Symetra 30M Shares Priced at $12 Each - TheStreet

Symetra 30M Shares Priced at $12 Each

Symetra Financial's increased initial public offering of 30.4 million shares was priced at $12 a share.
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TheStreet

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Symetra Financial's

increased initial public offering of 30.4 million shares was priced at $12 a share.

Symetra

, the insurer, originally planned to offer 27 million shares in its IPO. The expected price range was $12 to $14.

Symetra said it plans to use proceeds from the IPO for purposes that may include funding its subsidiaries. It will begin trading on the

New York Stock Exchange

under symbol "SYA."

Warren Buffett's

Berkshire Hathaway

(BRK.A) - Get Report

owns a 26.3% stake in Symetra. Berkshire and

White Mountains Insurance

(WTM) - Get Report

, which also owns a 26.3% stake, didn't sell shares in the IPO.

This is Symetra's second attempt to sell shares to the public. It originally planned on going public in November 2007, but backed out because of economic uncertainty at the time. Berkshire and White Mountains has intended then to sell shares.

Private shareholders, including J.C. Flowers and Och-Ziff Capital Management, sold a portion of their stakes in the IPO, with the amount sold equal to about a third of the total offering, according to the

Wall Street Journal

.