RICHMOND, Va., March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE: GNW) today announced that at its special meeting of stockholders held earlier today, stockholders adopted the previously announced merger agreement with China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co., Ltd. ("Oceanwide"), whereby Oceanwide will acquire Genworth through Asia Pacific Global Capital Co. Ltd., one of Oceanwide's investment platforms. Approximately 96 percent of votes cast were voted in favor of the merger, which represents 71 percent of Genworth's total outstanding shares of common stock as of the record date for the special meeting. As previously announced, Genworth and Oceanwide continue to expect the transaction to be completed by the middle of 2017, subject to closing conditions including receipt of required regulatory approvals.
"Genworth's Board of Directors would like to thank its stockholders for their adoption of the merger agreement with Oceanwide, and for their support throughout Genworth's extensive review of strategic alternatives," said James S. Riepe, Genworth non-executive chairman of the board. "We continue to believe that this transaction is in the best interest of all Genworth stockholders and provides stockholders with the best value reasonably available for their interest in Genworth."
President and CEO Tom McInerney added, "The receipt of stockholder approval at today's special meeting is a critical step in the process towards completing the merger with Oceanwide. Both Genworth and Oceanwide have been working together on executing important next steps. We are especially focused on our work with applicable regulators in the U.S., China, and other international markets, whose approvals are needed to close this transaction by the middle of 2017."
Mr. Lu Zhiqiang, chairman of Oceanwide, continued, "Oceanwide is pleased that Genworth stockholders approved the transaction, and continues to work diligently with Genworth to obtain all regulatory approvals and satisfy other necessary conditions to closing."
About Genworth Financial
Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE: GNW) is a Fortune 500 insurance holding company committed to helping families achieve the dream of homeownership and address the financial challenges of aging through its leadership positions in mortgage insurance and long term care insurance. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Genworth traces its roots back to 1871 and became a public company in 2004. For more information, visit genworth.com.
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About China Oceanwide
China Oceanwide is a privately held, family owned international financial holding group founded by Mr. Lu Zhiqiang. Headquartered in Beijing, China, China Oceanwide's well-established and diversified businesses include operations in financial services, energy, culture and media, and real estate assets globally, including in the United States.
China Oceanwide is the controlling shareholder of the Shenzhen-listed Oceanwide Holdings Co., Ltd. and Minsheng Holdings Co. Ltd.; the Hong Kong-listed China Oceanwide Holdings Limited; the privately-held Minsheng Securities, Minsheng Trust, and Asia Pacific Property & Casualty Insurance; and it is the single largest shareholder of Australia-listed CuDECO Ltd. China Oceanwide also is a minority investor in Shanghai-listed China Minsheng Bank and Hong Kong-listed Legend Holdings. In the United States, China Oceanwide has real estate investments in New York, California, and Hawaii. Businesses controlled by China Oceanwide have more than 10,000 employees globally.
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