February 15th, 2011

Chart: Price to Book Ratio of the Global Reinsurance Sector

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

The price to book ratio of the Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite is near twenty-year lows, or over two standard deviations below the long-term mean, at 0.91x. These low valuations have significant implications for reinsurance company managements with regard to company strategy and capital budgeting. They are also important considerations for financial flexibility and the potential for sector consolidation. The chart below plots the price to book ratio of the reinsurance sector from 1990 to the present day. The drop-off in the last decade has coincided with higher loss activity, falling interest rates, increased capital requirements and lackluster equity global valuations generally.

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