Fairfax agrees to promote pet insurance coverage enterprise for $1.4 billion

“Fairfax may be very completely satisfied to companion with Olivier Goudet and JAB Holding Firm,” mentioned Prem Watsa, founder, chairman and CEO of Fairfax. “JAB has had an excellent monitor file over the previous 10 years and we anticipate this to proceed. Whereas we now have bought our pet insurance coverage enterprise to JAB, we'll make investments $200 million of their JCP V to grow to be their companions. We anticipate JAB to quickly grow to be leaders in pet healthcare and pet insurance coverage globally. We want them a lot success.”

The worldwide pet insurance coverage business is rising at a charge of roughly 20% per 12 months, and there are important alternatives to proceed that development, contemplating that large markets just like the US and Canada have lower than 3% insurance coverage penetration. That is mirrored in JAB’s development projections. By 2023, JAB’s mixed international pet insurance coverage and ecosystem platform is predicted to have gross written premiums and pet well being providers revenues of effectively over $1.2 billion, insuring greater than 2.1 million pets.

“Right now’s transaction is a significant milestone for us in our mission to grow to be a worldwide chief in pet insurance coverage and the pet well being ecosystem,” mentioned Dirk Beeckman, CEO of JAB’s pet insurance coverage portfolio. “It additionally considerably advances our mission of offering the main well being and wellbeing ecosystem for pets by way of the providing of reasonably priced, complete pet merchandise and types all through a pet’s lifecycle. C&F Pet‘s lengthy historical past of disciplined omni-channel underwriting matches completely with our tradition, and we stay up for working with the crew.”

Olivier Goudet, managing companion and CEO of JAB, added: “We're extraordinarily excited to companion with Prem and his group on this transformational transaction, and to welcome them as a companion in our fund. Prem has an unimaginable multi-decade monitor file of constructing nice companies and compounding returns, and we stay up for accelerating the expansion of their pet insurance coverage enterprise as a part of our targeted pure-play pet insurance coverage platform.”

C&F Pet presently insures over 500,000 pets throughout North America. It additionally serves as an underwriter for quite a few manufacturers, together with ASPCA Pet Well being Insurance coverage, 24Petprotect, Hartville Pet Insurance coverage, Spot Insurance coverage Providers, Pumpkin Insurance coverage Providers and PetCoach, LLC (supplier of Petco pet insurance policy) in the US and Pets Plus Us in Canada. In the meantime, Pethealth supplies wellbeing and security options to shelters and pet mother and father underneath the 24Pet model.

Gary McGeddy, president of Crum & Forster A&H, commented on the deal: “We're extraordinarily happy with what we now have constructed and achieved collectively within the animal welfare group and the pet insurance coverage ecosystem. We're assured that JAB will proceed to take a position and concentrate on pets and pet mother and father whereas rising their international presence and we're excited concerning the future and our partnership.”

The transaction stays topic customary closing circumstances and is predicted to shut within the second half of 2022.

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