Aon, WTW, B&B, MMC, Gallagher, Truist

Truist organic growth sets stage for good quarter for brokers

Better-than-expected organic revenue growth in the insurance brokerage business of Truist Financial Corporation should be taken as a positive read-across for other US-listed intermediaries when they report in the coming weeks, according to Wells Fargo analyst Elyse Greenspan.

Air Worldwide, Core Logic, RMS. KC & Co

Delta pushes upper end of 2020 hurricane loss estimates up to $23bn

Onshore losses from this year’s five landfalling US hurricanes will have an aggregate cost to the private (re)insurance sector somewhere between $8.6bn and $23.2bn, according to modelled loss estimates issued to date.

Umbrella

Casualty carriers’ focus shifts to profitable excess from loss-making umbrella

Insurers are moving away from the loss-making US lead umbrella market and instead focusing their attention on the excess market which for most carriers is making money, according to a new report from McGriff.

Q3 earnings preview

Preannouncements highlight messy Q3 reporting season ahead

Last night’s flurry of preannouncements from US-listed (re)insurers provided a flavour of what’s to come as the Q3 earnings season gets underway this month, with frequency of cat losses, Covid-19 updates, pricing commentary, macroeconomic pressures and the trendline of underlying loss ratios set to dominate.

Arch, Watford and Enstar

Could Arch-Watford be a good enough deal for Enstar too?

In other circumstances Arch’s $31.10 agreed offer for Watford Holdings might look like the start of a saga. But while Enstar may yet counter, the interwovenness of Arch and the total return reinsurer it founded means the 0.8x deal on the table may satisfy more parties than the initial noise ...

Aviation, Marine and Lloyd's

Marine and aviation premiums grow in London company market as Lloyd’s contracts

Marine and aviation classes have faced further scrutiny at Lloyd’s over the past year as the Corporation continues to tighten its stance on underperforming business.

Lyft

Lyft’s expansion of insurance panel causes Axa XL’s participation to reduce

Lyft’s decision to broaden its insurers to include Allstate, Liberty Mutual and Mobilitas has reduced Axa XL’s dominance within the panel.

The main types of risk underwritten by a captive in 2019…

Demand for captives rising as commercial premiums soar

The rise in commercial insurance rates is driving an uptick in demand from buyers for captive solutions.

Wall St

Markets Review: Watford leads gains as FedNat slides in Q3

Bermudian reinsurer Watford Holdings led the gains in the third quarter among The Insurer’s universe of US-listed P&C carriers and brokers, with its stock up over 37 percent fuelled by reports the company was set to be acquired by an Arch-led consortium.

Hiscox

Markets Review: Hiscox bucks Q3 downward trend; Beazley biggest faller

Shares in London-listed Hiscox gained nearly 14 percent in the third quarter of 2020, the largest recovery among European carriers covered by this publication.

Neon and Riverstone – Lloyd's

Riverstone’s Lloyd’s streak continues with Neon

Fairfax-owned Riverstone’s acquisition of Neon is further evidence of the run-off specialist’s continued appetite for Lloyd’s legacy business.

Evercore

Slaughter and A-Plan continue Evercore’s active 2020

New York-headquartered Evercore has continued to be the most visibly active M&A (re)insurance sector advisory firm in the Covid-19 fallout with appointments to work on James Slaughter’s start-up venture as well as emerging as advisor to A-Plan on its sale to Hyperion.

1 October renewals

Rates soar in solicitors’ PI during “challenging” October renewal

Solicitors have faced premium increases of up to 50 percent as they look to secure professional indemnity insurance cover in the run up to the 1 October renewals.

CRC Group E&S Property

Fac writers and Bermuda step in as property writers retrench: CRC

Rate increases in the US property market as existing markets retrench are attracting new carriers and facilities as well as capacity from facultative reinsurance, alternative capital and Bermudians looking to fill gaps in placements, according to CRC.

Aviation

War for aviation broking talent battles on

Earlier today, Willis Towers Watson confirmed it has made 45 hires across its aviation team over the past 18 months, naming Paul Barker, Neil Black and David Boyle as recent additions (see table).

Beazley

Beazley loss revision adds further uncertainty to industry Covid-19 claims exposure

Beazley’s announcement on Tuesday that it had doubled its estimated Covid-19 claims bill to $340mn has highlighted that the industry’s claims exposure to the pandemic is far from over.

Covid-19 disclosures lower than expected but credit and casualty claims remain uncertain

Covid-19 disclosures lower than expected but credit and casualty claims remain uncertain

Covid-19 has been the defining event of 2020 and one of the most significant societal and economic disruptors of most of our lifetimes

Congress and covid-19

US retroactive BI bills seen as “essentially dead” but some states may revisit

After a “scary few months”, the momentum behind state and federal legislation to retroactively force insurers to cover Covid-19 business interruption (BI) losses appears to have stalled, although observers warn some state lawmakers may introduce bills in their next legislative session.

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Capital continues to flow into Lloyd’s

This week has seen further evidence of private equity’s renewed interest in the Lloyd’s market with two Lloyd’s businesses securing investment to fuel growth at One Lime Street.