Articles by Inti Landauro

Parametric Insurance Cover Provides French Farmers with Drought Relief

Hundreds of French farmers who signed up for specialist policies aimed at insuring against freak weather are getting swift payouts which could help them recover from heatwaves and prolonged droughts that hit parts of the country. The payments underline how …

Update: French Reinsurer SCOR Reports 62% Rise in Net Profit During 2nd Quarter

French reinsurer SCOR, which was the target of a failed takeover attempt last year, said its net profit for the second quarter rose 62% from the same period a year ago, helping the company meet financial targets it set three …

SCOR’s Shareholders Reject Attempt to Oust CEO Kessler

The shareholders of French reinsurer SCOR rejected a request by activist fund CIAM to oust chief executive Denis Kessler from the board of SCOR, although Kessler’s pay deal was only approved by a slim majority. About 54 percent of shareholders …

France’s AXA Insures 2 Notre Dame Contractors, Some Religious Artworks

French insurance firm AXA said on Tuesday it provided insurance coverage for two of the contracting firms that were working on Notre-Dame’s restoration prior to the blaze that devastated the cathedral. The fire ripped through the cathedral’s roof, where workers …

French Activist Fund Aims to Remove SCOR CEO Kessler from Board

French activist fund CIAM will ask reinsurance company SCOR’s CEO Denis Kessler to surrender the chairmanship of the company’s board after he thwarted a takeover attempt earlier this year. CIAM, which has just under one percent of SCOR, will ask …

AXA Reports 66% Drop in 2018 Net Profit on U.S. Unit’s IPO Costs, Natural Disasters

Net profits at AXA, Europe’s second biggest insurer, fell sharply as a result of charges related to its U.S. unit’s initial public offering (IPO) and a spate of natural disasters, although AXA hoped for higher earnings this year. Its 2018 …

SCOR’s Net Profit in 2018 Rises 13% Despite Spate of Q4 Natural Disasters

French reinsurer SCOR, which was the target of a thwarted acquisition by rival Covea last year, posted a surge in overall 2018 net profits despite making a loss in the fourth quarter caused by a spate of natural disasters. Net …

Update: SCOR CEO Says Activist Fund Criticisms of Covea Tactics Constitute Slander

French reinsurer SCOR’s Chief Executive Denis Kessler promised on Tuesday to release a strategic plan that would set new targets for the company, in a move to assuage an activist fund that questioned his role in a failed takeover process. …

Update: AXA Expects Profits to Be Boosted by Its $15 Billion XL Deal

AXA, Europe’s second-biggest insurer, expects its profitability to improve in the next two years thanks to U.S. business brought in by its new XL arm, and said it would now focus on expanding in Asia. The French insurer said profits …

XL Insurance to Cut Coal Industry Business Under Parent AXA’s Climate Order

AXA, France’s biggest insurer, has extended its climate change policy to its recently acquired XL division, joining a growing list of European insurers that have taken action to help to tackle global warming. AXA, Europe’s second largest insurer after Allianz, …