Compared to others, the property/casualty insurance industry is weathering the coronavirus crisis rather well.
The property/casualty insurance is the least-impacted industry by the coronavirus pandemic, at least so far, according to an analysis from S&P Global Market Intelligence.
S&P compiled its analysis for March, generating industry medians from its Credit Analytics Probability of Default Market Signal model (PD), which uses stock price and assets volatility as inputs to calculate a 1-year probability of default.
The top 5 industries that have been the most impacted, based on market signals, are:
- Casinos & Gaming
- Leisure Facilities
- Auto Parts and Equipment
- Oil & Gas Drilling
S&P points out that there are multiple reasons the airline industry is the industry most affected by the coronavirus: mass grounding of air traffic, border closures, and shelter-in-place policies globally. These actions, S&P said, “have caused detrimental impacts on stock performance and raise concerns about the viability of some airlines.”
The industries S&P Global Intelligence says have been the least impacted from a PD perspective include:
- Property and Casualty Insurance
- Healthcare REITs
- Multi-line Insurance
- Life & Health Insurance
- Industrial REITs
While all five sectors scored high on the “least impacted” front, they still showed some pressures, according to S&P’s PD model.
“We continue to see market stresses and increasing unemployment rates, which we expect to elevate PDs in the coming months,” the S&P report noted.
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