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Genworth Announces Sale Of Wealth Management Business For Approximately $412.5 Million

RICHMOND, Va., March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE: GNW) announces it has reached an agreement to sell its Wealth Management business, including Genworth Financial Wealth Management and alternative solutions provider, the Altegris companies, to a partnership of Aquiline Capital Partners and Genstar Capital.  The sale price is expected to be approximately $412.5 million and the company will record an after-tax loss of approximately $40 million related to the sale with approximately $35 million recorded in the first quarter of 2013 and the remainder upon closing.  The sale is expected to close in the second half of 2013, subject to customary closing conditions, including requisite regulatory approvals.  Proceeds from the transaction, net of transaction related expenses, will be held at the holding company and be used to address the 2014 debt at maturity or before. 

"This transaction is another step forward in executing our strategy, by generating capital from a non-core business and increasing financial flexibility for Genworth," said Martin P. Klein, executive vice president and chief financial officer.  "The sale of Wealth Management also provides the opportunity for our employees there and the purchaser to have a strong business to grow going forward." 

As of the first quarter of 2013, the Wealth Management business will be classified as an asset held for sale in the balance sheet and discontinued operations in the statement of net income, and will be excluded from operating income.  The company will provide further updates associated with this transaction on its first quarter 2013 earnings call.

Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP advised Genworth on this transaction.

About Genworth Financial Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE: GNW) is a leading Fortune 500 insurance holding company dedicated to helping people secure their financial lives, families and futures.  Genworth has leadership positions in offerings that assist consumers in protecting themselves, investing for the future and planning for retirement -- including life insurance, long term care insurance, financial protection coverages, and independent advisor-based wealth management -- and mortgage insurance that helps consumers achieve home ownership while assisting lenders in managing their risk and capital.

Genworth has approximately 6,300 employees and operates through three divisions: U.S. Life Insurance, which includes life insurance, long term care insurance and fixed annuities; Global Mortgage Insurance, containing U.S. Mortgage Insurance and International Mortgage Insurance segments; and the Corporate and Other division, which includes the International Protection, Wealth Management and Runoff segments. Products and services are offered through financial intermediaries, advisors, independent distributors and sales specialists. Genworth Financial, Inc., headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, traces its roots back to 1871 and became a public company in 2004.  For more information, visit genworth.com.  From time to time, Genworth Financial, Inc. releases important information via postings on its corporate website. Accordingly, investors and other interested parties are encouraged to enroll to receive automatic email alerts and Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds regarding new postings. Enrollment information is found under the "Investors" section of genworth.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This press release includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to our plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements contained in this release that are not historical facts as well as statements identified by words such as expects, anticipates, intends, plans, believes, seeks, estimates, or words of similar meaning. These statements are based on our current beliefs or expectations and are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and changes in circumstances, many of which are beyond our control. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to changes in global political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory factors.

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