CNO Financial (CNO) Updates on Buybacks, Prepaid Dividends

December 31, 2012 9:01 AM EST
CNO Financial Group (NYSE: CNO) announced that during the fourth quarter of 2012 it repurchased 8,639,215 shares of its common stock for an aggregate purchase price of $80.7 million under its securities repurchase program. The shares were repurchased at an average cost of $9.34 per share and represented 3.8% of the total outstanding shares as of September 30, 2012. Total shares repurchased under the program year-to-date total 21,533,393 shares for an aggregate purchase price of $180.2 million, at an average cost of $8.37 per share. As of September 30, 2012, CNO had approximately 230 million shares outstanding. The company currently has repurchase capacity under its securities buyback program of approximately $350 million. The repurchase program is intended to be implemented through purchases made from time to time in the open market, through private transactions or by a tender offer, in accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission requirements. The amount and timing of the securities repurchases (if any) will be based on business and market conditions and other factors.

CNO made a principal prepayment today of $28.4 million in an amount equal to 33% of share repurchases and dividend payments, as required under the terms of its Senior Secured Credit Agreement. The company made an additional payment of $2.0 million to cover the remaining portion of the scheduled term loan installment. The next scheduled principal payment under the facility of $12.5 million is due March 31, 2013.

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