The Global Mortgage Group of Arch Capital Group Ltd. (ACGL) - Get Arch Capital Group Ltd. Report has entered into a share purchase agreement with the Westpac Group (Westpac) to acquire Westpac Lenders Mortgage Insurance Limited (WLMI), an Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) authorized captive lenders mortgage insurance (LMI) provider to Westpac. WLMI had shareholders' equity of $AUD 285.7 million as of Sept. 30, 2020.
As part of the agreement, WLMI will retain its existing risk in force and become Westpac's exclusive provider of LMI on new mortgage originations for a period of 10 years. Upon completion of the transaction, Arch intends to combine the operations of WLMI and its existing Australian LMI company, Arch LMI Pty Ltd.
Arch has been active in the Australian LMI market since 2011, when it began providing support for WLMI's reinsurance treaties. In 2019, Arch LMI Pty Ltd was authorized as a lenders mortgage insurer by APRA. The acquisition of WLMI will secure Arch's Australian LMI flow of business from Westpac Bank and augment the Company's position as the only globally diversified insurer of mortgage credit risk. In addition to Australia, Arch has mortgage insurance and reinsurance operations in Bermuda, Europe and the United States.
"Australia has been and continues to be an important market for our mortgage insurance business. This acquisition reinforces our commitment to both the market and our clients and enhances Arch's position as a leading provider of LMI in Australia," said David Gansberg, CEO, Global Mortgage for Arch Capital Group Ltd. "We look forward to continuing our long-standing partnership with Westpac by being their exclusive provider of LMI and will remain focused on providing innovative solutions and excellent service to clients across Australia."
The transaction is expected to close later this year pending antitrust and regulatory approvals from APRA and from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
Credit Suisse acted as financial advisor, KPMG acted as tax advisor and Clyde & Co acted as legal advisor to Arch in the transaction.
About Arch Capital Group Ltd.
Arch Capital Group Ltd., a publicly listed Bermuda exempted company with approximately $15.8 billion in capital at Dec. 31, 2020, provides insurance, reinsurance and mortgage insurance on a worldwide basis through its wholly owned subsidiaries.
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