December 4, 2020 by Jason Contant
One of Canada’s largest institutional investors has joined forces with Cinven, an international private equity firm, to acquire Compre, a specialist global consolidator of closed books of non-life insurance policies.
Victoria-based British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI) and Cinven announced Nov. 30 the deal to acquire Compre from CBPE Capital LLP. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
“The global non-life insurance run-off market is growing steadily, driven by insurers’ increasing focus on balance sheet optimization, capital efficiency and disposals of non-core business units,” BCI and Cinven said in a joint press release. “Compre has a proven track record of acquiring portfolios from major institutions including Allianz, Generali, HSBC and Swiss Re.”
Compre has more than 30 years of experience in the acquisition and management of discontinued (run-off) and legacy non-life insurance and reinsurance portfolios. With operations in the United Kingdom, Bermuda, Finland, Germany, Malta, and Switzerland, Compre has experience acquiring most classes of direct and reinsurance business, including, among other things, general liability, marine, and auto liability.
Cinven and BCI (which has $171.3 billion of assets under management as of Mar. 31, 2020), said they believe Compre is an attractive investment opportunity based on the following:
Jim Pittman, executive vice president and global head of private equity at BCI, said the institutional investor looks forward to supporting Compre in its development “and in turn providing attractive and stable long-term risk adjusted returns for our pension plan and insurance fund clients.”
BCI has made a number of investments in financial services companies, including brokerage BMS Group, Hayfin Capital Management, and Verifone.
The Compre acquisition is expected to be official in 2021 Q2, subject to regulatory approvals. Among other firms, Cinven and BCI advisors included Marsh (insurance), PwC (commercial, financial, actuarial, operations, IT) and Deloitte (tax, structuring).
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