Subscriber Agreement Summary
BIX - Subscriber Agreement Summary
BRANCH INSURANCE EXCHANGE
SUBSCRIBER AGREEMENT AND POWER OF ATTORNEY
The Subscriber (“you” or “your”) to Branch Insurance Exchange (“BIX”), an Ohio domiciled reciprocal insurance
exchange, agrees together, with all other subscribers to BIX, that you shall be bound by the terms of this
Subscriber Agreement and Power of Attorney (“Agreement”).
1. Agreement to Exchange Policies
You hereby offer and agree to pay your policy premiums and to exchange with other BIX Subscribers policies
providing insurance for any insured loss as stated in those policies.
2. Power of Attorney
You hereby appoint Branch Financial, Inc., a Delaware corporation with its principal place of business in
Columbus, Ohio, (“BFI”) as the Attorney-in-Fact with the express authority and permission to effectuate and
conduct the lawful business affairs of BIX. This authority includes the ability to carry out all customary
functions of a reciprocal insurance exchange, including but not limited to the following responsibilities: (a)
Exchange, with other Subscribers to BIX, any and all kinds of reciprocal insurance contracts, which BIX is
authorized by law to write; (b) Issue, exchange, renew, non-renew, cancel or modify insurance policies; (c)
Adjust, settle, defend, litigate, appeal, and pay claims or losses under the insurance policies of members; (d) Act
as an intermediary to obtain reinsurance; (e) Accept service of process on behalf of BIX in actions against BIX
upon contracts exchanged; (f) Open accounts and borrow money in the name of BIX; (g) Hire and compensate
personnel and agents; (h) Collect premiums and invest and reinvest funds; (i) Receive notices and proof of loss;
(j) Enter into any lawful contracts for purposes of effectuating and conducting the lawful business affairs of
BIX; (k) Administer Subscriber Savings Accounts, including allocations thereto and distributions therefrom; (l)
make charitable donations on behalf of subscribers; and (m) Manage and conduct the business and affairs of
BIX, its affiliates and subsidiaries.
3. Management Fee and Expenses
You agree that as compensation for BFI becoming and acting as Attorney-in-Fact and managing the business
and affairs of Branch, BFI may retain 5% of all premiums written or assumed by BIX (the “management fee”).
The rest of the premiums will be retained by BIX and will be used for all expenses, including, but not limited to,
losses, loss adjustment expense, investment expenses, damages, legal expenses, court costs, taxes,
assessments, licenses, fees, any other governmental fines and charges, establishment of reserves and surplus,
and reinsurance, and may be used for other purposes BFI decides are to the advantage of Subscribers. BIX will
also be responsible for paying general administrative expenses incurred by BFI, including, but not limited to,
sales commissions, salaries and employee benefits, customer/policy acquisition expense, taxes, rent,
depreciation, and supplies. Any expense may be paid directly by BIX, or if paid by BFI, reimbursed separately
from the management fee.
4. Subscribers’ Advisory Forum
You understand that BFI and BIX have established a Subscribers’ Advisory Forum (“SAF”) to give Subscribers a
voice in the operation of BIX. The SAF is maintained under rules adopted herein by you, which are available for
review at https://members.ourbranch.com/, or upon request.
5. Subscriber Savings Accounts
BIX will maintain a separate individual Subscriber Savings Account (“SSA”) for each Subscriber, and may, in its
discretion, set aside a credit for each Subscriber. SSAs are maintained under rules adopted herein by you,
which are available for review at https://members.ourbranch.com/, or upon request. Pursuant to the terms of
the SSA Policy, Subscribers may become vested in a certain percentage of SSA funds according to a schedule
that rewards Branch loyalty. Additionally, Subscribers may be entitled to cash distributions of vested funds.
6. Surplus Contributions
The Subscriber agrees to pay their policy premium and agrees to make, in addition to policy premiums, a
surplus contribution equal to a certain percentage of all premiums to BIX (“Surplus Contribution”) based on the
surplus needs of BIX and subject to change as described herein. During the first five (5) full years of being
continuously insured by BIX with no lapse in coverage (“Continuous Membership”), the Surplus Contribution
will be up to fifteen percent (15%) of all premiums. Any changes to Surplus Contribution will apply
prospectively, starting with the next policy term. After five (5) years of Continuous Membership, the Surplus
Contribution will be two percent (2%) of all premiums. The Surplus Contribution is payable to BIX on or prior to
the initial effective date of coverage and on or prior to the effective date of all endorsements generating an
additional premium. The Subscriber understands and agrees that the amounts paid as Surplus Contributions
will be credited as policyholder surplus for the benefit and protection of BIX Subscribers and that Surplus
Contributions made to BIX are not premiums for insurance. Upon the issuance of an insurance policy, or any
other confirmation of coverage by BIX, the return of Surplus Contributions can occur only after withdrawal of
the Subscriber from BIX and, only with the approval of BFI and regulating authorities, where so required. BIX
will return any Surplus Contributions (without interest) made during that policy term on a pro-rata basis to
those Subscribers who terminate coverage for any reason. All other Surplus Contributions, including those
made on previous policy terms, will be retained by BIX for the benefit of all remaining Subscribers.
7. Application to Future Policies
You agree that this Agreement, including the Power of Attorney, shall have application to all insurance policies
for which you apply at BIX, including now and in the future, and it applies to any endorsements to or any
renewals, amendments, or modifications of any such policies. Should a policy be rewritten, this Agreement
also applies to the replacement policy issued to you without need for another execution of this Agreement.
8. Choice of Law
This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Ohio.