A.M. Best Comments on Travelers Companies, Inc.'s Acquisition of The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company

Tue Jun 11, 2013 2:48pm EDT

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A.M. Best Comments on Travelers Companies, Inc.'s Acquisition of The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company

A.M. Best Co. has commented that the ratings of The Travelers Companies, Inc. (Travelers) (New York, NY) [NYSE: TRV] and its subsidiaries remain unchanged following its announcement that it has agreed to acquire The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company (The Dominion) (Toronto, Canada), one of the largest property/casualty insurers in Canada, from E-L Financial Corporation Limited [TSX: ELF]. The Dominion and Travelers’ Canadian operations will be integrated, and the combined organization will remain headquartered in Toronto.

The acquisition of The Dominion will enhance Travelers’ scale and product breadth in Canada by coupling The Dominion’s small commercial and personal portfolios with Travelers Canada’s surety, management liability and commercial middle market products. Travelers will fund the transaction through a combination of debt and/or preferred stock financing and internal resources. Given Travelers’ strong consolidated risk-adjusted capitalization, historically favorable operating results, comprehensive risk management, modest financial leverage and relatively strong interest coverage, the proposed acquisition is not expected to adversely impact the financial position of Travelers or its subsidiaries. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

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