Cover-All Technologies Inc. Enters Insurance Claims Solutions Marketplace with the Acquisition of BlueWave TechnologyJan 3, 2012
FAIRFIELD, NEW JERSEY (January 3, 2012)–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Cover-All Technologies Inc. (NYSE Amex: COVR), a Delaware corporation (“Cover-All” or the “Company”), today announced the acquisition of the assets of BlueWave Technology, including its innovative insurance claims solution software, PipelineClaims™, in a cash transaction effective December 30, 2011.
The Cover-All/BlueWave browser-based claims administration software solution will be marketed both as a standalone solution as well as a fully integrated component within Cover-All’s existing Policy and Business Intelligence products, offering Cover-All customers a fully integrated, full function business technology platform. With the addition of claims capabilities into the Cover-All portfolio, the Company is well positioned to deliver additional value to the existing and future customers of Cover-All and BlueWave, as well as the ability to derive significant competitive advantage from its fully integrated combined offerings to the property and casualty marketplace.
BlueWave Technology, based in Honolulu, Hawaii, offers a comprehensive claims solution for insurance companies, Third Party Claims Administrators (TPAs) and other insurance entities. Their flagship product, PipelineClaims™, was designed and developed with an in-depth knowledge of the Claims process and utilizing the latest technologies to create a flexible, easy-to-use, functionally rich and efficient claims solution. BlueWave has created a good deal of excitement in the marketplace and already has two customers in production.
The addition of a leading Claims solution is an important milestone in Cover-All’s expansion of solutions to the property and casualty industry. Cover-All will continue to market, expand and support BlueWave Claims as a stand-alone Claims solution. Cover-All is pleased to be able to retain most of the employees of BlueWave, including President, Alyssa Hostelley, and COO, Keith Inouye.
While BlueWave Claims, like Cover-All’s other Solutions, will continue to be offered as a stand-alone component, it is also being fully integrated with NexGen Policy (My Insurance Center), NexGen Business Intelligence, and NexGen Billing (currently in development) to create a truly end-to-end comprehensive fully integrated enterprise platform for the property and casualty marketplace.
In order to further accelerate the growth of the Cover-All/BlueWave Claims solution, Cover-All is pleased to announce that Aaron Herrmann is joining Cover-All as Vice President of Sales focusing on the Claims solution. Aaron is well known in the industry with more than 16 years of insurance software sales experience and 9 years providing claims administration solutions to the industry.
Celent Senior Analyst Donald Light commented: “Many insurers are looking to source all, or nearly all, of their core systems from a single vendor. Cover-All’s acquisition of PipelineClaims™ is an important expansion of its core system offerings, building on its 2010 acquisition of Moore Stephens Business Solutions’ business intelligence and analytics solution. Cover-All now has more things to talk to insurers about — which is always a good thing.”
The acquisition of BlueWave by Cover-All represents an additional pillar of Cover-All’s broader growth strategy as it looks to expand its property and casualty customer base by offering additional leading-edge capabilities. In addition to the BlueWave acquisition, Cover-All also introduced a significant number of products in 2011 as part of this growth strategy. They include NexGen Commercial Automobile, NexGen Commercial Package and NexGen Business Intelligence.
John Roblin, Cover-All Chairman & CEO, said, “2011 was an incredible year of expansion for Cover-All with the release of three major new products and the BlueWave acquisition. This is not an “if you build it, they will come” strategy but is rather a direct response to what our customers and prospects have told us. Virtually all are expressing the need for a flexible, function rich, pre-integrated solution and often the preference is for such solution to be provided by a single vendor. Some would prefer to implement one component at a time; others are opting for a “big bang” implementation. Cover-All can now support all these options to allow customers to select the best option for them.”
Mr. Roblin continued, “We believe that 2012 will be an outstanding year for Cover-All as the impact of our new products and sales initiatives undertaken in 2011 combined with the BlueWave acquisition position Cover-All as a “must see” for organizations looking for leading edge, functionality rich modern technology solutions. We are also combining and expanding our Sales and Marketing organization to broaden our marketplace presence. We will continue to develop and acquire exciting capabilities in support of our goal to be the partner of choice to our customers and prospects as we remain focused on growing our business aggressively and delivering value to our shareholders.”
Manish Shah, Cover-All President & CTO, commented, “We are very excited that we were able to acquire Pipeline Claims™ and BlueWave. The appeal of Pipeline Claims™ was easy for us to recognize. From a technology perspective, not only had BlueWave created a new, modern claim solution which contained the functionality and performance that the marketplace would demand, but it had done so using the same technology base used by Cover-All in creating My Insurance Center. This was attractive to us because we believe that this will facilitate a smooth integration of BlueWave Claims with My Insurance Center and allow for enhanced development of the product going forward. Moreover, it was clear to us that, like Cover-All, BlueWave has been committed to developing superior products and delivering outstanding customer service. Given that alignment, we made the strategic decision to buy and leverage the multi-million dollar investment already made by BlueWave to bring the product successfully to market, saving both significant dollars and time. Given our experience with our previous acquisition, we expect to move forward aggressively to expand the Claims product and integrate it with our existing products.”
“Our company is focused on being an unquestioned leader in the marketplace by delivering modern technology-based products and outstanding customer service. Our company has a long history but today we are essentially a new company who has replaced its entire platform over the past 4 years. In 2011 we added NexGen Commercial Auto, Commercial Package and our NexGen Business Intelligence solution. Now, with the addition of Claims and Billing, we believe that we can compete with anyone in delivering value to the insurance marketplace,” Mr. Shah added.
Cover-All Technologies, which is focused upon delivering innovative and modern technology-based products and services to the property and casualty industry, is best known for its NexGen My insurance Center – that enables customers to introduce new insurance products quickly, reduce costs, expand distribution channels and provide full support for the entire policy life cycle. Cover-All expanded into the Business Intelligence marketplace through an acquisition in 2010 and released NexGen Business intelligence in mid-2011 that is already considered a leader in this rapidly growing discipline.
Sherman & Company served as financial advisor to Ho’ike Services, Inc. on the transaction.
About Cover-AllCover-All provides P/C insurance professionals a robust state-of-the-art, browser-based family of Policy, Business Intelligence, and Claims solutions designed to deliver products to market faster, enhance quality, ensure compliance, and reduce costs. With offices in Morristown, NJ and Honolulu, Cover-All continues its tradition of developing technology solutions designed to revolutionize the way P/C insurance business is conducted.
Alex Kernitsky, Director of Marketing