Green Bay and Milwaukee, Wis. – February 15, 2018 – Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE: ASB) (“Associated”) announced today that Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting (ABRC) has entered into an agreement to acquire Diversified Insurance Solutions (“Diversified”), one of Wisconsin’s leading insurance brokers. The transaction is expected to close next month. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
ABRC is a multi-line insurance and Midwest-based consulting firm with 400 employees. It is the 47th largest broker of U.S. business, providing employee benefits, retirement plans, compliance, business insurance, risk management, and individual insurance solutions. Diversified Insurance Solutions, which was founded in 1982, adds a range of complementary services.
“This well-known and established insurance firm adds strength to our Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting team,” said Philip B. Flynn, president and CEO, Associated. “It also improves our ability to achieve greater scale in the Metro Milwaukee market and to further expand our Wisconsin employee benefits and property and casualty market position and capabilities.”
“I believe our organizations possess a shared commitment to the customer experience,” said Chris Lie, CEO, Diversified. “By joining forces with Associated, our team can provide additional services to our existing customers while continue support communities in southeastern Wisconsin.”
Management teams from the two companies have known each other for several years, providing a unique and compelling opportunity to join two premier firms with complementary strengths into an even more vibrant organization going forward. Based on 2017 financials, the company believes this combination of Diversified will move ABRC among the United States’ top 45 insurance brokerage firms.
“The addition of the Diversified Insurance Solutions is a great fit for our strategy, culture and customers,” said Dean Hildebrandt, CEO, ABRC. “Both of our firms are focused on putting clients first. This will be our number one priority as we go forward together.”
“I am confident our companies’ combined expertise will benefit the Diversified team and their clients,” said William M. Bohn, executive vice president and head of Associated Private Client & Institutional Services, which includes ABRC. “By extending access to Associated’s comprehensive banking and financial services, we can help business owners and executives manage their daily business, take care of employees and achieve their financial goals.”
As part of the proposed transaction, key Diversified Insurance Solutions executives will continue leadership roles for some time. Along with current ABRC senior leadership, the team will be responsible for the thoughtful integration and expansion of the business going forward.
Associated will release 2018 first quarter financial results on Thursday, April 19, 2018, after market close. The company will host a conference call for investors and analysts at 4:00 p.m. Central Time (CT) on that day to discuss results along with this transaction.
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ABOUT ASSOCIATED BANC-CORP
Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE: ASB) has total assets of $33 billion and is one of the top 50 publicly traded U.S. bank holding companies. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Associated is a leading Midwest banking franchise, offering a full range of financial products and services from over 200 banking locations serving more than 100 communities throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota, and commercial financial services in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Texas. Associated Bank, N.A. is an Equal Housing Lender, Equal Opportunity Lender and Member FDIC. More information about Associated Banc-Corp is available at www.associatedbank.com.
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