Chubb | July 04, 2022
The personal accident, supplemental health, and life insurance businesses of Cigna (NYSE: CI) in six Asia-Pacific markets are housed in the life and non-life insurance firms that Chubb Limited (NYSE: CB) has completed its acquisition of. The businesses, which include Cigna's accident and health (A&H) and life business in Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Indonesia, were purchased by Chubb for $5.36 billion. The final acquisition price was less than the first announcement, which takes into account several small modifications as well as the effects of rising interest rates and currency exchange rates on the acquired book value.
By increasing its presence in the Asia-Pacific region, a long-term development area for the company, this complementing strategic purchase helps Chubb. With the addition of Cigna's business, Chubb's global portfolio in the Asia-Pacific region will increase from $4 billion to about $7 billion in premiums, or about 18% of the company's total premiums, with roughly 95 percent of the acquired business going to its life insurance segment and the remaining going to its overseas general insurance segment. The company's global A&H writings will grow to a premium amount of around $6 billion, up from $3.7 billion, and its life insurance section will grow to a $5.4 billion enterprise.
"Cigna's business, which is approximately 80% A&H, adds significantly to our business in Asia. The Asia-Pacific region offers great potential for long-term growth and wealth creation. The Cigna businesses have favorable underwriting margins, produce high-quality earnings, and are not exposed to the P&C cycle. Chubb is so well positioned to capitalize on market and product opportunities, including the cross-selling of Chubb's non-life products to life customers, with a strong brand, technology, and complementary direct marketing skills and partnerships. At the same time, I am also pleased to welcome nearly 3,000 new colleagues to Chubb. Together, the leadership and talented professionals of Chubb and Cigna will enable us to provide greater value to our customers, distribution partners, and shareholders."
-Evan G. Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of Chubb.
Azentio Software | July 02, 2021
Azentio Software, a Singapore-based software products company owned by Apax Funds, is pleased to announce the signing of a binding agreement to acquire Beyontec, a leading insurance technology company. The acquisition is conditional to the obtaining of all relevant regulatory approvals.
Beyontec employs over 300 people and serves over 65 customers in the United States, the Middle East, and Africa. The company provides a complete set of cloud-based accelerator tools and a core multi-line insurance administration system, and digital platform-based ecosystem solutions for the insurance sector.
Azentio's customer base and product suite will be expanded as part of the acquisition to become the leading banking, financial services, and insurance-led technology product business in high-growth markets. Azentio and Beyontec have significant synergies, enabling Azentio to provide a complete insurance product and end-to-end insurtech solutions for General, Health, Life, and Commercial insurance. In addition, the acquisition enables significant scale benefits and investments in next-generation insurance technology solutions.
In this transaction, Houlihan Lokey served as Beyontec's only financial advisor. Beyontec's legal advice was Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. The company's legal counsel was Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
Azentio Software is a newly formed company in 2020 formed out from 3i Infotech, a global information technology company. Azentio Software offers mission-critical, vertical-specific software products to customers in the banking, financial services, and insurance industries, including critical products such as Kastle (universal banking platform), AMLOCK (compliance software suite), Premia Astra (core insurance software), Orion (enterprise resource planning software), and MFund Plus (asset management platform). Azentio has over 700 clients in more than 48 countries and a strong team of over 1,600 people spread throughout 9 locations worldwide.
Beyontec Solutions is an insurance solution provider specializing in general insurance, takaful, life insurance, medical insurance, and insurance broking. Beyontec's varied insurance expertise and knowledge have allowed it to develop transformational solutions that combine the best insurance practices worldwide. These include the Beyontec Suite, a core insurance administration solution, specialized accelerator tools, and a set of industry platform solutions.
EY | July 14, 2021
EY today announced a partnership between Fadata, a leading software provider specializing in core insurance operational platforms, and Ernst & Young LLP (EY UK) to assist insurance companies in driving improved business performance through technology transformation that provides an end-to-end digital experience.
The partnership combines EY UK's insurance sector experience and expertise in enabling large-scale business and technology changes with Fadata's core insurance operational technology. EY UK and Fadata teams will use INSIS, Fadata's insurance process platform, to assist insurers in developing flexible and innovative products, bringing them to market faster, and distributing and servicing them via new digital channels. In addition, teams from EY UK and Fadata's INSIS will assist insurance companies in various business areas, including company management, insurance product lifecycle, and customer journey.
Insurance companies are under increasing pressure to prioritize technological advancements to promote company growth, enhance operational efficiency, and satisfy industry standards and regulatory requirements. According to NextWave Insurance: personal lines and small commercial, 37% of European customers would switch insurance if they did not provide cutting-edge technology. Insurance businesses can leverage a single platform for the different kinds of insurance services they provide to customers, such as life, pensions, non-life, and health, by working with EY UK and Fadata teams. In addition, the alliance assists insurers in providing scalable and agile platforms, which support broader business benefits for insurers such as cost efficiencies, automating processes to increase productivity, implementing standardized approaches to compliance, and modernizing outdated legacy systems and technology infrastructure.