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Google-linked equity fund makes insurtech investment

18th October 2018 - Author: Charlie Wood

The growth equity investment fund of Google parent company Alphabet has made a minority investment in Applied Systems, a global provider of cloud-based software that automates the administration of clients and their policies for the insurance industry.

GoogleInterestingly, this may constitute the first in a number of insurtech deals made by CapitalG. An executive from the firm has reportedly expressed interest in making more investments in insurance technology, saying that insurtech was an exciting area of opportunity for the investment fund.

Since being acquired by private equity firm Hellman & Friedman in 2013, Applied has more than doubled in size and revenue, significantly growing its product portfolio and customer base throughout the U.S, Canada, the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

“Applied Systems is a pioneer in the insurance industry, transforming the way insurers, agents and customers do business in the cloud,” said Gene Frantz, General Partner at CapitalG.

“We are excited to partner with Applied in support of its rapid growth and best-in-class technology.”

“We look forward to bringing some of the world’s leading experts at Google and Alphabet to drive innovation within the global insurance ecosystem.”

Under the agreement, affiliates of Hellman & Friedman will retain majority ownership of the Company, with CapitalG joining JMI Equity and insurance-focused private equity firm Stone Point Capital – who invested in the company last year – as a minority investor.

The investment will support Applied as it continues to focus on digital innovation within the global insurance industry.

“We are pleased to have CapitalG join Applied’s investor base given their deep software experience,” said Reid French, Chief Executive Officer, Applied Systems.

“We also welcome the technical expertise and resources that CapitalG brings through its connection with Google and look forward to their partnership as we continue to deliver innovation to the insurance industry in support of our growing customer base.”

Sameer Narang, Partner at Hellman & Friedman, added, “We are excited to welcome CapitalG as a strategic partner. CapitalG’s investment is a testament to Applied’s track record of innovation and its outlook for continued product leadership.”

“CapitalG uniquely positions Applied to take advantage of tremendous growth opportunities by further accelerating several product initiatives for the benefit of Applied’s customers and the insurance industry.”

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