Hartford Steam Boiler to Acquire Hartford Office Tower

Specialty Insurer to Invest in One State Street Headquarters Building

HARTFORD, Conn.--()--The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company (HSB), part of Munich Re, announced today it had signed a purchase agreement with Hines, the international real estate firm, to acquire One State Street, a 24 story office building in Hartford that is HSB’s corporate headquarters. HSB is the principal tenant of the landmark building that overlooks the Connecticut River.

"HSB is committed to Hartford and proud to call this city home," said Greg Barats, president and chief executive officer of HSB. “This investment in our future lowers our operating costs and gives us the flexibility to design a high-energy work environment that inspires creativity and new solutions for clients.”

Hines, which has owned and operated the building since its completion in 1983, will continue to manage the property. The transaction is expected to close in late January 2014. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

About HSB
Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB), a member of Munich Re’s Risk Solutions family since 2009, is a leading engineering and technical risk insurer providing equipment breakdown insurance products, other specialty coverages, and related inspection services and engineering consulting. Founded in 1866, HSB's difference is grounded in extensive technical knowledge with over 50 percent of its staff engineers, inspectors and technical personnel around the globe. We leverage our knowledge to anticipate future risks and develop a range of specialized solutions that enable our clients to build deeper and more profitable customer relationships. HSB holds A.M. Best Company’s highest financial rating, A++ (Superior). www.hsb.com.

About Munich Re
In the U.S., Munich Re provides access to a full range of property and casualty reinsurance and specialty insurance products through Munich Reinsurance America, Inc., American Modern Insurance Group and Hartford Steam Boiler Group. Munich Re stands for exceptional solution-based expertise, consistent risk management, financial stability and client proximity. This is how Munich Re creates value for clients, shareholders and staff. In the financial year 2012, the Group – which combines primary insurance and reinsurance under one roof – achieved a profit of €3.2bn on premium income of around €52bn. It operates in all lines of insurance, with around 45,000 employees throughout the world. With premium income of around €28bn from reinsurance alone, it is one of the world’s leading reinsurers. Especially when clients require solutions for complex risks, Munich Re is a much sought-after risk carrier. Its primary insurance operations are concentrated mainly in the ERGO Insurance Group, one of the major insurance groups in Germany and Europe. ERGO is represented in over 30 countries worldwide and offers a comprehensive range of insurances, provision products and services. In 2012, ERGO posted premium income of €19bn. In international healthcare business, Munich Re pools its insurance and reinsurance operations, as well as related services, under the Munich Health brand. Munich Re’s global investments amounting to €214bn are managed by MEAG, which also makes its competence available to private and institutional investors outside the Group.

Contacts

HSB
Dennis Milewski, +1-860-722-5567
Media Relations
or
Munich Reinsurance America
Terese Rosenthal, +1-609-243-4339
Media Relations

Release Summary

Hartford Steam Boiler signs purchase agreement to acquire the One State Street 24 story office building in Hartford that is HSB's corporate headquarters.

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Contacts

HSB
Dennis Milewski, +1-860-722-5567
Media Relations
or
Munich Reinsurance America
Terese Rosenthal, +1-609-243-4339
Media Relations