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Travelers (TRV) Boosts Cyber Capabilities With Corvus Buyout

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The Travelers Companies (TRV - Free Report) closed the Corvus Insurance Holdings buyout. The transaction was announced in November 2023 for a purchase consideration of $435 million. Addition of Corvus to the acquirer’s portfolio marks its step toward enhancing its cyber capabilities, a part of its strategic growth roadmap.

Corvus Insurance is a leading cyber insurance managing general underwriter powered by proprietary technology. Founded in 2017, the company developed an industry-leading suite of integrated cyber sales, underwriting, service and support capabilities. These are deployed to lower its policyholders’ exposure to cyber events. Leveraging its proprietary technology, the company could also effectively deliver improved loss ratios.

With this acquisition, TRV will have access to Corvus’ $200-plus million book of business. This apart, Corvus’ portfolio will enhance the return profile of its attractive cyber portfolio. Per Alan Schnitzer, chairman and chief executive officer of Travelers, “This transaction accelerates our access to cutting-edge cyber capabilities that were on our strategic roadmap, including sophisticated underwriting algorithms, advanced cyber vulnerability scanning and digital connectivity to customers and distribution partners.” Balance sheet strength driven by scale, profitability and cash flow supports it to invest more than $1 billion annually on technology.

Travelers is one of the leading writers of auto and homeowners’ insurance plus commercial U.S. property-casualty insurance with solid inorganic growth. This Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) insurer has successfully maintained historically high levels of retention, improved pricing and increase in new business, while achieving a positive renewal premium change. Shares of TRV have gained 2.2% in a year compared with the industry’s 11.4% growth. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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