Why Lemonade (LMND) Is Buying Metromile (MILE) For About $500 Million

By Annie Baker ● Nov 9, 2021
  • Lemonade (NYSE: LMND)  and Metromile (NASDAQ: MILE) recently announced they entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Lemonade will acquire Metromile. These are the details.

Lemonade (NYSE: LMND)  and Metromile (NASDAQ: MILE) recently announced they entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Lemonade will acquire Metromile in an all-stock transaction that implies a fully diluted equity value of approximately $500 million, or just over $200 million net of cash. And under the terms of the deal, Metromile shareholders will receive Lemonade common shares at a ratio of 19:1.

As Lemonade has been at the forefront of using big data and AI in home and pet insurance, Metromile has been driving a parallel path for car insurance. And Metromile’s car-mounted precision sensors took over 400 million road trips in recent years, covering billions of miles and sending real-time streams to the Metromile cloud. These were cross referenced with actual claims data, yielding precise predictions for losses per mile driven. 

Metromile has 49 state licenses, over $100 million of seasoned in-force premium (IFP), over $250 million of cash on the balance sheet, and a team unmatched for their expertise in harnessing big data and AI for car insurance.

This deal is expected to close during Q2 2022, once all regulatory approvals have been secured. The transaction requires the approval of Metromile stockholders, and is subject to other customary closing conditions.

KEY QUOTES:

“We launched Lemonade Car last week, and we think you’ll love how it looks and handles. Pop the hood and you’ll see that it’s powered by telematics and architected to learn from the data it generates, with precision pricing as its ultimate destination. That’s where Metromile comes in. They have been down this road billions of times, and their proprietary data and machine learning algorithms can vault us over the most time and cost intensive parts of the journey. In a vast and competitive market like auto insurance, today’s deal is a huge unlock of value for our customers and shareholders.”

— Daniel Schreiber, Lemonade CEO and cofounder

“We’ve long admired Lemonade for its beautiful products, world-class customer experience, unprecedented growth, and socially-impactful business model. The data science-driven technology platform we built created fairer and more individualized car insurance for consumers in an industry marred by vast inequities. Joining forces with Lemonade Car will create the most customer-centric, fair, and affordable car insurance, and is a great outcome for Metromile shareholders, who will benefit as shareholders of the combined company. It also means that now, homeowners, renters, and drivers alike can have all of their insurance needs with a single company that truly has their best interests at heart.”

— Dan Preston, CEO of Metromile

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