ATLANTA--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Assurant, Inc. (NYSE:AIZ), a premier provider of specialty insurance and services, has acquired Field Asset Services, significantly increasing its presence in the property preservation, restoration and inspection services business.
“Together, as leaders in the property preservation industry, we will play an increasing role in maintaining healthy, stable neighborhoods in communities nationwide.”
Field Asset Services works with more than 25 mortgage servicing, asset management and investor clients and provides comprehensive property services through a nationwide network of contractor resources.
The acquisition significantly expands the field services business launched in 2011 by Assurant Specialty Property as Assurant Property Advantage, a natural extension of its collateral protection services for clients and property owners. By providing inspections, property preservation and repairs, both companies help mortgage lenders, servicers and other firms preserve the value of homes in their portfolios.
“This acquisition leverages Assurant’s resources and relationships with lending institutions, and builds on Field Asset Services’ strong operating platform and vendor network,” said Gene Mergelmeyer, president and CEO of Assurant Specialty Property. “Together, as leaders in the property preservation industry, we will play an increasing role in maintaining healthy, stable neighborhoods in communities nationwide.”
Assurant Specialty Property has acquired Field Asset Services from FirstService Corporation in a cash transaction for $55 million. The transaction was closed Monday. Assurant expects the transaction to be modestly accretive to earnings in 2014.
The approximately 300 employees of Field Asset Services, along with employees of Assurant Property Advantage, will be part of a newly formed business, Assurant Field Asset Services, which will be based in Austin, Texas. All client services will continue as scheduled as the companies join forces.
About Assurant Specialty Property
Assurant Specialty Property is a leading provider of insurance services in partnership with mortgage lenders, property managers, financial institutions, manufactured home sellers, auto finance companies and their customers. Services include insurance tracking and management and lender-placed homeowners insurance, as well as property and personal coverage such as renters, farm and flood insurance. With more than 5,000 employees in 12 locations, Assurant Specialty Property serves clients and customers in all 50 states. www.assurantspecialtyproperty.com
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