Arig negotiating buyout of Takaful Re

July 24 2015 by InsuranceAsia News Staff

Bahrain-headquartered Arab Insurance Group (Arig) plans to take over full control of Takaful Re, a loss-making provider of Islamic reinsurance products and services to Islamic insurance firms, for a still undisclosed amount.

The Dubai Financial Market-listed Arig announced that it was in negotiations with the holders of the 46% of Takaful Re shares that it does not own, although it provided no details about the state of the negotiations and the price it is offering for the shares.

Other major shareholders of Takaful Re include Emirates Funds, Islamic Development Bank, Dubai Investments, and Dubai Islamic Bank.

The buyout plan was announced at a time when many Islamic insurance firms are competing for market share.

According to an earlier report released by credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s, the Islamic insurance industry posted a net underwriting loss last year.

Takaful Re reported losses of US$9.1 million last year, up from US$8.1 million in 2013.