AMP, Australia's biggest life insurer and fund manager, completed a capital raising on Friday that is the first step in its restructuring, Reuters reported. Analysts and bankers say the plan could set AMP up as a takeover target.
AMP said on Thursday it would spin off its dragging British insurance and funds management businesses. The firm said it would sell $1 billion Aussie dollars worth, or the equivalent of US$628 million, of its shares to institutional investors. Additionally, it said it would sell US$314 million worth of shares to individual investors. The sale of the institutional shares brought in more than US$755 million on Friday.