Reinsurance News

A.M. Best: China’s Solvency Rules Will Alter Reinsurance Buying Decisions

China’s new solvency regime will encourage direct insurers to revise their reinsurance programs, or panel of insurers, in order to better manage their solvency requirement arising from reinsurance credit risk, according to a new briefing published by A.M. Best. Titled “China’s …

Low Insurance Penetration Creates Asia-Pacific Opportunities: Aon Benfield

As rapid economic development, population growth and urbanization lead to increased insurance penetration, Asia Pacific represents a key area of growth in the global marketplace, according to a report published by Aon Benfield, entitled “Welcome to Asia Pacific.” The guide …

Munich Re Continues Buying Back Shares Amid Falling Profit

Munich Re, the world’s biggest reinsurer, will continue buying back shares as declining prices and lower investment income undermine earnings. Munich Re plans to repurchase an additional €1 billion ($1.056 billion) of its own shares before its 2016 shareholder meeting, …

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 …

SCOR CEO Says Quantitative Easing Inflicts ‘Huge Costs’ on Euro Zone Insurers

The European Central Bank’s bond-buying plan may not help the region’s economic recovery while it makes the investment decisions harder for insurers and reinsurers, SCOR SE Chief Executive Officer Denis Kessler said. “It’s too late, it has been badly tailored, it’s badly …

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Plans to Buy 15% Stake in French Reinsurer SCOR

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings Inc. will buy a 15 percent stake in French reinsurer SCOR SE in potentially its biggest investment abroad amid diminishing opportunities for growth at home. The insurer will initially buy 7.8 percent from Swiss fund Patinex …

Hedge Fund, Sandell Asset Management, Forms Bermuda Reinsurer

Sandell Asset Management Corp., the activist hedge-fund firm run by Tom Sandell, started a Bermuda-based reinsurer to support its investing strategy. Sandell Re will rely on the hedge fund to oversee the reinsurer’s assets, the New York-based firm said Thursday …

Merger of Hyperion & RK Harrison Approved by Boards, Shareholders

Hyperion Insurance Group Limited and RK Harrison Holdings Limited announced the signing of the terms of agreement for the merger of the two London-based businesses, following approval by the two companies’ respective boards and shareholders. The transaction remains subject to …

Amlin, Hiscox Say They Plan to Remain Independent Amid Flurry of M&As

Lloyd’s of London insurers Amlin plc and Hiscox Ltd. both said they have enough scale to stay independent and see no need to find a buyer amid a flurry of deals in the industry. Both insurers reported lower full-year pretax …

Fairfax Financial to Benefit From its Acquisition of Brit plc: Moody’s Report

The proposed acquisition of Brit plc by Fairfax Financial Holdings is “credit positive” for Fairfax, according to Moody’s, which noted that the deal will significantly boost Fairfax’s underwriting capacity at Lloyd’s in a recently published report. Also citing the benefits …