P&C Companies News

P/C Insurers Improve Personal Lines, Investment Results in Q3

The U.S. property/casualty industry generated improved operating results in the third quarter despite competitive market conditions, elevated catastrophe losses, the economic downturn and historically low investment yields. The industry’s net income improved to $29.9 billion for the nine months ended …

Florida Approves Lower Collateral for Renaissance Re

Bermuda-based Renaissance Reinsurance Ltd. has been approved to participate in Florida’s property reinsurance marketplace with modified collateral requirements. In 2007, Florida lawmakers passed legislation that authorized the Office of Insurance Regulation to establish lower collateral requirements for non-United States based …

Toyota Says Subrogation By 7 Insurers for Acceleration Claims Is Meritless

Seven automobile insurance firms have followed Allstate Insurance Co. in suing Toyota Motor Corp. to recover money they paid in claims for car crashes blamed on unintended acceleration of Toyota vehicles. The insurers’ court action has opened a new front …

Insurers To Pay New York $120M for Premium Overcharges

New York officials say four insurance groups have agreed to pay a total of about $120 million in excess workers’ compensation surcharges to the state. The attorney general’s office says the companies collected too much in surcharges on premiums from …

Everest Re Group Finalizes Acquisition of Heartland Crop Insurance

The Bermuda-based Everest Re Group has acquired the business and operations of Heartland Crop Insurance, Inc., a managing general agent, for $55 million plus the agreed upon value of the net assets of the agency, with an additional contingency of …

Mapfre Global Risks Is Lead Insurer for Spanish Satellite

MAPFRE GLOBAL RISKS is the leading insurer for the Spanish satellite of the communications operator HISPASAT, H1E, which was launched on the 29th of December from the Kourou base in French Guiana. MAPFRE GLOBAL RISKS said it had “insured both …

Willis Re: Overcapacity Keeps Renewal Rates in Reinsurance Down

“Overcapitalization in the reinsurance market continues to gradually push rates downwards with price reductions at the January 1, 2011 reinsurance renewals averaging between 5 percent and 10 percent, according to the latest assessment of the state of the marketplace for …

Best Affirms Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance ‘A+ Ratings; Outlook Stable

A.M. Best Co. has affirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of ‘A+’ (Superior) and the issuer credit rating (ICR) of “aa” of Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Limited (MSI), as well as the FSR of ‘A+’ (Superior) and ICR of “aa” …

Six Keys to Harleysville’s Turnaround

Six years ago, Harleysville Group was in need of a big change. The Pennsylvania-based insurer had just come out of the worst performing year in its history. That’s when newly appointed CEO Michael Browne — who declared the company’s performance …

Best Assigns ‘A’ Rating to Swiss-based Catlin Re

A.M. Best Europe – Rating Services Limited has assigned a financial strength rating of ‘A’ (Excellent) and an issuer credit rating (ICR) of “a” to Catlin Re Switzerland Ltd, the newly formed wholly owned subsidiary of Bermuda-based Catlin Group Limited …