RBC Insurance to be Canadian leader in individual disability insurance with significant position in group long-term disability; Transaction strengthens UnumProvident’s operational focus, capital position
Mississauga, ON, Nov. 18, 2003 – RBC Insurance, the insurance operation of Royal Bank of Canada (RY: TSX, NYSE), today announced it has agreed to purchase the Canadian operation of Provident Life and Accident Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of UnumProvident Corporation (UNM: NYSE).
Under the terms of the deal, RBC Insurance will assume UnumProvident’s Canadian policy liabilities and may invest up to C$500 million to complete the transaction and support the business in the future.
The deal is expected to close by March 2004 and is subject to approval by Canadian regulators. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to RBC’s earnings in the first year following completion of the transaction. As a result of the transaction, UnumProvident expects to release capital in excess of US$500 million, which will be used to improve its capital position.
UnumProvident’s Canadian insurance operation is based in Burlington, Ont., and focuses on underwriting, sales and service of individual and group income replacement products, known as living benefits, targeted at Canadian individuals and corporate customers through multiple distribution channels. UnumProvident also has regional offices in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver.
“This acquisition is a strategic fit for RBC Insurance that provides us with a strong, well-run growth business,” said Jim Westlake, Chairman and CEO, RBC Insurance. “This deal significantly expands RBC Insurance’s presence in living benefits products, making us the leading provider of individual disability insurance, as well as giving us a considerable position in group long-term disability insurance.”
“The sale of our Canadian operations to RBC Insurance is an important step in our continuing strategy to focus on areas which are consistent with our business objectives,” said UnumProvident President and CEO Thomas R. Watjen. “At the same time, it allows us to further enhance our company’s strengthening capital position, an integral component of UnumProvident’s long-term financial strategy.”
All of UnumProvident’s approximately 620 employees will be offered employment with RBC Insurance as of the close of the deal.
“Our Canadian operation is the leading provider of individual income protection in Canada and has established a presence in the group benefits business,” said Watjen. “We are pleased to know that this successful operation and the employees who built it will now become part of RBC’s impressive portfolio of financial services. It really is a winning proposition for all parties.”
Both UnumProvident and RBC Insurance anticipate the transaction will be seamless to customers. A clear focus will be placed on consistency of service and support, including meeting the special needs of group clients who have employees in both the U.S. and Canada.
UnumProvident is the largest provider of group and individual disability income protection insurance in North America. Through its subsidiaries, UnumProvident insures more than 25 million people and paid US$4.8 billion in total benefits to customers in 2002. With primary offices in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Portland, Maine, the company employs more than 13,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit www.unumprovident.com.
About RBC Insurance
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the Internet. More information is available at www.rbcinsurance.com. RBC
Insurance is the insurance division of Royal Bank of Canada. Royal Bank of Canada (TSX, NYSE: RY) uses the initials RBC as a prefix for its businesses and operating subsidiaries, which operate under the master brand name of RBC Financial Group. Royal Bank of Canada is Canada’s largest financial institution as measured by market capitalization and assets, and is one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies. It provides personal and commercial banking, wealth management services, insurance,
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