Increased participation interest in Shriram General Insurance in India
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
Registration Number 1918/001680/06
JSE share code: SNT
NSX share code: SNM
INCREASED PARTICIPATION INTEREST IN SHRIRAM GENERAL INSURANCE IN INDIA
1. Introduction and transaction summary
In December 2013, Santam, Sanlam Limited (“Sanlam”) and Sanlam Emerging Markets
Proprietary Limited (“SEM”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Sanlam, entered into a framework
agreement (“Framework Agreement”) which set out the terms by which Santam participates in
Sanlam’s investments in emerging market short-term insurance businesses using SEM as the
Following recent regulatory changes allowing a 49% foreign shareholding in insurance
companies in India, SEM has increased its stake in in Shriram General Insurance Company
Limited (“SGI”) by 23%.
Shareholders are advised that in terms of the Framework Agreement, Santam has elected to
participate in the increased investment in SGI through the subscription for a further share of a
separate class (“Target Share”) in SEM for a consideration of R251.35 million (the “Purchase
Consideration”) (the “Transaction”). The Target Share is linked to the economic benefits of
The Purchase Consideration was funded from cash resources and the Transaction became
effective on 5 December 2016.
2. Background and rationale
In December 2013 Santam subscribed for a Target Share linked to a 7.0% participatory interest
in SGI. The Transaction increases Santam’s participation interest in SGI from 7.0% to 15.1%
thereby increasing Santam’s exposure to the company which it believes is well positioned for
growth in the Indian market. SGI is the short-term insurance business of the Shriram Group, a
financial conglomerate based in India. SGI is positioned to be a market leader in motor
3. Small related party transaction
As Sanlam is the majority shareholder of Santam, the Transaction is a small related party
transaction for Santam in terms of Section 10.1(b) of the JSE Listings Requirements.
Accordingly, in terms of section 10.7(b) of the JSE Listings Requirements, an independent
expert is required to provide an opinion as to the fairness of the terms of the Transaction.
Investec Bank Limited (“Investec”) was appointed as the independent expert to provide a
fairness opinion. Investec has found the terms and conditions of the Transaction fair to the
shareholders of Santam. Their fairness opinion is available for inspection at Santam’s
registered office for a period of 28 days from the date of this announcement.
7 December 2016
Sponsor: Investec Bank Limited
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