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RBC completes sale of RBC General Insurance Company to Aviva Canada

July 4, 2016   by Canadian Underwriter

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Royal Bank of Canada announced Canada Day that the company has completed the previously announced sale of RBC General Insurance Company to Aviva Canada Inc.

The RBC Insurance offerings involved in the sale include certain home and auto insurance manufacturing capabilities, such as claims, underwriting and product development, notes a statement issued Friday by RBC.

Announced in January, the purchase price of RBC Insurance was said to be $582 million.

Related: Aviva Canada to acquire RBC General Insurance Company, Aviva/RBC Insurance sign long-term strategic agreement

RBC Insurance offers life, health, home, auto, travel, wealth and reinsurance advice and solutions, as well as creditor and business insurance services, while Aviva Canada provides home, automobile, leisure/lifestyle and business insurance to more than three million customers.

The deal also includes a 15-year strategic agreement between RBC Insurance and Aviva Canada. “Aviva Canada will provide policy administration and claims services, and RBC Insurance customers will access Aviva Canada’s full suite of property and casualty products,” Aviva Canada reports in a statement.

“RBC Insurance will continue to market and sell these products under the RBC Insurance brand,” it notes. About 550 RBC Insurance employees will join Aviva Canada and provide dedicated support to the RBC Insurance business.

RBC reports that the company will record a net gain on the sale of its operations of approximately $230 million after tax. “The net gain is subject to change and will be reflected in the results for the third quarter ending July 31, 2016.”

Neil Skelding, president and CEO of RBC Insurance

Neil Skelding, president and CEO of RBC Insurance

Noting that RBC Insurance is one of the fastest growing direct-to-consumer home and auto insurance providers in the country, the move will allow RBC Insurance to “focus on and invest in areas where we see the greatest potential for growth, including our life, health and wealth insurance offerings,” Neil Skelding (pictured right), president and CEO of RBC Insurance, said in a statement when the sale was announced last January.

For Aviva Canada, the insurers notes the acquisition further strengthens its market position in Canada, “increasing gross written premiums by approximately $800 million, and is consistent with Aviva’s strategy to provide consumers with choice about how they access insurance solutions.”

Maurice Tulloch, Aviva plc’s chairman, Global General Insurance

Maurice Tulloch, Aviva plc’s chairman, Global General Insurance

“This is a landmark deal which underlines our confidence in a key market for Aviva, and one where we see future growth,” Maurice Tulloch (pictured left), Aviva plc’s chairman, Global General Insurance, noted in January.

With the addition of the existing RBC Insurance home and auto business, Aviva Canada reported at the time that its market position in Canada is further strengthened. It was anticipated the insurer’s gross written premiums, which were $3,959 million in 2015, would increase by approximately $800 million.