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US IPO Week Ahead: Bowhead Specialty plots 2024’s first sizable insurance IPO

May 17, 2024
Week Ahead

Just one listing is currently scheduled for the week ahead, although smaller issuers may join the calendar throughout the week.

Specialty property & casualty insurer Bowhead Specialty Holdings (BOW) plans to raise $100 million at a $473 million market cap. In the 12 months ended March 31, 2024, the company wrote $550 million in gross written premiums across its three underwriting divisions: casualty, professional liability, and healthcare. Its products are primarily written on an excess & surplus basis. The company, led by an experienced management team, has posted strong growth in gross written premiums. However, it writes all of its business through American Family, which it will pay rising fees to in the future. The listing is set to be the first insurance IPO in the US to raise more than $10 million since November 2023.

U.S. IPO Calendar
Deal Size
Market Cap
Price Range
Shares Filed
Bowhead Specialty (BOW)
New York, NY
$14 - $16
JP Morgan
Morgan Stanley
Specialty property & casualty insurer.

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