Bulgaria: KBC completes acquisition of MetLife's 40% stake in UBB-MetLife joint venture
The deal was announced on 29 December 2017 and received regulatory approval on 9 March 2018.
Earlier in 2017, as part of KBC's acquisition of UBB and Interlease, KBC through UBB acquired 60% of UBB-MetLife.
As a result of this acquisition, DZI and UBB-MetLife's combined share of the Bulgarian life insurance market will be 21%.
Commenting on the deal, KBC Group CEO Johan THIJS said: "Acquiring the remaining stake in the UBB-MetLife joint venture confirms our position as a strong, local market player that is able to offer a full range of bank-insurance products to our Bulgarian customers in an omni-channel environment. It will undoubtedly help in making UBB and DZI a genuine reference bank-insurance group in Bulgaria, which will ultimately benefit its customers, employees and all other stakeholders."
Following this deal, KBC will be able to distribute DZI life and non-life products through UBB's bank branches, thus enabling it to fully roll out its bank-insurance approach in Bulgaria, one of KBC's core markets.