OMAHA, Neb. (AP) —
Warren Buffett'sBerkshire Hathaway Inc. has agreed to cover up to $4 billion in insurance losses for Cigna Corp. in exchange for a $2.2 billion premium.
Cigna, which is based in Bloomfield, Conn., announced the reinsurance deal with Berkshire on Monday.
Buffett's Omaha-based company, which includes General Reinsurance, and Geico, will cover liabilities related to Cigna's minimum-death and minimum-income benefits businesses.
Cigna says it's unlikely claims will exceed $4 billion.
Cigna said it expects to record a $500 million after-tax charge in the first quarter, but the transaction will allow Cigna to exit these businesses.
This deal is similar to others Berkshire has done, such as when it accepted $7.1 billion in 2007 to cover up to $9.3 billion in asbestos claims for Equitas.