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(PITTSBURGH, Pa., 04/15/2011 02:25 PM) — Federated Investors, Inc. (NYSE: FII), one of the nation’s largest investment managers, announced today that it has reached an agreement to reorganize the portfolios of EquiTrust Series Fund, Inc. and EquiTrust Variable Insurance Series Fund into comparable mutual funds managed by Federated. The EquiTrust Mutual Funds, currently managed by FBL Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: FFG) affiliate EquiTrust Investment Management Services, Inc., consist of approximately $515 million in equity, fixed income and money market assets. The announcement was made by J. Christopher Donahue, president and chief executive officer of Federated Investors, and James E. Hohmann, chief executive officer of FBL Financial Group, Inc.
As a part of the transaction, the portfolios of EquiTrust Series Fund, Inc. and EquiTrust Variable Insurance Series Fund will be transitioned into existing Federated mutual funds with similar investment objectives. The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
"These reorganizations will allow EquiTrust Mutual Fund shareholders to participate in a significantly larger—and more diverse—family of funds with similar investment objectives," said Hohmann. "Federated Investors is a leader in asset management and mutual fund administration, and our boards are confident that our shareholders will benefit from this access to an expanded set of fund options as they focus on their financial goals and objectives."
The boards of directors of Federated Investors, the Federated Funds and the EquiTrust Funds have approved the planned transitions, which are now subject to the approval of EquiTrust Mutual Fund shareholders. It is anticipated that the EquiTrust Mutual Funds’ shareholder meetings to approve these reorganizations will be held in July 2011.
"As the landscape for investment managers has evolved over the past several years, more firms have approached Federated about opportunities for business transactions that help them better accommodate their strategic plans," said Donahue. "We are pleased EquiTrust chose to work with Federated, and we will continue to look for opportunities to work with insurers, banks and broker-dealers as they evaluate their long-term goals."
FBL Financial Group, headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, is a holding company whose primary operating subsidiaries are Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company and EquiTrust Life Insurance Company. FBL currently underwrites, markets and distributes life insurance, annuities and mutual funds to individuals and small businesses. In addition, FBL manages all aspects of two Farm Bureau affiliated property-casualty insurance companies for a management fee and sponsors the EquiTrust Mutual Funds. For more information, visit FBLFinancial.com.
Federated Investors, Inc. is one of the largest investment managers in the United States, managing $358.2 billion in assets as of Dec. 31, 2010. With 136 funds and a variety of separately managed account options, Federated provides comprehensive investment management to approximately 5,000 institutions and intermediaries including corporations, government entities, insurance companies, foundations and endowments, banks and broker/dealers. For more information, visit FederatedInvestors.com.
Certain statements in this press release, such as those related to the structure of the transaction, future transaction prospects for Federated, and the closing dates of the transaction, constitute forward-looking statements, which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements of the company, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Other risks and uncertainties include the possibility that Federated does not successfully complete the acquisition or completes the transaction in a manner or timetable different from that described above, as well as the risk factors discussed in the company’s annual and quarterly reports as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result, no assurance can be given as to future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements, and neither the company nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of such statements in the future.
Kathleen Till Stange