfield and our Lloyd’s team members are well positioned for future growth and success, and we thank the Argo employees within those business units for their dedication to improving operational results in recent periods.”
The sale of Argo’s Lloyd’s business is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, including Lloyd’s of London, UK Prudential Regulation Authority and UK Financial Conduct Authority. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2023. As part of Argo’s previously announced and ongoing review of strategic alternatives, the board continues to actively consider a wide range of options for the company.
ABOUT ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.
Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE: ARGO) is a U.S. focused underwriter of specialty insurance products in the property and casualty market. Argo offers a full line of products and services designed to meet the unique coverage and claims-handling needs of businesses in two primary segments: U.S. Operations and International Operations. Argo and its insurance subsidiaries are rated A-’ by Standard and Poor’s. Argo’s insurance subsidiaries are rated A-’ by A.M. Best. More information on Argo and its subsidiaries is available at www.argogroup.com.
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