The Ardonagh Group reports Q1 2020 results and Covid-19 impact


Continued growth from diversified, resilient business

EBITDA growth and margin improvement in all platforms as operational efficiency builds

The Ardonagh Group has announced its results covering the three months to 31st March 2020. 

The Group has a unique position as a highly diversified independent insurance broker, negotiating and advising on risk and insurance placements from personal motor to commercial property to US Casualty.  

Group income increased by 1.6% to £160.1 million and Adjusted EBITDA by 10.9% to £43.6 million due to accretive investments in growth initiatives, including producer hires, bolt-on acquisitions, and the continued delivery of cost savings. 

Ardonagh’s Specialty platform recorded underlying organic growth of 10.7% as prior year investments in hiring new producers reached maturity, resulting in substantial new business wins. 

Advisory grew by 6.1% underpinned by niche bolt-on acquisitions and continued strong organic growth across Towergate Insurance Brokers, Health and Protection and Footman James.  

Underlying organic growth in Retail, excluding Swinton, was 0.9%, driven by improved retention, whilst Adj. EBITDA increased from £18.4 million to £20.1 million with significant cost reductions from the Swinton integration programme. 

The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown measures have had a limited impact on Ardonagh. The substantial investment into upgrading processes and systems over the last three years made it possible for 90% of our workforce to work from home, advising clients securely and remotely.

Ardonagh Group CEO David Ross said, “Following a strong 2019 we have seen continued underlying growth across our diversified platforms. The ingenuity and determination of our people means we will continue to serve our clients as they adapt to the changes to the way they live and do business. Businesses and individuals need insurance brokers on their side more than ever. Our people have risen to the challenge, helping to negotiate on claims, sourcing lower premiums for car and home customers, and delivering quality risk management advice and insurance programmes for businesses as they evolve. Customers have rewarded the solutions-focused flexibility of Ardonagh with increased retention, which is the ultimate endorsement of our work. Trading since the Q1 close, during which the national lockdown has been in place throughout, has continued to be resilient, and costs have continued their downward trajectory.”