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United more likely to call on reinsurance after $20 million losses

15th June 2017 - Author: Staff Writer

United Insurance Holdings (UPC) has announced second quarter pretax losses of about $20 million, meaning any future losses up to another $30 million will automatically be ceded to reinsurers, as its catastrophe aggregate reinsurance programme retention of $30 million has now been blown.

Hail from the Feb 18th 2017 Sydney stormThe firm’s catastrophe aggregate reinsurance programme provides cover for up to $60 million in losses for natural disasters excluding named windstorms or earthquakes.

UPC said its second quarter losses claims came from a series of hail, wind, and other severe convective storm events mostly in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas.

The insurer also announced expenses from its merger with American Coastal Holding Company, which was completed on April 3rd, 2017, of approximately $7 million of nonrecurring professional fee expenses.

UPC is just the latest of a number of primary insurers to report that the aggregation of severe convective storm losses are eating through their retention in 2017, suggesting reinsurance support could be called on by a number of companies as the year progresses.

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