Blue Owl Capital to acquire Kuvare Asset Management for $750 Mn

PRNewswireApril 3, 20245 min

Blue Owl Capital Inc., a leading alternative asset manager, announced today it has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Kuvare Insurance Services LP (dba Kuvare Asset Management) (“KAM”) for $750 million. KAM is a boutique investment management firm focused on providing asset management services to the insurance industry, including Kuvare UK Holdings (“Kuvare”). Blue Owl will fund the KAM acquisition through a combination of $325 million in cash and $425 million in Blue Owl Class A common stock. The KAM acquisition is expected to close in the second or third quarter of 2024 and remains subject to customary regulatory approvals and other closing conditions and specified termination rights. Upon closing of the KAM acquisition, most KAM employees are expected to join Blue Owl. In addition, there is potential for up to a $250 million earnout subject to certain adjustments and achievements of future revenue targets.

Separately, Blue Owl made a long-term investment in Kuvare today, purchasing $250 million of preferred equity. This investment creates long-term alignment between Blue Owl and Kuvare and provides valuable growth capital to Kuvare’s insurance companies, each of which will become new asset management clients of Blue Owl. Founded in 2015, Kuvare is a technology-enabled financial services firm operating several insurance and reinsurance businesses and has become a top 20 fixed and indexed annuity writer in the United States. Kuvare’s business segments include retail, institutional reinsurance and specialty insurance advisory services.

In addition to the preferred equity investment, Blue Owl and Kuvare entered into investment management agreements (“IMAs”) that will allow Blue Owl to deploy up to $3 billion of assets across its existing Credit, GP Strategic Capital and Real Estate investment platforms, which can grow over time. Upon the closing of the KAM acquisition, Blue Owl will be allocated up to $20 billion of AUM, in aggregate. Kuvare will continue to manage the overall asset allocations for its insurance businesses and strategic investments. Blue Owl’s IMAs with Kuvare insurance companies will be additive to Blue Owl’s permanent capital base while enhancing Kuvare’s investment capabilities.

These transactions are expected to be accretive to Blue Owl in 2024.

Doug Ostrover, Co-CEO of Blue Owl said: “The creation of Blue Owl Insurance Solutions represents a significant moment in Blue Owl’s journey. Our acquisition of KAM allows us to provide broader solutions to the multi-trillion-dollar insurance market at scale. KAM’s capabilities in investment grade credit and real estate strategies supplement Blue Owl’s existing strength in these asset classes and further accelerate our ability to bring differentiated products and strategies to the market for Kuvare and third-party insurance clients.”

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