Following through on a transformation plan announced last year, MBIA Inc. yesterday said it has restructured its insurance subsidiaries to form a new U.S. public finance-only insurer that will operate separately from its structured finance business.

Bond insurance subsidiary MBIA Insurance Corp. ceded its entire $537 billion book of public finance business to subsidiary MBIA Insurance Corp. of Illinois, which MBIA expects to rename National Public Financial Guarantee Corp. and limit to writing only U.S. public finance business. MBIA has paid MBIA Illinois approximately $2.89 billion for reinsuring the public finance business and also capitalized it with an additional $2.09 billion.

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