Moody’s Investors Service News

Insurers, Policyholders, Analysts React to UK’s COVID-19 Business Interruption Ruling

Insurers and observers are weighing in on the ruling by a London court in a test case brought by Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to clarify insurance coverage for COVID-19 related business interruption claims. The FCA says the court brought …

Moody’s Assigns First-Time A3 Rating to Fosun-Backed Peak Re

Moody’s Investors Service has assigned an A3 insurance financial strength rating (IFSR) to Hong Kong-based Peak Reinsurance Co. Ltd. with a stable rating outlook. Peak Re’s A3 IFSR reflects its good franchise in the Asian reinsurance market, solid capitalization, expanding …

European Insurers’ Coronavirus BI Claims Likely to Be Limited: Moody’s, ABI

Insurers in the UK, France and Germany are likely to face only moderate business interruption (BI) claims as a result of the coronavirus outbreak because pandemic-related claims are excluded from most business interruption policies in the three countries, said Moody’s …

Re/Insurers to Feel Coronavirus Impact From Financial Market Volatility: Moody’s

Global insurers and reinsurers are exposed to the coronavirus outbreak directly through a potential spike in claims, and indirectly through the impact on economic growth and the resultant financial market volatility, according to a report from Moody’s Investors Service. An …

Australia’s Bushfires Could Surpass 2009’s Costly Season; Analysts, Insurers Comment

Australia’s bushfire season has months to run and could easily surpass the most costly fire season, 2009’s Black Saturday fires in Victoria, which had a price tag of an estimated A$4.4 billion (US$3 billion), according to Moody’s Analytics, in a …

Reinsurers Maintain Upward Pricing Momentum—But Will It Last?

Positive pricing momentum—it’s the favorite phrase of many reinsurance executives, who are hoping that the momentum they’ve seen in 2019 will continue during the coming January renewals and beyond. The question is whether they will be disappointed, once again. Over …

Companies in Polluting Industries Slow to Disclose Climate Change Risks: Moody’s

U.S. and European companies in polluting industries rarely disclose the financial risks they face related to climate change even though a global task force called on them to do so two years ago, Moody’s Investors Service said in a report …

M&A Deals Likely to Become More Challenging as Sellers Seek High Deal Values

The current operating environment continues to prompt mergers & acquisitions (M&A) among insurers and reinsurers. However, the number of potential M&A candidates has declined and sellers’ expectations of high deal values could make future transactions more challenging, according to a …

Moody’s Projects Stable Outlook for Global Insurance Brokers

The 2018 outlook for insurance brokers is stable, reflecting good product demand, low capital requirements, significant variable costs, and healthy EBITDA margins and cash flows, which will continue to attract investors, including private equity firms, Moody’s Investors Service says in …

Island Nations, Such as Bahamas & Jamaica, at High Climate Change Risk: Moody’s

The Bahamas, Fiji, Jamaica and the Maldives have been identified as among the most vulnerable small island sovereigns in a report on the credit implications of climate change. The Solomon Islands and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are equally at …