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AMP Life sale hits issues - updated

Release from AMP, 15 July 2019:

AMP Limited today advises that the transaction for the sale of AMP Life to Resolution Life is highly unlikely to proceed on the current terms.

This is due to the challenges in meeting the condition precedent for Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) approval.

The failure to meet this condition precedent is exceptionally disappointing as the sale of AMP Life is a foundational element of AMP’s strategy.

Capital position and interim dividend expectations

While the 1H 19 accounts are yet to be finalised, AMP expects to report a Level 3 eligible capital surplus above minimum regulatory requirements and in line with Board limits for target capital surplus.

Given the uncertainty around the AMP Life transaction, the AMP Board expects to continue its prudent approach to capital management and anticipates that an interim dividend will not be paid for 1H 19.

Click here to read the full press release: Download 15 July - AMP Life sale and interim dividend update

The release is comprehensive and well worth a read. Probably AMP and Resolution made what was a reasonable assumption at the time that the exemptions AMP enjoyed would be extended to Resolution. The tougher line being held by RB is also logical, given the increased scrutiny being placed on the sector and recent events. I expect that some sort of accommodation, perhaps to share the costs of the requirements of the RB, can be struck with Resolution Life. The whole situation speaks loudly of regulators and being more prepared to exercise their supervisory powers. 

Susan Edmunds story on this, at goodreturns.co.nz 

Tamsyn Parker has a story on this too, at NZHerald.co.nz 

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