Securian Financial strengthens position in employee benefits market by acquiring Empyrean Benefit Solutions

Empyrean’s market-leading technology improves the benefits administration experience for employers and their employees

ST. PAUL, MN (November 25, 2019) — Securian Financial Group, Inc., announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc., a company with a leading platform for employee benefits enrollment and human resources administration.

Empyrean, which will remain an independently operated organization, delivers a single platform for all benefits administration, enrollment, education and communication. Its technology integrates insurance carriers with payroll systems and other third-party administrators, helping employees understand their benefits, appreciate their value and make smarter coverage and utilization decisions.

Securian Financial is the third-largest direct writer of group life insurance in the United Statesand also offers group accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D), accident, critical illness and hospital indemnity insurance.

“This transaction underscores our commitment to creating exceptional experiences for employers and their employees,” said Chris Hilger, Securian Financial’s chairman, president and CEO. “It is a significant strategic investment that complements Securian Financial’s broad lineup of innovative employee benefits solutions and opens new growth opportunities for both our customers and us.”

“Technology-driven customer expectations are rapidly changing the employee benefits industry,” added Bruce Shay, Securian Financial’s executive vice president and head of group insurance. “Empyrean’s solutions help employers navigate this landscape in support of their benefits strategy.”

More than 400 employers and 3.6 million participants use Empyrean’s platform. Founded in 2006, Empyrean has more than 600 employees working at its Houston headquarters and in offices in Nashville and Minneapolis.

“This is an exciting opportunity not only for Empyrean, but also for our customers and partners,” said Rich Wolfe, Empyrean’s CEO and co-founder. “Securian Financial shares our long-term values and customer service-focused culture. We are gaining access to a partnership that will allow us to continue to execute our strategy of connecting benefits and enriching lives.”

The transaction is expected to close in the next month. Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC served as financial advisor and Fredrikson & Byron served as legal counsel to Securian Financial in the transaction. Baird served as financial advisor and Shearman & Sterling served as legal counsel to Empyrean.

About Securian Financial

At Securian Financial, we’re here for family. And we’re here because of it. We’re guided by our purpose: helping customers build secure tomorrows. Since 1880, we’ve been building a uniquely diversified company that has outlasted economic ups and downs while staying true to our customers. We’re committed to the markets we serve, providing insurance, investment and retirement solutions that give families the confidence to focus on what’s truly valuable: banking memories with those who matter most.


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