Aetna And Humana End Merger Deal After 19 Months

14 Février, 2017, 16:38 | Auteur: Stephane Girardot
  • Aetna Gives Up On Merger, Will Pay Humana $1B Breakup Fee

Health Insurance providers Aetna and Humana announced Tuesday morning that they would not seek an appeal on the US federal court's decision to block their $34 billion merger. Humana said it is entitled to a breakup fee of $1 billion, or about $630 million, net of tax. The U.S. Justice Department last July sued to block the $37 billion Aetna-Humana merger, as well as another merger planned between Anthem and Cigna.

"It's good to have a resolution to the Humana-Aetna proposed merger after 19 months".

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Additionally, Aetna said it has terminated its previously announced agreement to sell parts of its Medicare Advantage businesses to Molina Healthcare Inc. The "proffered efficiencies do not offset the anti-competitive effects of the merger" because it's likely to "substantially lessen competition" in both Medicare Advantage markets and in the public insurance exchanges, the judge ruled.

At 4:15 p.m., Humana will release a 2017 earnings forecast and hold a call with investors.

However, he said, "the current environment makes it too challenging to continue pursuing the transaction".

Both companies would have combined to form the second-largest health insurer in the US. (HUM) said they have mutually ended their merger agreement following a ruling from the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granting a United States Department of Justice request to enjoin the merger.

Justin Sayers reports for The (Louisville) Courier-Journal; Nathan Bomey reports for USA TODAY.