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World's largest chemical company $DWDP reported a 4Q17 GAAP loss attributable to the company of $1.26Bil or $0.54 per share, driven by restructuring costs and write-down in asset values. Pro forma adjusted EPS, however, jumped 41% from a year ago. Correspondingly, revenue jumped 13% YoY, with net sales of $20.1Bil, helped by robust product demand.
$BHGE, a provider of oilfiled products and services, reported a net loss of $29MM or $0.07 per share in 4Q17. In the preceding quarter, the company had reported a loss of $0.24 per share. On a non-GAAP basis, Baker Hughes posted earnings of $0.15 per share in 4Q17. Total revenues were $5.76BIl, down 3% compared to the year-ago quarter.
Insurance giant $AIG has signed an agreement to acquire $VR, an insurance and asset management firm, for $5.6Bil in cash. The purchase of Validus' assets is expected to be immediately accretive to AIG’s earnings, with the diversification benefits of the deal providing additional capital efficiencies. The transaction is expected to close mid-2018.
$MET intends to merge its subsidiary, General American Life Insurance Company, with and into another subsidiary, Metropolitan Tower Life Insurance Company. Metropolitan Tower will continue as the surviving entity after the merger, and the merged entity will be domiciled in Nebraska. The transactions are expected to be completed in 1H18.
$RGA and $RNR launched Langhorne Re, a global reinsurer targeting large in-force life and annuity blocks. Langhorne Re will combine a long-term capital base with underwriting and third-party capital management support from $RGA and $RNR to purchase large in-force life and annuity blocks, allowing clients to optimize their capital management.
$VVV, a producer of automotive lubricants, has appointed Brad Patrick as Chief People and Communications Officer. Patrick, who joins the company from Tempur Sealy International, will report to Valvoline's CEO Sam Mitchell. Previously, Patrick held key HR positions at Sara Lee, The Gillette, Delta Air Lines and Frito-Lay.
RGAx, a division of insurance firm $RGA, has agreed to acquire LOGiQ3, which provides technology, consulting and outsourcing solutions to the North American life insurance and reinsurance industry. The addition of LOGiQ3 is expected to expand RGAx’s technology and service offerings to the insurance industry.
$AFL, as part of its ongoing U.S. Operations strategy, promoted Virgil Miller to President of Aflac Group Insurance and EVP; COO, Aflac U.S., reporting to Teresa White, President of Aflac U.S. In his new role, Miller will be responsible for the strategic leadership and overall direction of operations at $AFL and operations for Aflac U.S.
$AFL established its new subsidiary Aflac Asset Management LLC. Eric Kirsch has been named president of Aflac Asset Management LLC, while continuing to serve in his role as EVP and global chief investment officer. Also, $AFL created a subsidiary of Aflac Asset Management LLC called Aflac Asset Management Japan Ltd.
$ODP appointed Joseph T. Lower as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective January 8, 2018. In this new role, he will report directly to Chief Executive Officer Gerry Smith and will oversee all the financial aspects of the company. Lower succeeds Stephen E. Hare, who is retiring after four years in the role.