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CPPIB buying 30% interest in BGL Group for $1.1 billion


November 24, 2017   by The Canadian Press (CPSTF)


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TORONTO – The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board has signed a $1.1-billion deal to acquire a 30 per cent stake in BGL Group, a digital distributor of insurance and financial services.

BGL Group’s brands include Comparethemarket.com, LesFurets.com and online life insurer BeagleStreet.com.

Under the deal, CPPIB will nominate a non-executive director to represent it on the BGL board.

BHL, the current owner of BGL Group, will retain a majority interest in the business.

The deal is subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approvals.

It is expected to close by the end of April.