UPDATE 2-Travelers to buy insurer from Canada's E-L Financial for $1.1 bln

Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:59am EDT
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* Deal to add slightly to Travelers' 2014 profit

* Dominion CEO to lead combined operations in Canada

* Deal expected to close in fourth quarter

June 10 (Reuters) - U.S. insurer Travelers Co Inc said it would buy Dominion of Canada General Insurance Co from E-L Financial Co Ltd for about $1.1 billion to boost its presence in Canada.

Travelers' shares were down marginally at $82.79 in early trade on the New York Stock Exchange. E-L Financial shares rose about 10 percent to C$649.99 - their highest in about six years - on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

The deal will add Dominion's commercial and personal insurance portfolios to Travelers' business in Canada.

It will help E-L Financial, which operates as an investment and insurance holding company, narrow its focus to life and health insurance, and mutual funds and annuity products that it sells through majority-owned Empire Life Insurance Co.

The combined operations will be led by Dominion Chief Executive Brigid Murphy, Travelers said in a statement.

Dominion was the biggest contributor to E-L Financial's operating profit in the quarter ended March 31, accounting for more than a third of its operating profit.   Continued...