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The Hartford Announces Plan to Return U.S. Treasury Investment

Source: The Hartford

Posted on 17 Mar 2010

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The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. today announced that, after consultation with the Office of Thrift Supervision, it is conducting a public offering of equity and debt securities as part of a plan to fully repurchase the $3.4 billion of The Hartford's preferred shares issued to the U.S. Treasury under Treasury's Capital Purchase Program (CPP).

The offerings announced today will consist of $1.45 billion of common stock and $500 million of mandatory convertible preferred stock, represented by depositary shares. The debt offering related to the repurchase of the government's preferred stock will consist of $425 million of senior notes. In addition, the company will pre-fund the repurchase of its senior debt maturing in 2010 and 2011 through the issuance of an additional $675 million of senior notes.

"We appreciate the critical role the government and the American taxpayers have played in stabilizing the financial markets and we are pleased to announce a plan to repurchase Treasury's investment in fewer than 10 months," said Liam E. McGee, The Hartford's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The Hartford always viewed this investment as temporary capital and intended to return it as soon as it was prudent. As we have said, we ended the year in a strong capital position, and our fourth quarter results reflected The Hartford's third sequential quarter of improving core earnings."

The company plans to use the proceeds of the offering to repurchase the Treasury's preferred shares once it has received approval to do so. Following the repayment, the U.S. Treasury Department will continue to hold warrants to purchase approximately 52 million shares of The Hartford's common stock at an initial exercise price of $9.79 per share. The company does not intend to repurchase the warrants.

About The Hartford

Celebrating nearly 200 years, The Hartford (NYSE: HIG) is an insurance-based financial services company that serves households, businesses and employees by helping to protect their assets and income from risks, and by managing wealth and retirement needs. A Fortune 500 company, The Hartford is recognized widely for its service expertise and as one of the world's most ethical companies.