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CNinsure to Acquire Additional Interest in an Insurance Agency

2009-12-31 15:34 863

GUANGZHOU, China, Dec. 31 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- CNinsure Inc. (Nasdaq: CISG), (the "Company" or "CNinsure"), a leading independent insurance intermediary company operating in China, today announced the acquisition of an additional 41% equity interest in Hebei Fanlian Insurance Agency Co., Ltd. ("Hebei Fanlian"), an insurance agency primarily engaged in the distribution of property and casualty ("P&C") insurance products in Hebei Province. Following the completion of the transaction, CNinsure's total shareholdings in Hebei Fanlian will be increased to 51% from the 10% it previously held.

Pursuant to the terms of the acquisition, the selling shareholder of Fanlian is obligated to pay back part of the consideration, and transfer part of its equity interest in Hebei Fanlian to CNinsure at nominal value if Hebei Fanlian fails to fulfill the guaranteed targets relating to net income, number of sales agents and monthly premiums written. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2010, subject to certain consents, authorizations and other customary closing conditions.

Commenting on the acquisition, Mr. Yinan Hu, Chairman and CEO of CNinsure, stated, "Our partnership with Hebei Fanlian will greatly strengthen our capacity to distribute P&C insurance products. Hebei Fanlian, together with two of our existing operating entities in Hebei, will help us further penetrate into Hebei Province and enhance our competitiveness in this region."

About CNinsure Inc.

CNinsure is a leading independent insurance intermediary company operating in China. CNinsure's distribution network reaches many of China's most economically developed regions and affluent cities. The Company distributes a wide variety of property and casualty and life insurance products underwritten by both domestic and foreign insurance companies operating in China, and provides insurance claims adjusting service as well as other insurance-related services.

Forward-looking Statements

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Source: CNinsure Inc.
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