Ageas News

Insurer Ageas to Sell 50% Stake in Italian Bancassurer to BNP Paribas

Brussels-based insurer Ageas announced it has reached an agreement with BNP Paribas Cardif to sell its stake in Cargeas Assicurazioni (CARGEAS), a non-life, Italian bancassurer, which provides health, homeowner, automobile and credit insurance to individuals and businesses. Ageas and BNP …

Brave New World: 1st Reinsurance Product Heads to the Blockchain

Second of Two Articles There has been a lot of press – and perhaps hype – about blockchain and its potential to revolutionize the industry’s processes and ultimately improve the customer experience. However, the efforts of the industry’s B3i initiative …

UK Insurer Ageas Uses Artificial Intelligence to Manage Motor Claims

UK insurer Ageas has begun to use artificial intelligence (AI) technology to help manage its motor claims in partnership with AI specialist Tractable. In what it describes as “a first” for the UK market, Ageas said the technology is now …

Blockchain Insurance Industry Initiative B3i Grows to 15 Members

The Blockchain Insurance Industry Initiative B3i, which was launched in October 2016 to explore the potential use of distributed ledger technology, has grown to 15 members from its original five. Members of the B3i initiative are collaborating to explore the …

Telematics-Based Car Policies in UK Exceed 750,000 for 1st Time in 2016

The number of live telematics policies in the UK exceeded three quarters of a million for the first time in 2016, according to annual research from the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA). The BIBA survey includes information from the leading …

Ageas Completes Acquisition of AXA’s Portuguese Business for $215.2 Million

Ageas has completed the purchase of AXA’s Portuguese operations, which has a non-life business, a direct/internet non-life business and a life business. AXA said the sale was completed for a total cash consideration of €189 million ($215.2 million). This transaction, …

Ageas UK Appoints Cardinus Risk Management to Provide Risk Surveys & Platform

Ageas UK has hired Cardinus Risk Management to provide both risk management survey software and on-site survey services to support commercial lines underwriting. Risk surveys, which are obtained by a visit to a client’s business, are an important part of …

Fitch Upgrades Ageas’ IDR to ‘A’, Following Former Fortis Group Settlement

Fitch Ratings has upgraded Ageas SA/NV’s long term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to ‘A’ from ‘A-‘. The outlook on the IDR is stable. Ageas SA/NV is the ultimate holding company of the Ageas group (Ageas). Fitch has also affirmed Ageas …

Europe’s Insurers Turn to Risky Property Investments, in Hunt for Better Returns

Traditionally conservative European insurers and pension funds are turning increasingly to risky property bets on everything from new homes in provincial Britain to car parks at Brussels airport, as they feel the pinch from rock-bottom interest rates. While much is …

UK’s Towergate and Ageas Announce 5-Year Capacity Deal

Towergate and its subsidiary Arista, a Lloyd’s coverholder, have formed a partnership with the insurer Ageas, which will provide capacity of £60 million ($82.9 million), each year for the next five years. The capacity will be used for Arista’s commercial …