Bulgaria-based Euroins Insurance Group (EIG), a leading independent insurance group in CEE and SEE, is acquiring ERV Ukraine, the travel insurance business of Germany-based ERGO, part of Munich-Re and one of the major insurance groups in Europe. The two companies have signed purchase agreements. The deal is expected to be finalised after obtaining regulatory approvals.
The agreement stipulates further cooperation between EIG and ERGO including a transfer of ERV know-how and the opportunity for EIG to sell travel insurance products under ERV brand or a co-branding model in Ukraine and other countries where EIG is present.
ERV Ukraine is the second largest travel insurance provider in Ukraine with a market share of 10.7 percent. ERGO's Ukrainian subsidiary recorded gross written premiums (GWP) of EUR 5 million in 2017 delivering services to nearly 627 000 clients.
EIG operates in 8 countries providing services for 2.5 million customers. The group operates in Bulgaria, Romania, FYROM and Ukraine via own subsidiaries and has been active in Greece since 2014. EIG has also niche operations in Italy and Spain.
In the last couple of years EIG has acquired Germany’s Talanx Group’s subsidiaries in Bulgaria and Ukraine, operating under HDI brand, Dutch insurer Achmea’s insurance business in Bulgaria, known under Interamerican brand, as well as Australian group QBE’s operations in Romania and Bulgaria. In 2017 Bulgaria-based company purchased the non-life insurance portfolio of ATE Insurance Romania, a subsidiary of Greece’s Piraeus Bank, and acquired a significant stake in the Russian insurer ООО RSO Euroins.
Kiril Boshov, Chief Executive Officer of EIG, said: „The acquisition of ERGO's travel insurance business in Ukraine is in line with our strategy to expand and diversify our portfolio in Eastern Europe and strengthens our position as a leading insurance group in the region. We're quite satisfied that we'll cooperate with ERV in the area of sales of travel insurance products in Ukraine and other countries where we operate. We plan to preserve ERV Ukraine as a separate entity outside Euroins Ukraine in order to focus our efforts on sales of travel insurance products.”
Richard Bader, Chief Executive Officer of ERV, the specialist for travel insurance within ERGO, commented: “We’re very happy to have EIG signing the purchase agreement including a far-reaching sales cooperation that helps us entering new markets and making our sales operations even more powerful.”