S&P Market Intelligence releases its annual 2020 Insurance M&A Outlook Analysis.

 
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S & P projects a relatively stable level of aggregate deal volume for insurance carrier transactions involving buyers or targets in the US and/or Bermuda. The second-strongest fourth quarter in the last 13 years provides momentum for 2020, but the outlook does not assume a repeat of the $6.3bn New York Life/Cigna group protection transaction from December where a strategic acquirer gained a leading position in a new market through M&A.

Factors that favor consolidation include the following: strong and growing demand among acquirers for in-force blocks of business; continued interest among prospective sellers in disposing of non-core and/or lower-returning in-force blocks; and the benefits of...

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