Hannover Re News

Global Insurers Explore Opportunities in Iran; Market Worth Premiums of $7.4B

Global insurance firms are circling Iran for business opportunities following the lifting of sanctions – and the first test of their appetite could come in March when some Iranian companies seek new cover. Insurers, the reinsurers that share their risk and the …

Best Affirms ‘A+’ Ratings of Hannover Re and Subs; Outlook Stable

A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of ‘A+’ (Superior) and the issuer credit ratings (ICR) of “aa-” of Germany’s Hannover Rueck SE (Hannover Re) and its main subsidiaries. Best also affirmed the issuer ratings of the existing …

Reinsurance Execs at Rendez-Vous Question Recent High-Priced M&As

Global reinsurance executives who met in Monaco questioned whether a frenzy of mergers in Europe means buyers of Lloyd’s of London insurance companies are paying too much. Deal-making will continue after Tokyo-based MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings Inc. agreed last week to pay a record 2.4 …

Reinsurers Seek New Markets, Underinsured Risks to Ease Price Pressures

Major reinsurers like Munich Re, Swiss Re, Hannover Re are looking to new markets and selling more cover to existing clients to ease price pressures after several years of falls, they said at their annual meeting in Monte Carlo this week. “I believe that …

Reinsurers Expect Continued Downward Pressure on Pricing During 2016

The world’s largest reinsurers and brokers see little relief in pricing in 2016 amid a relentless influx of alternative capital from pension funds and one of the past decade’s quietest years for catastrophe losses. Rates for property-and-casualty reinsurance are expected to show …

UPDATE: Tianjin Blast Claims Could Top Estimates, Strain Chinese Insurers

Insurance claims from the devastating explosions at the Chinese port of Tianjin last week could exceed initial estimates and strain the finances of regional insurers, credit ratings agency Fitch said on Tuesday. Credit Suisse analysts estimated that total insurance losses …

Hannover Re Q2 Profit Rises 19% on P&C Earnings

Hannover Re, the world’s third-largest reinsurer, said second-quarter profit rose 19 percent, as lower catastrophe claims helped a surge in earnings from property and casualty. Net income increased to 252.2 million euros ($274 million) from 211.5 million euros a year earlier, …

Hannover Re’s Q1 Net Income Increases 20.1% to $311.8 Million

During the first quarter, Hannover Re generated net income of 279.7 million euros ($311.8 million), a 20.1 percent increase over the 233.0 million euros ($260 million) reported for the same period last year. “The fact that we were able to …

A.M. Best: European Reinsurers Report Strong Results, Growth Limited

Major European reinsurers have posted very strong full-year results for 2014 and continue to be well capitalized, with profitable underwriting results due to the absence of sizable natural catastrophes and ongoing reserve releases. Nevertheless, reinsurers face challenges as soft market …

Low Catastrophe Claims Help to Boost Full-Year Profit for Hannover Re

Hannover Re, the world’s third-biggest reinsurer, plans to pay a special dividend after fourth-quarter profit rose more than analysts estimated, helped by low catastrophe claims. The shares climbed. Net income rose to 290 million euros ($313 million) from 265 million …