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Southwest Insurance Partners Merges with Lightyear Delos Acquisition Corp.

Posted on 01 Oct 2010

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Lightyear Delos Acquisition Corp announced this week the merger of LYDAC and Southwest Insurance Partners, Inc (SWIP). The transaction, subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year.

The merger results in a comprehensive platform capable of offering a broad range of insurance products and services across the specialty segment of the insurance marketplace to be led by a premier industry executive in Stephen L. Way.

LYDAC, headquartered in New York City, was formed by lead investors Lightyear Capital, LLC and Trilantic Capital Partners, to be the holding company for two Delaware domiciled property & casualty insurance companies: Delos Insurance Company, an admitted insurer in 50 states, and Naxos Insurance Company, a surplus line insurer in 48 states. Both companies are rated A- (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company. Through its subsidiary insurance companies, LYDAC underwrites small and medium risks through a wide range of program administrators.

SWIP, based in Houston, is an insurance holding company established by Stephen L. Way, with investors including Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd.; American Safety Insurance Holdings, Ltd.; International General Insurance Company Limited (Dubai); SureTec Financial Corp. (Houston); several high net worth individuals; and SWIP management, to make acquisitions and investments in the insurance industry. SWIP’s companies include Great Midwest Insurance Company, an admitted insurer in 37 states and rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best; National Health Insurance Company, a life & health insurer admitted in 42 states; Bunker Hill Underwriters Agency; and Southwest Risk, a wholesale insurance broker. The SWIP group underwrites small and medium size risks through independent agents in the United States and has expanded internationally in general aviation.

Mr. Way, Managing Director of SWIP, will become Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the combined group of companies and the corporate headquarters will be moved to Houston, Texas. LYDAC insurance company subsidiaries will continue to operate from New York City.

Stephen L. Way commented, "Our combined group provides us with a broad, flexible platform to expand our specialty insurance operations." Mr. Way added, "We have no immediate plans for growth due to the extremely competitive state of the insurance market, but this gives us time to expand our experienced management team and consider strategic investments or acquisitions."

The combined group will have more than $1 billion in total assets, over $625 million in investment assets, and more than $250 million in shareholders’ equity.