Kemper Corp. buys Birmingham-based auto insurance provider for $1.4B

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Chicago-based insurer Kemper Corp. will acquire Birmingham-based Infinity Property & Casualty Corp. in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $1.4 billion, or $129.00 per share​.

Infinity, who moved its headquarters to downtown Birmingham in 2016, 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.

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 employs roughly 5,550 associates, represents 20,000 agents and brokers and services six million policies nationwide.

“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.”

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.

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