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Aviva agrees terms to buy rival
21 Nov 2014 19:07
British insurer Aviva said it had agreed terms on a possible deal to buy rival Friends Life for £5.6 billion, as British pension reform puts pressure on insurance companies. Pension providers are rushing to find new products after the government in March unexpectedly removed obligations for people to buy an annuity, or income for life, at retirement, sharply cutting annuity sales. Aviva's all-share offer of 0.74 shares for every Friends Life share implies a 15 percent premium to today's closing price. The board of Friends has indicated it will recommend the offer, which equates to 399 pence per Friends share, the companies said in a statement.
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