Stephen Simpson, CFA
Long only, growth at reasonable price, value, research analyst

Tower Group Manages To Preserve Some Value

The long nightmare that is Tower Group (NASDAQ:TWGP) now has an end in sight. Assuming that a sufficient number of Tower shareholders approve, and that the company doesn't go insolvent before the deal closes, Tower will be selling itself to ACP Re, a privately-held insurance company controlled by the founder of AmTrust Financial Services (NASDAQ:AFSI). As huge reserve charges had severely depleted the company's capital and led to downgrades that essentially excluded it from the market, I believe this is the best outcome that shareholders could reasonably ask for or expect.

The Deal

Assuming that the deal goes through as announced, ACP Re will be acquiring Tower Group for $3 per share or $172 million...

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