Globalization in the insurance industry has historically been characterized by North American companies seeking to expand their business models to Europe, with Asia and South America as their secondary focus. European companies have sought to expand into North America, Asia and Latin America (for Spanish and Portuguese speaking companies).
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Here are recent CAT-i stories from the period July to mid-September of 2015.
The reality is that many external forces continually disrupt the impact on merger & acquisition (M&A) activity of the insurance pricing cycle. This is especially true in recent years as insurance markets are influenced by wider financial conditions, new investors, globalization and the benefits of healthy profits despite a prolonged period of rate softening. These disruptive forces provide both positive and negative contributions to the M&A-conducive market conditions resulting from the current stage in the insurance cycle.
In the wake of the global financial crisis in 2008, significant regulatory change aimed at preventing/mitigating future crises was implemented. While the U.S. insurance regulatory framework did remarkably well in the protection of insurance consumers and companies in the United States during the financial crisis, it was, and will be affected by these reforms. Today, the results are having a profound impact on companies’ balance sheets and risk management practices. Although primarily aimed at larger, global insurers, the changes are so extensive that they may impact medium and small insurers to some extent. The question that most (re)insurers are asking today is how can they cope with the myriad regulatory, legislative and ratings changes and continue to maximize opportunities and maintain profitable growth.
In Central and Northern California, two wildfires have consumed over 133,000 acres and destroyed at least 750 homes and ten businesses in a matter of days. The fires have altogether displaced at least 23,000, according to media sources, and a state of emergency has been declared for affected areas by Governor Jerry Brown. Nearly 6,400 firefighters have been mobilized to combat the two fires, according to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC).
Changing Regulatory Landscape, Capital Requirements Will Impact (Re)Insurers’ Balance Sheets, Guy Carpenter Reports
Challenging market conditions due to abundant capacity, the ongoing influx of new capital and limited loss experience, continue to put pressure on the reinsurance sector, while recent M&A activity is adding a new dynamic to the mix. This is according to the panel of speakers at the eighth annual press briefing held at the Reinsurance Rendez-Vous 2015 in Monte Carlo, by Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC, a leading global risk and reinsurance specialist and a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies.
Assessing the impact of the continuing influx of capital into the reinsurance sector, David Priebe, Vice Chairman, Guy Carpenter, commented on ILS pricing levels. He said: “We believe current price levels for ILS could be a ‘golden compromise’ in which protection buyers perceive good value for fixed-price multi-year cover and investors continue to broaden and diversify their portfolio of holdings. With costs of issue falling and time-to-market shortening, this equilibrium could provide a substantial boost to the market that the record issuance of early 2015 portends.”
Alex Moczarski, President and Chief Executive Officer, Guy Carpenter & Company, and Chairman, Marsh & McLennan Companies International, introduces the Guy Carpenter press briefing at the Monte Carlo Rendez-Vous in this GC Capital Ideas videocast.
Focusing on the Asian market, James Nash, CEO of Asia-Pacific Operations, Guy Carpenter, highlighted the increasing flow of capital from the region into Europe, Lloyd’s and the US. He said: “Asia is perceived as a growth opportunity and is attracting capital from mature markets, but it is actually Asian capital seeking opportunities overseas which is the headline story this year. In 2015, Asia-Pacific has been a net exporter of insurance and reinsurance capital through M&A, with Japan and China leading the charge into Europe, Lloyd’s and the US. In the year to September 2015, outbound deals totaled USD20 billion compared with inbound deals of only USD849 million.” Looking ahead, he added: “We expect the M&A trend to continue as insurers, reinsurers and funds in the region pursue growth and diversification by going West, but we also anticipate a larger number of intra-region deals and also capital from the West coming East.”