American Equity Confirms Receipt of Unsolicited Non-Binding Acquisition Proposal – Press Release

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa–(Business Wire)–American Equity Investment Life Holding Company (NYSE: AEL) today confirmed that it received an unsolicited non-binding proposal from Athene Holding Ltd. (NYSE: ATH) with Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company to acquire all outstanding common shares of American Equity for $36.00 per share in cash.

Consistent with its fiduciary responsibilities, American Equity’s Board of Directors is carefully reviewing the unsolicited proposal in consultation with financial and legal advisors to determine the course of action it believes is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders and other stakeholders. American Equity shareholders need take no action at this time.

J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley are serving as financial advisors to American Equity and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is acting as legal counsel.

About American Equity

American Equity Investment Life Holding Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, is a leading issuer of fixed index annuities through independent agents, banks and broker-dealers. American Equity Investment Life Holding Company, a New York Stock Exchange listed company (NYSE: AEL), is headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa. For more information, please visit

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Steven D. Schwartz, Vice President – Investor Relations

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