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May 3, 2012

RSA reports 5% rise in GWP

by Gill Montia

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RSA achieved a 5% year-on-year rise in gross written premiums in the first quarter of 2012, to £2.2 billion. Growth was driven by a 4% rate and a 1% volume increase and was led by emerging markets, with Latin America turning in an “excellent” performance. In addition, performances seen in personal lines in Canada and […]



November 7, 2011

GWP falls 3% as Hiscox walks away

by Gill Montia

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Hiscox saw gross written premium fall 3% year-on-year, to £1.96 billion, in the nine months to the end of September, as the group continued to “walk away” from poorly rated risks. At its London Market business premium income declined 3.2%, to £475.3 million, and the re/insurer says it plans to increase Syndicate 33 2012 capacity […]



September 11, 2011

Aon releases 2011 risk study

by Gill Montia

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Aon Benfield has released its 2011 Insurance Risk Study, which sets out latest parameters for modelling and benchmarking underwriting risk. The data span 47 countries and key business lines, representing more than 90% of global property-casualty insurance premium. According to this year’s figures, property remains substantially more volatile than other major lines. In Germany and […]



August 1, 2011

Hiscox post £86.5m first-half loss

by Gill Montia

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Hiscox has reported a pre-tax loss of £85.6 million for the first half of 2011, compared with a profit of £97.2 million a year earlier, following “a tumultuous first six months”. The specialist insurer recorded gross written premium of £847.5 million, down slightly from £904.3 million in the first half of 2010, although its UK […]



July 26, 2011

Brit profits plummet to £6.8m

by Gill Montia

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Brit Insurance saw first-half 2011 pre-tax profit plummet to £6.8 million, from £77.5 million a year earlier, having faced an unprecedented number of catastrophe events in the first six months of the year. The re/insurer recorded a 2.1% rise in gross written premium, to £845.3 million, and its combined ratio stood at 104.8% (30 June […]



June 14, 2011

CEA: European GWP up 5%

by Gill Montia

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New figures published today by the CEA (the European insurance and reinsurance federation) show a 5% provisional increase in member countries’ gross written premiums for 2010, at current exchange rates. Initial figures for last year put total premiums at €1,115 billion, up from €1,060 billion in 2009, when premiums remained flat. Life premiums rose 6% […]



IAG outlines growth strategy

by Gill Montia

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Insurance Australia Group (IAG) has reset its priorities with an emphasis on accelerating growth in Australia, New Zealand and Asia, having targeted Asia for 10% of gross written premium, by 2016 In Australia the group will build on its direct business, while in Asia growth will be focused on its existing markets of Malaysia, Thailand […]



March 3, 2011

Hardy profit halved by natural catastrophes

by Gill Montia

Story link: Hardy profit halved by natural catastrophes

Hardy Underwriting Bermuda saw pre-tax profit plummet to £10 million in 2010 (2009: £20.1 million), following an “unprecedented level of international natural catastrophes”. The specialist insurer and reinsurer recorded gross written premium of £279.4 million, up from £242 million in 2009. Commenting the drop in earnings, chief executive, Barbara Merry, said: “The geographic distribution of […]



November 15, 2010

Amlin GWP up 39.4%

by Gill Montia

Story link: Amlin GWP up 39.4%

Amlin has reported a “mixed” trading environment in the third quarter of 2010, with downward pressure on premium rates persisting in many areas. However, the group’s gross written premium was up 39.4% for the ten months ended 31st October 2010, compared with a year earlier, to £1.92 billion. ACI represented £384.9 million of the £1.37 […]



October 26, 2010

Brit board recommends Achilles’ cash offer

by Gill Montia

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Brit Insurance has agreed the terms of a cash offer for the business made by Achilles, a newly-incorporated company formed on behalf of private equity firms, Apollo Management and CVC Capital Partners. The move will give Brit shareholders who accept the offer up to £11 in cash per share, while non-accepting shareholders will receive £10.45 […]



May 13, 2010

Amlin’s ACI acquisition boosts GWP by 32%

by Gill Montia

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In a trading update Amlin has reported a 32.1% annual increase in gross written premium, for the four months to the end of April 2010, to £964 million. The group’s acquisition of ACI in July of last year accounted for £246.3 million of the rise, however, the Lloyd’s insurer said it found the first four […]



September 24, 2009

Lloyd’s profit surges almost 40%

by Gill Montia

Story link: Lloyd’s profit surges almost 40%

Lloyd’s of London has reported a jump of almost 40% in half-year profit, despite “turbulent financial markets and challenging insurance conditions”. Robust underwriting results and a modest rebound in investment returns fuelled the surge, allowing the market to post pre-tax earning of £1.32 billion for the first six months of 2009, up from £949 million […]