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The information contained in this Report on Form 6-K, excluding the information set forth in Exhibit No. 1, shall be incorporated by reference in the prospectuses relating to the Registrant's securities contained in the Registrant's Registration Statements on Form F-3 (File Nos. 333-260702 and 333-260703), as such prospectuses may be amended or supplemented from time to time.
Westpac completes sale of life insurance business to TAL
Following the August 9, 2021 announcement of Westpac Banking Corporation's (Westpac) intention to sell Westpac Life Insurance Services Limited to TAL Dai-ichi Life Australia Pty Limited (TAL), Westpac has today confirmed that it has completed the sale. The terms of the sale remain unchanged.
Westpac expects to report a total after tax loss on sale of approximately $1.37 billion1 of which $0.27 billion was incurred in the Group's Financial Year 2021 results. In the Group's Financial Year 2022 results, a loss of approximately $1.10 billion1 after tax will be classified as a notable item and primarily relates to the difference between the sale proceeds of $900 million and the carrying value of net assets in the business. The completion of the transaction adds approximately 17 bps1 to Westpac's common equity Tier 1 capital ratio2.
In addition, Westpac will receive ongoing payments under an exclusive 20-year strategic alliance for the provision of life insurance products to Westpac's Australian customers.
Index to Exhibits
1 The financial impact is subject to the finalisation of completion adjustments and separation costs.
2 On a proforma 31 March 2022 basis.
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