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Brown & Brown (BRO) Acquires Dealer Admin Services, Stock Up

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Brown & Brown, Inc.’s (BRO - Free Report) shares gained 0.01% in the last-trading session, following the acquisition of the assets of Dealer Admin. Services, Inc. (“DAS”) by its unit Brown & Brown Dealer Services (BBDS) on Dec 13.

Dealer Admin Services is a dealer-centric admin company. It provides aftermarket finance and insurance (F&I) products to franchise and pre-owned dealers. It specializes in pre-paid maintenance, limited warranties and vehicle appearance protection.

With the deal, Brown & Brown will leverage DAS’ experience in F&I products to boost and increase the acquirer’s existing capabilities as well as the solutions it provides to the dealers.

The latest transaction marks the sixth buyout for BRO in fourth-quarter 2021.

Inorganic Growth Story

Brown & Brown along with its subsidiaries pursues frequent buyouts in order to achieve top-line growth. Its revenues received a boost as a result of a persistent focus on net new business growth and acquisitions. Brown & Brown’s impressive growth is driven by organic and inorganic means across all segments. Also, strategic acquisitions and mergers help it spread its operations.

Consistent investments and solid earnings will likely aid this Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) insurance broker in carrying out its inorganic efforts, expanding its capabilities and extending its geographic footprint. Acquisitions drive Brown & Brown’s commission and fees, which, in turn, boost revenue growth. Through the first nine months of 2021, the insurance broker completed 11 acquisitions with annual revenues of approximately $65 million.

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From 1993 through third-quarter 2021, the company acquired 572 insurance intermediary operations. BRO remains well poised with its low leverage, capital structure, and access to additional capital to fund its merger and acquisition activities. Consistent operational performance has helped Brown & Brown generate solid cash flows for deployment in strategic initiatives. The company has maintained a strong liquidity position, with $944 million of cash and cash equivalents as well as $800 million of accessible capital on revolver credit.

The stock has risen 45.7% in the past year compared with the industry’s growth of 24.9%. Brown & Brown’s efforts to ramp up growth and capital position should continue to drive its shares.

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Other Acquisitions in the Same Space

Given the insurance industry’s adequate capital level, players like Athene Holdings , Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (AJG - Free Report) , and Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC - Free Report) are pursuing strategic mergers and acquisitions.

Athene and Apollo Global have agreed to buy a majority interest in Aqua Finance to boost Apollo’s $80 billion annual run-rate of asset origination across commercial and consumer lending platforms. Athene boasts an impressive inorganic growth, which has been driven by several buyouts and block reinsurance transactions with several companies. ATH expects its inorganic growth channel to continue to be an important driver in the future.

Arthur J. Gallagher recently acquired Richied & Associates, Inc. to boost its property and casualty capabilities in the state of Nevada. Arthur J. Gallagher remains focused on long-term growth strategies for delivering organic revenue improvement and pursuing strategic mergers and acquisitions. AJG is focused on productivity improvements and quality enhancements that should help it post sturdy numbers in the future.

Marsh & McLennan’s unit Marsh McLennan Agency acquired InSource Insurance Group to leverage InSource’s know-how in the oil and gas industry and enhance capabilities. Marsh & McLennan has made numerous purchases within its different operating units that enabled it to enter new geographies, expand within the existing locations, foray into new businesses, develop new segments and specialize within its current businesses.

Shares of Athene, Arthur J. Gallagher and Marsh & McLennan have gained 85.3%, 34.8% and 44.3%, respectively, in the same time frame. 

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