James River Announces Transfer of Legacy Commercial Auto Portfolio to Aleka Insurance, Inc.

September 30, 2021

PEMBROKE, Bermuda, Sept. 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- James River Group Holdings, Ltd. (“James River” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: JRVR) today announced that two of its principal operating subsidiaries have entered into a loss portfolio transfer reinsurance transaction with Aleka Insurance, Inc. (“Aleka”), a wholly owned captive insurer of Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”), under which Aleka will reinsure substantially all of James River’s legacy portfolio of commercial auto policies related to Uber’s ridesharing business. Under the terms of the transaction, James River ceded to Aleka approximately $345.1 million of commercial auto liabilities relating to business written for Uber’s ridesharing business in the years 2013-2019. The coverage being provided by Aleka is fully collateralized and not subject to an aggregate limit.

James River will recognize an after-tax loss associated with the loss portfolio transfer of approximately $23.5 million during the third quarter of 2021. The loss is largely from claims handling costs incurred in connection with the transaction.

The transaction was effective as of July 1, 2021 and closed upon signing. It has received all necessary regulatory approvals.

As part of the transaction, the two James River subsidiaries and Aleka have entered into an administrative services agreement with Helmsman Management Services LLC (“Helmsman”) for certain claims management services. Helmsman will assume responsibility for claims handling of the reinsured commercial auto policies for the remaining life of those claims following a transition period.

Chief Executive Officer Frank D’Orazio commented, “While we are confident in our carried reserves for this portfolio, the transaction brings economic finality to substantially all of our commercial auto run off portfolio, effectively insulating the portfolio from further potential reserve development. This decisive step enables James River to focus firmly on the future and continue to build on the progress we have made in advancing our core businesses and risk management practices. We are pleased to be working with a long term insured partner in Uber to pursue our stated goals.”

Forward-Looking Statements
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About James River Group Holdings, Ltd.
James River Group Holdings, Ltd. is a Bermuda-based insurance holding company which owns and operates a group of specialty insurance and reinsurance companies. The Company operates in three specialty property-casualty insurance and reinsurance segments: Excess and Surplus Lines, Specialty Admitted Insurance and Casualty Reinsurance. Each of the Company’s regulated insurance subsidiaries are rated “A-” (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company. Visit James River Group Holdings, Ltd. on the web at www.jrgh.net.

For more information contact:
Brett Shirreffs
Senior Vice President, Finance, Investments, Investor Relations

James River Group Holdings, Ltd.