November 22, 2013 — Towers Watson, a global professional services company, announced today that it has acquired Liazon Corporation, a leader in developing and delivering private benefit exchanges for active employees.
The acquisition, which follows the purchase of Extend Health in June 2012, solidifies Towers Watson’s strength in the private exchange market through its OneExchange solution. Going forward, Towers Watson will continue to enhance Liazon’s award-winning private exchange solution and serve the needs of Liazon’s leading broker, consultant and carrier partners, some of which offer the Liazon product under their own brands.
The purchase price is $215 million, with the acquisition anticipated to be dilutive to adjusted EPS by approximately $0.10 to $0.15 in fiscal year 2014.
Liazon’s online benefit marketplaces are currently distributed through over 400 insurance brokers, including nine of the top 10 national firms, under either the Bright Choices® brand or as a third-party proprietary exchange. Towers Watson plans to continue these relationships based upon their current terms and use the Liazon name in the market with its broker partners.
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