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

Heritage expects weather-related losses of $21.5m in Q2

19th July 2019

Florida domiciled property and casualty (P&C) insurer, Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc., has announced that it expects to incur approximately $21.5 million of net weather-related losses in the second-quarter of 2019. The company announced earlier in the year a catastrophe hit of $15.4 million in the first-quarter of 2019, which, combined ... Read the full article

Boeing faces $4.9bn in costs due to 737 fleet suspension

19th July 2019

Boeing has announced that it will record an estimated $4.9 billion charge to cover costs related to the worldwide suspension of its 737 MAX fleet. The fleet was grounded following the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March, which experts believe was caused by a fault in the aircraft’s automated anti-stall system. Boeing said ... Read the full article

Hurricane Barry insured losses will not exceed $500mn: RMS

19th July 2019

Insurance and reinsurance industry losses from Hurricane Barry, which made landfall in Louisiana on Saturday, will not exceed $500 million, according to estimates from catastrophe risk modeller RMS. The estimate represents losses associated with wind, storm surge, and inland flood damage, including losses to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Read the full article

Munich Re expects €1bn Q2 result on lower losses, reserve releases

18th July 2019

Global reinsurance giant Munich Re has announced that it expects to report a consolidated result of approximately €1 billion for the second-quarter of 2019. The reinsurer states that this figure is mainly a result of low major-loss expenditure and high reserve releases for basic losses in reinsurance from prior years. Munich Re ... Read the full article

Allstate estimates Q2 catastrophe loss at $1.07bn, pre-tax

18th July 2019

The Allstate Corporation has estimated that its catastrophe losses for the month of June were $309 million, pre-tax ($244 million, after-tax), putting the insurer’s total Q2 catastrophe losses at $1.07 billion, pre-tax ($847 million, after-tax). Catastrophe losses in June comprised 16 events at an estimated cost of $311 million, pre-tax ($246 ... Read the full article

FedNat expects Q2 cat losses to reduce income by $9.3 million

18th July 2019

Florida-based FedNat Holding Company has estimated that catastrophe losses incurred during the second quarter of 2019 will reduce its pre-tax income by $9.3 million. The company also revealed that it gross catastrophe losses for Q2 amounted to $17.0 million, including $15.5 million from its non-Florida property business. FedNat is not currently anticipating ... Read the full article

Hurricane Barry private market loss at almost $300mn: KCC

16th July 2019

Catastrophe risk modeller Karen Clark & Company (KCC) has estimated that Hurricane Barry will drive an insurance industry loss of close to $300 million, excluding National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) losses. Barry made landfall 160 miles west of New Orleans on Sunday as a Category 1 hurricane, reaching maximum sustained winds ... Read the full article

Hiscox’s hurricane Michael loss creep flowed to aggregate reinsurance in Q2

15th July 2019

Loss creep from 2018's hurricane Michael was largely passed on to the reinsurance providers or retrocessionaires backing Hiscox's aggregate protection in the second-quarter of the year, the company confirmed to us today. Hiscox revealed in a trading update on Friday that its catastrophe losses had continued to creep in the ... Read the full article

Most of $2bn June European weather losses insured: Aon

11th July 2019

A series of severe weather outbreaks that swept across Europe in June is expected to have generated over $2 billion in economic losses, most of which will be covered by insurers. The latest catastrophe report from global re/insurance brokerage Aon describes how multiple countries across Central Europe were hit with large ... Read the full article

Reinsurers’ Q2 natcat budgets to be almost fully utilised: Deutsche Bank

1st July 2019

Deutsche Bank expects certain reinsurers’ natcat budgets to be almost fully utilised in the second quarter of 2019 due largely to further loss creep for Typhoon Jebi and the Sydney Hailstorms last year. This would depend on which line item reinsurers show loss additions for (either natcat or reserve strengthening). With Jebi ... Read the full article

Re/insurers brace for heavy loss following Munich hail storm

12th June 2019

The insurance and reinsurance industry is anticipating a heavy loss following a severe hail storm in the Munich region of Germany this week, which actuaries estimate could cause a damages worth hundreds of millions of euros. Regions of Bavaria close to the main city areas of Munich were pummelled by torrential ... Read the full article

Re/insurers face multi-billion dollar losses from prolonged U.S storms: Aon

7th June 2019

Re/insured losses are expected to climb into the multi-billion dollar range as severe weather and storm activity in the U.S remained high for a second consecutive month in May, according to the latest Global Catastrophe Recap report from Aon. The broker recorded seven outbreaks of severe convective storms across the central ... Read the full article

PERILS increases cyclone Dragi-Eberhard industry loss to €798m

7th June 2019

Catastrophe loss data aggregator PERILS has increased its initial €740 million loss estimate for windstorm Dragi-Eberhard to €798 million. Dragi-Eberhard consisted of two low pressure systems that affected areas of the British Isles, and Western and Central Europe on 9 and 10 March 2019. Given the storms affected similar regions across ... Read the full article

Norsk Hydro expecting $69m hit from cyber attack

6th June 2019

The cyber attack that hit aluminium manufacturing giant Norsk Hydro in March could cost the company as much as $69 million over the first two quarters of 2019. Norsk Hydro had previously disclosed that it expected to lose between NOK400 million and NOK450 million (US$46 million and $52 million). According to ... Read the full article

Severe weather continues in U.S with further $1bn+ of damage expected: Aon

31st May 2019

Aon expects economic losses to once again exceed $1 billion, after severe thunderstorms and flooding continued to impact Central and Eastern areas of the U.S through the week of May 24-30. The broker anticipates that insurers and reinsurers will cover the majority of wind and hail-related damage during this period. Losses will ... Read the full article

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