Indonesian Consortium to Invest in Affiliate of Insurer Bumiputera

A rescue plan for Bumiputera has collapsed after it failed to agree with Evergreen Invesco – its planned white knight – over the size of a capital injection. (Reuters Photo/Fatima El-Kareem)

By : Cindy Silviana | on 11:39 PM December 28, 2016
Category : Business, Banking/Finance

Jakarta. A consortium led by businessman Erick Thohir, the president of soccer club Inter Milan, will invest Rp 2 trillion ($149 million) in an affiliate of troubled Indonesian life insurance firm Bumiputera, a statutory manager said.

Indonesian authorities have been seeking to shore up the century-old Indonesian Asuransi Jiwa Bersama Bumiputera 1912 (Bumiputera), without taxpayer money, by using strategic investors and a backdoor listing.

Erick's consortium will invest in an affiliate that will sell new insurance products, while Bumiputera will continue serving existing policyholders until their claims come due, according to a statement from Bumiputera and the statutory manager.

"This way, there will be enough cash for Bumiputera to fulfil its liabilities due to mature in 2017, and in the coming years due to the movement of funds as a result of investment," said Didi Achdijat, a statutory manager of Bumiputera.

Erick could not immediately be reached for comment.

Despite being under restructuring by Indonesia's Financial Services Authority (OJK) since 2013, Bumiputera still has liabilities of around Rp 20 trillion, compared with assets of Rp 13-14 trillion, Adhie Massardi, another of its statutory managers, told Reuters last week.

Plans to save Bumiputera, which has 6.7 million policyholders, include a backdoor listing through Jakarta-listed textile material trader Evergreen Invesco.

Evergreen had planned to conduct a rights issue of Rp 30 trillion to acquire a holding company set up by Bumiputera. It then lifted the issuance size to Rp 40 trillion before cutting it this month to Rp 10.3 trillion.

Originally slated for the end of 2016, the rights issue has been delayed until next year.

Didi said Erick's investment should mean "we don't have to depend on Evergreen's rights issue plan."



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