Eastern Insurance Holdings, Inc. Announces Closing of Eastern Life and Health Insurance Company Transaction

LANCASTER, Pa.  (Profitable.com)  Eastern Insurance Holdings, Inc. (“EIHI”) (Nasdaq: EIHI) announced today the completion of its previously announced agreement to sell its wholly-owned group benefits insurance subsidiary, Eastern Life and Health Insurance Company (“ELH”), to Security Life Insurance Company of America (“Security”) in a statutory merger of ELH into Security, with Security continuing as the surviving corporation.  Total transaction consideration to EIHI was $34.1 million and consisted of cash and a $1.75 million promissory note from Security’s parent.  The note bears interest at 4.0 percent per annum, payable quarterly, and the principal is due in full 36 months after the closing of the transaction.

About Eastern Insurance Holdings Inc.:  EIHI operates, through its subsidiaries, a domestic casualty insurance group specializing in workers’ compensation, a third-party claims administration company and a specialty reinsurance company. EIHI has regional offices in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Indiana and Tennessee. EIHI’s Web address is www.eihi.com.

EIHI was advised by Macquarie Capital.  Stevens & Lee acted as counsel to EIHI.

About Security Life Insurance Company of America:  Security is a niche market specialist with a long and successful history in the dental and vision marketplace. Security is domiciled in Minnetonka, Minnesota and along with its sister company, Security Health Insurance Company of America, New York, has licenses to write business in all 50 states.

Security did not retain a financial advisor.  Best & Flanagan acted as counsel to Security.

Forward Looking Statement

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