Case | HBS Case Collection | October 2001 (Revised November 2001)

Provident Life and Accident Insurance: The Acquisition of Paul Revere

by Mihir A. Desai, Frank Williamson, Mark Veblen and Yuming Zou


Provident Life & Accident Insurance Co. has made an initial bid to acquire a primary competitor, Paul Revere, from conglomerate, Textron. The due diligence process uncovers a significant block of problematic disability insurance policies. Provident is forced to assess the negative impact of this discovery on its initial valuation and revise its bid. In the process, the divergent views of the evolution of these policies by the bidder and seller have to be translated through discounted cash flow analysis into appropriate bid prices. Finally, this DCF analysis, in combination with multiples analysis, is used in negotiations with Textron and public shareholders.

Keywords: Insurance; Financial Management; Mergers and Acquisitions; Policy; Investment; Business Strategy; Cash Flow; Price; Bids and Bidding; Financial Reporting; Business Conglomerates; Insurance Industry; Service Industry;


Desai, Mihir A., Frank Williamson, Mark Veblen, and Yuming Zou. "Provident Life and Accident Insurance: The Acquisition of Paul Revere." Harvard Business School Case 202-044, October 2001. (Revised November 2001.)