NU Online News Service, Jan. 14, 2004, 1:41 p.m. EST – Jefferson-Pilot Corp., Greensboro, N.C., says it has agreed to spend about $200 million to acquire the Atlanta-based U.S. group life, disability and dental business of The Canada Life Assurance Company from Great-West Lifeco Inc., Winnipeg, through a reinsurance arrangement.[@@]
Jefferson-Pilot hopes to complete the deal by March 31.
Jefferson-Pilot plans to fold the Canada Life group insurance business into its own Omaha, Neb.-based Benefit Partners unit. The combined company should rank seventh U.S. group life sales and fifth in U.S. short-term disability insurance sales, Jefferson-Pilot says.