Articles by L.S. Howard

Update: Generali 1st Quarter Net Profit Plunges 84.8% on COVID-19 Investment Hit

Generali’s first quarter net profit plunged 84.8% to €113 million (US$124 million) from €744 million (US$815.5 million) reported in Q1 2019, as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on financial markets. The hit to its Q1 net …

Activist Shareholder Urges Watford Holdings to Sell Itself, or Be Put Into Runoff

Capital Returns Management LLC, the fifth largest shareholder of Watford Holdings Ltd., is urging the re/insurer to sell itself or be put into runoff. In a letter to Watford’s board of directors, the activist shareholder and specialist insurance investor complained …

For Third Point Re, COVID-19 Crisis Hurts, but It Celebrates 1st Underwriting Profit

Third Point Re reported a net loss of $183.6 million for the first quarter of 2020 due to COVID-19-related investment volatility – but the company still had big reasons to celebrate. For the first time since its inception in October …

Insurer Beazley Raises $300M to Strengthen Balance Sheet on COVID-19 Uncertainties

Beazley, the Lloyd’s specialist insurer, announced it raised £247 million (approximately $300 million) in capital via an equity placement designed to strengthen its balance sheet as a result of the continuing uncertainty created by the COVID-19 crisis. During the first …

Zurich Insurance Estimates Coronavirus Pandemic Claims to Hit $750 Million for 2020

Zurich Insurance estimates that the overall property and casualty (P&C) claims from the COVID-19 pandemic will be in the region of $750 million for 2020. To put that into context, Zurich’s CFO George Quinn said the expected COVID-19 claim level …

Lloyd’s Expects US$4.3B in COVID-19 Claims – On Par with Costs of 9/11 Terror Attacks

Lloyd’s of London revealed it will pay claims in the range of $3 billion to $4.3 billion as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This payout is on a par with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, which cost the Lloyd’s …

UK Government to Create Temporary Reinsurance Backstop for Trade Credit Insurance

The UK Treasury announced it is creating a government-backed temporary reinsurance scheme so businesses can continue to access trade credit insurance during the COVID-19 crisis. The scheme will be delivered through a reinsurance agreement with trade credit insurers currently operating …

Hiscox Raises £375M to Respond to U.S. Wholesale, Reinsurance Growth Opportunities

Lloyd’s insurer Hiscox has successfully raised capital of approximately £375 million (US$465 million) as a result of an equity placement of new ordinary shares. The company announced the equity placing on May 5, which was successfully completed on May 6. …

Hiscox to Raise Capital in Response to COVID-19 Growth Opportunities and Exposures

Lloyd’s insurer Hiscox is planning a capital raise via the placement of new ordinary shares, which will enable the company to respond to expected growth opportunities ahead and prudently prepare for possible “downside scenarios.” of the COVID-19 crisis. New ordinary …

Aon Executives, 70% of Employees Taking Pay Cuts Amid Coronavirus Uncertainties

Aon announced it will temporarily cut the pay by 50% of the company’s named executive officers in response to the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, 70% of its global workforce will see a 20% reduction in their salaries, while approximately 30% …