MMI has sold its majority stake in Metropolitan Life (MetLife) Swaziland to Vunani for R55m. The insurer announced its intentions to exit Swaziland, as well as Mauritius, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia in September 2018. MMI struggled with volatile earnings, internal control problems as well as leadership challenges in these markets. Although the Swaziland operations were profitable, MMI’s latest annual report shows that Swaziland contributed just 3% of new life insurance sales from the Southern Africa operations in the 2018 financial year, making it a much smaller operation compared to Namibia, Botswana or Lesotho, which contributed 46%, 31% and 201%, respectively. Vunani CEO Ethan Dube, however, said MetLife, which has assets in excess of R675m, had strong cash generation and well-established, recurring premium business. Metropolitan Life and Momentum opened offices in Swaziland in 2008 before the two merged in that country in 2010. MetLife now owns 100% of Momentum Insurance Swa...

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