Insurers News

European Re/Insurers Well Positioned to Withstand Market Volatility: A.M. Best

European re/insurers are well positioned to withstand the current volatility in the stock markets, having made significant changes to their investment portfolios since the global financial crisis of 2008, as well as the subsequent European sovereign debt crisis in late …

California Commissioner Applauds Supreme Court Decision Against Hartford

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is praising a recent unanimous California Supreme Court decision that he said ensures policyholders are protected from insurers refusing to cover third-party liability claims when the insured transfers the insurance benefits after the events triggering …

A.M. Best: Sanctions Removal to Attract Re/Insurers to Iranian Market

The lifting of trade restrictions placed on Iran may present significant opportunities for the Middle East and North African (MENA) re/insurance market, with European participants also expected to re-engage and seek a foothold in the country, according to research published …

Ireland’s FBD: Solvency Rule Program on Track as CEO Quits Unexpectedly

FBD Holdings plc said its plans to meet new solvency rules next year are on track as the Irish insurer struggles to return to profit and Andrew Langford unexpectedly quit as chief executive officer last week. Dublin-based FBD said it’s “no different” …

Zurich Insurance’s Investors Grow Impatient with CEO Senn’s Strategy

Martin Senn, Zurich Insurance Group AG’s chief executive officer, is considering a bid for RSA Insurance Group plc, one of the U.K.’s biggest insurers, after a cost-cutting program failed to revive returns for shareholders. Investors including GAM Holding AG are cautious about …

AXA Enters Exclusive Negotiations to Sell Portuguese Operations

AXA announced it has entered exclusive negotiations with Ageas for the potential sale of AXA’s Portuguese operations. These operations include AXA’s entire stake in AXA Portugal Companhia de Seguros SA (P&C business), AXA Portugal Companhia de Seguros de Vida SA (life …

RSA Reports 84% Jump in 1st Half Operating Profit    

RSA Insurance Group plc, the subject of a potential takeover bid by Zurich Insurance Group AG, reported a jump in first-half profit that beat analyst estimates and restored the interim dividend. Operating profit rose 84 percent to 259 million pounds [$395.2 million], London-based RSA …

UPDATE: Allianz 2nd Quarter Profit Rises 15% on Fewer Nat Cat Claims

Allianz SE, Europe’s biggest insurer, said second-quarter profit rose 15 percent as lower claims from natural catastrophes offset a drop in earnings at Pacific Investment Management Co. Net income increased to 2.02 billion euros ($2.2 billion) from 1.76 billion euros …

Zurich Q2 Net Income Falls to $840M From $848M; CEO Weighs RSA Offer

Zurich Insurance Group AG, the Swiss firm considering a bid for the UK’s RSA Insurance Group plc, reported profit that missed analysts estimates as earnings dropped 43 percent at the general insurance unit and it made a loss on unit-linked investments. Net income in …

Brit Reports H1 After-Tax Profit of US$6.4M, Compared to $94.5m in 2014

London-based Brit plc, which completed its merger with Fairfax Financial Holdings in the first half of this year, reported operating profit before foreign exchange and transaction related expenses of $70.9 million, compared with $172.3 million in the first half of …