Hartford Financial (HIG) sells browsers to Premia Holdings

The Hartford Financial Services Group HIG recently sold its company Navigators Holdings (Europe) NV and its subsidiaries to Premia Holdings, an incumbent reinsurer domiciled in Bermuda. The transaction was concluded on December 29, 2021, after having been approved by the National Bank of Belgium and the Commissariat Aux Assurances in Luxembourg.

However, the other terms of the transaction were kept secret.

The divested activities include the non-life insurer Assurances Continentales NV (known as ASCO) in Belgium and its captive reinsurer Canal Re SA in Luxembourg. Navigators Holdings will now be renamed Premia Holdings (Europe) NV.

Premia management intends to make ASCO a liquidation solutions provider with new growth opportunities. Premia is firmly established in Bermuda, the United States and the United Kingdom, notably with a management agent at Lloyd’s of London.

Hartford Financial acquired The Navigators Group, Inc. in 2019 for a total price of $ 2.2 billion in cash. The multi-line insurer took this decision to achieve its main financial and strategic objectives, such as geographic expansion, establishing its existence at Lloyd’s, a wider range of product offerings, a better value proposition for agents and customers, and give a boost to its Enterprise business lines. The consolidation was to merge the best of disciplined underwriting cultures, talent and commitment, and innovation from both companies to enhance the product and service mix of the combined entity.

This sale should make it possible to rationalize its activity.

History of assignment

Currently Zacks Rank # 3 (Hold) player spares no effort to streamline his activities and focus on his core business. Hartford Financial is constantly selling non-core businesses to focus on its US operations and improve operating leverage. In addition to reducing expenses, increasing profitability and improving shareholder returns, these divestitures promote financial flexibility by freeing up more capital. You can see The full list of today’s Zacks # 1 Rank stocks here.

Earlier this year, HIG also ceded its Talcott resolution.

Hartford Financial shares gained 42.9% year-on-year, outperforming its industry’s growth of 4.1%. Lower costs, a solid financial footing and efficient capital management position HIG well for long-term growth.

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