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Desjardins acquires the Insurance Company of Prince Edward Island

March 27, 2024

Desjardins had announced its intent to acquire ICPEI in full when it acquired a minority interest in 2023

Lévis and Charlottetown, March 27, 2024 – Desjardins, through its subsidiary Desjardins General Insurance Group Inc., and ICPEI Holdings Inc. (“ICPEI Holdings”) announced today that they have entered into definitive agreements for Desjardins to indirectly acquire all of ICPEI's issued and outstanding shares. ICPEI Holdings operates The Insurance Company of Prince Edward Island (ICPEI) as a wholly owned subsidiary. This move will allow Desjardins to add ICPEI’s home, auto and commercial insurance activities to its operations. Desjardins has exercised its call option to acquire these shares ahead of the original plan. 

Subject to regulatory authority approvals and other customary closing conditions, this acquisition will enable the organization to diversify its insurance offer and better meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses in Canada. Given the solid expertise within ICPEI and its network of brokers, the company is an ideal partner to help Desjardins serve these clients more effectively.

"With this acquisition, we're strengthening Desjardins' position in the Canadian commercial insurance market. We're committed to meet the changing needs of our business members and clients across Canada, and be proactive in our support. That's why we're very pleased to be able to count on ICPEI's expertise in brokerage distribution of commercial insurance to expand our reach and access new markets," said Guy Cormier, President and CEO of Desjardins. "With this additional expertise, I firmly believe that we'll be able to perform even better with businesses, reinforcing our position as a key player in this segment of the Canadian market." 

Commercial insurance products will be offered through insurance brokers who work with ICPEI, as a complement to Desjardins Group's direct channel and network of exclusive agents. Desjardins' financial strength will bolster ICPEI's development and growth.

According to Serge Lavoie, President and CEO of ICPEI, "This acquisition is clearly in line with ICPEI's strategic goals to expand insurance distribution across the country and pave the way for even greater collaborations on the Canadian market. Desjardins is a strong financial leader, and this partnership will accelerate our growth to become a major player in insurance distribution with brokers."

When Desjardins acquired a minority interest in February 2023, Desjardins General Insurance Group Inc. announced its interest in acquiring ICPEI over a 3 to 5 year horizon. The organization then decided to expedite this process, based on market conditions, opportunities and ICPEI's progress on the commitments it had made to strengthen their partnership. This acquisition aligns with Desjardins' ambitions to grow and be proactive in key sectors.

This acquisition is an important step for Desjardins, ICPEI and its partner brokers, who will now be able to better meet the needs of Canadian businesses and pursue growth in key sectors. In addition to this partnership with ICPEI, Desjardins Group also recently acquired the life and health insurance and individual savings distribution activities of Guardian Capital Group Limited. These acquisitions are clear examples of the organization's drive to grow across Canada, particularly in the areas of property and casualty insurance, life and health insurance, and wealth management.

About ICPEI Holdings Inc.
Founded in 1998, ICPEI Holdings Inc. operates in the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry through its wholly owned subsidiary, the Insurance Company of Prince Edward Island (ICPEI). ICPEI provides commercial and personal lines of insurance exclusively through the broker channel.

Caution concerning forward-looking statements
This press release may contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are typically identifiable by the use of words such as "should" or "will" and similar expressions and words used to describe future outcomes. By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve assumptions, uncertainties and their inherent risks, both general and specific. They are based on assumptions, which means that actual results or events could differ significantly from the expectations expressed or implied in such statements. Forward-looking statements in this press release may include, but are not limited to, those regarding the objectives and views of Desjardins and ICPEI with respect to the acquisition date, the acquisition itself, the operation of companies acquired after the transaction is closed, the satisfaction of the closing conditions and the regulatory approval needed to conclude the acquisition. Please note that many factors can influence future results and have a negative impact on them. Readers are cautioned by Desjardins Group and ICPEI not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements when making decisions. Desjardins and ICPEI do not undertake to update any of the forward-looking statements in this press release, except as required under applicable legislation.

For more information (media inquiries only):
Public Relations, Desjardins Group
514-281-7000, ext. 5553436

Public Relations, ICPEI