CHICAGO & BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kemper Corporation (NYSE: KMPR) and Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation (NASDAQ: IPCC) today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Kemper will acquire Infinity in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $1.4 billion, or $129.00 per share; the exchange ratio for stock consideration to be issued in the merger is fixed and was determined based on Kemper’s 20-trading day volume weighted average price as of February 12, 2018 of $64.40. Based on Kemper’s February 12, 2018 closing stock price of $57.75, the implied total consideration is approximately $1.3 billion, or $121.01 per Infinity share. The transaction creates a company with increased scale in nonstandard auto insurance and enhanced ability to serve policyholders.
Infinity is a provider of auto insurance focused on serving the specialty, nonstandard segment. With approximately 2,300 employees, 10,600 independent agents and $1.4 billion in 2017 direct written premiums, Infinity is one of the largest nonstandard auto insurers in the country.
“This compelling transaction combines two well-known brands with complementary strengths and cultures to form a leader in nonstandard auto insurance, and enhances Kemper’s overall growth opportunities, diversification, financial strength, and ability to serve policyholders,” said Joseph P. Lacher, Jr., Kemper’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to welcoming the Infinity team to the Kemper family and working together to deliver greater choice to our policyholders through an expanded product offering and deeper relationships with our agent networks, while generating strong returns for our shareholders.”
Glen N. Godwin, Infinity Chief Executive Officer, added, “Together, our two companies have a terrific strategic and cultural fit. As part of a larger company, Infinity will have access to the capabilities and resources necessary to drive accelerated growth and better serve our policyholders and partner agents. In addition, Infinity shareholders will benefit from immediate and certain value for their shares as well as the opportunity to participate in the significant upside potential of the combined company.”
Compelling Strategic and Financial Benefits
- Combined company will have a more diversified portfolio with approximately $2.2 billion in nonstandard auto insurance premiums, an expanded customer reach through deeper agency relationships and greater efficiencies.
Broader Product Offering and Capabilities:
- Ability to leverage unique operational strengths, platforms, analytical capabilities and demographic insights to provide a unique set of products to our policyholders, while promoting growth of our business.
- More diversified suite of products across auto, home, life, and health insurance provides customers with greater choice at more competitive prices.
Enhanced Financial Position:
- The transaction is expected to be accretive to Kemper’s EPS in the first year, excluding Value of Business Acquired (“VOBA”) and one-time items, and is expected to be accretive to year two EPS by more than 10%, excluding restructuring and one-time items. Additionally, we expect the transaction to be accretive to return on average common equity (“ROACE”) by more than 30bps and accretive to return on average tangible common equity (“ROATCE”) by more than 400bps in year two following close.
- More balanced revenue mix and enhanced cash flow increases financial stability and provides additional resources to accelerate investments in growth.
- Expected to result in annual pre-tax cost savings of approximately $55 million, and an additional $5 to $10 million of pre-tax earnings resulting from the repositioning of Infinity’s investment portfolio. These are expected to be fully phased in by the end of the second year following close. These cost savings are expected to be achieved through the consolidation of redundant corporate functions and the optimization of the combined company’s systems, business processes and reinsurance programs.
Under the terms of the definitive merger agreement, Infinity shareholders will receive $51.60 in cash and 1.2019 Kemper common shares for each share of Infinity common stock. The transaction was valued at approximately $1.4 billion, or $129.00 per Infinity share; the exchange ratio for stock consideration to be issued in the merger is fixed and was determined based on Kemper’s 20-trading day volume weighted average price as of February 12, 2018 of $64.40. This represents an approximately 33% premium to Infinity’s closing price of $97.05 as of February 12, 2018. Based on Kemper’s February 12, 2018 closing stock price of $57.75, the implied total consideration is approximately $1.3 billion, or $121.01 per Infinity share, an approximately 25% premium to Infinity’s closing price of $97.05 as of February 12, 2018. The agreement also contains an election procedure allowing each Infinity shareholder to seek all cash or all stock, subject to proration and adjustment. Following the close of the transaction, Infinity shareholders are expected to own approximately 20% of the combined company on a pro forma basis.
Kemper expects to fund the cash portion of the consideration with a combination of cash on hand from the combined companies and other internal resources. No additional financing resources are needed to consummate the transaction, although Kemper may explore issuing an institutional term loan prior to close of the transaction in order to optimize its liquidity position.
The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2018, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of applicable closing conditions, including the approval of shareholders of both companies and receipt of required regulatory clearances and approvals.
Upon completion of the transaction, Infinity’s senior management team will be integrated into the newly-combined organization. Additionally, at closing, Kemper will increase its current Board of Directors by one seat and select a Director from Infinity to join the Kemper Board of Directors.
Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC acted as financial advisor to Kemper and Sidley Austin LLP served as legal counsel to Kemper. Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. acted as financial advisor to Infinity and Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL acted as legal counsel to Infinity.
Kemper will host a conference call to discuss the transaction tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time (7:30 a.m. Central time). The conference call will be accessible via the internet and by telephone. The phone number for the conference call is 844.526.3041. To listen via webcast, register online at the investor sections of kemper.com or ir.infinityauto.com at least 15 minutes prior to the webcast to download and install any necessary software.
About Kemper Corporation
The Kemper family of companies is one of the nation’s leading insurers. With $8 billion in assets, Kemper is improving the world of insurance by offering personalized solutions for individuals, families and businesses. Kemper's businesses collectively:
- Offer insurance for home, auto, life, health and valuables
- Service six million policies
- Are represented by 20,000 agents and brokers
- Employ 5,550 associates dedicated to providing exceptional service
- Are licensed to sell insurance in 50 states and the District of Columbia
Learn more about Kemper.
About Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation
Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation is a provider of personal and commercial automobile insurance primarily meeting the needs and choices of urban and Hispanic customers. Its products are offered through a network of approximately 10,600 independent agencies and brokers. For more information about Infinity, please visit http://www.infinityauto.com.
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Additional Information Regarding the Transaction and Where to Find It
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. This communication is being made in respect of the proposed merger transaction involving the Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company and Infinity, among other things. The proposed issuance of shares of Company common stock in connection with the proposed merger transaction will be submitted to the stockholders of the Company for their consideration, and the proposed merger transaction will be submitted to the shareholders of Infinity for their consideration. In connection therewith, the parties intend to file relevant materials with the SEC, including a definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus, which will be mailed to the stockholders of the Company and the shareholders of Infinity. However, such documents are not currently available. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING OR ANY INVESTMENT DECISION, INVESTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY AND/OR INFINITY ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS REGARDING THE PROPOSED MERGER TRANSACTION AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED MERGER TRANSACTION. Investors and shareholders may obtain free copies of the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus, any amendments or supplements thereto and other documents containing important information about each of the Company and Infinity, once such documents are filed with the SEC, through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by the Company will be available free of charge under the “Investors” section of the Company’s website located at http://www.kemper.com or by contacting the Company’s Investor Relations Department at 312.661.4930 or email@example.com. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Infinity will be available free of charge under the “Investor Relations” section of Infinity’s website located at http://www.infinityauto.com or by contacting Infinity’s Investor Relations Department at 205.803.8186 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants in the Solicitation
The Company and Infinity, and their respective directors and executive officers, certain other members of their respective management and certain of their respective employees, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed merger transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of the Company is set forth in its annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, which was filed with the SEC on February 13, 2017, and its proxy statement for its 2017 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 24, 2017, and information about the directors and executive officers of Infinity is set forth in its proxy statement for its 2017 annual meeting of shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 11, 2017, and its annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, which was filed with the SEC on February 28, 2017, each of which can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when they become available.