Toronto, Ontario (April 2, 2007) – Kingsway Financial Services Inc. (TSX:KFS, NYSE:KFS) today announced the completion of the previously announced acquisition of Mendota Insurance Company (“Mendota”), a wholly owned subsidiary of The Travelers Companies, Inc. (f/k/a The St. Paul Travelers Companies, Inc.). The transaction includes Mendota’s wholly owned subsidiaries, Mendakota Insurance Company and Mendota Insurance Agency, Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The purchase price has been funded through a combination of internal sources and Kingsway’s existing credit facilities.
Mendota is licensed in 43 states and currently writes non-standard automobile insurance business in 20 states through a network of about 6,000 independent agency locations. Mendota is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota and in calendar year 2006 wrote approximately $175 million of non-standard premiums.
“We are very excited to announce the completion of the acquisition of Mendota”, said Bill Star, President and Chief Executive Office of Kingsway. “This acquisition is consistent with our growth strategy of specialty insurance products, particularly non-standard automobile in the United States. Mendota is a well run and profitable organization and we look forward to this continued success as part of the Kingsway Group of Companies.”
About the Company
Kingsway Financial Services Inc. is one of the largest truck insurers and non-standard automobile insurers in North America based on A.M. Best data that we have compiled. Kingsway’s primary business is trucking insurance and the insuring of automobile risks for drivers who do not meet the criteria for coverage by standard automobile insurers. The Company currently operates through twelve wholly-owned insurance subsidiaries in Canada and the U.S. More at www.kingsway-financial.com.Tags: Capgemini, Efma, InsurTech, World Insurance Report