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KB Financial’s acquisition of Prudential Life approved

Logo of KB Financial Group (KB)
Logo of KB Financial Group (KB)

KB Financial Group said Thursday that it has received approval from the Financial Services Commission to acquire Prudential Life Insurance of Korea.

In April, the Korean financial giant inked a deal with Prudential to buy a 100 percent stake in the insurance company for some 2.3 trillion won ($1.94 billion). It is scheduled to pay for the acquisition by Monday. When the deal closes, the insurance firm will become the financial group’s 13th subsidiary.

The takeover of the nation’s sixth-largest life insurance firm is in line with KB’s drive for future growth. The group has tried to beef up nonbanking business to diversify its revenue stream beyond its main subsidiary, KB Kookmin Bank. The list of KB’s nonbanking units recently acquired by the group includes KB Capital, KB Insurance and KB Securities.

Prudential will operate as an independent entity for a while in order to improve business stability while seeking synergy with other KB subsidiaries and affiliates.

The acquisition will also be able to help KB advance its wealth management services by utilizing a vast amount of data of the life insurer’s 650,000 customers.

“With the latest acquisition, KB will try to offer a range of quality financial services for customers,” a company official said.

By Kim Young-won (
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Korea Herald daum