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Generali strikes long-term distribution deal with Portugal's post office

An Assicurazioni Generali SpA's logo is seen on a building of their offices in Saint-Denis

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's biggest insurer Assicurazioni Generali said its Portuguese arm had agreed a long-term distribution deal with CTT Group, the country's postal services group, while also taking an 8.7% stake in CTT'S banking unit.

Generali said in a statement on Monday its Portuguese unit Tranquilidade would invest in Banco CTT by subscribing to a 25 million euro ($24.82 million) reserved capital increase.

Following the accord, Tranquilidade's life and non-life insurance products will be distributed by CTT and by Banco CTT, with a five-year exclusivity period that can be renewed.

Tranquilidade's premiums stood at 1.1 billion euros at the end of 2021, virtually all in its non-life business.

"Through this agreement ... Tranquilidade will reach new clients, particularly in the life segment, while considerably increasing its overall premiums," Generali said in a statement.

Launched in 2016, Banco CTT serves 600,000 customers both online and through a network of more than 200 outlets. It manages 2 billion euros in clients' deposits.

($1 = 1.0073 euros)

(Reporting by Valentina Za, Editing by Louise Heavens)