Allianz CEO dismisses interest in US market expansion

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Allianz CEO dismisses interest in US market expansion

Allianz chief executive Oliver Bäte has no plans on growing the insurance giant’s presence on US soil, according to an interview with the Financial Times.

“Buying something in the US for us is out of the question at the moment because their valuations are much more frothy than what we have in Europe,” the publication quoted the CEO as stating.

In the same interview he clarified that the biggest insurer in Europe has no interest in snapping up the Singapore operations of British behemoth Aviva.

“Why would I buy a small follower business in a small country that is fully consolidated?” he asked.

Bäte, while conceding that this particular Aviva unit is “a good one,” pointed out that it’s the smallest of four large ones in the Asian city-state.

So, what does Bäte’s camp have its sights on? Something a lot like LV= General Insurance (LV=GI), it turns out.

In December 2017 the UK arm of the Munich-headquartered group acquired 49% of LV=GI from Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society (LV=), and then earlier this year LV= and Allianz announced that the latter was purchasing the mutual’s remaining shareholding to become sole owner of LV=GI.

In his Financial Times interview, Bäte revealed: “We’re looking for LV=’s.” That means going for mid-sized businesses instead of opting for mega-mergers.