April 4, 2022
Great-West Lifeco subsidiary Empower closes acquisition of Prudential Financial retirement business
Winnipeg, April 4, 2022. . . Great-West Lifeco today announced its U.S subsidiary, Empower, has completed the previously announced acquisition of the full-service retirement business of Prudential Financial Inc.
With completion of the acquisition, Empower’s reach in the U.S. is expanded to more than 17.1 million retirement plan participants and assets under administration1,2 to US$1.4 trillion on behalf of approximately 71,000 workplace savings plans.
“We’re pleased that this strategic transaction has advanced Great-West Lifeco’s value-creation priorities and accelerated our growth, and demonstrated immediate earnings accretion from expense and revenue synergies,” said Paul Mahon, President and CEO, Great-West Lifeco. “Empower and its customers benefit from the significant added scale and capabilities, further solidifying Empower’s leadership position in the world’s largest retirement market.”
With strong margins and earnings profile, the Prudential business acquired by Empower includes diversified capabilities across all plan types with significant presence in the highly attractive small-medium corporate market segment.
For additional details on the transaction, please refer to the news release dated July 21, 2021.
Headquartered in metro Denver, Empower administers approximately US$1.4 trillion in assets2 for more than 17 million retirement plan participants and is the nation’s second-largest retirement plan recordkeeper by total participants.3 Empower serves all segments of the employer-sponsored retirement plan market: government 457 plans; small, mid-size and large corporate 401(k) clients; nonprofit 403 (b) entities; private-label recordkeeping clients; and IRA customers. Personal Capital, a subsidiary of Empower, is an industry-leading hybrid wealth manager. For more information please visit empower.comOpens a new website in a new window and connect with us on FacebookOpens a new website in a new window, TwitterOpens a new website in a new window, LinkedInOpens a new website in a new window and InstagramOpens a new website in a new window.
About Great-West Lifeco Inc.
Great-West Lifeco is an international financial services holding company with interests in life insurance, health insurance, retirement and investment services, asset management and reinsurance businesses. We operate in Canada, the United States and Europe under the brands Canada Life, Empower, Putnam Investments, and Irish Life. At the end of 2021, our companies had approximately 28,000 employees, 215,000 advisor relationships, and thousands of distribution partners – all serving over 33 million customer relationships across these regions. Great-West Lifeco trades on the Toronto (TSX) Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol GWO and is a member of the Power Corporation group of companies.
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1. Estimated joint assets under administration of Empower Retirement and Prudential Financial Inc.'s full-service retirement business.
2. As of April 1, 2021. Information refers to all retirement business of Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company (“GWLA”) and its subsidiaries, including Empower Retirement, LLC, Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company of New York (“GWLANY”) and Prudential Retirement Insurance & Annuity Company (“PRIAC”), marketed under the Empower brand. Assets represents the estimated consolidated pro forma assets under administration (“AUA”) of Empower and the full-service retirement business of Prudential Financial, Inc., as of December 31, 2021. AUA is a non-GAAP financial measure and does not reflect the financial stability or strength of a company. Additional information regarding this measure is incorporated by reference and can be found under "Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Ratios" in Great-West Lifeco’s 2021 Annual Management’s Discussion and Analysis, available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. As of December 31, 2021, GWLA’s statutory assets total $75.9B and liabilities total $73.0B, GWLANY’s statutory assets total $4.1B and liabilities total $3.9B, and PRIAC’s statutory assets total $100.329B and liabilities total $98.793B.
3. Pension & Investments 2021 Defined Contribution Survey Ranking as of April 2021.