Kemper Corporation announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire American Access Casualty Company and its related captive insurance agency, Newins Insurance Agency Holdings, LLC, and its subsidiaries (collectively “AAC”), in a cash transaction valued at $370 million. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021, subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.
AAC, headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, provides specialty private passenger auto insurance in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada and Texas. AAC wrote over $370 million of direct premiums in 2019 through a network of approximately 500 independent agents and over 110 captive agents. AAC’s multi-channel distribution strategy, agency relationships, and deep ties to the markets it serves—particularly Hispanic communities—have driven strong growth and consistent profitability.
“AAC is a great addition to Kemper’s specialty auto franchise and aligns with our strategic intent to serve growing niche markets with affordable and easy-to-use products,” said Duane Sanders, President of Kemper’s P&C Division. “Their distribution capabilities, including strong customer and agent relationships, will expand our geographic footprint and when combined with our financial resources will create increased reach and incremental scale. We look forward to having AAC join the Kemper team.”
The transaction is expected to be accretive to Kemper’s earnings per share (EPS) and return on tangible common equity in the first year, excluding value of business acquired and one-time items, and result in high single-digit EPS accretion in the second year, excluding restructuring and one-time items. Tangible book value per share is expected to return to pre-transaction levels within the first year following the close of the transaction.
A presentation outlining additional information related to the transaction is available online in the Investors section of kemper.com.
Sidley Austin LLP served as legal counsel for Kemper. Piper Sandler & Co acted as financial advisor to AAC and Winston & Strawn LLP served as legal counsel for AAC.
The Kemper family of companies is one of the nation’s leading specialized insurers. With $14.1 billion in assets, Kemper is improving the world of insurance by providing affordable and easy-to-use personalized solutions to individuals, families and businesses through its Auto, Personal Insurance, Life and Health brands. Kemper services over 6.3 million policies, is represented by more than 30,000 agents and brokers, and has over 9,300 associates dedicated to meeting the ever-changing needs of its customers. Learn more about Kemper.
About American Access
American Access, headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, is a specialty line auto insurance carrier (American Access Casualty Company) and agency (Newins Insurance Agency Holdings, LLC). American Access Casualty Company was chartered in 1999. Newins Insurance Agency Holdings, LLC began operations in 1975. The combined entities have been serving their insureds for over 20 years and focus on large, urban areas with a substantial concentration in Hispanic communities. For more information about American Access Casualty Company and Newins, please visit https://www.aains.com/about-us/ and https://newinsllc.com/about-newins/.