Employers Mutual Casualty Company Completes Acquisition of All Remaining Shares of EMC Insurance Group Inc. After Receiving Overwhelming Shareholder Approval
DES MOINES, Iowa (Sept. 19, 2019)—Employers Mutual Casualty Company (“EMCC”) today announced that it has successfully completed its previously announced acquisition of all of the remaining shares of EMC Insurance Group Inc. (Nasdaq: EMCI) (“EMCI”) that EMCC did not already own for $36.00 per share in cash.
The completion of the transaction follows the satisfaction of all closing conditions, including approval of the merger by the “majority of the minority” of EMCI’s shareholders with approximately 68% of the unaffiliated outstanding shares of common stock approving the transaction (which represents approximately 84% of the unaffiliated votes cast) and approximately 94% of the holders of shares of common stock present at the meeting and entitled to be cast (including shares held by EMCC and its affiliates) approving the transaction at EMCI’s Special Meeting of Shareholders held on September 18th. The transaction closing represents the culmination of an extensive and thorough negotiation process conducted by an independent Special Committee of the EMCI Board of Directors.
David J.W. Proctor, J.D., Chairman of the Board of Directors of EMCC, stated, “We are pleased to announce the completion of this transaction, which we believe is in the best interests of all EMCC and EMCI stakeholders. The resulting simplified corporate structure will enable us to work as one organization focused solely on serving our agents and policyholders.”
Shareholders of EMCI common stock whose shares are not evidenced by stock certificates will receive $36 in cash for each share of EMCI common stock they own within approximately the next 7-10 business days. Shareholders who hold shares in certificated form will be receiving further instructions from American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC (AST), the paying agent in the transaction, in approximately the next 7-10 business days with details on how to surrender stock certificates for the $36 per share in cash.
As a result of the completion of the transaction, EMCI’s common stock is no longer listed for trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market, effective at the close of trading today.
Sandler O’Neill & Partners, L.P. served as financial advisor to the EMCI Special Committee. Boenning & Scattergood, Inc. provided financial advice to EMCC’s Board of Directors.
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP acted as legal counsel to the EMCI Special Committee. Foley & Lardner LLP acted as legal counsel to EMCC.
About Employers Mutual Casualty Company
Employers Mutual Casualty Company is the parent company of one of the top 60 insurance organizations in the country based on net written premiums. EMCC was organized in 1911 to write workers’ compensation protection in Iowa. Today, operating under the trade name EMC Insurance Companies, EMCC and its subsidiaries provide property and casualty insurance products and services throughout the United States, and EMCC writes reinsurance contracts worldwide. EMCC is licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit emcins.com.
This news release contains certain forward-looking statements that are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When we use words such as “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” or similar expressions, we do so to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations that involve assumptions that are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many of which are beyond our control. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements as a result of significant risks and uncertainties, including the ability to recognize the benefits of the transaction, and the amount of the costs, fees, and expenses and charges related to the transaction. Additional information about these risks and uncertainties, as well as others that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, is contained in EMCI’s filings with the SEC, including EMCI’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and EMCI’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The statements in this news release speak only as of the date of this release and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.