CHICAGO & BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kemper Corporation (NYSE: KMPR) and Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation (NASDAQ: IPCC) announced that, during an annual meeting of Kemper’s shareholders held today in Chicago and a special meeting of Infinity’s shareholders held today in Birmingham, the companies’ respective shareholders approved proposals related to the previously announced merger agreement under which Kemper will acquire Infinity.
The proposals received overwhelming shareholder support, with 99.1% of the shares of Kemper common stock voted at Kemper’s annual meeting voting to approve a proposal to issue shares of Kemper common stock pursuant to the merger agreement, and 99.9% of the shares of Infinity common stock voted at Infinity’s special meeting voting to approve a proposal to adopt the merger agreement.
“Today’s vote is an important milestone toward completing our transaction to form a leader in auto insurance, particularly specialty auto, and create significant value for both Infinity and Kemper shareholders,” said Joseph P. Lacher, Jr., Kemper’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “I’m pleased with the tremendous support our shareholders have shown for our transaction, and for the commitment associates on both sides have demonstrated to our integration planning efforts as we work to create a combined company that will deliver enhanced products, service and performance to all our stakeholders.”
Glen N. Godwin, Infinity Chief Executive Officer, added, “We’d like to thank our shareholders who have demonstrated their support for the merger with Kemper and what it means for the markets we serve. Today’s vote was an important step in creating a stronger company for the benefit of our customers, employees, shareholders and the communities we serve.”
The pending transaction, first announced on February 13, 2018, is expected to close in the third quarter of 2018, and remains subject to fulfillment or waiver of certain additional closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory clearances and approvals.
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
- Represented by 20,000 agents and brokers
- Employ 5,550 associates dedicated to providing exceptional service
- 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 (NASDAQ: IPCC) is a national provider of automobile insurance with a concentration on nonstandard auto insurance. Its products are offered through a network of approximately 10,600 independent agencies and brokers. For more information about Infinity, please visit www.infinityauto.com.
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This communication 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 relates to the proposed merger transaction involving Kemper, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kemper and Infinity, among other things. In connection therewith, Kemper filed with the SEC a Registration Statement on Form S-4 that includes a definitive joint proxy statement of Kemper and Infinity and also constitutes a definitive prospectus of Kemper, and each of Kemper and Infinity may be filing with the SEC other documents regarding the proposed transaction. Kemper and Infinity commenced mailing of the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus to Kemper’s shareholders and Infinity’s shareholders on April 30, 2018. BEFORE MAKING ANY INVESTMENT DECISION, INVESTORS AND SECURITYHOLDERS OF KEMPER AND/OR INFINITY ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS REGARDING THE PROPOSED MERGER AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN OR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and securityholders may obtain free copies of the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus, any amendments or supplements thereto and other documents filed with the SEC by Kemper and Infinity through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Kemper are available free of charge under the “Investors” section of Kemper’s website located at http://www.kemper.com or by contacting Kemper’s Investor Relations Department at 312.661.4930 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Infinity are 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 email@example.com.