Reinsurance News


Turbulent investment landscape pushes PartnerRe to $433mn Q1 loss

8th May 2020

Bermuda-based reinsurer PartnerRe has announced a net loss of $433 million for the first-quarter of 2020, as COVID-19-induced financial market volatility and fading equity markets significantly impacted the company's investments in the period. PartnerRe's Q1 2020 net loss compares with net income of $497 million a year earlier, and includes net ... Read the full article

PartnerRe names AXIS Re’s Jeffrey Ryan as Head of Financial Risks

4th May 2020

Bermuda-based reinsurer PartnerRe has announced the appointment of Jeffrey Ryan as Head of Financial Risks, effective May 1st, 2020. In his new role, Ryan takes responsibility for the leadership of the company's global Financial Risks team and portfolio. He will be based in the firm's Stamford office, and will report to ... Read the full article

Fitch maintains PartnerRe on Positive Watch after COVID-19 review

27th April 2020

Fitch Ratings has maintained PartnerRe’s ratings on Rating Watch Positive, including its 'A-' Issuer Default Rating and the 'A+' (Strong) Insurer Financial Strength rating of the company's principal reinsurance operating subsidiary. Fitch’s ratings are based on its current assessment on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, including its economic impact, under ... Read the full article

PartnerRe expects long-term commitment from Covéa, says CEO Clarke

17th April 2020

Emmanuel Clarke, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bermudian reinsurer PartnerRe, has said that the recently announced acquisition by Covéa is “a very good strategic fit” for the company. Speaking in an interview with Reinsurance News, Clarke explained that PartnerRe views Covéa as “a long-term committed owner” with a long-term strategic interest ... Read the full article

Covéa committed to PartnerRe acquisition despite COVID-19 impacts: reports

30th March 2020

Despite the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic having a significant impact on European countries, driving meaningful and widespread financial market volatility, Covéa has reportedly said that it remains committed to its deal with Exor to acquire reinsurer PartnerRe. In early March, Covéa and Exor announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding ... Read the full article

Could market decline force M&A price renegotiations? (Covea-PartnerRe, Aon-WTW)

23rd March 2020

With pressures from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak causing a surge in market volatility and significant decreases in share prices, there could be a question mark over some of the larger merger and acquisition (M&A) deals announced recently. For example, PartnerRe shares were valued at US $27.20 per share on the New ... Read the full article

Rating agencies view Covéa takeover as beneficial for PartnerRe

5th March 2020

Rating agencies Fitch and Moody’s have said that they view the recently confirmed acquisition of PartnerRe by Covéa as potentially beneficial for the Bermudian reinsurer. Fitch has placed PartnerRe’s ratings on Rating Watch Positive after the news emerged yesterday, while Moody’s affirmed its ratings and noted that PartnerRe would likely ... Read the full article

Covéa to acquire PartnerRe from EXOR for $9bn

4th March 2020

EXOR, the Agnelli family owned holding company, has reached an agreement with French insurance group Covéa over the sale of PartnerRe. The pair have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which Covéa has agreed to acquire PartnerRe for a total cash consideration of $9 billion, plus a cash dividend ... Read the full article

Typhoon losses push PartnerRe to $188mn Q4 underwriting loss

3rd March 2020

Bermuda-based reinsurance firm PartnerRe has posted a non-life underwriting loss of $188 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, driven by Japanese typhoon losses and attritional losses on agriculture business. The company incurred catastrophic losses of $133 million from Typhoon Hagibis and $39 million of adverse development on Typhoon Faxai, as ... Read the full article

“Significant degree of continuity” between PartnerRe, Covéa: Moody’s

17th February 2020

Moody’s analysts see a “significant degree of continuity” between PartnerRe’s senior management and underwriting teams and its overall corporate strategy following a potential $9 billion acquisition by French insurance group Covéa. Already rumoured, parent company Exor SpA has confirmed that PartnerRe is the subject of sale talks. Should such a transaction ... Read the full article

PartnerRe sale could reduce asset diversity for Exor: S&P

11th February 2020

Analysts at S&P Global Ratings have warned that Exor’s potential sale of Bermudian reinsurance firm PartnerRe could improve the company’s financial flexibility, but to the detriment of its asset diversity. Exor confirmed yesterday that it is in discussions with French insurance group Covéa regarding a deal that could see PartnerRe ... Read the full article

Exor confirms talks with Covéa on rumoured $9bn PartnerRe sale

10th February 2020

Partner Re, the Bermuda-based reinsurance firm, is said to be the subject of discussions over a $9 billion potential sale between its current owner the Agnelli family-owned Exor and French insurance group Covéa. Already rumoured, Exor has now confirmed that PartnerRe is the subject of sale talks. The still rumoured price of ... Read the full article

CCR Re hires PartnerRe’s Bertrand Petras as Vice President

29th January 2020

French reinsurance firm CCR Re has announced the appointment of Bertrand Petras, formerly of PartnerRe, as Vice President. In his new role, Petras will be tasked with expanding the firm's Life & Person branches, covering countries in the MENA region. He joins the state-backed reinsurer from Bermuda-based reinsurer PartnerRe, where he most ... Read the full article

A changing environment shouldn’t change your strategy: PartnerRe’s Colello

29th November 2019

Reinsurers should not be looking to alter their strategy in response to changing market conditions, but should instead be focusing on consistency and execution, according to Jon Colello, CEO for P&C Americas and President of PartnerRe. Speaking in an interview with Reinsurance News, Colello acknowledged that both insurers and reinsurers were ... Read the full article

Improved P&C result boosts PartnerRe in Q3

11th November 2019

Bermuda domiciled reinsurer PartnerRe has announced net income of $216 million for the third-quarter of 2019 compared with a net loss of $106 million for the same period in 2018, supported by net realised and unrealised gains and an improved property and casualty (P&C) performance. The reinsurer has announced net realised ... Read the full article