Swiss Re to Acquire CNA Financial's Book of Life Insurance Policies in Admin Re Transaction.
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 5, 2004
Swiss Re, the world's largest life and health reinsurer, today announced an agreement to acquire Chicago-based CNA Financial's individual life insurance business for approximately $690 million in cash. The in-force business acquired, which will be put into run-off as the deal closes, will include term, universal and permanent life insurance policies and individual annuity products. Additionally, Swiss Re will acquire CNA's Nashville, Tenn., life insurance servicing and administration facility. The transaction is subject to certain customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. Excluded from the transaction will be CNA's long-term care and structured settlement business.
The agreement represents one more in a series of Swiss Re's Admin Re(SM) transactions, in which closed blocks of in-force life and health insurance are acquired and Swiss Re administers the underlying policies. Under the agreement, Swiss Re Life & Health America Inc. will assume responsibility to administer approximately one million insurance policies in force with total assets of approximately $3.0 billion and annualized premiums of $440 million.
"The acquisition of CNA's life insurance business is an attractive opportunity to further expand our Admin Re(SM) business," said Weldon Wilson, chief executive officer of Swiss Re Life & Health America. "We believe that Admin Re(SM) transactions continue to provide excellent opportunities for both Swiss Re and our clients."
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Swiss Re is a leading reinsurer and the world's largest life and health reinsurer. The company is global, operating from 70 offices in 30 countries. Since its foundation in 1863, Swiss Re has been in the reinsurance business. Swiss Re has three business groups: Property & Casualty, Life & Health and Financial Services. Swiss Re offers a wide range of traditional reinsurance products and related services, which are complemented by insurance-based corporate finance solutions and supplementary services. Swiss Re is rated "AA" by Standard & Poor's, "Aa1" by Moody's and "A+" by A.M. Best.
CNA is the country's fourth largest commercial insurance writer and the 11th largest property and casualty company. CNA's insurance products include standard commercial lines, specialty lines, surety, marine and other property and casualty coverages. CNA services include risk management, information services, underwriting, risk control and claims administration. For more information, please visit CNA at www.cna.com. CNA is a registered service mark, trade name and domain name of CNA Financial Corporation.
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