American International Group, Inc. AIG recently disclosed the pricing details for another Corebridge Financial, Inc.’s CRBG secondary offering, valuing its common stock at $20.50 per share. AIG has proposed 35 million of CRBG’s existing shares, amounting to around $718 million in gross proceeds.
AIG is selling from a total of around 630 million outstanding common shares of Corebridge and the offering is set to conclude on Dec 5, 2023. AIG will retain a majority stake in Corebridge after the offering, and the net proceeds from the sale will be directed to the global insurance organization.
Additionally, AIG has offered the underwriter a 30-day option to acquire an extra 5.25 million shares in CRBG, a retirement solutions and insurance provider. For the offering, it has J.P. Morgan serving as the underwriter. The move allows AIG to secure funds from the offering while maintaining majority ownership in CRBG.
AIG remains steadfast in its operational streamlining strategy, divesting non-core businesses and products to sharpen its focus on core insurance operations. It closed the IPO of Corebridge, the holding company of its Life and Retirement unit, in September 2022. The latest move, occurring within a month of a prior sale of 50 million CRBG shares raising more than $1 billion, aligns with AIG's ongoing efforts to enhance liquidity and optimize its portfolio.
By divesting non-essential assets, AIG aims to fortify its core insurance capabilities and position itself for sustained growth in the dynamic insurance landscape. Prior to this transaction, AIG held 365.4 million shares of Corebridge.
American International shares have gained 5.2% in the past year against the 2.1% decline of the industry.
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AIG currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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