In just a few years since its founding in 2020, Brookfield Reinsurance has rapidly grown into a leading insurance holding company, primarily fueled by significant acquisitions. Most notably, Brookfield acquired the long-standing insurer American National Insurance in an all-cash $5.1 billion deal in 2022. This transformative purchase expanded Brookfield’s offerings and geographic reach, positioning it for further growth.
Initially focused on reinsurance, Brookfield has evolved into a diverse provider spanning various insurance lines. The American National deal instantly expanded Brookfield across all 50 U.S. states and bolstered its portfolio with additional life insurance, annuities, and property and casualty (P&C) products. Brookfield CEO Sachin Shah stated the prominent acquisition represented “a significant milestone” in their insurance expansion aims.
Since then, Forbes commended American National as a top insurer by Forbes in 2024, highlighting its service, satisfaction, and value strengths after joining Brookfield. Beyond American National, Brookfield made two other vital purchases – acquiring Argo Group International Holdings’ specialty P&C business and American Equity Investment Life Holding Company’s leading fixed annuity operations.
Argo’s $1.1 billion purchase in late 2023 augmented Brookfield’s P&C segment. Meanwhile, the pending $4.3 billion American Equity deal, expected to close in 2024, should further enhance Brookfield’s position in retirement solutions. With total capital deployment exceeding $10 billion, Brookfield Reinsurance’s asset base is poised to surpass $100 billion upon finalizing the American Equity agreement.
Brookfield has strategically integrated these major acquisitions to create a robust, efficient, diverse holding structure. The company aims to capitalize on the individual strengths of each firm to boost returns. The acquired businesses can also leverage Brookfield’s connections and portfolio for investment opportunities. This unique approach strives to make the companies more competitive and deliver ongoing value to policyholders and shareholders.
The successful integration of American National Insurance, Argo, and American Equity advances Brookfield Reinsurance’s long-term vision of owning and operating leading insurance franchises. Although growth has been rapid lately, the company emphasizes steady organic development going forward under the guidance of the experienced leadership teams at these established firms. With assets scaling above $100 billion soon, Brookfield is focused on continuing to expand across business lines, managing risks, and optimizing investments.
By acquiring prominent insurers like American National and integrating them into its holding structure, Brookfield Reinsurance has swiftly transformed into a diverse $100 billion insurance solutions provider within just a few years of its genesis. Its growth strategy based on integrating major acquisitions while fostering organic gains has fueled Brookfield’s rise into the upper echelon of insurance holding companies. Brookfield is positioned for sustained success with American National and other leaders in its expanding portfolio.