Seattle-based Safeco has announced estimated after-tax catastrophe losses from Hurricane Wilma of $29 million, or $0.23 per diluted share. Pretax catastrophe losses from the storm are estimated at $45 million.
Those figures represent estimated losses both from claims received through Nov. 9, 2005, and from future expected claims from policyholders with hurricane damage, as well as estimated assessments to Safeco.
Safeco does not anticipate reimbursement from the Florida Hurricane Catastro-phe Fund or the company’s property catastrophe reinsurance for losses related to Hurricane Wilma.
“As the 2005 hurricane season comes to a close, hundreds of Safeco claims professionals are on the ground, helping customers, agents and brokers recover from Hurricane Wilma–a storm more costly by industry estimates than any one of Florida’s four 2004 hurricanes,” said Mike McGavick, Safeco chairman and CEO.
As it has following each of this year’s major hurricanes, Safeco deployed generators and service personnel to help Florida agents whose business operations were disrupted by Hurricane Wilma, so they could service customers.
Safeco has 0.7 percent share of the Florida homeowners market and 2.4 percent share of the commercial multiperil market. The company’s loss estimate is less than proportionate to the company’s market share, due to strict underwriting guidelines in areas susceptible to coastal storms.
Safeco estimated losses for Hurricane Wilma using its knowledge of severity and reporting patterns from past storms as well as claims data and assumptions specific to this catastrophe.
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