Insurance Agency Mergers and Acquisitions in First Half of 2019 Shatter Record, OPTIS Partners Reports

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Insurance Agency Mergers and Acquisitions in First Half of 2019 Shatter Record, OPTIS Partners Reports

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 11:40 AM

CHICAGO, IL / ACCESSWIRE / July 23, 2019 / There were 328 announced insurance agency mergers and acquisitions during the first half of 2019, according to OPTIS Partners’ M&A database. It was the second-highest six-month total, trailing only the first half of 2017 when 333 transactions were reported. There were 300 deals in the first half of 2018.

A record 665 transactions closed in the past 12 months

The data covers U.S. and Canadian agencies selling primarily property-and-casualty insurance, agencies selling both P&C and employee benefits, and those selling only employee benefits.

“The aggressiveness of buyers continues to push pricing and transaction counts to new highs,” said Timothy J. Cunningham, managing partner of OPTIS Partners, an investment banking and financial consulting firm specializing in the insurance industry.

Activity by Buyer Type

The report breaks down buyers into four groups: private equity-backed/hybrid brokers, privately held brokers, publicly held brokers, and all others.

Out of 67 PE-backed/hybrid buyers active since 2008, 28 made acquisitions in the first half of 2019, the highest total of any six-month period other than the first half of last year, when 30 completed one or more acquisitions. This buyer group accounted for nearly two-thirds of all announced transactions in the past 12 months.

Acrisure led all buyers with 39 transactions in the first half, but that’s their lowest six-month total since 2016. Other top buyers were Hub International (26 deals), Patriot Growth (21), Assured Partners (21), Broadstreet Partners (18) and Gallagher (16).

Activity by Seller Type

Sellers for the first half of the year by type of agency were P&C-only agencies (169 announced transactions), employee benefits agencies (82 sales), P&C/benefits brokers 46 deals), and all others (31 transactions).

Canadian Activity

Twenty-seven out of the 328 reported deals took place in Canada, representing over 8% of the total, the highest count and percentage of Canadian-based sellers ever for the first six months of a year. Hub International completed nine of the 27 deals while 13 other firms completed the remaining 18 transactions.

Not all transactions are announced, so the actual number of agency sales undoubtedly exceeded number reported, according to Daniel P. Menzer of OPTIS Partners. “But our data collection process is consistent from period to period and includes a variety of sources. We’re confident the deal activity measured over time reflects of the overall M&A marketplace,” he said.

The full report can be read at http://optisins.com/wp/2019/07/june-2019-ma-report.

OPTIS Partners was ranked in the top five most active agent-broker M&A advisory firms for 2014 - June 2019 by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Focused exclusively on the insurance-distribution marketplace, Chicago-based OPTIS Partners (www.optisins.com) offers merger & acquisition representation for buyers and sellers, including due-diligence reviews. It provides appraisals of fair market value; financial performance review, including trend analysis and internal controls; and ownership transition and perpetuation planning.

Contact: Tim Cunningham, OPTIS Partners, [email protected], 312-235-0081

Dan Menzer, OPTIS Partners, [email protected], 630-520-0490

Henry Stimpson, Stimpson Communications, 508-647-0705 [email protected]

SOURCE: OPTIS Partners


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