HAMILTON, Bermuda, Jan. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE: WTM) ("White Mountains") announced today that it has acquired a minority equity stake in Noblr, Inc. ("Noblr"). Noblr is a new property and casualty insurance provider, with its first product offering focused on personal auto insurance. Noblr provides consumers with real-time insurance rates and real-time feedback on driving behavior by leveraging telematics and Noblr's own proprietary technology. Noblr offers its customers memberships in a reciprocal exchange to align the interests of the insurer and the insured. Noblr was co-founded by Gary Tolman and Jason Foucher, who together bring over 60 years of experience in the property and casualty insurance sector.
Gary Tolman commented, "The Noblr team and I are very excited to bring this new company to life, offering consumers more control over what they pay for car insurance, and also, perhaps more significantly, more control over their relationship with their insurer. We are pleased to have White Mountains' support, providing us with the additional know-how and financial support to scale quickly and intelligently."
Prior to White Mountains' investment in Noblr, Gary Tolman resigned from his position on the White Mountains Board of Directors, a position he held since 2015. From 2000 to 2015, Mr. Tolman served as the President and CEO of Esurance, a direct to consumer insurance company. Prior to Esurance, Mr. Tolman held several senior executive positions at Talegen Holdings and Fireman's Fund.
CEO Manning Rountree said, "We will miss Gary's experienced voice on the White Mountains board, but we are excited to partner with him again in the Noblr endeavor. The Board thanks Gary for his many contributions to White Mountains over the years."
White Mountains is a Bermuda-domiciled financial services holding company traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the Bermuda Stock Exchange under the symbol WTM. Additional financial information and other items of interest are available at the Company's web site located at www.whitemountains.com.
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the risks that are described from time to time in White Mountains's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to White Mountains's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017 filed February 28, 2018;
business opportunities (or lack thereof) that may be presented to it and pursued;
actions taken by ratings agencies from time to time, such as financial strength or credit ratings downgrades or placing ratings on negative watch;
the continued availability of capital and financing;
general economic, market or business conditions;
competitive forces, including the conduct of other insurers;
changes in domestic or foreign laws or regulations, or their interpretation, applicable to White Mountains, its competitors or its customers;
an economic downturn or other economic conditions adversely affecting its financial position; and
other factors, most of which are beyond White Mountains's control.
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