Milestone Partners | May 27, 2022
Milestone Partners announces the formation of specialty auto insurance holding company Drive Assurance Holdings LLC ("Drive Assurance"). It also announces the acquisition of GoAuto, LLC ("GoAuto") and its technology platform, Adaptive Information Technologies, LLC ("Adaptive Information Technologies") ("AIT").
GoAuto is a vertically integrated, tech-focused personal auto insurance platform that offers low-limit plans via its managing general agent and insurance carrier subsidiaries. GoAuto, which was founded in 2009 and distributes insurance directly to consumers online and through 70 captive shops, has traditionally achieved lower loss ratios and higher profitability than its industry counterparts by employing AIT's unique data analytics and underwriting technology. The dedicated balance sheet capacity of GoAuto's insurance carrier enables for better value chain capture, which is enhanced by reinsurance arrangements that enable an asset light approach and lower retained risk.
GoAuto's speciality market area is expanding, highly fragmented, and anticipated to account for nearly 22% of total personal vehicle insurance premiums of $260 billion. GoAuto is Louisiana's third largest personal auto insurance, with operations expanding into Texas, Nevada, and Ohio. At GoAuto, Milestone intends to implement policies in the areas of environmental, social, and governance, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion.
GoAuto's proprietary software enables superior customer analytics and data-driven operations that have established them as a market leader. We look forward to working with the management team on executing their strategic initiatives."
Adam Curtin, Partner at Milestone.
Greg Tramontin, CEO and Founder of GoAuto, shared that they are looking forward to working with Milestone as they enter the next phase of their development. They are certain that, together, they will continue to provide best-in-class vehicle protection products and customer support to their loyal customers, given their specialized sector emphasis on financial technology companies and extensive experience in automotive finance services.
Schneider Electric | June 20, 2022
Schneider Electric, the global leader in energy management, automation, and digital transformation, announced the launch of Cybersecurity Solutions for Buildings. This solution assists all building customers in securing their building management systems (BMS) to protect their people, assets, and operations. The collaborative solution with Claroty, a security company for cyber-physical systems in industrial, healthcare, and commercial environments, will combine award-winning technology with Schneider Electric industry expertise and services to identify all facility-wide assets, deliver unparalleled risk and vulnerability management capabilities, and provide continuous threat monitoring to protect enterprise investments.
By 2050, it is expected that half of today's buildings will still be in use. This is causing commercial buildings to digitize their assets, including updating their building management system. Indeed, IoT technology for buildings is expected to grow from 1.7 billion connected devices at the end of 2020 to more than 3 billion by 2025.
The integration of IoT in buildings is sparking an exciting shift across the sector, but like with any innovation, it also presents new risks, For threat actors looking to disrupt operations, benefit financially and/or achieve other objectives, and in so doing to put individuals at risk, buildings can appear to be the perfect target. It is with this in mind that we are partnering with Claroty to bring our customers a comprehensive, industry-leading solution that meets the unique security and operational risks facing buildings of today and of the future.”
Annick Villeneuve, Vice President Digital Enterprise Solutions, Schneider Electric.
Schneider Electric and Claroty's Cybersecurity Solutions for Buildings offer includes the following steps: asset discovery, risk assessment, remote access control, threat detection, and response. It will provide building owners, facility operators, and security teams with a simple solution that identifies baseline risks, reduce both cyber and asset risks and identify and remediates threats in their environment before service interruption.
Schneider Electric's core mission in developing Cybersecurity Solutions for Buildings for our customers remains unchanged: by improving the resiliency of their buildings today. In the future, through an enhanced cybersecurity posture with the right technology and expertise, Schneider Electric works hand-in-hand with our customers as their digital partner for sustainability and efficiency, assisting them in making the most of their investments.
Lemonade, Metromile | August 01, 2022
Lemonade (NYSE: LMND), the insurance company powered by AI and social impact, today announced the closing of the acquisition of car insurance provider Metromile. Metromile shareholders received 7.3 million LMND shares, while Lemonade received a business with over $155m in cash, over $110m in premiums, an insurance entity licensed in 49 states, and a team unsurpassed in harnessing precision data for auto insurance.
“We launched Lemonade Car a few months ago, and believe it’s the most delightful product on the market. We also believe auto insurance is challenging for newcomers and disadvantaged by a lack of data which is why we bought Metromile,” said Shai Wininger, Lemonade co-CEO and cofounder.
“We launched Lemonade Car a few months ago, and believe it’s the most delightful product on the market. We also believe auto insurance is challenging for newcomers and disadvantaged by a lack of data which is why we bought Metromile,” said Shai Wininger, Lemonade co-CEO and cofounder. “For ten years, Metromile’s intricate sensors monitored billions of miles of driving, while their AI cross-referenced this data with hundreds of thousands of claims, to accurately score each tap of the brake and turn of the wheel. We believe that adding these models into the Lemonade Car platform will make the most delightful car insurance also the most competitive, precise, and fair. That’s why we’re so excited to welcome Metromile into the Lemonade family.”
Most Metromile employees will transition to roles at Lemonade, and Metromile CEO, Dan Preston, has assumed the role of Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives.
“It’s hard to imagine a better home for Metromile than Lemonade. While Metromile was at the forefront of using big data and AI in car insurance, Lemonade forged a parallel path for several complementary lines of insurance. That makes for a powerful combination,” said Dan Preston, SVP Strategic Initiatives, Lemonade. “The upshot is that Metromile’s mission to connect the world to personalized insurance receives a big boost today. While the Metromile brand will sunset over time, its promise to consumers will be realized bigger, better, and sooner now that we’ve joined forces.”
The Metromile app and brand will continue in-market until all customers can be seamlessly transitioned to the Lemonade app and brand. Metromile common stock will cease trading on NASDAQ today.
Lemonade offers renters, homeowners, car, pet, and life insurance. Powered by artificial intelligence and social impact, Lemonade’s full stack insurance carriers in the US and the EU replace brokers and bureaucracy with bots and machine learning, aiming for zero paperwork and instant everything. A Certified B-Corp, Lemonade gives unused premiums to nonprofits selected by its community, during its annual Giveback. Lemonade is currently available in the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, and France, and continues to expand globally.