MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - Sedgwick Claims Management Services,
Inc., a leading provider of technology-enabled claims and productivity
management solutions, announced today that KKR, together with management, have
signed an agreement to acquire majority ownership of Sedgwick for
approximately $2.4 billion from its current group of investors, which includes
Hellman & Friedman LLC and Stone Point Capital LLC.
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"We couldn't ask for a better partner in the next stage of Sedgwick's
evolution," said David A. North, president and CEO of Sedgwick. "KKR has an
exceptional record of investing in financial services companies and will be a
valuable strategic resource for our organization. We share a commitment to
continued innovation in the claims and productivity management industry. My
colleagues and I look forward to collaborating with KKR as we develop
solutions for the changing needs of our clients."
"This is a critical time for employers as they adjust to an evolving health
care delivery model, the shifting demographics of the workforce and a
multitude of additional challenges," said Tagar Olson, Member of KKR and head
of its financial services investment practice. "Sedgwick has an exceptional
management team, a strong track record of innovation and the technology-driven
solutions to address these challenges. We believe our partnership will enable
them to maintain and enhance their leadership position in the industry."
On an annual basis, Sedgwick handles more than 2.1 million claims and has
fiduciary responsibility for claim payments totaling more than $11 billion.
The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of 2014, subject
to customary conditions and regulatory approvals.
Equity for the investment was provided principally by KKR's North American XI
private equity fund. UBS Securities LLC, Deutsche Bank Securities, Morgan
Stanley, Mizuho, KKR Capital Markets LLC and MCS Capital Markets LLC provided
financing for the transaction. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Latham &
Watkins LLP provided legal counsel to Sedgwick and KKR, respectively.
About Sedgwick Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. is the leading North
American provider of technology-enabled claims and productivity management
solutions. Sedgwick and its affiliated companies deliver cost-effective
claims, productivity, managed care, risk consulting and other services to
clients through the expertise of more than 11,000 colleagues in some 200
offices located in the U.S. and Canada. The company specializes in workers'
compensation; disability, FMLA, and other employee absence; managed care;
general, automobile, and professional liability; warranty and credit card
claims services; fraud and investigation; structured settlements; and Medicare
compliance solutions. Sedgwick and its affiliates design and implement
customized programs based on proven practices and advanced technology that
exceed client expectations. For more, see www.sedgwick.com.
About KKR Founded in 1976 and led by Henry Kravis and George Roberts, KKR is
a leading global investment firm with $90.2 billion in assets under management
as of September 30, 2013. With offices around the world, KKR manages assets
through a variety of investment funds and accounts covering multiple asset
classes. KKR seeks to create value by bringing operational expertise to its
portfolio companies and through active oversight and monitoring of its
investments. KKR complements its investment expertise and strengthens
interactions with investors through its client relationships and capital
markets platform. KKR is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange
(NYSE:KKR) and "KKR," as used in this release, includes its subsidiaries,
their managed investment funds and accounts, and/or their affiliated
investment vehicles, as appropriate. For additional information, please visit
KKR's website at www.kkr.com.
About Hellman & Friedman Hellman & Friedman LLC is a leading private equity
investment firm with offices in San Francisco, New York and London. Since its
founding in 1984, H&F has raised and, through its affiliated funds, managed
over $25 billion of committed capital. The Firm focuses on investing in
superior business franchises and serving as a value-added partner to
management in select industries including financial services, insurance,
software, business & marketing services, internet & digital media, media,
healthcare and energy & industrials. For more information on H&F, visit
About Stone Point Capital Stone Point Capital is a global private equity firm
based in Greenwich, Conn. Stone Point serves as the manager of the Trident
Funds, which have raised more than $10 billion in committed capital to make
investments in the insurance, employee benefits and financial services
industries. Stone Point has a 25-year record of making successful investments
in the financial services industry, including in the insurance services
sector. For further information about Stone Point, see www.stonepoint.com.
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