Cision PR Newswire | August 19, 2020
Sapiens International Corporation, (NASDAQ: SPNS) (TASE: SPNS), a leading global provider of software solutions for the insurance industry, announced today it has entered into an agreement to partner with Gradient AI, a provider of artificial intelligence solutions specifically designed for insurance and risk management. Gradient AI's artificial intelligence solutions will be integrated with Sapiens' core workers' compensation offerings, Sapiens CoreSuite for Workers' Compensation and Sapiens GO for Workers' Compensation, providing predictive insights for both underwriting and claims processes. Underwriting predictions for every policy help drive more profitable pricing and insights for all claims to reduce claims' duration, severity and administrative cost.
MDS Group | December 24, 2021
The Ardonagh Group today announces that it has agreed to acquire MDS Group, a leading insurance broker and risk management advisor across the Portuguese-speaking world and Europe.
Headquartered in Porto, Portugal, MDS has offices in Brazil, where it is the country's largest independent broker, as well as Angola, Mozambique, Spain, and Malta. It is the only Portuguese Lloyd's Broker.
MDS employs 900 colleagues and recorded revenue of €74.8 million (£65 million) in the 12 months to 30 June 2021. MDS manages over €500 million in insurance premiums for 1.2 million private and corporate clients each year.
Ardonagh intends to fund the acquisition with a combination of equity and debt. MDS will be acquired by Ardonagh Overseas Investments Ltd and operate as part of Ardonagh Global Partners.
In addition to its core broking operations, spanning property & casualty, health, retail and wholesale, MDS operates Highdome PCC in Malta, offering sophisticated alternative solutions to the traditional insurance market including captive and reinsurance solutions to large clients. Completing MDS' offering is Risk Consulting Group (RCG), a multinational risk management consultancy.
MDS is also the founding member and a shareholder of Brokerslink, a network of brokers and speciality risk and consulting firms operating in 122 countries.
Upon completion, Ardonagh Global Partners will acquire 100% of the issued shares of MDS from its two shareholders, Sonae Group and IPLF Holding. The management team led by MDS Group Global CEO José Manuel Fonseca will remain with the business and continue to lead an expansive growth plan in all of the MDS territories.
"Having considered our future very carefully, we saw in The Ardonagh Group and its leadership a perfect match for our vision and growth ambitions. We are incredibly excited to be joining forces with a global independent group with Ardonagh's scale and dynamic culture. With access to Ardonagh's considerable resource and capital, we look forward to accelerating our organic and inorganic growth plans."
-José Manuel Fonseca
Ardonagh Global Partners was launched in January 2021 to invest in best-in-class businesses and management teams around the world and in turn support their growth ambitions.
It is a great privilege to partner with a distinguished and high-profile broking platform such as MDS. Jose Manuel together with his experienced and high calibre management team have developed a world class reputation for client service, innovation and professionalism, delivering outstanding service to their clients for over 30 years.
-Ardonagh Global Partners CEO Des O'Connor
THE ARDONAGH GROUP
The Ardonagh Group is the UK's largest independent insurance distribution platform and a top 20 broker globally. We are a collection of best-in-class entrepreneurial and specialist brands with a network of more 100 locations and a combined workforce of more than 8,000 people. Across our portfolio, we offer a highly diversified range of insurance-related products and services across the full insurance value chain in the UK, Ireland and broader international markets. From complex multinational corporations to individuals purchasing personal insurance policies, our understanding of the communities we serve, together with our scale and breadth, allows us to work with our insurer partners to deliver a broad range of product and risk solutions that meet customer needs.
MDS is a multinational group doing business as an insurance and reinsurance broker and risk consultancy, with a presence in over 125 countries. MDS is a market leader in Portugal, one of the largest players in Brazil and Angola, and maintains a direct presence in Mozambique, Spain, Malta, and Switzerland. Through Brokerslink, a global brokerage firm founded by the group which relies on 21,000 insurance professionals, it addresses customers' needs across multiple geographies and sectors. The group includes MDS RE, a reinsurance specialist doing business in Europe, America and Africa, and RCG — Risk Consulting Group, a leading firm in risk analysis, loss control, business continuity plans and enterprise risk management. Through HighDome, a Protected Cell Company (PCC), MDS offers risk transfer solutions that function as an alternative to the traditional insurance market. MDS also works with benefits management and flexible benefits through the companies 838 Soluções (Brazil) and Coverflex (Portugal).
Overhaul | January 12, 2022
Overhaul and Movingdots are collaborating to provide motor carriers with the necessary actionable data to identify and address driver behavior. Movingdots is a technology subsidiary of Swiss Re developing data-driven mobility solutions for insurers, car manufacturers and platform providers globally. Overhaul is the industry's first and only software-based, supply-chain visibility, integrity, and security solution for the world's leading brands. Overhaul's TruckShield platform will work with Movingdots' telematics solution Coloride to enhance data gathering and machine learning techniques, allowing carriers to detect and correct risky driver behavioral events, helping ensure on-time shipments while also lowering costs for insurers.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in the US in 2019, more than 118,000 large trucks were involved in crashes resulting in an injury, a 5% increase from 2018. As a result, motor carrier coverage has risen dramatically in recent years, with premiums projected to rise more than 14% in 2021 and yearly coverage rates as high as $30,000 per year in some cases. By partnering together, Movingdots and Overhaul will ultimately lower insurance costs and premiums by assisting clients in identifying risky behavior and changing it – improving their overall risk management by adopting better driving behaviors and helping to reduce the number of accidents.
"Coloride technology can coach drivers to implement safer driving behaviors, preventing accidents on the road, By joining forces with Overhaul, many more commercial fleets will get access to this technology. Drivers will see their trip details including risk events like excessive speeds and will have an overview on how to improve their driving style. We are thrilled to continue spreading safety and innovation in mobility through cutting-edge technology together with Overhaul."
-Donato Genovese, Movingdots' CEO.
Using the trucking industry's first and only app-based risk management technology, insurers can rely on TruckShield and Coloride to showcase fleet safety and deliver reliable data that can be critical when determining insurance pricing. Coloride's events detection software algorithms can identify driver behaviors such as speeding or harsh braking; coupled with TruckShield's ability to implement corrective coaching, carriers can reduce future risks and accidents through effective actions.
"Motor carrier owners and operators alike are facing astronomical insurance rates and having to reallocate funds and resources, only creating more hurdles and roadblocks for the industry, Our work with Movingdots is helping revolutionize a trucking industry that's in need of any opportunity to gain a competitive advantage, be it increased visibility, on-time deliveries or lower insurance premiums. We're proud of our ongoing innovations with the Movingdots team and look forward to standing by our trucking clients across each and every route."
-David Broe, COO of Overhaul.
Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, Overhaul is the industry's first and only holistic, end-to-end solution that optimizes supply-chain visibility, integrity, and security for global enterprises. Its software-based approach offers high configurability and efficient time-to-value to supply-chain organizations without heavy tech. Additionally, Overhaul's logistics-experts team partners with each client to create a fully customized and comprehensive solution for the entire supply chain. As such, Overhaul has quickly grown to be a trusted provider for Fortune 100 companies moving freight globally across industries, such as pharmaceutical and healthcare, technology, logistics, and food and beverage. Customers include Microsoft, Bristol Myers Squibb, Gordon Food Service, and many others.
About Movingdots GmbH
Movingdots GmbH is a subsidiary of Swiss Re, one of the world's leading providers of reinsurance, insurance and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer. The automotive industry and customer needs are changing quickly with vehicles becoming electric, shared, connected and autonomous. At Movingdots, we develop data-driven mobility solutions for insurers, car manufacturers and platform providers worldwide to succeed through these trends. Learn more about our modular, end-to-end telematics app solution Coloride, the award-winning ADAS risk score, our fleet management solutions and other products on our website. In 2022 Movingdots is listed among the top 250 insurtechs worldwide to watch by Digital Insurance Agenda.