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Aviva sells stake to Bankia for £494m

PUBLISHED: 19:08 18 December 2012 | UPDATED: 19:43 18 December 2012

File photo dated 09/09/2011 of the Aviva building in Norwich, Norfolk. Staff at Aviva whose jobs have been placed at risk in a £400 million cost-cutting drive are paying

File photo dated 09/09/2011 of the Aviva building in Norwich, Norfolk. Staff at Aviva whose jobs have been placed at risk in a £400 million cost-cutting drive are paying "the price of boardroom failure" a union said today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday August 24, 2012. See PA story CITY Aviva. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Norwich insurance giant Aviva has sold its stake in Spanish life and pension provider Aseval to Bankia for £494m.

Aviva will receive a cash payment from the holding in the Spanish insurer by April 30.

CGU Plc, which merged with Norwich Union Plc to become Aviva, bought the stake in 2000 for about £200m, allowing it to sell life insurance and pensions to customers of Spanish lender, Bancaja, which became part of the Bankia group in 2010.

John McFarlane, chairman of Aviva, said: “This settlement is in line with our strategy to increase Aviva’s financial strength and we have realised significant value from our joint venture with Bankia. We remain focused on providing excellent service to our customers in Spain, through our other bank partners and distribution agencies.”

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