PARIS: French insurer AXA said it expected to book net proceeds of US$3.1 billion from the sale of a 29 per cent stake in AXA Equitable Holdings (EQH) as it exits its US life insurance business.
AXA, the second-largest European insurer after Germany's Allianz , has been gradually divesting from EQH to raise funds to pay for its US$15 billion acquisition of Bermuda-based rival XL last year.
AXA said in a statement on Friday it had sold 144 million EQH shares at US$21.80 per share to Goldman Sachs , the sole underwriter in a secondary public share offering expected to close on Nov 13.
EQH has agreed to repurchase 24 million shares at the same price.
AXA said that proceeds from the deal would boost the group's Solvency II capital requirements ratio by six points and that no significant net income impact was expected.
After the deal, the French group will retain only a 9.6 per cent stake it needs to redeem an AXA bond maturing in May 2021 that has to be exchangeable in EQH shares.