Presidential Life Corp. and Athene Annuity & Life Assurance Company Complete Merger

NYACK, N.Y. & HAMILTON, Bermuda--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Presidential Life Corporation  (NASDAQ: PLFE), a Delaware corporation headquartered in Nyack, NY, which markets and sells a variety of fixed annuity, life insurance and accident and health insurance products through its wholly owned subsidiary, Presidential Life Insurance Company, a New York-domiciled life insurance company that has approximately $3.5 billion of admitted assets as of September 30, 2012, and Athene Holding Ltd., a Bermuda-based holding company, today announced the completion of the acquisition of Presidential Life by Athene Holding’s wholly owned subsidiary, Athene Annuity & Life Assurance Company, a Delaware-domiciled insurer focused on retail fixed and index annuity sales and reinsurance. The transaction is valued at approximately $414 million.

“The acquisition of Presidential Life gives Athene a presence in all 50 states and creates significant opportunities for growth in our retail sales and reinsurance operations,” said James R. Belardi, CEO of Athene Holding and Athene Annuity. “We continue to build a market-leading retirement savings company through a combination of organic growth, reinsurance and strategic acquisitions.”

Under the terms of the merger agreement, Presidential Life stockholders will receive $14 in cash for each share of Presidential Life common stock held. Letters of transmittal allowing Presidential Life stockholders of record to deliver their shares to the paying agent in exchange for payment of the merger consideration will be distributed promptly. Stockholders who hold shares through a bank or broker should contact their bank or broker to determine what, if any, steps they need to take in order to receive the cash merger consideration for the shares they beneficially own.

With the closing of the transaction, Presidential Life’s common shares will cease to trade on NASDAQ and will be delisted.

Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P. acted as the financial advisor to Presidential Life and provided a fairness opinion to the Board of Directors of Presidential Life in connection with the transaction. Proskauer Rose LLP acted as counsel to Presidential Life. Sidley Austin LLP acted as counsel to Athene.

About Athene

Athene Annuity is a wholly owned subsidiary of Athene Holding, a life insurance holding company focused principally on the retirement market and whose business, through its subsidiaries, is focused primarily on issuing and reinsuring fixed and equity indexed annuities and writing funding agreements and funding agreement-backed notes. Athene Holding’s other principal subsidiaries include Athene Life Insurance Company, a Delaware-domiciled insurance company, and Athene Life Re Ltd., a Bermuda-based reinsurer.

Athene Holding was formed in 2008 by James R. Belardi, formerly President of SunAmerica Life Insurance Company and Chief Investment Officer of AIG Retirement Services, Inc. and Chip Gillis, former head of Bear Stearns’ Insurance Solutions Group and was sponsored by an affiliate of Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO) to provide solutions to the growing need for tax efficient savings vehicles to support retiring baby boomers. The products offered by Athene Holding, through its subsidiaries, include:

• Retail fixed and equity indexed annuity products
• Institutional products, such as funding agreements
• Co-insurance and reinsurance arrangements with third party life insurance and annuity providers

About Presidential Life

Presidential Life, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Presidential Life Insurance Company, markets and sells a variety of fixed annuity, life insurance and accident and health insurance products. Through Presidential Life Insurance Company, Presidential Life is licensed to market its products in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Further information about Presidential Life is available on the Internet at www.presidentiallife.com.

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