Sep 28, 2020

Root Insurance could be insurtech’s next high-profile IPO

Root Insurance
Goldman Sachs
Lemonade
William Girling
2 min
A recent article from Reuters suggests that market leader Root Insurance could become the next high-profile IPO (initial public offering) of 2020
A recent article from Reuters suggests that market leader Root Insurance could become the next high-profile IPO (initial public offering) of 2020...

A recent article from Reuters suggests that market leader Root Insurance could become the next high-profile IPO (initial public offering) of 2020.

The company, which recently topped our 10 insurtech unicorns list, has reportedly been recently re-valued at US$6bn (2019 valuation: $3.65bn), with Goldman Sachs Group brought on board to lead the initial preparations.

Following in the wake of other notable IPOs such as Lemonade and Duck Creek (read further analysis here), the size of Root’s offering would be several magnitudes greater than the former’s, which was itself regarded as one of 2020’s best showings so far.

Pioneering an agile, digital approach

Using smartphone technology, Root is able to measure driver behaviour and build a reflective profile of their overall safety on the road. 

Furthermore, the company offers insurance premiums exclusively to those they decide are the best drivers, thereby also reducing the policy rates to a much more affordable price. The company’s app can be used to purchase, customise or cancel policies, as well as file for claims.

Root’s highly flexible and digitally-advanced operating paradigm is emblematic of the approach recently championed by McKinsey as essential to serving customers in the post-COVID-19 world.

“Traditional insurers’ functional and hierarchical operating models are set up to succeed in relatively stable environments and are increasingly becoming outdated,” the company stated.

“These models were already posing challenges for insurers before the COVID-19 pandemic emerged. As they organise for the next normal, it will be critical for insurers to get faster, leaner, and more effective. Agility helps on all three counts.”

Root’s (as well as Lemonade’s and Duck Creek’s) market confidence to launch IPOs at a time when many other industries are questioning their viability in the new normal suggests that insurance has quickly found its feet.

Indeed, other sectors should look to leading insurtechs’ innovative, tech-driven approach as a roadmap for maintaining relevance in a shifting economic landscape.

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Jun 17, 2021

Flock and Aioi Nissay Dowa reinvent fleet insurance

Flock
AND-E
Insurance
Insurtech
2 min
UK insurtech Flock and Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance enter a partnership to change commercial fleet motor insurance is priced and distrubuted

UK-based insurtech Fock has announced today that it has entered a partnership with Asia’s largest insurance company, Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance (AND-E) to “reinvent” commercial motor insurance for modern fleets. The two companies plan to change factors such as pricing and distribution. 

Flock and Aioi Nissay Dowa have worked together over the past six months, developing two connected motor fleet insurance products which are currently available to self-drive hire, own goods, courier, and tradesperson fleets across the UK.  

Part of the MS&AD Group, Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance is one of Asia’s largest insurers, and the combination of its experience with Flock means that fleet managers can now access insurance tailored to their operations and designed to help improve safety over time.  

Commenting on today’s news, Flock’s CEO, Ed Leon Klinger, said: “We believe the insurers of the future won’t simply pay claims; they will also actively incentivise and enable motorists to drive more safely and reduce risk. Together with AND-E, we are excited to be pioneering this approach. The AND-E UK team shares our vision of combining insurance with cutting-edge technology to create a safer, smarter world. This is only the beginning and I believe together we have the potential to transform how the world thinks about motor insurance”.

Using Flock’s technology to save money

Flock’s technology is able to connect to vehicle telematics and analyse millions of data points to accurately price policies based on both the size and safety of each fleet. This allows customers to be rewarded with lower per-mile prices for safer driving. 

This announcement comes after the launch of Flock’s commercial motor division at the end of last year. The company says that since then, it has helped its initial customers achieve a saving of 25% over their previous insurance policy, as it begins to grow its large fleet insurance business. This includes the vehicle transportation firm, Engineius, Jaguar Land Rover’s ‘The Out’, and all-electric self-drive hire company, Elmo, all of which have signed up as customers.  

Chief Executive Officer of Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance, Warren Hetz, said: “The motor insurance industry is at a crossroads as insurance, technology, and mobility converge, and this is creating a world of opportunities to improve road safety as well as deliver more tailored customer experiences. Our partnership with Flock heralds a new era in commercial insurance”. 

“By combining Flock’s cutting-edge technology with our significant underwriting expertise in connected vehicle technologies and insurance, along with our global distribution networks, we will be able to deliver an exceptional experience for fleets and their drivers”, he said.

 

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