Moody’s Investors Service News

Europe Reinsurers’ H1 Profits Climb on Lower COVID Claims, Hardening Prices: Moody’s

The four largest European based reinsurers – Munich Re, Swiss Re, Hannover Re and SCOR – reported sharply higher profits in the first half of 2021, compared with the same period in 2020 — as a result of lower COVID-19 …

Germany’s Floods Will See ‘Sizable’ Protection Gap. Could Insurance Demand Increase?

With an insured price tag of €4 billion to €5 billion (US$4.7 billion to $5.9 billion), economic losses from Germany’s recent floods are likely to be significantly higher, which highlights a sizable insurance “protection gap.” This protection gap – or …

Some Scientists See More Intense, Wetter Hurricane Season Storms

Like death and taxes, the annual hurricane season can be counted on as a sure thing. The number and intensity of named storms may vary each year, as well as where they occur and whether or not they make landfall. …

Swiss Re Sells Half Its Stake in Phoenix Group for $608 Million

Swiss Re announced the sell of a 6.6% stake in Phoenix Group Holdings plc for £437 million ($608 million). After the sale, which is expected to close on June 25, Swiss Re will still retain another 6.6% stake in Phoenix, …

Europe’s Insurers Expect Robust M&A Activity and Strong Earnings in 2021: Moody’s

Europe’s insurance industry is emerging from the coronavirus crisis with a stronger appetite for mergers and acquisitions (M&A), along with expectations for strong earnings growth in 2021, according to Moody’s annual survey of chief financial officers (CFOs) from 21 leading …

Initial Reactions to UK Supreme Court’s Ruling on Business Interruption Claims

Insurers, policyholders and industry observers have issued comments on the UK Supreme Court’s ruling that insurers should pay small businesses for many business interruption claims from the COVID-19 lockdowns. The UK Supreme Court dismissed appeals by six insurers – Hiscox, …

Pace of Broker Acquisitions Picks Up in 2nd Half, After COVID-Linked Lull in Q2

Insurance brokers have stepped up their acquisition pace in the second half of 2020 after a pause in the second quarter related to the coronavirus and the steep economic decline, according to a report published by Moody’s Investors Service. Indeed, …

AIG’s Plan to Divest Life & Retirement Business Could Prompt Ratings Downgrades

American International Group’s plan to downsize by divesting its Life & Retirement (L&R) business is drawing cautious and wary reactions from rating agencies that follow the property/casualty insurance giant. They said that they’re worried about what the divestiture will do …

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 …