S&P ratings News

S&P’s Outlook for AGCS Revised to Negative on ‘Weak Underwriting Performance’

S&P Global Ratings has revised its outlook on Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE (AGCS) to negative from stable, while at the same time affirmed the insurer’s “AA” financial strength and issuer credit ratings. The outlook revision reflects S&P’s view …

Argo Activist Shareholder Voce Renews Battle to Elect Independent Board Members

Activist shareholder Voce Capital Management LLC is renewing its fight with the board of Argo Group International Holdings Ltd. This time, Voce is calling for a special meeting of Argo shareholders to elect five independent board members. Argo has been …

S&P Revises Qatar Insurance Outlook on Financial Risks from $308M Markerstudy Loan

S&P Global Ratings said it revised its outlook on Qatar Insurance Co. S.A.Q. (QIC) to negative from stable, although it has affirmed the group’s “A” rating. When QIC acquired four of Markerstudy’s subsidiaries in 2018, it also purchased the parent-related …

S&P Upgrades Outlook for AXIS

AXIS Capital Holdings won an outlook upgrade from Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings as well as an affirmation of its other ratings, thanks to growing confidence in its various strategic initiatives. Standard & Poor’s revised its AXIS outlook to stable …

S&P Affirms Ratings for AIG with Negative Outlook

S&P Global Ratings has affirmed its ‘A+’ insurer financial strength rating and ‘BBB+’ long- and ‘A-2’ short-term issuer credit ratings on American International Group Inc. (AIG), and its ‘A+’ rating on AIG’s core subsidiaries. The rating agency’s outlook for AIG …

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 …

S&P Lowers RenRe Holdings’ Ratings by One Notch on Competitive Pressures

S&P Global Ratings has lowered the long-term issuer credit rating on Bermuda-based RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (RNR) to “A-” from “A” and its long-term financial strength and issuer credit ratings on RNR’s core operating subsidiaries to “A+” from “AA-“. The outlook …

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) …

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-‘ …

S&P Lowers Ratings of Allied World After Acquisition by Fairfax; Outlook Stable

S&P Global Ratings lowered its long-term counterparty credit and senior debt ratings on Allied World Assurance Co. Holdings AG to ‘BBB-‘ from ‘BBB+’, following the completion of the company’s acquisition last week by Fairfax Financial Holdings. At the same time, …