Travelers posts 25% drop in quarterly profit

Traveler | April 22, 2020

Travelers has reported a 25% drop in quarterly profit. The company also warned that potential claims for compensation coverage for furloughed and laid-off employees would impact its results for the year, according to a Reuters report. With the coronavirus pandemic weighing on the economy, millions of Americans are now jobless. Travelers said it might see “elevated claims frequency and severity” for its workers’ compensation line of business as states expand workers’ comp coverage. Commercial insurers are facing broad pressure to cover claims from businesses impacted by COVID-19-related shutdowns.

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Customer expectations are higher than ever in the insurance industry, as are the stakes for insurers. They’re faced with the reality that survival depends on how quickly they abandon their business-asusual approach in favor of a more customer-centric mindset. Indeed, today’s insurance customer is demanding, tech-savvy and mobile.

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Customer expectations are higher than ever in the insurance industry, as are the stakes for insurers. They’re faced with the reality that survival depends on how quickly they abandon their business-asusual approach in favor of a more customer-centric mindset. Indeed, today’s insurance customer is demanding, tech-savvy and mobile.

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JAB’s Pet Insurance Business to Acquire Global Pet Insurance Operations of Fairfax Financial

JAB Holding | June 22, 2022

On June 20, JAB Holding Company and Fairfax Holdings Limited announced a strategic partnership. JAB’s pet insurance business has agreed to acquire all of Fairfax’s interests in the Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group™ (“C&F Pet”) and Pethealth Inc., including all of their worldwide operations. Fairfax will also make a $200 million investment in JCP V, JAB’s latest consumer fund. “Fairfax is very happy to partner with Olivier Goudet and JAB Holding Company,” said Prem Watsa, the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Fairfax. ”JAB has had an outstanding track record over the past 10 years and we expect this to continue. While we have sold our pet insurance business to JAB, we will invest $200 million in their JCP V to become their partners. We expect JAB to soon become leaders in pet healthcare and pet insurance globally. We wish them much success.” “We are extremely excited to partner with Prem and his organization on this transformational transaction, and to welcome them as a partner in our fund,” said Olivier Goudet, Managing Partner and CEO of JAB. “Prem has an incredible multi-decade track record of building great businesses and compounding returns, and we look forward to accelerating the growth of their pet insurance business as part of our focused pure-play pet insurance platform.” “Today’s transaction is a major milestone for us in our mission to become a global leader in pet insurance and the pet health ecosystem,” said Dirk Beeckman, CEO of JAB’s pet insurance portfolio. “It also significantly advances our mission of providing the leading health and wellbeing ecosystem for pets through the offering of affordable, comprehensive pet products and brands throughout a pet’s lifecycle. C&F Pet‘s long history of disciplined omni-channel underwriting fits perfectly with our culture, and we look forward to working with the team.” “We are extremely proud of what we have built and accomplished together in the animal welfare community and the pet insurance ecosystem,” said Gary McGeddy, President of Crum & Forster A&H. “We are confident that JAB will continue to invest and focus on pets and pet parents while growing their global presence and we are excited about the future and our partnership.” The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2022, subject to customary closing conditions, including various regulatory approvals.

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Britely Insurance to acquire Empire State Brokerage

Britely Insurance | June 14, 2022

Britely Insurance announces today it has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Empire State Brokerage Services LLC, a New York based full-service wholesale broker operating in more than 25 states with access to dozens of key insurance markets. The transaction is expected to close in July of 2022. We are very pleased to announce this exciting acquisition. In addition to outstanding market access, Empire brings a team with a wealth of experience proven over decades in the complex world of commercial insurance underwriting." Greg Roper, CEO at Britely Insurance. I am excited to bring my 15 years of underwriting experience and our relationships with the industry's leading domestic, admitted and non-admitted insurance companies, as well as Lloyds of London, to Britely's arsenal." David Schepsman, President at Empire. Britely Insurance Britely is an insurance 3.0 platform, offering clients the best product and carrier diversity, innovative technology, and top of the line servicing. Britely encompasses personal lines, specialty commercial lines as well as small group and individual health insurance coverages. Through its subsidiary, Britely Medical Insurance Services, it also provides specialized products and services to the medical community.

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Coherent Partners with Duck Creek Technologies to Offer Property and Casualty Carriers and MGAs a Path to Faster Policy Issuance

Coherent, Duck Creek Technologies | July 13, 2022

Coherent, a global software as a service (SaaS) company fast becoming the ubiquitous standard for business logic, announced today that it has partnered with Duck Creek Technologies (Nasdaq: DCT), the intelligent solutions provider defining the future of property and casualty (P&C) insurance. With this partnership, the firms announce the integration of Coherent Spark with Duck Creek Policy. Coherent Spark converts business logic, including rules, calculations, and data, from any Microsoft Excel file into an application programming interface (API), which can then connect to any application, including an insurer’s policy administration system. This new integration will empower customers with a uniform solution that enables them to retain rating workbooks and seamlessly pass Excel-based data into Duck Creek Policy to issue policies immediately. “Our customers will benefit from the lightning-fast speed of Coherent Spark,” said Andy Yohn, Vice President, Product Management of Duck Creek Technologies. “Our customers will benefit from the lightning-fast speed of Coherent Spark,” said Andy Yohn, Vice President, Product Management of Duck Creek Technologies. “There’s so much proprietary business logic that feeds into the process of issuing and administering insurance policies. Through this integration, P&C insurance carriers and MGAs will achieve faster speed to market, reduced development costs, and greater revenue potential.” Coherent and Duck Creek Technologies will jointly pursue opportunities across the global P&C industry. Todd Buchanan, CEO - USA at Coherent, stated, “We’re pleased to partner with Duck Creek Technologies to enable Excel-based logic to flow into Duck Creek Policy at the speed of Spark. What makes this partnership special is our mutual passion for accelerating even the most arduous business processes throughout the insurance lifecycle with innovative technology.” Buchanan added, “As many of our customers are launching new products or looking to streamline existing ones, we’re going to serve that market with a new solution that can handle even the most complex models in seconds.” To learn more about the integration of Coherent Spark with Duck Creek Policy, visit https://www.duckcreek.com/partner/coherent. About Coherent Coherent is a global software-as-a-service (SaaS) company redefining how business and IT teams build software together. Most companies run critical business operations on hundreds of spreadsheets. Additionally, they spend billions globally on IT budgets to recode the business logic inside spreadsheets to add connectivity to other applications, auditability, and cloud scalability. Coherent’s core technology, Spark, is a no-code SaaS platform that makes building business software as fast, approachable, and cost-effective as using Excel. Create your first application programming interface (API) from your existing Excel rules, formulas, and data models in minutes and make it available on the cloud to connect with any modern application. Then supercharge it by adding deep version control, automated testing, and parallel simulation capabilities. For more information, visit: https://www.coherent.global/. About Duck Creek Technologies Duck Creek Technologies (NASDAQ: DCT) is the intelligent solutions provider defining the future of the property and casualty (P&C) and general insurance industry. We are the platform upon which modern insurance systems are built, enabling the industry to capitalize on the power of the cloud to run agile, intelligent, and evergreen operations. Authenticity, purpose, and transparency are core to Duck Creek, and we believe insurance should be there for individuals and businesses when, where, and how they need it most. Our market-leading solutions are available on a standalone basis or as a full suite, and all are available via Duck Creek OnDemand. Visit www.duckcreek.com to learn more. Follow Duck Creek on our social channels for the latest information – LinkedIn and Twitter.

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