ABIR welcomes Premia Holdings as new member

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For Immediate Release

Contact: John Huff john.huff@abir.bm


ABIR welcomes Premia Holdings as new member

Global run-off specialist’s CEO Bill O’Farrell to join ABIR board

Hamilton, Bermuda (March 2, 2023) — The Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers (ABIR) is pleased to welcome Premia Holdings Ltd., a global acquirer and reinsurer of run-off portfolios, as a new member. Bill O’Farrell, Chief Executive Officer of Premia, has been appointed to the ABIR Board.

ABIR, which this year marks 30 years of representing the public policy interests of Bermuda’s leading international re/insurers, now has 30 member carriers, as well as four intermediaries in its Broker Advisory Cabinet.

Mr. O’Farrell raised over $500 million of capital to form Premia in 2017 and the company was named startup and launch of the year by the Intelligent Insurer and Reactions magazine, respectively. Premia has since assumed over $4 billion in reserves, and has nearly $1 billion in capital under management, including its sidecar.

Premia Reinsurance Ltd., the group’s flagship Class 4 reinsurer, is based in Bermuda, while Premia also has insurance and reinsurance operations in the U.S., Continental Europe and the UK, including a Lloyd’s Managing Agency.

Mr. O’Farrell joined Arch Capital Group in 2016 as an Executive Vice President in order to lead the formation of Premia, in which Arch is an investor. Prior to joining Arch, he served as Chief Reinsurance Officer at Chubb Ltd. for more than a decade.

Bermuda has become a global hub for the non-life run-off business, a market that has enabled insurers and reinsurers around the world to manage legacy issues, exit non-core business and free up capital.

Pina Albo, Chair of ABIR and CEO of Hamilton Insurance Group, Ltd., said: “Legacy carrier Premia plays a key role in an important and growing sector of Bermuda’s global re/insurance market. We are pleased to welcome Premia as a member of ABIR.”

Bill O’Farrell, CEO of Premia, said: “The Bermuda market offers an established and sophisticated regulatory framework with opportunities for innovation. This framework, coupled with market leading talent, global acceptance and capital access has allowed Bermuda and Premia to succeed.

“We are pleased to join ABIR and to become part of an organization that has raised the profile of this vibrant market now for three decades.”

John Huff, CEO of ABIR, said: “ABIR member companies are leaders in bringing together the capital and talent to find solutions for the world’s complex risks, from natural catastrophes and climate change, to cyber, mortgage, specialty and legacy risks.

“We are delighted to have Premia on board, as ABIR continues to represent the interests of Bermuda’s leading insurers and reinsurers in our public policy and advocation work.”


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About ABIR: The Association of Bermuda Insurers & Reinsurers (ABIR), which represents Bermuda’s major property and casualty insurers and reinsurers doing business in 150 countries, was founded in 1993. For three decades, the Bermuda market’s risk-bearing capacity has played a key role in enabling insurance to be accessible and affordable, to the benefit of consumers around the world. Bermuda is an internationally recognized center of global expertise on underwriting for catastrophe, climate, cyber, mortgage & credit risk transfer products, along with other specialty insurance and reinsurance. For more information, please visit: www.abir.bm. Follow us on Twitter @ABIR_Bermuda.

Premia invests in a joint venture that has acquired three subsidiaries from SPX Technologies

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SPX Technologies Divests Legacy Asbestos Liabilities
CHARLOTTE, N.C., November 1, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SPX Technologies, Inc. (“SPX Technologies,” or “SPX”) (NYSE:SPXC) today announced that it has divested three wholly-owned subsidiaries (“the subsidiaries”) that hold asbestos liabilities and certain assets, including related insurance assets, to Canvas Holdco LLC (“Canvas”), an entity formed by a joint venture of Global Risk Capital LLC and an affiliate of Premia Holdings Ltd. In connection with this transaction, SPX contributed $138.8 million in cash to the subsidiaries, financed with cash on hand; while Canvas made a capital contribution to the subsidiaries of $8 million. SPX anticipates that the divestiture will result in an annual benefit to its Adjusted Earnings Per Share of $0.08 to $0.10 beginning in 2023.

Gene Lowe, SPX’s President and Chief Executive Officer stated: “I’m very pleased with this transaction, which is another step forward on our value creation journey. For the past seven years SPX has been executing successfully on our value creation initiatives, building our core platforms, exiting non-strategic businesses, and reducing complexity and risk. The divestiture of these legacy liabilities further strengthens and streamlines our company, and provides greater long-term financial certainty for our investors, as it further simplifies our business model, improves our cash generation, and frees up resources to focus on driving accelerated organic and inorganic growth.”

Transaction Overview
Canvas has assumed the operational management of the subsidiaries, including the administration of all the asbestos claims and collection of existing insurance policy reimbursements.

As a result of the transaction, all asbestos liabilities and related insurance assets will not be included in SPX’s consolidated year-end 2022 balance sheet. The divestiture will result in an estimated one-time loss that will be recorded in the fourth quarter of 2022, and will be excluded from adjusted earnings per share.

Nomura Securities International, Inc. acted as exclusive financial advisor to SPX in connection with the transaction, and legal counsel to SPX was provided by Shearman & Sterling LLP.

About SPX Technologies: SPX Technologies is a diversified, global supplier of highly engineered products and technologies, holding leadership positions in the HVAC and detection and measurement markets. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SPX Technologies has more than 3,100 employees in 15 countries. SPX Technologies is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “SPXC.” For more information, please visit www.spx.com.

About Global Risk Capital: Global Risk Capital (GRC) is the leading acquirer and manager of legacy corporate assets and liabilities with operations in the U.S., U.K and Europe. Its mission is to assist corporate stakeholders with achieving certainty and finality through transactions that optimize corporate balance sheets and allow management to refocus on core business operations. Since 2001, it has completed over 140 portfolio acquisitions and investments. For more information, please visit www.g-risk.com

About Premia Holdings Ltd.: (www.premiaholdings.com ) Premia Holdings Ltd. is an insurance and reinsurance group with operations in Bermuda, the U.S., the U.K. (including Lloyd’s) and Continental Europe that is focused on sourcing, structuring and servicing business in the legacy market for insurers, reinsurers and industrials. With approximately $1 billion in managed capital, Premia is well equipped to execute acquisitions and reinsurance transactions in the legacy market.

Investor and Media Contacts:
Paul Clegg, VP, Investor Relations and Communications
Garrett Roelofs, Assistant Manager, Investor Relations
Phone: 980-474-3806
E-mail: spx.investor@spx.com
Source: SPX Technologies, Inc.

Premia Completes Its Fourth Major Transaction at Lloyd’s

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Premia Holdings Ltd. announced today that Premia Syndicate 1884 has entered into a Loss Portfolio Transfer Agreement with Hiscox Syndicate 33.  The subject portfolio consists of a diverse mix of business underwritten by Syndicate 33 during Years of Account 1993 to 2018.

The transaction is retroactively effective to January 1, 2022.  Acrisure Corporate Advisory & Solutions (“ARCAS”) served as placing broker for this transaction.

Bill O’Farrell, Group Chief Executive Officer of Premia, said: “This is Premia’s fourth major transaction at Lloyd’s since acquiring our Lloyd’s Managing Agency and syndicate in 2020 and we have the team, scale and appetite to do more. Delivering successful run-off solutions to participants in the vibrant Lloyd’s market is a core part of our business and it is a pleasure to add such an historic insurer, that traces its history back over 120 years at Lloyd’s, to our client roster.” 

Premia Syndicate 1884 is managed by Premia Managing Agency Ltd. and provides risk-transfer and run-off solutions for other Lloyd’s syndicates and capital providers.  Syndicate 1884 has assumed nearly $1.7 billion in reserves under Premia’s management.

Since its launch in 2017, Premia has acquired more than $3 billion in gross loss reserves across several transactions and has built a durable franchise with an operating platform that spans Bermuda, the US, the UK, and Continental Europe.


Premia Holdings Ltd.
Scott Maries, 441-278-9176
Chief Financial Officer

About Premia Holdings (www.premiaholdings.com ) 

Premia Holdings Ltd. is an insurance and reinsurance group focused on acquiring and servicing property and casualty insurance business in run-off.   With approximately $1 billion in managed capital, Premia is well equipped to provide compelling insurance and reinsurance solutions in the global property and casualty insurance run-off market.  In addition, Premia’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Alan Gray LLC, is a 34-year-old professional services firm with a blue chip client list and a strong, complementary fee business.  Alan Gray’s services include claim management, legal bill reviews, audits, data analytics and complex litigation analysis.

KBRA Affirms Ratings for Premia Reinsurance Ltd. and Premia Holdings Ltd.

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NEW YORK (July 20, 2022) – KBRA affirms the A insurance financial strength rating (IFSR) on Premia Reinsurance Ltd. KBRA also affirms the BBB+ issuer rating on Premia Holdings Ltd. as well as the BBB debt ratings on all of Premia Holdings’ subordinated notes. The Outlook for all ratings is Stable.

Key Credit Considerations

The ratings reflect Premia’s ongoing successful execution of its run-off business strategy. Over the past five years, Premia has acquired more than USD 3 billion in gross loss reserves across several transactions, including the acquisition of insurance regulated entities in the US, UK, Belgium, Luxembourg and Lloyd’s of London (AA-/Stable). Through a combination of retained earnings and a manageable amount of additional debt, Premia Holdings’ capital grew to USD 829.3 million at end-2021, up 22.4% over prior year end. KBRA believes that both the group and the lead operating company maintain strong risk-based capitalization with significant capacity to execute additional transactions over the medium term. Premia Holdings’ financial leverage was 29.8% at end-2021. KBRA expects the company to prudently source any additional debt capital to support planned growth. With fee income from Alan Gray LLC, the group’s claims management administrator, significant dividend capacity from Premia Re, the group’s lead operating company, and material interest expense savings from the refinancing of the company’s senior unsecured notes in May 2022, interest coverage on all outstanding debt is strong. With a proven track record of accessing needed capital from banks as well as the private debt and equity markets, Premia also has access to soft capital from its sidecar, Elevation Re (SPC) Ltd., and from its sponsor, Arch Capital Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: ACGL) via reinsurance support. KBRA believes that Premia has a comprehensive, and continually evolving, risk management framework. Extensive modeling and stress testing of individual transactions and the entire portfolio are performed to ensure that capital remains sound, liquidity is strong to pay liabilities when due, and regulatory requirements are met. KBRA believes that Premia operates under conservative risk tolerances and guidelines.

Balancing these strengths are increased competition and capital inflows into the non-life run-off market, partially offset by growing market demand for run-off solutions by active underwriters seeking to free up capital in order to grow their business in current attractive pricing environments. KBRA believes that despite the increased competition, Premia is well-positioned to capitalize on current market opportunities due to its size, infrastructure, and underwriting expertise. Premia is also exposed to potential adverse loss reserve development as KBRA believes that long-tail casualty is subject to a high risk of change due to evolving societal, legal and regulatory environments over the life of the claim settlement process. The current economic pressure from rising inflation adds further uncertainly to the eventual outcome of the claims settlement process.

Rating Sensitivities

Favorable capital trends, continued successful execution of its run-off business strategy, and favorable earnings trends as evidenced by the underlying economics of the transactions could generate a positive rating action. A significant change in profile or business strategy, material adverse loss development or realized investment losses, elevated financial leverage, or loss of a key member of the management team could result in a negative rating action.

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