Thursday October 24,2013,
ING announced today the pricing of 33 million shares of common stock of ING U.S., Inc., its U.S.-based retirement, investment and insurance subsidiary. Based on the final price of USD 29.50 per share, the offering size is approximately USD 974 million (approximately EUR 706 million at current exchange rates). The offering represents a stake of approximately 13%, reducing ING Group’s ownership to approximately 59% following the closing of the transaction. ING Group intends to use the net proceeds of the transaction for the reduction of Group core debt.
In addition, ING Group has granted the underwriters in the offering an option, exercisable within 30 days, to acquire up to approximately 5 million shares from ING Group at the offering price. If fully exercised, this option would further reduce ING Group’s ownership in ING U.S. to approximately 57%.
ING has previously announced its intention to divest its remaining stake in ING U.S. over time, in line with its strategy to separate and divest its insurance and investment management businesses. In this context, ING sold shares of ING U.S. through an initial public offering in May 2013. ING U.S. common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "VOYA".
Closing of the offering is expected to occur on 29 October 2013, subject to customary closing conditions. Once the offering is completed, ING Group is subject to a lock-up period of 90 days from today.
The transaction announced today will not impact the profit and loss account of ING Group. The transaction is expected to have a negative impact of approximately EUR 0.5 billion on the Shareholders’ Equity of ING Group (excluding the possible exercise of the underwriters’ option to purchase additional shares). This amount reflects the difference between the net proceeds of the transaction and the estimated IFRS book value of the stake being sold. The actual amount of any decrease in ING Group Shareholders’ Equity will be reflected in the fourth-quarter financial statements of ING Group.
The registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the SEC and has become effective. The offering of these securities will be made only by means of a prospectus. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of any offer to buy, any securities.