TOKYO (AP) — Japanese insurer Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co. is acquiring Protective Life Corp. of the U.S. for $5.7 billion.
The 100-percent purchase underlines the ambitions of Japan's insurance companies to expand abroad. The local market is shrinking as the Japanese population ages.
Dai-ichi said Wednesday that the acquisition will help its aspirations to become a global insurer. It said it was eager to do more business in the U.S., the world's largest life insurance market.
Protective Life, based in Birmingham, Alabama, is a medium-size insurer in the individual life and annuities business nationwide. It has a market share ranking of 36th in the U.S. as measured by group premium income.
Dai-ichi said it plans to change its management structure to ensure it keeps growing in the U.S.