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AnaCap sells minority stake in MRH Trowe to TA Associates

27th March 2023 - Author: Kane Wells

AnaCap Financial Partners has announced the sale of a minority stake in portfolio company MRH Trowe to TA Associates two and half years after its initial investment at a 4.3x money multiple.

MRHT’s founding managers will remain the largest shareholder group post-transaction and will be backed by both AnaCap and TA Associates.

MRHT is one of the ten largest German industrial insurance brokers, with more than 1,100 employees and €650 million in premium volume.

It offers expertise in almost all lines of insurance for industrial and commercial clients, financial institutions, and high-net-worth individuals.

The sale comes two and a half years after AnaCap’s initial investment, during which time MRHT has completed 21 bolt-on acquisitions. Within this time, it has also demonstrated a double-digit organic growth rate.

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According to AnaCap, the transaction marks the fourth exit from its third fund, generates a 4.3x money multiple and follows shortly after the 4x exit of Oona Health to Topdanmark.

The firm adds that the new partnership with TA Associates will further accelerate MRHT’s growth trajectory and cement its position as a leading insurance broker in the DACH region.

Ralph Rockel, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at MRH Trowe, commented, “Our partnership with AnaCap has already been one of significant support in the development of our business and brand.

“With the additional expertise of our new growth partner TA Associates and improved capital structure, we will be able to reach a new level of potential, both across DACH and internationally. This is an exciting time for both MRHT customers and employees.”

Tassilo Arnhold, Co-Managing Partner at AnaCap, said, “To date, it has been an absolute privilege to work in partnership with the founders of MRHT and we are thrilled to continue this exciting journey together going forward.

“The investment in MRH Trowe is one of our most successful investments and we are now delighted to welcome an experienced investor like TA Associates to this successful partnership.

“Our core focus remains to back strong entrepreneurs in the financial services sector and the MRH Trowe founder management team with its vision to pursue an integrated buy-and-build model, holistic client servicing approach and strong value-based leadership culture continues to excite us tremendously.”

Arnhold continued, “This transaction not only gives AnaCap and its investor base a very impressive return of a 4.3x money multiple but it also allows for significant further growth of the business.

“We see the DACH brokerage landscape continuing to undergo rapid consolidation and look forward to supporting MRHT together with TA Associates in the next phase of growth for the business.”

Chris Parkin, Managing Director and Co-Head of Financial Services at TA Associates, noted, “We believe MRH Trowe is uniquely positioned to consolidate its large and highly fragmented market. We have followed the company for many years and are truly impressed by the work that the Founders and broader team have accomplished.

“The combination of its holistic client approach, organic growth, and best-in-class integration enables MRH Trowe to deliver superior client service while also enjoying sustained growth. We are excited to join AnaCap on this journey in support of the management team.”

This transaction follows the recent completion of a debt refinancing for MRHT, led by Macquarie Capital Private Credit and existing lending partner Bain Capital Credit. Closing of the transaction is subject to EU antitrust approval.

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