TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Westaim Corporation (“Westaim” or the "Company") (TSXV: WED) today announced that Skyward Specialty Insurance Group, Inc. ("Skyward Specialty") has confidentially submitted a draft registration statement on Form S-1 with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") relating to the proposed initial public offering of Skyward Specialty common stock (“Shares”). The number of Shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined. The registration statement is expected to become effective after the SEC completes its review process, subject to market and other conditions.
Westaim is a Canadian investment company specializing in providing long-term capital to businesses operating primarily within the global financial services industry. The Company invests, directly and indirectly, through acquisitions, joint ventures and other arrangements, with the objective of providing its shareholders with capital appreciation and real wealth preservation. Westaim’s strategy is to pursue investment opportunities with a focus towards the financial services industry and grow shareholder value over the long term. Westaim’s investments include significant interests in Skyward Specialty, Arena Investors and Arena FINCOs. Skyward Specialty, the HIIG Partnership, Arena FINCOs, and Arena Investors are defined in the notes to Westaim’s audited consolidated financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020 and the MD&A. Westaim's common shares are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the trading symbol WED.
About Skyward Specialty
Skyward Specialty is a growing specialty insurance company, delivering commercial property and casualty products and solutions on a non-admitted and admitted basis. For its most recent fiscal year, Skyward Specialty had nearly US$1 billion dollars in gross written premium and over US$2 billion in assets. Skyward Specialty has eight underwriting divisions -- Accident & Health, Captives, Global Property, Industry Solutions, Professional Lines, Programs, Surety and Transactional E&S.
Skyward Specialty's subsidiary insurance companies consist of Houston Specialty Insurance Company, Imperium Insurance Company, Great Midwest Insurance Company, and Oklahoma Specialty Insurance Company. These insurance companies are rated A- (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company.
For more information, contact:
J. Cameron MacDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer or
Robert T. Kittel, Chief Operating Officer
The Westaim Corporation
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