SOURCE: World Street Fundamentals

May 17, 2011 09:00 ET

Insurance Players Reposition for Growth - Equity Research on CNinsure Inc. and Brown & Brown, Inc.

HONG KONG--(Marketwire - May 17, 2011) - Today, released its industry report highlighting CNinsure Inc. (NASDAQ: CISG) and Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE: BRO). Full fundamental and technical analysis is available at

Heightened competition within the industry combined with a softer pricing environment is expected to fuel greater acquisition activity. Insurance brokers look to increase revenues to drive bottom line as margin expansions are beginning to hit, against a backdrop of cost-cutting initiatives by companies in 2009 and in 2010. Longer term conditions are expected to see a reversal in the pricing cycle within 2-3 years. Organic growth beyond this period, combined with previous period and current period cost-cutting, creates a stronger case to see premium growth in industry front-runners beyond 2013.

World Street Fundamentals has highlighted CNinsure because of a preliminary non-binding proposal letter dated May 14, 2011, from TPG Asia V MU, Inc. (TPG Asia), Kingsford Resources Limited, to acquire all of the outstanding ordinary shares of the Company, in a going private transaction for $19.00 per ADS in cash, subject to certain conditions. The entire report on CNinsure Inc. (NASDAQ: CISG) is available here:

World Street has highlighted Brown & Brown for its position as a diversified insurance agency, wholesale brokerage, insurance programs and service organization. It markets and sells insurance products and services to its customers in the property and casualty. It has four segments including: Retail Division, which provides a range of insurance products and services to commercial, public entity and individual customers; National Programs Division, which contains two units, such as Professional Programs and Special Programs.

The remaining two segments include: Wholesale Brokerage Division, which markets and sells excess and surplus commercial and personal insurance, and reinsurance through independent agents and brokers, and Services Division, which provides clients with third-party claims administration and consulting for the workers' compensation insurance market. The entire report on Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE: BRO) is available here:

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