NEW YORK, Nov. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- National General Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:NGHC) announced today that it has agreed to acquire National Farmers Union Property and Casualty Company (“National Farmers Union Insurance”) from QBE North America, an integrated specialist insurer. National Farmers Union Insurance is a Wisconsin domiciled P&C insurance company that predominantly writes personal and farm auto and farm and homeowners’ insurance in the Midwestern United states. The company has an exclusive agreement and relationship with National Farmers Union until 2050, providing access to members through roughly 400 agencies. The estimated purchase price for the transaction is $43 million. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.
National General Chief Executive Officer Barry Karfunkel stated: “We are excited to continue to expand our personal lines portfolio through the acquisition of National Farmers Union Insurance. This acquisition fits well with our existing business mix, expanding our personal lines footprint in the Midwest and opening up a new distribution network through an exclusive arrangement with the National Farmers Union. We expect to realize benefits from integrating the company onto our shared services platform and the geographic diversification the acquisition brings, and we expect the acquisition to be immediately accretive to earnings. We look forward to welcoming the National Farmers Union Insurance team to National General.”
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP acted as legal counsel to National General in connection with the transaction.
About National Farmers Union Insurance
Based in North Dakota, National Farmers Union Insurance has been serving rural America since 1945 and has approximately 60 employees. National Farmers Union Insurance wrote $175 million in gross written premium in 2017, with the majority of premium written in personal/farm auto (58% of 2017 GWP) and farm/homeowners (33% of 2017 GWP) lines. The company is licensed in 49 states with a heavy concentration of business in the Midwest: North Dakota, Colorado, Montana, Minnesota, Kansas, Wyoming, Nebraska and Utah.
About National General Holdings Corp.
National General Holdings Corp., headquartered in New York City, is a specialty personal lines insurance holding company. National General traces its roots to 1939, has a financial strength rating of A- (excellent) from A.M. Best, and provides personal and commercial automobile, homeowners, umbrella, recreational vehicle, motorcycle, supplemental health, and other niche insurance products.
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