Aflac Announces $20M Minority Equity Investment in Singapore Life

Staff Report From Columbus CEO

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Aflac Incorporated announced that it has made a $20 million minority equity investment in Singapore Life Pte. Ltd., a digitally-focused life insurance company based in Singapore. At the same time, the company announced that its operating subsidiary American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus plans to enter into a reinsurance agreement on certain protection products with Singapore Life.

Commenting on the announcement, Aflac Incorporated Treasurer and Head of Corporate Development Max K. Brodén said: "We are excited about this opportunity to invest in a new, digitally-focused insurance company.  Singapore Life is an excellent example of how technology can be leveraged to provide better financial solutions to its clients through both direct, via, and traditional channels. We are excited to be part of their growth story, and we look forward to a successful relationship."

Also commenting on the announcement, Aflac Incorporated Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Frederick J. Crawford said: "As a leader in voluntary health and life insurance in both the U.S. and Japan, we believe we can provide valuable insight to Singapore Life while at the same time working closely with Singapore Life's strong management team to better understand other Southeast Asian markets for potential growth opportunities. This strategic investment and relationship with Singapore Life serves as a good example of Aflac strategy to leverage digital technology to enter new markets or lines of business in a measured approach with limited capital at risk."

CEO of Singapore Life Walter de Oude added, "We are excited to have Aflac as both an investor in Singapore Life and a partner, given the strength of Aflac's brand, the credibility that it brings, and their leadership in the areas of cancer insurance and other supplemental medical policies. We look forward to working with Aflac as we continue to grow Singapore Life's range of financial services that our customers are seeking."