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FANHUA Announces Supplementary Agreement to Strategic Framework Agreement with White Group and Board Changes

GUANGZHOU, China, Feb. 20, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FANHUA Inc. (“FANHUA” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: FANH), a leading independent financial services provider in China, today announces the signing of the first supplementary agreement with Singapore White Group Pte. Ltd. (“White Group”) to the framework strategic agreement previously disclosed on February 2, 2024. Pursuant to the agreement, both parties agree to the following matters:

1. White Group will inject assets into FANHUA aimed at assisting FANHUA in driving its artificial intelligence (“AI”) development and international expansion by setting new offices in Singapore, Vietnam, Europe, the United States and Hong Kong.

2. White Group and its partnerships will invest up to US$500 million in FANHUA.

3. The main objective of the parties is to explore investments in the following high-quality assets:

An Asia-based telehealth solution provider that had one of the largest number of patient consultations per day in the Asia-Pacific region in 2023, connecting approximately approximately 2000 reputable doctors, 600 clinics, and over one million users across the Asia-Pacific region, with over 100,000 monthly teleconsultations; and

An AI Humanoid hardware manufacturer with multiple development facilities throughout the world, including China, Japan, the United States and Europe. It has world-leading, medical-grade, AI Humanoid robots that can be applied in various fields such as medical research, home care, and elderly care.

Furthermore, with the approval of the board of directors of FANHUA (the “Board”), Mr. Peh Chin Hua has been appointed to serve as the Chairman of FANHUA with immediate effect. Meanwhile, Mr. Yinan Hu and Mr. Ben Lin have resigned as co-chairmen. Mr. Hu will assume the position of vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FANHUA while Mr. Lin will continue to serve as a director and chief strategy officer of FANHUA.

Mr. Peh Chin Hua, born in 1947, is a Singaporean entrepreneur and former Member of Parliament for 13 years. With 29 years of active contributions to Singapore's social and political service, he received the National Day Public Service Medal. After retiring from politics in 2001, Mr. Peh earned an Executive MBA from NUS. He was formerly Managing Director of Shinglee Book Holdings, the founder and executive Chairman of Dragonland Group, a listed company in Singapore, and the vice Chairman of TFC Bank Holdings in the United States and Chairman of NTUC Seacare Holding Ltd.

As the founder and executive Chairman of Singapore White Group, Mr. Peh has led numerous large-scale projects in major Chinese cities, focusing on real estate. His ventures aim to create affordable housing, develop ecological cities, and contribute to economic growth in China. Additionally, the Group has been investing in artificial intelligence technology projects with international company across the USA, China, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Mr. Peh Chin Hua, Chairman of FANHUA said, “I am glad to join FANHUA as the Chairman of the Board. I look forward to working with the rest of the Board members and the management team to guide FANHUA through this journey to achieve the best results for shareholders as FANHUA seeks to explore growth opportunities in China and international markets leveraging the power of AI technology.”

Commenting on the strategic cooperation, Mr. Yinan Hu, founder, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FANHUA said, “We are delighted to have Mr. Peh as FANHUA’s Chairman. Mr. Peh is an outstanding leader with vast experience in various industries including real estate, artificial intelligence, healthcare, and financial services. His wisdom will guide us through our strategic transformation as we embark on a new stage of development driven by artificial intelligence technology.”

He continued, “Leveraging Artificial Intelligence and globalization are the optimal paths for all companies to move towards the future. The collaboration with White Group will accelerate our journey towards the AI era, presenting us with the opportunity to become a top player in the application of AI technology in providing family services including insurance, wealth management, education, health and elderly care, as well as family office management. We have full confidence that FANHUA can transform itself as a global leader in its pioneering innovation partnerships.”

About White Group

White Group was established in 2005. It is a privately-owned boutique investment and development firm based in Singapore. It is focused on acquiring, investing in, and managing businesses that develop solutions in real estate, technology, and healthcare, among others. Its primary interest is in China and Southeast Asia. Its investments seek to create long-term economic value for its partners.

About FANHUA

Established in 1998, FANHUA is a leading comprehensive financial services provider in China, driven by digital technology and professional expertise, with a focus on delivering family asset allocation services throughout the entire lifecycle for individual clients, while also providing a one-stop support platform for individual agents and sales organizations.

As of September 30, 2023, the Company’s offline sales service network spans 31 provinces in China, comprising 673 sales service outlets, 91,098 agents, and more than 2,215 claims adjustors. Through proprietary technological tools such as “FA APP” (formerly known as Lan Zhanggui) , “FANHUA Policy Custody System”, and “RONS DOP”, the Company is dedicated to supporting agents in providing convenient services to clients through technological means.

With an integrated online and offline approach, the Company has provided services to more than 12 million individual clients. For the nine months ended September 30, 2023, FANHUA facilitated US$1.7 billion gross written premiums, with its net revenues reaching US$335.7 million, net income attributable to shareholders of US$42.2 million and total assets of US$549.0 million.

Forward-looking Statements

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Source: FANHUA Inc.


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