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Aviva sells its remaining Spanish businesses

Aviva announces the sale of its entire shareholding in Spanish life insurance and pensions joint ventures to Bankia.

Aviva plc (“Aviva”) announces the sale of its entire shareholding1 in life insurance and pensions joint ventures Cajamurcia Vida2 and Caja Granada Vida3 to Bankia4, for a total consideration of €202 million (£178 million)5.

The consideration represents 2.1 times Aviva’s share of the IFRS net asset value6 and 22.5 times Aviva’s share of earnings after tax6 of these businesses. The transaction will result in an increase of approximately £150 million5 in Aviva’s Solvency II capital surplus.

Following the restructuring of the Spanish banking system, which started in 2010, and the subsequent consolidation among Aviva’s banking partners, Aviva has taken steps to protect the value of its distribution agreements in Spain. Aviva sold its shareholdings in its joint ventures with Bankia in 2012 and Novacaixagalicia Grupo in 2014, and in 2017 it sold the majority of its remaining business to Santalucía. Together with the sale announced today, the combined proceeds amount to €1.6 billion (£1.3 billion)5.

The transaction is subject to regulatory and anti-trust approvals and is expected to complete in the second quarter of 2018.

Following completion of the transaction, Aviva will retain a stake in a small life insurance operation, Pelayo Vida7, and a residual support centre in Spain.

Mark Wilson, Group Chief Executive Officer, Aviva, said:

"This sale is a strong return for our shareholders. It means that over the past five years we have generated proceeds of £1.3 billion from selling almost all of our Spanish operations. The transaction further simplifies Aviva, strengthens our already healthy capital position and is another example of our focus on attractive, growing markets where we have high quality franchises."

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Footnotes

1 Aviva holds 50% shareholding in Cajamurcia Vida and 25% shareholding in Caja Granada

2 Cajamurcia Vida y Pensiones de Seguros y Reaseguros, S.A.

3 Caja Granada Vida, Compañía de Seguros y Reaseguros, S.A.

4 Bankia, S.A.

5 Proceeds based on EUR-GBP exchange rates at time of the transactions

6 Data as of 31 December 2016 and for the full year 2016

7 Pelayo Vida Seguros y Reaseguros, S.A.

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