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Voya Financial in Talks with Insurance Groups to Sell Business

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Voya Financial, Inc. VOYA is considering selling its business to other insurance groups.

In connection with the divestiture, Voya has discussed with the companies, which are interested in its purchase. The companies include insurer American International Group Inc., asset manager Principal Financial Group Inc. and life insurance and retirement plan provider Prudential Financial Incorporation.

This divestiture could value the U.S. retirement and insurance plan provider at $10 billion or more, which is above its current market capitalization of $8 billion.

Voya sold its annuity business to a consortium led by private equity group Apollo, two years back. In December, it divested another $2.5 billion block of life insurance business to Resolution. This, in turn, makes Voya more attractive to an acquirer, who focuses on capital-light markets, in which it specializes. Currently, the company is focused on selling its remaining business lines, which include retirement, investment management and employee benefits plan.

This Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock has outperformed its industry in the past year. Shares of the company have gained 47.6% compared with the industry’s growth of 26.7%.


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American Equity Investment Life Holding Co. provides life insurance products and services in the United States. The company surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in the trailing four quarters, the beat being 47.63%, on average.

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