• Acquisition makes The Hartford the second largest group life and disability insurer with approximately $5 billion in expected earned premium
• Acquisition further accelerates The Hartford’s strategies for distribution, digital capabilities and claim outcomes
• Transaction allows Aetna to enhance focus on core businesses, strategy
HARTFORD, Conn., Oct. 23, 2017 – The Hartford has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Aetna’s U.S. group life and disability business for cash consideration of $1.45 billion. This acquisition deepens and enhances The Hartford’s Group Benefits distribution capabilities and accelerates the company’s technology strategy. Aetna has several options for use of the proceeds of the transaction, including but not limited to internal investments to enhance the company’s customer experience, share repurchases and repayment of debt. The acquisition is expected to close in early November 2017, subject to state regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.
“The transaction provides a unique and accretive opportunity for The Hartford to become the second largest group life and disability insurer, an important business for The Hartford with a stable risk profile, attractive returns and strong long-term growth prospects,” said The Hartford’s Chairman and CEO Christopher Swift. “The combination of these two businesses strengthens our position as a leader in the large employer market and increases our presence among midsize employer clients. It also creates new opportunities to distribute additional products to a customer base of more than 20 million people who will be insured by the combined business.”