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Insurtech Kin raises $47m to fund carrier in Florida

28th August 2019

Kin Insurance, an insurtech startup focused on matching US homeowners to insurance policies, has raised $47 million in additional funding. Kin plans on using the capital to launch Kin Interinsurance Network, a Florida insurance carrier that is expected to expand and serve other states in the near future. Using a customers’ home ... Read the full article

Reviving the private US flood market could generate $41.6bn in premiums: Verisk

23rd August 2019

Recent analysis from data analytics provider Verisk suggests that reviving the private flood insurance market in the US could generate $41.6 billion in written premiums for insurers from owner-occupied homes. The figure came as part of a study that concluded 62 million residential locations in the US could be at moderate ... Read the full article

Stonybrook advises on Florida Peninsula’s $30m senior debt raise

22nd August 2019

Investment banking and reinsurance brokerage Stonybrook Capital has announced its involvement as exclusive advisor to homeowners insurer Florida Peninsula on a senior debt facility of up to $30 million. The transaction is believed to have enabled Florida Peninsula to refinance its existing debt and bolster regulatory capital. "The debt market is an ... Read the full article

FedNat’s $51m Maison Insurance acquisition gets regulatory nod

14th August 2019

Florida-based FedNat Holding Company has received regulatory approval from the Florida Officer of Insurance Regulation and the Louisiana Department of Insurance to move forward with its acquisition of the homeowners insurance operations of 1347 Property Insurance Holdings. The previously-announced transaction is expected to close as soon as practicable following November ... Read the full article

“Severe and unusual” cat events drive FedNat Q2 underwriting loss

7th August 2019

Florida-based FedNat Holding Company has posted a combined ratio of 101.5% for the second quarter of 2019, up from 99% in Q2 2018, as hail and wind related storms from twelve catastrophe events hit the states it writes property business. Overall, losses and loss adjustment expenses in Q2 increased $17.7 million, ... Read the full article

National General acquires QBE North America’s National Farmers Union

5th August 2019

National General Holdings Corp. has completed its previously announced acquisition of National Farmers Union Property and Casualty Company (National Farmers Union Insurance) from QBE North America. The purchase price for this deal was $52.8 million subject to customary post-closing adjustments. The firm explains that the change in the closing purchase price ... Read the full article

Universal’s income down 17% in Q2, as loss ratio climbs

1st August 2019

Florida-based property and casualty insurer Universal Insurance has released its results for the first half of 2019, reporting a 16.8% decrease in income before taxes. Income slipped by $10.3 million to $50.9 million in Q2 2019, compared with $61.2 million for the same period in the previous year. Looking at the first ... Read the full article

Re/insurance to cover less than 20% of $200m Ridgecrest quake loss: KCC

24th July 2019

The Magnitude 7.1 earthquake that impacted the towns of Ridgecrest, Argus, and Trona in the U.S. state of California in early July, is expected to result in overall damages of around $200 million, with the insured loss likely to be less than $40 million, according to Karen Clark & Company ... Read the full article

False earthquake policy info prompts California regulators to notify insurers

12th July 2019

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) are to send a notice to re/insurers following reports that some companies may be declining to write earthquake policies in the state. Kern County in southern California was struck by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake on July 4, followed by a ... Read the full article

Flood Re lays out new flood resilience proposals for UK homes

8th July 2019

Government-backed reinsurance scheme Flood Re has announced a series of proposals designed to increase the flood resilience of UK homes. Flood Re hopes to work with insurers on “building back better homes” after a flood event and would permit the payment of claims to include an additional amount for certain repairs ... Read the full article

Cali quake losses expected to be insignificant, damage less than initially feared

8th July 2019

Analysts at Credit Suisse expect the insurance industry loss from the recent earthquakes that struck Southern California to be less than $500 million, with emergency officials reportedly stating that the damage is less considerable than initially feared. The Ridgecrest City area of the state was hit by a magnitude 6.4 quake ... Read the full article

Fednat grows catastrophe reinsurance program at July renewals

2nd July 2019

Florida-based FedNat Holding Company has announced the renewal of its catastrophe reinsurance program for 2019-2020, which includes a slight increase to its aggregate limit. The aggregate reinsurance limit was increased from $1.79 billion to $1.84 billion at the July 1 renewals, FedNat reported. At the same time, the aggregate private market limit ... Read the full article

FedNat adds Mel Russell as VP of Monarch

28th June 2019

Florida-based FedNat Holding Company has appointed Mel Russell as Vice President of its subsidiary Monarch National Insurance, effective immediately. Russell will oversee the relaunch of Monach’s homeowner and condo programs in Florida, and report directly to Michael Braun, FedNat’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Since 2016, Russell has served as President and CEO ... Read the full article

Analysts highlight uncertainty around FedNat’s Maison deal & off-cycle renewal

19th June 2019

Analysts at JMP remain confident in the prospects of FedNat Holding Company, but have said that some uncertainty exists around the company's "slightly off-cycle" reinsurance renewal and the potential delay of its acquisition of Maison Insurance, the homeowners insurance operations of 1347 Property Insurance Holdings. JMP met with FedNat management ... Read the full article

Insurers FHCF reimbursement raised as Florida Governor approves bill

19th June 2019

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed into law bill HB 301, part of which doubles the reimbursement rate insurance companies can receive from the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (FHCF). The Florida House of Representatives passed the legislation in April 2019, at the same time as it passed a bill targeting assignment ... Read the full article