Fitch Ratings News

For Global Insurers, Pandemic Likely to Erase Profits Until 2021 Second Half: Fitch

While insurance rates have risen for nine consecutive quarters due to large catastrophe losses and accelerating claims inflation, Fitch Ratings expects that technical profits won’t be seen until the second half of 2021 as a result of the effects of …

New Business Interruption Insurance Poses Risks to Chinese Insurers, Says Fitch

At the direction of the Chinese government, domestic insurers started selling business interruption insurance to cover Chinese enterprises against disruptions from the coronavirus outbreak, which may have unintended consequences. Fitch Ratings cautions that the move could pose risks to the …

Fitch Places Lloyd’s of London’s on Rating Watch Negative on COVID-19 Crisis

Fitch Ratings has placed Lloyd’s of London’s ‘AA-‘ Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) ratings on rating watch negative, on the uncertainty and increased risk to Lloyd’s earnings and underwriting performance due to claims from the COVID-19 pandemic. The negative rating watch …

Fitch Revises Rating Watch on Sirius to ‘Evolving’ on Uncertainties over Planned Sale

Fitch Ratings has revised the rating watch to evolving from negative on all ratings for Sirius International Group, Ltd. and its operating subsidiaries, including its ‘A-‘ (Strong) Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) rating, its ‘BBB’ Long-Term Issuer Default rating (IDR), and …

The Longer Coronavirus Crisis Lasts, the More Uncertain Is P/C Insurance Outlook

North American property/casualty insurers reported improved 2019 operating performance, but near-term performance will likely be more challenging with the onset of coronavirus and the resulting economic impact, according to a report from Fitch Ratings. Fitch’s rating outlook for the U.S. …

Fitch Revises Outlook for London Insurance Sector to Negative on COVID-19 Impact

Fitch Ratings has revised its outlook for the underlying fundamentals of the London market insurance sector to negative from stable. The sector outlook revision reflects increased concerns over the COVID-19 disruption and the related impacts on the credit quality of …

Fitch Revises Global Reinsurance Sector Outlook to Negative; Rating Outlook Stable

Fitch Ratings announced a dimmer “sector outlook” for global reinsurers—changing it to negative from stable, pointing to increased concerns over COVID-19. Rating agencies like Fitch offer two types of outlooks for segments of the insurance and reinsurance markets—sector outlooks and …

Fitch Sees Only ‘Modest Impact’ on U.S. P/C Insurance from Coronavirus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is not currently anticipated to have a meaningful adverse impact on financial results reported by U.S. property/casualty companies, nor their ratings, according to Fitch Ratings. The nature of insured commercial exposures along with restrictive language embedded …

UK Insurers Could See Underwriting Losses After Storms Ciara, Dennis: Fitch

Losses from storms Ciara and Dennis, which brought strong winds, torrential rain and widespread flooding to the UK, will increase pressure on UK household insurers’ profits in 2020, said Fitch Ratings. While the claims are unlikely to exceed £500 million …

Typhoon Hagibis Likely to Cause Earnings Event for Japan’s Insurers: Fitch

Typhoon Hagibis is likely to be an earnings event for Japan’s three main non-life insurance groups, MS&AD Insurance Groups Holdings, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance and Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co. (TMNF), with no material effects on capital and …