Aon buying Hewitt for $4.9B in cash, stock

by Associated Press

Published: July 12,2010

Tags: humar resources, insurance, mergers and acquisitions, Third-party administrators

CHICAGO — Insurance broker Aon Corp. said today it agreed to buy human resources company Hewitt Associates for $4.9 billion in cash and stock to expand its consulting operations.

The insurance broker will pay $50 per Hewitt share. That is a 41 percent premium from Hewitt’s closing price Friday of $35.40.

Aon, based in Chicago, plans to integrate Hewitt with its existing consulting and outsourcing operations and create a new unit, Aon Hewitt, after the deal closes.

Hewitt, based in Lincolnshire, Ill., is a human resources consulting and outsourcing company.

Aon expects the deal will save $355 million annually beginning in 2013. It said the deal will help earnings in 2011 and 2012.

Hewitt stockholders will receive $25.61 in cash and about 0.64 percent of a share in Aon stock per Hewitt share. The total payment will be $2.45 billion in cash and 64 million shares.

The deal is expected to close by mid-November.

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