“Fairfax could be very completely happy to associate with Olivier Goudet and JAB Holding Firm,” stated Prem Watsa, founder, chairman and CEO of Fairfax. “JAB has had an excellent observe document over the previous 10 years and we anticipate this to proceed. Whereas we now have offered our pet insurance coverage enterprise to JAB, we are going to 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 trade is rising at a price of roughly 20% per 12 months, and there are vital alternatives to proceed that pattern, contemplating that massive 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 world pet insurance coverage and ecosystem platform is anticipated to have gross written premiums and pet well being providers revenues of properly over $1.2 billion, insuring greater than 2.1 million pets.
“At the moment’s transaction is a significant milestone for us in our mission to grow to be a world chief in pet insurance coverage and the pet well being ecosystem,” stated 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 means 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 look ahead to working with the crew.”
Olivier Goudet, managing associate and CEO of JAB, added: “We’re extraordinarily excited to associate with Prem and his group on this transformational transaction, and to welcome them as a associate in our fund. Prem has an unbelievable multi-decade observe document of constructing nice companies and compounding returns, and we look ahead to 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 Companies, Pumpkin Insurance coverage Companies and PetCoach, LLC (supplier of Petco pet insurance policy) in america and Pets Plus Us in Canada. In the meantime, Pethealth supplies wellbeing and security options to shelters and pet mother and father beneath the 24Pet model.
Gary McGeddy, president of Crum & Forster A&H, commented on the deal: “We’re extraordinarily pleased with what we now have constructed and completed collectively within the animal welfare group and the pet insurance coverage ecosystem. We’re assured that JAB will proceed to take a position and deal with pets and pet mother and father whereas rising their world presence and we’re excited in regards to the future and our partnership.”
The transaction stays topic customary closing situations and is anticipated to shut within the second half of 2022.