Old National Bank to sell its health savings account business

By Susan Orr

Indianapolis Business Journal

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana-based Old National Bank plans to sell its health savings account business to Kansas City, Missouri-based UMB Bank, the companies announced late Monday.

The deal, expected to close in the fourth quarter, includes about $500 million in client assets held in about 157,000 accounts associated with more than 3,000 employer groups.

UMB declined to disclose financial terms of the transaction. Both banks are publicly held companies, but as of Tuesday morning neither UMB nor Old National had disclosed financial terms in any of their public filings. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter, pending regulatory approvals.

Old National’s nine-person HSA team will join UMB Healthcare Services once the transaction closes.

Old National, which is headquartered in Evansville, got into the HSA business in 2014 when it acquired Fort Wayne-based Tower Financial Corp.

In a public filing late Monday, Old National said the divestiture of its HSA business “will allow it to focus on its core banking operations while ensuring that current HSA clients continue to receive exceptional service by a nationally recognized HSA provider.”

UMB, a commercial bank, services more than 1.2 million HSAs totaling more than $2.7 billion in assets.

HSAs, which were first enabled by federal law in 2003, are savings accounts that provide a tax-advantaged way for individuals to set aside money for future medical expenses.

According to a report issued in March by Minneapolis-based firm Devenir, as of Dec. 31 consumers had a combined $98 billion in assets held in 32.5 million HSA accounts. Devenir projects those numbers will grow to $150 billion in assets in 38 million accounts by the end of 2024.