HAMILTON, Bermuda, Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE: WTM) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to invest fresh capital in and to acquire a majority interest in Ark Insurance Holdings Ltd, the ultimate parent company of Ark Syndicate Management Limited.

Ark is a leading Lloyd’s platform well positioned to take advantage of the hardening market in property & casualty insurance.  Founded in 2007 by Ian Beaton and Nick Bonnar, Ark manages the underwriting of syndicates 4020 and 3902 at Lloyd’s. The syndicates underwrite a diversified and balanced portfolio of reinsurance and insurance, including property, accident & health, energy, marine and political risks.  Ark currently has approximately $500 million of stamp capacity.  With White Mountains’ capital, Ark plans to grow its business substantially by (i) increasing aligned capacity at its Lloyd’s syndicates to 100%, (ii) increasing overall stamp capacity, (iii) converting Ark’s existing Bermuda reinsurance entity into a Class 4 reinsurer and (iv) hiring talented underwriters in the London and Bermuda markets.

Manning Rountree, CEO of White Mountains, said “Ian, Nick and the rest of the Ark team have built a high-quality insurance business that puts underwriting first.  We are delighted to partner with them, and we are excited about the market opportunity in front of us.”

Ian Beaton, CEO of Ark, said “We are delighted to have found the right capital partner in White Mountains, an institution with a long track record of successful insurance partnerships.  We look forward to a fruitful relationship.”