The Challenge

A private equity group, backed by a family office, was struggling with a piece-meal insurance approach between its 22 portfolio companies representing a diverse range of industries (e.g., hospitality, farming, technology) and related risks. Each entity was purchasing their own insurance individually. Over time, hardening insurance markets caused healthcare costs to increase and the organization’s fragmented structure did not allow for effective cost savings and risk management tactics.

The Goal

At the outset, we worked with the client to establish goals and set expectations. The first order of business was to bring the portfolio companies together into an integrated insurance program that can yield cost savings due to economies of scale. Then, we would explore alternative funding mechanisms for that single entity that would enable customized coverage at reduced rates. The end result would be a holistic view of the risk profiles represented within the organization which would improve enterprise risk management.

The Process

We helped the family office file and establish a captive insurance company to fund employee benefits and property & casualty risks. This included:

  • Placing excess coverage for all lines to limit exposure
  • Leveraging our strong carrier relationships to negotiate
  • Providing M&A due diligence on target acquisitions insurance coverage and cyber security services
  • Producing captive financial statements and ROI analysis
  • Guiding the firm in selecting best-in-class vendors and acting as a liaison with partners on their behalf to ensure a painless, seamless execution
  • Keeping the client up-to-date on regulatory updates from the DOL and other agencies

Based on our analysis, the client decided it would be advantageous to include all Property and Casualty (P&C) lines, medical stop-loss coverage, employee benefits and the family’s personal coverage within the captive program.

The Results

The captive structure enabled great advantages for the client across two significant areas:

  1. Cost Savings: By unifying its subsidiaries into one large group and moving away from the commercial market, the organization is projected to reduce its total insurance related costs by 25%, with increased coverage.
  2. Enterprise Risk Management: The parent company now has the sum total of its risk in front of them, allowing for more informed decision-making and a better understanding of their exposures and vulnerabilities across the board. The captive has also diversified the client’s risk and created an improved risk profile, both important for a long-term, stable and successful

A captive can be a valuable unifying tool among diverse family offices and private equity firms, producing lower operating expenditures (opex), enhanced products/services not available in the commercial market, favorable tax incentives, additional cashflow, and a seamless transition from your current model. If you would like to learn more about taking this path for your organization, please get in touch.