James River Announces Agreement to Sell Casualty Reinsurance Business to Fleming Holdings
Accelerates Strategy to Pure Play E&S and Fronting Operations
Full Exit from Reinsurance Business
The transaction includes the full insurance entity supporting the Company’s Casualty Reinsurance segment, including the remaining assets and liabilities, as well as the staff supporting the business. The segment produced
Frank D’Orazio, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Today’s announcement represents a key milestone for James River and is strategically significant for both our Company and Fleming. The transaction aligns with James River’s strategy to focus our resources on core businesses where we have meaningful scale, including our E&S and fronting businesses. We are excited about the new partnership with Fleming, which we believe will be a great new home for the staff of JRG Re.”
Fleming is a portfolio company of
The transaction has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of both companies. It is subject to customary closing conditions including receipt of required regulatory approvals. It is expected to close during the first quarter of 2024.
This press release contains forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, such forward-looking statements may be identified by terms such as believe, expect, seek, may, will, should, intend, project, anticipate, plan, estimate, guidance or similar words. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Although it is not possible to identify all of these risks and uncertainties, they include, among others, the following: the failure to complete the transaction on anticipated terms and timing, or at all; the failure to satisfy closing conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approvals; the inherent uncertainty of estimating reserves and the possibility that incurred losses may be greater than our loss and loss adjustment expense reserves; inaccurate estimates and judgments in our risk management may expose us to greater risks than intended; downgrades in the financial strength rating of our regulated insurance subsidiaries impacting our ability to attract and retain insurance and reinsurance business that our subsidiaries write, our competitive position, and our financial condition; the potential loss of key members of our management team or key employees and our ability to attract and retain personnel; adverse economic factors resulting in the sale of fewer policies than expected or an increase in the frequency or severity of claims, or both; the impact of a persistent high inflationary environment on our reserves, the values of our investments and investment returns, and our compensation expenses; exposure to credit risk, interest rate risk and other market risk in our investment portfolio; reliance on a select group of brokers and agents for a significant portion of our business and the impact of our potential failure to maintain such relationships; reliance on a select group of customers for a significant portion of our business and the impact of our potential failure to maintain, or decision to terminate, such relationships; our ability to obtain reinsurance coverage at prices and on terms that allow us to transfer risk, adequately protect our company against financial loss and that supports our growth plans; losses resulting from reinsurance counterparties failing to pay us on reinsurance claims, insurance companies with whom we have a fronting arrangement failing to pay us for claims, or a former customer with whom we have an indemnification arrangement failing to perform its reimbursement obligations, and our potential inability to demand or maintain adequate collateral to mitigate such risks; inadequacy of premiums we charge to compensate us for our losses incurred; changes in laws or government regulation, including tax or insurance law and regulations; changes in
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