Insurance Journal  May 3  Comment 
Canada’s largest property/casualty insurer, Intact Financial Corp., has agreed to acquire U.S. specialty insurer OneBeacon from White Mountains Insurance Group for US$1.7 billion. The merger will create a North American specialty lines insurer...
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Insurance Journal  Jan 18  Comment 
OneBeacon Insurance Group Ltd., the specialty insurer controlled by White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd., is exploring a sale, people familiar with the matter said. The Bermuda-based company recently began working with Credit Suisse Group AG to...


Company Overview

OneBeacon Insurance Group. (NYSE:OB) provides property and casualty insurance through independent agencies, regional and national brokers, wholesalers, and managing general agencies. Based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, the Company provides services primarily throughout the United States. Recently, OneBeacon has benefited from the emergence of new insurable markets and the increased quality of information collected for its predictive models. In FY2010, OneBeacon sold its personal lines business, an underperforming segment, to Tower Group and used the proceeds to reduce its long term debt. [1]

Business Growth

In FY2010, OneBeacon Insurance Group recorded revenues of $1688.5 million. [2]The company's growth was a result of the growth in its specialty insurance lines. OneBeacon's specialty insurance lines are targeted towards niche businesses such as alternative energy, allowing OneBeacon to dominant the specific markets.

Trends and Forces

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New Sources of Data Improves Insurance Models

As more relevant data is being collected from the Internet, Smart phone, personal sensors, and onboard monitoring devices, the property and casualty insurance industry gains more accurate inputs for predictive modeling. While OneBeacon has benefited from this improvement in data quality, its competitors have benefited as well. These new sources of data are one of the factors that are decreasing gross margins in the industry, as predictive models become more accurate and insurance firms compete more on price. [3]


OneBeacon competes with insurance firms who offer property and casualty insurance in the United States.

  • Mercury General (MCY) is a provider of homeowners insurance, mechanical breakdown insurance, fire insurance, umbrella insurance, and automobile insurance, and property insurance. Mercury General primarily competes with OneBeacon in the state of California. [4]
  • Arch Capital Group (ACGL) is a provider of insurance and reinsurance in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia and South Africa. [5]
  • HCC Insurance Holdings (HCC) is a provider of specialty insurance in United States, the United Kingdom, Spain and Ireland. Types of insurance offered includes property and casualty, accident, health, credit, and aviation. [6]


  1. Global Data Research Report, April 2011
  2. Global Data Research Report, April 2011
  3. [Global Insurance Center: US Property/Casualty Insurance Industry, January 2011 | http://www.ey.com/Publication/vwLUAssets/2011_US_property_casualty_outlook/$FILE/US_property_casualty_outlook.pdf]
  4. Hoover's MCY
  5. Hoover's ACGL
  6. Hoover's HCC
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