Allianz takes 8.33 percent stake in Bayern Munich football club

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German insurer Allianz ALVG.DE on Tuesday took an 8.33 percent stake in Bayern Munich football club for 110 million euros ($150.44 million) as part of a deal to help the club pay down debts on its stadium and to sponsor a youth academy.

Allianz logos are pictured in front of the headquarter of Germany's largest insurance group Allianz AG in Munich, June 22, 2006. REUTERS

The deal gives the club, which has no stock market listing, and is majority controlled by its members, an implied valuation of 1.32 billion euros.

Allianz said it had also extended a sponsorship deal giving the insurer the option to extend the naming rights for the club’s Munich stadium until 2041.

“FC Bayern München has thus once again set in place the basis of a solid, financially secure future for the club,” Jan-Christian Dreesen, FC Bayern München AG board member responsible for finance said in a statement.

Bayern will use the proceeds to pay down the club’s remaining obligations on the Allianz Arena in Munich. The stadium would then be debt free, the football club said.

Proceeds would also be used for the planned reconstruction of the youth and junior facility in Munich, the club further said.

Bayern Munich’s stadium cost 340 million euros to build, and has been known as the Allianz Arena since it opened in 2005, when the insurer and the football club began their sponsorship deal.

With the capital injection Allianz becomes the third strategic partner of FC Bayern alongside sportswear maker Adidas ADSGn.DE and car maker Audi VOWG_p.DE.

The three companies, which are all headquartered in the Free State of Bavaria, now each hold an 8.33 percent stake in the club, Bayern Munich said.

In accordance with the club’s statutes, the main shareholder remains the FC Bayern München e.V. association and its members which control 75 percent of the stock.

In 2002, Adidas paid around 75 million euros to take a stake in the club, and Audi paid around 90 million euros for its stake which it acquired in 2010 and 2011.

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Reporting by Edward Taylor and Alexander Huebner; Editing by Louise Heavens and William Hardy