Japanese insurers News

Japan Insurers to Invest in Riskier Non-Government Bonds, Seeking Higher Returns

As bond yields evaporate globally, many Japanese insurers are looking to secure higher returns at home and abroad by diversifying into riskier corporate and other non-government bonds in the financial year that began this month. Officials at Japan’s top 10 …

Japan Insurers Eye China Acquisitions in Continuation of Overseas Deal Spree

Japanese insurance companies have spent more than $50 billion on acquisitions over the past five years to become the world’s second-largest buyer of insurance assets, and the deals spree won’t be slowing down any time soon. The cashed-up insurers are …

Japanese Typhoons Put Downward Pressure on Creditworthiness of Insurers: S&P

The recent run of large natural disasters to hit Japan likely has put downward pressure on the creditworthiness of the nation’s three largest non-life insurance groups, according to S&P Global Ratings in a market briefing. Following July’s heavy rains, Typhoon …

Japan’s Cash-Flush Insurers to Keep Paying Hefty Prices for Overseas M&As

Japan’s cashed-up insurers are likely to keep paying hefty premiums for overseas assets as they seek to spur growth and overcome negative interest rates, fewer lucrative investment options and a fast-maturing market at home. According to Thomson Reuters data, last …

Japan’s SOMPO to Acquire Endurance for $6.3 Billion

Japan’s SOMPO Holdings Inc. has agreed to acquire all of the outstanding ordinary shares of Bermuda’s Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. for $93 per share in cash. The aggregate consideration is approximately $6.3 billion, which represents approximately a 40.3 percent premium …

Japanese Insurers Expected to Continue U.S. Spending Spree: Investment Bankers

Japanese insurers made more than $18 billion worth of acquisitions in the U.S. last year, and their spending spree isn’t over yet, industry dealmakers said on Tuesday. Japan has a number of large, healthy insurers facing dim growth prospects at …

Japanese Insurers Eye More Acquisitions in U.S.

Japanese insurers including MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings Inc. and Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc. are seeking mergers with peers in the United States, as a declining population at home forces them to pursue markets that are growing overseas. Prime Minister …