September 2nd, 2009

Chart: Global Reinsurance Composite Shareholders Equity

Posted at 4:00 PM ET

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Generally positive earnings developments, along with recovering asset values restored a considerable amount of capital to reinsurers’ balance sheets. Aggregate shareholders’ equity for the Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite climbed 8.2 percent during the first half of 2009, though individual results varied. The gains from earnings, in addition to isolated capital-raising activity, were only partially offset by outflows from unrealized losses and the return of capital to shareholders. Unrealized losses represented only 3.2 percent of shareholders’ equity — an improvement from more than 10 percent a year earlier. Dividend and shareholder buyback outflows fell from 8.2 percent in the middle of 2008 to 2.9 percent a year later.

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