The MFWire
Manage Email Alerts | Sponsorships | About MFWire | Who We Are

Subscribe to MFWire.com's News Alerts [click]

Rating:Acquisition Puts a Canadian Firm on the U.S. Mutual Fund Map Not Rated 4.0 Email Routing List Email & Route  Print Print
Thursday, January 27, 2011

Acquisition Puts a Canadian Firm on the U.S. Mutual Fund Map

Reported by Armie Margaret Lee

Toronto-based Foresters is now in the mutual fund business in the U.S., thanks to an acquisition. On January 19, the life insurance provider completed its purchase of New York City-based First Investors Consolidation Corporation, parent of First Investors Management Company, Inc. FIMCO's product line includes 27 retail mutual funds. [SEC filing]

First Investors also offers life insurance services.

"The acquisition of First Investors further strengthens Foresters market position in the United States and provides us with access to the U.S. asset management market currently estimated at US$18 trillion," said Foresters president and CEO George Mohacsi in a press release.

First Investors will operate as a standalone unit within Foresters's U.S. division. Chris Pinkerton, president of Foresters U.S., is relocating to head up First Investors president and CEO, in addition to his current duties.
Company Press Release

Foresters completes acquisition of New York-based First Investors Consolidated Corporation

Toronto ON, January 20, 2011 – ForestersTM , a life insurance provider committed to the well-being of families, and First Investors Consolidated Corporation today announced completion of the agreement under which Foresters has acquired a 100% ownership interest in First Investors and its U.S. asset management and life insurance operations. The transaction, which closed January 19, 2011, has successfully met a number of conditions, including regulatory approvals in the United States and Canada, and First Investors fund shareholder approval.

First Investors is a privately held, diversified, financial services organization founded in 1930. With headquarters in New York City, First Investors has approximately 400 home office employees and assets under management of US$7.0 billion. The acquisition includes First Investors’ holding company and its family of companies including: a registered brokerdealer, a registered investment advisor, a transfer agent and a life insurance company.

Foresters President and CEO George Mohacsi said: "Today's announcement represents a major development for Foresters. First Investors is a successful investment management and life insurance organization with a significant national distribution network that targets the same demographic market as Foresters.

Kathryn S. Head, Chairman and CEO of First Investors, said: "We are delighted to have concluded this transaction and look forward to working together with such a sound and compatible business partner. Foresters is an excellent match for First Investors in terms of operating philosophy, target markets, products and capabilities and has the capital structure and financial resources to position First Investors for future growth and success."

The First Investors organization includes more than 700 sales professionals operating out of 46 sales offices in 26 states. Through its registered representatives, First Investors provides investment management and life insurance services to the middle market. It offers 27 retail mutual funds, as well as 12 funds that serve as sub-accounts for its portfolio of variable products.

First Investors will continue to operate as a standalone entity within Foresters U.S. Division. Chris Pinkerton, President of Foresters U.S. Division, is relocating to lead First Investors as its President and CEO, in addition to his current responsibilities.

Mr. Pinkerton indicated that First Investors registered representatives who are life licensed will now have the opportunity to market Foresters life insurance products, in addition to the current range of First Investors financial products.

About Foresters
Founded in 1874 as a fraternal benefit society, ForestersTM champions the well-being of families through quality life insurance, unique member benefits and inspiring community activities. Foresters has assets of $6.2 billion with liabilities of $4.8 billion resulting in a surplus of $1.4 billion (all figures in Canadian dollars as of December 31, 2009) and maintains an "A" (Excellent) rating by A.M. Best*. Foresters shares its financial strength with more than 765,000 members in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. Foresters Equity Services, Inc.†, a wholly owned subsidiary of Foresters, offers investment products in the U.S. Unity Life of Canada‡, a wholly owned subsidiary of Foresters, represents Foresters in Canada. For more information, please visit www.foresters.com.

About First Investors Consolidated Corporation
First Investors Consolidated Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, is a privately-held diversified financial services organization that provides investment management services to the broad middle market as the investment advisor to, and the distributor for, the First Investors family of mutual funds and life insurance products. The First Investors family of companies includes: First Investors Corporation (FIC) a registered broker-dealer; First Investors Management Company, Inc. (FIMCO), a registered investment advisor responsible for portfolio management of the FI funds; Administrative Data Management Corporation (ADM), a transfer agent and First Investors Life Insurance Company (FIL). FIL maintains an "A-" (Excellent) rating by A.M. Best*. Since its founding in 1930, First Investors has followed the guiding principle of personal service to connect “Main Street to Wall Street” by helping middle market investors reach their financial goals. With corporate headquarters in New York City and administrative offices and a data center in Edison, New Jersey, the company has assets under management (AUM) of US $7.0 billion on behalf of 500,000 accounts. The company’s web address is www.firstinvestors.com.

Stay ahead of the news ... Sign up for our email alerts now

 Do You Recommend This Story?

Return to Top
 News Archives
2021: Q2Q1
2020: Q4Q3Q2Q1
2019: Q4Q3Q2Q1
2018: Q4Q3Q2Q1
2017: Q4Q3Q2Q1
2016: Q4Q3Q2Q1
2015: Q4Q3Q2Q1
2014: Q4Q3Q2Q1
2013: Q4Q3Q2Q1
2012: Q4Q3Q2Q1
2011: Q4Q3Q2Q1
2010: Q4Q3Q2Q1
2009: Q4Q3Q2Q1
2008: Q4Q3Q2Q1
2007: Q4Q3Q2Q1
2006: Q4Q3Q2Q1
2005: Q4Q3Q2Q1
2004: Q4Q3Q2Q1
2003: Q4Q3Q2Q1
2002: Q4Q3Q2Q1
 Subscribe via RSS:
Add to My Yahoo!
follow us in feedly

  1. ETF.com Awards 2020, April 20
  2. The 31st Sub-Advised Funds Forum, Apr 20-21
  3. IDC Virtual Roundtable: Florida - April 2021, April 20
  4. IMEA Marketing Council Roundtable | Engaging Advisors In a Virtual World, April 21
  5. MMI Summit 2021, Apr 21-22
  6. MFDF Director Discussion Series - Open Forum via Zoom (Northeast), April 21
  7. FIASI virtual event - ESG in Fixed Income: Shining a Light on Transparency, Apr 22-23
  8. IDC Virtual Roundtable: Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina - April 2021, April 22
  9. Nicsa webinar - Diversity Data: What is at stake? Business, Reputation and Talent, April 22
  10. IDC Webinar: The Future of the Workplace - April 2021, April 23
  11. IDC Virtual Roundtable: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas - April 2021, April 27
  12. IMEA In Session - Post-Covid Sales Coverage, April 27
  13. MFDF Case Studies in Fund Oversight — A Virtual Roundtable for Directors, Apr 28-29
  14. IDC Virtual Roundtable: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota - April 2021, April 29
  15. 44th Annual AIMSE Marketing & Sales Conference, May 2-4
  16. MFDF Director Discussion Series - Open Forum via Zoom (Southeast), May 5
  17. ICI 2021 General Membership Meeting - Day 1, May 6
  18. Emerging Manager Forum USA, May 12-14
  19. ICI 2021 General Membership Meeting - Day 2, May 13
  20. 2021 FINRA Annual Conference, May 18-20
  21. IDC Speaker Series - Abby Joseph Cohen: A Conversation About the State of the Global Markets, May 19
  22. 2nd annual ETFGI Global ETFs Insights Summit - USA, May 19-20
  23. MFDF Director Discussion Series - Open Forum via Zoom, May 19
  24. Irish Funds Online Annual Global Funds Conference 2021, May 19-20
  25. MFDF webinar - Fund Director Compensation: MPI Annual Survey (2021), May 20
  26. ICI 2021 Operations and Technology Conference, May 20

©All rights reserved to InvestmentWires, Inc. 1997-2021
14 Wall Street | 20th Floor | New York, NY 10005 | P: 212-331-8968 | F: 212-331-8998
Privacy Policy :: Terms of Use