On Friday October 22, 2021, Allianz, one of the world’s leading insurers and asset managers, became the majority shareholder in Jubilee Insurance Company of Uganda Limited after completing the transaction to acquire a 66% stake in the company from Jubilee Holdings Limited (USE:JHL), East Africa’s largest insurance group. The stake acquired by Allianz represents 29,700,000 ordinary shares of Jubilee Insurance Company of Uganda. JHL will retain a 34% stake, or 15,300,000 ordinary shares, in the company.
The General Business of Jubilee Insurance Company of Uganda Limited will change its name in due course to Jubilee Allianz General Insurance Company Limited, subject to approvals.
This is the second acquisition to be completed as part of an agreement announced on September 29, 2020 wherein Allianz agreed to acquire the majority shareholding in the short-term general (property and casualty) insurance business operations of JHL in five countries in Africa, namely Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Mauritius. The first acquisition, in Kenya, was completed on May 4, 2021. The closing of the transactions in Tanzania, Burundi and Mauritius will follow shortly, subject to regulatory approvals.
Coenraad Vrolijk, the Regional CEO of Allianz Africa, says: “We are really proud of this acquisition and we are looking forward to working together with Jubilee to build out the best general insurance company in Uganda and in East Africa.”
The partnership, which combines Allianz’s 130 years plus of experience in insurance and asset management with Jubilee’s regional knowledge and network, aims to bring world-class insurance to the East African markets.
Nizar Juma, Chairman of JHL, says: “The successful completion of the transfer points to our commitment to contribute to the broadening of insurance in Uganda. We thank the regulator and everyone who was involved in the entire process as we now have the opportunity to deliver superior product offering and customer experience to our mutual clients across all fronts.”
For over 80 years, Jubilee Insurance has distinguished itself as the regional market leader and the largest composite insurer in East Africa, with an asset base of KShs. 151.72 billion (1.183 billion Euros) as of June 30, 2021. It has a diverse business and an investment portfolio that is well-positioned to execute its strategic focus across the various business segments.
About Allianz Africa
In Africa, Allianz is currently present in 12 countries and accompanies clients in 49 markets. Its 1.167 employees achieved regional revenues of 371 million euros in 2020. Allianz also provides micro-insurance for 1.7mn low-income families and individuals in Africa.