Auto insurer First Acceptance Corp. on Wednesday completed its acquisition of more than 80 stores marketing nonstandard policies in California from Nationwide Insurance. The Green Hills-based company (Ticker: FAC) paid $34.5 million in cash for the stores, $30 million of which came from an affiliate of its 53 percent shareholder, Gerald Ford, in the form of a loan. From the looks of the 10-year loan, Ford is a pretty good negotiator: First Acceptance is paying 8 percent interest.
First Acceptance is on a bit of a roll lately. Shares of the Green Hills-based auto insurer (Ticker: FAC) are up more than 30 percent since the end of March, and the company last month said it planned to buy more than 80 stores from Nationwide for more than $34 million. On Monday, the company said it has opened its fourth store in the Memphis area. The new location is the fifth since late last year.
Mobile device insurer Asurion plans to close a customer service call center in Great Falls, Montana, a move that puts about 350 jobs at risk. Officials at Nashville-based Asurion told the Great Falls Tribune they're making the move to create "operating and infrastructure efficiences" but will look to have some workers transition to working from home.
"We encourage all employees to keep their jobs and transition to an Asurion@Home position, and we hope that many of the employees will do so, keeping Asurion as an area employer, just without a physical building," the company's news release statement says.