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Wall Street Equity Research

July 06, 2010 10:55 ET

Making Tough Choices

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Going with the notion 'too big to fail', the American people saw a falling giant in the insurance industry, AIG, received $182 billion bailout funds since September 2008. People realized that the U.S. had been caught in a sand-trap, and from there a great depression gripped the American economy and toppled global economy into a recession. It has been a long walk in the scorched sand for the U.S. Nonetheless, the U.S. economy slowly saw some signs of recovery in 2010, even if global economic environment continues to stay uncertain. AIG on its part has been shedding its assets to willing buyers as part of it strategy to pay off its Federal loans. These endeavors, however, have been riddled with challenges as the financial sector worldwide was in a state of turmoil and AIG assets were not overly appealing for many. A recent failure to conclude sales was reported at the very beginning of this month when AIG declined to let go of its AIA Group for $30.5 billion which was initially priced at $35.5 billion. The potential buyer was U.K. based insurer Prudential PLC.

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AIG is now rumored to continue with its asset sales strategy with two of its Japanese insurance units, AIG Edison Life Insurance Co. and AIG Star Life Insurance Co. These are the same two assets that the company had decided not to sell in late 2009. With AIG placing these units back for sales, a number of industry experts believe that these units are perfect acquisition targets for Prudential Financial Inc. (NYSE: PRU). Prudential Financial has been very active on the Japanese market and has every intention of growing its presence in this region as indicated by its most recent quarter figures. Another asset sales that have made the headlines in March 2010, is the sales of the Alico to MetLife Inc. (NYSE: MET) in the next few months for a total of $15.5 billion -- that is $6.8 billion in cash and the rest in MetLife stocks. 

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The Alico deal is a game-changer for MetLife as it will see a boost in business with 20 million more clients joining its customer database which is already standing at a 70 million benchmark. With Prudential Financial also expanding its business charisma in the lucrative Japanese market, competition promises to regain some of the stamina loss before the recession. Register today at to download the full report on these industry leaders.

"AIG continues to make tough choices with its assets sales, especially its Asian units," commented Edward D. Brooks of, "however, many believe that the company, even though prioritizing bailout payment, is also planning its rebound in the coming months." Visit us at  to understand the catalysts and forces driving or affecting these companies as the global economy continues to bring more challenges.

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