NEW YORK (The Deal) -- Just two years after its last big U.S. acquisition, Japanese insurer Tokio Marine Holdings (TKOMY) announced an agreement Wednesday, June 10, to buy Houston-based HCC Insurance Holdings (HCC) for $7.5 billion.
Tokio Marine is offering $78 in cash per share, or 37.6% above the target's Tuesday close on the New York Stock Exchange. The price represents a generous multiple of 1.9 times HCC's book value per share as of March 31.
The deal, which is unanimously backed by both companies' boards, will expand Tokio Marine's offerings into new business lines including accident and health, directors' and officers' liability insurance, and agriculture, while significantly boosting its operations in the U.S., the world's largest insurance market, and internationally.
It continues a foreign buying spree by Tokio Marine that has included a $2.7 billion swoop on Wilmington, Del..-based Delphi Financial, and the 2008 acquisitions of Philadelphia Consolidated Holding for $4.7 billion and of Lloyd's of London insurer Kiln for £442.2 million ($682.9 million).
The HCC deal would be Tokio Marine's biggest acquisition in its 136-year history and boost the proportion of profits from outside Japan from 38% to 42%, according to a company presentation.
"In line with the strategy to expand our international business, the acquisition enables Tokio Marine to build a more diversified and highly profitable global portfolio with low volatility," Tokio Marine president Tsuyoshi Nagano said in a statement. "Leveraging Tokio Marine's financial strength and global footprint, HCC will further expand the revenues, profits and capabilities of Tokio Marine."