A look at the latest mergers and acquisition activity in Massachusetts
As Agency Checklists has done for every quarter for the past few years, the following is a listing of the agency acquisitions have been reported or announced during the First Quarter of 2019. For comparison purposes, we decided to add it to the list of acquisitions that we compiled for 2018. Since not every purchase and sale is announced, however, please note this may not include transactions not reported or announced publicly. For example, thanks to reader input, the 2018 list included approximately four more sales that had not been officially announced.
The purpose of this list is to help our readers take stock of the consolidation of the marketplace within Massachusetts versus what is happening nationally. Unlike the national trends, however, the majority of purchases and sales have been between agencies owned and operated in Massachusetts. For example, while Acrisure led the nations in purchases in 2018, it had only one unannounced acquisition in Massachusetts in December of 2018.
Our proprietary list of purchases and sales of Massachusetts agencies in 2019
Based on official announcements, the second quarter of 2019 showed a marked increase in agency acquisitions with approximately 10 purchase and sales in Massachusetts and reported by Agency Checklists during the Second Quarter or 2019, or during the months of May, June, and July. This brings the grand total to 16 agencies that have been sold this year. Nationally, 177 agency mergers and acquisitions were noted during Q2-2019, bring the half-year total to 328 transactions.
The following is a list of the transactions featured in Agency Checklists during 2019, followed by our list from 2018. As always, if you know of a sale of insurance agency not listed here, please help us keep this list as accurate as possible by letting us know here.
January 2019 (Q1)
February 2019 (Q1)
March 2019 (Q1)
April 2019 (Q1)
No reported transactions
May 2019 (Q2)
June 2019 (Q2)
July 2019 (Q2)
Massachusetts agencies sold in 2018
January 2018 (Q1)
The Segal Group acquires Touchstone Consulting OneDigital Health and Benefits Acquires Insight Performance
February 2018 (Q1)
Alera Group acquires Aisling Partners Insurance Brokerage
Alera Group acquires Spring Consulting Group
One Digital Group acquires The Survey Group
March 2018 (Q1)
April 2018 (Q2)
No transactions reported
May 2018 (Q2)
June 2018 (Q2)
Eastern Insurance acquires the Walter Tennant Insurance Agency
July 2018 (Q3)
Eastern Insurance Acquires Matthews Insurance
August 2018 (Q3)
September 2018 (Q3)
DeSanctis Insurance of Woburn, MA was acquired by Acrisure (thank you to one of our readers who updated us on this acquisition).
Our checklists may help. For example, you could start with our checklist on Purchasing A Massachusetts Insurance Agency. Another good place to start is Agency Checklists’ Why, When, & How An Agent Should Use A Business Broker, which is sponsored by Insurance Agency Consulting Services, LLC. Or maybe, Selling Your Massachusetts Insurance Agency, sponsored by Donovan, Sullivan & Ryan is what you need to read first. If you would like to see a list of all Agency Checklists’ current checklists, start here.
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