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The Hartford Completes Execution Milestone; Closes On Planned Business Sales

<p> <i>Transactions provide The Hartford an estimated net statutory capital benefit of $2.2 billion</i> </p>

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

The Hartford Completes Execution Milestone; Closes On Planned Business Sales16:06 EST Wednesday, January 02, 2013 HARTFORD, Conn. (Business Wire) -- The Hartford has completed the sales of three businesses, closing on agreements for the sale of Retirement Plans to Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and Individual Life to The Prudential Insurance Company of America, as well as its Individual Annuity new business capabilities to Forethought Financial Group, Inc. The company previously announced the completion of the sale of Woodbury Financial to AIG on Dec. 3, 2012. “Completing these transactions on favorable financial terms with a significant capital benefit represents an important milestone in the execution of The Hartford's transformation,” said The Hartford's Chairman, President and CEO Liam E. McGee. “We will be a more focused, disciplined and efficient company with greater financial flexibility while generating profitable growth and superior financial returns for shareholders.” In aggregate, The Hartford does not expect these transactions to have a material impact on GAAP net income. However, due to the timing of the transaction closings, the company expects a modest realized capital loss in fourth quarter 2012 and a modest gain in first quarter 2013. The company will realize an estimated net statutory capital benefit from these transactions of approximately $2.2 billion, which is comprised of an increase in U.S. life statutory surplus and a reduction in the U.S. life risk-based capital requirements1. This net statutory capital benefit is almost entirely associated with the sales of Retirement Plans and Individual Life, which closed on Jan. 1 and 2, 2013, respectively, and, as a result, will be realized in first quarter 2013 statutory financial results. About The Hartford With more than 200 years of expertise, The Hartford is a leader in property and casualty insurance, group benefits and mutual funds. The company is widely recognized for its service excellence, sustainability practices, trust and integrity. More information on the company and its financial performance is available at www.thehartford.com. HIG-C 1 Required risk-based capital is based on regulatory capital at the company action level multiplied by 3.25. Some of the statements in this release may be considered forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We caution investors that these forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results may differ materially. Investors should consider the important risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ. These important risks and uncertainties include those discussed in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, our 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K and the other filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We assume no obligation to update this release, which speaks as of the date issued. The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.Media Contact:Shannon Lapierre, 860-547-5624shannon.lapierre@thehartford.comorThomas Hambrick, 860-547-9746thomas.hambrick@thehartford.comorInvestor Contact:Sabra Purtill, 860-547-8691sabra.purtill@thehartford.com