Standard & Poor’s News

Small Group of Bermudian Re/Insurers Drive Overall Q1 Premium Growth: S&P

At first glance, Bermudian re/insurance companies appeared to start the year with a bang, reporting a 21 percent increase in consolidated gross premiums written (GPW), according to a new report published by Standard & Poor’s. However, that picture is slightly …

Alberta Wildfires Could Cost $7B with Minimal Insurer Credit Hit: Ratings Agencies

The Fort McMurray wildfires, which have been raging through northern Alberta, Canada since May 1, are likely to be the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history, according to recent reports issued by catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, rating company DBRS …

Global, Diversified Multiline Insurers Best Placed to Withstand Challenges: S&P

Global, diversified insurers are best positioned to withstand the industry’s top economic and competitive challenges, according to a report published by Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings. Geographic and product diversification help global multiline insurers (GMIs) cope with challenges such as …

S&P Expects UK to Vote to Stay in EU by Small Majority; Warns About Brexit

Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s said on Friday it expected Britons to vote to remain in the European Union by a small majority in a June 23 referendum, but that the risk of leaving was a negative for the country’s …

UK’s Flood Re Launches to Bring Affordable Flood Cover to Homeowners

The U.K.’s new joint industry and government sponsored reinsurance scheme for flood risk began operating today (April 4). Designed to help provide access to affordable flood insurance cover for households at the highest risk, Flood Re expects up to 350,000 …

Strong Reinsurer Results Hide Difficult Business Conditions: S&P, Fitch Reports

Weak business conditions in the reinsurance industry are being masked by a low level of catastrophes and a high level of reserve releases, said Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services and Fitch Ratings in new reports. “Stripping out these two factors, …

Delta Lloyd Remains on CreditWatch Negative, Pending EGM & Rights Issue: S&P

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services said it is maintaining on CreditWatch with negative implications its “A-” long-term counterparty credit and insurer financial strength ratings on Delta Lloyd Levensverzekering N.V. and Delta Lloyd Schadeverzekering N.V., the core operating companies of the …

Capital Adequacy Is Key Strength of Reinsurers in Difficult Market: S&P

Strength of capital and good enterprise risk management are two of the main reasons the global reinsurance industry will be able to maintain a stable outlook during 2016 from Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, despite the many competitive pressures it …

Amlin Finalizes Merger of 2 European Subsidiaries, Creating Amlin Insurance SE

Amlin plc, the London-based specialist insurer, announced the successful completion on Jan. 4 of the cross-border merger of two of its insurance company subsidiaries, Amlin Europe N.V. and Amlin Insurance (UK). The combined post-merger insurance company is called Amlin Insurance …

Sompo Japan Canopius Re Gets ‘A’ Rating; to Begin Writing Business on Jan. 1

A.M. Best has assigned a financial strength rating of A (Excellent) and an issuer credit rating of “a+” to Sompo Japan Canopius Reinsurance AG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canopius Group AG. The outlook assigned to both ratings is stable. Zurich-based Sompo …