Imperial Holdings, Inc., was founded in December 2006 as a Florida limited liability company, Imperial Holdings, LLC, converted into Imperial Holdings, Inc. on February 3, 2011, in connection with the Company's initial public offering. It is a is a specialty finance company. The Company operates in two segments: life finance and structured settlements. In the life finance business, the Company owns a portfolio of 612 life insurance policies and earns income from changes in the fair value and from death benefits on matured life insurance policies. In the structured settlement business, the Company purchased structured settlement receivables at a discounted rate and sells these receivables to third parties. The life insurance policies in Imperial's portfolio were acquired through a combination of policy surrenders or foreclosures in satisfaction of loans issued under the Company's legacy premium finance business, direct policy purchases from the original policy owners (the secondary market) and from purchases of policies owned by other institutional investors (the tertiary market). Structured settlements refer to a contract between a plaintiff and defendant whereby the plaintiff agrees to settle a lawsuit (usually a personal injury, product liability or medical malpractice claim) in exchange for periodic payments over time. A defendant's payment obligation with respect to a structured settlement is usually assumed by a casualty insurance company. This payment obligation is then satisfied by the casualty insurer through the purchase of an annuity from a life insurance company, which provides a stream of payments to the plaintiff. The Company competes in the life finance space through two channels: other life settlement providers and institutional investors. On October 25, 2013, the Company sold substantially all of the operating assets comprising its structured settlement business to Majestic Opco L.L.C for $12.0 million pursuant to an asset purchase agreement.