CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kemper Corporation (NYSE: KMPR) today announced that it has closed the acquisition of Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation, a leading provider of auto insurance focused on serving the specialty, nonstandard segment. Kemper also announced the election of Teresa A. Canida as a director of the company, effective as of the closing.
Pursuant to the terms of the merger agreement dated February 13, 2018, the total consideration payable to Infinity shareholders in the cash and stock transaction is valued at approximately $1.6 billion, based on Kemper’s closing stock price of $75.65 on June 29, 2018. Infinity, one of the largest nonstandard auto insurers in the country, has approximately 2,300 employees, 10,600 independent agents, and $1.4 billion in 2017 direct written premiums.
“The close of this transaction marks an exciting milestone for our employees, agents, customers and shareholders,” said Joseph P. Lacher, Jr., Kemper’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The combination of our organizations will accelerate our ability to create a company with increased scale and better serve our policyholders. We welcome the Infinity team to Kemper and know that their talent, capabilities and leadership in the specialty auto market will strongly complement our efforts to become a market leader in nonstandard auto insurance, and will drive meaningful value for all our stakeholders.”
Canida joins Kemper’s Board of Directors after having served as an Infinity director since 2009. Currently holding the roles of Principal and Portfolio Manager at Cito Capital Group, LLC, Canida previously served in various capacities with Taplin, Canida & Habacht, including Chairperson, President, Managing Principal and Chief Compliance Officer. Concurrently with Canida’s election, Kemper’s Board was expanded to 11 members.
“Tere is an accomplished leader and a natural fit for our board,” said Robert J. Joyce, Kemper Chairman of the Board of Directors. “She will be a great partner for Kemper as we move forward with our strategic combination and expand the markets we serve. We look forward to her insight and contributions to help us drive long-term stakeholder value.”
About Kemper Corporation
The Kemper family of companies is one of the nation’s leading insurers. With $11 billion in assets, Kemper is improving the world of insurance by offering personalized solutions for individuals, families and businesses. Through our businesses, Kemper:
- Offers insurance for auto, home, life, health and valuables
- Services approximately seven million policies
- Is represented by more than 30,000 agents and brokers
- Employs over 7,800 associates dedicated to providing exceptional service
- Is licensed to sell insurance in 50 states and the District of Columbia
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