Posted June 2, 2020
Acquisition of specialist underwriter creates new ‘centre of excellence’ for renewable energy insurance, with extensive geographic reach and service offering
LONDON, June 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tokio Marine HCC today announced it has completed the previously announced acquisition of specialist renewable energy underwriter, GCube. The acquisition will create a new ‘centre of excellence’ in renewable energy insurance, combining GCube’s 25-year track record supporting renewables developers and asset owners worldwide with Tokio Marine HCC’s global footprint and financial scale.
The renewable energy sector is an evolving and dynamic space that is witnessing significant growth. The size, complexity and financial value of generating assets continues to increase, while the industry is expanding rapidly not only in established markets in the United States, Europe and China, but also in new hotspots in South East Asia, South America, the Middle East and Africa.
The market expansion results in changing risk profiles for insureds and their project development and operations. Insureds have risk from extreme weather and natural perils, cyber security, supply chain pressures, and evolving mechanical and electrical breakdown issues. Managing these unique exposures requires an array of specialist insurance products, alongside a long-term, sustainable outlook from the market and its insurers as insureds need financial strength and resilience.
GCube has established a reputation for working closely with its insured clients and the wider market across on- and offshore wind, solar, hydro, wave, tidal and energy storage, to assess and tackle emerging risks. Following the acquisition by Tokio Marine HCC, GCube will be well-placed to expand its presence in key renewables markets worldwide, including Japan and Taiwan, while continuing to develop and enhance its product offering to asset and portfolio owners.
Fraser McLachlan, GCube’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Becoming part of Tokio Marine HCC is an exciting step for GCube, giving us real impetus as we continue to support the global expansion of renewables. Critically, our shared values mean we can build on the attributes that set us apart in the market, including our drive to share knowledge to the benefit of the sector, our support for new technologies and our integrity in paying claims.”
Simon Button, Chief Underwriting Officer – London Market division of Tokio Marine HCC – International Group, commented: “Like GCube, Tokio Marine HCC has committed significant investment to renewable energy insurance in the past decade, and the acquisition recognizes the significant benefit we can jointly bring to this market. As a business, we focus our strategic growth on acquiring partners that offer a unique strength and depth in the insurance marketplace and bringing GCube into the Tokio Marine HCC fold is the natural culmination of that strategy in clean energy.”
About Tokio Marine HCC:
Tokio Marine HCC is a member of the Tokio Marine Group, a premier global company founded in 1879 with a market capitalization of $32 billion as of March 31, 2020. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Tokio Marine HCC is a leading specialty insurance group with offices in the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Continental Europe. Tokio Marine HCC’s major domestic insurance companies have financial strength ratings of “A+ (Strong)” from S&P Global Ratings, “A++ (Superior)” from A.M. Best, and “AA- (Very Strong)” from Fitch Ratings; its major international insurance companies have financial strength ratings of “A+ (Strong)” from S&P Global Ratings. Tokio Marine HCC is the marketing name used to describe the affiliated companies under the common ownership of HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc., a Delaware-incorporated insurance holding company. For more information about Tokio Marine HCC, please visit www.tokiomarinehcc.com.
GCube is a leading provider of insurance services for renewable energy projects in wind, solar, wave, hydro and tidal around the globe. Its specialized focus and robust underwriting authority offer unparalleled marine, property, liability and political risk insurance coverage for all renewable energy risks. With over 25 years’ experience in the renewable energy sector, GCube understands the unique exposures of these power generation projects and assists its clients in identifying, quantifying and mitigating risk efficiently and economically while helping them achieve their business objectives. For more information about GCube, please visit www.gcube-insurance.com.
Contact:Simon Button, Chief Underwriting Officer – London Market division Tokio Marine HCC – International Group+44 (0)20 7648 1216