The Hanover's Chaucer Buys SLE Holdings to Ramp Up Portfolio

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The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. THG announced that its international specialty insurance group Chaucer has bought SLE Holdings. The acquisition will widen the acquirer's specialty capabilities.

Sydney, Australia-based SLE Holdings is a Lloyd's managing general underwriter, largely focused on sports, leisure and entertainment insurance markets. In 2016, the company wrote $25 million in specialty premium.

The acquirer believes that the addition of SLE Holdings will help it consolidate its Australian presence besides enhancing its specialty capabilities. At the same time, it can benefit from the acquired agency's underwriting expertise. The buyout is also expected to open avenues for growth for Chaucer's products, going forward. On the other hand, SLE Holdings will leverage The Hanover Insurance Group's resources to capitalize on new growth opportunities. Hence, a win-win situation can be created out of this acquisition.

The Hanover Insurance Group pursues purchases to expand its product offerings and grow through the existing agency and broker distribution network. The recent acquisition is part of the company's long-term growth strategy - Hanover 2021. A solid capital position enables the insurer to assume strategic takeovers that help it ramp up the growth profile.

Shares of The Hanover Insurance Group have lost 1.59% quarter to date, as against the Zacks categorized Property and Casualty Insurance industry's gain of 2.20%. We believe the company's strategic initiatives - both organic andinorganic - to stoke growth would drive the shares higher, going forward.

The Hanover Insurance Group presently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Acquisitions are a well-accepted growth strategy among insurers. Recently, Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited announced to acquire Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG AWH to form a global leader in property and casualty insurance, reinsurance and investments, while Sun Life Financial Inc. SLF closed the buyout of The Premier Dental Group, Inc. to strengthen its dental network. Also, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. AJG took over Armstrong/Robitaille/Riegle, Inc., and Ann Arbor Business Advisors, LLC. in Michigan and Total Reward Group in England to add their capabilities to its portfolio.

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