Banking & Finance

Conseco Scores Paulson & Co. Investment (CNO)

Conseco, Inc. (NYSE: CNO) was a mixed blessing today after the close.  The firm is diluting shareholders with a secondary offering, but it also announced that the esteemed firm Paulson & Co. is taking 16.4 million shares and additional warrants for another 5 million shares.  This is listed as an aggregate purchase price of $77.9 million.

This is part of a series of transactions which are intended to enhance its capital position.  Conseco intends to privately offer up to $293.0 million aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes.  Upon closing the private sale of common stock, Paulson will own about 9.9% of Conseco’s outstanding shares if you include the shares Paulson previously acquired in open market transactions.

Conseco shares closed down 2.5% at $4.99 today and we have not seen much after-hours trading indications.

JON C. OGG
OCTOBER 13, 2009

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