Dai-Ichi Life to buy Protective Life for $5.7 bln - filing

TOKYO, June 4 Tue Jun 3, 2014 8:38pm EDT

TOKYO, June 4 (Reuters) - Dai-Ichi Life Insurance Co will buy U.S. peer Protective Life for $5.708 billion (582.2 billion yen), funding part of that by issuing up to 250 billion yen ($2.4 billion) in new shares, according to a regulatory filing made on Wednesday.

The move was widely expected after media reports of the impending deal earlier this week. A source told Reuters on Monday that Dai-ichi Life was in advanced to talks to buy Protective Life for more than $5 billion and that it would finance part of that by raising money externally, including through the issuance of new shares. ($1 = 102.4300 Japanese Yen) (Reporting by Emi Emoto and Taiga Uranaka; Writing by Chang-Ran Kim; Editing by Chris Gallagher)