MUMBAI – October 26, 2017 – India’s leading stock exchange BSE and World’s largest insurance exchange Ebix, Inc. (NASDAQ: EBIX), today announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to form a joint venture, to set up a pioneering insurance distribution network in India.
BSE Investments Limited (BIL), 100% subsidiary of BSE and Ebix Fincorp Exchange Pte Ltd, a 100% subsidiary of Ebix today signed an MoU, with the goal of revolutionizing end-to-end sales and processing of Insurance in India.
The new venture to be branded as BSE-Ebix intends to deploy an insurance distribution exchange platform, that will allow distribution outlets, stock brokers, wealth management advisors and financial institutions etc. across the length and breadth of the country to sell life and non-life products. The venture will utilize the distribution reach of both BSE and Ebix that spans more than 200,000 outlets across the entire expanse of the country. The state of the art platform that will leverage Ebix’s world leading end-to-end insurance exchange technology, will encompass the entire insurance life cycle from customer relationship management, agency management, multi-quoting, underwriting, policy creation, claims filing & settlement, to back end insurance policy administration.
Speaking at the occasion Shri Ashishkumar Chauhan, MD and CEO, BSE said “BSE welcomes the collaboration between BIL and Ebix. We are pleased to team up with Ebix in this venture which has a potential of allowing consumers across the length and breadth of the country, easier and faster access to preserving their wealth through buying insurance and expeditious claims settlement. It shall be our endeavor to provide customers a world class experience by being close to where they are by leveraging our vast hugely compliant distribution network, as also through the adoption of state of the art world leading technology.”
Led by an Indian - American CEO, Ebix was recently ranked amongst the World’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies by Fortune magazine in September 2017. Ebix CEO Robin Raina who is presently visiting India, has the unique distinction of being the only CEO on Fortune’s 2017 list of Fastest Growing Companies in the world, who has featured on the coveted Fortune list 5 times in the last decade, as also providing 21,000 percent shareholder return since December 2000.
Ebix Group Chairman, President and CEO Robin Raina said, “With a population of approximately 1.2 billion people and the largest growing middle class in the world, India is set to be a large insurance market – as wherever people create wealth, they tend to find ways to protect it through insurance. We are excited to be teaming up with Bombay Stock Exchange in this venture, that we feel can revolutionize the end-to-end processing of insurance in India. Our intent is to do that by going PHYGITAL – owning the last mile and combining the physical reach of tens of thousands of distribution outlets across the country with state of the art end-to-end technology and processes.”
This joint venture with one of the world's largest stock exchanges with overall market capitalization of more than $ 2 Trillion, is part of Ebix’s ambitious drive to pioneer the convergence of insurance and financial channels in India. Towards that extent, Ebix recently announced that it intends to invest $200 million in India. The Company recently announced four acquisitions in the Financial Exchange sector, with the goal of embracing Prime Minister Modi’s vision of a Digital India, while being a one-stop PHYGITAL platform for money remittances, bill payments, pre-paid & gift cards, insurance, mutual funds, mobile & dth recharges, travel ticketing etc.
BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange) established in 1875, is Asia’s first & now the world’s fastest Stock Exchange with a speed of 6 microseconds. BSE is India’s leading exchange group and has played a prominent role in developing the Indian capital market. BSE is a corporatized and demutualised entity, with a broad shareholder base that includes the leading global exchange- Deutsche Bourse, as a strategic partner. BSE provides an efficient and transparent market for trading in equity, debt instruments, equity derivatives, currency derivatives, interest rate derivatives, mutual funds and stock lending and borrowing.
BSE also has a dedicated platform for trading in equities of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that has been highly successful. BSE provides a host of other services to capital market participants including risk management, clearing, settlement, market data services and education. It has a global reach with customers around the world and a nation-wide presence. BSE’s systems and processes are designed to safeguard market integrity, drive the growth of the Indian capital market and stimulate innovation and competition across all market segments.
Indian Clearing Corporation Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of BSE, acts as the central counterparty to all trades executed on the BSE trading platform and provides full novation, guaranteeing the settlement of all bonafide trades executed. BSE Institute Ltd, another fully owned subsidiary of BSE runs one of the most respected capital market educational institutes in the country. Central Depository Services Ltd. (CDSL), associate company of BSE, is one of the two Depositories in India.
Recently ranked amongst the World’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies by Fortune magazine in September 2017, Ebix is a leading international supplier of On-Demand software and E-commerce services to the insurance, financial, e-governance and healthcare industries. Ebix, Inc. provides end-to-end on-Demand solutions ranging from infrastructure exchanges, front end & back end enterprise systems, outsourced administrative & custom software development solutions, and risk compliance solutions for various entities involved in these industries.
With 45+ offices across Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, New Zealand, Singapore, the US and the UK, 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 annually on its platforms. Through its various SaaS-based software platforms, Ebix employs hundreds of domain specific business and technology professionals to provide products, support and consultancy to thousands of customers on six continents. For more information, visit the Company’s website at www.ebix.com
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