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What’s next for Economical’s demutualization

June 29, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Editor’s note: This story was updated to reflect a June 30 announcement by Economical Insurance Economical Insurance is still in the process of demutualizing but the next policyholders’ vote is not going to happen this year, the Waterloo, Ont. based

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Will COVID-19 affect the timing of Economical’s IPO?

April 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Economical Insurance continues to work on converting from a mutual to a publicly traded firm, but officials with the Waterloo, Ont. carrier are keeping a close eye on the stock markets. “The outbreak of COVID-19 has adversely affected economic and

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O come, let us demutualize

December 23, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If any of your clients have Economical Insurance policies, changing to a stock-owned company could make them joyful and triumphant, especially if they have mutual policies. “O come all ye policyholders” is something the industry could hear soon from Waterloo,

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This might drive additional insurers to demutualize

October 30, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Mutual insurers that are concerned about their small size placing them at a competitive disadvantage could choose to follow in the footsteps of Economical and start the demutualization process, suggests an executive who is looking to invest about $500 million

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Economical clears major hurdle to demutualization

March 20, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Economical Insurance is a step closer to demutualization and becoming publicly traded on the stock exchange. An overwhelming majority (99%) of the insurer’s mutual policyholders voted Wednesday in favour of a demutualization proposal released in January. Several more steps are

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What could have happened to Economical if it had rejected demutualization

February 14, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Amalgamation with another insurer and going into run-off were among the options considered by Economical Insurance directors before the Waterloo, Ont. carrier started the demutualization process in 2015. Mutual policyholders of Economical are scheduled to vote March 20 on a

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How clients can cash in on demutualization

February 5, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Economical Insurance clients looking forward to cashing in on demutualization might have to hold on to their shares in the company for nearly six months. In Economical’s demutualization proposal, one restriction on common shares (issued as a benefit to demutualization)

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Estimated value of Economical’s demutualization for mutual policyholders

February 1, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Mutual policyholders of Economical Insurance could get more than $300,000 each if the Waterloo-based insurer demutualizes. A conversion proposal that Economical submitted to the regulator last year calls for 20% of benefits going first to eligible mutual policyholders, of which

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Why Canada’s largest mutual insurer is not demutualizing

January 18, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Unlike Economical Insurance, Canada’s largest mutual insurer plans to stay that way. “Everybody says, ‘Because of what Economical is doing, are you going to demutualize?’ No,” Carol Jardine, president of the Canadian property and casualty operations of Wawanesa Mutual Insurance

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‘No desire’ for this insurer to demutualize

September 4, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Two months after Economical Insurance submitted its demutualization proposal to the federal government, another federally-regulated mutual has all but completely ruled out demutualization. There is “no desire” for demutualization at Heartland Farm Mutual Inc., Louis Durocher, Heartland’s new president and

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Economical makes history by submitting demutualization proposal to Ottawa

June 27, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Economical Insurance has made history as the first property and casualty insurer in Canada to officially ask the federal government for permission to demutualize. The Waterloo, Ont.-based carrier announced Tuesday it has submitted a proposal to the country’s financial regulator

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How Economical plans to remain independent after demutualization

May 9, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

If Economical Insurance becomes publicly-traded on the stock exchange, it could eventually be acquired, but company officials have no intention of making Economical an easy acquisition target. “We certainly made a determination a long time ago that we were not