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Canadian Insurer Completes Golden State Deal

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Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. announced it has completed the acquisition of the in-force life policies of Golden State Mutual (GSM).

The transaction was carried out through the Industrial Alliance U.S. subsidiary, IA American Life Insurance Company, Scottsdale, Arizona.

The deal was arranged by the California Department of Insurance to protect policyholders of GSM, Los Angeles, after the company reported a series of operating losses.

The GSM block of business, which Industrial Alliance, Quebec City, Quebec, acquired for a ceding commission of about $11 million, involves 120,000 life policies with a face amount of close to $500 million. For 2009, GSM collected premiums totaling $9 million, and its invested assets were valued at $70 million, according to the announcement.

Industrial Alliance says it expects the acquisition to generate a return on equity between 12% and 14%.

Established in 1925, Golden State Mutual was the largest minority-owned life insurance company in California. It provided traditional life insurance products to mid-market customers in 17 states. GSM was placed into conservation on Sept. 30, 2009 when its capital position dropped below minimum thresholds required by the State of California.