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Genworth Financial Announces Launch of Secondary Offering by GE, Plan for Concurrent Share Repurchase from GE


RICHMOND, Va., Feb 27, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Genworth Financial (NYSE: GNW) today announced that General Electric Company (GE) plans to sell approximately 71 million shares of Genworth's Class A Common Stock in an underwritten secondary public offering. Genworth will not receive any proceeds from this transaction.

In addition, Genworth announced that it will repurchase 15 million shares of Genworth's Class B Common Stock directly from GE at the net price per share of Class A Common Stock that GE receives in the secondary offering. The repurchase will close simultaneously with, and be contingent upon, the closing of the secondary offering.

Upon completion of these transactions, GE will not own any shares of Genworth's common stock.

The global coordinator and bookrunner for the offering is Merrill Lynch & Co. Citigroup, Goldman, Sachs & Co., JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley are also bookrunners. Interested parties may obtain a written prospectus relating to this offering from Merrill Lynch & Co., 4 World Financial Center, New York, NY 10080.

This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which the offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of that state.

About Genworth Financial

Genworth is a leading insurance holding company, serving the lifestyle protection, retirement income, investment and mortgage insurance needs of more than 15 million customers, and has operations in 24 countries, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, the U.K. and more than a dozen other European countries. For more information, visit

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Alicia Charity, +1-804-662-2248,;
or Media, Phil Moeller, +1-804-662-2534,,
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