PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hippo, the high-growth company that’s transforming home insurance and ownership, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement, pending regulatory approval, to acquire Spinnaker Insurance Company, a national property and casualty insurer licensed in 50 states and rated A- (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company. As part of the acquisition, Spinnaker will join Hippo’s family of companies.
Hippo Insurance Services has partnered with Spinnaker as its largest carrier platform since 2017, with Spinnaker-backed Hippo products currently available to consumers in more than 18 states. The acquisition of Spinnaker showcases the alignment between the two companies and the strength of the partnership built over the last 3 years. This strategic move will allow Hippo to expand the geographical reach of its modern home insurance policies which also include smart home monitoring kits.
“Bringing Spinnaker into the Hippo family is a natural next step in growing our proactive home insurance offering,” said Rick McCathron, Chief Insurance Officer at Hippo. “Spinnaker knows the complexities of our industry, mirrors our same standards for technology innovation and customer experience and has continued to meet, oftentimes exceeding, our expectations over the years. We’re proud of the progress we’ve made as partners and look forward to closing the acquisition.”
Hippo Insurance will continue to operate as a managing general agent with a portion of its premiums to be underwritten by its affiliate Spinnaker and the balance underwritten by other carrier partners. Spinnaker will operate independently under the Hippo umbrella and maintain its position as a best-in-class program and fronting company. Spinnaker will continue to service a diverse portfolio of top-quality program administrators and drive the growth of its value-added program platform.
“Spinnaker is excited to join the Hippo family. Since launching in 2015, Spinnaker has pioneered the concept of value-added fronting: working to create products that benefit the policyholder, the producer, the insurer, and the reinsurer,” said Spinnaker Chief Executive Officer Dave Ingrey. “We know Hippo shares these ideals and we appreciate their relentless pursuit of innovative ways to grow their value proposition for all their customers. Spinnaker is very excited that as a result of this transaction, we can continue to transform the customer experience in ways that will help both companies, as well as all our current and future business partners.”
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and TigerRisk Capital Markets & Advisory advised Spinnaker on the transaction, which is expected to close in the third quarter of 2020. Hippo was advised by Latham & Watkins, LLP.
Hippo Insurance Services is on a mission to transform home insurance for the modern household. The company brings homeowners closer to a modern home insurance experience with an efficient online purchase experience using trusted data sources, a smart home device kit included with every policy and even more coverage for possessions like appliances, electronics and home offices. Hippo Insurance is part of Hippo’s family of companies that brings together home wellness and home insurance for today’s homeowners. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, the company’s policies are available to over 65 percent of homeowners in the U.S.. Hippo Insurance Services is a licensed property casualty insurance agent with products underwritten by various insurance companies. For more information, including licensing information, visit http://www.hippo.com.
Spinnaker Insurance Company is a national property and casualty insurer rated A- by A.M. Best Company. With the ability to offer admitted insurance products in 50 states and the District of Columbia, Spinnaker utilizes program administrators and managing general agents to access niche markets, focusing on short-tail business (with an emphasis on homeowners, renters, and small commercial), certain specialty lines, and fronting opportunities. Learn more at www.spinnakerins.com.