NI Holdings, Inc. Completes Acquisition of Westminster American Insurance Company

FARGO, N.D., Jan. 03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NI Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: NODK) today announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Westminster American Insurance Company (a??Westminstera??) from private shareholders on January 1, 2020.
The acquisition of Westminster further diversifies NI Holdingsa?? portfolio of products geographically, and by line as additional commercial multi-peril business is introduced into the business mix.A  Westminster is headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland and underwrites multi-peril commercial insurance in the states of Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia, and the District of Columbia through independent agents. A A John Scott, Jr., the president of Westminster, will continue to manage the Westminster insurance operations along with the current staff and management team.A  In connection with his continued employment, NI Holdings agreed to pay Mr. Scott a retention bonus in the aggregate amount of $5 million, payable over the five-year period from the date of closing.A  The acquisition closed on January 1, 2020 pursuant to a stock purchase agreement dated October 28, 2019.Michael J. Alexander, President & CEO of NI Holdings, Inc., commented, a??We are extremely pleased to complete this transaction.A  This is the second deployment of capital from our initial public offering back in 2017, and we look forward to the integration of Westminster into our group of companies in the coming months.A  We welcome John and his team to NI Holdings.a??Under the terms of the stock purchase agreement, Westminster shareholders will receive $40 million in cash.A  As a non-public company, audited financial statements on a GAAP basis are not available for Westminster.A  Westminstera??s statutory surplus as of December 31, 2018 was $20 million per its audited statutory-basis financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018.Venable LLP served as Westminster American Insurance Companya??s legal advisor.A  Sherman & Company served as NI Holdingsa?? financial advisor and Dorsey & Whitney LLP was NI Holdingsa?? legal advisor in this transaction.
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