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CNA Announces Sale of Life & Group Subsidiary to Wilton Re


CHICAGO, Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE: CNA) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell 100% of the common stock of Continental Assurance Company (CAC), an indirect, wholly owned life insurance subsidiary consisting primarily of structured settlement and group annuities, to a subsidiary of Wilton Re Holdings Limited (Wilton Re).


In addition to the sale of CAC, certain affiliates of each of CNA and Wilton Re have agreed to enter into a 100% reinsurance agreement and related transaction agreements pursuant to which a Wilton Re subsidiary will reinsure all of the run-off structured settlement annuities reinsured by a Bermuda-based subsidiary of CNA.

The transactions, when completed, will reduce CNA's non-core Life & Group gross GAAP insurance reserves by $3.4 billion, or 25%, and dispose of the vast majority of CNA's payout annuity business.

"Over the past several years, we have simplified our operations through targeted dispositions and made strategic investments in higher growth businesses," said Thomas F. Motamed, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CNA. "This transaction is another step in the execution of our strategy to create a more focused P&C business capable of delivering consistent performance."

Inclusive of tax benefits, the transaction is expected to result in net proceeds of approximately $615 million, a portion of which will be received in the form of a dividend from CAC immediately prior to closing. Anticipated net proceeds are slightly higher than CAC's Dec. 31, 2013 statutory capital and surplus of $597 million. As a result of the transaction, CNA expects to record an after-tax GAAP charge of approximately $220 million, which will be recorded in the first quarter of 2014.

"The sale of CAC is a big positive because it meaningfully reduces risk in our non-core Life & Group operations," said D. Craig Mense, Chief Financial Officer of CNA. "Importantly, this transaction further enhances our already strong capital position and our financial flexibility."

The closing of the transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions and certain regulatory approvals, and is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2014.

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC serves as the financial advisor and Hogan Lovells US LLP serves as legal counsel for CNA in this transaction.

Serving businesses and professionals since 1897, CNA is the country's eighth largest commercial insurance writer and the 13th largest property and casualty company. CNA's insurance products include standard commercial lines, specialty lines, surety, marine and other property and casualty coverages. CNA's services include risk management, information services, underwriting, risk control and claims administration. For more information, please visit CNA at CNA is a registered trademark of CNA Financial Corporation.

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