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Nigerian Insurance To Benefit From Prudential Financial, Leapfrog Partnership

Prudential Financial, Inc. (PFI) and LeapFrog Investments has announced the launch of a 350 million dollars (N70 billion) investment partnership to access high-growth markets in Africa. A statement by Bemigho Awala, Accounts Manager, LeapFrog, said on Saturday in Lagos that the new investment vehicle would target investments in life insurance companies in Nigeria. It will also target other leading economies, including Kenya and Ghana, to be made over a three- to five-year period,’’ said the statement, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). It said that Charles Lowrey, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of PFI’s International Businesses, noted that the venture would expand PFI’s invest in Africa. “This investment expands PFI’s footprint into Africa, a continent that we believe offers tremendous potential for growth over the long term. “We are delighted to partner with LeapFrog Investments, given their deep experience in Africa, and their impressive record of success as insurance investors focused on emerging consumers’’. It quoted Doug Lacey, Partner at LeapFrog Investments, as saying: “The global insurance industry is looking for ways to close the protection gap for millions of people in emerging markets. “This partnership will help to address that need. Nigeria is a very exciting market, ranked in the top three in Africa for growth prospects, alongside Kenya and Ghana. “Insurance penetration in Nigeria remains low and we see real opportunities for growth. “We are delighted to broaden our relationship with PFI, a values-driven partner whom we know well and greatly respect for its global leadership in life insurance, retirement and asset management’’. NAN reports that PFI is an investor in LeapFrog’s most recent private equity fund, and also a member of the LeapFrog Insurance Innovation Circle, a knowledge-sharing and innovation initiative that convenes many of the world’s leading insurers and reinsurers. It is a financial services leader with more than 1trillion dollars of assets under management as of Sept. 30, 2015, with operations in the U.S., Asia, Europe and Latin America. PFI’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., PFI’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. On the other hand, LeapFrog invests in extraordinary businesses in Africa and Asia, and partners with their leaders to achieve leaps of growth, profitability and impact. Today, LeapFrog companies reach over 51 million people across 21 emerging markets and more than 36 million are emerging consumers, often accessing insurance, savings, pensions or credit for the first time. The LeapFrog team draws on decades of operational experience and in-market knowledge to help build companies that achieve profit with purpose. Launched seven years ago, LeapFrog has now unlocked over 1 billion dollars in third-party assets, all dedicated to investing in companies serving emerging consumers. (NAN)

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