Reinsurance News


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

Cyclone Gabrielle to impact New Zealand property insurers’ profitability

27th February 2023

Property insurers in New Zealand will see a severe impact on their profitability due to the massive damage caused by Cyclone Gabrielle and the Auckland floods, with insured losses expected to cost over $1bn, according to data and analytics company GlobalData. “The preliminary estimate of economic loss due to the current ... Read the full article

Moody’s RMS expects insured loss from Turkey earthquakes to exceed $5bn

23rd February 2023

Catastrophe risk modeller Moody's RMS anticipates economic losses from the two February 6th earthquakes in southern Turkey to surpass $25 billion, with insurance and reinsurance industry losses likely to exceed $5 billion. These estimates from Moody's RMS exclude any losses in Syria, so are based only on the impacts of the ... Read the full article

PERILS issues final €3.85bn loss estimate for Feb 2022 European windstorm

21st February 2023

Zurich-based catastrophe insurance data provider PERILS has released its final loss estimate for the European windstorm series which affected the British Isles and continental Europe in February 2022, totalling €3,851m. The windstorm series consisted of three storms named Dudley, Eunice and Franklin by the UK Met Office, and Ylenia, Zeynep and ... Read the full article

Swiss Re reports dip in net income amid economic inflation & large nat cats

17th February 2023

Global reinsurance giant Swiss Re has today announced net income of $472 million for the full year 2022 compared with $1.4 billion a year earlier, as the impact of economic inflation on expected claims impacted its P&C businesses, and large natural catastrophe losses exceeded expectations at $2.7 billion. The group's full ... Read the full article

Allstate records $307m cat losses for January

16th February 2023

The Allstate Corporation has announced estimated pre-tax catastrophe losses of $307 million ($243 million after-tax) for the month of January 2023. The U.S. primary insurer stated that catastrophe losses for the month of January were estimated at $309 million, related to nine events primarily in Texas and California. According to Allstate, these ... Read the full article

Earthquakes to drive insured losses of $2.4 billion in Turkey, says KCC

16th February 2023

Total property insurance and reinsurance industry losses from the dual Kahramanmaras, Turkey earthquakes are estimated at $2.4 billion, with economic losses pegged at close to $20 billion, according to Karen Clark & Company (KCC). These estimates do not include losses within Syria, and are based on the KCC Turkey Earthquake Reference ... Read the full article

Just ~5% of $20bn+ in economic losses from Turkey quakes to fall to re/insurers: Verisk

14th February 2023

The devastating M7+ earthquakes that occurred in Turkey on February 6th, 2023, are expected to drive economic losses of more than $20 billion, of which insurers and reinsurers will cover more than $1 billion, according to Verisk's Extreme Event Solutions. At least 37,000 lives have been lost following the M7.8 earthquake, ... Read the full article

United (UPC Insurance) forecasts $1.5bn gross loss from hurricane Ian

13th February 2023

United Insurance Holdings (UPC Insurance) has revealed that its total gross losses from Hurricane Ian has increased from its preliminary estimate of $1 billion from Q322, to approximately $1.54 billion as of the end of the full-year. The firm's Hurricane Ian gross loss estimate relates to its personal lines business underwritten ... Read the full article

Iskenderun port fire expected to generate $679mn of trade disruption: Russell Group

10th February 2023

According to data from Russell Group, the container fire at the Port of Iskenderun, Turkey will cause a loss in trade of around $679 million (£562.85 million). A further analysis from the data and analytics company also shows that a $36.7 million (£30 million) disruption in Iron and Steel exports and ... Read the full article

Reinsurers expected to absorb majority of Turkey quakes losses: Fitch

9th February 2023

According to Fitch Ratings, reinsurers are expected to absorb the majority of the recent Turkey / Syria earthquake losses, although the amount will be insignificant given how low insurance penetration is in the regions. On February 6, 2023, two powerful earthquakes of more than 7.5 magnitude struck near the south-eastern ... Read the full article

Impact of Turkey quakes adds to challenging environment for re/insurers: AM Best

8th February 2023

A new report from AM Best has highlighted how the impact of the two earthquakes in south-eastern Turkey, adds to what is already a “challenging operating environment” for re/insurers within the country. On February 6, 2023, two powerful earthquakes of more than 7.5 magnitude struck near the south-eastern Turkish cities of ... Read the full article

Suncorp exceeds H1 natural hazards budget by $99m

8th February 2023

Australian insurer Suncorp has reported its results for the first half of the fiscal year for 2023, during which time it grew its net profits by 44.3% despite natural hazard losses exceeding the its H1 budget by some AUD 99 million. In addition to improved earnings, Suncorp saw continued strong top-line ... Read the full article

Turkey earthquakes could result in $1bn+ loss

6th February 2023

Thousands of buildings have been destroyed and over 1,000 deaths have been recorded in Turkey and Syria following two powerful earthquakes, which could result in more than US $1 billion of losses, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The first quake was recorded at magnitude 7.8 on the Richter scale ... Read the full article

California floods unlikely to be huge loss for re/insurers: J.P. Morgan

30th January 2023

A new report from J.P. Morgan has stated that the recent California floods are unlikely to be a huge loss for the insurance industry. The California floods hit from late December to early January. The state was hit with extreme rain and winds, leaving entire neighbourhoods under water, downing trees, and ... Read the full article

Cincinnati Financial estimates cat losses of $141m in Q4

30th January 2023

Cincinnati Financial Corporation has announced that its consolidated Q4 results are expected to include pretax catastrophe losses of approximately $141m. According to the announcement, these represent an impact on the Q4 2022 combined ratio of approximately 7.8 percentage points, based on estimated property casualty earned premiums. The catastrophe loss estimate includes $161m ... Read the full article