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HRG GROUP, INC. filed this Form 10-Q on 02/07/2017
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(Dollars in millions, except per share and unit measures or as otherwise specified)
(1) Description of Business
HRG Group, Inc. (“HRG” and collectively with its respective subsidiaries, the “Company”) is a holding company that conducts its operations through its operating subsidiaries. HRG’s shares of common stock trade on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) under the symbol “HRG.”
The Company’s reportable business segments are organized in a manner that reflects how HRG’s management views those business activities. Accordingly, the Company currently operates its business in two reportable segments: (i) Consumer Products and (ii) Insurance.
The Company also owns Salus Capital Partners, LLC, (“Salus”), an asset-based lender, and 99.5% of NZCH Corporation (“NZCH”), a public shell company. From time to time, the Company may manage a portion of its available cash and engage in other activities through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, HGI Funding, LLC (“HGI Funding”) and HGI Energy Holdings, LLC (“HGI Energy”). The Company’s corporate operations, as well as the operations of Salus, HGI Funding, NZCH and HGI Energy are presented in the Corporate and Other segment.
For the results of operations by segment, and other segment data, see Note 15, Segment Data and Note 16, Consolidating Financial Information.
Consumer Products Segment
The Consumer Products segment represents the Company’s 58.3% controlling interest in Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (“Spectrum Brands”). Through its operating subsidiaries, Spectrum Brands is a diversified global branded consumer products company with positions in multiple product lines and categories: consumer batteries, small appliances, global pet supplies, home and garden control products, personal care products, hardware and home improvement products and global auto care.
Insurance Segment
As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s insurance operations were conducted through Front Street Re (Delaware) Ltd., (“Front Street”) and its Bermuda and Cayman-based subsidiaries, Front Street Re Ltd. (“Front Street Bermuda”) and Front Street Re (Cayman) Ltd. (“Front Street Cayman”), respectively. Through Front Street and its Bermuda and Cayman-based subsidiaries, the Company engages in the business of life, annuity and long-term care reinsurance.
The Company also owns 80.5% of Fidelity & Guaranty Life (“FGL”). Through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company (“FGL Insurance”) and Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company of New York, FGL is a provider of various types of fixed annuities and life insurance products in the U.S.
On November 8, 2015, Anbang Insurance Group Co., Ltd., a joint-stock insurance company established in the People’s Republic of China (“Anbang”), AB Infinity Holding, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anbang (“AB Infinity”), and AB Merger Sub, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of AB Infinity (“Merger Sub”), entered into a definitive merger agreement (as amended, the “FGL Merger Agreement” and such merger, the “FGL Merger”) to acquire FGL for $26.80 per share. On November 3, 2016, FGL, Anbang, AB Infinity, and Merger Sub amended the FGL Merger Agreement to extend the outside termination date for the completion of the FGL Merger from November 7, 2016 to February 8, 2017. Accordingly, either party may terminate the FGL Merger Agreement if the closing of the FGL Merger does not occur on or prior to February 8, 2017. As of the date hereof, the parties to the FGL Merger Agreement were in discussions regarding an extension of the outside termination date beyond February 8, 2017. It is expected that FGL will make an announcement on or about February 9, 2017 regarding the outcome of those discussions.
The completion of the FGL Merger is subject to the satisfaction of a number of closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals from the Iowa Insurance Division, New York Department of Financial Services, Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, China Insurance Regulatory Commission, and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.
Anbang continues to work on securing the remaining required regulatory approvals and the parties are committed to securing such approvals, however, the closing of the FGL Merger, and the timing thereof, is subject to the regulatory review and approval process, none of which can be assured. In the event that the FGL Merger Agreement is terminated, under specified circumstances, FGL may be required to pay a termination fee to Anbang and its subsidiaries of $51.5.
As a result of the FGL Merger Agreement, the Company’s ownership interest in FGL has been classified as held for sale in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets and FGL’s operations were classified as discontinued operations in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows and reported separately for all periods presented. Prior to the transaction, FGL was included in the Company’s Insurance segment. See Note 4, Divestitures.


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