, one of many nation’s largest, oldest and best-known property-casualty insurers, has made a preliminary proposal to accumulate
Hartford Monetary Companies Group Inc.,
one other storied identify within the trade.
The Connecticut-based Hartford mentioned in a launch Thursday afternoon that it “has acquired an unsolicited, non-binding proposal from Chubb” to accumulate the 211-year-old firm. Hartford mentioned its board of administrators “is rigorously contemplating the proposal with the help of its monetary and authorized advisors.”
In a press release after the market closed, Chubb mentioned the proposal would worth Hartford at $65 a share, saying the mix “can be strategically and financially compelling for each units of shareholders and different constituencies.”
At $65, the provide is 12% above the inventory’s opening value Thursday of $57.94. Chubb mentioned it submitted its proposal March 11.
“We now have not but acquired a response to our proposal however are trying ahead to constructive, personal discussions with a purpose to expeditiously consummate a good transaction that advantages all of our respective stakeholders,” Chubb mentioned within the assertion.
The provide alerts that Chubb’s chief government officer,
is prepared for an additional daring deal.
In 2016, Mr. Greenberg was CEO of enterprise and residential insurer Ace Ltd. when he mixed it with the then New Jersey-based Chubb Corp. in an roughly $30 billion transaction. The merger turned Chubb into a global powerhouse.
Mr. Greenberg and his workforce have delivered robust monetary outcomes, and Chubb has change into one of many largest world insurers, with market capitalization of greater than $75 billion as of Thursday. Its shares have been down 2.6% on the market’s shut.
After information of Chubb’s takeover strategy for Hartford was first reported Thursday by Bloomberg Information, shares of Hartford surged. They jumped but additional after the insurer’s midafternoon information launch, to complete the day up practically 19%. Its market capitalization stands at about $24 billion.
Hartford was one of many hardest-hit U.S. insurers throughout the 2008-09 world markets meltdown. The agency took federal support, which it has since absolutely repaid. Within the years since, Hartford divested varied items to focus totally on property-casualty insurance coverage for companies and people, choices for employers’ profit packages and a mutual-funds enterprise.
Its chief government, Christopher Swift, made some acquisitions over the previous few years because the agency narrowed its focus. These offers included shopping for a specialty enterprise insurer, Navigators Group, and a unit from Aetna Inc. that gives life insurance coverage, incapacity earnings and different merchandise for corporations’ employee-benefit packages.
Earlier than its merger with Ace, Chubb was recognized by the general public as a number one supplier of householders’ insurance coverage to rich People by way of its expensive, however in depth Masterpiece protection.
Evercore ISI analyst David Motemaden mentioned Hartford was a logical alternative for an organization like Chubb, which is attempting to strengthen operations to insure small-business shoppers. In a analysis be aware, he mentioned Hartford’s small-commercial franchise may complement Chubb’s main place in insuring massive corporations, whereas Hartford’s enterprise of insuring midsize corporations would bolster Chubb’s operations in that a part of the market.
Hartford mentioned in its launch that its board of administrators “is dedicated to appearing in the perfect pursuits of shareholders over the long run.”
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Appeared within the March 19, 2021, print version as ‘Chubb Bids For Rival Hartford.’