[London, UK and Toronto, Canada] BGL Group,
a leading digital distributor of insurance and household financial services,
and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), today announced the signing
of an agreement which will see CPPIB invest c.£675 million for a 30% stake in
BGL Group. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions including
regulatory approvals.

BHL, the current owner of BGL Group, will
retain a majority shareholding in the business, and the investment is expected
to be completed by the end of April 2018 subject to satisfaction of the closing
conditions. CPPIB will nominate a non-executive director to represent it on the
board of BGL. As a result of this investment, BGL Group will not be pursuing an
IPO at this time.

BGL Group is a leading digital distributor
of insurance and household financial services, which owns brands including
comparethemarket.com, LesFurets.com and online life insurer BeagleStreet.com.
For the year ending 30 June 2017, BGL reported 14% underlying revenue growth to
£585 million, and 19% growth in underlying profit before tax to £126 million.
Total customers increased to over 8.5 million. To date, the business has seen growth
at a similar rate in this financial year.

Peter Winslow, Chairman of BGL Group, said:
“We are delighted to welcome CPPIB as an investor. During the course of our IPO
preparations, our shareholder BHL received a number of approaches from
different kinds of investors, as BGL represents a unique growth opportunity in
UK financial services. A competitive process followed and our view was that
CPPIB was the best partner for BGL. It is a hugely respected and experienced
global institution, with a long-term ethos and track record of supporting growth.
Building BGL Group and its brands into some of the most well known in the UK
and France has created significant value for our stakeholders, and this
investment reflects confidence in our continued success.”

Ryan Selwood, Managing Director & Head
of Direct Private Equity, CPPIB, said:
“Through this investment in BGL Group,
CPPIB will participate in the continued growth of a leading financial technology
business serving the UK consumer insurance distribution market, which provides
greater transparency and choice to consumers. We are very pleased to create
this partnership with BHL in a dynamic, high-growth sector to further support
the success of BGL’s iconic brands, including comparethemarket.com, which will
further diversify our portfolio.  This
investment alongside a world class, aligned partner in BHL is a great example
of our Private Equity Solutions strategy, where we provide capital solutions at
scale to families, like-minded investors, corporations, funds and
entrepreneurs, to pursue sizeable investments with an option to hold long term,
ultimately delivering strong risk-adjusted returns to CPP contributors and
beneficiaries.”

Matthew Donaldson, Chief Executive of BGL
Group, said:
“This investment is a clear vote of confidence in our performance
and potential. We have a long-term growth strategy which builds on our
market-leading core capabilities of data, digital and marketing. We will
continue to operate in our current markets, innovating to ensure we continue to
offer the best products for our customers, but we will also focus on developing
and launching new ventures. My executive team and I are looking forward to
working with our new partner to drive the next exciting stage of our growth.”

 

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Notes to Editors: BGL Group

BGL Group is a
leading digital distributor of insurance and household financial services
to 8.5 million customers. The Group is organised in
two divisions: Price Comparison and Insurance Distribution and Outsourcing
(IDO).

The Price Comparison division offers
customers access to a growing range of car, home insurance and breadth products
(including life, travel, energy and pet insurance as well as utilities and
money products). Comparethemarket.com is one of the UK’s largest
and most-loved price comparison sites and LesFurets.com is a leading player in
the French market.

In IDO, our partnerships business,
Junction, provides car and home insurance through some of the UK’s most well-known brands; Beagle Street and
FiftyLife offer simple, fast online life insurance; and our own insurance
brands, Budget and Dial Direct offer tailored car, home, life and van insurance
products all supported by our state of the art contact centres.

Comparethemarket.com, Dial Direct and Budget are
trading names of BISL Limited and BeagleStreet.com is a trading name of BGL
Direct Life Limited.  BISL Limited is authorised and regulated by the
Financial Conduct Authority.  BGL Direct Life Limited is an Appointed
Representative of BISL Limited.  Both entities are subsidiaries of BGL
(Holdings) Limited.  Registered Address: Pegasus House, Bakewell Road,
Orton Southgate, PE2 6YS. More details are available on
www.bglgroup.co.uk

Notes to Editors: CPPIB

Canada
Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is a professional investment management
organization that invests the funds not needed by the Canada Pension Plan (CPP)
to pay current benefits on behalf of 20 million contributors and beneficiaries.
In order to build a diversified portfolio of CPP assets, CPPIB invests in
public equities, private equities, real estate, infrastructure and fixed income
instruments. Headquartered in Toronto, with offices in Hong Kong, London,
Luxembourg, Mumbai, New York City, São Paulo and Sydney, CPPIB is governed and
managed independently of the Canada Pension Plan and at arm’s length from
governments. At September 30, 2017, the CPP Fund totalled $328.2 billion. For more information about CPPIB,
please visit
www.cppib.com or follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter.

[London, UK and Toronto, Canada] BGL Group, a leading digital distributor of insurance and household financial services, and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), today announced the signing of an agreement which will see CPPIB invest c.£675 million for a 30% stake in BGL Group. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approvals.

BHL, the current owner of BGL Group, will retain a majority shareholding in the business, and the investment is expected to be completed by the end of April 2018 subject to satisfaction of the closing conditions. CPPIB will nominate a non-executive director to represent it on the board of BGL. As a result of this investment, BGL Group will not be pursuing an IPO at this time.

BGL Group is a leading digital distributor of insurance and household financial services, which owns brands including comparethemarket.com, LesFurets.com and online life insurer BeagleStreet.com. For the year ending 30 June 2017, BGL reported 14% underlying revenue growth to £585 million, and 19% growth in underlying profit before tax to £126 million. Total customers increased to over 8.5 million. To date, the business has seen growth at a similar rate in this financial year.

Peter Winslow, Chairman of BGL Group, said: “We are delighted to welcome CPPIB as an investor. During the course of our IPO preparations, our shareholder BHL received a number of approaches from different kinds of investors, as BGL represents a unique growth opportunity in UK financial services. A competitive process followed and our view was that CPPIB was the best partner for BGL. It is a hugely respected and experienced global institution, with a long-term ethos and track record of supporting growth. Building BGL Group and its brands into some of the most well known in the UK and France has created significant value for our stakeholders, and this investment reflects confidence in our continued success.”

Ryan Selwood, Managing Director & Head of Direct Private Equity, CPPIB, said: “Through this investment in BGL Group, CPPIB will participate in the continued growth of a leading financial technology business serving the UK consumer insurance distribution market, which provides greater transparency and choice to consumers. We are very pleased to create this partnership with BHL in a dynamic, high-growth sector to further support the success of BGL’s iconic brands, including comparethemarket.com, which will further diversify our portfolio.  This investment alongside a world class, aligned partner in BHL is a great example of our Private Equity Solutions strategy, where we provide capital solutions at scale to families, like-minded investors, corporations, funds and entrepreneurs, to pursue sizeable investments with an option to hold long term, ultimately delivering strong risk-adjusted returns to CPP contributors and beneficiaries.”

Matthew Donaldson, Chief Executive of BGL Group, said: “This investment is a clear vote of confidence in our performance and potential. We have a long-term growth strategy which builds on our market-leading core capabilities of data, digital and marketing. We will continue to operate in our current markets, innovating to ensure we continue to offer the best products for our customers, but we will also focus on developing and launching new ventures. My executive team and I are looking forward to working with our new partner to drive the next exciting stage of our growth.”

 

-Ends-


Notes to Editors: BGL Group

BGL Group is a leading digital distributor of insurance and household financial services to 8.5 million customers. The Group is organised in two divisions: Price Comparison and Insurance Distribution and Outsourcing (IDO).

The Price Comparison division offers customers access to a growing range of car, home insurance and breadth products (including life, travel, energy and pet insurance as well as utilities and money products). Comparethemarket.com is one of the UK’s largest and most-loved price comparison sites and LesFurets.com is a leading player in the French market.

In IDO, our partnerships business, Junction, provides car and home insurance through some of the UK’s most well-known brands; Beagle Street and FiftyLife offer simple, fast online life insurance; and our own insurance brands, Budget and Dial Direct offer tailored car, home, life and van insurance products all supported by our state of the art contact centres.

Comparethemarket.com, Dial Direct and Budget are trading names of BISL Limited and BeagleStreet.com is a trading name of BGL Direct Life Limited.  BISL Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.  BGL Direct Life Limited is an Appointed Representative of BISL Limited.  Both entities are subsidiaries of BGL (Holdings) Limited.  Registered Address: Pegasus House, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, PE2 6YS. More details are available on www.bglgroup.co.uk

Notes to Editors: CPPIB

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is a professional investment management organization that invests the funds not needed by the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) to pay current benefits on behalf of 20 million contributors and beneficiaries. In order to build a diversified portfolio of CPP assets, CPPIB invests in public equities, private equities, real estate, infrastructure and fixed income instruments. Headquartered in Toronto, with offices in Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Mumbai, New York City, São Paulo and Sydney, CPPIB is governed and managed independently of the Canada Pension Plan and at arm's length from governments. At September 30, 2017, the CPP Fund totalled $328.2 billion. For more information about CPPIB, please visit www.cppib.com or follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter.

Article Contacts

BGL Group: Caroline
Raines, Associate Director, External Communications

Telephone: 07891
639333

Caroline.raines@bglgroup.co.uk

 

Finsbury (For BGL
Group): James Bradley / Alastair Elwen

Telephone: 020 7251
3801

James.bradley@finsbury.com / alastair.elwen@finsbury.com

 

N M
Rothschild & Sons Limited (“Rothschild”):
Christopher
Kaladeen, lead adviser to BHL and BGL

Telephone: 020 7280
1866

 

CPPIB: Mei Mavin, Director,
Global Corporate Communications

Telephone: +44 0 203 205 3406