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Hippo adds John Nichols to Board of Directors

10th August 2022

Home insurance group, Hippo, has announced the addition of John “Jay” Nichols Jr. to its Board of Directors, who will serve on Hippo’s Compensation Committee as well as the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee. Nichols has more than four decades of experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry. He has held ... Read the full article

HCI Group sees 30% increase in gross premiums earned, despite Q2 $8.5mn net loss

9th August 2022

Florida-based insurtech HCI Group has reported a net loss of $8.5 million in the second quarter of 2022, compared to a net income of $3.8 million in the same period last year. Adjusted net loss was $5.4 million for the quarter, compared to an adjusted net income of $2.7 million in ... Read the full article

Olympus Insurance appoints Mindy Barker as Chief Financial Officer

5th August 2022

Gemini Financial Holdings Corporation (GFHC), the parent company of Olympus Insurance Company, has appointed Mindy Barker to the position of Chief Financial Officer. Barker brings more than 30 years of experience towards the role. She brings a wide variety of public and private company experience in a range of finance and business ... Read the full article

Allstate reports $1bn net loss in Q2 results

4th August 2022

Allstate has announced a second quarter net loss applicable to common shareholders of $1.04 billion, compared to an income of $1.60 billion in the prior year quarter. The company noted that the loss was primarily due to lower underlying underwriting income, higher catastrophe losses, equity valuation declines and losses on fixed ... Read the full article

Centauri carriers’ A rating affirmed as Demotech announces revisions

4th August 2022

The Centauri insurance companies, which operate in Hawaii and along many of the coastal states in the U.S., have had their 'A' (Exceptional) rating affirmed by Demotech, a move it says reflects disciplined underwriting and its robust reinsurance program. The anticipated changes to ratings of property insurers with a Florida focus ... Read the full article

Weaker US personal lines results driven by rising inflation: Fitch Ratings

3rd August 2022

US personal line insurers have been moved to adjust pricing and underwriting in response to weaker results, which have felt the pressure of rising inflation and costs, according to a recent report. Fitch Ratings analysts have reported that US personal lines insurance written premiums saw a 5% increase in last year ... Read the full article

The Hanover sees earnings slip amid personal lines headwinds

3rd August 2022

Property and casualty insurance company, The Hanover Insurance Group, has reported net income of just $22.6 million for the second quarter of 2022, compared with $128.5 million for the same period last year. At the same time, operating income decreased from $104.0 million to $83.9 million, with the company attributed the ... Read the full article

“Large number” of fraudulent smoke and ash damage claims reported

2nd August 2022

Mercury Insurance Special Investigations Unit has discovered that a large number of fraudulent claims were reported for smoke and ash damage by the same public adjuster. Pete Galassi, Mercury Insurance special investigations unit manager, said: “Many were unaware a claim was filed on their homeowner’s policy”. “Some professional entities ... Read the full article

New Zealand claims payouts for extreme weather approaching $200m in H1 2022

1st August 2022

Data released by the Insurance Council of New Zealand Te Kāhui Inihua o Aotearoa (ICNZ) says that total insurance payments for extreme weather events is already nearing $200m in H1 2022. This compares to last year, when a total of $324m was paid out—an annual record at the time. This new data ... Read the full article

Donegal Group reports Q2 $8.2mn net loss

28th July 2022

US primary holding company Donegal Group posted a net loss of $8.2 million, compared to a net income of $16.2 million in the prior year quarter. Net premiums earned increased 6.0% to $204.1 million, compared to $192.4 million from Q2 21. At the same time, net premiums written were $218.4 million, a ... Read the full article

FedNat CEO Braun steps down, Patterson takes reins

26th July 2022

Florida-based primary insurer FedNat Holding Company has revealed that its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Michael Braun, has resigned from his position, effective July 24th. Board member David Patterson has been named as interim CEO while the company seeks to find a permanent replacement. Braun’s resignation follows a challenging period for FedNat, as ... Read the full article

KBRA downgrades, withdraws ratings for Kingstone Insurance & Kingstone Companies

26th July 2022

KBRA has downgraded the insurance financial strength rating (IFSR) of Kingstone Insurance Company to BBB+ from A-, and issuer rating and the long-term credit rating of the senior unsecured notes of KICO’s publicly-traded parent, Kingstone Companies, Inc. to BB+ from BBB-. KBRA noted that the ratings reflect Kingstone’s sound investment income, ... Read the full article

Neptune Flood announces partnership with SIAA

20th July 2022

AI-driven flood insurtech Neptune Flood has announced a new partnership with SIAA (Strategic Insurance Agency Alliance), an US alliance of independent insurance agencies. With this partnership, SIAA members will have access to Neptune solutions for flood risk through SIAA MarketFinder, SIAA’s online member-only portal for difficult-to-place and specialty risk markets. According to ... Read the full article

FutureProof hires Joe Strickland as Head of Underwriting

19th July 2022

FutureProof, a climate-smart property & casualty (P&C) insurtech, has appointed Joseph Strickland as Head of Underwriting. He joins from AIG’s Lexington Specialty Insurance Agency where he served as Senior Vice President for Wholesale Property. Within that role he led regional property teams across the US. “Joe’s unique combination of Florida knowledge, deep ... Read the full article

Increased population in the path of hurricanes – Triple I

15th July 2022

The populations of Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, and Delaware are growing dramatically. And that puts a greater number of people in the paths of hurricanes, and increases the property damage a hurricane could cause in those states, according to a new report from Triple-I. The company, citing US census data from 2020, says the double-digit ... Read the full article