RBC Capital Markets analyst Scott Heleniak downgraded American Equity Investment Life Holding Co AEL to Sector Perform from Outperform at an increased price target of $55 from $50.
The analyst sees AEL’s acquisition by Brookfield Reinsurance Ltd BNRE as fairly priced and justifiable to AEL shareholders.
Yesterday, ARE accepted BNRE’s previously disclosed acquisition offer priced at ~$4.3 billion.
As per the terms, AEL shareholders will receive $55.00 per AEL share, consisting of $38.85 in cash and 0.49707 of Brookfield Asset Management Ltd. BAM, having a value equal to $16.15.
The proposal represents a premium of 35% to the closing price as of June 23, 2023, and a 42% premium to the 90-day volume-weighted average price for the AEL shares.
The analyst doesn’t expect a higher bidder to emerge and sees no regulatory hurdles for the deal.
Heleniak raised the 2023 EPS estimate to $6.30 from $5.70 to align with their commentary on investment yields and is unrelated to the merger deal. The analyst estimates the 2024 EPS of $5.75.
Price Action: AEL shares are trading higher by 0.04% at $52.79 on the last check Thursday.