UK insurers News

Sampo Group and S. African Investor to Acquire UK Insurer Hastings for $2.2B in Cash

UK insurer Hasting Group Holdings has agreed to a £1.66 billion (US$2.2 billion) cash acquisition by Finnish insurer Sampo and Rand Merchant Investment Holdings Ltd., a South African financial services investment company. Hastings investors will receive 250 pence for each …

UK Insurer Direct Line’s H1 Profits Beat Forecasts as Auto Claims Drop During Lockdown

Insurer Direct Line gave a double bonus to shareholders on Tuesday as first-half profits beat expectations due to a slump in motor claims as Britons drove less during the coronavirus lockdown. Britain’s biggest car insurer raised its interim dividend 2.8% …

UK, EU Likely to Miss Deadline for Accessing Financial Services After Brexit: Sources

Britain and the European Union are set to miss their end-June deadline for assessing future cross-border trade in financial services, leaving just six months before a potentially messy UK exit, financial industry and EU officials say. Britain left the EU …

UK Insurer Admiral Weighs Sale of Price Comparison Platform

UK car and home insurer Admiral Group Plc is considering a potential sale of its price comparison platform Penguin Portals, according to people familiar with the matter. The FTSE 100 company is working with boutique advisory firm Houlihan Lokey Inc. …

Many Insurance Policies Bought by Small UK Firms Don’t Cover Pandemic: Regulator

Most insurance policies bought by smaller UK companies do not cover disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but those that do should make interim pay-outs quickly, a watchdog said on Wednesday, as insurers come under fire for being slow to …

UK Travel Insurers Expect to Pay Record Coronavirus Claims of US$319M

UK travel insurers expect to pay record claims of at least £275 million (US$319 million) due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to first estimates from the Association of British Insurers (ABI). The vast majority of payouts will be for cancellations, …

UK Regulator Warns Insurers to Have ‘Robust’ Coronavirus Contingency Plans

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) reminded insurers on Thursday to have “robust” operational resilience and business continuity plans in place to respond to possible disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The FCA expects firms to have “sufficiently robust systems …

UK Insurers Could See Underwriting Losses After Storms Ciara, Dennis: Fitch

Losses from storms Ciara and Dennis, which brought strong winds, torrential rain and widespread flooding to the UK, will increase pressure on UK household insurers’ profits in 2020, said Fitch Ratings. While the claims are unlikely to exceed £500 million …

UK’s Legal & General Partners with Amazon to Create Blockchain System for Pensions

British insurer Legal & General has teamed up with Amazon to establish what it said is the first blockchain system for corporate pension deals. The insurer said it would use a managed blockchain system launched by Amazon Web Services (AWS) …

Some UK Insurers May Be Forced to Adjust Motor, Home Insurance Prices: Fitch

Some UK insurers may be forced to change how they set their prices for motor and home insurance as a result of a regulatory investigation next year, according to Fitch Ratings. Insurers have been accused of overcharging customers who do …