S&P Global Ratings News

S&P Places AXA on CreditWatch Negative over Its Plans to Buy XL Group for $15.3B

S&P Global Ratings placed France’s AXA on CreditWatch with negative implications over its planned $15.3 billion purchase of XL Group Ltd. The ratings agency said it is worried about what the mega-deal could do to AXA’s capital reserves. At issue …

January Renewals Saw Rate Hikes of Up to 5%, with More Expected: S&P

Global reinsurance pricing in aggregate was flat to up about 5 percent during the January 2018 renewals, and more price hikes can be expected in loss-affected areas during the year, according to S&P Global Ratings. After last year’s spate of …

The Hartford and Travelers Among Companies Offering Bonuses Due to New Tax Law

Hartford, Conn.-based The Hartford and New York City-headquartered Travelers confirmed they are among several companies giving their employees bonuses of $1,000 each if they earn $75,000 or less annually as a result of what U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin …

Texas’ Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Ratings on CreditWatch; Harvey Cited

S&P Global Ratings has placed its ‘B+’ financial strength ratings for Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Insurance Assoc. (HPFMIA) and its subsidiary, Hochheim Prairie Casualty Insurance Co. (HPCIC; collectively Hochheim) on CreditWatch with negative implications. Hochheim, headquartered in Yoakum, Texas, only …

Specter of Corporate Exodus Leaves Connecticut Budget in Crisis

Thirty years ago, so many companies flocked to Connecticut that Stamford, a waterfront enclave of about 100,000 residents, became the third-largest center of corporate headquarters in the U.S., behind only New York City and Chicago. Now businesses are lining up …

Lloyd’s Outlook Is Negative on Hurricane Losses; Ratings Affirmed: S&P

S&P Global Ratings has revised its outlook on the Society of Lloyd’s to negative from stable, while reaffirming the market’s ‘A+’ insurer financial strength and long-term counterparty credit ratings on Lloyd’s. With estimated net losses of £3.3 billion ($4.4 billion) …

Saudi Arabia Develops Stronger Capital Rules for Insurers: Sources

Saudi Arabia’s central bank is preparing tougher rules for insurance companies as part of a drive to create a smaller number of stronger market players operating in the country, two people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. A …

City of Hartford’s Rating Sinks Deeper Into Junk; Agencies Cite Possible Default

Hartford, Connecticut’s cash-strapped capital city, suffered a fresh round of credit rating downgrades deeper into junk territory by two Wall Street credit agencies on Tuesday, a day after the city’s bond insurers said they were open to debt restructuring. The …

S&P Assigns Odyssey Re Europe with ‘A-‘ Rating, Stable Outlook

S&P Global Ratings has assigned its ‘A-‘ long-term financial strength rating to Odyssey Re Europe S.A. (ORESA), with a stable outlook. The rating on ORESA is based on an explicit guarantee provided by Odyssey Reinsurance Co., which has an ‘A-‘ …

Reinsurers More Likely to Report Natural Disaster Underwriting Losses: S&P

Things could get rougher for global reinsurers if annual natural catastrophe claims keep moving closer to the long-term average, Standard & Poor’s said in a new report. It turns out that upward trend has been substantial. As indicated by Aon …