Qatar Financial Centre Authority Sells Qatarlyst to Ebix Inc.
Deal Will Accelerate Qatarlyst's Development as the Insurance Markets
Preferred e-Trading Solution
DOHA, Qatar, April 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Qatar Financial Centre
Authority ("QFCA") today announced that it has reached an agreement to sell
Qatarlyst, an electronic trading exchange for the global insurance and
reinsurance industry, to Ebix Singapore Pte Limited, a subsidiary of Ebix,
Inc. (Nasdaq:EBIX), a leading international supplier of On-Demand software and
E-commerce services to the insurance industry.
The QFCA believes that Qatarlyst's divestment to Ebix, Inc. is the best option
to leverage Qatarlyst's capabilities, develop the business and secure wider
market acceptance. Ebix will be rebranding the service as a part of its
EbixExchange platform worldwide.
Qatarlyst was established in November 2008 to provide the next generation
web-based technology solution for brokers and insurance firms to negotiate,
place and accept large commercial risks electronically. Qatarlyst has made
considerable progress in winning the insurance market's acceptance with its
value added web-based services and has emerged as a major innovator in the
Ebix's expertise in the insurance industry coupled with its commitment to open
architecture and standards is expected to provide an even higher level of
quality of services to Qatarlyst's customer base. It expands Qatarlyst's
international reach and also offers access to Ebix's insurance focused staff
of approximately 2,000 employees. Ebix's commitment to the London market
modernization program, its existing relationships with top brokers and
insurance companies around the world and its existing exchange presence in
London, allows it the ability to be the e-platform of choice to power
paperless transactions for the commercial insurance and reinsurance industry.
Both Qatarlyst and Ebix intend to work to ensure a seamless transition of the
Khalid Al-Mughesib, the Deputy/Acting CEO of Qatarlyst, said, "We are
delighted to announce the deal today with Ebix, Inc. With its leading market
position, broad geographic reach and relevant experience, Ebix, Inc. is the
ideal partner. This is a good outcome and on terms which reflect our
investment over the last few years."
Robin Raina, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of
Ebix, Inc, said, "This is a strategic acquisition for us as it places Ebix in
a position to power the electronic trading platform for the insurance industry
in the UK and Middle East, while providing services on a utilities basis."
"Qatarlyst serves over 330 members and facilitates transactions between over
290 different entities drawn from many of the world's largest and most
successful blue chip insurance companies and markets in London, continental
Europe and Bermuda such as Aon, Lloyd's, Swiss Re, and Munich Re," Robin
added. "We are looking forward to working with all the key constituents in
London, towards ensuring a market-wide use of this trading exchange through
all means including the possibility of a broad based industry driven
initiative like Placing Platform Limited."
Speaking on behalf of the Qatar Financial Centre Authority, Shashank
Srivastava, CEO and Board Member, said: "This is a positive outcome for all
parties. The QFCA is pleased to have played such a significant role in the
development of Qatarlyst to this stage. Qatarlyst has found a strong new home
in which it can further develop and spread its pioneering technology and
services, and so contribute to the growth of the worldwide reinsurance market.
This is a market with which the QFCA will continue to be fully engaged as it
seeks to develop a vibrant reinsurance market in Qatar, serving both the local
and international markets."
Ebix disclosed that it funded this transaction completely in cash using its
existing cash reserves. No Ebix shares were issued and no investment bankers
were involved in the transaction on the Ebix side. Ebix considers the size of
the acquisition immaterial at present and thus did not disclose the financial
details of the transaction.
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The Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) is a financial and business centre
established by the Government of Qatar and located in Doha. It has been
designed to attract international financial services institutions and major
multi-national corporations, in particular those operating in the reinsurance,
captive insurance and asset management sectors, and to encourage participation
in the growing market for financial services in Qatar and elsewhere in the
region. The QFC operates to international standards and provides a first class
legal and business infrastructure for those operating within the QFC. The QFC
was created by Qatar Law No. (7) and has been open for business since 1 May
The QFC Authority is the commercial, administrative and legislative body
responsible for leading the expansion of Qatar's financial services sector,
providing a uniquely sustainable platform for regional growth in reinsurance,
captive insurance and asset management.
For more information on the QFC Authority please visit www.qfc.com.qa
Qatarlyst is a trading service for the global insurance and reinsurance
industry. It provides buyers, brokers and carriers with a complete set of
screens, processes and workflow to support quotation, signing and endorsements
for all types and classes of commercial insurance and facultative and treaty
Qatarlyst is web-based so it can be accessed via a web browser from anywhere
in the world, making it both cost-effective and ideal for multi-national
transactions. With proven, reliable and scalable on screen functionality,
Qatarlyst gives users the ability to work remotely or link directly with
in-house systems providing the flexibility of the web with the stability of
internal systems and architectures.
Before this sale to Ebix, Qatarlyst was funded by the Qatar Financial Centre
Authority (QFC Authority) and has been created from the recognition and with
the firm belief that many of the issues within the insurance and reinsurance
community can be addressed through the intelligent use of sophisticated yet
Qatarlyst has two main offices. The head office in Doha, Qatar serves its
regional customers and the office in London, UK serves the global markets.
About Ebix, Inc.
A leading international supplier of On-Demand software and E-commerce services
to the insurance industry, Ebix, Inc., (EBIX) provides end-to-end solutions
ranging from infrastructure exchanges, carrier systems, agency systems and BPO
services to custom software development for all entities involved in the
For the full fiscal year of 2012, the company reported revenue of $199.4
million, and net Income of $70.6 million.
With 30+ offices across Brazil, Singapore, Australia, the U.S., New Zealand,
India and Canada, Ebix powers multiple exchanges across the world in the field
of life, annuity, health and property & casualty insurance while conducting in
excess of $100 billion in insurance premiums on its platforms. Through its
various SaaS-based software platforms, Ebix employs hundreds of insurance and
technology professionals to provide products, support and consultancy to
thousands of customers on six continents. Ebix's focus on quality has enabled
it to be awarded Level 5 status of the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering
Institute's Capability Maturity Model (CMM). With a recent ISO 27001-security
certification, the Company also has an ISO 9001:27001 certification for both
its development and BPO units in India.
For more information, visit the Company's website at www.ebix.com.
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