APRIL | November 28, 2022
With a turnover of €544 million in 2021, double-digit growth dynamics for 2022 and a nearly 20-point rise in its NPS, the APRIL Group has completed its transformation, achieving its objectives more than a year in advance. Building on this upward trajectory and its position as the French leader in wholesale insurance, the group has decided to take its ambitions to the next level and secure the means to become a key player at an international level.
To support this new stage of growth, the APRIL Group will now be supported by KKR, which, as a majority shareholder, will bring its global expertise in insurance and financial services.
The transaction will be subject to the usual legal and regulatory approvals.
"The APRIL Group was created 35 years ago by a visionary entrepreneur. After a great collaboration with CVC Capital Partners, April recovered its original strength. Our aim is to continue the history of this great company and to make it a French champion on a global scale. This next chapter will be enabled by the management team, our 2,300 employees, and KKR, for the benefit of our partners and policyholders,"
- Eric Maumy, President & CEO of APRIL Group
Over the past 3 years, the APRIL Group has reinvented itself:
Organic growth of +8% in 2021 thanks to substantial work on products in France and worldwide across all its markets - loan insurance, health / personal protection, casualty niche insurance, international medical insurance - and entering a new market, property insurance, through the acquisition of Magnacarta;
Improvement in customer experience, as recognised by 24-point NPS;
Returned to its position as an industry leader, with all actors mobilised around the liberalisation of the loan insurance market;
Strengthened digital and technological capabilities, with the creation of the dedicated APRIL X hub and the acquisition of ELOA and Comparadise;
800 employees recruited in 3 years;
International expansion, with offices opened in Germany and Dubai.
APRIL is the leading wholesale broker in France, with a network of 15,000 partner brokers. The group's 2,300 staff members aim to offer their customers and partners – individuals, professionals and companies – an outstanding experience, combining the best of human relationships and technology, for health and personal protection for individuals, professionals and VSEs; loan insurance; international health insurance; property and casualty niche insurance; and asset management. By 2023, APRIL aspires to become an agile, omnichannel, digital operator, a champion of customer experience and a leader in its markets, while committing to the social responsibility goals in its Oxygen programme. The APRIL Group operates in 17 countries and recorded turnover of €544m in 2021.
Inszone Insurance | November 24, 2022
Inszone Insurance Services: a rapidly growing, national provider of benefits, personal and commercial lines insurance, announced today the acquisition of Capizzi Insurance.
Capizzi Insurance was founded in 1971 by Vincent Capizzi. With one location Capizzi Insurance primarily operated as a standard-preferred personal lines and small-mid commercial lines property and casualty agency. Throughout their history they have focused on helping their clients in finding the best program that fits their specific needs.
The Capizzi Insurance team will transition over to Inszone’s Lakewood location and continue serving customers under the Inszone Insurance brand. Customers will experience a seamless transition and continue to receive the same standards of service they have come to expect.
“We’re excited to welcome Capizzi Insurance into the Inszone Insurance family, We continue to grow within specific areas in California, we are happy to be able to add additional avenues of support and additional service offerings as we expand in the state."
-Chris Walters, CEO of Inszone Insurance
About Inszone: Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Sacramento, California, Inszone is a full-service insurance brokerage firm which provides a broad array of property & casualty insurance, along with employee benefits solutions. With a strong, experienced management team, Inszone continues to grow organically, as well as through acquisitions. With 32 locations across California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Missouri, Texas and Illinois, the company is looking to further expand throughout the United States.
Capsule and Vouch | November 11, 2022
Capsule, a specialist insurance provider to high-growth companies in the UK, today announced a partnership with Vouch, a San Francisco-based insurance platform that provides business insurance for high-growth technology startups in the US. With this partnership, the two companies will work together to ensure that they can support their clients' needs internationally. The partnership comes just a year after Capsule's launch and will help startups and tech innovators across all the main markets protect themselves as they grow.
As part of the partnership, Capsule will also assist Vouch's US venture and incubator partners with their UK portfolio companies, and Vouch has made an investment in Capsule. The additional funding will be used by Capsule to advance its technology and recruitment. Since Capsule launched in September 2021, the company acts for some of the country's top startups and scale-ups including Onfido, Codat, Otta, Hofy and Castore, and has in recent months partnered with SeedLegals, Crowdcube and a number of leading VCs. Prior to launching Capsule, co-founders Thomas Wynne and Liam Green successfully scaled and sold UK insurance group Kingsbridge in a nine-figure exit to US-based NSM in March 2020.
Vouch, founded by CEO Sam Hodges (formerly CEO of Funding Circle US) and CRO Travis Hedge (formerly of Silicon Valley Bank), is a new kind of insurance platform for startups that offers fully digital, tailored coverage that takes minutes to activate. With over $160 million raised to date from the likes of Y Combinator, Ribbit Capital, Silicon Valley Bank and Index Ventures, as well as a recent valuation of over $550 million, Vouch has cemented its status as a 'soonicorn' with its sights firmly set on the next stage of business growth.
"Vouch is committed to protecting founders and company builders where they are today and where they'll be tomorrow. Our partnership with Capsule represents an important first step in our plan to provide holistic international risk management solutions, so our clients can protect their global operations with the same ease and confidence they experience with us today. We're excited to start this journey with the Capsule team."
-Sam Hodges, CEO of Vouch
Thomas Wynne, Co-Founder and CEO of Capsule, added: The hyper-growth startups we support have global aspirations. Yet even the most sophisticated teams face a steep learning curve when scaling their risk management programs internationally. Our partnership with Vouch enables us to solve insurance holistically across markets and unlock further growth.
Capsule is a specialist insurance provider that helps startups and scale-ups in sectors such as Web3, Fintech, Enterprise (SaaS) and Consumer Tech navigate the risks of rapid expansion by ensuring they have the proper protection in place. Specialising in cover for businesses from seed stage through to IPO, Capsule offers policies including Directors' and Officers', Key Person, Professional Indemnity and Cyber Liability insurance, as well as many others. Their advice is geared for growth ('Capsule' is an anagram of 'scale-up') and backed by state-of-the-art technology that tracks clients across more than 300 data points. As a certified B Corporation, Capsule is also committed to using business as a force for good. Their team is equally passionate about helping similarly mission-driven and impactful organisations get these factors recognised and rewarded by the insurance sector.
Vouch is a US-based provider of business insurance to thousands of high-growth companies. Since its inception in 2018, the company has empowered its clients to get risk management right through niche expertise, a proprietary approach to pricing and underwriting, fast, digital-first procurement and coverages that scale as the company grows.