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News on catastrophe and man-made losses that impact or could impact the reinsurance industry and reinsurers around the globe.

AXIS Capital estimates up to $120mn Hurricane Michael losses

9th November 2018

Bermudian re/insurance group AXIS Capital has released a preliminary pre-tax loss estimate for losses related to Hurricane Michael in the fourth quarter, which it puts in the range of $100 million to $120 million. AXIS said that its estimate was consistent with industry insured losses of approximately $10 billion. This compares with ... Read the full article

Zurich anticipates $175mn Hurricane Michael loss

8th November 2018

Zurich Insurance Group has released its results for the first nine months of 2018, in which it estimates that losses related to Hurricane Michael in the fourth quarter are likely to be around US $175 million. Category 4 Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle on October 10th as the strongest ... Read the full article

Insured losses from Hurricane Michael likely to reach $8bn, says Aon

8th November 2018

The latest Global Catastrophe Recap report from re/insurance broker Aon has estimated that total economic losses from Hurricane Michael will exceed US $15 billion, with public and private re/insurers likely to incur pay-outs of at least $8 billion. Aon’s Impact Forecasting team based their estimate on both physical damage and net ... Read the full article

Premium growth and rate rises outweigh cat losses for Beazley at Q3

8th November 2018

Strong premium growth across all divisions and an average 3% rate increase on renewal business have driven profits for specialist insurer Beazley at the third quarter of 2018 despite significant catastrophe losses. Gross premiums written by Beazley for the nine months ended 30 September 2018 increased by 11% year-on-year to $1.96 ... Read the full article

Italy storms caused over €3bn in economic losses, says Minister

8th November 2018

The storms that battered Italy with flooding and windspeeds of up to 190km/h (118mph) towards the end of October 2018 are expected to cause economic losses in excess of €3 billion (US $3.44 billion), according to the country's Transport and Infrastructure Minister, Danilo Toninelli. "I think that the total bill of ... Read the full article

Petya cyber industry loss passes $3bn driven by Merck & silent cyber: PCS

7th November 2018

The insurance and reinsurance industry loss caused by the Petya / NotPetya cyber attack continues to creep northwards and shows that these types of cyber events are driven more by silent losses than affirmative. According to Property Claim Services (PCS) the total industry loss from the Petya / NotPetya cyber attack ... Read the full article

Re/insurance will cover almost a quarter of $17bn Florence losses, says NC Governor

6th November 2018

Private insurance and reinsurance is expected to cover $4.6 billion of the estimated $16.7 billion in economic losses caused by Hurricane Florence in North Carolina, according to state Governor Roy Cooper. Initial estimates indicate at least $2.5 billion of potential federal aid and $0.8 billion will also go towards funding losses ... Read the full article

TransRe’s cat losses push Alleghany to Q3 underwriting loss

2nd November 2018

Alleghany Corporation fell to an underwriting loss of $140 million in the third-quarter of 2018, driven in part by the impacts of catastrophe losses on its reinsurance arm, Transatlantic Reinsurance Company (TransRe). In total, catastrophe losses in the third-quarter cost Alleghany $179.3 million, with more than 81%, or $146.1 million of the losses ... Read the full article

Flood most significant under-modelled peril for Asia Pacific: Guy Carpenter

2nd November 2018

Flood is the most significant under-modelled peril and of particular concern for the Asia Pacific region, where in excess of $500 billion of GDP is exposed to flood risk every year - the majority of which is not insured - according to a new report by reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter. Furthermore, ... Read the full article

Still negative, but AIG’s Q3 underwriting result improves with reinsurance

1st November 2018

Insurance giant American International Group (AIG) has reported a net, albeit smaller loss in the third-quarter of 2018, of $1.3 billion as a result of significant catastrophe losses. However, the insurer's underwriting loss did narrow year-on-year thanks to reinsurance. AIG's $1.3 billion net loss compares to a $1.7 billion net loss ... Read the full article

Irma loss creep and Q3 cats push Blue Capital Re to net loss

30th October 2018

Bermuda headquartered Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings Ltd. fell to a net loss of $6.7 million in the third-quarter of 2018, as price increases achieved through renewals failed to sufficiently offset catastrophe losses. The Bermuda-based holding company today announced its results for the third-quarter and first nine months of 2018, recorded a ... Read the full article

Insurance claims from Kerala, India floods surpass US$273 million

26th October 2018

Insurance claims from the severe flooding in the Kerala region of India in July and August, which is expected to result in economic losses of at least $3 billion, have approached Rs 2,000 crore (approximately $273.2 million), with industry sources suggesting that the payouts are more likely to hit ... Read the full article

Mexico insurers will comfortably absorb Hurricane Willa losses: A.M. Best

25th October 2018

Mexico’s insurance industry is sufficiently well capitalised and reinsured to comfortably absorb the financial impact of Hurricane Willa, which made landfall on Mexico’s Pacific Coast this week as a strong Category 3 storm, according to A.M. Best. Willa brought heavy rainfall, flash floods and landslides to the coastal states of Jalisco, ... Read the full article

Lower-than-expected cat losses benefit AXIS in Q3: Analysts

25th October 2018

AXIS Capital Holdings has announced its results for the third-quarter of 2018, posting net income of $43 million compared with a net loss of $468 million a year earlier. According to analysts, the firm's performance in the third-quarter benefited from lower-than-expected catastrophe losses. The Bermuda-based re/insurer's financial results for the third-quarter ... Read the full article

CCRIF completes $5.8m Kirk payout to Barbados government

25th October 2018

CCRIF SPC, a segregated portfolio company owned operated and registered in the Caribbean, has completed the previously-announced $5.8 million payout to the government of Barbados, triggered by heavy rainfall that occurred during the passage of tropical storm Kirk, within 14 days of the event. The payout is CCRIF’s first of ... Read the full article

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