ANDIE plans full BIGL takeover
Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Europe (ANDIE) Group intends to purchase the remaining 24.99% of shares of Box Innovation Group Limited (BIGL), which includes the brands insurethebox and drive like a girl.
ANDIE Group, part of the MS&AD Group, plans to fully integrate BIGL within the business during 2018.
Since ANDIE’s 2014 acquisition of 75.01% of shares in BIGL the business has continued to grow and now has an annualised gross written premium of around £130m with all customer cars fitted with telematics technology. The insurethebox expertise has also been exported widely around MS&AD Group.
As a part of the purchase of the remaining 24.99% of shares and integration within the ANDIE Group, insurethebox founder Mike Brockman has departed the business effective 31 December 2017 and set up an independent company which will be supported by ANDIE’s holding company in Japan and will exploit business opportunities associated with next generation telematics technology.
Michael Swanborough, ANDIE Group European CEO, said, ‘I would like to thank Mike for his outstanding contribution to the development of telematics within the Group as well as his pioneering work within the industry.’
Mike Brockman said, ‘I am excited about this new venture which will give me the flexibility to achieve my ambitions and goals in the telematics arena by facilitating the fast development of new ideas. It is intended that ANDIE’s parent company in Japan will support the new venture financially and so it will be a win-win for all parties.’