For Immediate Release
Aquarian Investors Heritage Holdings LLC to acquire Investors Heritage Capital Corporation
October 27, 2017 – Frankfort, KY- Aquarian Investors Heritage Holdings LLC (“Aquarian”) and Investors Heritage Capital Corporation (OTC: IHRC) (“IHCC” or the “Company”) announced today that they entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby Aquarian will acquire IHCC for $60.5 million, or $44.75 per share in a transaction for predominately cash to be paid to its shareholders. As a result of the transaction, Aquarian will be the sole shareholder of IHCC. IHCC, based in Frankfort, KY, owns and operates several subsidiaries, including Investors Heritage Life Insurance Company (“IHLIC”), Investors Heritage Financial Services Group, Inc., Investors Heritage Printing, Inc., At Need Funding, LLC and Heritage Funding, LLC. Harry Lee Waterfield founded IHLIC in 1960. IHLIC was acquired in 1963 by Kentucky Investors, a holding company where Mr. Waterfield served as Chairman and President and which was renamed Investors Heritage Capital Corporation in 2009. Since Mr. Waterfield’s death in 1988, Harry Lee Waterfield II has served as IHCC’s Chairman and President. Under the terms of the transaction, the Waterfield family and certain members of IHCC management will re‐invest in the business by exchanging a portion of their IHCC shares for approximately 10% of the equity interests in Aquarian, underscoring IHCC management’s continuing commitment to the Company, as well as the partnership nature of the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017, subject to regulatory approval, shareholder approval and other customary closing conditions. The Company will continue to operate under current management and with existing employees out of its long‐ time headquarters in Frankfort, Kentucky. Aquarian was recently formed by Aquarian Holdings LLC (“Aquarian Holdings”), which was launched in 2016 by a group of executives with extensive experience in the financial services and insurance industries, with the goal of helping insurance companies access capital and other resources to support their growth. “We are pleased to announce this partnership with Aquarian to help Investors Heritage continue its growth,” said Harry Lee Waterfield II, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of IHCC. “We share a commitment to provide our best for policyholders, producers and employees ‐‐ a foundation that we believe will take Investors Heritage to even greater heights, working together. We will continue to provide the same quality products and services to all of our constituents.”
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