Life insurance and annuity company AmerUs Group ( AMH) said Thursday that its shareholders approved its pending acquisition by Britain's Aviva

Nearly 98% of shareholders who voted approved the deal, AmerUs said.

The closing is subject to regulatory approvals from Iowa, Indiana, Kansas and New York, the Des Moines, Iowa-based company said. The company is expecting that the closing will occur before Dec. 31.

AmerUs shares were trading up a penny at $68.48 Thursday.
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