Zurich Insurance Group News

Investor Doubts Remain About Zurich’s $8.8B Tentative Offer for UK’s RSA

Zurich Insurance Group AG’s announcement that it’s considering a 5.6 billion-pound ($8.8 billion) offer for RSA Insurance Group plc is leaving investors in doubt that the takeover will happen at that price. RSA rose 4.6 percent to 517.5 pence at 4:17 p.m. in London …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Zurich Insurance Prepares Financing Ahead of Possible Offer for RSA: Sources

Zurich Insurance Group AG is raising financing ahead of a possible takeover offer for RSA Insurance Group, according to people familiar with the matter. The Swiss insurer is talking to banks about raising more than $4 billion, said two of the people, who asked …

Zurich Insurance Confirms Offer for RSA – if Made – Would Be in Cash

Zurich Insurance Group AG said any offer for RSA Insurance Group would be in cash. Wednesday’s statement from Zurich means “there’s a very high likelihood that it will come through with an offer in the next few weeks.” said Ben Cohen, a London-based analyst …

Friday Afternoon Scam Cost Hedge Fund $1.2 Million – and CFO’s Job

The finance chief at Fortelus Capital Management LLP got an alarming phone call just as he was getting ready to leave work on a Friday. The caller said he was from Coutts, the London-based hedge fund’s bank, and warned there …

Reyes, Angehrn in New Posts on Zurich’s Group Executive Committee

The Zurich Insurance Group announced that Cecilia Reyes, currently Chief Investment Officer and Regional Chairman of Asia Pacific, will become Chief Risk Officer, effective July 1, 2015, succeeding Axel P. Lehmann. Urban Angehrn, currently Head of Alternative Investments, will become …

Zurich Aims to Cut Costs by $1B, Seeking to Reverse Earnings Decline

Zurich Insurance Group AG, Switzerland’s biggest insurer, will cut costs by more than planned as it seeks to reverse a drop in earnings. Chief Executive Officer Martin Senn said he will make additional annual savings of at least $1 billion by …

In Land of Negative Yields, Even Conservative Insurers Eye Junk Bond Investments

The new fixed-income haven is, of all things, the market for junk bonds. With government securities in Germany to Japan and Ireland yielding less than nothing, money is pouring into exchange- traded funds that buy speculative-grade debt, traditionally the riskiest …