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Helios Underwriting Plc
26 September 2017
 

Helios Underwriting plc

("Helios" or the "Company")

Acquisition of Inversanda LLP

Helios is pleased to announce that, in line with its strategy of increasing underwriting capacity through acquisition, on 25th September 2017, following approval of change of control by Lloyd's of London ("Lloyd's"), it has agreed to acquire Inversanda LLP ("Inversanda"), a limited liability member of Lloyd's ("LLV") for a consideration of £235,000 in cash.

Information in respect of Inversanda

The 2017 underwriting capacity of Inversanda is £616,211 (this compares with Helios's 2017 capacity of £35.7m prior to this acquisition). Inversanda participates in a spread of Lloyd's syndicates that broadly matches the existing portfolio of Helios and this transaction enables Helios to continue to build its participations on the better syndicates at Lloyd's.

The consideration represents a discount of 24.3% to the independent valuation of £310,235 placed on Inversanda by Humphrey's. 

The capacity acquired, together with the capacity Helios expects to retain, is as follows:

Inversanda

Year of Account

 

2015

2016

2017

 

£m

£m

£m

Retained

0.65

0.63

0.18

Reinsured

-

-

0.43

Total Capacity

0.65

0.63

0.61

 

Helios will reinsure 70% of 2017 underwriting year in line with its stated policy of reducing 'on-risk' exposures.

Additional information

Inversanda is a limited liability member of Lloyd's. In the year ended 31 December 2016, Inversanda made a profit before tax of £1,156 on gross premiums written of £0.59m.   Underwriting capacity with an estimated market value of £0.29m has been included in the transaction.

Set out below are Inversanda's 2015 and 2016 open years of account forecasts:

YOA

Inversanda syndicate capacity

(£'000)

 

Forecast of Syndicate profit (31 March 2017)

 

 

 

Mid-point  (£'000)

Mid-point  (%)

Range  (%)

2015

647

54

8.28

4.71 - 11.86

2016

634

10

1.58

(2.86) - 6.02

 

Source: Syndicate data and Helios analysis (before early release)

 

For further information please contact:

 

Helios

Nigel Hanbury - Chief Executive                                                              020 7863 6655 / nigel.hanbury@huwplc.com

Arthur Manners - Chief Financial Officer                                             07754 965 917

Stockdale

Robert Finlay                                                                                                   020 7601 6100

David Coaten

 

About Helios

Helios provides a limited liability direct investment into the Lloyd's insurance market and is quoted on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market (ticker: HUW). Helios trades within the Lloyd's insurance market writing approximately £36.3m of capacity for the 2017 account. The portfolio provides a good spread of business being concentrated in property insurance and reinsurance. For further information please visit www.huwplc.com.


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