SCOR News

Catastrophe Losses Driven Higher by Secondary Perils – And Climate Change

Secondary perils, exacerbated by climate change, are driving catastrophe insurance losses, warn a growing chorus of reinsurers and brokers. Indeed, broker Aon reveals that more than 60% of 2020’s insured catastrophe losses of $54 billion have been caused by secondary …

NBIS Adds SCOR Companies as Market for Specialized Transport, Heavy Haul Industry

NBIS, a provider of specialty construction insurance and risk management will now offer coverage for the specialized transportation/heavy haul industry through a new market parntnership with the member companies of reinsurer SCOR. The specialized transportation business is defined as open …

Fitch’s Reinsurance Outlook Remains Negative, Despite Entry into Hard Market Phase

Fitch Ratings said yesterday its ratings outlook for companies in the global reinsurance sector will continue to remain negative as a result of hefty coronavirus claims and low interest rates. The good news for companies, however, is that the market …

SCOR CEO Takes 30% Bonus Cut; 2019 Dividend Scrapped on COVID-19 Crisis

French reinsurer SCOR announced that its Chairman & CEO Denis Kessler will receive 30% less in his annual variable compensation for 2019, which is equal to €325,260 (US$354,333). In addition, the company has decided to cancel its 2019 dividend. Kessler’s …

SCOR Global P&C Sees Price Increases of 6.6% During April Renewals

During the April reinsurance renewals, SCOR Global P&C said it grew gross premiums by 5.7% to €504 million, while benefiting from broadly improving market conditions as shown by a 6.6% overall increase in pricing. Asia-Pacific represents 57% of SCOR’s portfolio …

SCOR-Backed Channel Syndicate Taps Coulson from Lancashire as Senior Underwriter

Channel Syndicate, which is backed by reinsurer SCOR, has appointed Caroline Coulson as a senior underwriter on the political and credit risks team within SCOR Specialty Insurance, effective immediately. Coulson started on March 23 and will report to Kade Spears, …

Activist Fund CIAM Keeps Pressure on Reinsurer SCOR – and its CEO/Chairman Kessler

The battle between French activist investment fund CIAM and SCOR, which has been waging for more than a year, heated up again recently with yet another push by CIAM to separate the chairman and CEO roles, both held by Denis …

SCOR Buys Majority Stake in Brazil MGA with Agricultural Specialty

Global reinsurer SCOR said it has acquired a majority stake in AgroBrasil, an MGA focused on distributing fruit and grain loss of crop quality and yield insurance protection to Brazilian farmers. Neither side disclosed financial details. Paris-based SCOR has partnered …

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 …

Reinsurers Look at Cyber’s Massive Growth Possibilities—With Caution

Reinsurers are aware they must constantly invent new solutions in order to stay relevant for their clients. Yet, they admit they are sometimes challenged to close the protection gap for new and emerging risks such as cyber. Cyber is actually …