American Financial Group, Inc. MassMutual | May 31, 2021
Massachusetts Mutual life insurance Company announced today the completion of the previously announced acquisition of American Financial Group, Inc.’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Great American life insurance company, and other subsidiaries and affiliated entities, for a purchase price of approximately $3.5 billion.
“We are excited to welcome Great American Life to MassMutual and to assist build on its outstanding leadership position in the annuity market,” said Roger Crandall, Chairman, President, and CEO, MassMutual. “This acquisition immediately broadens our product offerings, further diversifies our distribution capabilities and generates additional earnings – enabling us to assist even more people in securing their future and protecting the ones they love.”
The acquisition includes Great American Life and its two insurance subsidiaries, Annuity Investors life insurance Company and Manhattan National life insurance Company, as well as a broker-dealer affiliate, Great American Advisors, Inc., an insurance distributor, AAG Insurance Agency, Inc. With the completion of this acquisition, MassMutual, is among the top five individual annuity writers in the U.S.1.
Great American Life will operate as an independent subsidiary of MassMutual led by its current president, Mark Muething, who will report to Mike Fanning, head of MassMutual U.S. Its more than 600 employees will continue to support the business and remain headquartered in Cincinnati.
“Today marks a new beginning for great American Life as we join MassMutual to make an even greater impact serving the millions of Americans who need our help in building financial security,” said Mark Muething, President and Chief Operating Officer of Great American Life. “This transaction strengthens our position as a leading U.S. annuity company, enhances our ability to deliver compelling solutions for our policyholders and distribution partners, and positions us for future growth with a company that’s committed to our success.”
Fanning, who will oversee the great American Life business, added, “Our goal is to ensure a seamless transition for great American Life’s employees, clients, and partners. we look forward to working together with Great American Life to reach more customers in need of lifetime income solutions and deliver ongoing value to our policy owners and customers.”
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP served as legal counsel to MassMutual. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL served as legal counsel to AFG.
MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that benefits its members and participating policy owners. Founded in 1851, the company has been continually guided by one consistent purpose: we help people secure their future and protect their loved ones. With a focus on delivering long-term value, MassMutual offers a wide range of protection, accumulation, wealth management, and retirement products and services. For more information, visit massmutual.com.
About American Financial Group, Inc.
American Financial Group is an insurance company based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Through Great American Insurance Group operations, AFG is engaged primarily in property and casualty insurance, focusing on specialized commercial products for businesses. Great American Insurance Group’s roots go back to 1872 with the founding of its flagship company, Great American insurance company.
Heritage | November 29, 2021
Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRTG) ("Heritage" or the "Company"), a super-regional property and casualty insurance holding company, announced today that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Slide, a startup InsurTech P&C carrier led by Bruce Lucas, Heritage's former Chairman and CEO, providing it with enhanced technological capabilities and allowing it to participate in the InsurTech sector's upside.
Partnership provides Heritage with the opportunity to:
Leverage Slide's InsurTech capabilities to improve underwriting and rating decisions.
Further capitalize on strong agency relationships by generating commission income on policies that don't meet Heritage's underwriting criteria (e.g., due to geographic concentration).
Participate in the InsurTech sector without potentially significant capital requirements to develop similar capabilities internally.
Based on current publicly traded InsurTech valuations, potential to generate a meaningful capital gain, which, if realized, could provide additional funds for share buybacks or debt retirement.
Terms of the partnership
Heritage will receive:
Approximately 6% equity stake in Slide, an InsurTech P&C carrier with an estimated $250 million post-money valuation, and warrants allowing it to purchase an additional equity interest at Slide's pre-money valuation.
Perpetual, royalty free license to certain aspects of Slide's software.
Transfer ownership of Pawtucket, a dormant P&C carrier licensed in Rhode Island.
Transfer ownership of First Access Insurance Group, a Florida-licensed MGA with minimal earnings.
Provide access to historical claims and underwriting data.
Ernie Garateix, Heritage's CEO, said, "We're excited to partner with Slide and our former colleague on this win-win opportunity. We believe this partnership will significantly accelerate development of our InsurTech capabilities, while providing us with an equity stake in an impressive startup that is developing cutting edge technology."
Financial information, including material announcements about Heritage, is routinely posted on investors.heritagepci.com.
Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc. is a super-regional property and casualty insurance holding company. Through its insurance subsidiaries and a large network of experienced agents, the Company writes approximately $1.2 billion of gross personal and commercial residential premiums across its multi-state footprint.
Bestow Inc. | December 09, 2021
Life insurance technology company Bestow and Equitable, a leading financial services company and principal franchise of Equitable Holdings (NYSE: EQH), today announce a first-of-its-kind enterprise partnership and the launch of a new, entirely digital term life insurance offering called Term-in-10SM.
"As one of the most respected life insurers in the industry, Equitable is the ideal first enterprise carrier partner for us at Bestow, We came together because of our joint commitment to build innovative solutions that expand access to financial protection. We're excited to deliver our unique product expertise and platform to Equitable Advisors, Financial Professionals and customers."
- Melbourne O'Banion, Co-Founder and CEO of Bestow
Powered by Bestow's industry-leading platform, Term-in-10SM was designed for Equitable from the ground up to combine the best of digital distribution paired with the tailored support of a financial professional. It is solely available through Equitable Advisors Financial Professionals who are agents of Equitable Network, LLC — providing a digital solution to existing customers and leveraging technology to reach and serve the next generation of customers.
Existing and prospective Equitable customers work with a financial professional to determine their specific life insurance needs and then apply for a term life insurance policy entirely online. If approved, coverage begins immediately. Bestow's platform transforms the typical several-week term life insurance buying experience into one that is accomplished in about 10 minutes. Designed with simplicity, affordability and value in mind, Term-in-10SM never requires a medical exam and is available in robust coverage amounts up to $1 million and in 10, 15 and 20-year term lengths.
"Insurance is personal. There are substantial advantages to using a financial professional and life insurance agent who understands the specific requirements each client needs to protect their family and provide them with a comprehensive financial strategy, We're excited about the relationship with Bestow as it allows us to provide a better more efficient experience for our current and prospective clients."
- Dave Karr, Chairman of Equitable Advisors.
Bestow's enterprise offering delivers a single source application, underwriting, and policy servicing experience that supports the entire end-to-end sale and administration of term life insurance — with more products to come. Leading carriers like Equitable Financial Life Insurance Company can license Bestow's platform to develop and launch digital solutions that serve new customers, enhance financial professional productivity and reduce substantial cost and time hurdles that come with the administration of term life insurance products. In addition to offering a full-stack solution, Bestow provides the expertise and resources needed to launch digitally optimized life insurance products.
"The insurance space is facing unprecedented change and opportunity given tech-driven disruptions and rising consumer expectations coupled with cost and competitive pressures, We also recognize that the pandemic prompted interest in new protection solutions and the way Americans shop for these products as more folks shifted their attention to focusing on their holistic well-being over the past year. The partnership with Bestow is another important step in our strategy to help financial professionals serve the needs of their clients with innovative and tailored solutions designed with today's consumer in mind."
- Hector Martinez, Head of the Life Insurance Business at Equitable.
Bestow is the leading life insurance technology company. As both a direct-to-consumer destination and an infrastructure provider, Bestow powers instant life insurance solutions for businesses of all sizes, across any channel. In a world full of unknowns, Bestow is on a mission to make life insurance accessible to millions of underserved families by creating the best possible products and experiences that serve future generations.
Equitable* has been one of America's leading financial services providers since 1859. With the mission to help clients secure their financial well-being, Equitable provides advice, protection and retirement strategies to individuals, families and small businesses. Equitable has more than 8,000 employees and Equitable Advisors financial professionals and serves 2.8 million clients across the country.