Executive teams adapting to the changing dynamics of the specialty insurance and global reinsurance markets in an environment of excess capital, growing influence of convergence participants, low investment returns and diminishing reserve releases are presented with a series of strategic dilemmas and opportunities.
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The recent completion by legacy solution specialists of a number of acquisitions in the live insurance space could be a watershed moment for the standalone run-off market. The original business concept of a run-off manager was a pure focus on legacy business - to achieve finality in legacy claims and manage the outstanding book of legacy business in the same cost efficient way that an insurer would manage a renewal book of business.
Options include maintaining the status quo, returning capital to shareholders and investing in a growth/diversification strategy, either organically or by seeking mergers and acquisitions (M&A) opportunities.
With growth opportunities limited in mature markets, many insurers are looking to emerging markets for future expansion, in particular China, Southeast Asia and Central and Latin America. Figure F-10 highlights gross written premium (GWP) growth in emerging markets compared to developed markets from a 2003 base.
As carriers explore M&A opportunities to grow in the current environment, there is strong interest from potential buyers looking for bolt-on opportunities rather than transformational transactions. Although this demand has not to-date triggered a significant increase in M&A transactions, the ingredients for more activity are now in place.
With an abundance of excess capital, negligible growth in global reinsurance spend and the pricing outlook continuing to soften, one of the biggest challenges facing reinsurers is deciding how to deploy this excess capital to generate a return that meets or exceeds the expectation of investors or shareholders. Today we consider the option of organic growth.
Faced with an abundance of excess capital, negligible growth in global reinsurance spend and the pricing outlook continuing to soften, one of the biggest challenges for reinsurers is deciding how to deploy excess capital to generate a return that meets or exceeds the expectations of shareholders.
Guy Carpenter released its mid-year market report, highlighting a time of dynamic capital growth in the reinsurance industry. As investors supply capacity through a convergence of alternative and traditional vehicles, the report details the ways in which this new supply of capital and excess capacity has changed the nature of the sector’s capital structure.
In Guy Carpenter’s annual survey of the PA/MGA market, when queried on the types of acquisitions they are seeking, most respondents’ interests appear to be in acquiring MGA/PA firms or teams of people.
Results of Guy Carpenter’s annual survey of the PA/MGA market show that program carriers continue to be interested in making acquisitions, although their level of interest appears to continue to wane.