BMS, an insurance broker arm of U.K.-based Minova Insurance Holdings, has agreed to an investment by British Columbia Investment Management Corp (BCI) and Preservation Capital Partners.
The deal, expected to close in the third quarter, values BMS at £500 million ($852 million).
Based in London, BMS specializes in the fields of reinsurance, wholesale and direct insurance.
Gordon Fyfe, CEO and CIO of BCI, a $146 billion Canadian pension system, said the investment will help grow BMS and provide region and sector diversity to BCI’s private equity portfolio.
BMS secures long-term investment from BCI and PCP
June 5, 2019
BMS today announces an agreement for a significant investment by affiliates of British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (“BCI”) and Preservation Capital Partners (“PCP”). The investment, which values BMS at £500m, is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the third quarter.
The BMS management team, led by chief executive officer Nick Cook, will all remain in their current roles following completion, and management and staff of BMS will remain significant shareholders in the company.
Following the transaction’s completion, Pioneer Underwriters will be owned directly by the current shareholders of Minova Insurance, the holding company that had previously owned BMS.
Nick Cook commented: “The long-term investment by BCI and PCP secures our future as an independent broker and maintains significant employee ownership. We have grown consistently over the past 5 years generating revenues in excess of £100m for the first time in 2018. We look forward to partnering with BCI and PCP as we continue to invest in our business and attract market leading talent to the benefit of our clients. My thanks go to all of our colleagues who have been at the root of our success.”
Dane Douetil, CEO of Minova added: “This investment is excellent news for BMS’s dedicated staff, who will remain important shareholders, and particularly for BMS clients who will continue to benefit from the very best independent advice in the market. It is also a ringing endorsement of the London market and, following considerable consolidation in the broking sector, ensures that an independent voice will continue to be heard.”
Gordon J. Fyfe, CEO/CIO of BCI said: “As an investor of patient capital, we seek companies with a sustainable competitive advantage that offer value-add services and are led by talented management teams. BCI’s long-term investment in BMS allows them to grow the business and generate the returns that our pension plan and accident fund clients require. Our investment also provides regional and sector diversity to our clients’ private equity portfolio.”
Jatender Aujla, a Partner of Preservation Capital commented: “We have been impressed by the growth BMS has experienced since Nick and his management team took over the business. Today, BMS is one of the largest independent specialty lines focused insurance brokers in the London market. We look forward to working with the team as long term partners and helping them seize the significant opportunities available in the market.”
For further information please contact:
Peter Rigby Tel: + 44 20 7562 4444
Jakub Stawiski Tel: + 44 20 7562 4444
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BMS Group, the UK headquartered broking arm of Minova Insurance, is a leading independent specialist insurance broker with teams of experts in the fields of reinsurance, wholesale and direct insurance. For more than 30 years, BMS has provided comprehensive, customised solutions in the fields of wholesale, reinsurance and direct insurance, and capital advisory. Today, this experience and expertise, served with a spirit of creativity, allows BMS to offer a full range of integrated services. Designing individual, tailored solutions makes BMS the risk and capital management advisor clients want to work with time and again.
For more information about BMS please visit www.bmsgroup.com
With C$145.6 billion of managed assets, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI) is a leading provider of investment management services to British Columbia’s public sector and one of Canada’s largest asset managers. We generate the investment returns that help our institutional clients build a financially secure future. With our global outlook, we seek investment opportunities that convert savings into productive capital that will meet our clients’ risk/return requirements over time. We invest across a range of asset classes: fixed income; mortgages; public and private equity; real estate; infrastructure; and renewable resources.
For more information about BCI, please visit www.bci.ca
Preservation Capital Partners is a mid-market private equity firm specialising in the financial services sector. It focuses on partnering with market-leading companies with proven and resilient business models that have demonstrated strong growth.