Bowhead Specialty Holdings Inc. Plans $100 Million IPO for May 23rd (BOW)

Bowhead Specialty Holdings Inc. (BOW) plans to raise $100 million in an initial public offering on Thursday, May 23rd, IPO Scoop reports. The company will issue 6,666,667 shares at a price of $14.00-$16.00 per share.

In the last year, Bowhead Specialty Holdings Inc. generated $283.4 million in revenue and $25.1 million in net income. Bowhead Specialty Holdings Inc. has a market cap of $460.1 million.

Bowhead Specialty Holdings provided the following description of their company for its IPO: “We specialize in property and casualty insurance. (Incorporated in Delaware) We are a profitable and growing company providing specialty P&C products. We were founded by industry veteran Stephen Sills and are led by a highly experienced and respected underwriting team with decades of individual, successful underwriting experience. We focus on providing “craft” solutions in our specialty lines and classes of business that we believe require deep underwriting and claims expertise in order to produce attractive financial results. We have initially focused on underwriting Casualty, Professional Liability and Healthcare risks where our management team has deep experience: – Casualty: Our Casualty division provides tailored solutions on a primary and excess basis through a wholesale-only distribution channel and consists of a team of experienced underwriters with nationwide capabilities who excel at handling complex risks. We specialize in GL coverage for risks in the construction, distribution, heavy manufacturing, real estate and hospitality segments and also consider underwriting risks in a broader range of industries. – Professional Liability: Our Professional Liability division provides underwriting solutions on both an admitted and E&S (Excess & Surplus) basis for standard and nonstandard risks and writes for a broad variety of entities, including publicly traded and privately held financial institutions as well as not-for-profit organizations. – Healthcare: Focusing exclusively on healthcare entities, our Healthcare division provides tailored solutions for nonstandard risks faced by healthcare organizations on both a primary and excess basis. We offer PL/GL, as well as Management Liability, across four major healthcare segments—hospitals, senior care providers, managed care organizations and miscellaneous medical facilities—through select wholesale and retail channels. Within Healthcare, we have seen rate increases for several years starting initially with Senior Care followed by Managed Care and more recently in the Hospitals segment. We believe these rate increases were the result of carriers restricting their underwriting appetite following increases in both the frequency and severity of claims caused both by inadequate pricing and outsized settlements and jury verdicts (sometimes referred to as “social inflation”). Across our underwriting divisions, our policyholders vary in size, industry and complexity and require specialized, innovative and customized solutions where we individually underwrite and structure policies for each account. As a result, our products are primarily written on an E&S basis, where we have flexibility of rate and policy form.    Our principal objective is to create and sustain superior returns for our stockholders by generating consistent underwriting profits across our product lines and through all market cycles, while prudently managing capital. We have grown substantially over the past two years, generating gross written premiums of $356.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2022 and $507.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2023, a year-over-year increase of 42.2%. For the year ended December 31, 2023, we delivered a combined ratio of 95.0%, net income of $25.0 million and a return on equity of 18.2%. We believe that our current market opportunity, differentiated expertise, relationships, culture and leadership team position us well to continue to grow our business profitably.   BICI is domiciled and licensed as an admitted insurer in the state of Wisconsin. BSUI is a licensed business entity producer, domiciled as an insurance producer and an MGA in the state of Texas, and a licensed agency in all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. BSUI does business as “Bowhead Specialty Insurance Services” in California, Illinois, Nevada, New York, Utah and Virginia. Our ability to write business, however, is currently largely based on our relationship with AmFam. Through our relationship with AmFam, we are able to write business on an admitted basis in all 50 states and Washington D.C. and on a non-admitted basis in all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. As of December 31, 2023, there were only five states in which 5.0% or more of our gross written premiums were concentrated: California (16.7%), Florida (13.3%), New York (10.3%), Texas (9.8%) and Illinois (5.0%). (Note: Bowhead Specialty Holdings disclosed the terms for its IPO in an S-1/A filing dated May 13, 2024: The specialty P&C insurance company is offering 6.67 million shares at a price range of $14.00 to $16.00 to raise $100.0 million.)   “.

Bowhead Specialty Holdings was founded in 2020 and has 193 employees. The company is located at 1411 Broadway, 38th Floor New York, New York 10028 and can be reached via phone at (212) 970-0269 or on the web at

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