Conseco Inc. said it would meet analysts’ expectations for the second quarter by posting earnings of at least 22 cents
per share, before investment losses. The Carmel-based health insurer announced the preliminary financial results today after
the market closed.
Carmel-based Conseco Inc., still a bit strapped for cash, brought in a reinsurance company to shoulder some of the risk
of its life insurance policies. Minnesota-based Wilton Reassurance Co. will pay $57.5 million to Conseco as a ceding
commission to co-insure and administer 104,000 policies held by Conseco subsidiaries.
An activist shareholder vying to become a director of Conseco Inc. says the insurance company’s board "completely misjudged"
the risks it faced when it emerged from bankruptcy in 2003 and hasn’t recovered since. Now an independent shareholder advisory firm is siding with him.
Conseco CEO Jim Prieur keeps putting his money where his mouth is, purchasing more than a half-million shares of his company’s stock over two years.
Without fresh capital Ã¢?? or loosened debt obligations Ã¢?? Carmel-based Conseco could find itself in bankruptcy or looking
for a buyer or both.
Eric Johnson, Conseco Inc.’s president over its investment unit called 40/86 Advisors, talked with IBJ about the surprises
of the investing world over the last 18 months.
The millions of dollars they plunked down to buy stock in local companies over the past two years have shriveled in value,
leaving them way, way below break-even.
Dennis E. Murray Sr. was declared liable in October by U.S. District Court Judge Larry J. McKinney for at least some of the
millions of dollars he borrowed to buy Conseco stock in the late 1990s.
Conseco Inc. has won another round in court against former Merchants National Bank CEO James D. Massey this month, ringing
up a $29 million judgment against him in a court in Illinois. But Massey shows no sign of throwing in the towel in the years-long
litigation over millions he borrowed to buy Conseco stock. Massey was a director of Conseco from 1994 to 2000.
Jim Prieur makes a great choice for Conseco Inc. CEO, analysts say. But whether his hiring bodes well for the company’s Carmel headquarters is a different question. Conseco Chairman Glenn Hilliard said last week that Prieur will live in Chicago when he joins the company next month.