Brown & Brown, CoverHound, CyberPolicy | November 09, 2020
CoverHound® and CyberPolicy®, a main advanced protection commercial center for people and independent companies, today declared they have been obtained by Brown and Brown, Inc. a main protection financier firm giving danger the executives answers for people and organizations.
With this procurement, Brown and Brown increases extra admittance to the quickly developing computerized protection market for the two people and independent companies, notwithstanding abilities that modernize the protection buying experience. CoverHound, and its completely possessed auxiliary CyberPolicy, are an impetus for driving the computerized change that the protection market requests, specifically the advanced quickening that has happened in the course of recent months because of the Covid pandemic. Consolidating Brown and Brown's solid transporter connections and item information with CoverHound and CyberPolicy's association organization and client experience will make a solid incentive for clients and accomplices.
CoverHound and CyberPolicy will keep on working autonomously under Brown and Brown and will zero in on scaling advanced associations with confided in brands.
Brown & Brown Senior Vice President of Technology, Innovation, and Digital Strategy Steve Boyd said of the acquisition, “We see CoverHound as an important platform for Brown & Brown’s expansion into the digital insurance marketplace while at the same time helping our traditional businesses to continually deliver an exceptional customer experience. By combining CoverHound with our expertise and market strength, we will be able to meet more customers where they are and provide them with the appropriate coverage for their unique exposures.”
CoverHound and CyberPolicy CEO Keith Moore said, “We’re thrilled to become part of Brown & Brown, an exceptional company with an entrepreneurial spirit. Combining Brown & Brown’s strong carrier relationships with our proven marketplace technology will offer customers best-in-class curated choice and digital simplicity. The acquisition strengthens what has always been our mission: delivering fast, accurate and actionable options online to customers based on their specific insurance needs, anytime, anywhere.”
In the course of recent years, CoverHound and CyberPolicy have kept up a main Net Promoter Score of 82, have essentially expanded the quantity of approaches sold totally on the web and have built up the ability to carefully cite and tie numerous transporters and items into a solitary online exchange.
As one of the first InsurTechs that have arisen and scaled over the previous decade, CoverHound and CyberPolicy have stayed consistent with their vision, zeroing in on being a confided in guide for curated decision and satisfying the intricate needs of the present current client, all while streamlining the protection examination and buying measure
CoverHound® is an original InsurTech that allows consumers and businesses to easily compare and purchase insurance. CoverHound offers competitive rates and coverages in 50 states, delivering fast, accurate and actionable quotes from leading US carriers based on a customer’s specific needs. Developed by a team with deep insurance and online financial marketplace experience, CoverHound is dedicated to providing best-in-class customer experience
In 2016, CyberPolicy® became the world’s first marketplace to help small businesses compare, quote and buy cyber insurance online in minutes. Since then, CyberPolicy has expanded its offerings to deliver more complete coverages and bundles for Small and Medium-sized businesses including additional core business insurance products. CyberPolicy offers competitive rates in 50 states and helps small businesses “Plan. Prevent. Insure™”.
About Brown & Brown:
Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE: BRO) is a leading insurance brokerage firm, providing risk management solutions to individuals and businesses. With more than 80 years of proven success and thousands of teammates, we offer knowledge you can trust and strive to deliver superior customer service.
Core Specialty Insurance Holdings, Inc. | January 03, 2022
Core Specialty Insurance Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries ("Core Specialty" or the "Company") and Lancer Insurance Company ("Lancer"), both specialty property and casualty ("P&C") insurers, announced today the completion of the merger combining the companies in a stock and cash transaction, which was previously announced on April 16, 2021. Lancer brings Core Specialty over 35 years of specialty commercial auto expertise that extends the capabilities of Core Specialty's existing diversified range of specialty P&C insurance products. This combination joins two highly complementary businesses with a shared strategic vision to become the leading specialty P&C insurer. The companies previously partnered in January 2021 to launch a new excess transportation program. The post-merger Core Specialty will be a further diversified company with an attractive business profile, a clean balance sheet and over $1.1 billion in equity capital.
This merger with Lancer marks Core Specialty's first merger or acquisition since the recapitalization of StarStone U.S. in November 2020. The combined Lancer and Core Specialty have approximately 600 total employees. Lancer, which has been a leading provider of premier specialty insurance solutions to businesses and commercial transportation companies across the U.S. for over 35 years, will retain its brand, management team and operating locations. Lancer and Core Specialty are working together to ensure all policyholders continue to receive industry-leading products and services, and to align the combined operations in the best interests of customers, agents, brokers, and employees. Core Specialty operates through a business unit philosophy that allows its Divisions local decision-making for underwriting, claims, and policy servicing with a high degree of autonomy and full accountability.
Lancer shareholders received a combination of Core Specialty common shares, preferred shares and cash in the merger. The newly issued Core Specialty preferred shares will mandatorily convert into common shares upon a Core Specialty initial public offering or certain other specified events. In addition, Lancer's existing shareholders will retain the financial impact of development on Lancer's existing reserves for losses and loss adjustment expenses over a five-calendar year period within a specified symmetrical range. The transaction is expected to be accretive to Core Specialty's earnings per share and return on equity in 2022.
Jeff Consolino will continue to lead the combined company as President and CEO and Ed Noonan will continue as Core Specialty Executive Chairman. Dave Delaney, Lancer's CEO, has joined the Board of Core Specialty and will work closely with Mr. Consolino and senior members of the Lancer and Core Specialty teams in the integration of the businesses. The Core Specialty Board of Directors will comprise the current Board with the addition of Mr. Delaney. Matthew Jenkins, Lancer's President & Chief Operating Officer, will serve as President of Core Specialty's Lancer Division.
Dave Delaney, Co-Founder and CEO of Lancer, said, "All of us at Lancer are excited to join forces with Core Specialty. Core Specialty's management team is exceptional, and our friendship with Jeff Consolino, Ed Noonan and members of Core Specialty's Board goes back a very long way. I have no doubt Lancer and Core Specialty's combined operating and financial resources will create tremendous growth opportunities for our shareholders, employees, policyholders and distribution partners."
"I have known Dave Delaney for over 30 years. He is an excellent specialty P&C insurance operator, and I am excited that he will be joining the Core Specialty Board. We have assembled a Board for Core Specialty comprised of company founders and business builders which we believe is second to none, and Dave's talents will add meaningfully to our Board. We are also pleased and honored that after decades of building Lancer as an independent, family-controlled enterprise that Dave and his co-shareholders have the confidence in Core Specialty's management, business plan and investors to exchange their Lancer equity for the opportunity to join their future prospects with ours,"
- Ed Noonan, Executive Chairman of Core Specialty.
Core Specialty Update
Since the June 30, 2020 agreement by Core Specialty to recapitalize StarStone U.S., the Company has grown from four business units to nine through: forming a new Excess & Surplus Property Division, establishing a Marine and Energy Division from the StarStone London managed business, separating and hiring new leadership for our Errors and Omissions Professional Liability and D&O Management Professional Liability Divisions, initiating an Agriculture Division and completing the Lancer merger. Core Specialty's gross premium written for the twelve-month period ended September 30, 2021 was $1.7 billion and pro forma for the Lancer merger would be $1.9 billion.
About Core Specialty
Core Specialty offers a diversified range of property and casualty insurance products for small to midsized businesses. From its underwriting offices spanning the U.S., the Company focuses on niche markets, local distribution, and superior underwriting knowledge; offering traditional as well as innovative insurance solutions to meet the needs of its customers and brokers. Core Specialty is an insurance holding company operating through StarStone Specialty Insurance Company, a U.S. excess and surplus lines insurer, and StarStone National Insurance Company, a U.S. admitted markets insurer.
About Lancer Insurance Company
Lancer Insurance Company has been a leading provider of premier specialty insurance solutions to businesses and commercial transportation companies across the U.S. for over 35 years, leveraging a network of over 2,000 broker relationships. Lancer specializes in auto liability, physical damage, cargo and general liability coverages. Lancer has consistently received an A- (Excellent) rating for financial strength and stability by AM Best, one of the most recognized rating systems in the insurance industry.
Oakbridge Insurance Agency LLC | March 01, 2022
Oakbridge Insurance Agency LLC (Oakbridge), one of the largest independent insurance and risk management agencies in the Southeast, today announced a new partnership with Marietta Insurance Services, an independent agency headquartered in Marietta, Georgia. The partnership extends Oakbridge's footprint in Metro Atlanta in support of the firm's aggressive growth model.
The partnership creates a broader suite of carriers, resources and risk management services for specialty personal lines and commercial lines solutions for clients in the growing Atlanta suburbs.
"We are excited to welcome Marietta Insurance Services as our newest partner. Their reputation in Georgia as a client-centric advisor is evidenced by their relationships and longevity in the market, This partnership will allow us to further extend Marietta's successful insurance solutions and service offerings in north Atlanta and beyond."
-Oakbridge CEO Robbie Smith.
The partnership offers Marietta Insurance Services access to Oakbridge's sales training and risk management platform, including its innovative Proactive Services offering that seeks to identify and mitigate risks through proprietary analysis and a hands-on, consultative approach.
"Oakbridge's partner-first model allows us to grow our insurance capabilities while maintaining the service our clients know and trust, This opportunity allows us to bolster our current service offerings through increased carrier access, enhanced training and resource offerings while taking advantage of unprecedented industry growth and innovation."
-Marietta Insurance Services Principal Jimmy Mayo.
As an Oakbridge partner, Marietta Insurance Services will maintain its presence in Marietta, Georgia.
About Oakbridge Insurance Agency
Founded in 2020 through the merger of four leading insurance and risk management firms in the Southeast, Oakbridge Insurance Agency LLC is a rapidly growing partnership model for firms seeking accelerated growth, access to capital and an expanded suite of resources with which to serve clients. Ranked a "Top 100" insurance brokerage by Business Insurance and Insurance Journal magazines, Oakbridge is now one of the largest privately owned insurance, risk management, and employee benefits agencies in the region. The agency has specific experience in the agriculture, bond/surety, construction, financial, health care, manufacturing, municipalities, non-profit, senior living, and transportation industries.