SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
January 3, 2019
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)
WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP, LTD.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
80 South Main Street, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755
(Address of principal executive offices)
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Effective January 3, 2019, Gary Tolman has resigned from the Board of Directors of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (the “Board”), a position he has held since 2015. Mr. Tolman’s resignation comes in connection with the launch of Noblr - a new property and casualty insurance provider, focused initially on personal auto, that uses telematics and proprietary technology to deliver real-time rates and feedback to customers based on their driving behavior. Mr. Tolman is the co-founder, President and CEO of Noblr. White Mountains has entered into an agreement to acquire a minority stake in Noblr, Inc., whose subsidiaries provide services (including as attorney-in-fact) for the members (policyholders) at the Noblr Reciprocal Exchange (“Exchange”), a Colorado-domiciled reciprocal insurer. White Mountains will also purchase surplus notes issued by the Exchange. Mr. Tolman’s decision to leave the Board at this time was due to his desire to avoid any potential conflicts between his roles at White Mountains and Noblr and not due to any disagreement with White Mountains or its management.
On January 4, 2019, a subsidiary of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (“White Mountains”) entered into an agreement to acquire a minority stake in Noblr, Inc. (“Noblr”), a property and casualty insurance provider, co-founded by Gary Tolman. Focused initially on personal auto, Noblr uses telematics and proprietary technology to deliver real-time rates and feedback to customers based on their driving behavior. Noblr’s subsidiaries provide services (including as attorney-in-fact) for the members (policyholders) at the Noblr Reciprocal Exchange (“Exchange”), a Colorado-domiciled reciprocal insurer. White Mountains will also purchase surplus notes issued by the Exchange. Prior to White Mountains’ investment in Noblr, Mr. Tolman resigned from the White Mountains Board of Directors, a position he held since 2015.
On January 7, 2019, White Mountains issued a press release announcing the investment. A copy of the press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is hereby incorporated by reference into this Current Report.
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP, LTD.
DATED: January 7, 2019
/s/ J. Brian Palmer
J. Brian Palmer
Managing Director and Chief Accounting Officer
CONTACT: Todd Pozefsky
White Mountains Makes Minority Investment in Noblr, Inc.
HAMILTON, Bermuda, January 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.
SOURCE White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd.